Seeds Of Happiness

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2 Stillness 02:36 $1.49 Buy
3 Shimmering 01:54 $1.49 Buy
4 Rift 02:46 $1.49 Buy
5 Certainty 03:09 $1.49 Buy
6 A Radiance 02:25 $1.49 Buy
7 Clouds Like Choirs 03:04 $1.49 Buy
8 Four Vistas 03:05 $1.49 Buy
9 Labor And Breath 03:02 $1.49 Buy
10 Forms, Shapes, And Silences 02:52 $1.49 Buy
11 Will Without Reason 03:39 $1.49 Buy
12 Revealed 02:42 $1.49 Buy
13 Forgiveness 02:46 $1.49 Buy
14 Episode Of Beauty 03:03 $1.49 Buy
15 Exultation 01:42 $1.49 Buy
16 Night 01:45 $1.49 Buy
17 Three Notes Of Reverence 02:30 $1.49 Buy
18 Devotion And Dance 02:19 $1.49 Buy
19 The Nature Of Solitude 02:24 $1.49 Buy
20 Theme Taken From A Master 01:53 $1.49 Buy
21 Emanations 02:16 $1.49 Buy
22 Reflections Of A Small Room 01:34 $1.49 Buy
23 The Sacred Nature Of Despair 03:09 $1.49 Buy
24 Beginnings And Afterwards 02:19 $1.49 Buy
25 Invocation 02:16 $1.49 Buy
26 Fulfillment 04:09 $1.49 Buy

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These 26 pieces for 1961 Fender Precision Bass are comprised of two sets of miniature and minimalist cycles, recorded entirely over two separate days in Los Angeles area studios; each contains the briefest treatment that Roden could manage to convey the feelings and sensations at hand; they are as finite and elusive as leaves on a tree, as pearls on a string; a kind of melodic meditation--there is an idea, seeds, flowers... a kind of a musical seed catalogue in a med/mex ambient light, with a socal samba lurking beneath, an offering for equilibrium.

Every note that is heard on the record was played live. The principle tracks of thematic material were recorded as one whole performance and the subsequent background tracks were then overdubbed without the use of loops or other devices.

This record is a summation and a beginning. It required patience and faith to be made. There were many moments when it seemed that it would never be completed. Now that it is finished, it is inconceivable why this was so. What purpose is ever served by struggle. The answer is obvious, like all answers; because it was necessary.

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The closest musical comparison would be The Return of the Durutti Column..Roden's tunes move at a much slower pace - but there's the same sense of a musician totally in control of his instrument, able to make it express whatever feelings he wants to express; and there's the same sense of a music which is gentle and contemplative - light years away from rock bluster...imagine the opening notes of Tortoise's ˜Djed' used as the template for an entire album “ bliss! - Cyclic Defrost