Composed, performed, and produced by Terry Skaggs
in The Map Room April 2009 - March 2010
Field recordings made on Ofu Island, AS
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All of the pieces are sourced from improvised demo
performances that have been continually refined, edited, expanded,
contracted, mixed, remixed, clarified, and generally augmented until
the desired result was achieved.
The title of the album was selected for three reasons:
(1) I like the appearance of the word; (2) it represents the brightness
in an image; (3) it's the name of a village in the Manu'a
01 - Sketches Of Waves (2:24)
Written while listening to newscasts from the Pacific the day
of the Chilean
earthquake tsunami. Features a sample of KSBS
FM Pago Pago.
02 - Oceanic (5:30)
For many years I've equated the sea and crowds. The
myriad diamond-topped wavelets moving in seeming chaos on the surface
of the ocean remind me of the apparent chaos while lost in a crowd.
The wave go a thousand different directions, while in crowds a thousand
conversations and people move with different motivations, yet a
crowd has a driving current and purpose that guides it the same
way the deep currents that ultimately move the sea.
03 - Memories Of Sunlight (9:21)
The first of several tracks inspired by '70s synth
masters like Vangelis
04 - Aquamarinblau Mellotron (4:52)
If an instrument's sound could be represented as a
color, the Mellotron
is blue-green for me. This impression can be traced back to my youth
when I'd listen to my favorite vinyl albums that heavily featured
Mellotron and stare at the album covers. The green and/or bluish
cover art of Tangerine Dream's "Phaedra"
To The Edge", and Edgar
in Malaysian Pale" doubtlessly informed this notion. Written
after my first viewing of Andrei
The sea of Solaris seemed to demand a Mellotron.
05 - Deep-sky Object (8:54)
Another piece that owes much to the analog synth heroes
of my youth.
06 - Avenues And Gardens Leading To The Sea (6:33)
I imagined India during the British Raj, and in it
a city of cinnamon sunsets with manicured English gardens framing
dusty streets filled with the poor. All of the roads and people
were flowing forward inevitably like the Ganges to the Indian Ocean.
07 - A Topography Of Light (9:25)
Slight remix of the soundtrack for the video.
08 - Amplified Void (6:50)
While watching David
Sylvian's documentary "Amplified Gesture" I found
myself fascinated by the speaking voice of John
Tilbury. Specifically, I was distracted by the sounds Tilbury
made between words. I sampled a few moments of Tilbury and then
removed his words leaving only the spaces. Within this space I constructed
the somewhat industrial soundscape presented here.
09 - A Flight Of Winter Birds (5:23)
The result of composing deep in the miserable wound
of winter, working on electric
piano and Prophet
V on a chill gray Sunday.
10 - Music From An Empty Room (Hallucinogenic Afternoon)
A sibling to my other Ofu
Island field recording-based soundscape pieces from the past
several years. This recording was made on a quiet afternoon in my
room at Vaoto Lodge
when I found myself wondering what empty spaces do to entertain
themselves when no one is around. I set up my recorder and left
the room to discover the answer to that question. After a person
leaves a room I imagined the very air itself morphing slightly into
a consciousness that hums and interfaces with outside sounds. Philosophizing
aside, a tree falling in a forest makes a sound with or without
human ears there to hear it, and a room is not a dead silent space
when left alone.