Welcome to my new solo album, 'Flourishes Of Light'.
These twelve projects were composed and recorded during my European Gap Year travels in 2012- one tune for each month.
Ideas came from all around- people I performed with, records I listened to, new cultures I experienced and awe-inspiring scenery.
I composed, recorded and compiled these ideas within the specific month, so each project comes from its own definitive chapter of my travels.
Melodies, rhythms and sounds were rarely preconceived, and I feel that this constant spontaneity keeps the album alive- many ideas were performed for the first time on what became the final take.
The places I recorded varied greatly, from creating home-studios to finding the right sound in a particular room, and even recording a piece live in a tunnel ('Nocturnal Vibration'). In almost all of the projects I used sound recordings from happenings around me, such as traffic noises, trains, aeroplanes, animals, waves and rivers, as well as household objects like the grandfather clock and toaster.
To experience this album properly, I recommend listening to it chronologically in one go, to feel the progression of the work as a whole.
I am extremely grateful to all those kind people who assisted me on my travels, as well as the musicians, friends and family who continue to inspire me.
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It has been a long and rewarding journey creating 'Flourishes Of Light', and I sincerely hope you enjoy listening to it.
Peace and respect to you all,
The story of a flourish of light
Echoes across the still valley.
Thoughts are painted out of time
While birds lie still, to be greeted
Time and time again
By a wandering tune.
A rushing sound can be heard,
As darkness fathoms the forest:
A deep whistling, travelling forever onwards,
Sometimes dwindling, but never lost.
Calmness settles to embrace the flow.
A hush can be tasted, but never seen;
It seems to lilt on a fresh wind,
Resting from time to time, until
It reaches the next flourish of light.
All tracks copyright©Hugo Lee 2013. All rights reserved. Photography by Alessio Colli and Hugo Lee.