Back to the Cliff
Different Skies is an annual electronic and experimental space music festival that takes place at Arcosanti, the simultaneously rustic and futuristic community on a cliffside in central Arizona. For one week, electronic artists from around the globe gather to make friends, network, compose, and perform an evening of entirely new music for an appreciative audience. The 2007 festival was unique in several ways. The concert was simulcast over the Internet via StillStream.com (broadcasting live from the stage), and into the Second Life virtual community. In addition, no less than three CDs of music resulted from 2007: two 'all-star jam' recordings - the spontaneously-improvised music performed each evening after rehearsals - available at earthmantra.com, and this CD of selections from the final concert: a collection of tracks reflecting the widely (or perhaps wildly) varying personal styles of the composers/leaders of each piece. There are tribal ambient jams, psychedelia from an alternate 1970's, pure noise, free jazz, Berlin-school electronica, and the unique vibe that is Different Skies's own: a melding of minds and influences into a strange and wonderful whole. We hope you enjoy hearing this CD as much as we did making it.