FLOCK MIGRATES OVER THE PINES  by BC Grimm
a solo GUQIN album for meditation, yoga, & relaxation
June, 2014 – remastered & availalbe digitally for $8 on GrimmusiK.bandcamp
FMOP has been remastered in anticipation of a new solo zither album, The Ideating Knell by BC Grimm coming out next Tuesday, 6/17 on Signal Dreams records. Stay tuned for more details, follow Signal Dreams on bandcamp & soundcloud!
GD07 “The Ideating Knell” available 06/17/2014 on Signal Dreams
An experimental acoustic album of compositions for two ancient Chinese zithers, Guqin 古琴 & Guzheng 古筝. This record includes 6 ‘doppler phase’ pieces for guqin, emulating tape composition techniques to create the movement of sound to/from the vanishing point on the horizon line to/from the listener’s ears. There are 6 pieces for prepared guzheng using: dulcimer hammers, cajon brushes, metal chopsticks, mate straw, metal bowls, broken teaware, clay sculpting tools, snare wires, & seashell strands. 3 pieces revisit the title track composition from BCG’s 2011 solo guqin album, “Flock Migrates Over The Pines”: with re-recorded, reconstructed versions in two custom tunings, and a new variation on the theme in a traditional tuning. The actual notation in the composition’s score visually depicts various forms & shapes of birds taking off and in formation during flight. A new ‘Pentatemperment’ tuning system on guqin has been specially devised for this project – splitting the octave into 5 equal steps, instead of 12 [low to high: C-40c D0c E+40c G-20c A+20c C-40c D0c]. Guzheng 古筝, a 21 string bridged zither spanning 4 octaves, and Guqin 古琴, a 7 string fretless zither spanning 1 octave, both tune to pentatonic scales. These instruments share a culturally important performance history stretching back about 2,500 years to the Warring States period.