Sea of Tranquility

by Joe Newlin

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Sea of Tranquility, or Mare Tranquillitatis, is a wide open plain on the Earth-facing side of the moon. It was named in 1651 by Italian astronomers who looked through their telescopes and in the dark expanses saw a calm, flat sea on an alien world.

For Sea of Tranquility, I listened to many hours of old recordings (mainly from 2004-2007) when I was travelling around the U.S. working as a union organizer. Inspiring work, to be sure, but I'd also see the worst sides of people in the way the bosses treated workers. So it could get a little dark, sometimes. Making music was my way of relaxing into a sea of sound after long days of struggle in far-off places.

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released July 20, 2014

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Joe Newlin Los Angeles, California

Joe Newlin is a Los Angeles-based musician focused on the possibilities of the digitally extended guitar in song form. He is an advocate of open source software and uses the Pure Data programming environment to create custom audio software to cut and splice live solo guitar and vocal performances into commanding soundscapes. ... more

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