A Call to Dive II – The Pastry Shop, Lighea’s Lovers, and Bar Hades

Greetings encore, diverse divers and lovers of dives.

It was a thrill to send the last missive off, and it’s been an even greater thrill to have so many amazingly cool responses from friends far and near, and new and old. Honoured indeed to have such great folks having a listen!

But the story’s just begun!

In this email I’ll present three more works: The Pastry Shop, Lighea’s Lovers, and Bar Hades.

A Call to DIVE I – The Prelude & The Pearls

Dear most excellent friends and family, compdramour, compadres, marvelous musicians, clever composers, miscellaneous accomplices, possibly interested acquaintances, and almost total strangers whom I thought just might be interested… I’d like to share a music project with you.

An Aria sung over a bed track of waves, gulls, Crystal Baschet, and a buoy bell run through a Line 6 delay modeler.
Mussolini’s ‘Vincere’ speech (in which he declared war on the Allies) slowed down
and stretched out so that it screams and moans.
Jack boots and Leni Riefenstahl samples.
Dulcimers, pan delay and Array Mbiras.
An ambient composition for microtonal instrument creator Harry Partch’s ‘Cloud Chamber Bowls’.
Layers and layers of fat classic analog synth (PolySix) layered in with howling wolves as a bed track for an astonishing vocal storm by the truly and terribly astonishing voice of our muse and main protaganist, mermaid and siren, Fides Krucker.


Lighea’s Lovers – ruffmix

Lighea’s Lovers is a song from the Sonic Theatre work ‘DIVE’.

The lyrics are by Richard Sanger, and the ‘Sailors Chorus’ is an adaptation by Nik from Richard’s original text.

The scene is a seedy bar, and the main character is the mermaid in the guise of a waitress who, while apparently reciting the tabs of patrons, is in fact reciting the names of her former lovers (famous sea explorers).

This music was recorded at the ArrayMusic studio in Toronto, Oct, 2013.
The Sailor’s Chorus was recorded in Davy Jones’ Locker, Dec, 2013.

Vocals – Fides Krucker
Percussion & Vibraphone – Rick Sacks
Acoustic Bass – Rob Clutton
Sailor’s Chorus: Stephen Goring, Anthony Smith, Neil Gardiner, Alex Follis, Nik Beeson

Studio Engineering – Rick Sacks
Mix Production – Nik Beeson



The Pastry Shop

Song from Sonic Theatre/Opera ‘DIVE’

Composition – Nik Beeson
Libretto – Richard Sanger
Voice – Fides Krucker
Bass – Rob Clutton
Piano – Neil Gardiner
Vibes – Rick Sacks

Recorded at Array Studio