Don Slepian | Beginnings Two

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Beginnings Two

by Don Slepian

Classically-styled improvisations on digital keyboards.
Genre: Classical: Virtual Orchestra
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This music is used by dancers and people who like to move to music as they exercise. There are a variety of tempos and styles, which let you mix up your routines and movements.

The "Beginnings" series of recordings were recorded live from the popular musical interview webcast series "ArtMusic Coffeehouse" during 2004 and 2005, hosted by Classical Electronic Keyboardist Don Slepian. Slepian would improvise on his Kurzweil keyboard for the first 15 minutes of each ArtMusic Coffeehouse show before bringing on the featured performer. He would relax and entertain the studio audience and guest artist and give an inspirational start to each show.

The tracks on this album are taken from the beginnings of five different ArtMusic Coffeehouse webcast shows, thus the name "Beginnings".

This music varies from Classical to New Age, with jazz and ragtime influences in an spontaneous stream of consciousness style that is unusually coherent and structured for pure improvisation. Slepian mixes and layers the sounds with his feet as he plays. Performed without pop-style drums, electronic sequences or backing tracks, his music to easily dart from place to place as it travels with your imagination.


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Dan Hurd (of Gagging Lolly)

Music That Soothes & Moves
I think the word "disturbing" in the album notes is a very unfortunate choice. Even at its most eclectic Don Slepian's music is always foundationally kind, and the pieces on the "Beginnings" volumes are no exception. Fans of Don who are only familiar with "Sea of Bliss" will definitely find this a significant change in style, but fans of Electric Diamond and earlier Slepian releases such as "Introspection" and "Electronic Music From The Rainbow Isle" will be right at home. Don Slepian is a very very under-recognized figure in electronic music, and either or both of the "Beginnings" volumes are treats for the ears of aficionados of the genre. (For what it's worth, I slightly prefer "Beginnings Two" of the two.)