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Using a diverse set of instruments and percussive devices, from tennis balls to Jupiter 80 keyboards, electronics artist and performer Steve MacLean presents an exotic set of compositions using microtonal, poly-rhythmic and deeply engaging structures in unusual and captivating music.

MacLean, Steve
Ordinary Objects And Other Distractions

MacLean, Steve: Ordinary Objects And Other Distractions (Recommended Records)

Label: Recommended Records    
Released in: Great Britain    

"In this episode, a number of short recordings of household objects and curious instruments become the core thematic material for a range of exquisitely conceived and realised pieces in which the recordings are shaped, stretched, tuned, combined and otherwise manipulated before being folded into a variety of musical structures with additional elements or parts added. Much use is made of rhythms derived from gravity - that is, dropping and bouncing - embedded into microtonal, poly-rhythmic and deeply engaging structures. Steve has been a hard sell in some ways, like Jon Rose, Biota and Bob Drake. But we think that, in the end, quality will out."-Recommended Records

"Steve MacLean is an assistant professor in the Electronic Production and Design Department at Berklee College of Music. A guitarist, composer, producer, and engineer, he has been evolving with music technology since the early 1980s, when he worked in a New York City recording studio and got hands-on experience with early versions of the Fairlight CMI, DX-7, Linn Drum, automated mixing consoles, and digital audio samplers. Later, he founded his own recording and production studio and produced/engineered hundreds of artists and numerous award-winning projects including scores for more than 200 commercials and soundtracks, as well as a prolific output of his own acclaimed works.

An active performer and composer for more than 30 years, he was cofounder of the Portland Experimental Music Collective, has performed original compositions at numerous new music festivals, including several pieces for New Music Across America and similar events. An innovator in the new music circuit, he was curator for a series of concerts called 2001 New Music Odyssey, and continues to release recordings internationally on Recommended Records, U.K., and others.

MacLean has been a music technology educator independently and with Berklee. He also was a product specialist/clinician with a variety of manufacturers for more than 20 years."

-Berklee University Website (

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UPC: 752725036825

Label: Recommended Records
Catalog ID: ReRSM7
Squidco Product Code: 22580

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
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Track Listing:

1. Ordinary Distractions 4:48

2. Zen 1 5:55

3. Ra. 3:27

4. Zen 3 3:06

5. Temperamental Distractions 8:37

6. Zen 2 4:39

7. Some Days Are Better Than Others 9:07

8. The Prophet 2:55

9. Some Days Are Better Than Others (Alt) 4:42

10. As Things Go... 2:56