A culmination of over a year's worth of writing and recording, it is an instrumental album that reflects Tom's belief that good music can be both accessible and deep at the same time. This music will withstand multiple listens - that's the "depth" part of the equation. There is some significant ear candy in these tracks, if you'll listen for it!
Track listings are at http://www.tomrule.info/depth.
Some of the older tracks were recorded using Mackie’s Tracktion. The acoustic piano tracks were recorded on Pro Tools 7 (Win) - the resulting tracks were ported over to the Mac for further work. Some of the Fender Rhodes tracks were recorded at Northway church in Macon, GA - that’s a genuine vintage 1972 Fender Rhodes that is in remarkably good shape. The Rhodes parts were played into an Alesis Masterlink, while I listened to the underlying accompanment on an iPod - a bit kludgy, but it worked well. Other instruments used include a Korg DW8000, Roland RD700sx, plus several VST instruments including Sampletank and Kore Player.
The album was assembled and mastered using Presonus’ Studio One Pro.
It’s been my privilege to have been gifted with the musical flexibility to live in several worlds - “classical”, pop, jazz, educational. While I enjoy an eclectic array of music, it has long been point of frustration that so much music lacks imagination, creativity, and depth. On the other hand, the 20th century experimental composers were trying to maintain some depth - but many of the experiments would never have an audience.
…and without an audience, what’s the point?
So this album is an attempt to create accessible music - i.e. that is eminently listenable - but that can withstand multiple listens because you keep finding additional interesting tidbits - “ear candy”.
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