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Stone Guitars

by Richard Carrick

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Dawn 02:27
Babylon 05:22
One 08:57
Molten 01:49
Sinking 02:52
Granite 03:37
Undersea 03:10


Composer Richard Carrick is best known for his concert works, described by Allan Kozinn of the New York Times as "charming, with exoticism and sheer infectiousness." While Carrick typically collaborates with other musicians, notably with the New York Philharmonic and his own ensemble Either/Or, Stone Guitars was created in isolation. Returning to the instrument of his teenage years, Stone Guitars was recorded during late nights spent exploring the introspective world of de-tuned, effects heavy electric guitars. Each guitar layer was recorded sequentially without monitoring the previous layers. Using memory, visual cues (visual click track, tracking graphics of the previous recordings), and compositional structures, each line spontaneously evolved with an independent flow. Carrick later layered the spontaneous tracks above each other, marrying the beauty of the ephemeral gesture with a finely considered compositional sense of structure. Composition, performance, and improvisation were completely intertwined with a range of recording and editing techniques to produce this diverse set of pieces. The title, Stone Guitars, refers both to the indestructible mass of sound of the electric guitar and to the venue of the title trackʼs premiere - John Zorn's East Village venue, The Stone. The music on this recording is by turns nostalgic, raw, direct, meditative, bold, evocative, distorted, and micro-tonally dense. Carrick is not unfamiliar to this type of recording process -- he used a similar approach for his solo piano CD Containment(self released) and adapted it to notated music in The Veins of Marble for chamber orchestra, Dark Flow - Double Quartet for two independently performing quartets, and Prisonerʼs Cinema for chamber orchestra with video projection.


released July 8, 2014

Composed, Performed, Recorded and Edited by Richard Carrick
Mixed and Mastered by Zach Herchen
Graphic Design by Leah Roschke
Guitar Photo by Dan Demetriad
Cover Photos by Richard Carrick




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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