RECORDINGS


ALBUMS

WATERSHED

Intertwining field recordings with sounds performed on natural materials, glass, and metal, three compositions feature the unique voices, rhythms, and sonic textures of water and ice. The works also reflect on issues surrounding water in California, such as drought, flooding, and sea level rise. Field recordings include sounds from oceans, estuaries, lakes, streams, rivers, and caves. Instruments/materials played include glass, driftwood, stones, shells, crab claws, bird bones, feathers, kelp, Japanese bowl gongs, Nepalese bells, water and sand.

Tracks: Confluences, Frozen Over, and Watershed
Total time: 51:30. Released 2019.

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PORTHOLES
ANKA DRAUGELATES & CHERYL E. LEONARD

Voice, viola, piano, and flute mix with sounds from stones, water, wood, shells, pinecones, metal, and glass in music from German vocalist/improviser Anka Draugelates and composer/instrument-builder Cheryl E. Leonard. Together, they explore aural nuances while conjuring snowstorms, haunted ships, fire rituals, subterranean corridors, thermal updrafts, tide pools, and ancient forests.

Tracks: Erdbahnhof, Hoar Frost, Under Giant Trees, Verstillt, Tidepool, Burnt Procession, Doppelhelix, Vanishing Ship, and Tor des Meeres
Total time: 41:54. Released 2012.

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NÄCHTE EP

Amplified water, sand, glass, shells, and stones are combined with field recordings of insects, water bats, and rain from Schwandorf, Bavaria. A piece in three sections about the world after sundown.

Total time: 10:27. Released 2011.

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CHATTERMARKS:
FIELD RECORDINGS FROM PALMER STATION, ANTARCTICA

Beach Adélie Penguins, Adélie Colony Young Chicks, Adélie Colony Adolescent Chicks, Calving Marr, Shore Brash Ice, Cove Brash Ice, Elephant Seal Nap, Sparring Elephant Seals, Night Cove Elephant Seals 1, Night Cove Elephant Seals 2, Point 8 Underwater Brash, Brash and Growlers Underwater, Fizzy Iceberg Underwater, Deep Underwater Brash, Storm on Gamage Point

Total time: 58:51. Released 2010.

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FIRN

Nether - Bb clarinet and foghorns from the golden gate bridge
Topos - landscapes of acoustic and electronically-altered glass sounds
Truck - mutilated truck engine
The Making Smashing Machine - sound from an interactive sculpture
Focalizations 1 & 2 - conduit into steady state focus time
Dream About Flying - 14 accordions learn to fly

Total time: 52:30. Released 2002.

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FABLE / A HISTORY OF INSECTS

Fable - a series of elongated moments, created primarily from a boxspring mattress, with icebergs, ducks, elk, cicadas, humpback whales, and viola

A History of Insects - a children's book of hexapodan lifecycles for erhu, viola, cello, contrabass and three percussionists

Total time: 48:37. Released 2002

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COMPOSITIONS & EXCERPTS


SIREN SONGS - 3 glass discs, the Pacific Ocean, bowed clamshells, and sand (12:35, 2020). Commissioned by SF MOMA's OPEN SPACE.

THE LONGEST AND SHORTEST DAYS - an improvisation on the Ringing Rocks of Butte, Montana, plus kelp flutes (4:16, 2017)

From ANTARCTICA: MUSIC FROM THE ICE:
WHITE ON WHITE (excerpt) - Adélie penguin bones, rocks, sea salt, Antarctic limpet shells (3:16, 2012)

From MUSIC FOR ROCKS AND WATER:
UMI - sand and granite rocks (6:50, 2006)
JIKU (excerpt) - wobbling rocks and air bubbles in water (2:28, 2006)

From INSTRUMENTS IN TREES:
FUSANG (excerpt) - pine branches, pinecones, driftwood, leaves, two cellos (5:43, 2003)

From ZIRAN:
MONGOL FALCON (excerpt) - feathers, bowed wood (1:17, 2004)
IDLE CLOUDS (excerpt)- stones (1:52, 2005)

