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by Derek Dallenger

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Medium Fine 06:08
Always There 06:36
Willow 05:41
Looking Back 07:25
Palisade 05:34
Contact 08:22
Rising Moon 07:38


Finished in early 2016, all the tracks on this album were composed on the Tim Donahue signature model electric harp guitar, which I've been playing for just a few years; there's also a heavy Chapman Stick presence on the album, that's an instrument I've been playing a lot longer.

At the time of writing this text, as far as I know, this may be the only album to date which features this particular combination of instruments - fretted and fretless electric harp guitars, 10-string Chapman Stick and 8-string guitar-tuned Alto Stick.

I wanted to do something that incorporated some of the contrasting textures of the different sounds, totally different playing techniques and characteristics of these instruments. The results are quite a mixture in terms of styles of music, the album doesn't fit into any one 'genre' exactly - hard to categorize, a bit like life itself, in that sense, perhaps.

The music, the title, and and the track titles, mean whatever you want them to mean; to me, that's what music's for, so whatever you might imagine or visualize from any part of it is fine by me... :)

Just over an hour of instrumental music.

Thanks for listening, I hope you enjoy it.


released April 14, 2017

All tracks composed, played, recorded, mixed and edited by Derek Dallenger. Copyright : Derek Dallenger 2016.

Instruments : Tim Donahue Signature Model electric harp guitars (fretted and fretless)

!0-string Chapman Stick and 8-string guitar-tuned Alto Stick*

Drums - loops and virtual drummer. Additional live drums on ‘Palisade’ by Ian Kitney.

Mastered by : SIM , Arc Electronics, Southampton, U.K.

Artwork by Darren Chilton (www.soundcloud.com/spectrum_one)

*Stick and Chapman Stick are registered trademarks of Stick Enterprises inc., U.S.A.


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Derek Dallenger Miyakonojo, Japan

I've been playing music since childhood one way or another, and have made a number of recordings and played live in a wide variety of situations over the years. The Chapman Stick since 1991, and now also Tim Donahue electric harp guitars for the last few years, have proved to me to be such outstandingly excellent instruments that I haven't wanted to do much else except play them. ... more

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