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Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Ptinct (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:20

A rolling, two-chord piano riff supports a smooth synth melody, with some slide guitar drones adding a little extra texture.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Birdgam (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:17

A pattern-based piece with opening metallic marimba riff, saxophone-driven melody line, and a touch of funky syncopation.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Bridge Underwater [Magnetic Flip] (Excerpt #2)" - Full Length = 5:26

Richly captivating minimalism. Lively, descending piano motif supported by wheezy pump organ riff and a counter-melody from a processed drone guitar. The descending motif then gives way to a slower, more pensive piano figure with mysterious, ethereal swoops and glides from synthesizers.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Scenes from a... [Beat of the Mesozoic] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 5:06

Stunningly beautiful minimalist piece. Poignant piano over machine age rhythms, with a pensive, eerie interlude.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Pulse Piece (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 3:17

Driving minimalism. Opens with minimalist figure from synth keyboards, then kicks into rapid, locomotive pulse embellished with repetitive piano chords and contrapuntal lines from synth keyboards.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Final Motif [Magnetic Flip] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:02

Breathtakingly beautiful. Redolent with a sense of loss and passing time, a poignant piano motif glides over textured electronic strata.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Terry Riley's House [Magnetic Flip] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:03

Minimalism that mesmerizes, keyboard cascades that captivate. Percolating piano and ascending electronic keyboard melodies writhe and intertwine, evoking the sweep of passing eons.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Shiny Golden Snakes [Magnetic Flip] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 3:07

Concussive electric guitar chords give way to uplifting counterpoint of keyboard and lead guitar.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "The Orange Ocean [Birdsongs of the Mesozoic] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 2:13

Pastoral beauty. A haunting, roiling piano ostinato partakes of equal parts minimalism and Debussy, joined by graceful, uplifting cello melody.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Ptoccata II (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 5:13

Opens with a mellow soprano saxophone and synth dreamscape, which then alternates and blends with a punchy riff for electric guitar, bass, and percussive, patterned piano.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "March (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 2:22

Drums and piano introduce (what else?) a lively march rhythm, with chirpy synth keyboards providing additional texture and counterpoint.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 3 (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 13:34

Swirling, hypnotic minimalism, with synthesizers supporting a vocal with lyrics which pay homage to famous Renaissance composers.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 4 (Excerpt #2)" - full track = 19:46

A three-part piece with an opening slow-paced, thoughtful minimalist section, then a dignified but vigorous movement with female vocal counterpoint, and finally, a moody, ethereal, minimalist structure with plaintive interlocking melodies and a deep, sonorous synthesizer bass.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 5 " - Full Length = 8:10

Tinkling, shimmering minimalist riffs on electric keyboards and guitar are supported by a deep ostinato bass counterpoint. Piano keyboards begin to pound as the piece comes to a dynamic close.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 8A" - Full Length = 8:41

Tranquil, floating minimalism, with a languid melody line forming over a staccato, rhythmic foundation. The combined electronic keyboards, classical guitar, and harp generate a marimba-like sound which is almost African in texture.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part Nine" - Full Length = 15:31

A long, stately, minimalist pattern piece featuring marimba-like electric piano, with legato vocalese (wordless vocals) and deep melodic drones supplying counterpoint.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part Twelve A" - Full Length = 7:21

An lively opening marimba-like minimalist pattern is joined by a contrapuntal higher-register tuned percussive riff, to which are added a wordless vocal line and long, low ostinato motifs – all contributing to a pleasing, tuneful kaleidoscope of sound.

Present - "Ersatz (Excerpt #1)" - Full Track = 5:08

A tart but toe-tapping contrapuntal piece for percussion, piano, guitar and bass.