Here is a bit of a surprise for everyone. This is a prototype collaboration with my friend and consummate cellist Hank Roberts. Several years ago, Hank visited my studio and selected a soundscape that he liked—an insect chorus graced by the songs of Chuck-will’s-widows, which I had recorded in Florida. Hank took my recording to his home studio and then composed and recorded a wonderful accompaniment, playing not only cello, but also guitar:
I like this piece a lot. Hank has conjured up a very compelling and creative mix that blends beautifully with the sounds of nature. It is not our final mastered track, but I thought I’d put it up for comments anyway. My plan is to partner with five or six local musicians to create a CD containing around 15 music+nature mixes, done in a style that I believe most of my friends will really like. I believe we’re off to a good start with this one, don’t you?
Do you like this composition? Let me know what you think (by commenting below) as it might have considerable bearing on the unfolding of the concept.