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Artist Name:
Fernwood
  Title:
SPOTLIGHT 13: Open Seas
 
Date Posted:
March 2008
 
Genre:
New Age
Equipment Used:

Two Audio-Technica AT4033 mics, homemade mic built by producer Wayne Yentis; Mac with MOTU 828 interface running MOTU AudioDesk and Digital Performer.

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Production Notes & Credits:

“Open Seas” is an eclectic instrumental tune. Gayle Ellett played the Chinese ruan, Greek bouzouki, Rhodes piano and the 5-string bass. Todd Montgomery played guitar, sitar, slide Irish bouzouki and mandolin.

Reviewed By: Marty Peters
Rating: 5
Recording: This month’s SPOTLIGHT is a beautiful acoustic based track featuring a combination of instruments that we rarely hear at Readers’ Tapes. While the writing, arranging and performances are of the highest order, it is the blend of the various instruments in the mix that really makes “Open Seas” something special to our ears.

Gayle and Todd have skillfully managed to combine numerous stringed instruments, many with competing frequency ranges, into an open, airy mix that leaves space for each individual sound source, while maintaining a full cohesive feel, free of artifact and digital “nasties.” Well done! I highly recommend this and the other tracks on the Fernwood CD Almeria—see below for details on how to find it.

Summary: Relax and enjoy!

Contact: Gayle Ellett and Todd Montgomery / Fernwood, topangamusic@netzero.net, www.virb.com/Fernwood, www.myspace.com/MontgomeryTSingh

About: Marty Peters

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