Friday, June 20, 2008

Jazz Drumming Basics

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Roland 808

The Shape of Things that Hum

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Binaural Beats - Episode 5

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Every week I'm doing something different with the show.

1. The Avalanches - Etoh
(Turntables and Polyrhythms)

2. Four Tet - And They all Look Broken Hear
(Again, cannot get enough polyrhythms)

3. Timebox - Beggin'
(Disco is The Producers Era)

4. The Mar-Kays - Pop-Eye Stroll
(The Mar-Kays all play with an incredible feel)

5. The Zombies - Butcher's Tale
(This song is just creepy. I find the way that they speed up the vocal/pitch change in the chorus intriguing and kind of bizarre)

6. Beach Boys - I guess I just wasn't made for these times (Acapella)
(I recently came across the Pet Sounds Acapellas and I wanted to share some, you can really hear the intricate harmonies and nuances of their voices, it's incredible and sometimes a little humorous)

7. Jackson & His Computer Band - Radio Caca

8. DJ Spooky - Babylon Burning Dub

9. Woody Guthrie - California Blues
(When I first heard Woody Guthrie I thought I found the truth, now I listen to him and realize that the guitar is all out of tune and the singin' is all whiskeyed up! It is all part of the intrigue of the man)

10. Beach House - Gila
(Simple rhythms, dreamy soundscapes and melodies that push the song forward)

11. M83 - Unrecorded
(Well, don't you want to play with synthesizers all day?)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Bill Stewart

As found on Wikipedia:
"Musical style

As a drummer, Bill Stewart's playing is distinguished by its melodic focus, and its polyrhythmic, or layered, character. To say his playing is "melodic" means there is a sense in which one can "hum along" to his solos, as there is a clear sense of melodic construction. His improvisations favor the development and layering of motivic ideas over the raw generation of excitement or display of technical prowess. Stewart has great touch, or dynamic precision, so that his ideas are articulated with a pleasing exactness and clarity. He has also achieved a very high degree of independence of his limbs, so that not only the ride and the snare/toms, but also the bass drum and hi-hat, are free to participate as melodic "first-class citizens." His drumming bears the influence of various melodic drummers who preceded him, including Max Roach, Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette and Al Foster."

Watch 'em sing:

Monday, May 12, 2008

Sound Proof the Garage

Please go to a Photo Set of the garage that I am working on soundproofing. It is a great space and any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Binaural Beats - Episode 4

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I pulled these sounds from some of my records.

1. Kraftwerk - Computer Love
2. Boards of Canada - Kid for Today
3. Roy Ayers - Rhythm of Your Mind
4. Donald Byrd - Change (Makes You Wanna Hustle)
5. Santana - No One to Depend On
6. Babatunde Olatunji - Akiwowo (Ah-Key-Woh-Woh)
Beatles Chat
Japan Plays
7. The Modern Jazz Quartet - In Memoriam by John Lewis - The First Movement

Don't spend to much time on the computer.