The Bill Desmond Tone PoemTrapezoid Stringway To Light

Label:Third Ear Music (2) – TE 302
Cassette, Album
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Folk, World, & Country
Style:New Age, Abstract, Experimental, Minimal


A1Crystal Ball For A Crying Clown
Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Psaltery, EffectsBill Desmond
Mellotron [Polyphonic Keyboards], Keyboards [Acoustic Keyboards]John Gorr*
A2Snowflakes Are Falling
Baby Grand Piano, Mellotron [Polyphonic Keyboards]John Burckardt
Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Glockenspiel, Bell Tree [Chime Tree Bells], Mellotron [Polyphonic Keyboards]Bill Desmond
A3Trapezoid Stringway To Light
Guitar [Volume Pedal Guitar], BellsChris McDermott (3)
Guitar, Effects [Bloogie & Vocal Effects]Michael Oakland
Psaltery, Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Effects [Bloogie & Vocal Effects]Bill Desmond
B1Launching Of The Colored Balloons
Bass DrumRobert Rushing
CelloPaul Stouthamer
Mellotron [Polyphonic Keyboards], PercussionBill Desmond
OboeCarol Drury
PanpipesMiguel Picker
B2aSpirit Nexus (Part I)
Bells, ChimesRobert Desmond
CelloPaul Stouthamer
Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Dulcimer [Bass Hammer Dulcimer], Shaker [Shakers], Idiophone [Cymbles]Bill Desmond
OboeCarol Drury
B2bDance Spirit Nexus (Part II)
CelloPaul Stouthamer
Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], Slide Guitar [Hammered Slide Guitar]Bill Desmond
GuitarMichael Oakland
B3Crystal Ball For A Flying Clown
Dulcimer [Hammer Dulcimer], PsalteryBill Desmond
Sitar, Guitar [Volume Pedal Guitar]Chris McDermott (3)

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  • Expansive09's avatar
    Edited 2 years ago
    This is a long lost gem and an album fit for a label like Windham Hill. Had it received the exposure it should have I am quite sure more people would have enjoyed this instrumental workout. You have the dulcimer a table top stringed instrument which is a scaled down version of the ancient Persian santur along with various accompanied instruments like synthesizer, wind instruments, guitar and percussion.
    Ok now the dulcimer is NOT the central focus of the music here, it is balanced (well engineered I might add) with the acoustic guitar and sundry percussion. The music is moody, atmospheric and upbeat(one composition almost comes across as a jig) with nice chordal structure bordering jazz(no its not jazz).
    I would call this American new age music that might have spawned its genesis in the Northeast in Vermont somewhere. There is a really airy feel to the music and one can almost smell the natural surrounds of maples, pines and earthy hillsides. Would have been nice to have seen the release on cd.


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