The heart of Incidental Music is the acoustic guitar: melodies, chords, drones, and percussive sounds sometimes used in a straightforward manner, while at other times abstracted and manipulated to beautiful effect. Upon this foundation the palette of sounds expands quietly to include various small acoustic instruments and vinyl samples.
The result is an album more reserved and patient than any in The Green Kingdom’s repertoire. These minimal themes serve as an apt score to the small scenes occurring around us all the time. An audio accompaniment for a spontaneous still life, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Something for those stolen moments when we stop and appreciate the beauty of minutia in the often unseen world all around us.
Incidental Music was mastered by M. Ostermeier.
Photography by Russell Burden.
three friends of winter (4.05)
backyard epiphany (4.24)
over treetops (6.29)
cherry theme (3.11)
slow bloom (5.01)
green theme (2.40)
flotation theme (6.36)
whispered through pines (4.07)
Originally a limited edition (100 copies) released in 2008, Laminae is now available via the new Bandcamp site.
I am pleased to announce that a piece entitled Tension/Release has been included in the Airport Symphony mp3 edition.
S/T cd release is now available, click here for more info and audio
With The Green Kingdom LP, compositions blur the lines between soundscape and structure while keeping a sharp focus on melody with the guitar playing a central role. The album is comprised of manipulated acoustic and electronic sources, sampled textures, noise and field recordings.
Imbued with a sense of “optimistic nostalgia”, Mike Cottone’s soundworlds encourage introspective explorations and provide an escape from our sometimes hectic lives. more>