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"Ecotone" Limited Edition CD: - also selling FLAC and High Quality MP3!

"Ecotone" Digital Download:
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James Johnson Digital Albums:
"Environment 1", "Lost at Dunn's Lake", "Cube 1 - 4", "Slow and Low", more to come...
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Ecotone finds ambient sound sculptors James Johnson and Brian McWilliams (aka Aperus) at the height of their powers as they deliver a deeply textured environmental sound study using field recordings, electronics and organic instruments.

In the studio, the duo improvised and recorded whatever happened as they worked with a wide variety of compositional techniques. Johnson set up song structures and loops on the fly while McWilliams colored around the edges with additional chords and samples. By time they parted ways, they had recorded over two hours of material to digital tape.

Final curation and mastering was intensive as McWilliams structured songs, added overdubs, and reprocessed some tracks entirely. Reflecting back, both artists feel that "Ecotone" represents a major milestone in both their catalogs and dedicate it as a strong statement of appreciation and concern for the natural world and its current fragile state.

This limited edition run of 500 CD"s features pressed CD's (not burned CDR's) with booklets and tray cards printed on 100% recycled post consumer paper. The first 250 copies will ship with a set of photos chosen from each artist's catalog of landscape photography.

JAMES JOHNSON ~ keyboards, piano, percussion, drum loops, guitar, samples, field recordings

APERUS ~ keyboards, percussion, ebow guitar, ocarina, samples, field recordings

1. Descending Arc - 11:00
2. Cycle 17 - 4:42
3. Nostalgia and Memory - 2:54
4. Crow Over Walnut Canyon - 6:54
5. Long Goodbye - 11:43
6. Ancestral Voices - 3:24
7. The Moth Jar - 5:21
8. Transmigration - 6:02
9. Traces - 2:02

Total Playing Time: 54:01

1. Descending Arc

2. Cycle 17

3. Crow Over Walnut Canyon

4. Ancestral Voices

5. The Moth Jar

"... as a naturalist, my favorite places to be are along the ecotone. It's where it's most alive ... usually ... the edge of the forest and the meadow. It's the edge of the ocean and the sand ... where the rack line occurs. It's that interface between peace and chaos. It's that creative edge that I think we find most instructive. It's also the most frightening. Because it's completely uncertain and unpredictable and that's again where I choose to live."

Terry Tempest Williams - American Public Media Interview, Feb 2011

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