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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 - "Bridge Underwater [Magnetic Flip] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 5:26

Minimalism, and a delight. 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 - "Pulse Piece [live; Between Fires] (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:40

Dynamic, minimalist workout for piano and synths, with spacy electronic treatments adding an element of mystery.

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 - "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 - "Maybe I Will (Excerpt #2)" - Full Length = 6:08

The piano introduces a tango rhythm while the ensemble joins in with a seductive, minor-key melody. A slow, somber middle section then gives way to a lively reprise of the opening theme, with the two saxophones playfully trading licks.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Maybe I Will (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 6:08

The piano introduces a tango rhythm while the ensemble joins in with a seductive, minor-key melody. A slow, somber middle section then gives way to a lively reprise of the opening theme, with the two saxophones playfully trading licks.

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - "Pulse Piece (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 3:07

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

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 1 (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 9:31

Rapid-fire sixteenth-note sequences on Moog synthesizers and wordless female vocals are featured in this dramatic piece, which has the inexorable momentum and subtle variation of a serene but fast-moving river.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 1 (Excerpt #2)" - full track = 9:31

Rapid-fire sixteenth-note sequences on Moog synthesizers and wordless female vocals are featured in this dramatic piece, which has the inexorable momentum and subtle variation of a serene but fast-moving river.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 1 (Excerpt #3)" - full track = 9:31

Rapid-fire sixteenth-note sequences on Moog synthesizers and wordless female vocals are featured in this dramatic piece, which has the inexorable momentum and subtle variation of a serene but fast-moving river.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 2 (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 10:33

A dreamy, leisurely adventure in intricate synthesizer counterpoint, repetitive but restless, with a choral element and cathedral organ sound which introduces a questing, spiritual dimension.

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 3 (Excerpt #2)" - full track = 13:34

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

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 3 (Excerpt #3)" - full track = 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 #1)" - Full Length = 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 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 2 (Excerpt #2)" -

A dreamy, leisurely adventure in intricate synthesizer counterpoint, repetitive but restless, with a choral element and cathedral organ sound which introduces a questing, spiritual dimension.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 8" - Full Length = 8:42

Bouncy minimalist synth patterns lay the foundation, with complementary melody lines and abrupt key changes adding drama and complexity.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 4 (Excerpt #2)" -

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 6 " - Full Length = 14:22

A chattering, astringent rhythmic pattern on electric guitar is overlaid with a legato melody line and then a deep foghorn bass note. Guitar and sampled brass and tenor saxophone provide intricate counterpoint which weaves in and out of the mix. A restless, sometimes dramatic musical journey.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 8B" - Full Length = 8:33

Clear, bell-like electric pianos establish the minimalist rhythmic foundation, while bright classical guitar and harp add to the shimmering contrapuntal ambience.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part 8C" - Full Length = 9:17

Bright, minimalist patterns for electric piano alternate between single and double time, while intricate counterpoint is supplied by plucked bass, vibraphone, horn, and reed sounds.

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 Ten" - Full Length = 19:00

This long piece opens with a gentle, classically oriented canon which features unison voice and basset horn in an octave interval, with a keyboard bass ostinato providing the foundation. The piece then adopts a more vigorous double-time rhythm with featured solo excursions for tenor sax and then soprano sax. It then eases back into a relaxed groove which features operatic female vocals and alto flute before ending with staccato patterns from the keyboards and a final improvised solo from the tenor sax.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part Eleven" - Full Length = 13:14

A dramatic, stately chordal sequence introduces lively minimalist patterns on electronic keyboards, with a variety of textures and shifting key signatures. Renaissance classical elements are blended with a gleeful, almost circus-like sense of sonic play.

David Borden/Mother Mallard - "Part Twelve C" - Full Length = 5:53

– Slow, moody interlocking patterns played on electronic keyboards, complemented by a wordless vocal refrain, create an atmosphere of dreamy reverie.

