Saturday, October 27, 2018

two quiet autumn places in sound

During the month of October I  made two pieces of sound art inspired by a desire to create an audio analogue to the inner and outer energies of two quiet places in the autumn landscape.

The tools I used were simple: a steel guitar tuned to proportions that came from meditation and listening, a decades-old reverb unit with delay and echo settings I had made a long time ago, and a laptop for capture and mix.

The music was played and recorded in one pass, which resulted in the first piece below. The same material was shaped in mixing to create the second piece.As I worked I immersed myself in memories and  feelings from the places that were the inspirations.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

October Colors and Textures (New Paintings)

Mountain Pond, October Morning
(watercolor and graphite)

October River ( watercolor and gouache)

                                                  October, View North ( watercolor and gouache)

                                            Paintings by Kevin Macneil Brown, October 2018.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Rust Mountain Poems

My dreams find
in distant mountains.

What can we bring
that would be a blessing
to this clean new edge of sky?

Awake and wash
at pond’s edge; ice
has not yet formed.

See and feel the
feathery clouds in
morning’s wind-washed sky;
listen as October leaf
falls and finds the damp, soft

Whoever built this gate
has gone away;
hear the latch snick shut as
rust meets wood meets emptiness.

Deer running sleek
in sacred places:
open meadow meets birch thicket;
not far now to go, to find
cool shade of hemlocks and sleep.


Not quite
crescent moon
white pine is
 dark and tall
and swaying
holding hard to

Easy to see the wind
stir quiet water, make
ripples outward—
but it might take this lifetime
to know and become
ripples deep and inward.

                                                   - Kevin Macneil Brown