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Stories from the experimental underground in San Diego

Meyer Hirsch is an exceptional influence on my sense of what it means to dive into the experimental field and attempt "to swim".  The experimental milieu,  as other experimenters have experienced, is a "terror" (but an interesting if not fun…

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Ripping them a new one with electricity

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 AT 9:07PM 
 I really enjoyed playing the material with electric guitar and effects at Brick by Brick last Sunday. I think it got out to the audience.   When I played with the league of Crafty Guitarists,…

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You are the instrument

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012 AT 9:24PM 
Trey Gunn posted this video of a great Jazz pianist describing how your instrument is an illusion.  How your internal process is the thing that is really happening.  I have experienced where the notes…

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Possible approaches to improvisation

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 AT 1:22PM 
-Throw a rock through the window of your: 

expectations 

likes, dislikes 

understandings 

philopohies 

ideas 

concepts 

memories 

mind set 

mind field 

mindfeild 

thought parents 

thought children 

practiced patterns 

pitter patterns 

ponder patterns 

pain pots 

pill…

It's about whirring though space

 30, 2011 AT 8:33PM 
Jonathan Piper's picture on "The Garage Gig" page of me whirring in a semi-here/semi not-here moment inspired this reflection.  The image gets at what it is like to be behind the controls of the 'sound suit'.…

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I become the suit man

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2011 AT 12:47PM 


Paul Moeller from Technomania circus shot this great example of a suit composition.  This one is called, "wired". Watching this video shows an interesting compositional approach that the "suit idea" is best suited for…

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Watching musicians with great listening ability

THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 AT 9:17PM 

I went to hear the jazz group Road Work Ahead.  Bill Mays- Piano, Bob Plank- Drums, Peter Sprague- Guitar, Bob Magnusson- Bass.  They played Jazz arrangements of some popular stuff and mostly originals.  The…

Creating a guitar suit

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15, 2011 AT 4:26PM 

 

I am working on the guitar suit that I will be using next Saturday, 1/22/2011 at the second annual San Diego Experimental guitar show.  I will create multi-timbral sound clusters (sound clouds if you…