From LIGHT PUT CAREFULLY:
CUMULONIMBUS - SHEARING - viola, cello, bowed wine glasses and windowpanes (2:54, 2004)

CIRRUS - PARHELIA - cello, bowed and rubbed wineglasses (2:27, 2004)

NAKED - piano (3:41, 1998) Chris Brown, piano

From the album FIRN:
DREAM ABOUT FLYING - 14 accordions (8:55, 1996)

NETHER - Bb clarinet and tape (3:00, 1996) Matt Ingalls, clarinet

 

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COMPILATIONS & COLLABORATIONS

REMEMBRANCE SPECIES - Various Artists
46 tracks of music about extinct and endangered species. Includes Cheryl E. Leonard's In the Gloaming. All proceeds will support the conservation efforts of the Scottish Seabird Centre and Umbral Axochiatl Xochimilco A. C. Released November 30, 2020.

Digital album from Bandcamp - £10 or more



HORROR FILMS 2020 - Various Artists
Aural Films presents over 7 hours of spooky music by 52 artists from around the world. Includes Der Schlossgeist by Cheryl E. Leonard. Released October 31, 2020.

Digital album from Bandcamp - $1 or more


EUPHOTIC - ISOPLETHS
Seven improvisations inspired by topology, geology, and undersea environments from Bryan Day (invented instruments), Tom Djll (trumpet and electronics), and Cheryl E. Leonard (amplified natural-objects). Released October 10, 2020.

Digital album from Bandcamp - $7
CD from Public Eyesore Records - $10


PARTICLE COUNT - Various Artists
Field recordings of places impacted by fires on the U.S. West Coast in the fall of 2020. Curated by Ian Wellman. Works from Faith Coloccia, Marcus Fischer, Christopher Fleeger, Burke Jam, Tim Kahn, Bethan Kellough, Cheryl Leonard, Norman Long, Andy Martin, Tim Nielsen, Yann Novak, Simon Scott, Geneva Skeen, Jonathan Snipes, Ian Wellman, and Patricia Wolf. Released October 2, 2020.

Digital album from Bandcamp - $10. All proceeds support wildfire relief funds.


MANALA - by RENT ROMUS, HEIKKI KOSKINEN, LIFE'S BLOOD ENSEMBLE
Music inspired by Manala, the metaphysical realm of the Finnish underworld. Romus and Koskinen intertwine elements of Finnish pentameter folk music with melodic themes, graphic scores, and improvisatory components from American Jazz. Performed by: Rent Romus, Heikki Koskinen, Joshua Marshall, Gabby Fluke-Mogul, Tom Weeks, David Samas, Cheryl E. Leonard, Mark Clifford, Safa Shokrai, Max Judelson, and Timothy Orr. Released April 28, 2020.

CD available from Edgetone Records - $15
CD or digital album from Bandcamp - $15

PET THE TIGER - GAZE EMANATIONS
Improvisations inspired by the artwork of Bryian Lucas. Performers: Bryan Day (invented instruments), Tom Djll (trumpet & circuit-bent electronics), Phillip Greenllief (saxophones), Cheryl Leonard (natural-object instruments), Tom Nunn (invented instruments), Suki O-Kane (prepared & found percussion), Gino Robair (prepared & found percussion), David Samas (voice). Released January 2020.

Digital album from Bandcamp - $7
CD available from Public Eyesore Records - $13 plus shipping

VERDURE ENGRAVED (2019)
A 146-page PDF arts zine + audio download. Sound pieces by Cecilia Castro, Maja Mihajlovic, Eliza Bozek / Julia Parks / Izzi Stephenson, Samantha Davies, Carmen Rosas, Cheryl E. Leonard, Gabrielle HB, Polly Stanton, and Jez Riley French, plus text and images. Released December 10, 2019.

Available on Bandcamp - name your price

Includes Cheryl E. Leonard's As Wind is to Weather, for field recordings and stone slabs.

MURMURATION #2 - VIEW
Compilation of recordings and compositions from participants in Murmuration #2, a gathering of listeners in Glenshee, Scotland, June 2019. Released October 9, 2019.

