Updating The Harlan Mark Vale Catalog of Recorded Compositions

I have been working in the studio with a guitar player lately, Robert Wolf.  We have been recording and are considering playing some songs from my back catalog too. I quickly realized that I don’t have a concise song list of recorded compositions. I haven’t really done one since the cassette era. And all of those documents are no longer viable in the modern computer environment.

So over the last few weeks, I have started to make a new spread sheet document that itemizes my compositions by the Date Composed, Song Title,  Album Title the song is from, Album Release Date, Recording Format or Software, Pillars of Light Music Catalog # and Song #. It is not as completely searchable as I would like but it is a start in the right direction.

I have torn apart the studio using my Master CDs Archive, Master Cassettes, Journals, old song and patch lists from live gigs and anything else that has survived from antiquity to piece together my ancient past of recorded history.

This will help me know the different ways in which to address a certain song to bring it into a newer edition of itself. There are big chunks of time where the software that was used to record these songs are long gone. Mac Classic 9.1 environments. Logic 3.7, Pro Tools 4, OSC Metro, Jeremy Sagan’s Dr T/ Beyond. Even though there are stereo audio recordings of these songs, I can not access the original sequences or acoustic, analog or virtual instruments any longer. They will have to be completely recreated.

The same goes for material created on analog tape. Sound-On-Sound reel to reel tape, Stereo Cassettes with mixers or Y chords, Cassette to Cassette “Multi Track” bounces, Cassette 4 Tracks, Stereo Half Track, 2, 4, 8 Track Ampex Machines and 16Track Masters have been used over the years.

The songs that still have viable software platforms the original recording can be opened up and re-purposed. Propellerhead Reason being the most resilient of these.  A platform that I have used since 2005 with version 2.0. So any of those songs can be immediately accessed with the original sequences and instruments.

This list is based upon the CD versions of my albums. This spans from the 1994 ‘From Babylon To India” through “Gazing Into Infinity” 2017. Also included are compilation out takes and unreleased material as well. There are some CD versions of older analog recordings from 1970 – 1993 too.

Here is the document that I have so far:

HMV Master Composition List v2.0 (2017)



Pillars of Light Music Releases “Gazing Into Infinity”


December 3, 2016 – Pillars of Light Music Releases “Gazing Into Infinity” by Harlan Mark Vale.

This is a double album clocking in at over 104 minutes and 15 tracks of music. This audio journal tome documents the time from March 20 – May 26 of 2016 with track 1 being the first song I wrote after coming out the front door of the hospital 12 days later. It was produced using Pro Tools and an East/West Composer Cloud subscription. There are some powerful moments here that, like life, are not for the squeamish. But I feel there is also a profound beauty that resonates through this project that is unlike any other album I have ever done.

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Improvijazzation Nation review of Harlan Mark Vale – INVISIBLE INK FROM THE THINK BOTTLE

Harlan Mark Vale – INVISIBLE INK FROM THE THINK BOTTLE:  If that album title doesn’t capture your curiosity, you’re a dead cat already, to be sure.  As frequent readers here know, Mark is a very prolific artist and long-time playing friend of mine who gets reviewed here often for his drawings from the well of creativity – and in his case, as evidenced by tunes like the percussion-driven “Hunting Snakes“… the little “sneaky” vocal snippets will definitely remind you of your last encounter with the slimy ones (lol).  If you’re looking for something a bit more bright and inspiring to listen to, you’ll totally dig “Nostalgia Airport“… simple, yet beautiful.  The key thing about his new release, though, is that there are no “pigeonholes” to shove his creations into… you’ll hear on the slow-paced “Country” that he’s totally talented in a variety of styles.  My personal favorite of the fifteen “invisible” sonic creations is the 6:54 closer, “Emotional Algebra“… yes, there are moments when it’s complex, but if you keep your thinking cap (and your headphones) on as you listen to this, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of true musical genius.  Mark gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from these old ears, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this fabulous music.  Get more information and purchase this CD at Mark’s Bandcamp page for this release.         Rotcod Zzaj

Recovering Cassette Archive Masters

I cleaned up the old Denon DR-M1 cassette recorder. I have started transferring a few of the remaining master cassettes that have survived all these years. The 1st one was a solo piano compilation I did back in 1986 with live performances dating from 1979 -1986. Almost all tracks were performed at The Gnu Deli, Olympia, WA. One improvisation was done on my 25th birthday.

Also today I transferred the last two songs from “Dreams of a Submariner” cassette 1996 release featuring Jeffrey Morgan / Harlan Mark Vale / Pete Leinenon. Morgan and I had a recording session at Arcade Digital with Bruce Whitcomb as engineer on July 12, 1996 for the bulk of the album.  But there were two songs on the cassette release that were from another session.The other session was Pagan Agents recorded live on Sonarchy Radio at Jack Straw Productions, Seattle, WA July 20,1996 by Doug Haire. This power trio was Jeffrey Morgan – Alto Sax, Pete Leinonen – Bass, Harlan Mark Vale – Drums. Blazing hot and not for the timid performances. Whew!


There were a couple of other finds that were noteworthy to me anyway. One was a copy of my TESC Winter 1980 Project in the Electronic Music Studio 1 with the Buchla Modular Synthesizer. That was the session where my first “single” came from; namely, “God God Almighty” which was later released in 1982 on a Palace of Lights (Marc Barreca) release called ‘Regional Zeal / Mouth Music From Olympia’. Can’t wait to hear that again.

Second find was copies of “Harlan Mark Vale Electronic Music Cassettes 1 & 2” from 1986. Seminal Kramtones electronic music compositions from the studio and live performances. 1979 – 1986.

More to come.


Audio Post

Audio Post

I am trying out the audio file posts on WP today to see how it works.

Here is a composition I wrote on 7.11.2012 called “Moog Day”. It is, as of now, unreleased but it was recorded around the time of my “For Every Life Upon This Earth” & “Plateaux of the Strong Hearts” album era. I was invited to do a home concert / interview with Rev Darlene Dunning for her Alive! “For Every Life Upon This Earth” video broadcast series where I performed this piece live but the audio for that song was too distorted to hear well. So I thought I would post it here. Enjoy.

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