sound I music

It all started with sound for me- it was my entry point into a life of creative adventures. As a young person I devoured music, listening to everything I could get my hands on from old Disney songs to my parents Beatles records to my grandparents Henry Mancini 8-Track tapes. I discriminated agains nothing- it was all magical to me. Eventually I started playing music- first on the piano and later the drums. When I got my first cassette tape recorder I recorded everything from favorite songs on the radio to Christmas mornings unwrapping presents with my family to summertime beach vacations on Cape Cod. My ears were open to the world and I loved listening back to those captured moments. As I got older I started to record music with my brothers and friends. As I honed my skills as a listener and performer more opportunities arose. I have performed with and recorded with numerous bands over the years, including Sony recording artist Old Pike, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Strand Of Oaks), Neena Foundry, Brown Brothers, Lawn Chair Kings, Camerado Lightning, The Warhols, and Something In The Trees. I’ve created and recorded a wide range of original music- ambient, country, folk, rock, experimental, soundtrack and electronic music. I produced and performed on the critically acclaimed Brown Brothers records, Songs From The Lost Generation and Leaving Open Fields. I have combined my two interests in film and music by working on several film soundtracks including the award-winning documentary film, El Inmigrante. I’ve engineered, mixed and produced several educational audio pieces for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press and have created sound design and music for  many short films, including The Snow QueenLove Handles and Treasure of Riverside Park. My band, Camerado Lightning created the theme song for Reveal, a Grammy and Peabody winning syndicated radio program from the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. I have also recorded several voice over narrations and interviews for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, Trisha Brown Dance Company, Elizabeth Streb, National Public Radio and No Pulp Productions amongst others.

Eric Hopper Playlist Tracks

1.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- Junk 

2.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- Pink Moon 

3.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- Longing for You 

4.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- In April 

5.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- Face of the Earth 

6.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- God Loves  Everyone 

7.  Carl Broemel, Eric Hopper- The Way It Will Be 

8.  Something In The Trees- Creature of Habit

9.  Something In The Trees- Tijuana Bible

10. Something In The Trees- Bone Density

11. Something In The Trees- Pink Tower

12. Something In The Trees- You Old Fool

13. Something In The Trees- Down With Birds

14. Something In The Trees- Last Crack in the Ice

15. Old Pike- Surface

16. Old Pike- The News

17. Old Pike- The Color

18. Old Pike- Red Ribbon Paper

19. Old Pike- Stop the Ship

20. Old Pike- You Don't Know What It's Like

1. Drum All Your Life And Never Stop
I've been playing drums since fourth grade. My son, Jack describes his own pull toward hitting things with sticks.

2. Sudden and Gradual
Ken Nordine struggles to teach a robot about colors.

3. Fields I Used To Roam
This is an experimental piece based on a field recording of my parents backyard on a hot Indiana summer night. The music element deconstructs the first four notes of the song, Back Home Again In Indiana
Instruments: fake mellotron, crickets, cicadas, bull frogs, night birds, distant traffic, airplane and wind chime 
Special thanks to Jeff Hopper, John Cage and Oblique Strategies

4. Only In Dream Could It Be This Way
Ambient deconstruction

5. Ptaki
Toy guitar improvisation with drumsticks, mini-disc player, jack-in-the-box, small children

6. Sangre de los Cuervos
cassette tape, crows, semi truck, piano, jet, wind chime, snow falling in Colorado

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