"What Does An Iowa Winter Sound Like?" by Mark Rushton
- "What Does An Iowa Winter Sound Like?" by Mark Rushton
A reporter from a local paper asked me via email about the possibility
of writing a story on the music and spotlighting this podcast. It sort
of morphed into a theme that the reporter came up with, which was:
"What Does An Iowa Winter Sound Like?"
During the month of December in 2005, winter has been relentless in
Iowa. We've received nearly a foot of snow and dealt with temperatures
as low as -19. I commute daily to from my home in Cedar Rapids to my
job in Iowa City using state highways and county roads, and you can't
help but be inspired by the beauty and the difficulty of driving
through the winter landscape. I hope that the music in this podcast
reflects what I'm seeing and experiencing this winter.
First track is "Advisory" - a piece I completed in December 2005 in
collaboration with Jon Harnish.
The second track, "Winter Wind Chimes", is about 4 minutes long and
was completed in December 2005 with the assistance of Jon Harnish.
Part of it was done in the studio, and other sections are samples from
a previous live performance at the Ambient Matyk Cafe in Cedar Rapids.
Continuing with the show's theme is "New Rules" - this is another
hybrid ambient piece based on atmospheric loops that Jon Harnish
created and I arranged. Jon also plays bass guitar, and, like "Winter
Wind Chimes" the bass was recorded live at the Ambient Matyk Cafe. I
also provided the field recording of birds, recorded near rural
Toddville, Iowa, that you'll hear throughout. This reminds me of one
of those grey days in the country where the temps are in the 20s and
not much is going on.
The fourth piece of music was made in early 2005 and called "Minus
Eleven" - it was initially created when the temps outside were
actually minus eleven. It's a bit more of a rhythmic piece - think of
spinning tires and idling car engines if you wish - and if you're not
wearing headphones you might not fully appreciate what's going on, so
get a pair on if you can. This 4 minute track is from my recent CD
release, Hum And Drift.
Finally, to finish off the theme of "What Does An Iowa Winter Sound
Like?" is a short piece of music by Mark Rushton and Jon Harnish, just
under 2 minutes, called "Drift Higher" - it features a field recording
of birds in the early spring time, something we are all looking
forward to after going through so many cold winter days and dark evenings.
Mark Rushton Podcast #9 - What Does An Iowa Winter Sound Like?
Released January 1, 2006
22 minutes and 37 seconds
For more about Mark's podcasts, visit http://podcast.markrushton.com