Most but not all of this album is compiled from isolated samples and loops that other musicians have made and posted to the royalty-free sharing website, Looperman.com
. The music was made possible by each of the musician's skills and sharing, and they are the true composers of this album. The creative process for me was to act as an arranger/conductor.
I molded the samples--splicing & joining them, editing them in pitch, tempo, equalization, rhythm, etc--to become the Christmas songs we know and love. The samples had no intention of working together, but that was both the challenge and the fun.
Samples and loops appear on all of the tracks except for "Intro" and "O Christmas Tree" which are of original production and arrangement. Other original musical content is scattered throughout the album (for example, all the non-percussive instruments in "Walking in the Air").
The album was mixed with Sennheiser HD 555s, AKG K701 Reference Headphones, Grado Labs SR225s, and Apple ear buds. Software used includes Reaper, Audacity, Sibelius, and the EastWest sample library.
All samples are from looperman.com
or the Free Sound Project. Users are respected and thanked; they are credited in the "info" segments of each song.
The title of the album is taken from the last lyrics to the song, "We Three Kings".
Downloading the album will give you a .zip file, which needs to be "unzipped" by a program like WinZip or WinRar (are free to download). These files can be added to iTunes or any music player. I recommend downloading the album, as the audio files are of higher quality (those used for streaming here are compressed and are of lower quality).
The album download also contains 4 bonus tracks: a 1920's AM-radio rendition of "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", a strange cover of "Frosty the Snowman" sung by an even stranger character, the original mix of Matt LeJeune's "Greensleeves/What Child is This?", and an alternate mix of "Walking in the Air". These are included in the album download.