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tightenthestring by johnpowers

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t i g h t e n t h e s t r i n g - The poet and SlamMaster of Providence finally breaks out from just words and produces an album of all original material... Call it noise, call it ambient, call it whatever, because I can't classify it other than "intersting"

Special thanks to the Providence Poetry Orchestra

This album was never intended to be made. One evening while the orchestra was working on Bernard Dolan’s up coming spoken word trip hop opera album -- the failure -- I was bored in the studio and feeling left out. So I decided to entertain myself -- audibly…

This dual cd release is the result.

The data cd contains an mp3 of every song on the audio cd plus many more tracks that didn’t make it on. I've included a lot of other goodies as well, so poke around and see what you find.

The interludes on the audio cd were vreated by Bernrad Dolan and the audio CD was mixed by him as well.

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