Nor do I have the desire to do so. Seek and ye shall find. Yada yada.
Those who respond positively have, as usual, surprised me. As Charlie Brown said, as he waited yet another year for the Great Pumpkin to arrive, "You never really know who is on the same wavelength until you find out."
Speaking of which, because the Internet:
Lost Upward was my introduction to the world of studios. I wanted to show John what I could do so I layered about five flutes and flute-like utensils (sharpened bamboo stick) within 30 minutes. Channeling memories of recent travels in Mindoro, including Pandan Island, Puerto Gallera bayou, Mambarao, and the Malasimbo Festival up in the mountains.
The sound was dense and my mom (no less) suggested losing about a minute from the tune, as it lost her interest. I eventually came up with the idea of taking the tracks and editing them on my own, bringing certain sounds in and out and adding light percussion and vocals. The deep thudding jaw harp as a rhythm piece was musical interpreter Paolo's inspired discovery.
Lost Upward (Shulenberger):
Damon Shulenberger - flutes, bamboo stick, shaker
Paulo Ramos - cymbals, jaw harp percussive
John De Lumagod - drums
Recorded at Alchemy, Dumaguete, Philippines, May, 2016.
John De Lumagod - Engineer.
Photos - Damon Shulenberger, Merry Ann Agustin.
Like the 12 days of Christmas, I am releasing the dozen songs that make up the song cycle Chasing Sun throughout the month. By January, 2017, they should be up and a full album version released as well (for those who want the whole concept). Plus the higher quality version that stands up to large speakers at iTunes/Apple Music.
I don't have high expectations, because these days people are fairly jaded and have 10 million choices.... that said, music is music, and this project is original. All organic, no beats.... an asset in our technology driven world? Let's listen, share, imbibe, revitalize and see if indeed tribal flute is the elixir... a proto fusion that cuts through the confusion.
The Fabric idea is loosely defined (in my mind) as traveling and interacting with musicians I come across along the way. The lightweight bamboo flute is ideal in this regards. Field recordings of inspired recklessness, raw hums into the recorder, are transformed in the studio into sounds that I can edit to my heart's content and draw out something that moves me. Not taking (what I consider) the easy route of building songs through beat libraries and computer samples.
My fabric you are born.
Hopefully these songs move you, fellow travelers and railers against the dying of the light.
P.S. There are two more tracks up as of now, worth checking out on the core Fabric - Chasing Sun page. To listen to the evolving concept (not a random mix) hover over "Uploads: Public" and press "Play All."