In a River the Color of Lead

by Mikronesia

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Mikronesia is the moniker of composer and electronic musician Michael McDermott. Michael has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for almost a decade, and has produced music for installations, applications, dance and film.

In a River the Color of Lead follows Mikronesia’s, Quiescent, which was a sprawling eight hour suite of music that patterned itself after the four sleep cycles and was meant to be experienced as a companion to a full night’s sleep or in smaller doses during meditation or yoga. Using that as a reference point, In a River the Color of Lead feels like the colorful awakening from Quiescent’s sleep state. The first piece, ‘Unfolder’ is a nearly twenty minute journey with waves of piano, organ and synthesizers which organically create intricate, cascading melodies. In Mikronesia’s words, “(by the end) the listener is completely engulfed in a river of thick sound.”

The following three works showcase a much more introspective and delicate compositional style, with Mikronesia using acoustic piano processed via iPad and computer. There is a stillness to these pieces which compliments the density of ‘Unfolder’, and by the time ‘Sotapanna’ concludes, there’s a real sense of closure for In a River the Color of Lead, decidedly Mikronesia’s most personal music expression to date.

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released March 2, 2015

All songs composed by Michael McDermott (Ascap). NOREMIXES (p 2015)

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NOREMIXES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOREMIXES was founded in 2014 by Paul J. Geissinger, aka Starkey, to release music that fits between the genres. The label is an outlet for composers, artists and producers with a focus on synth music, electro-acoustic, ambient and modern classical styles. Paul is also co-owner of the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Record labels. ... more

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