Priscilla & Barton McLean:  Compact Discs, p. 1 of 2

 
 

Combining nature/cultural sound and visual media with technological innovation, international composer-performers Barton and Priscilla McLean energize their haunting, evocative images with virtuosic performance.

"The McLeans may be leading the way toward whatever lies beyond with their powerful organic/synthetic sound mixes..."  Jim Aikin in Keyboard.

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New for 2011!   Barton McLean:  Soundworlds  (Innova # 234)  $10

Like his mentor, the maverick iconoclast Henry Cowell, Barton McLean has traveled the whole world of music, expanding his sonic palette and aural imagery while racking up the miles. Like his other mentor, architect and electronic pioneer Iannis Xenakis, McLean respects no boundaries between acoustic and electronic musicmaking; he is at home with a piano as with developing new software instruments (such as the Composers' Playpen).

With this diverse pedigree McLean is uniquely qualified to straddle the worlds of technology and wilderness. From the uncannily precise performance of the Petersburgh Electrophilharmonia (they are a synthetic ensemble after all) to the field recording of the Musician Wren, McLean's music integrates a large vision of nature in her manner of operation.

The album begins with the "Concerto: States of Being" for piano and electronic sounds. It is a virtuosic tour de force in which the "ensemble" follows the soloist rather than the other way around a nearly impossible feat in the real concert world.

Stark contrast is a constant feature of this album as the next offering, as "Ritual of the Dawn" illustrates. Flutes, clarinet, harp, percussion and piano combine in a seamless, evocative world where pulsative rhythmic ideas combine with dynamic outbursts, producing what Debussy might have created had he lived in the late 20th century.

"Demons of the Night" bring sus back to the realm of symphonic terror and leads us into McLean's most current concerns. "Magic at Xanadu" and "Ice Canyons" represent the latest explorations of McLean's venture into MAX/MSP software creation. They are classically balanced, mature works generated live in actual performances during his 2008 and 2010tours with his McLean Mix duo (along with his wife Priscilla).

The final work, "Rainforest Images II," is described by McLean as his most sophisticated work in any genre. Being a hybrid of studio compositionand live performance with voices, experimental woodwinds, and keyboards using as sources rainforest sounds recorded on three continents, all assembled in McLean's studio, :Rainforest Images II" is all-embracing in its sonic breadth, emotional scope, and performance versatility. And the mystical ending is to make one weep, with voices trailing against theevocative drone, accompanied by the exquisite Musician Wren, recorded in the Amazon jungle.

Innova Recordings has an excellent web site with reviews and other graphics of this album.  Go to:

http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=423#onesheet

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Barton and Priscilla McLean:  Electronic Landscapes (EM1060CD) $24.00
This is a very special CD, assembled with infinite care (as only the Japanese can do) by the legendary Koki Emura of EM Records.  Some of its unusual aspects are:
Electroacoustic (tape/computer) music spanning the totality of Priscilla and Barton McLeans' output, from 1974 through 2001.
The core of the album is a reissue of the Folkways LP "Electrosurrealistic Landscapes,"  with the original works remastered and remixed to CD standards.
Three brand new works never before issued or heard.
Contains an elegant 24 page booklet with liner notes in English and Japanese, and with many photos, some in full color, of the McLeans spanning 3 decades.  The CD is consequently packaged in an oversized hard plastic CD case.
The original electronic score of Barton McLean's "Song of the Nahuatl" which comprised the original Folkways cover is reproduced here with stunning quality in excerpt.  

Barton and Priscilla McLean:  Electronic Landscapes (EM1060CD) $24.00

This is a very special CD, assembled with infinite care (as only the Japanese can do) by the legendary Koki Emura of EM Records.  Some of its unusual aspects are:

  1. Electroacoustic (tape/computer) music spanning the totality of Priscilla and Barton McLeans' output, from 1974 through 2001.

  2. The core of the album is a reissue of the Folkways LP "Electrosurrealistic Landscapes,"  with the original works remastered and remixed to CD standards.

  3. Three brand new works never before issued or heard.

  4. Contains an elegant 24 page booklet with liner notes in English and Japanese, and with many photos, some in full color, of the McLeans spanning 3 decades.  The CD is consequently packaged in an oversized hard plastic CD case.

  5. The original electronic score of Barton McLean's "Song of the Nahuatl" which comprised the original Folkways cover is reproduced here with stunning quality in excerpt.  

