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Salt Spring: Sun and Shadow

by Graham Van Pelt

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Menhinick 14:40
Rain Shadow 08:12
Stark Road 10:30
Idle 13:14
Tuam 09:12
Glass Heron 10:32
Orchard 10:56


This collection is called "Salt Spring: Sun and Shadow", comprising tracks I recorded on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, in early 2017. The cover photo is from this time as well.

I had been taking a couple months off, spending time with family, walking by the ocean and through the wooded trails around the island, taking photographs, taking time and enjoying the landscape. I began recording this music early in the mornings, sipping coffee with a view into the forest, before the rest of the people in the house were awake. The pieces were made with simple, asynchronous keyboard and guitar loops, using analog echo effects to devolve and degrade the sounds. I mixed to and from tape at The Pines recording studio in Montreal, messing with tape speeds, plate reverb and various atmospheric effects along the way.

The results are, I hope, a simple quiet accompaniment for time spent reading, unwinding or unplugging by whatever means are desired.


released May 28, 2021


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Graham Van Pelt British Columbia

My latest collection of ambient music, 'The Lookout', arrives July 20th

I'm a musician and DJ based in BC, Canada (formerly Montreal, also formerly Toronto).

My recent releases range from dreamy ambient excursions to dubby vocal house.

Also, I host a weekly online radio show called 'Island City' on, playing global jazz, R&B, disco, reggae and lots of other things.
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