Image on Still Water

by Jamie Haggerty

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Original release c. 1993

The final Solo album that I ever released was a culmination of all my influences at the time. The French/Breton consort I played music with as well as all the electronic and ambient music I listened to. Perhaps it was a worthy experiment. And for anyone interested, here it is again after over 16 years.

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released November 23, 2014

This is a great solo effort by an outstanding synthesist from Oregon. The first side begins with an eight-minute piece, "A Walk in the Dark." It starts with a nifty hook similar to the beginning of Mason Williams' late sixties hit "Classical Gas" but then goes in some amazing and surprising directions. Cricket sounds then open the piece "Breton Gavottes." The harpsichord patch and other period instruments (samples?) such as psaltery give an historic authentic air to this traditional piece. The last song on side one, "Spindrift," begins with surf and seagulls. Guitar and synth passages slowly move with the tide. The instruments pause after a few minutes and then come back in with an emotional burst of energy. This is a nice way to get the listener prepared for side two. On the second side Haggerty mixes aggressive energy and sensitivity very well. My favorite was "Across the Lake/Image on Still Water" which begins with ambient sounds. It continues with some synth patches and haunting melody lines which are reminiscent of Mark Isham's more somber work. This song is actually two pieces in one. After five minutes, it segues to a more uptempo driving composition. "Image On Still Water" is beautiful and inspiring; a great treat which is well worth checking out. ••• Review by Ben Kettlewell

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Jamie Haggerty Portland, Oregon

I am a sound designer/composer that works in the animation industry. My current job is Post Production Generalist.

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