Lars Hollmer - "Dron (Live: Gouveia 2005) (Excerpt #1)" - full track= 4:20

The droning, low notes of an accordion adopt an Eastern sound for a meditative, raga-like feel that’s accentuated by low, wordless vocals following along with the melody. [Tempo: no fixed tempo]

Lars Hollmer - "Dron (Live: Heuwiesse 2005) (Excerpt #1)" - full track= 4:31

The droning, low notes of an accordion adopt an Eastern sound for a meditative, raga-like feel that’s accentuated by low, wordless vocals following along with the melody. [Tempo: no fixed tempo]

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Ceres Motion (1973) (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 14:45

Magical, ethereal music with a decided dream-like quality, regardless of tempo. Deep synthesizer drones provide initial support for crystalline melodic motifs from the RMI electric piano, which gives way to a lively minimalist rhythmic pattern around which the synth keyboards improvise with subtle grace.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Ceres Motion (Excerpt #2)" - Full Track = 14:45

Magical, ethereal music with a decided dream-like quality, regardless of tempo. Deep synthesizer drones provide initial support for crystalline melodic motifs from the RMI electric piano, which gives way to a lively minimalist rhythmic pattern around which the synth keyboards improvise with subtle grace.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Oleo Strut (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 10:37

Lovely, mellow, minimalist pattern music for three electronic keyboards. The first section lopes along mid-tempo, with just enough counterpoint to keep the mind engaged; the second section eases into a super-mellow, twinkling ambiance, with the Moog synths providing a very credible rendition of a sonorous horn ensemble.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "All Set (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 7:26

After a jaunty solo synthesiser opening, a synth bass ostinato is added, along with counterpoint from a third keyboard. A Moog synthesizer provides some effective pitch bending, the electric piano contributes rhythmic, percussive stabs, and with the addition of some electronic chipmunk chatter, the overall effect suggests a chorus of cheerful electronic creatures within a melodious sonic jungle. Highly inventive.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Theme from After the Fall (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 4:49

A slow, minimalist synth rhythm anchors a pure, crystalline melody which deepens over the duration of the piece. A lovely, ethereal dreamscape.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "All Set (Excerpt #2)" - full length = 7:26

After a jaunty solo synthesiser opening, a synth bass ostinato is added, along with counterpoint from a third keyboard. A Moog synthesizer provides some effective pitch bending, the electric piano contributes rhythmic, percussive stabs, and with the addition of some electronic chipmunk chatter, the overall effect suggests a chorus of cheerful electronic creatures within a melodious sonic jungle. Highly inventive.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Waterwheel (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 10:02

Gorgeous, shimmering music that evokes the sonic impression of a waterwheel, with its regular and repetitive motion but also with a playful and random shimmer of cascading water. The opening, jangly, two-note repetitive pattern devolves into a slower motif before hitting overdrive with an extended up-tempo collaboration between three electronic keyboards.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "C-A-G-E Part II (Excerpt #1)" - Full Length = 20:21

A deeply meditative, extended improvisation for three synth keyboards with slowly evolving, interlocking patterns. As a homage to avant garde composer John Cage, the only pitches used in the piece were C, A, G and E - although the result is serene and highly musical and not the least bit "difficult" or academic. In fact, it's a lovely, mesmerizing twenty minutes of mellow bliss.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "C-A-G-E Part II (Excerpt #2)" - full length= 20:21

A deeply meditative, extended improvisation for three synth keyboards with slowly evolving, interlocking patterns. As a homage to avant garde composer John Cage, the only pitches used in the piece were C, A, G and E - although the result is serene and highly musical and not the least bit "difficult" or academic. In fact, it's a lovely, mesmerizing twenty minutes of mellow bliss.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "C-A-G-E Part II (Excerpt #3)" - full length= 20:21

A deeply meditative, extended improvisation for three synth keyboards with slowly evolving, interlocking patterns. As a homage to avant garde composer John Cage, the only pitches used in the piece were C, A, G and E - although the result is serene and highly musical and not the least bit "difficult" or academic. In fact, it's a lovely, mesmerizing twenty minutes of mellow bliss.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Downtown (Excerpt #2)" - Full Length = 6:40

A gentle, minimalist improvisation for synth keyboards with an emphasis on bright, lively rhythms and tones.

Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company - "Downtown (Excerpt #1)" -

A gentle, minimalist improvisation for synth keyboards with an emphasis on bright, lively rhythms and tones.