"The Terrestrial Orchestra" is the product of a solitary winter season spent hibernating in the studio. I’ve changed a lot both personally and musically over the past several years, and the unifying theme that's seemed to permeate throughout this change is that everything is ephemeral. The rhythm of life is never static; by its very nature it is both evolutionary and cyclical. With that in mind, I wanted to take some time to myself and create a musical snapshot of my life in that instant, to preserve a brief period in my development.
The album is a composite of all of my main musical influences over the years - progressive rock, electronic, jazz, film and video game soundtracks, and the indigenous music of many cultures around the globe. Its purpose is centered around what I believe to be one of the most essential capacities of music - the ability to tell a story. With "The Terrestrial Orchestra" I’ve created five pieces of music, each one representing a classical element of nature - air, water, earth, fire, and human consciousness. Four attributes of the natural world, followed by a fifth, less tangible element that can’t easily be defined. Music at its core is a manifestation of nature, and I aim to tell the story of how humankind has interacted with this natural phenomenon through the ages.
I would be honored if you downloaded this album and listened to what I have to say. I hope it takes you on a journey through a collection of dynamic soundscapes, and that you awake from this experience with some deeper comprehension. These past few months have been an amazing period of creativity for me, and it is my privilege to share it with you.
Dedicated to Jake Nielsen - a close friend, mentor, colleague, and the reason I am where I am today. May he rest in peace.
released March 25, 2014
Written, produced, and mixed by Steven Gizzi.
Piano, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, vocals, and claps recorded by Steven Gizzi.
Electric and slide guitar, vocals, and claps on "Combustion" recorded by Matthew Gizzi.
Cello on "Combustion" recorded by Daniel Strange.
Mastered by Jackson Firlik of Great Barrier.
Album artwork by Kevin Heiland.
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