The Last Thing I Remember

by Daniel Crommie

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Review “The Last Thing I Remember” Daniel Crommie

This flute-dominated set of ambient music accompanies the listener through a variety of nocturnal adventures based around sleep, dreams, and the multiple layers of consciousness contained therein. "Walking Through Parallel World" blends electronica with Native American-sounding ambience, the restful, free-form musical swirl of "K Complexes" contrasts with the garish tones of "The Slumberer's Procession," and the synthesized bells and birdsong of "The Dawn Song" provide a fitting counterpoint to the crepuscular seashell washes of "Even Song."

- Rovi


Oregon's flautist/electronica magician Daniel Crommie has created an extraordinarily beautiful work based on the simple idea of trying to describe the phases of sleep and a selection of dream states. The principal approach is to layer swirling synth and keyboard textures underneath electronic loops and free wheeling flute parts. At times the arrangements remind me of some of Camel's more dreamy compositions like "Lunar Sea".

The album itself is made up of 18 short pieces arrayed into 4 different sleep patterns bounded by the 'Alpha Rhythms' of "Even Song" and "Dawn Song". Within these 4 parts Daniel employs an enterprising catalogue of hypnotic repetition and mysterious meanderings by a variety of flutes and whistles from a home made bamboo affair to a modern concert quality instrument.

The bamboo whistle-flute, broadly following a whole tone scale according to Daniel, in fact makes its first appearance on the second track. In the following song a clay ocarina is used to create an eerie ethereal mood with damped clanging bells in the background. In track 4 you could swear there is a 'tron in there at the beginning but the piece quickly picks up the pace with electronic loops and a warbling flute creating a feeling of flying (my favourite dream apart from scoring for Wigan).

Other highlights are the insistent rhythm of "Rare as a Devil-Winged Ice Monkey" (about as upbeat as it gets), the playful Jaw's harp of "The Slumberer's Procession" and the startling 3-dimensional percussion effect which jolts you out of your reverie in "Doppler Drum". The "REM" suite as a whole has less rhythmic dominance, with the focus on more mysterious effects. The exception is the last piece of the group which perhaps announces the upward surge toward wakefulness and the closing "Dawn Song".

A clever and supremely well executed album.

Sea of Tranquility /
Reviewer: Richard Barnes

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released November 20, 2006

Daniel Crommie: all synthesizers (Roland JV-80, Roland SH-101, Kawai K1m, KORG P3, KORG Symphony, Alesis Micron, E-MU Vintage Keys), Concert Flute, M-Audio Black Box, Wood Flutes, Clay Flutes, Recorder, Electric Dulcimer, Jaw Trump, Recycled Paul Evans Percussion Loops and Assorted Devices.

Jess Fry: Additional Percussion on "Luna".

Produced and Engineered by Daniel Crommie @ Digitalis in 2006.
Mastered and Assembled by Jamie Haggerty @ Stray Voltage. Manipulated Digital Photography by Michael Renfrow.
Cover Design: Jamie Haggerty.

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Daniel Crommie Portland, Oregon

Daniel Crommie is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (mandolins, buche, balalaika, recorders, flutes, synthesizers, etc.) and producer (Janie Mitchell, Kaitlyn ni Donovan, Lew Jones, Karen Searcy) who has released over two dozen solo albums, numerous albums with Group Du Jour, four with Echo System and five with Saturnalia Trio over the last 25 years on the New Weave label. ... more

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