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Stripped

by Robert Peckyno

An interplanetary collection of dreamy but not sleep-inducing solo piano compositions. Peckyno's delayed neo-classical piano style combines the innocent sweetness of new age melody with hints of space rock and soundscape. Headphones preferred.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Crystal Shards
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2. the Train
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3. I Can See
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4. Dusk
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5. Four the Love of...
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6. Maps
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7. Celebration
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8. Nonviable
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9. our Jealous Antagonist
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10. Seven Scenes
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11. Beloved
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12. Subkarma
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13. Eight is Not Enough
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14. The Border of Dreamland
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15. Sultry Slumber
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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One part new age and one part rock and roll, Peckyno’s delayed piano style owes as much to Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson as it does to George Winston or Jim Brickman. “I look at musical compositions like a novel presented in a different media – ‘Soundstories’ if you will…. If you let it, this CD will tell you a story of relentless hope, romantic dreams, and real triumph.”

Each of the songs on Stripped was recorded in one continuous take with no overdubs, no MIDI, and no quantization. “To play in rock bands, I had to learn to think differently about music, to break it into pieces to be assembled in a studio. Notes and rhythms to be layered live… With Stripped, I wanted to do the opposite and take all of those pieces and rhythms and distil a single composition that I could play on a piano. Stripped of my studio ‘safety net,’ I had to really emotionally go for it each take…and then try not to completely screw it up halfway through! I think it comes across in the music. The tension is palpable and the magic is so very real. I wanted this record to really feel like I’m sitting in front of you playing a concert for one.”

While Stripped revisits some of Peckyno’s earlier ambient work, not all of CD was pre-planned. “When ‘tape was rolling,’ I'd often improvise around and work my way into each piece. Some of these “intro’s” really surprised me and captured the essence of the piece so well that I left them in the final mix. This CD is so much more satisfying and emotional and soulful than anything I've ever done before. Stripped not only soothes you, but perhaps also may challenge you, inspire you, and hopefully even surprise you from time to time. Close your eyes, grab a glass of wine, put on some headphones and let your imagination fill in the pictures. I'm very proud of the work and can't wait to share it!”


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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano.com
"Stripped" is a collection of solo piano versions of twelve of Robert Peckyno’s previously recorded electronic pieces plus three new ones. "Stripped" is Peckyno’s eighth CD, and he refers to the music as “interplanetary solo piano soundstories and dreams.” He also says, “This album is a soundtrack for your imagination and dreams; providing the expected backdrop of pensive tranquility and spiritual longing but perhaps also genuine excitement, conflict, silly humor, and torrid passion. If you let it, this CD will tell you a story of relentless hope, romantic dreams, and real triumph.” As an aside, I should mention that Peckyno hasn’t gone totally acoustic - his piano is of the electronic variety, but suits the music well. Peckyno plans to perform impromptu concerts in “unlikely places” with his solar-powered keyboard throughout 2011, so keep a lookout for him - especially near central Oregon!

All of the music on "Stripped" was recorded in one take with no overdubs, MIDI, or quantization - quite the opposite of Peckyno’s approach to his electronic albums, which are recorded in layers. The three new pieces are the result of improvisations in the studio, as are several intros to the older material. The styles of the pieces vary from light and playful to bold and cinematic. More prog rock than new age, there are obvious classical, pop, and jazz influences as well. This is not music that will put you to sleep even if it is about dreams, but it inspires visual images and flights of fantasy.

All of the tracks are interesting and enjoyable, but I do have a few favorites. “Crystal Shards” opens the set with a piece that is bright and colorful with a bit of an edge. “I Can See” is more soft-spoken and subdued with moments of dramatic power. “Dusk” is one of the new pieces, and it conveys the grace and softened edges of the end of a day. This one IS dreamy! “Nonviable Economics” begins with a mysterious improvisation that seems to be searching for something. These feelings continue into the main part of the piece, but with more energy and rhythm - a really interesting piece! The dark and mysterious “Seven Strangers” ranges from a delicate melancholy to more powerful and dramatic. The piano on this piece has a metallic sound akin to a harpsichord, hinting of the Baroque era. I really like “Subkarma” and its dramatic sense of urgency. “The Border of Dreamland” is the second of the new pieces. Played in the upper octaves of the piano, it has a light, gentle lullaby feeling the first half of the piece and then intensifies a bit as it moves down the keyboard. We never drift into nightmare territory, but all is not fluffy white clouds and rainbows. From there, we go to final piece of the album and the third of the new tracks, “Sultry Slumber.” Some of the harmonies have a mild Middle Eastern flavor set to a dark and steady rhythm - soothing but not quite blissful. I like it!

"Stripped" is definitely not your usual “new age” fare, but it is provocative and original - I really enjoy it! I look forward to hearing more from Robert Peckyno and hope to bump into him at one or more of his impromptu concerts!