October 4, 2017 § Leave a comment
New v-log, announcing Echo Us’ 5th studio album, “To Wake a Dream in Moving Water”:
Press release HERE
August 4, 2017 § Leave a comment
Amazing how time flies, especially when you are the kind of alien that doesn’t count the hours.
In 2007 I began what would end up being my first foray into multi-album suites. Tomorrow Will Tell The Story was always set to be the successor to The Tide Decides, but at first it was not planned that they would begin the multi-album trilogy that they began. The Tide Decides was always meant to be a concept album on its own, at its outset inspired by the grim facts, as well as pre-cognitions of a planet and species bent on ecological disaster. The concept came to me in late 2003 and morphed from its grim beginnings into a metaphysical and metaphorical fairy tale about the life of one human being, and the life of the earth running at the same speed, to death do us part ways.
The Tide Decides began after a rather drug-filled period of my life in college, and as it’s compositions worked themselves out in a number of ways, it became apparent that there was not only one ‘version’ of the album, but at least two. People (including musicians) have often scoffed at me as to why I could see the album in multiple ways / arrangements / orchestrations. Although I was already attuned to such flights of fancy, never had I been so inundated by differing and divergent paths that a piece of music could take. I still have the original early demos which had almost zero guitar and were primarily built from electronic sounds. The final version of The Tide Decides ended out being a 50-50 split between real acoustic instrumentation and the original electronic approach.
One thing my musician friends over the years have noted is that I have a strange ability and fascination with rearranging, reorchestrating, and even re-composition. On the upcoming album slated for release later this year, I’ve gone completely full circle with this approach and produced two entirely different versions of the same song, titled Begin to Remember vr 1, and vr 2. I am officially calling it a “double song”, vr 1 is completely acoustic, and vr 2 is completely electronic. Their lyrics are exactly the same. The only thing else that is the same is bits of melody, and the meter.
July 30, 2017 § Leave a comment
The year is half way over since I started this new celtic music project for Echo Us. So excited that this fall and winter will feature one of my first compositions for release, ever- in newly updated form and recorded on a hammered dulcimer, which was really the instrument it was meant for. Original version released in the UK in 1997 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PErlaMziNk8
Satre Dance (now titled “Aeriel”) came out in an era when Greyhaven was my focus. Some new photos from the early years were found recently, amidst this bunch (below). It was at Lane Community College where Satre Dance was originally recorded. Since I did not have a speaker simulator on my old ADA preamp, Nate Howard (Greyhaven guitarist) let me borrow his guitar processor for the session, which actually took place at one of LCC’s music synthesis workstations. -Ethan
June 22, 2017 § Leave a comment
Chris Smith who played many flutes on A Priori Memoriae came back to play many more flutes for Echo Us’ upcoming Fall release!
Echo Us is moving forward with the completion of its 5th album “To Wake A Dream In Moving Water”, of which full details will become known soon. Recording is wrapped up and final mixes and masters are just about complete. I wanted to give a quick update and share some photos from the most recent recording session with Chris Smith, who also played on A Priori Memoriae. Chris is originally from Tucson, AZ and played in the symphony there. Since moving to Portland he’s become the president of the Greater Portland Flute Society, as well as playing in his own (flute) quartet and more. Chris played concert flute, piccolo, as well as contrabass flute on the new album!
April 10, 2017 § Leave a comment
Notice to anyone reading near NW Portland and beyond: On 3-31-2017 our studio was burglarized. The items stolen are listed below. The sheriff and police have been on the case and a lead was given after multiple suspicious drive-bys. A silver 2003 Honda Accord was repeatedly seen casing the property and road. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have info, license plate # has already been recorded, car photographed. The theft, as well as car in question has been reported to the neighborhood newsletter, all neighbors, as well as law enforcement.)
Nikon D5100 DSRL Camera + telephoto lens and accessories. All the camera gear was inside a typical, rectangular box-shaped camera bag, but the bag does not say Nikon as it originally came with another camera. Most nikons on sale come with a nikon bag, so this may make it easier to ID. The bag is black and the telephoto lens inside with the camera makes it bulge a bit on top.
Manuel Rodriguez C1V Classical guitar
Sony HandyCam DCR SX63
Apple/MAC G4 MDD (mirror drive door) Tower Computer
61-key keyboard flight case
It would be wonderful if anyone is able to provide leads. This info will be shared on social media as well as much local news media as possible. This info is most relevant to those living in NW Portland to Columbia County area. Further info available via email (email@example.com).
March 12, 2017 § Leave a comment
Teri Untalan returned to my studio after about 10 years absence since recording on The Tide Decides. Teri is amazing and we had so much fun recording 3 pieces from what will be EU6! -EM