Solo Percussion Vol. 3

by The Reid Karris Project

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- Reid Karris – drum kit, glockenspiel, toy piano, mbira, harmonica, bowed cymbals, bells, thunder tube, effects and loops
- all songs written, performed and recorded by Reid Karris


released December 29, 2010

While volume 2 was suppose to be studio recordings the songs were still for the most part recorded live. For volume 3 I strove to create something that was truly a studio project. To achieve this the songs were striped down to their basic elements, which were then recorded one at a time. The result is sometimes a little congested (multiple drum parts, excessive feedback, etc.) but the songs are more complete then they would be in a live performance. I used the basic ideas for each song and then found new things to add in. The recording of these songs happened about a week after I lost my practice space and I felt driven to get the recordings done fast while the songs were still fresh in my mind. In all I am most pleased to say that this is my favorite in the solo percussion series. While I like the way volume 2 turned out I feel that it focuses almost too much on straightforward song structures and rhythms while volume 3 showcases more stream of consciousness song ideas.



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Reid Karris Chicago, Illinois

Reid Karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from Chicago Illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear.


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Track Name: Tintinnabulum
tin·tin·nab·u·lum / tin-ti-nab-yuh-luh m


a set of bells played in succession
Track Name: Viscus Deliquescence
vis·cus / vis-kuh s


the organs in the cavities of the body, esp. those in the abdominal cavity.


del·i·ques·cence / del-i-kwes-uh ns


the action or process of dissolving or becoming liquid
Track Name: Elucidate
e·lu·ci·date / ih-loo-si-deyt


to provide clarification; explain
Track Name: Phantasmagoria
phan·tas·ma·go·ri·a / fan-taz-muh-gawr-ee-uh


a shifting series of illusions or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination.
Track Name: Synesthesia
syn·es·the·sia / sin-uh s-thee-zhuh 


a sensation produced in one modality when a stimulus is applied to another modality, as when the hearing of a certain sound induces the visualization of a certain color.