I am thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my latest album, “Digital Interfaith,” scheduled to launch this January. This project marks a significant milestone in my musical journey, as it ventures into the realm of midi guitars, offering a fresh dimension to my compositions.
A Technological Leap
Over two decades ago, I first attempted to incorporate a midi guitar into my musical repertoire. However, back then, technological constraints like latency and processing speeds hindered the experience. Fast forward to today, and I’m delighted to report that the landscape has significantly evolved. With the expert guidance of local sound maestro Greg McGrath, who also worked on the mixing, and my son Max, a proficient keyboardist, the process became remarkably streamlined.
This newfound ease opened up creative avenues that were previously inaccessible. Composing “Digital Interfaith” directly within the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) allowed for intricate compositions that would have been challenging to execute conventionally. This method, although unconventional to some, provided a liberating platform free from the limitations of instrumental proficiency.
Breaking Free from Convention
One of the most intriguing aspects of this album is the brevity of the compositions. Ranging from one to three minutes, each piece stands as a concise musical statement. This format encouraged me to present ideas in their purest form without the need for extensive development. It challenged me to question other conventions that might unknowingly inhibit creativity.
Exploring Time Signatures
“Digital Interfaith” is a journey through a multitude of time signatures, with only three songs adhering to the conventional 4/4 time. The rest explore the realms of 5/4, 6/4 (waltzes), 7/4, 9/4, 11/4 (“Afro 11”), 13/4, 14/4, 15/4, 17/4, and even 19/4 (“19th Chronicle”). Each track unveils a new facet of rhythm and melody.
A Sonic Adventure
The album covers a wide spectrum of styles, from rock-inspired tracks to experimental sounds akin to Chick Corea’s keyboards. It ventures into bluesy realms, explores exotic Middle Eastern flavors, and even experiments with vibraphone-like tones. “Digital Interfaith” truly encapsulates the breadth of my musical influences and experiences.
A Journeyman’s New Venture
As someone who has been immersed in the world of music for decades, “Digital Interfaith” is a departure from my previous works. It’s an exploration of uncharted territories, an ode to the evolution of technology, and a celebration of the boundless possibilities that lie within the realm of music.
I can’t wait to share these musical revelations with you. Stay tuned for the release in January, and let’s embark on this digital journey together. Brace yourselves, because it’s going to be a wild ride!
*Stay tuned for more updates and the official release in January!