a requiem/concerto for fretless guitar
what remains... is dedicated to the memory Matthew Sperry - a good friend and an extraordinary musician. Matthew's recorded improvisations on contrabass were integral to this project, both as inspiration and as musical material. Short samples of his recorded work were used as generative sound slices for the piece, and were processed and re-composed to create the sonic landscape with which the fretless gutiar part interacts. I have had the opportunity to perform this work live several times in the past year, and the experience has given me a sense of joy and peace. I want to thank Matthew for this gift, and I hope that what remains... appropriately expresses the deep admiration I have for his work. Thank you Matthew. We all miss you very much.
All artist profits generated from the sale of this record will be donated to the Lila Simone Sperry College Fund. (www.matthewsperry.org)
Present Sounds Recordings PS0501
Recorded at H-7 studios by Tom Baker
Guitar track recorded at Soundhouse Recording by Scott Colburn
Edited and Mixed by Tom Baker
Mastering at Seattle Disc Mastering by Mark Guenther
CD Design by Mikiko To
Cover photo by Sebastian Lange
Produced by Present Sounds Recordings (www.presentsounds.com)
Special thanks to Alissa Rupp, Corrie Befort, Dale Speicher, Henry Hughes, Polestar Music Gallery, Philip Gelb, Christian Asplund, Mark Radonich, Tom George, J. D. and Ken at Gardico Incorporated, and the gang at Unfretted.com.
This recording features Tom's Fender Fretless Stratocaster and a Fretless 12-string Acoustic guitar with unkown origins.
Tom plays D'Addario and GHS strings.
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