Land of Seven Rivers is a musical style based on using the sounds of nature as the foundation of its songs.
This album has been developed to prepare the atmosphere for the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to enter and make their presence known. The music is designed as a dialogue rather than a monologue. It is our heart’s desire that when you listen to this album it creates a platform for you to connect deeply with God. Changing the atmosphere is an organic experience which has ebbs and flows, and is affected by who is with you at any given time. Our intent is that as you experience this album you find yourself responding more freely to the Father , Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
It is not a direct recording of the live sound, because that changes almost every time we play in response to what the Holy Spirit is doing in that place. Sometimes the songs are very short; at other times they may circle and weave for extended periods of time. If you use these songs with live instruments, we encourage you to arrange them for the place and purpose of His intended atmosphere.
Sounds of Nature
Back in 2010 I felt the Lord ask me to go and listen to the sound of the river. At that time I had no idea where this would lead but went faithfully, walking beside the Dandenong Creek which runs very close to my house, pausing to listen to the sound and flow of water.
During this time I felt to explore the idea of rivers running out of my keyboard so that I could merge the sound of my music with the sound of nature. Through this experience the foundation of the music became the sound of nature and not the more normal foundation of drums and bass.
I believe that it is time for us to approach nature from an abundance mindset rather than from a mindset of scarcity. God continually creates and brings us a rich mixture of sensory experiences that draw us into closer union with Him. On our journey to this album, we realised that we had a choice of working with a man-made foundation or with God’s creative nature. Through His prompting we have used His created sound as the basis to build upon for all elements of the album.
Using Simple Instruments and arrangements
Our music has tried to live within the authenticity of nature, so we have resisted the temptation to over complicate the sound. In essence, this is not about you encountering us as singers and musicians; it is about you finding a deep and rich encounter with God. We have purposely left spaces for you to hear His voice or to add your own song of worship to your experience.
I have always been fascinated by the sound of a river, because with it comes life. On our journey through this album, as we sought to bring out the sounds of the rivers, and let those rivers flow through our music into the mountains around Melbourne, we discovered that the State of Victoria has seven major rivers. These rivers carry life to the communities of Victoria, so we are very happy to be known as people from the Land of Seven Rivers. While we know this to be a natural phenomenon, we know this can be the same in the spiritual realm. We declare that the spiritual land of seven rivers comes alive in you as you encounter the spiritual foundation of the album. We declare that living waters wash through you as a listener, reviving you, bringing peace and rest into your world, setting you free to encounter the Lord God more fully and deeply.
How the album came together:
Andee followed a call from God to listen to the sound of a river.
Andee attended a song writing course with Ursula Cettolin at Stairway College.
Learnt the structure of modern song writing from Derek Bailey, that songs are heard and recorded on a foundation of drums and bass.
Developed the process of rivers running out of my keyboard so that I could play along with nature and merge the sound of my music with the sound of nature. As this developed I heard from the Lord that the foundation of the music was not to be drums and bass but to be the sound of nature.
Maurice Benington introduced me to an iPhone app called Sleepmaker and from that the journey of finding and recording our own sounds of nature began.
Began using this process with my Tuesday morning prayer group.
We brought this type of music and sound into the public at a healing conference with Joaquin Evans at Stairway Church Whitehorse in January. Many people there requested a copy of a CD of this kind of music.
Began playing at healing rooms and at prophetic art workshops, where an interaction with artists occurred on a prophetic level.
The journey to developing our music from purely improvisation to a more structured format that would be more suitable for recording began. This meant that songs would be written into a fixed format. Length and tempo of the songs would be fixed for the purpose of the recording.
A desire grew for the listener to have more than just recorded tracks; something that would both inspire the listener and help as an aid for the listener to enter on the journey that we have taken, so the idea of a booklet was born.
During the production of this album I became aware that the state of Victoria has seven major rivers. They are the Murray, Goulburn, Campaspe, Ovens, Yarra, Snowy and La Trobe rivers. These seven major rivers are the lands from which I live and developed this project which is why the album is from the land of seven rivers.
Every song on the album has been a process and journey beginning in an encounter of some sort with the Lord but then morphing and developing into the tracks that you hear on the album.