Thank you for coming to the Land of Drum. This is my project creating visual and sonic landscapes with my backgrounds of different drumming and percussion styles mixed with sound design. All of the music was created in the studio in a "present tense" moment. There was no music paper or prework about the music before hand. It always felt like the music was coming to me from very sacred places. This is music for the soul and the deep innermost regions of your being. I used many acoustic hand drums, electronic drums and samples with computer and keyboards. I was fortunate to work with some great young brilliant engineers and sound design specialists in making "Land of Drum". Also there were some great moments with friends of mine in collaboration on a few of the works. Gary Fisher and I composed Zawiland many years ago in San Pablo, California . On Forecaster my good friend Jeff Pittson overdubbed tracks on the Claviola which give this track such a haunting sound, and was designed by John Taber in San Francisco. On "In the Temple", I was fortunate to work with one of Estonias premeir composers -Peeter Vähi. On "Jade Pond" guitarist Mart Soo of Estonia played some brilliant work on this track. Over in Finland at Arcada studios my good friend Sir John Gronvall and his assistant Jeppe Cavonius did some brilliant work and sound design on their tracks. I am especially fond of their work on "Motherless Child". It amazes me where that music came from-it's just beautiful. Saxophonist Rasmus Nordstrom played some fantastic solos from this session. I also did a couple of tracks at Mango studios with Marko Kataja in Finland where guitarist Kick Masner contributed some great playing on Banjos and steel string to the track "Siamese Dream". Also in Finland we tracked "Dejavoodoo" with sound designer Jari Ravaska, along with bassist Ulf Krokfors. But my deepest "thanks" goes to Sten Saluveer who was with me through the whole process. He is very much in tune with my ideas and musical visions, and just works wonders in the studio. Thanks so much Sten. Well, I hope you enjoy Land of Drum . Peace and Light. Brian Melvin.
Jade Pond
Motherless Child
Land of Drum
In The Temple
Good Friday
Secret Doctrine
Kulture Shock
Siamese Dream