Time Travel 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.
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Listen to Time Travel 4
The idea of "new" has to be updated continuously. Someone many years ago decided that modern had ended. 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
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.
Persona Digital publishesa series of books on current topics in
music, psychology, neuroscience and philosophy. eBooks and can be downloaded to
any destination on the planet. eBooks can be quickly downloaded at reduced cost as PDF files.