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Howard Givens

Howard Givens
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Ambient electronic artist Howard Givens is a producer of electronic music and sound spaces in search of an authentic, organic, tangible expression of an intangible origin of sound. He is directly involved with creating, recording, and producing the subtlety of sounds generated from various electronic sound sources including hardware analog and digital synthesizers, software synthesizers and samplers, and effects processing, and blending them with acoustic sounds including piano, drums, guitars, percussion, ethnic and other worldly instruments, and environmental sounds. For him, the art of music, live or recorded, is all about an illusion that intends to convey the listener to another state of experience. Electronic instruments by their design are a natural choice for helping in this illusion, but they can also be a distraction, if not carefully treated to express a more organic quality!

In addition to working on his own projects, he has worked with many artists on the Spotted Peccary Music label as well as other artists and other genres of music including classical, rock, and jazz. His collaborations include his first releases under the name of Brain Laughter, which released 1989’s In the Land of Power and 1995’s Not Far from a Distant Sun . He has been a contributing artist on many projects, in addition to producing, mixing, and mastering on even more.

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http://spottedpeccary.com/artists/howard-givens/
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Releases on file (7)
Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — The Bodhi Mantra Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — The Bodhi Mantra
(Spotted Peccary no#, 2020, LP / DL)
Madhavi Devi — The Truth of Being Madhavi Devi — The Truth of Being
(Spotted Peccary SPM-3801, 2018, CD)
Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — Being of Light Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — Being of Light
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9094, 2017, CD)
Howard Givens & Madhavi Devi — Source of Compassion Howard Givens & Madhavi Devi — Source of Compassion
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9093, 2016, )
Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — Life Flows Water Howard Givens & Craig Padilla — Life Flows Water
(Spotted Peccary SPM-9091, 2015, CD)
Brain Laughter — Not Far From A Distant Sun Brain Laughter — Not Far From A Distant Sun
(Spotted Peccary SPM-D0102, 1995, CD)
Brain Laughter — In The Land of Power Brain Laughter — In The Land of Power
(Spotted Peccary SPM-D0101, 1989, CD)

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