A little History...
From an early age, probably 16 or 17 years old, I concluded that it takes almost as much energy to learn someone elses song as it does to create your own original song. With that mindset I set about the task of writing at least one song a day for awhile, the notion being that the art of 'doing' in itself is an exciting challenge and 'doing it a lot' could only result in better songs! Alas not many of those early works survived the test of time for very long but a few pieces were recorded much later on with the compilation of my 41st album in 2006 called "The Day before Yesterday 35 Years Ago". I think of these songs as "pre-stone age" because they were written before my transformative psychedelic period which lasted from 1972 to 1984 with after effects still lingering ;-).
Each decade since I began recording has been pretty productive and I remember that I was often motivated to create new music purely for the purpose of having some music perfectly tailored to work by in my pursuit of the visual arts in my painting and airbrush art. This was somthing I did right up until I got into computers in 1984 with my first Atari drawing tablet! The 80's were particularly productive as I found new energy in electronic art and the evolving technology of home recording devices and music sampling and easy access to symphonic sounds and synthesizer fx. It was quite an exciting leap from my mono, reel-to-reel sound-on-sound recordings of the 70's. At this point listening to artists like Allan Parson's and George Martin's work with the Beatles taught me much about recording production and layering... sometimes falling into that 'spectre' of creating a wall of sound, however I have a preference for multi-layers of sound and in fact it shows in my visual artwork as well! I rarely am found unplugged but I do use the accoustic guitar to write and it is almost always included on a track or two in my final recordings.
In 1981, a transient group was created called Lightdreams because a friend of mine, known as "Mushroom Dann" was impressed with an album I was producing at the time called "Islands in Space". He offered to help finance the vinyl pressing which resulted in the only official record that I ever released in a limited edition of 1000. The TEAC corporation was so impressed that I actually pressed an album from their then cutting edge multi-4 track cassette deck, the TEAC 144 that they sent representatives to Canada to purchase a couple of cases of my records. It was really at the tail-end of the vinyl medium's peak despite the fact that I still sell the occasional copy from the few copies I have left.
Slowly but surely I am remastering and making my material available through all the wonderful channels and avenues offered by the Internet. Among those I have also begun producing music videos (some in 3D) through my established YouTube Channel. CD Baby is my preferred distributor because they provide a very cost effective way to release MP3 Digital Downloads and provide a way to connect to a wider network of music affiliates including iTunes, Sound Cloud etc. The Store Widget above represents officially released digital downloads of my work and as my budget can allow it will be added to. The albums listed on the right are my complete up-to-date archive and those shown in red are also available directly by simply emailing me and requesting a copy. I use PayPal for online payments and will send you a link immediately to where you can download a copy, complete with album art sufficient to make a personal copy CD. You may request others in the catalogue and I will prioritize those and get you a link ASAP, feel free to inquire.
Thanks for your interest in my music.
Paul Ralph Marcano
Original Recordings by Paul R Marcano (and friends)
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