The Great Hoop (Limited First Edition CDr - edition of 10)
Compact Disc (CD)
CDr in 5"x7" bi-fold booklet, first edition limited to 10, signed, hand-numbered and assembled in cello bag, one signed art card included. (If you'd like me to sign the 5"x7" packaging, just leave a note in your purchase order.)
Includes unlimited streaming of The Great Hoop (2016 Re-issue)
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
November 11, 2016, reissued in with two newly remixed reenvisioned tracks and limited CDR in 5x7 cellophane bag
Great Plains | 16:13
Hoop of the Earth - 2016 | 16:55
Medicine Bag Ghosts (w/ Frore) - 2016 | 11:11
Mountain Pass | 15:16
Suspension Vision | 12:07
Basic tracks for “The Great Hoop” were first started back in 2010 subsequent and prior to one of my many visits with my wife to the Cahokia Mounds, near East St. Louis. At that time, I felt the need to continue themes that I had explored in my previous release, "Cahokia.” This music is inspired by the Plains Indians of North America. As with Cahokia, I am not aspiring to make Native American music, but to make music that is inspired by these cultures, their history and pre-history, the spaces, colors, flora and fauna, and wide variety of landscapes of the area I live in. During the making of these songs, the writings of Black Elk, of the Oglala Sioux, also came to mind, which I thought was incredible, since I had read then more than 15 years before—his words inspired some of the titles.
I am not of Native American heritage, but since I can remember, I have had a deep and profound respect for the range of traditions and history of the various cultures that we call, “Native American.” My own family history is mixed and shaded by a lack of complete information (like most Americans), but I do know that at least part of my own family history is scattered across Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Missouri, so for all I know, I share this ancestry.
Rattles, shakers, bells, cane, bone, bass and cedar flutes, drums, voice, zither, field recordings and keyboards were woven together to create these 5 long atmospheres of organic ambience.
Shane Morris contributed the coyote calls for “Hoop of the Earth” (recorded at his home in Arkansas), and Paul Casper/Frore contributed the astounding textures and percussion for “Medicine Bag Ghosts.” Jill Brand, spirit voice on “Great Plains.”
Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental genre under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited
edition releases on independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He has issued more than 40 self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Italian label, Afe....more