"Gentlemen, that's as far as I can take you" - guide Conrad Kain to his clients on the summit of Mt. Robson, 1913.
Par Avian 101: Return to Sender
The Breakup Album.
By: E. Tage Larsen
Run Time: 2h43 minutes
[Originally released October 25, 2013]
Et tu, Par Avian? You and your goddamned file sharing, Pinterest, Last.fm, Spotify, Wordpress, Tumblr, "likes", Youtube bacchanalia media swarm. When i started 10 years ago, the mediascape was severely different, you bought albums at stores or Limewire/Napstered your way into new releases and obscure oddities. Par Avian aped a legacy platform of cassette exchanges and radio broadcasts. And frankly, there's better and more immediate ways to access information these days. So with this 100th release (there never was a no.13) I close the books on Par Avian with this massive 2 1/2 hour mix that took 2 1/2 years to make. My masterpiece, Magnum opus, my Galatea and Titanic. Bye-bye, miss american pie.
This is not only the final Par Avian album; It's the last mixtape that I will ever do.
What was Par Avian? In 2004, I started an audio trading game with friends. When this program began, there was no App Store. The goal was to make a mix about an hour long with a theme. The list could only be 50 people long, because of bandwidth issues. If you made a mix you got to nominate some of your friends and you were moved to the top of the list. If you sat on the fence you were weeded out. The goal was to find 50 people that felt strongly enough about music to give back. And it roared along at a good clip.
This final mix breaks with tradition, in that I include a couple of tracks I've used in the past and take the length out to a couple of hours. Forgive me my rampant sentimentality in this audio swan song. Parts of the mix have been planned for years. Chunks of it have been extant for the past few years. And about 50% of it was cobbled together over the past year. At times it has been two or three times longer. Because the theme is "end-ing" it had a penchant to run towards morose. Those were the first things to be pared back. Including perhaps the saddest Beck cover ever made. You will find within an audible story, with narrative and thematic runs, and hopefully you will find something of yourself. If anybody finds me, please do let me know... I've been searching for quite some time now. There are a slew of great song runs that i had to pull to keep the tone even. And through it all, a center holds. I hope you will enjoy the juxtapositions and segues. But at the end of it all, I hope you enjoy the mix. I feel the need to point out, in light of my personal life last year, that Par Avian 101 is not a "divorce" album, though some of the synergies amuse me. And certainly ONLY me.
I've heard there was a secret chord, that David played and it pleased the Lord. But you don't really care for music, do you? It goes like this: The fourth, the Fifth, the Minor fall, the Major lift. The baffled king composing Hallelujah. Hallelujah. The horn of Gabriel blows. As we say here in Harlem, "Par Avian is called home." Welcome to Judgement Day. Whilst you recline in your store bought, easy-chair-lined glass house, I hope you will reflect on the gifts life has given you. And the hi-fi stirs you towards a stretch of listening. While away some time. And if you feel it appropriate, please forward this link with your friends and share.
If you need a track list, there is one embedded in the mp3 as "lyrics". But I won't ruin any surprises here.
Well then... It's not me; it's you. End of the line. Welcome to Par Avian 101 - Return to Sender, the breakup album. Now, kindly get out! Thank you for lending me an ear.
You can find additional information about this project and other releases at: http://etagelarsen.com/par-avian/