Rich Bitting

Music

Mutations

by Rich Bitting

Released 03/15/2017
LaLa
Released 03/15/2017
LaLa
Mutations is a multi-textured, slowly-evolving organic soundscape influenced by my memories of the massive thrumming of periodic cicadas.
NOTES
The soundscape of the late summer Pennsylvania woods of my youth has continued to hold a special place in my memory. My recollections are those of being overwhelmed by the massive thrumming of periodic cicadas gradually melding into the persistent insect ostinati of the night forest. As a child, I spent many nights being lulled to sleep by this insect lullaby.

Mutations is a multi-textured, slowly-evolving organic soundscape influenced by my memories of these aural …
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Water Music

by Rich Bitting

Released 2016
Lala
Released 2016
Lala
A public bathroom and a frozen stream; two vastly different soundscapes that evoke the ambience of two different sound worlds.
NOTES
Of all the rooms in public spaces, bathrooms are usually the most visually boring. Many are ceramic tiled spaces designed for utility not ambience. If one happened by chance to enter a public bathroom with eyes closed (i.e. ignoring the visual cues), one would discover an acoustically live and quite interesting ambience.
Water Music was created as a contribution to Aural Latrinalia: The Bathroom Project. Curated by the Cincinnati, Ohio untethered curatorial collective, NEAR*…
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Some Rain

by Rich Bitting

Released 2016
Lala
Released 2016
Lala
Quiet ambient soundscapes evoking acoustic memories of different rains.
NOTES
During the early spring of 2016, my wife, Diane and I were spending quiet time at a friend’s cabin retreat near Black Mountain, North Carolina. Being away from the background noise of the city, we settled in to the ambience of the North Carolina mountains and gradually began to notice the subtle keynotes of our new environment. Later that week, as a low pressure weather system approached the area, I set up my audio recorder …
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Redbud

by Rich Bitting

Released 2016
Lala
Released 2016
Lala
redbud is composed from sound samples of field recordings of a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). The original audio was recorded in the field using both a contact microphone and stereo microphones. redbud benefits from deep listening.
NOTES
redbud is a three movement audio work: 1. Tarantella, 2. Canticle and 3. Motet.

redbud is composed from sound samples of field recordings of a redbud tree (Cercis canadensis). The original audio was recorded using both a contact microphone and stereo microphones. The three movements of redbud are loosely organized around the pitch series E D B D which I used as a basis to transform audio samples. The synthesized audio and the audio samples of the field …
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Confluence

by Rich Bitting

Released 2015
Lala
Released 2015
Lala
This is a collection of composed ambient and electronic soundscape music.
NOTES
Much of my work has it's beginnings as field recordings. I use the natural soundscape as a seed for my music using digital audio processing to shape it.

"Confluence"

This piece is based on field recordings that I collected near the town of Confluence, Pennsylvania in 2008. I was fascinated with the local soundscape; with its natural as well as man-made sounds. Fast flowing rivers and streams, bird songs, environmental sounds and an active train line …
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Agilkia

by Rich Bitting

Released 2015
Lala
Released 2015
Lala
"Agilkia", opens with an ambient ode to a comet rendezvous. It concludes with "Mississagi Rocks,” a sound composition based on field recordings from the Mississagi Straits. “Meditation”and "Seven Sonic Etudes” complete this collection of ambient works.
NOTES
Agilkia, is an ode to the Rosetta mission's Philae lander’s landing site on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko called “Agilkia,” named after an Egyptian island that hosts the Temple of Isis that previously was on the island Philae. This work is based on a sound file of the comet’s magnetic field which was acoustically enhanced. Choral voices complete the composition.

Meditation (The Grasses) is an audio meditation on the evening soundscape of a summer meadow. …
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Hunter's Moon

by Rich Bitting

Released 2014
Lala
Released 2014
Lala
Composed ambient natural soundtrack
NOTES
On a recent trip to the North Carolina mountains near Black Mountain, I recorded the evening chorus of deep forest insects. I used this field recording as a background over which I composed an ambient layer of synthesized glass and bell sounds on the pitch sequence from the dies irae. Early autumn has always signified to me the transient nature of life and the impending frozen death of winter.

