all things being equal

by dave stafford

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SSDL1731 all things being equal


release date: 20030817 label: pureambient

dave's sole 2003 release, a combination of prog and ambient, experiment and melody...this is the predecessor to "gone native", and contains dave's first full-on MIDI productions, as well as a 51 minute quasi-prog masterpiece in seventeen movements, dave's homage to "consequences" by godley & creme.


here is a reproduction of the original CD liner notes:


this, the third album from the 2000s, almost didn't get made. catastrophe followed calamity followed disaster as machine failures, acts of God (or whoever was sitting in for him / her at the time) and a prolonged illness kept me from finishing the work. eventually though, through a kind of dogged perseverance rarely seen in the world of music, "all things being equal" was brought, kicking and screaming, in to the world on august 17, 2004. a true departure from all previous works, "all things being equal" explores the possibilities of integrating ambient, looped music with more contemporary, active, beat-based "rock" music.

the epic closer, "blint's tune = parts 18 - 34" perhaps demonstrates tis principle to it's extreme, moving from the reflective to the passionate with consummate grace and occasional skill. to further illustrate the integration of ambient with active, a bonus disc is included (on the first 500 pressings only) containing 17 "single mixes", which make up the 17 sections of "blint's tune = parts 18 - 34". thus one can experience the piece as a whole as the main album closer, or focus on the individual pieces as an alternative.

all of the sounds on this record were made by myself, with the exception of the live and very real stereo "fever drums"courtesy of michael j. bowman, collaborator with myself in the experiemental music collaborative "drone forest" and drummer extraordinaire. his contributions to "blint's tune = parts 18 = 34" cannot be lauded enough, bring the spark of percussive genius to the work. a humble and extreme thanks to michael for his participation. fever drums indeed.

finally, on a more sombre note, this record is dedicated to my dearest friend, jon brian pickerd (aka pfingsten) who flew from this earth by his own hand, leaving me to finish this work without his friendship, guidance and love. we all miss you, pfingsten and the laughter and joy you brought to us while you were here. goodbye, jon. our shared love of mr. blint, and "consequences", lives on in this record.

with so much love, dave - august 17, 2004.

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released August 17, 2003

dave stafford: ovation 1867 acoustic guitar, bass guitar, energy bow guitar, electric guitar, custom long delay / looping system, yamaha dx7-s synthesizer, yamaha dx11 synthesizer, customised mellotron samples, samples, loops.

all tracks composed, performed, recorded, produced, engineered and mixed by dave stafford for pureambient records.

all instruments and sounds by dave stafford, except:

additional musicians: michael j. bowman - drums on:

track 8 "blint's tune = parts 18 - 34"
track 9 "part 18 - technically, your attic - single mix"
track 13 "part 22 - only consequences - single mix"
track 15 "part 24 - sexy lexie - single mix"
track 18 "part 27 - 2003...a merman I have turned to be - single mix"
track 20 "part 29 - neither rewards nor punishments - single mix"
track 23 "part 32 - ungrateful deceiver - single mix""
track 25 "part 34 - the end of all things - single mix"

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dave stafford Stirling, UK

ambient loop guitarist dave stafford performed on stage with robert fripp and the orchestra of crafty guitarists in early 2009, and again with robert fripp and the symphony of crafty guitarists in 2015, and has worked with ambient music and looping for over twenty years. stafford has a rich back catalogue of ambient and loop music, +rock, prog or acoustic crafty guitar music: www.pureambient.com ... more

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Track Name: pastel = doubt
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Track Name: improv = mincer
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Track Name: day = twilight
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Track Name: trio = power
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Track Name: doubt = certainty
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Track Name: twilight = night
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Track Name: blint's tune = parts 18 - 34
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Track Name: part 18 - technically, your attic - single mix
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Track Name: part 19 - glompers - single mix
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Track Name: part 20 - I realise - single mix
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Track Name: part 21 - empty your mind - single mix
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Track Name: part 22 - only consequences - single mix
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Track Name: part 23 - real - single mix
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Track Name: part 24 - sexy lexie - single mix
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Track Name: part 25 - in nature - single mix
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Track Name: part 26 - another blue world - single mix
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Track Name: part 27 - 2003...a merman I have turned to be - single mix
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Track Name: part 28 - electric sky church - single mix
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Track Name: part 29 - neither rewards nor punishments - single mix
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Track Name: part 30 - daybreak - single mix
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Track Name: part 31 - circulation - single mix
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Track Name: part 32 - ungrateful deceiver - single mix
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Track Name: part 33 - back to the cirkus - single mix
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Track Name: part 34 - the end of all things - single mix
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