Solo Traveler: Music for Music Boxes

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A companion piece to the composer's first album, Outlier, John Morton's Solo Traveler again finds him creating musical works out of reconfigured music boxes, with sound processing and other performers added on occasion. Typical is the opening track, "Teetines," which begins in what sounds like a familiar pattern of sounds from an old-fashioned music box, but becomes increasingly complex as collaborator Miguel Frasconi's mbiras and toy pianos are added. The title track combines the sounds of five music boxes with the singing of the vocal group Dare to Breathe, who sing the words of Cynthia Nadelman's poem "The Cathedral as Process." It's good that those words are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A companion piece to the composer's first album, Outlier, John Morton's Solo Traveler again finds him creating musical works out of reconfigured music boxes, with sound processing and other performers added on occasion. Typical is the opening track, "Teetines," which begins in what sounds like a familiar pattern of sounds from an old-fashioned music box, but becomes increasingly complex as collaborator Miguel Frasconi's mbiras and toy pianos are added. The title track combines the sounds of five music boxes with the singing of the vocal group Dare to Breathe, who sing the words of Cynthia Nadelman's poem "The Cathedral as Process." It's good that those words are reproduced inside the CD booklet, because they could not easily be comprehended from the singing, which treats the syllables largely as sounds to be repeated, extended, and mixed up, just as Morton's music boxes rearrange the simple, conventional melodies the boxes originally played before he began reconstructing them. The composer works alone on the final three tracks, beginning with the music box sounds and then altering them and adding electronic and other sounds, notably the sound of piano wire pulled through holes in the music boxes during "Through the Wall." "Amazing Grace Variations," which closes the album, employs an existing melody at first, but takes it into unexpected and amazing sonic explorations. Morton's music isn't for everyone, not even for every fan of contemporary classical music, but it is a fascinating mixture of the commonplace and the avant-garde.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • Label: Innova Records
  • UPC: 726708666521
  • Catalog Number: 665
  • Sales rank: 280,995

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Morton Primary Artist
Miguel Frasconi Mbira, Toy Piano
John Morton Music Box
John H. Morton Music Box
Dare To Breathe Ensemble
Technical Credits
John Morton Contributor
David Moore Director
Philip Blackburn Executive Producer
Craig Thorson Engineer
John Morton Composer
Chris Campbell Operation
Joe Quesada Engineer
Mary Seibert Graphic Design
Cynthia Nadelman Poetry, Text
David W. Moore Director
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