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Karma

An Album by Stephen Gislason in the Em4U series. Karma involves ten eccentric adventures into acoustic terrains that share some similar themes but move in different directions. The interest is in the timbres, usual sounds and the attempt for melody to appear but with hesitation and unfinished development. The rhythms feature clock-like regularity interwoven with irregular episodic pauses and bursts of enthusiasm. A variety of percussion instruments, both familiar and exotic contribute to the sense of journeying thru different landscapes. Some pieces are melodic, others play with suggestions of melody and harmony but wander into atonal territory and exotic sounds. The album can be appreciated as hybrid of familiar instrumental music and electronic music.  Karma is the mesh of causes and effects that determine our destiny. The idea of time travel is an interpretation of a life as a journey with different motivations interacting with different outcomes.

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  • The idea of "new" has to be updated continuously. Someone many years ago decided that modern had ended, referring to "postmodern" architecture, art and music. But the term modern, like new, properly used, describes a continuously advancing wave of events that must be updated continuously. In the history of music, each musical "genius" added his own innovations so that the ideas that drove musical composition progressed, despite the resistance of patrons and audiences.

    There were different schools of progressive music. Composers of symphonic works dabbled in new scales and dissonances; audiences expecting more Mozart and Beethoven were not pleased. Similar notions of scale experimentation emerged in modern jazz. As synthesizers evolved along with computer composition (sequencers) all possibilities became possible.

    Music styles have interbred and proliferated beyond anyone's ability to classify and defend musical styles in a meaningful way. The proliferation of styles is supported by the internet and unprecedented music distribution network that erases many boundaries and permits aspiring musician to seek direct access to audiences. The results are often far from good music as rhythmic noise competes with thoughtful compositions.

    Persona Music Recordings: Our Music Catalogue includes recorded performances under the titles Persona Digital, P2500 Band, Em4U, and the Persona Classical Consort. Music online is offered to illustrate music history, advance music education and appreciation. The recordings presented online demonstrate Persona Studio's arranging, recording and mastering techniques. All the recordings are arrangements and performances completed in house by Stephen Gislason. The music selections and their history are explained in the book, Sound of Music.

    The Sound of Music by Stephen Gislason

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