Three Trees in Winter is based …
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Butterflies of Costa Rica, An Ambient Suite

by Rich Bitting

Released 2014
Lala
Released 2014
Lala
An ambient soundtrack for "Pura Vida: Butterflies of Costa Rica" evoking the mystery and moods of the rainforest.
NOTES
The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that I draw inspiration for my projects. I have collected audio from specific soundmarks and composed this audio work based on these sounds. My compositions take the common and reveal it as uncommon, offering a fresh perspective to our aural (and visual) world.

As a species, we have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our …
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Butterflies of Morocco

by Rich Bitting

Released 2013
Lala Records
Released 2013
Lala Records
A soundtrack to the 2013 Butterflies of Morocco Show at the Cincinnati Park District Khron Conservatory.
NOTES
The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that I draw inspiration for my projects. I have collected audio from specific soundmarks and composed this audio work based on these sounds. My compositions take the common and reveal it as uncommon, offering a fresh perspective to our aural (and visual) world.
 
As a species, we have evolved to rely primarily on our sense of sight. Our …
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Lake Superior Gentle Waves

by Rich Bitting

Released 2011
LaLa Records
Released 2011
LaLa Records
The mesmerizing sound of gentle waves lapping the shoreline of lake Superior. This relaxing soundscape captures the subtle ambience of tiny wavelets as they wash over small stones. This is an excellent soundtrack for meditation.
NOTES
Richard Bitting (b.1950) is an artist, composer and teacher residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. His visual work is in museums and private collections across the United States; his music has been performed internationally. Mr. Bitting is an adjunct professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he teaches Music in the 20th Century and Introduction to Music Composition.

The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this sonic metaworld that …
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Gospel According to a Wood Thrush

by Rich Bitting

Released 2013
Released 2013
Thirteen Sonic Images in Three Movements, Composed as an ambient soundtrack to accompany the Angels Exhibition.
NOTES
Angels are the sensory sparks at the periphery of our imagination.

Our ears hear what our mind is able to comprehend. We hear that which our other senses prompt us to hear. When our ears detect a sound that we are unable to comprehend, our mind struggles to classify it. In this sensory “twilight” the voices of angels are perceived.

What subtle messages are contained in a meadow soundscape on a summer night? What secrets …
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Twelve Acousmatic Miniatures

by Rich Bitting

Released 2007
LaLa Records
Released 2007
LaLa Records
Part ambient soundscape, part electronic texture seasoned with instrumental color.
NOTES
Richard Bitting (b.1950) is an artist, composer and teacher residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. His visual work is in museums and private collections across the United States; his music has been performed internationally. Mr. Bitting is an adjunct professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati where he teaches Music in the 20th Century and Introduction to Music Composition.

Artist’s Statement
The natural soundscape is rich with color and nuance beyond imagination. It is from this …
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Conifers

by Rich Bitting

Released 1995
LaLa Records
Released 1995
LaLa Records
A soundtrack for a soniferous forest. If an imaginary tree falls in an imaginary forest, does it make an imaginary sound? A lush ambient stroll through your own inner forest.
NOTES
Conifers, Soundtrack for a Soniferous Forest is the ambient accompaniment to an art installation of the same name. When stripped of all but its aural elements, Conifers becomes an installation piece for the mind.

Jamie Allen, music editor of THE Magazine says,“Conifers, in my humble opinion, is about transformation. Transformation from the inanimate to the animate. In its fullest realization, Conifers is a “total art” experience: a room full of 25 wooden organ pipes standing …
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The Resonance of Place

by Rich Bitting

Released 2008
LaLa Records
Released 2008
LaLa Records
John Cage meets Aphex Twin.
NOTES
This CD contains two compositions - The Breakfast Suite (tracks 1 - 6) and Art Academy Fragments (tracks 7 - 15).

The Breakfast Suite is an exploration of the micro-acoustic sound world of some humble kitchen appliances. These common but little-regarded kitchen appliances are an all-but-ignored part of the morning breakfast ritual. As we wait each morning in Pavlovian anticipation while our eggs sizzle to sunrise perfection and our coffee is perking to its savory conclusion, do our minds …
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