Recorded in the remote north-west region of Broome, Western Australia, this album was put together during the hot and humid tropical wet season of December-February. In a small studio situated beneath tall mango trees, all the music on this album is composed in the moment by Tim Parry. The name Spontaneous Inventions comes from a Bobby McFerrin performance of the same name, in which the musician creates music spontaneously - a true exercise in creativity, courage and flow.
Using a simple loop pedal, Tim is able to create the foundation of the track, then build upon this repeating guitar part with additional textures, rhythms, harmony and melody.
In 40C heat, surrounded by the smell of mango trees and ocean breeze, with thick humid air, this album was recorded in the quiet of the wet season, when tourists and even local residents abandon this little town, 2000km from any city. This album carries with it a peaceful and relaxed mood, capturing all the sensory stimuli of this isolated, beautiful little place at the end of the earth.
All the pieces on this album were improvised. Inspired by my surroundings, composed in the moment.
Thank you to all the people, places and events that inspired me to make this music. Thanks to friends and family for the good times and support. Thanks to all the musicians I’ve played with, you’ve helped me become the musician I am. Thanks to my teachers Ian Handasyde, Matt Miller, Rob Brattish and Mario Lattuada. Thanks to Kenny Werner for helping me find the courage to let go. Thanks to Bobby McFerrin for the concept of Spontaneous Inventions. Thanks to Kitty and The Good Cartel for giving me a place to develop this project. Thanks to everyone at the mango farm for creating the most amazing studio location. Thanks to Broome and the Kimberley for being a source of endless beauty and inspiration.
Thanks Mum for being my number one fan.
Special thanks to Kevin Smith for the photography.
Extra special thank you to my partner, Nikola. You help me more than you know, I’m so grateful.
Finally, thank you to anyone who listens to my music. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoy making it!
released May 5, 2016
Music written and performed by Tim Parry
Recorded at Mango Tree Studios Broome
Mastered by LANDR
Photography by Kevin Smith Photography Broome
Graphic Design by Nikola Leo