This album marks the beginning of a journey. Under blue skies, surrounded by mountain laurels, the sounds of contemporary composers echo through the forests of the Appalachians. It is from picturesque views of the blue mountains that the Bleak Night was born. In 2019, I began presenting mobile installations – acousmatic composition to be presented from speakers while hiking.
I discovered that music with narrators held the ear captive as the sound traveled over lakes or into forests. So, I set out to create a conceptual cycle that involved narration and the manipulation thereof. The poem was structured in such a way that I could have a balance of harsh consonants and smooth syllables. I sought out talent from around the world to be the narrators of this experience.
I have carried this music across the United States, entertaining and interacting with hikers and new music enthusiasts with a recital in every state from April 2021 through May 2022.
– David R. Peoples