Songs Tuned and Rhythmically Entrained to Nature
Genres: Psychedelic, Meditation, World Music
Website: www.geasong.com; www.rebecca-cross.com
GeaSong is the environmental musical project conceived by singer/songwriter Rebecca Cross. GeaSong is comprised of a five movement song-cycle tuned and rhythmically entrained to field recordings of nature. Each movement was composed to bring the listener into greater resonance with the natural audio world. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Vouge, SFWeekly, Nylon and Elle.
GeaSong is organized around the inherent pitch and pulse of different elements and creatures in the wild. The single Curious Child was recorded in the 350 foot underground Moaning Cavern in North-Central California utilizing the rhythmic patterns of water drops that have been falling in the same spot for over 400,000 years. Nocturne L'Oiseau is created around the low frequencies in the call of the western screech owl mixed with the mating call of a tree frog. Dream the Bee is organized around a hive of bees as the predominant tuning and resulting overtones amplified to sound like a harmonium.
To create Geasong ,Cross traveled deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon by canoe to recored rare bird calls and work with the Achuar Shaman Don Rafael Taich. Audio engineer Ryan Kleeman provided many of the field recordings and ambient soundscapes.
Music Made from the sounds of the natural world
Influences: Fever Ray, Led Zepplin, Bonobo, Ali Akbar Khan
Producer, composition & mixing: Rebecca Cross
Lead mixing engineer & Mastering: Ryan Kleeman
Field recordings: Ryan Kleeman (recordings from Central North America), Rebecca Cross (South America & Northern California)
Hungdrum 1: Gabriel Gold
Hungdrum 2: Maxime LeRoye
Cajon, Djembe, Rattles (Dream the Bee): Kevin Carnes
Viola (Nocturne Manifest): Charith Premawardana
Additional audio engineering for 'drops' in Curious Child: Charlie Wilson
Voices: Madeline Tasquine, Zach Viera, Huwman Choir
Guitar, Vocals, Mixing: Rebecca Cross
Release Date: Earth Day 2014 (April 22)
Release Event: April 27th, Historic Sweets Ballroom, Oakland CA
Pre-order available now with download of 'Curious Child'. Purchase digital or vinyl directly from the artist's website with pay-what-you-can. Available on iTunes & Amazon on June 20th.
SFWeekly 2010 "It must be real easy to become a cliché if you're a girl holding an acoustic guitar. (Easier than if you're a boy? Discuss.) San Franciscan by way of London Rebecca Cross takes up the challenge and wins it. While she draws on the traditions of Bob Dylan's storytelling and Buffy Sainte-Marie's unapologetic femininity, she also folds in unexpected rhythms and instrumentation to make a spare, torchy folk. Not that she shies away from love songs or politics, but with a vocal tone as crystalline as Sinead O'Connor's, Cross sounds fresh and pretty where you might expect well-worn. She even manages to pull off a sort of rap about plastic surgery; this sweet little voice has a strong command of language and a sharp wit that makes it work. She claims both Micropixie and Led Zeppelin as influences. She's hard to label, let alone stereotype. Remember that next time you see a girl and a guitar.
SF Chronicle Interview 2012 When Rebecca Cross was 14, she saved up enough money to buy her first electric guitar. Influenced by artists like Led Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins and Jimi Hendrix, she was obsessed with becoming a musician. The San Francisco singer/songwriter's latest full-length, "Tree Like Me," which is available as a download on her website, personifies the beauty of her voice and music. She has a way of tapping emotions, whether it's happiness or sorrow.
What is the main theme of your music? Whether it's the sacrifice, struggle, beauty, a common recurring theme is knowing one's self and living aligned with this true nature.
What's the most important aspect to putting on a live show? Holding presence. Creating a space where everyone taps into a shared experience. Offering a perspective that may shed new light. I want everyone to have a great time, make a friend or fall in love. Two friends who met at one of my shows are getting married next year. That, to me, is putting on a good live show.
Which of your lyrics best defines your band and why? "Lives by the swallow and follows where the words are warm then shields them in his arms from the cold." I think there's a responsibility to seeking out the words and melodies that have the capacity to open the heart and mind. When those songs arrive, it's a gift. But then there are the revisions, rehearsals, recordings, booking, promotion to go through before finally the song becomes sound waves traveling into another's ears and thoughts. All the while you've got to preserve this essence from where the song originated and tap into that expression.