The Music:
- 3. Priscilla McLean:  Invisible Chariots
   1. Voices of the Invisible (6:20)
   2. Archangels (8:38)
   3. Chariots (6:51)
4. Barton McLean: Song of the Nahuatl (17:02)
5. Barton McLean:  Valley of Lost Dreams from Visions of a Summer Night  (9:30)
6. Barton McLean:  Journey on a Long String  (11:48)
7. Priscilla McLean:  Angels of Delirium  (13:33)
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The Music:

  1. 1.- 3. Priscilla McLean:  Invisible Chariots

   1. Voices of the Invisible (6:20)

   2. Archangels (8:38)

   3. Chariots (6:51)

4. Barton McLean: Song of the Nahuatl (17:02)

5. Barton McLean:  Valley of Lost Dreams from Visions of a Summer Night  (9:30)

6. Barton McLean:  Journey on a Long String  (11:48)

7. Priscilla McLean:  Angels of Delirium  (13:33)

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RAINFOREST IMAGES  (Capstone CPS 8617 CD)  $8.00

"...a lush, wetly dripping, sonorous aural environment that really is evocative..." Music in New Zealand.

"...a powerful CD..." Journal Seamus

"...the almost 50-minute-long title track, which contains five movements, utilizes processed vocals and birdcalls, strings, wooden recorders, clariflute, the aboriginal Australian instrument didgeridoo,interspersed with ghostly chanted texts from native American wintu myth...startling showcases of powerful, nature-inspired music."  Today, Manila, Philippines

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The Music:

  1. 1.Rainforest Images (48 minutes)   With The McLean Mix, Panaiotis, various Australian performers

  2. 2.On Wings of Song (6 Minutes)   Priscilla McLean sings with accompaniment of a mosquito, processed bicycle wheel

  3. 3.Himalayan Fantasy (18 minutes)  Featuring Tibetan mountain singers with synthesizers, samplers, processors

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GODS, DEMONS, and the EARTH (Capstone CPS 8622 CD) $8

"Instruments used include the Burgess Shale Zylophone, (pre-Cambrian rocks with a beautiful clear bell-like sound), the inherently microtonal clariflute (a clarinet mouthpiece on a recorder body),  percussion, a full range of digital synthesizers and processors,  samples of a wide range of animal and human sounds, and Priscilla's virtuosic voice.As in their previous album, "Rainforest Images," the music is  Romantic in conception, orchestral in texture, and contemporary in its sound world. Thick textures of orchestral  samples, animal sounds, and electronic timbres are mixed and manipulated with a very clear sense of narrative,  and a dramatic, gestural sense clearly related to the symphonic tradition. Throughout the album, the quality of the sound used is outstanding, many of the sounds and mixes having absolutely luscious timbres. All  together, a very satisfying album". Warren Burt in Experimental Musical Instruments

The Music:

  1. 1.Earth Music (11:52)   Lush, evocative textures, voice, woodwinds, Burgess Shale xylophone

  2. 2.Demons of the Night (6:41)  A wild ultimate journey into the primitive night. Symphonically scary.

  3. 3.Valley of Lost Dreams (9:25)  Reflections on the valley across the meadow and who lived there 150 years ago.

  4. 4.Fireflies (13:03)  Cosmic night sky punctuated with pointillistic, delicate ribbons of sound

  5. 5.Wilderness (on text by Carl Sandburg) (14:29)  Virtuosic singing by Priscilla with animalistic tape/synthesis

  6. 6.Dance of Shiva (16:42)  Tibetan monks, Hildegard, strange and beautiful vocalizations, expansive.

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Prices of all CDs include all shipping and handling.  We accept personal or institutional checks, made out to "Barton or Priscilla McLean." Please do not make out to "The McLean Mix." We also accept purchase orders and Paypal (including credit cards through Paypal). Personal checks must be received before the items can be sent out.  All payments must be made in US dollars.  All items are in stock and will be sent out immediately upon receipt of check or purchase order.  We also accept institutional email purchase orders or emails.  We do not accept fax orders.

Send purchase orders or a check (made out to Barton or Priscilla McLean) to: Barton & Priscilla McLean, 55 Coon Brook Road, Petersburg, NY, 12138. Phone: (518) 658 3595. Email orders with a PO number are acceptable.

SPECIAL OFFER

Mix and match any 4 CDs (except the EM release) at a special price when purchased as a set of four, for $25 which includes mailing costs. Just specify "Special 4-CD offer" when you order and list your choices. For purchase orders, add $5.