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by Tim Motzer

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    Inside: first edition is very limited—hand-painted, signed and numbered by Tim Motzer. This album was released digitally on June 5, 2020, with requests for physical editions. There are 16 unique and exquisite one-of-a-kind hand-painted covers (5in x 10in) acrylic on white gatefold cardboard with white CD. Included is a 2-sided art card (12cm x12cm) with download code, original album artwork, track listing, and album credits—all enclosed in a resealable plastic sleeve. All covers are painted, signed, and numbered by Tim Motzer. Suitable for framing.

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Deliberation 03:58
Inside 13:16
Lament 04:44


Tim Motzer - guitars, bow, electronics


released June 5, 2020

i hope these sonic meditations may reach you in some way, and bring some solace. Many blessings.
Tim Motzer, May 20, 2020

'Deliberation' and 'Transformation' were recorded early mornings the first week of COVID-19 quarantine. They were created for choreographers and dancers to use for meditations. 'Inside' was recorded April 10, 2020—an excerpt from a live streaming concert from my studio. 'Lament' was recorded at the Living Room in Ardmore, PA on September 12, 2019. I felt it was meant to be with this collection of music. 'For Hal and John' is dedicated to Hal Willner and John Prine—recorded the evening of their transition, April 7, 2020.

Recorded and mixed by Tim Motzer at 1k Recordings, Philadelphia
Additonal mixing and treatments by Eric Bogacz
Mastered by Eric Bogacz at Spice House Recording Studio,. Philadelphia

Cover painting by Tim Motzer

© ℗ 2020 1k Recordings Inc
published by one k music co. (BMI)
all rights reserved.
catalogue #: 1k046

"In his younger years innovative guitarist Tim Motzer may well have been influenced by the classics No Pussyfooting, Evening Star or Discrete Music, but his many releases in the soundscape vein have always shied-away-from reproducing exactly the sound of these pioneering artists. If Motzer is channeling anything from the 1970s it is the forward-thinking spirit of innovation and the freedom to try new things that arose uniquely out of this period. His album Inside (61'01") arrives in another, different era of transformation, one in which we have all been asked to re-think our lives. While Motzer admits that these days, many of us are spending more time indoors, his five tracks were realized for play, not really in our living rooms, but in a deeper interior space - a head-space.
It is the endless potential of live improvisation that puts this whole enterprise in motion. Under these conditions Motzer is arranger, performer, and accompanist all at once. In his rare world of spontaneous composition he achieves a beautiful, often dramatic cohesion. Does he make a plan beforehand? Yes, he plans to start playing and hear what happens. Initially made as a gift to individual friends and colleagues, it was soon discovered that others outside this circle were also moved by these works. Their fanciful wisps and sustaining mists ease the mind, as well as does the slow dance of dreamy, breathing tones fortifies the heart. These pieces should not unsettle the listener with difficult questions - rather, they are offering the certainty that their notes go good together, and, once the journey is complete, resolve in a soft, sure landing.

Traveling on drifts of shimmering steel strings, reverb laden phrases softly emerge into the sound-space, then recede. Where electric guitar solos rise in ever strengthening leads, a rolling slow flow of calm and color radiates below. The expressive array of sonic shades and whispering washes clings willingly to the ears - eventually sending listeners back to themselves anew.

The current consciousness of mortality has provided Inside with a soulful heft. This creative act of contemplative companionship, of listening and thinking together through music provides a refreshing edge that favors life. While the world outside erodes, Tim Motzer restores the space inside. But his arc of melancholy bends toward an awareness... something that is invisible, but palpable - which accompanies us spectrally, in the back of our minds, well Inside.“

- Chuck van Zyl/STAR'S END 20 August 2020


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1k Recordings Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

is an eclectic Philadelphia-based boutique label run by guitarist, composer, and producer Tim Motzer. The catalogue features genre-defying solo releases and adventurous collaborations, spanning ambient soundscapes to art pop and beyond.

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