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by chris rainier

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    A very limited edition, 180 gram, clear 12-inch lathe cut vinyl record [33rpm] - only 100 copies will be available! PLEASE NOTE: This record is single sided, with all four tracks present on the first side. Each copy is assembled by hand, with an individually stamped center label on the playing side, and a hand drawn 'hobo' symbol on the 'empty' side. I will also sign and number each record in the bottom right hand corner.

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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]


Chris Rainier:
Vocals, Adapted Guitar 1

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 sung 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. Used by permission

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
Title listed as "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]
Used by permission

All design, cover assembly and hand stamping by Tess E. McKenzie

Lathe cut by Bladud Flies!
Thanks to Michael Lawrence

Reproduction photographic printing of Dorothea Lange's photograph by Printer of Dreams, London

The symbol on the 'empty' side B of the lathe cut edition of 'Yuma' was drawn by Tess E. McKenzie.

The abovementioned symbol was originally 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

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

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