Playing With Ghosts

by Adrian Lane

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Nigel Spencer
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Nigel Spencer This is a lovely album. Adrian’s use of cylinder recordings as a basis for his own compositions works really well - the elements meld together seamlessly, to prove that the sum is greater than the parts. Particularly liked the role of the clarinet - not an instrument I usually favour - which is subtle and understated - almost textural. Favourite tracks - A Rainy Beginning and Father and Son - sound like half remembered traditional folk airs, which is a very good thing. More like this please! Favorite track: A Rainy Beginning.
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mini50records This is a special record. Beautiful piano sound straying from the usual modern classical tone and creating something unique and special. Lovely work.
chris coote
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chris coote sounding excellent.evocative in a big way.
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Father & Son 04:17
Andante 02:53
Make Or Mars 03:19


"... the music of Adrian Lane is nostalgic and tidy, like an old mansion whose curtains have been thrown open and whose floors have been swept" – a closer listen

"Playing With Ghosts shows off Adrian Lane's undeniable talent in sculpting gracious, lovely pieces by looking towards the past, embracing its imperfections to make something a little more perfect" – Beach Sloth

On his album "Playing With Ghosts", Adrian Lane uses 100-year-old cylinder recordings as the starting point for new compositions – chopping them up, reordering them and playing along to build up a series of completely new compositions. “I’ve always liked the idea of collage and often include this in my visual art,” says Adrian. “So I wanted to do something that incorporated this approach in my music.”

All tracks composed by Adrian Lane except 'Father and Son' composed by Adrian Lane and Nicholas Lane.

Adrian Lane - Piano, Samples, Glockenspiel, Laptop.
Bryan Styles - Clarinet on tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16
Mick Gawthorp - Flute on tracks 8, 11, Saxophone on 7, 11
Rei Sugawara - Voice on track 4
Debbie Lane - Voice on track 10, 11

Mastered by John Hannon at No Recording Studios, Essex.

Read an interview with Adrian Lane on how he created "Playing With Ghosts":
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released August 18, 2017

Read an interview with Adrian Lane on how he created "Playing With Ghosts":
2017 © Preserved Sound PS43


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