Alternate Justice System 090208

March 8, 2009

2D+E group again, and a good one this time. Tough to find excerpts that don’t leave something really good out. Here’s what I came up with:

Track01: Good one for morning or late night chill. Goes on for a while but 7 minutes is probably enough. Lost a few nice things but it’s just too long.

Track02A: Knife bass intro. Zoolookish chill. Cut it off around 4:27

Track02B: Mega chill groove from 9:22 to end. Worth it.

Track03: Apocalyptic movie theme. 4:53 to end.

Track04: Yes, cowbell. Here’s the first 6:45 or so.

Track05: Kind of an underwater pile driver thing. First 1:04 spliced into 9:06 to the end. The middle was ok, but 12 minutes was long.

Track06: Unplugged! Not perfect and quite long, but hard to cut this down to less than 15 minutes without missing a bunch of cool interactions. Since that’s what’s important, here’s 0-1:54, 5:18-10:24, 11:44-19:56. So the beginning, some of the middle and most of the end.

Stray Lantern Ray 090111

March 4, 2009

David hosting with me on percussion/bass and Mike on guitar. Not the
most cohesive session. Sometimes it goes that way.

Track01: All aspects not good.

Track02: A few isolated sounds are really great, but overwhelmed by other issues so skipping it.

Track03: About 2:12 of content starting from 2:08.

Track04: Not enough solid to be worth it. Skipped.

Track05: Some nice sounds, but significant rhythm issues. Skipping.

Track06: The first 5:20 was probably best.

rreplay

March 3, 2009

Have to say that the idea of doing a blog to release what I’ve been up to, and indeed the whole conceptualization of how improvisational music goes from session to album was all born out of my experience playing with Rich Rath as part of rreplay. There are a lot of great aspects to this process, one of which is that things are continually evolving. You can check out what Rich is up to musically at

Way Music

At the very least catch “The Revolution will not be on the Internet” and stay tuned for more stuff from rreplay, despite expanses of geography currently impeding weekly sessions.

So how does it work? Well, musicians who like to play and compose spontaneously find like minded folks and get together. Given that recording is pretty easy to do, it all gets saved. The good, the bad, and everything in between. You have to remember that at this point the only threshold is that it has to be more fun than sitting at home on the couch or practicing on your own. So you get some marginal stuff that wasn’t really all that inspired. But since there’s usually no audience to please, this is also the time to try things out. That means you get some really bad ideas, mistakes and other stuff that you would prefer to just forget about, but you also get some really interesting stuff that just wouldn’t have happened except for the chemistry of the moment. And some percentage of that is going to be truly remarkable.

So what do you do? Let it all just accumulate in a backlog archive that you’ll revisit sometime in the future, like you’ll magically have more time then? Release all of it and bore everyone who comes in contact with the archive?

To make matters worse, when you listen to something recently, and then after a few weeks have passed, you might like or dislike different things. No easy answers, but here’s what I’m doing:

1. Rough tracks. The first step is getting the source recordings down. Some basic equalization so it sounds less horrible, separate tracks for each song/continuous jam or whatever. Make some notes while listening to capture impresssions of each one.

2. Filter. If it’s not something you would feel good about presenting to a general audience then note the lesson(s) learned and delete it.

3. Excerpt. Extract what you think is the best section. Different people might choose different stuff and that’s just fine. More than one extract from more than one person is just fine. Try to capture the essence.

4. Collect. After enough extracts have accumulated that are at the “really like” or “really interesting” level, then start pulling together an album’s worth of material out of it. Figure out what’s in it and the ordering.

5. Release. This can be as simple as just gathering the extracts and making the levels consistent, or as involved as completely re-extracting, remastering the whole thing. Do the artwork and then put out the CD.

Anyway, that’s the current plan. More as it goes.

4-9 Point Spread 081214

February 28, 2009

Another jam hosted by David Barnes, with myself and David Corsen. Some good stuff. In any case I’m definitely enjoying it, checkitout:

Track01: Kind of a new art thing 2:27-6:08

Track02: Ok, but kinda sloppy and didn’t really gel. Skipping it.

Track03: Gamelan strut thing 0:17-4:50

Track04: VUish texture thing 2:59 to end

Track05: Sometimes multiple keys work together, sometimes not.

Track06: Frippin beer bottle 3:47-8:17

Nest Egg Blues 081207

February 28, 2009

So I put together a site for my music at theriex.com but there’s things that I’m involved in that aren’t exactly finished but still noteworthy. I connected with David Barnes at myspace.com/barnzstuff through craigslist (turns out we were actually reconnecting having met earlier in life, small world) and we had our first jam session recorded as Nest Egg Blues back on 7dec08. So we had two Davids and an Eric on this session:

Track 01: Couldn’t get the didj happening very well so skipping it

Track 02: Excerpted from 3:24 to end

Track 03: Dragged on a bit so skipping it.

Track 04: A good energy rock jam, but not exactly tight. Skipping this too.

Track 05: This one’s was pretty good, here’s an extract from about 2:10-6:30

Track 06: Groovy. Extract from about 1:00-5:30

Track 07: Chill. Extract from 2:37-8:43