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Sorrowful Songs of the Silverswords

by Chris Rainier

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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    An extremely limited edition, 180 gram, transparent green 12-inch lathe cut vinyl record [33rpm] - only fifty [50] copies will be available!

    Each record will be assembled by me personally, with an individually handstamped cover and center label, and all copies will be signed and numbered. Every album will also include a vintage postcard - unique to each copy - relating to the Haleakalā silversword.

    Your purchase of this limited edition vinyl record will be accompanied by a digital download of all the tracks on "Sorrowful Songs of the Silverswords".


    Includes unlimited streaming of Sorrowful Songs of the Silverswords via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      £25 GBP




Chris Rainier: Adapted Guitar 1

All music composed and improvised by Chris Rainier © 2023

Engineered by Adam Casey at The True Vine, Melbourne, Australia
Recorded on the 13th of January 2023
Mixed and mastered by Adam Casey

Cover photograph by Peter Stanton
["'Silverswords', Haleakalā Crater National Park, Maui. July 1987"]
Medium: Kodachrome 64
Copyright of the J.P. Stanton Ecological Image Archive
Used by permission
Thanks to Peter Stanton and Matthew Stanton
Image crop by Tess E. McKenzie

Lathe cut by Michael Lawrence at Bladud Flies!
Calligraphy by Jon Szanto

The replica of Harry Partch’s first Adapted Guitar 1 used on this recording was a collaborative project produced by James Mumford and Chris Rainier between 2013 and 2017
For more information on this particular instrument, as well as Partch's other Adapted Guitars, please go here:


No effects pedals were used on any of the tracks

Various commercial capos manufactured by Shubb and Kyser were utilised on all of the tracks, enabling physical access to harmonies and melodies usually unobtainable via the guitar's standard tuning and stringing, developed by Harry Partch between 1934 and 1942

All capo modifications by Tess E. McKenzie

The titles of the tracks on this recording are direct quotes from Jack London's book "The Cruise Of The Snark", published by The Macmillan Company, New York, 1911. These texts are present in Chapter VIII ["The House Of The Sun"], from pages 112 to 132


For more about the Haleakalā silversword please read below:






released February 21, 2023


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Chris Rainier London, UK

some kind of folk music. various microtonal guitars, weissenborn [a hollowneck lap steel, often with preparations]…also occasional singing, and other instrumental odds and ends.

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