Morning Jewel

by Michael Stearns

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Morning (27:15), emerged out of a series of ambient recordings that Michael made in 1978/79 in the desert near Tucson, Arizona and in the seaside jungle village of Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico. It was at the beginning of his travels with a portable recording system, collecting music and ambient sounds along the way. This was his first piece using the Serge synthesizer, provided to him by fellow Continuum musician Kevin Braheny.
Jewel (23:08) was recorded using the Eikosany, a micro-tonally tuned vibraphone designed and built by Erv Wilson. To create the ‘cloud like’ washes of tones, Michael faded in the microphone after striking the bars on the instrument. This recording was then slowed down to enhance the lush atmospheric sound. Singer Marsha Lee performed the vocals.


released May 1, 2015

Composed and produced by Michael Stearns
Vocals by Marsha Lee
Many thanks to Susan Harper, Katja Biensanz, Kevin Braheny, Gary David and Erv Wilson.
All music BMI, Earth Turtle Music and Continuum Montage
© 1979 Michael Stearns



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Michael Stearns Santa Fe, New Mexico

Michael Stearns is a multi-genre music composer and soundtrack designer/producer. His credits include music for Ron Fricke's non-verbal 70MM films "Chronos", "Baraka" and "Samsara", music for NASA, Laserium, Disney films, HBO, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery Channel and James Cameron's "The Abyss", "Titanic" and "Avatar". Michael works in his studio "The Guest House", in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... more

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