Originally released in 1994 on Rio records
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The Garden is the second part of a work I
started in 1974 which was titled The Prison,
and like The Prison, is a book and music
designed to be experienced simultaneously.
The basic idea is that as the two media
converge one tends to charge the other with
meaning. In The Garden I have used music
without lyrics for the most part. This seems to
help push the phenomenon along a bit
by leaving the music simpler and more
The notion is to settle down in a comfortable
spot, turn the stereo on at a moderate volume
and read the book while the music plays,
starting both at the same time. (Headphones
are good but it is even better if you have a
Surround system since the music was mixed in
Dolby Surround.) You will find many
connection points between the two media. As
your use of the piece matures you will find
these points changing, and after you have
come to know the story better, you will be
able to sculpt, in some degree, your own
experience, pausing to ponder a passage or
thought and letting the music play on to lift the
thought higher, or perhaps skipping ahead in
the story to read a section with a specific
piece of music and enjoy the synchronized
effect of a soundtrack. Of course, it is perfectly
find to appreciate one medium all by itself.
The Garden is not a sequel in the strict sense
of the word and there is no critical continuity
of narrative you will need to know. However
some familiarity with The Prison is helpful to
fully understand the development of ideas
which have their roots there.
The Garden is dedicated to my children:
Christian, Jason, Jessica, and Jonathan.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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