These soundsculptures were composed for Prenzie Players’ May 2008 production of “Life’s A Dream” by Pedro Calderón de la Barca .
A note about track #2 "Into Light"
"Life's A Dream" as presented by Prenzie Players contained some music from outside sources which were chosen by the show's director JC Luxton. One of these was the first intermission (when a drugged Sigismund is transported from his prison tower to the palace) which was scored using music taken from a film soundtrack. After the first dress rehearsal during production week JC decided that the intermission needed to be about four minutes longer. I seized the opportunity to write more music.
The quickly-realized piece for this extended intermission contained looped samples from the film score with my new music played on top of it. This new section formed the "climax" of the intermission's action before the play-proper resumed.
Obviously this music was not wholly mine and the limited run of CDs were already burned, so there was no way it could be released at that time. In the weeks since the show closed I have worked to replace the non-original samples with new instrumentation and properly "finish" this section of music. I've also added a lengthy all-new soundscape preceding the climax section to form a new interpretation of the first intermission as it would have sounded if I'd been tasked with scoring its entirety.
This new music is presented here for the first time as it would've appeared in the running sequence of the show as track two.
As for the other tracks they are exactly the same mixes as the show.
For me, all of this music represents the soundtrack not only to my time spent running sound at the performances of "Life's A Dream" but also the soundtrack to my life during the first half of 2008. So many days and nights spent recording and mixing, followed by time spent driving, working, flying, and shopping while previewing mixes in my headphones. This music is deeply tied to a small slice of my life. For me it is the score of the recent past, the soundtrack for not only my real-life nostalgia but also an imagined world created by Prenzie Players.
"spectacularly eerie and insinuating"
-- Mike Schultz, River Cities' Reader
released September 10, 2013
Written - Performed - Produced by Terry Skaggs
tracks 1 - 3: Marc Nelson additional instruments
track 4: Sean Smith lead piano
Portions of track 4 inspired by “Mad World” by Roland Orzabal
Recorded & mastered in the Map Room, February - July 2008