The book trailer below is my own hybrid work of music and performed writing.
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57 Octaves – The Official Recordings (2018):
Listen and/or download individual tracks:
|1. Silent ballpark||15. Duct tape|
|2. Batter||16. Bender|
|3. You want to know||17. You feel it too|
|4. Perfumery||18. A 4 oz. can of story|
|5. E♭ angel||19. An 8 oz. can of story|
|6. Right after this||20. Tilting|
|7. Joyride||21. Problems|
|8. Visiting privileges||22. You are the best audience we ever had|
|9. Orlenorpha||23. The story of their 67th|
|10. In their natural habitat||24. Returning them to the earth|
|11. Waltz in D♭||25. Bright-Very|
|12. Movie||26. All I ask|
|13. Pumpkin harvest||27. Foot measure|
|14. On the wire, boys||28. Iseewhatyoumean|
I feel fortunate to have my fiction and music released in this form. My harmonica pieces have grown from many years of good teaching by the extraordinary musician Don Mercer. The generous music professional Reed Turchi has helped with production. After I recorded (2013-2014 and 2016-2017) each fiction piece, I listened for the essence of the story’s voice; I then picked the key of harmonica that seemed right, and immediately played. I made these recordings using Audacity software, with assistance from my Roland MicroCube amplifier and Red Screamer and Audix i5 microphones. The harmonica interludes are first or second takes, improvisational responses to the music in the fiction, not deliberate compositions.
I hope 57 Octaves Below Middle C will bring you joy and, above all else, strange joy.
This recording is mine. I do not grant you the right to copy, distribute, or adapt any part of the material without my written permission.
Kevin McIlvoy on the writing life:
- Wordplay (with Jeff Davis & Lockie Hunter) has featured Mc on the show several times:
- First Draft: A Writer’s Dialogue (from Aspen Public Radio, with Mitzi Rapkin) featured Mc, talking about 57 Octaves Below Middle C.
- First Draft – Kevin McIlvoy Two: (from Aspen Public Radio, with Mitzi Rapkin) a 2019 discussion of At the Gate of All Wonder.
- Download these and more from First Draft at iTunes.