GARY HAYDEN 'Impressions of a Year' (2012) Total Time =76:53 Recorded January 2011-March 2012 All instruments played by Gary Hayden There are no sequencers, drum machines, or software 'loops' on this recording. All music was played by hand. January Impression: keyboard synthesizer, miniature gongs, percussion February Impression: keyboard synthesizers March Impression: keyboard synthesizers, hand percussion April Impression: keyboard synthesizers, electric guitars, guitar synthesizer, drums, percussion May Impression: charangos, nylon string guitars, keyboard synthesizers June Impression: tongue/slit drums, recorders (flutes), udu drum, hand percussion, acoustic guitars, acoustic slide guitars July Impression: acoustic guitars, acoustic slide guitars, drums, hand percussion, percussion August Impression: singing bowls, tongue/slit drums, recorders (flutes), thunder sheet September Impression: kalimba, tuned sound plates, temple blocks, tongue/slit drum, thunder sheet, hand percussion, keyboard synthesizer, guitar synthesizer October Impression: electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, acoustic guitar November Impression: electric guitar, guitar synthesizer, acoustic guitar December Impression: acoustic guitars, guitar synthesizer, keyboard synthesizers -Additional track: April Impression (Ambient mix) After having ceased writing, playing and recording music in 2001, I dusted off my equipment sometime late in 2009 and began, tentatively, to start the entire creative process again. Continuing on into 2010 it became apparent there were quite a few ideas built up over this long period of inactivity. Quite a few ideas and sketches for new pieces came about during this 2009/2010 period. Most went unused in this final resulting recording, although the original idea for 'October Impression' did come from this period, and I recorded a new version of the original for this recording. Most of the pieces feature a mixture of acoustic and electric instruments with several pieces featuring only acoustic instruments ('June', 'July' and 'August') and several pieces which feature primarily electronic keyboards ('January', 'February', and 'March') augmented by a bit of acoustic percussion.