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nambutamba rain shower
recorded: 20161014 - 20161017
type: active / world music / african garageband composition
this is an additive / subtractive experiment, starting with sparse instrumentation - first, an african shaker, then, some african drums, then, some very ambient synths and other odd melodic samples, and the piece just grows thicker and thicker as it moves towards it's mid-section, I am adding more and more instruments in, so a beautiful, lush atmosphere is apparent pretty quickly.
once it reaches the middle section, I break things up a little bit, and allow drum patterns to balance against heavily reverbed synths, while a strong drum beat emerges from a regular drumkit that sits on top of the bed of african drums.
then, we start to move towards the subtractive phase - the steady, loud drum kit disappears, african drums and percussion return to the foreground, along with the same beautiful ambient samples as in the very first section.
the song is somewhat symmetrical - and as it nears the end, I begin removing instruments, slowly, so you don't really notice what is happening - and then finally - you do realise, the oddly reverb guitar sample disappears, the beautiful synth pads disappear...
which leads into a short african drum solo section, which then very quickly indeed "de-volves" all the way back down to the shaker, and thence - to silence - which brings us full circle. this was another one where there is only one version of it - and this is that version - one of those that just appears, fully formed, and you don't really have to do a lot of work on it, or do a lot of versions.
it sounded good in it's very first incarnation, so no other incarnations were required - that's the way I like it to happen, and I am always so grateful when it does happen that way (which does not happen nearly often enough!).
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