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The Wizards Fool
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"The Wizards Fool" Liner Notes
Notes from Miles Eddy
Original synthesized music Composed, Performed and Produced by Miles Eddy
Peace Through Music
1. "Vortex" - While taking a break from editing another piece (i.e. "Desert Wind"), Miles started experimenting with his digital delay. The main theme of this piece was inspired from the complex movement of sound across the stereo spectrum from playing a simple theme. Years latter, harmonies were added and years after that, remixed for this album.
2. "Stories and Tales" - Originally named from the synthesizer-preset name used for the sound of the main theme (e.g. "ICE POP"), it was renamed to reflect the exotic nature of its rhymes to tell a story. Uses both electronic and acoustic drums.
3. "Desert Wind" - In 1987, while juggling at Renaissance Festivals, Miles equipped his camper with his synthesizers, an Amiga computer, and a small gas generator and continued working on music. The main keyboard track on "Desert Wind" was originally improvised during this time in a sand store in the Arizona desert.
4. "Shairizon" - This is the first piece that Miles uses his voice as an instrument. Using heavy digital delay, his voice is transformed into an ethereal choir. Each note was individually edited over the underlying CP-35 electric piano part. This is an original composition in 2002.
5. "Shadows Forgotten" - This is a re-performed version of a piece that was almost lost. The original version is on Milestone, but it didn't end up on either cassette before that even though was composed in 1984.
6. "Trilogy Part 1" - In 1983 Miles composed a piano trilogy that later became these three pieces. Part one uses a single performance on the Yamaha CP-35 electric piano with no other synthesizers.
7. "Trilogy Part 2" - A live performance on electric piano in 1986 with new synthesized harmonies in 2002.
8. "Trilogy Part 3" - Acoustic Baby Grand piano in 1997 with synthesized harmonies added in 2002.
9. "Flowing Sands" - Live performance in 1997 on acoustic Baby Grand piano with harmonies added in 2002.
10. "Not Bach" - While attending music theory in collage, Miles composed this counterpoint piece to resemble the form created by Bach.
11. "Glory Dirge" - Originally a piano piece composed in 1980, Miles made several attempts to synthesize this piece into a sprightly waltz. Two decays later, having never been satisfied with previous attempts, in a fit of desperate inspiration (and humor), he revised the tempo and rhythm to resemble a dirge. The original title "Of Future Glory" was changed accordingly.
12. "Four Bees" - Another piano piece turned electronic, this arrangement took form while preparing this album. Performed almost as an after-though, the piece took on a life of its own and is now one of Miles Eddy's favorite tracks.
13. "Reflections" - While most of the other piano compositions ended up in a synthesized form, this is an original performance on acoustic Baby Grand piano in 1997.
14. "Traveler" - The beautiful bell-like quality of the Yamaha CP-35 electric piano inspired the main theme in the 1980's. Originally one track, this version incorporates the original performance on electric piano from years ago with new harmonies added in 2002.
15. "A Little Ditty" - One of those rare moments when improvising becomes the finished piece!
16. "Flee" - While nearing completion of this album, Miles started experimenting with other piano ditties he had composed in college. This piece started out as a finger exercise and ended up as an exercise in how many tracks he could edit around one theme!
17. "Juggling" - Originally this theme was nothing more than a 30 second introduction for a learning to juggle videotape produced by Miles Eddy. It was expanded with an accelerating tempo to be a playful ditty that could be incorporated into his professional juggling show.
18."Watermelon" - Originally composed in 1983, it was never performed well enough to use until 2002. With harmonies almost creating themselves, many new melodies weave around each other that where never conceived in the original version.
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