Space Music, Native American, Electronica, World Music, Experimental, and Cut Ups
I've been building a large Modular synthesizer array over the last few years. I'm really enjoying using it to find unique musical voices on it. The music produced on these SoundCloud tracks are live performances on the Modular with a few exceptions.
In the past, I've collaborated on albums with legendary 'Space' musicians Michael Stearns and Steve Roach. The CDs titled "Kiva" and "Singing Stones" were produced for the "Hearts of Space" recording label.
Kiva included field recordings of traditional Native and indigenous ceremonies of the Sundance, the Peyote Ceremony, and the Ayahuasca Ceremony. These recordings were made during my participation in these ceremonies.
Singing Stones, recorded in 1993 with Michael Stearns, took us on a journey through the Southwestern United States looking for the 'mythical' but real "Ringing Rocks" or Singing Stones. They are large stones found in many places in the desert, which ring like bells when struck, rubbed, or played with the hands.
Another CD, "Sorcerer" was released on the Spotted Peccary label in 2000, is a collaboration with Stearns, where some concepts taken from the teachings in Carlos Castaneda's Don Juan books are explored in dark and mystical landscapes.
"StarSongs" released 2010 with Bonnie Jo Hunt, is available now through my website at www.ronsunsinger.com
It is an album of traditional Native American tribes, sung by operatic soprano Hunt, and backed by arrangements created with the Modular electronic synthesizer I have.
A song from this album was recently used in the feature film "Samsara" a cinematic marvel shot in 70mm by Ron Fricke, Produced by Mark Madgison, and Scored by Michael Stearns and Lisa Girrard.
I had the honor allowing the "Omaha Clear Sky Song" reworked by Stearns as "Bali Girls" the opening song from the first frame of film. Then it was reworked again to close the film as "Thousand Hands"
Michael Stearns and I are currently working on a new collaboration CD of music created exclusively on the Modular Synthesizer.