Soundtrack to your imagination

by Hugh Doolan

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about

'Soundtrack to your imagination' is Hugh Doolan’s latest digital album.
Sunrise Ocean bender wrote:"Dublin based Hugh Doolan fleshes out his earlier single Maiden Speech for his new full-length, Soundtrack To Your Imagination. Taking the lead from the first part of the title, about any of the cuts could be dropped into a variety of film genres and styles and be effective, whether as rich background or taking a bigger role in tandem. Compare the moody and starry Persephone’s Guitar to the tense and Krautrock-tinged Invisible Man for contrast and you can hear the multiple use/r factor. One of the biggest roles is saved for the listener though, spelled out on the marquee. Doolan’s compositions have their own character, but he uses their atmospheric and shifting nature to welcome the outsider imagination into the scene, to be an active participant in the flicker. Standing alone, and working as a soundtrack to…well, your call eventually…there is a feeling of narrative, a progression. Coaxed by Doolan, the details are up to us. That said, Doolan isn’t shirking his responsibility and leaving all the work to us. Many of the cuts push a warm emotional vibe that can easily cross between something wrapped in melancholy to feeling uplifting and hopeful. You wouldn’t be off in thinking that this exercise could lead to a formless, and uncommitted, gray card, but Soundtrack To Your Imagination has more than enough ground and framework to hold itself up as well as the weight of our own embellishments, and exaggeration if you want to go that far. If you don’t, and take Soundtrack To Your Imagination only on the surface, you still have an intriguing and ethereal whisper-narrative in your ear that has much more of a pay-off than the usual background static that screams at you no matter how much you adjust your volume knob. If you want to engage with it, then the result is what you, and your imagination, make of it."
From the ALBUM REVIEW: mratavist.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/hugh-doolansoundtrack-to-your-imagination/

In essence the album is a collection of instrumentals that could appear in a variety of film or documentary genre - from horror flick to modern western to Inuit drama! The idea is for the listener to conjure up the imagery for themselves and simply embrace the atmospheres and soundscapes. The instrumentation deployed is very broad - guitars, viola, bamboo flutes, Synth, Dr. Rex drums, symphony orchestra sounds and lots more! In truth some of the pieces were drafts for films thet fell to the cutting room floor so-to-speak; the rest are organic pieces that stemmed from experimentation in discovering a narrative when writing and recording.
A good example is the opener Maiden Speech, written to mark and celebrate the release of Aung San Suu Kyi from house arrest in Burma.

More info at soundcloud.com/hughdoolan

Contact hughdoolan@gmail.com

credits

released 09 October 2012

All tracks written and performed by Hugh Doolan, except where marked otherwise
- Sebastian Adams: Viola (Maiden Speech and Fifth of October/Arriviola)
- Lorenzo ‘Wenzo’ Preolani: Bamboo Flute (Maiden Speech and Earnest Blue), Tin Whistle (Castanet Story)
- Slo Mo co-written with Oliver Sadie who played the following sampled instruments on the track: Strings Ensemble, Cello Solo, Marimba, Timbales, Cymbals, Bass Drum & French Horns

Album Released on the hugh doolan music label

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