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MP3 Oenyaw - Leave That World Behind

Very long ambient/electronic music played on electric guitar, recorded and manipulated by a computer and available in MP3 format on CDs.

6 MP3 Songs
ELECTRONIC: Ambient, ELECTRONIC: Soundscapes

What is Oenyaw about?
Long, forget about time. No drums, no vocals. Like being in the back of the casino playing the nickle draw poker machine until 5 am.

Because I wanted to do music that didn''t end. I was tired of the switching, tired of "what should I put on next?" emptiness. If I have to drive/travel for five hours, I want it to last. If I''m at work, and I put on a disc, I don''t want to have to think about changing it before lunchtime. If I am at home reading a book, I don''t want to have to get up if the book gets really good.
Oenyaw is about not being disturbed. Oenyaw is about being alone, bored, nothingness, and enjoying it.

What does Oenyaw sound like?
Like the very ending of a heavy metal song when it fades out and the singer passes out and the drummer goes to get a beer and the guitar player leaves his amp on and it feedbacks. That''s where Oenyaw comes in.

Who am I targeting?
Everyone that stays up late playing games or surfing the net or reads or draws or colors or does cross-word puzzles or any puzzle for that matter.

Oenyaw, an introducion
The concept of Oenyaw began at the end of 2004. I had made a conscious decision to compose, perform and record music as a solo artist three years before this. I had been studying sitar until time schedules prohibited the education. The study taught me more about music in on year than I had learned in my entire life; the techniques of playing, theories of performance and composition changed my view point on music itself. I began practising acoustic guitar in many different genres, blues, bluegrass, folk, and ragtime, but I found myself selecting music on the basis of what some imaginary audience might appreciate. It''s akin to painting your house and selecting the color yellow because you think a higher percentage of people driving by will prefer a
yellow house over a green one. I had to be comfortable with the music I was presenting. I had to be honest with and true to myself. I''ve listened to many different types of music from day one, and been drawn to electronic music since the 1960''s. Steppenwolf''s "Magic Carpet Ride" and Iron Butterfly''s "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida" opened the path of appreciation for Wendy Carlos, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, just to name a few. Having a third grade teacher introduce me to the art of Jackson Pollack yielded an influence and appreciation of avante-garde works. The road that got me to this place of present occupation has had many influential turns, and when you find that you are the type of person who''s favorite Beatle song is "Revolution #9", you must accept that you will never be satisfied playing in a A minor/G/F band.

The aim of Oenyaw lies in the production of music that provides an ambient background, unconstrained by time through works that last longer than the average workday, or longer than the period of relaxation the listener requires, or deserves. Providing music that is not intended to attract total attention of the listener, but music that the listener can enjoy, leave, and then return to. Music that is not composed for the purpose of provoking awe from the listener, but music which could allow the listener to relax. I have read many definitions of ambient music, my two favorites are "silence enhancement" and "music that doesn''t have to be listened to, but will present the listener with something of interest if the listener so desires."

Leave That World Behind
The Tutor Of Achilles
The title is taken from a line in the film "2010: The Year We Make Contact." As the programmer tells the computer he is opening a new file named phoenix, he asks the computer if it knows what the term phoenix means. The computer replies that it has 23 references to that word. The
programmer asks which reference the computer believes is the correct reference. The computer replies "The tutor of Achilles?"; a reference the programmer is not aware of. The composition is a construction piece, playing a specific note at different octaves within a loop and filtering the loop while recording. Each loop is recorded onto a separate track and then each track is filtered and treated. The tracks are ultimately mixed together,
making up the composition.

Hoping to call attention to the environmental catastrophe which is taking place in Greenland. As close to a live piece as possible: recorded in one afternoon, one take, no overdubs. Thanks to Cleo and Munchkin for attending.

The Reasonably Well-Tempered Assembly Line
Another construction piece. Each note was recorded in a 2 minute loop, with the loops arranged into place according to a written composition. Each track is assigned a step filter and a position in space between the right and left channels. The intention is an industrial fantasy of an assembly line which plays music after the humans have vacated the premises.

Eye Ten
A heavy-metal/industrial ambient piece. The camshafts view of a trip down the highway.

Cicadas Lullaby
An insect bolero. Living in a forest as I do, I am heavily influenced by the sounds of the night, primarily that of insects, frogs, and wild turkeys. This one is dedicated to the cicadas.

Leave That World Behind
A short construction piece which took up way too much memory to be forgotten.

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