Building Harmonic Castles

Alex Brubaker

"Building Harmonic Castles" is Brubaker's third studio release. Recorded, mixed, and mastered with Alex Anderson at Tree of Life Studio in New Milford, Connecticut.

The album is split into two halves (actually optimized for vinyl, which will probably be available early 2021):

Side A: Tracks 1-6. This is for the purists. Nothing but me and my guitar, and maybe a little bit of studio reverb. In my opinion, this is the best melodic content I have produced, and all of these pieces are very personal. The album starts off with First Dance; a slow, contemplative piece I wrote for a friend's first dance at his wedding. Side A then winds around from a song about the people of Burkina Faso (A Peaceful Nation; An Arid Land); a song about walking cats (Catwalk); a fun piece about summer camp (Summer Camp); one about having compassion in a cold world (Refuge); and ending on a piece written specifically for the guitar it was played on (Waterfall). Waterfall then deviates from the formula and ends with a slowly oscillating reversed loop to peacefully close out the end of Side A.

Side B: Tracks 7-10. This half of the album was brought about as I began to play on more bills with other bands, rather than fingerstyle guitarists and singer/songwriters. I realized very early in this venture that a 20-30 minute set played to teens and 20-somethings couldn't be presented with story telling in the way that I would to perform a 2 hour gig at a winery. Instead, musical engagement was necessary from the second I walked on stage until my set ended. As a result, I began to weave in more experimental elements from influences in post-rock and ambient music into my performances in order to link songs together, allowing for tuning changes under the veil of glitchy loops and drawn out delays instead of silent stares.
Side B begins to touch on that in the tiniest way, but starts off bold with the one-man post-rock orchestra of As Mountains Fall Into The Sea. It follows up with a piece about trying to balance life's responsibilities (The Balancing Act); a re-recording of Wedding Song from my last studio album; and then Wedding Song seamlessly transitions into Skyeburst, a piece I put together before I had shoulder surgery in 2017, titled after the trail where I had originally torn my labrum during a snowboarding accident in which a kid cut me off in moguls (moral of the story: next time, run the kid over).
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Summer Camp

Alex Brubaker

"Summer Camp" is the third and final single released for the full length album, "Building Harmonic Castles," due 9 October 2020. This piece is the nostalgia of camp fires, s'mores, sunny days, and the grass between your toes; all of your favorite summer camp memories, wrapped into a song. The artwork features a picture I took at the 2019 Fingerstyle Collective camp/festival/competition in Arkansas.
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As Mountains Fall Into The Sea

Alex Brubaker

...and now for something completely different!
"As Mountains Fall Into The Sea" is the second single off of my upcoming album, "Building Harmonic Castles." This one digs into my post-rock and ambient influences, drawing influence from bands like Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You.

The piece uses delays, reverbs, and glitchy sounds to create atmospheric soundscapes, coupled with sound clips from JFK's moon speech and the Apollo 11 launch. It's a piece about the vastness of the universe, human ingenuity and progress, and faith.
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First Dance

Alex Brubaker

"First Dance" is the first single off of my upcoming album, "Building Harmonic Castles."
This piece was written and performed for the first dance at Brad and Ashley Espenshade's wedding.
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The Architect; The Engineer

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Live at Muddy River Jam Fest VI

Alex Brubaker

Live recording from Muddy River Jam Fest VI, 2010. Re-mixed by Jeremy Bentley, MR. STUDIO. Mastered by Mark Peteritis, Working Mans Productions.

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Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe

Deconstructing the Temporal Lobe

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