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Xmas Vol. 1

by Digital Activity

Geoff Westen's DA digitists fell into a Rock Ambient groove that defies traditional description. These soundscapes are musical journeys with texture, concept and edge, bringing a new twist to traditional Christmas tunes. See also: Geoff Westen.
Genre: Holiday: Pop
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1. Jingle Bells
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2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas
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3. It's Beginning to Look Like Xmas
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4. Home for the Holidays
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5. I'll be Home for Xmas
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6. Silent Night
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7. Let It Snow
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8. Have a Holly Jolly Xmas
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9. Winter Wonderland
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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XMAS VOL. 1 is an album of holiday favorites with layers of pure digital music that sounds as new as next week and as old as the holiday these songs celebrate. And, don't let the "digital" nomenclature fool you; Geoff Westen's sounds sculptures will soon have you nodding your head in agreement with a listening experience that is as modern as it is traditional.

Geoff opens with "Jingle Bells"--interpreted in a whole new way. By the time you reach the second track, Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane's classic, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," you will be hooked. Never has a computer-created soundscape sounded so warm and inviting. Memories flood from the past, and suddenly technology has meaning and resonance you never would have imagined possible.

Westen layers sounds and melodies in such a way that seems to demand a kind of gentle attention; there is a surprise around every corner. Just listen to Meredith Willson's "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas," for example, and discover how new and fascinating an old song friend can become in the hands of a consummate digital activist like Westen.

Digital Activity's XMAS is not just another Christmas album; it is a post-modern holiday album for a new millennium evoking half a century of song and tradition. This is the disc that will remain on your CD player for the entire Christmas season. And (best news of all) it's only "VOL. 1."


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Michelle Lambert - CD Baby Talkback

Xmas Vol. 1
"Music Editor, Michelle Lambert, intrigued by XMAS Vol. 1's cover art depicting Santa at the computer keyboard, discovered Digital Activity and programmer Geoff Westen who has taken time-honored holiday favorites and run them through his digital blender. One listen to Jingle Bells and that was my next Christmas album!

Electronica Christmas heaven! DIGITAL ACTIVITY Xmas Vol. 1 will have you skipping through your holiday preparations, two-step shuffling around the Christmas tree and bobbing your head on the way to the mall for that last very special Xmas gift.

Cheerful, original arrangements filled with kooky, sophisticated riffs and unlimited virtual variations that keep coming as sure snow flurries to articulate 10 classic Christmas favorites. True to the tunes that you've heard over the years, yet filled with sound surprises that are sprinkled among lush and simple synth voices of every kind - singing Merry Christmas to us in an interesting new way.

Techno shuffly drive with a hint of hip-hop to Silent Night — is as COOL as a snow filled winter sky.

A sentimental strain of I'll Be Home For Christmas has lots of sub-rhythms and sub-melodies created by keyboard sounds of every variety.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Christmas is giddy with anticipation — how can we wait to open those bright packages.

This is candy cane and eggnog music. Pure digital fun. Add a new variation to your holiday collection. It's hip and sentimental — groundbreaking and nostalgic. Hey, Christmas is coming. Get this CD, and have yourself a Merry Moog Christmas!"