ON THE SENSATION OF TONE
When I was 5, a family friend took my brother and me on a tugboat ride in New York Harbor. When the horn sounded, I was surrounded by immense tone. I fainted and fell to the deck as if shot.
I have not yet recovered. The ensuing 60+ years have consisted of attempts to recreate the effect of that sonic apocalypse. These attempts have taken me through the following genres:
- Electronic (abstract, imitative, pop)
- Rock (psychedelic, hard, pop, jazz-rock, alternative)
- New Age
I have composed music for orchestra, chorus, concert band, jazz band and organ. In addition, there were digressions into “commercial music” (music for commerce) which enabled me to purchase new instruments and recording equipment. This included music for television and radio, product demonstration recordings, and educational music.
And the journey continues.
2019 – “Anthology bears all of the hallmarks of the Don Muro sound: musical restlessness, stylistic diversity, tracks that jump and pop with creative energy…A musician’s musician, Muro is a technical wizard, but he never loses sight of the music’s soul. And as always, he’s D.I.Y to the bone, doing it himself because, well, he can.” JOE McGASKO, WFMU RADIO
1969 – “Don plays and sings his music into a double-tape recorder system one track at a time to create a finished product that is in many ways more musically interesting and original than much of what is heard on radio and records today.” BOB MICKLIN, NEWSDAY