|A little history to date... |
From an early age, probably 16 or 17 years old, I had concluded that it takes almost as much energy to learn someone else's song as it does to create an original song. With that mindset I set about the task of writing at least one song a day for awhile, the notion being that the art of 'doing' in itself was an exciting challenge and 'doing it a lot' could only result in better songs! Alas, not many of those early works survived the test of time (a few selected songs were recorded much later on a retrospective compilation in 2006 called "The Day before Yesterday 35 Years Ago"). I often think of those early songs as "pre-stone age" because they were written before a transformative psychedelic period I went through from 1972 to 1984 with 'after effects' still inspiring me to this day! ;-).
Each decade since has been pretty productive musically and in my work as a visual artist I am often motivated to create new music purely for the purpose of having perfectly tailored sound to work by. This was something I did right up until I got into computers in 1984 with my first Atari drawing tablet! The 80's were particularly productive as I found new energy in electronic art and the evolving technology of home recording devices, sound sampling and easy access to symphonic sounds and synthesizer effects. It was quite an exciting leap from my mono, reel-to-reel sound-on-sound recordings of the 70's to stereo home recording systems of the 80s. Listening to the production techniques of people like Allan Parsons or George Martin's work with the Beatles taught me much about recording and layering... sometimes falling into that 'spectre' of creating a wall of sound, however, I have a preference for this multi-layering of sound which in fact also shows throughout my visual artwork. I'm rarely found unplugged but I still use the acoustic guitar to write songs and it is almost always featured on a track or two in my final recordings.
In 1981, a transient studio group was created called LightDreams because a friend of mine, known as "Mushroom Dann" was impressed with an album I was producing at the time called "Islands in Space". He offered to help finance the vinyl pressing which resulted in the only official record that I ever released in a limited edition of 1000. The TEAC corporation was so impressed that I actually pressed an album from their then cutting edge multi-4 track cassette deck, the TEAC 144 that they sent representatives to Canada to purchase a couple of cases of my records! It was really at the tail-end of the original vinyl medium's peak despite the fact that I still sell the occasional copy from the few copies I have left. Check out the LightDreams homepage for recent re-issues of Islands in Space (2015) and 10,001 Dreams (2016) double album on Vinyl and CDs (limited editions of 500 each on the "Got Kinda Lost Records" label.
Slowly but surely I am re-mastering and making all my material available through various Internet channels. I have also begun producing music videos (some in 3D or 360) through my established YouTube Channel http://youtube.com/paulmarcano. CD Baby is my preferred distributor simply because they provide a very cost-effective way to distribute MP3 Digital Downloads to a wide network of music affiliates including iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc. OF course all my work is available directly by simply emailing me and requesting a copy for anything featured in my updated archive of releases. I use PayPal for online payments and will send you a link immediately to where you can download a copy, complete with album art sufficient to make a personal CD copy. You may request others in the catalogue and I will prioritize those and get you a link ASAP, feel free to inquire.
Thanks for your interest in my music.
Paul Ralph Marcano
Paul R. Marcano
* Here's a link to a free copy of my 2014, 50th album, The Cosmic Sky Continuum: Click Here