Dreaming of Trees: Dappled Shade

from Cello Noodles, Vol. I by Betsy Tinney

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Kris Burch I hear this and "see" the forest around me with the sunlight reaching in to touch the leaves and the bit of forest floor covered in fir needles at my feet. Beautiful!


As with most of my looped pieces, this piece is almost completely improvised.
This piece was born of an actual dream of trees and dappled shade. I woke up one morning with the basic tracks for this still playing in my head, along with a strong image of a evergreen forest after a recent rainstorm, the sun streaming through the dripping branches and creating dappled puddles of light on the forest floor.

This piece features Raven, my carbon-fiber cello, on all tracks except the low countermelody (which uses Godiva, my old wooden cello). I'd like to say that this is because I wanted the melody/counterpoint to sound like a duet between two different cellos, which it does (partly because of that difference). However, the main reason for using Godiva is that I recorded the countermelody two weeks after the rest of the piece, and Raven was upstairs in his case and Godiva was right there in my studio, and I was too lazy to go upstairs and get the other cello. Art is like that sometimes.

Originally released in July 2014 to Noodle of the Month Club members.


from Cello Noodles, Vol. I, released April 9, 2015
Cello: Betsy Tinney


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