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and it was alright - pt. 1


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Good friend and excellent musician Chris Cochrane and I were booked to play a local joint here in Brooklyn. We decided to try a drone based improvisation - something we had never done together before. We chose to dedicate our performance to Lou Reed who had died two days earlier. Without further discussion or rehearsal we set up and started playing - and stopped 55 minutes later. This is part one of a 5 part breakdown that was mastered and sequenced by Bryn - aka Particledots.
He did a great job cleaning up and enhancing my original Zoom H2 recording. The full piece can be found at bandcamp:
and it was alright - in 5 parts
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Uploaded: Nov 25, 2013 - 09:49:49 AM
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2013 - 06:54:57 PM Last Played: Jan 31, 2017 - 04:31:10 AM
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sammydix said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
all right
the production as a whole felt "cold" to me, but this may have been a happy (intentional?) accident because it fit the mood of the sounds. this was like ambience with an edge and i like that combo. industrial atmospherics.
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bud said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
thanks for the listen
and thoughtful comments. the piece progresses over the 55 minutes and gets warmer as it goes along. the opening is indeed a bit steely - as we were exploring our different tonalities. i encourage you to try the whole piece as an ambient experience.

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sammydix said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
checking
out the full course now...
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paul f. page said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Space Age...
...I'm hearing the kind of soundtrack one might find during an intense scene in a dramatic space narrative. There is something that is mesmerizing about listening to the long drone sound that is highlighted now and then by tangential sound imagery...kind of a hypnotic thing going on. ... Like Sammy, though, the whole thing felt a little flat/cold to me, something that just a touch of reverb might round out perfectly. It all depends on the intended application, though, so I think there are a lot of possibilities for what you already have. I always love the experiments.
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bud said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Paul - you are always engaged with whatever you hear
and generous with your time and comments. As stated above - the piece evolves as it moves towards more warmth to a degree - but we did not strive to alter the actual event too much in post. What Bryn did in mastering was to stay true to the original while improving the separation and controlling some of our resonant frequencies that got a bit large. He also fixed a dropped violin knock bow quite nicely.
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Skunkwrx said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
and it was alright - pt1
Wish I could have been there! It sounds like it was a moving experience and the freedom of experimentation is evident. The tonality is indeed very cold and metallic, I would have liked to hear how the piece progressed over time. Even in this short snippet there is a lot of "meat" - a good deal of evolution and transition from one tonal landscape to the other. It becomes almost "whale song"-like at the end. Thanks!
skunk1
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bud said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Well - I guess I should address the cold feel some more
Chris and I mentioned Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music as an inspiration in our work - as difficult a listen as it is. So there is definitely that aspect at work in the beginning. I posted the bandcamp link above so it is possible to hear the rest of the piece. Bryn made it play really nicely in the way he broke the sections. It was played straight through with no interruptions - but Bandcamp won't upload anything over a certain length. Hence the edits. But I also think the breaks enhanxce the experience somehow.
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davisamerica said 1367 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
syd barrett
lives ..... indeed.
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bud said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Indeed
Syd gave us what we needed and lost more than he could afford.
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Failed_Robot said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
if someone
was to break into childlike song, every word inspired, every line a masterpiece, then I would agree with the syd reference. Not all tabs of acid created equal I suppose. Nope. A very well performed drone zone improv. Well done Bud. I enjoyed the last 55 minutes of my life. Thanks.
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sschedra said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Its interesting
Kevin, I am curious to know how you work live. What equipment and software you use. Also, it's neat to think that there are venues where you can showcase something like this. Good to know your staying in the game. As others have said emotionally this is cold and somewhat dark, but that does not mean bad, that is just the feel of the piece. Will have to check the rest.
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bud said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
For this piece Chris and I both played
Stratocaster guitars. He has a vintage '71 Fender and '71 Fender Princeton amp - I used my Godin Session Strat through an early 80's Peavey Bandit 65. Both amps ran clean. My pedal train is Tuner - Boss CS2 comp/sustain - pigtronix philosopher's tone comp/sustain - Boss SD1 overdrive - Earthquaker Devices dirt transmitter (fuzz) - Alesis AirFX - original Boomerang Phrase Sampler - Moogerfooger ring modulator - t.c electronics flashback delay - Electroharmonics holy grail reverb - Ernie Ball volume pedal.
Chris uses compression - distortion - digital delay - ring mod and that's about it.
We both use an Ebow and a slide at times - he uses a violin bow and I use a metal sculpting tool as a bow - and in the beginning you can hear how I use an alligator clip on the b string to excite the e string by bouncing up and down. I also use small battery powered link remover that I modded to spin nylon guitar strings as beaters - and I also like the way the magnetic motor sounds in proximity to my bridge pickup. That is the siren/motor sound in the second movement. There are other bits of stuff and ways of manipulating the guitar that enter the fray - and much of the challenge is playing controlled feedback as well.
We are lucky to have many rooms in Brooklyn where you can do whatever you like. Of course there is no money in it - but that's nor why we do it. Well - not this anyway.
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awigze said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Drone
This is the stuff musicians are made of.... set up, plug in and let go.... and hit record. I really like the 8:00 minute mark
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bud said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
Thanks Andy
the subsequent parts are a bit more ethereal than this opening - more in line with the 8 minute mark.
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rac927 said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
a new experieince for me
wow. what a new concept for me to listen to! not what i would call my mainstay music type variety, but wow, that intrigued me immensely! Im going to have to listen to the whole 55 minute version sometime when i can download it and really take a gander on it with headphones. sounds trippy to me and that to me is awesome. people say its cold feeling to them, but thats exactly what intrigues me.
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alackbass said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
and it was alright - pt. 1
Sounds like so much more than two guys with guitars, amps, and stomp boxes.
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magnatone said 1366 days ago (November 25th, 2013)
and it was alright
you guys were in total sync - simpatico ..... inspired. bryn adds his magic and we are entranced. wow.
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DWL said 1365 days ago (November 26th, 2013)
Brave and challenging
55 minutes of improv is quite something.

