Artist Book Editions



Island Open

CATALOG NO. B25-2005-1

Edition of 23
Music CD - Open Edition
Total Time: 54 min.
4-1/2" x 10-1/2" Closed - 10 laser print drawings with hand cut cover Edition of 23 - Music CD - Jewell case with photos - Three original compositions
Total Time 54 min.

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Color Photographs - Thomas Parker Williams
Black & White Pinhole Photograph - Mary Agnes Williams

Island Photographs

Island Photographs

Island Photographs

Smith Island, MD sits twelve miles from shore in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Two converted fishing boats ferry visitors and residents between the mainland and three tiny island towns. For generations, the close-knit families on the island have made their living from the Bay, and, although there are worrisome changes (the village of Tylerton now has only 59 year-round residents), Smith Island is still an active waterman community. So the hard work on the Chesapeake continues, and with it, the sounds of boats, buoys, and fog horns make music with the ducks and the birds and the wind and the water - the natural sounds of the Bay and marshlands.

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Island by Thomas Parker Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Waterway Island Sounds, Piano, Synthesizer, Alto Saxophone
The soundtrack underlying the musical elements throughout Waterway is a continuous recording on a busy Monday morning as birds and working fishing boats start the day on Tyler Creek, the main water channel in Tylerton.
An undulating synthesizer pattern and a minimal piano statement combine with the island sounds and support the alto saxophone solos.

MP3 - Edited Music Composition, Waterway

Birds Island Sounds, Bamboo Flute (recorded simultaneously)

This piece was recorded at dawn on a Sunday morning in May in a remote area overlooking Tylerton's marshland. I started to play bamboo flute along with the bird calls. The first part of the piece is the natural interplay of the flute and birds. As the piece progresses I added some electronic processing, but no electronic sounds, to these calls to set up a rhythmic structure as the birds take over.

MP3 - Edited Music Composition, Birds

Winds Island Sounds, Piano, Synthesizer, Harmonica, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Soprano Recorder.

In this work a rolling piano figure interacts with natural wind sounds to form a wind-like background supporting solo excursions. When these sounds were recorded the winds blew steadily for two days and nights.

MP3 - Edited Music Composition, Winds


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