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A resident of NY, I am a published artist, writer and maker of short collage-films.Please google my name for links to both my work and available merchandise. In addition to instruments and sounds recorded around the house, all music from "Whispers of Arias" project ("Rings", "Danny" etc.) courtesy of Kevin MacLeod and his glorious royalty-free site, Incompetech.com.Should you be interested in collaborating, covering material or even helping me get it on a label for distributing and sound quality, that would be great: Thank you.

It is odd to find myself creating this page for music since I mainly think of myself as a
mixed-media artist who is also a published writer. Not having a musical background for composing, please consider this page about projects-in-progress. The songs for the particular project, "Whispers of Arias" come from a poetry manuscript "Arias, Monologues & Mad Scenes", and it has been my hope over the years that others might take an interest in performing them. As the saying goes: hope springs eternal. Again, musically, I'm not really a composer/arranger but more
of a "lyricist" who, as hip hop artists do, sampled music, sound effects & instruments played around the house, in attempts to create songs for my voice. When it comes to others adapting these works I think of them as templates/palettes to be made use of. My sense is that choral groups/solo artists, (actors & actresses even), and those who work with them in an arranging/conducting capacity, have the best feel for what songs/words, lyrically, establish the groundwork of creative affinity. I like the idea of letting the artists who are doing the interpreting to have as much freedom as needed to play and use the material to pitches of emotional resonance which can do the greatest good.

CDs of "Whispers of Arias" can be purchased via http://stephenmead.amazingtunes.com/
http://stephenmeadmusic.weebly.com/ and two music videos can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/user/StephenMead

Jonathan Penton from Unlikely Stories writes:

It's appropriate that Stephen Mead has named this double-album Whispers of Arias, because despite the layered, operatic music and big dramatic themes, these recordings, ultimately, sound very little like arias: The vocals are so tortured and quiet that one can't help but think of a ghost in a symphony hall, desperately trying to impress something upon the listeners, something dire, something unbelievably tragic. Stephen Mead sings his poems over Kevin MacLeod's complex and sophisticated classical intepretations, and the effect is transformative—on the rhythm of the poems, on the meaning of MacLeod's recordings, and ultimately, on the listener.

http://www.unlikelystories.org/11/mead1111.shtml

radiowildfire.com writes: Stephen's work with voice and soundscape continues to intrigue us and, we think, set a benchmark for recording spoken word.

stephenmeadart Stephen Mead, Albany, United States

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  • A Comment on kinyo_'s
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    Keep Going at 2.09
    on July 16, 2013 22:09

    Such pristine sound for such powerful words: great professional mix!

  • A Comment on Jack Rubinacci Music's
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    Satelite (FREE DOWNLOAD) at 1.19
    on January 26, 2013 14:37

    Gorgeous voice wrapped in incredible music with evocative lyrics: what more could a listener ask for?

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    Art = Desire at 2.53
    on November 02, 2012 22:18

    The hush of the voice, oddly enough,adds to the electricity of the experience.

  • A Comment on Victor Gangl's
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    Filmscore | "Plotpoint" at 2.00
    on August 25, 2012 11:38

    Sweeping, soft, tender and romantic: simply great.

  • A Comment on the Dead Man's Waltz's
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    Swings And Roundabouts at 1.33
    on August 09, 2012 14:30

    It's amazing how some of the most talented on soundcloud have the fewest comments. Your work is the real deal.

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    Lugn at 0.55
    on August 09, 2012 13:39

    a track to lie down in and pull up like a blanket

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    Kväll at 0.55
    on August 09, 2012 13:37

    wonderful travelling song

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    Natten at 0.39
    on August 09, 2012 13:35

    wonderful sense of metal melting to acoustic feedback of lushness

  • A Comment on kiwi24's
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    Spoken Word : That Man at 0.17
    on July 25, 2012 22:54

    A voice warm and rich as honey. I can imagine her bringing down a house in a good way should she ever decide to sing: and what strong words in her pieces too. How great to have such confidence! Kudos!

  • A Comment on Chikara Aoshima's
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    Bioluminescence (feat. Ayumi Alma Ueda) at 0.24
    on July 22, 2012 13:52

    Love the deep feathery hush intro, the voice intimate as droplets of rain.

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    Revolution by Vincent Peak at 0.53
    on July 09, 2012 23:51

    A voice one can't help but be compelled to listen to.

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    Military Minds by Vincent Peak at 0.42
    on July 09, 2012 23:47

    Refreshing, if all too true message, on a hauntingly familiar back drop: sing winter, sing for the years...

  • A Comment on Daniel Dorobantu's
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    NAVE - Tao One at 0.26
    on July 06, 2012 22:30

    Ah, the horns are hauntingly lovely. How wonderful to give tribute to a Sci Fi writer!

  • A Comment on stephenmeadart's
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    Joan Again (Song for Joan of Arc) at 0.50
    on July 06, 2012 22:13

    @sean-burgett: Oh, all the credit there of course needs to go to Kevin MacLeod of incompetech.com! His royalty-free site really shows off his gifts!

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    If You Really Care at 2.39
    on July 06, 2012 22:07

    What shimmering sound. It lifts me right up!

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    Goldene Medina at 0.13
    on June 15, 2012 23:07

    Great moody intro

  • A Comment on Meadow Quartet's
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    Nature's Tool at 0.26
    on June 15, 2012 23:06

    Such tight synchronization of joy!

  • A Comment on Meadow Quartet's
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    Immersion at 0.12
    on June 15, 2012 23:05

    Low down groove uplifting in a good way!

  • A Comment on Victor Gangl's
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    Cinematic Layout | Comedy "Un opéra comique" at 0.54
    on June 13, 2012 23:36

    Yes, this is quite fun. I am imagining early disney animation!

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    Prolific - Jenn Setts at 1.06
    on June 13, 2012 23:19

    Lulls me right in to something pefectly haunting.

  • A Comment on stephenmeadart's
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    31 Kisses Whole Mix at 0.00
    on May 30, 2012 23:44

    @Brett R Hobbs: Thank you for your kind words, Brett. I may not have the skills but I do try to approach each piece with creative heart.

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    There's No Difference Mp3 mix 6 2012 at 0.51
    on May 30, 2012 23:43

    Work which tips a psychedlic hat to its influences but stands on it own. You are one talented musician.

  • A Comment on Julien Allioux - Composer's
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    Curse of Sirens at 1.38
    on May 11, 2012 22:37

    Incredible build up with such a lovely and enchanting melody throughout, just like in your other pieces!

  • A Comment on Ursa Mică's
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    Massive Attack - The Academy (Armies remix) at 2.27
    on March 11, 2012 14:20

    Here is where I fall into floating.

  • A Comment on Victor Gangl's
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    Cinematic Layout | Epic "Defenders Of The Realm" at 0.08
    on March 10, 2012 00:02

    Lovely sumptuous build up

  • A Comment on jscottrakozy's
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    Iubirea Divina at 0.37
    on February 22, 2012 23:39

    Lucious. Your Mom is very fortunate to have such a talented son.

  • A Comment on Victor Gangl's
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    "Una confessione d'amore a M." Op. 18 at 1.09
    on February 10, 2012 23:51

    M is incredibly fortunate. There are moments in this piece where I feel I've entered a serene dream.

  • A Comment on Victor Gangl's
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    Streichquartett No.1 Op.15 - I Allegro at 0.13
    on February 10, 2012 23:29

    You're joy is contagious. Thank you for sharing.

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    Streichquartett No.1 Op. 15 - IV Presto at 1.58
    on January 29, 2012 15:01

    The energy of joy in this dynamic piece has a tender moment.

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