Impressive work and even reading about how you did it I'm still none the wiser!

Cheers

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Outtaorbit said 1365 days ago (November 26th, 2013)
If I could get Jack me Andy and Terry to set up one night at Landons winery ......
Not New york ....greenville texas.....but nooooooo noooooo nooooooo ......anyway cool tune....thank you
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egobandit said 1364 days ago (November 27th, 2013)
now
this is an organic melt , I needed a chance to really listen to this,
turned on a NY station and couldnt believe what I heard at all
btw some amazing sounds your getting out of your guitar
like towards the end where there is this bleep sound happening behind the feedback that was a crazy 9 minutes!
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Parichayaka said 1363 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
Cool!
I wonder what it feels like experiencing this track live. What was the audience's reaction? Beautifully intense and intriguing. A journey started before the break of dawn. I especially liked Part 3.
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Vic Holman said 1363 days ago (November 29th, 2013)
metal machine music
there is always something cool about textures. you really never know how the harmonics will develop and bring out a life of their own. so many cool sounds captured here. just being so into the moment can be so exhilarating.
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kingbee said 1359 days ago (December 3rd, 2013)
alright
Sort of Glenn Branca...without the drums.
Interesting piece.
I was feeling bit wary when I saw the 9 min time but, strangely, it didn't feel like it.
When's part 2 going up?
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Name: Kevin Bud Jones
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Born in Philly and living in Brooklyn, NY. My home studio work predates digital and my gigging experience was mostly in the early eighties. Lately I play out from time to time with Airport Seven and try to keep up with what's going on around here. Th... [see more]

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Experimental music is any music that challenges the commonly accepted notions of what music is. There is an overlap with avant-garde music. John Cage was a pioneer in experimental music and defined and gave credibility to the form. As with other edge

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