Sometimes each of us needs to be raised to a higher place.
A solo piano work written to commemorate the birth of Jessica Ciastko, the first daughter of my wife's brother.
An electronic wash to accompany the activity in question.
This piece made its first appearance in A Kozmik Christmas 2008. The idea for it came to me one Christmas night while standing in the cold and looking up at a multitude of incredibly old stars in an amazingly clear sky. Unlike any of the other recordings here, this moves at a nearly glacial pace. It's also a continuation of my Sounds series whose first entry was written in the late 1970s. When the pace of life gets too hectic, kick back and let the sound wash over you.
This is a study in analog frequency modulation (FM) that I recorded in 1979. The image in my mind when I first conceptualized the piece was of cosmic bells about 100 light years in size.
The original recording was 4 channel surround, mixed down from eight tracks of source material. Sound generation was done using a Moog modular synthesizer completely under human control.
During the last week of my mother's life there was nothing that I could do for her except keep her company, sometimes hold her hand and listen to music with her. This three part piece for seven strings grew out of that experience.
This solo piano piece was written as a birthday gift for my niece and god-daughter, Jenna Zielinski Kessler.
During one of the tracking sessions for what became 1994's Still Lazy After All These Years (an installment of The IGKNOWS "The Broadcast That Never Was" Club) Jonny Splatter played a drum riff for me and asked what I could do with it. The first thing that hit me was the title. After that came the theme, orchestration and performance. This is the result as it became the pad for Jonny's closing of that recording.
This tune was written by my friend Michael Modjeski. The recording (done as a demo at Studio West in Chicago) features the core of what used to be the band Attitudes: Bob Bolanowski (bass); John Horvath (drums); Michael Modjeski (guitar); and Ron Ziolkowski (piano). I contributed the soprano and tenor saxophone parts.