What Is Memory?

by Disturbed Earth, Steve Brand



What Is Memory? is a 69-minute aural exploration by Dean Richards/Disturbed Earth (Australia) and myself, Steve Brand (U.S.) of the nature of memory and time, utilizing keyboard atmospheres, flutes and voice. The impetus for this piece was born out of personal phone conversations between Dean and myself. We both have experienced how time can transform memory, how memories can become distorted, built-up into almost legendary proportions, clouded with sentiment. We also know that looking back into memories, with a clearer mind in the present, can transmute once-painful memories into those which empower and propel us into a new future. Many times, we seem to feel that we are the result of our past, and that the past is unchangeable, but when we dare to look more deeply, we see that the past changes all the time –and that many times, things were not at all as we remembered. More importantly, we have both discovered that it is not so much what happens to us in life, but how we choose to regard those events, that makes all the difference. In short, rather than a hindrance, memory and the past can function as a crucible for personal transformation. Sounds were passed back and forth from Dean to myself at least three times over a period of months, with the final result being sweeping and evocative – a true melding of our individual sensibilities and sound.

Track List

1. What is Memory? [69:00]
i. All Is Found
ii. As It Is
iii. However


released July 6, 2011

Composition and sounds, Disturbed Earth/Dean Richards and Steve Brand, photography, Richards.



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Steve Brand

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

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