Available to stream on Bandcamp

Includes Cheryl E. Leonard's As Wind is to Weather, for field recordings and stone slabs.

Thomas Carnacki - THE MUSEUM OF LOST SPECIES
Performed by Sheila Bosco, Gregory Hagan, Jim Kaiser, Cheryl E. Leonard, and Gregory Scharpen. Released May 24, 2019.

Available from Bandcamp: digital album $7, black vinyl $15, or colored vinyl $18

Luca Forcucci - BODYSCAPE
Bodyscape is inspired by the body of a dancer as sonic source. Information is taken via biosensors and microphones, which record movements and events generated by the body. In this ecosystem the dancer produces sounds, mainly inaudible, which are then amplified and sent back to the performance space where the dancer interacts with them as biofeedback. Released April 18, 2019.

Available from Bandcamp: digital album 8 CHF, limited edition dublate 60 CHF

Luca Forcucci - live electronics, Crystal Sepulveda - choreography and dance performance, Cheryl E. Leonard - natural object instruments

EXPERIMENTAL SOUND ART BY FEMALE IDENTIFIED PRODUCERS
Urban Arts Berlin presents an international compilation of work from 30 female-identified sound artists. Released February 12, 2018.

Available from Bandcamp - digital album €15

Contains Cheryl Leonard's Himo, for amplified rocks. Available exclusively on this compilation.

 

THIS MUSIC PLANTS TREES 2
Aural Films presents a special arbor day release featuring 25 sound artists from around the world. Get 2.5 hours of new music and help restore the worlds' forests. All proceeds from this album will be given to the Plant a Billion Trees Project. Released 2017.

Available from Bandcamp: digital album - name your price, or CD $5 or more

Contains Cheryl Leonard's Respirare ligno, available exclusively on this compilation.

 

Leonard * Day * Jerman - ISINGLASS
Seven improvisations/compositions from three unconventional sound creators. Bryan Day performs on invented instruments and radio tranceivers, Jeph Jerman creates sounds with household objects, and Cheryl Leonard plays a pipeorgan and mobiles made from driftwood, kelp flute, kelpinet, wobbly rocks, Japanese bowl gongs, motorcycle sprockets, and a bowl of sand. Released 2016.

Available on cassette tape from eh? Records for $8 plus shipping

 

HABITAT
A two-disc compilation produced by Asthmatic Kitty Records covering various manifestations of "electronic music," this album is a benefit for Habitat for Humanity. Label directors Lowell Brams, Sufjan Stevens, and Michael Kaufmann are all fans of electronic music and have wanted to release a compilation of this nature for some time. Here, electronic music is represented in its many forms: electro-acoustic experimentation, hip-hop, glitch, field recordings, ambient, electro-pop, etc. Released 2008.

Buy the CD here for $10 (+S&H)
or on iTunes for $9.99

Contains Cheryl Leonard's Uncle Iroh's Teahouse, available exclusively on this compilation.

SOUNDING OUT CALIFORNIA
Embracing the notion of hybridity, Sounding Out California is a NEXMAP initiative that fosters the production of contemporary music. Five selected composers living and operating in California were invited to master an existing pre-recorded acoustic, electronic, or electro-acoustic work. The compilation features works by: Hideko Kawamoto, Kevin Shea Adams, Damon Waitkus, Cheryl E. Leonard and Marielle Jakobsons. Released 2008.

Buy the CD here for $14 or buy MP3 downloads for $9.99

Contains Cheryl Leonard's Uzumaki, from Music for Rocks and Water

WOMEN TAKE BACK THE NOISE
3 years in the making, Women Take Back the Noise showcases a collection of 47 women artists worldwide who experiment with sound in various ways, ranging from ambient-organic to quirky-glitch-beat to harsh or extreme noise, as well as categories yet to be defined... Released 2006.

LIMITED EDITION OF 1,000, 3-CD set in custom-made, circuit-bent packaging (makes NOISE when you touch it!)
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Contains Cheryl E. Leonard's Mongol Falcon, from Ziran

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