Desert Solitaire

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All Music Guide - Linda Kohanov
The second of two collaborations with Kevin Braheny inspired by the desert, this album pays homage to the Edward Abbey book of the same title. It inadvertently became a memorial to that Southwestern nature writer when Abbey died shortly after the music was recorded. Featuring some powerful work by Michael Stearns, this album taps into the psychological depths of stark Southwestern landscapes through a subtle set of soundscapes depicting the hidden dangers, unseen gifts, and intoxication that the desert promises.
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All Music Guide - Linda Kohanov
The second of two collaborations with Kevin Braheny inspired by the desert, this album pays homage to the Edward Abbey book of the same title. It inadvertently became a memorial to that Southwestern nature writer when Abbey died shortly after the music was recorded. Featuring some powerful work by Michael Stearns, this album taps into the psychological depths of stark Southwestern landscapes through a subtle set of soundscapes depicting the hidden dangers, unseen gifts, and intoxication that the desert promises.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/23/1992
  • Label: Fortuna Records
  • UPC: 013711707021
  • Catalog Number: 17070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flatlands - Michael Stearns (4:52)
  2. 2 Labyrinth - Michael Stearns (6:57)
  3. 3 Specter - Michael Stearns (9:37)
  4. 4 The Canyon's Embrace - Michael Stearns (3:35)
  5. 5 Cloud of Promise - Michael Stearns (6:39)
  6. 6 Knowledge and Dust - Michael Stearns (3:26)
  7. 7 Shiprock - Michael Stearns (4:02)
  8. 8 Highnoon - Michael Stearns (10:32)
  9. 9 Empty Time - Michael Stearns (5:54)
  10. 10 From the Heart of Darkness - Michael Stearns (3:52)
  11. 11 Desert Solitaire - Michael Stearns (6:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Roach Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Drums, Ocarina, Track Performer, oberheim, Taos Drum, Arp 2600, Emax, Korg M1, Matrix 12
Kevin Braheny Synthesizer, Soprano Saxophone, Whistle (Instrument), Track Performer, Prophet Synthesizer, tin whistle
Robert Rich Dumbek, Drums, gourd
Michael Stearns Synthesizer, 12-string Guitar, Track Performer, D-50, Oberheim OB8, Roland S555
Georgianne Cowan Vocals, Voices
Hyman Katz Flute
Miguel Rivera Percussion
Leonice Shinneman Percussion, Berimbau, Claves, Rattle, Manjeera, Pakhawaj Drum
Michael Sterns Synthesizer, 12-string Guitar
Chuck Oken Jr. Shaker
Technical Credits
Kevin Braheny Producer
Steve Roach Producer, Orchestration, Dmx
Michael Stearns Producer, WX7 Wind Controller
Ethan Edgecombe Executive Producer
Miguel Rivera Sound Effects
Leonice Shinneman Contributor
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