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Explorations 17 (StochaSticks vol. 1)

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StochaSticks 04:48
MalPong 02:54
Orbitals 08:09
BingBong 07:34
Meep Meeps 03:48
Tagalongs 06:41


StochaSticks vol. 1 is the first volume of music featuring my StochaSticks series of marimba actuators. The title was suggested by Elliott Sharp, and is a play on the word "stochastic," which is defined as "randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely."

By affixing various extra beaters and balls and other things to the mallets I'm able to produce a very rich and complex--albeit unpredicatable--tapestry of sound. Even the simplest of chord progressions or melodies takes on a deeper, more complex sound, with beautifully unpredictable layers of sonic detritus chattering and thunking away in the middle and background. I've also used some electronic processing to add more depth and complexity to the sound.


released February 21, 2021

-Composed, performed, recorded, mixed, mastered, graphic design by Payton MacDonald
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Payton MacDonald's Explorations Wayne, New Jersey

Explorations is Payton MacDonald's series where he explores every possible avenue of sonic expression, often centered around marimba, with electronics, collaborations and solo recordings. The music ranges from sweet to very salty. Good headphones and a choice beverage recommended. ... more

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