Here are some tunes that I have written since Orion's birth. Rough cuts.
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If the Radiance of a Thousand Suns
This is my first musical recording, made in 1993, and as such it is somewhat rough. However, the premise is an unusual one - that of the role of J. Robert Oppenheimer in making the Atomic Bomb. Each song is a particular meditation on the history of the making of the bomb. This was a project close to my heart, as I grew up in Los Alamos. Although it was recorded in analog, I transfered it to digital in 2003 and added to the track 'Can you Imagine' a recording I made when visiting Hiroshima in 1998. Songs written and preformed by Jonathan. Instruments: guitar, banjo, flute, piano.
Recorded between September 1999 and September 2000 at Casa Mebula in Boulder, Colorado, and Solar Survival Earthship community on Taos, New Mexico. Drums recorded using solar power. Mastered by Evan Landaw and Jonathan Machen. All songs written by Jonathan Machen and Tony Ward. Dee Slaven inspired (and helped write) It's the Greatest. All songs copyright 2000. Thanks to : Dee for her infinite patience while we wrote the songs; Peter Stokes and Pat Tracey for their feedback, and Suzanne Arthur (who played flute on Frida Khalo and Ballad) Marty Humphreys (Disenchanted forest and Cleveland) and Patty Machen, who played viola on This is your garden.
Some People is a collection of songs written and recorded in 2002 by Jonathan, with help from Evan Landaw on Drums and Bass. Evan recorded with a digital drum kit. Songs:
Don Machen plays Piobaireachd and other tunes
Recorded August 22, 2001 at the Chautauqua Community House, Boulder, Colorado by Jonathan Machen. liner notes: Jonathan recorded his father, Don, playing slow, melodious airs (also known as Piobaireachd) on his bagpipe in 2001 at the Community House in Boulder, Colorado. Don has been a bagpipe player for many years and is a member of the Albuquerque and Four Corners Pipes and Drums band. To define or even describe a piobaireachd is not easy. It consists of a ground or urlar (which is itself a variation on a basic theme) followed by a number of other variations on this theme. The ground is played slowly and is usually the most interesting and satisfying part of the whole composition.
Listen To the Wind Blow
Listen to the Wind Blow is a recording made in 2002 by Jonathan of the duo of Patty Machen and Tim Davis. Recorded in my house. Songs include:
Savage Patty - Big Happy Family
Big Happy Family was not recorded by Jonathan, but he did the artwork on the album! Tim Davis wrote all the songs. Tim's wife, and Jonathan's Sister, Savage Patty hopes you will listen to a few tracks and purchase the CD on Jonathan's Art Store.
Savage Patty is: Marty Humphreys: electric and acoustic guitars, lap steel guitar, mandolin, mug trumpet, vocals; Jason Pawlina: drums, percussion, and Baklavarian smack racquet; Peter Stokes: bass, vocals; Patty Machen: viola; Tim Davis: acoustic and electric guitars, vocals; Kevin Babcock, banjo; Linda Flinkman: piano, organ. All songs written by T.B. Davis, copyright 2005. Produced by Craig Corona, Peter Stokes, and Savage Patty. Mixed by Craig Corona at Sawmill Sound Studios and Coupe Studio in Boulder, Colorado. Mastered by Matt Sandoski at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, Colorado. Songs include: