solipschism

 
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Personnel:

Dan Easley - sounds
Mike Deaton - programming on tracks 7, 12, and 13; djembe on track 8
Frédéric Dorée - programming on track 13
Nathan Garrett - chapman stick on tracks 2, 7, 12 and 13
DJ Redacted - vinyl manipulations on track 17

Recording Notes:

Triumvirate of Meaning

self-fractured-reality reality-fractured-self fractured-self-reality

Rubrick 'A'

Fractalysis of the mind (the construction of the self as a multitude of multitudes.) 1, 3, 4, 8
The mind leading the mind - applied pressure of behaviours and concepts into the wills of others. 1, 9, 10
The romantic confusions of young men and women: proper fodder for hungry ears. 1, 2, 7, 15, 16, 18
The global political and economic situation current to this record balanced by a series of tonepoems meant to suggest the complexities of peace (all as filtered through the artist's personal set of judgements and biases.) 1, 5, 12, 13, 14, 17, 19
Where the hell am i in this strange and soulful world? 6, 11

introduction by Mike Deaton

Solipsism is a word meaning "self as reality" or "reality as self." Schism signifies a breaking or fracturing. Putting them together, solipschism could mean "the fractured reality of self," or, "the reality of a fractured self." True to form, Dan has created this word in his own image - the solipschism of the human condition is mostly what Dan writes about and sings about.

Somehow, each of us is able to pull together all the different facets of our personality into one cohesive 'self.' That is just what Dan has done with his music, in this album. Solipschism is a true representation of what you can expect from him as a person and as an entertainer.

What you will hear on this disc is a diverse collection of songs and ponderings along many different fronts. While some are serious, others are silly; some are light, and others quite heavy. Some move between the profound and the mundane from line to line. Yet all of them are completely Dan.

It should be noted that our use of "solipsism" connotes an unpleasant place where one is aware only of one's own existence - hence, Solipschism would be the painful but necessary state where the illusion (of being the center of the universe) begins to collapse.

Additional Notes

railroad boy and sunshine traditional, arranged by de
production assistance & musicological education by kevin macnutt
production insights & percussion instruction by mike deaton
life-changing ear-opening (and stick playing) by nathan garrett
spiritual and artistic guidance by the burnt possum poets
equipment donated by the dorees and megan geier

 

this album was recorded on a 200Mhz Pentium II machine with 32mb RAM and a $40 sound card, running Win98SE w/ FruityLoops, Cakewalk and Wavelab. This is not recommended; still, keep your old computers (or give them to the needy).

thanks to friends and family.