A Cast of Billions

Evan with his guitar and dog.

A good friend and percussionist Norm Harris contributed percussion to this track – so I ripped out all of the midi percussion and used Norm’s percussion, added a track where I speak Evan’s poem and did some remastering. Here is the result – best version yet IMHO.

A Cast of Billions with Norm Harris

It seems my vocals are much worse than I heard them as – it is hard (still) for me to sing microtonally – so here is an instrumental version.
Billions Without Voices

A Cast of Billions, poetry by Evan K. Harrington, Music in 17 equal by Chris Vaisvil

I made a conscious effort to try to sound different from 12 equal and compose music that was quite microtonal. In memory of Evan Harrington.

A Cast of Billions


on the dispassionate shore
on the longitude of recursive naught
on a formal lacidity overlooking the deep end
of your swimming pool of thought
and wherewithal without, I am a native
of the repository of selfless abandon
and you a radiation of the contemplative
comb which filters the streaming random
fractured days of redundant indiscipline
cannot weight against the globes
stalwart artists can pencil in
orgasmic frenzies of the lobes
where camouflage rages gain
if we love it is from fear
but that is nature’s game
returning from detouring years
applaud the cast of billions
for the splendid production
in all of its revisions
in all of its conduction
all of this amorphously to say
we’ve still not drained the pool
although it’s often murky
and quite the abode of fools

EKH 4/14/92

Recorded in Sonar X1
17 note per octave electric guitar (2 tracks)
Washburn fretless bass
vocal
drumkit
bongos, comgas, taikos,
djembes, darabuka – dunbeck,
Ewe – Toke, Kroboto – boba – kidi

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