Inspired by the hours spent on travelling on tour and all the isolated landscapes he encountered, Canadian composer Cédric D. Lavoie’s 88 was composed on the piano with bowed and plucked upright basses, some discrete percussion and sound effects.
“Everything started on the piano,” says Lavoie. “I also explored recording techniques emphasising the sound resulting from the mechanics of the piano and my fingers on the keyboard. These sounds are rarely acoustically audible, but add an intimate and intriguing aspect to the recording.”
“I also thought about hiring string players to play on some of the tracks,” says Lavoie. “But eventually decided to take on the challenge of playing everything on the upright bass, to achieve a darker and perhaps more unusual string section.”
88 is Cédric D. Lavoie’s first album for Preserved Sound. The album comes as a limited edition, hand-assembled CD, download and unlimited stream.