by chris rainier

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No bird clings to the sky for dear life No sky clings to a bird ["No Sky", from Larry Schwartz's collection of poems entitled 'Padkos' © 2019]
By the time she turns to find me back again I'm gone ["Phoenix", from Larry Schwartz's collection of poems entitled 'Padkos' © 2019]


Engineered by Adam Casey at The True Vine, Melbourne
Recorded on the afternoon of the 12th of January 2020
Mixed and mastered by Adam Casey

All music by Chris Rainier © 2020

The texts used on "Demonstrations of the Tonality Diamond" and "Methods of Establishment and Departure" are the poems "No Sky" and "Phoenix", from Larry Schwartz's publication 'Padkos' © 2019.

The titles of the pieces on this recording are taken from pages 158, 161, 162 and 183 of the second edition of Harry Partch's book "Genesis Of A Music | An Account of a Creative Work, Its Roots and Its Fulfillments" [© 1974, Da Capo Press].

Cover photograph by Dorothea Lange
"Freight train going east near Yuma, Arizona", Yuma County, Arizona, Spring 1937
Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, [LC-DIG-fsa-8b31832]

All design, cover assembly and hand stamping by Tess E. McKenzie
Reproduction photographic printing by Printer of Dreams, London

The symbol on the 'empty' side B of the vinyl edition of 'Yuma' was drawn by Tess E. McKenzie. It can be found in Chapter III - "Chalk-signs for command and information", in the book "The American Boys' Book of Signs, Signals and Symbols" by Dan Beard, published by the J.B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia & London, in 1918 [4th impression]

On this page this symbol is described as:

Fig. 34 - HALT!
A sign taken by vagabonds from the ancient books of magic, a command to stop, to halt. Stop! (Hobo.)"

The replica of Harry Partch’s Adapted Guitar 1 was a collaboration between James Mumford and Chris Rainier
For more information on this instrument and Partch's other Adapted Guitars, go here:

No effects pedals were used on this recording

Chris Rainier:
Vocals, Adapted Guitar 1

Special thanks to Larry Schwartz for letting me use his poems without really knowing what I was going to do with them!

This recording is dedicated to the memory of Graham McKenzie [1943-2019]



released April 16, 2020


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Chris Rainier London, UK

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

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