The Soft Touch of Morning Light

by Michael Stearns

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These three pieces were taken from Michael’s archival material, recorded at three locations (on three different Serge Synthesizers) in 1979. At that time his live recordings were direct to ‘two track’, without overdubs, using the Serge Synthesizer as the primary instrument.
“Dark Passage in the Night” was recorded while Michael played for a class of movement meditators and dancers at Emilie Conrad’s CONTINUUM studio in Los Angeles. The Serge Synthesizer he plays on this recording belonged to Kevin Braheny. Kevin was also a resident musician at CONTINUUM and introduced Michael to the Serge and patching/programming a modular synthesizer. Along with the Serge on this recording, Michael played “The Beam”. The music was recorded directly to two tracks of a TEAC 3340 reel to reel tape recorder.
“The Soft Touch of Morning Light” was recorded in Michael’s home studio, his living room, using his own Serge system. It was recorded to a Technics R&B 10A02 reel to reel tape recorder.
“Space Travel on the Wings of Breath” was recorded at Craig Huxley’s studio, “The Enterprise”, on Craig’s large Serge system. Michael worked at “The Enterprise” as an engineer and collaborator with Craig in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. On this recording, Michael played the Serge while Craig processed the signal through a Publisson DHM 89 digital delay/harmonizer, recording onto an AMPEX ATR 102 reel to reel tape recorder.


released October 15, 2015

Tape ‘baking’, restoration, digital transfers and editorial by Michael
Clean-up and mastering at The Guest House, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Special thanks to: Kevin Braheny, Craig Huxley, Susan Harper, Emilie Conrad and Gary David.
Photography: The Hubble Space Telescope, sunrise over the Sangre de Christo Mountains by Michael, portrait by Michael Williams
All music BMI, Earth Turtle Music
© 1979/2015 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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