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Leaps and Bounds

from Luminous by Betsy Tinney

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This piece was inspired by an artwork that I created many years ago, then stuck it in a drawer and forgot about it. I came across it again recently, and a cello riff promptly began playing in my head: the harmonic "stars" motif that opens this piece. Of course, the artwork immediately ended up on my music stand, and I got out the cello, and this piece emerged.


from Luminous, released November 5, 2021
All sounds on this recording, including the "drum", were made by my old wooden cello Godiva (with my help, of course). Oh, and also a Phanpy scarf, which I wrapped around Godiva to mute her strings and reduce the high-end "slap" sound while I was whacking her with the flat of my hand to create the "drum thump". Poor Godiva; she's an older lady and is Not Used To That Kind of Treatment, though she endured it with dignity and grace. (Hmm, perhaps she'd have preferred a more classic silk or cashmere scarf, instead of a polyester scarf with a Pokémon elephant print on it… oh well; that's what I was wearing at the time.)


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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