MESMER

by Roy Mattson

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MESMER is really an album to be listened to at night around a campfire or stargazing; enhancing and complimenting the nightly world while you stare into the fire, the stars simmer above, the trees whisper old secrets, and your shadow joins the procession of spirits into the unknown in search of the great mystery. It has hints of tribal and ethno-ambient music mixed with a strong dose of psychedelia. The intent in creating this album was to convey the altered sense and perception that I experience in the evening hours when I am out in nature. There is a certain sense of balance of intimacy and grandeur in the night…one of the main feelings I wanted to capture in this music.

Instrumentation: Synthesizers, electric guitar, bamboo flutes,native american flutes, clay udu drum, voice, shakers/rattles, ocarinas, rain stick, field recordings.

Mastering: Peter James

Thanks to Dave DeWolf on track 8 for additional flute-work with me.

Special Thanks: Steve Brand, John Koch-Northrup, Geoff Small, and Joel Sutton at Relaxed Machinery.

Cover art:
Thanks to Jyrki Salmi and Bill Majoros for the use go their images in creating the cover art. The owl is attributed to B. Majoros, and the woods are attributed to J. Salmi. The two images were blended, cropped, and a black and white filter was added by Roy Mattson

Jyrki Salmi: "Poison Green Forest"
web address: www.flickr.com/photos/salman2000/
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Bill Majoros: "Barn Owl 26"
web address: www.flickr.com/photos/thirdbirdfromthesun/
CC BY-SA 2.0

Wallpaper:

"A night of fire". Original photo by Warren Lynn
www.flickr.com/photos/warrenlynn/
www.wellfedspirit.org
The image was cropped and a black and white filter was added by Roy Mattson
CC BY-ND 2.0

Additional field/sound recordings:

Owl sounds track 1 and 4- by Kevin Boucher
freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/
sound clip shortened and slight reverb added by Roy Mattson
CC0 1.0

Tree Frog sounds track 10- by Chris Castiglione
freesound.org/people/alienistcog/
slight reverb was added by Roy Mattson
CC0 1.0
ukuphambana.com

Spring Peeper sounds track 10- Bud Jillet
freesound.org/people/BudJillett/
slight reverb was added by Roy Mattson
CC BY 3.0

credits

released May 29, 2015

Mastering: Peter James
peter_james_013@hotmail.com

Cover art:

Thanks to Jyrki Salmi and Bill Majoros for the use go their images in creating the cover art. The owl is attributed to B. Majoros, and the woods are attributed to J. Salmi. The two images were blended, cropped, and a black and white filter was added by Roy Mattson

Jyrki Salmi: "Poison Green Forest"
web address: www.flickr.com/photos/salman2000/
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Bill Majoros: "Barn Owl 26"
web address: www.flickr.com/photos/thirdbirdfromthesun/
CC BY-SA 2.0

Wallpaper:

"A night of fire". Original photo by Warren Lynn
www.flickr.com/photos/warrenlynn/
www.wellfedspirit.org
The image was cropped and a black and white filter was added by Roy Mattson
CC BY-ND 2.0

Additional field recordings:

Owl sounds track 1 and 4- by Kevin Boucher
freesound.org/people/kvgarlic/
sound clip shortened and slight reverb added by Roy Mattson
CC0 1.0

Tree Frog sounds track 10- by Chris Castiglione
freesound.org/people/alienistcog/
slight reverb was added by Roy Mattson
CC0 1.0
ukuphambana.com

Spring Peeper sounds track 10- Bud Jillet
freesound.org/people/BudJillett/
slight reverb was added by Roy Mattson
CC BY 3.0

Track 8- Dave DeWolf; additional Native American flute

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