The Sunrise Review is soundtracks for landscapes. A music performance and recording arts project of Graham Smith-White which uses nature as inspiration for music compositions. Solar powered recording equipment allows these natural spaces to function as a studio as well, adding a unique production style and project narrative.
"I started writing the music for The Sunrise Review in the ocean off the coast of Australia during 2005 and 2006. I would spend most mornings in the sea waiting for waves to surf, gathering my thoughts, keeping myself on track with projects small and large. It became an almost daily ritual, my sunrise review. There in the water I became aware of an inspiration which was changing my view and experience of music. I have come to find that this creative interaction with water and nature traces it's roots to my adolescence in Kalamazoo, MI and the surrounding rivers and lakes. "
The music of The Sunrise Review incorporates styles from the world over into unique and interesting compositions with a focus on the intersection of eastern and western folk styles, best described as Middle Eastern Bluegrass or Dobro Raga. The project sees Graham in multiple roles; composer, performer, producer and engineer.
More than just a music practice, The Sunrise Review combines renewable energy and sustainable practices in an ecomusicologic approach to the studio process, created using natural acoustics and renewable energy. At it's core are three main concepts:
Inspiration - The world is an amazing place. The Sunrise Review seeks to channel the inspiration found throughout it into music and intriguing narratives of using the world as a recording studio.
Conservation - The activities of The Sunrise Review supports conservation of nature for the benefit of the people, conservation of energy by doing more with less and conservation of culture through art.
Sustainability - The use of renewable energy and other sustainable practices is essential to the activities of The Sunrise Review. Without them it would be incredibly difficult to undertake recording music in nature.