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Eternal Holiday represents, to me, the standard example of DeusMachina's first period, and was recorded in about 1989. It's basically a strong song with a lovely verse melody but also demonstrates all the overly indulgent compositional tendencies that were typical of Deus Machina's early work; i.e. horrible artificial synthesizer sounds and a totally weird instrumental jig in the middle that has nothing to do with anything! I was going to edit it out for the purposes of this collection, but decided to leave it in because a) I can't be arsed and b) I think it's interesting to show how much things changed.

My vocal goal at this stage of the collaboration was to inject some soul and humanity into the proceedings. So I purposely bent notes and slid into pitches, for example.

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Diana Rosalind New Orleans, Louisiana

After being discovered by Bobby McFerrin as a young vocal improviser in San Francisco, I spent some years writing and performing with ensembles that remain important in the history of Bay Area arts, then did time tangling with the music biz in LA & NYC, followed by a decade in Europe, recording all the while, before coming "home" to NOLA. This is a partial musical record of that journey. ... more

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