The switch from a solo-oriented computer-based recording setup focused on solo multitracking to a band-capable setup centered around the Zoom R24 was great for the production of The Sound of Secret Names, but it was something of a setback for my own ability to do quick sketches. The shortcoming was logistical, but I think I've got all the cables in all the right places now so that I can switch back and forth between solo and band projects pretty readily.
This sketch is built as a simple elaboration on a Dorian modal figure (albeit with some passing chromatic notes). I'm not sure if it has further evolution in its future. I can imagine Joel playing the guitar line on the bass, perhaps, and seeing where that leads, but who knows.
When I invented the loopy guitar riff, I was specifically thinking of doing something "swampy" to accompany some imagery I captured recently at Barataria Preserve. By the time I added the recorder and such, though, the sound was headed in rather a different direction, hence the odd title.
Bonus points to you if the title makes you too think of "huge tracts of land."
I eventually used the swamp video elsewhere.