I just released my third album, Renovations

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My third album, Renovations (The Prequel to Soundtracks In Search Of A Film) has just been released. Here is some information about the first track, Stone and Bun.

Renovations
(The Prequel to Soundtracks In Search Of A Film)

Stone and Bun
This was developed from a drum track idea I recorded in the 1980s.
Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Guitars, Piano, Organ, Clavinet

Direct YouTube Link:
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Album website:
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Aimless

Aimless is the only vocal track on this album. This is a remake of a track I recorded in the 80s by the same name. The lyrics are the same, but I changed almost everything else on it to some extent. When I created Aimless and when I re-created Aimless I felt like an actor playing a part while singing the lyrics. I may have actually gone beyond method acting since I had bronchitis when I recorded the vocals on this version.
Instrumentation: Drums, Piano, Bass, Clavinet, Vocals



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Motions

Motions is based on my composition titled Opening Sequence, which I had used for a choreographed group tumbling exhibition when I taught gymnastics at Head Over Heels in Emeryville, CA in the 1980s.
Instrumentation: Drums, Piano, Kalimba, Synthesizer, Guitar, Clavinet, Vibraphone, Bass, Organ, Violins, Cellos

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Road Pops


Road Pops is based on a short melodic bass line I composed with working title of Mini Bum Rhapsody. When I expanded on this idea it became much more cheerful and was given the happier title Road Pops.

Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Organ, Clavinet, Synthesizers, Electric Piano


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Surface Swim

The previous title for this piece was Skimming the Surface. Scuba diving in Whaler’s Cove in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve was the inspiration for this.

Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Piano, Clavinet, Vibraphone, Marimba, Guitar, Strings, Synthesizer


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Ultra Indigo

The previous title for this piece was Ultraviolet. I was happy to find out that the new title, Ultra Indigo, is also the name of a hair color. This track could be suitable for an investigatory news program, a sports drama, a spy comedy, or perhaps something else entirely.

Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Synthesizers, Cellos, Guitar, Clavinet, Organ

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Mobile Sweet Variation

I originally titled this song after going to Chinatown in Oakland, CA and buying a box of Japanese candy that came with a blue plastic model toy robot/transformer. The box said Mobile Suit Variation in English next to lots of Japanese writing. I think that the candy was similar to Botan Rice Candy, but I'm not sure. I though that when I reworked Mobile Suit Variation that I would retitle it with a candy reference - Mobile Sweet Variation (along with a play on words, suite.)

Instrumentation: Drums, Synthesizers, Marimbas, Strings, Clavinet, Xylophone


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Favourite Coloured Armour

This is one that I did not retitle. I like the British spelling of the three words in the title. It also seems to match the rhythm throughout the song.
Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Electric Piano, Strings, Bassoon, Celesta

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Nuevo Mascara

The original title for this piece was The Masked Manager. Nuevo Mascara is Spanish for New Mask, which seemed appropriate for an updated version. It also has a connection with lucha libre.
Instrumentation: Drums, Synthesizers, Clavinet, Electric Piano, Vibraphone, Strings, Marimba, Guitar

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Thick Plot

This was sparked by a cool rhythm and then expanded upon.
Instrumentation: Drums, Percussion, Crotales, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Marimba, Chorus, Synthesizers, Bass, Guitar, Organ

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Inquisitive

This was inspired by a question along with some other ideas and additions. Instrumentation: Drums, Synthesizers, Gamelan, Vibraphone, Glockenspiel, Marimba, Xylophone, Bass

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Camouflage Exhibition

This was developed from some notes of an idea that I likely came up with on a Casio VL-Tone. However, this had not been recorded before.

Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Clavinet, Guitar, Pianos, Strings


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Fashion Plate

While looking through an old notebook of my songs from back in the mid 80s. I found drums and bass notes for Roland's Bassline and Drumatix along with an arrangement. This also had a working title of I Don't Know What To Wear. However, it was not completed. This felt like finding a hidden room in an old house. I initially recorded it according to the notes in the notebook, realized why I hadn't released it and gave it a thorough remodeling. The bass notes and arrangement are still close to the original composition. I tweaked the drums and added synthesizers, an intro, and an ending.
Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Synthesizers, Electric Piano

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She Stands

This is the next step after a piece originally titled Ethel Fell. This reminds me of either a video game theme or the music that is on the menu portion of a DVD. This may even evolve into something else in the future.

Instrumentation: Drums, Bass, Synthesizers, Chorus, Guitars, Organ, Strings

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Mise En Scene

Mise en scene is a French film term for control of the frame, or staging.

Instrumentation: Drums, Clavinet, Strings, Synthesizers, Glockenspiel, Harp, Timpani, Steel Drums, Flute, Tuba

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Mileage May Vary

This is the fourth version of a track that was previously Car Go Far (I), Car Go Far (II), and The Racer's Edge. (The first two had vocals, the third was instrumental.) It felt like I was able to get the pianos to do some singing on this version.

Instrumentation: Drums, Pianos, Synthesizers, Guitars, Organ

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Giant Pillowcase

This is a combination of two themes. The introduction reminds me of the powerful feeling of love the last time my Mom and I hugged each other. A modern dancer performing in a large cloth bag or a giant pillowcase inspires the rest of the piece.

Instrumentation: Synthesizers, Strings, Mallets, Bass

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Album Website:
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P.S. My fifth album, Scores and Vision will be coming out soon.
Previews or samples of tracks from the album can be heard here: https://stevfargan.hearnow.com/scores-and-vision
 
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Here is a video that my friend Bret Hamilton made for Mobile Sweet Variation:
 
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