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Three Rivers

by Ryan Dugre

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Old Hotel 03:50
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Powder Rains 02:55
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Foxglove 04:32
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Shining 05:00
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Other Minds 02:13
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Wing 02:09
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Lumima 01:43
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Glace Bay 01:44

about

Written in January of 2019 during a song-a-day exercise, the instrumental pieces on Three Rivers produce a captivating calmness with shadowy undertones, melodically tending towards introspection. Guitar is at the forefront supported by piano and synth, strings, and sparse percussion. Elements of film music, pastoral jazz, and Americana create a meditative mood which is enhanced by the underlying pulse of each song. This is music that rewards patient, active listening.

As part of the songwriting exercise that produced Three Rivers, Dugre churned out a new piece of music each day. The purpose was to build a routine of writing and creativity. The only rule was to submit something daily — an improvisation, loose sketch, or fully orchestrated piece. Everything counts.

The benefit of this deliberately fast pace is that it leaves little time for second-guessing. By forcing you to commit to an idea quickly, this method eliminates overthinking and presents a more honest depiction of the original thought. This is also the challenge — at the end of the day, you must live with your output, and allow yourself to be vulnerable as your colleagues listen to your work.

Using a barely functioning laptop and one microphone, Dugre embraced the limitations of this process. “My usual approach to writing is to methodically work out a solo guitar arrangement; melody, harmony, and bass all intertwined and performed simultaneously,” he says. “It takes a week or so to get it right.” This time, he started with a rhythm part on guitar or piano, and then added melody after. For many of the pieces he imagined someone singing the melody, and tried to get close to creating that with slide guitar, piano, or synth.

credits

released February 19, 2021

Written and performed by Ryan Dugre, with:

Brett Lanier - pedal steel guitar
Ian Mclellan Davis - string arrangements
Ali Jones - cello
Thomas Martin - violin
Hannah Selin - viola
Sean Mullins - drums
Eric Lane - synth on Foxglove
Adam Dotson - flugabone
Will Graefe - co-wrote Shining

Mixed by Leo Abrahams
Mastered by Michał Kupicz

Engineered by Adam Sachs at Trout Recording

Additional engineering and editing by Jeremy McDonald

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Ryan Dugre New York, New York

New York based multi-instrumentalist and composer from Holyoke, MA.

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