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by Ben Michel

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Dawn Chorus 03:18
Ode to Joy 02:26
Epipheneia 06:38
Closure 04:31


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“Realtime” bridges the gap in composition between old and new folk music instrumentation. It represents passion and epiphany that flow from the tension of two colliding worlds—American folk music and its symbiosis with synthesis, the new frontier in global folk music.

It was created as the live soundtrack component of an experimental performance art piece by &yet, RealtimeConf, which converged a software conference with a truly fourth-wall-breaking theatric experience that concluded a socio-political suspense novel and graphic novel released in serial form.


released March 12, 2014

Producers: Ben Michel, Danny O’Hanlon, Kevin Lee Florence
Recording: Danny O’Hanlon at Bungalow 9 Studios, Portland OR
Mastering: Timothy Stollenwerk at Sterophonic Mastering, Portland OR
Album Art: Amy Taylor

Ben Michel: Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Longneck
Banjo, Bass Guitar, Theremin, Sheet-Metal, Synthesizers, Korg SV-1 (Organ, Wurlitzer Electric Piano), Analog/Digital Effects Modules, Voice.
Jonathan Moore: Drum Kit, Sheet-Metal, Washboard, Hammond C3 Organ w/Leslie.
Danny O’Hanlon: Bass Guitar, Alesis MMT-8 Sequencer, Analog/Digital Effects Modules.
Kurtis Holsapple: Bass Guitar.
Luke Price: Violin.

Synthesizers: Yamaha DX7, Yamaha CS20m, Clavia Nord Lead 2, Casio CZ-1, Casio SK-1, Korg SV-1, Moog Etherwave Theremin, Alesis MMT-8, Electro-Harmonix V256 Vocoder, Commodore 64 Computer (MSSIAH / SID2SID), Texas Instruments Speech Synthesizer (TI-994/A Computer).

Analog/Digital Effects Modules: Maestro EchoPlex EP-3, Roland Space Echo RE-201, Lexicon PCM70, Lexicon Prime Time, Eventide Ultra-Harmonizer H3000, Electro Harmonix Wiggler, Electro Harmonix Poly Chorus.

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