Francis Bebey – Super Jungle

Posted by PH on May 27, 2015
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Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Willson I’ve been listening to this a lot recently: one day at work I had it on repeat all afternoon. A highly alluring mixture of cheesy drum sounds and ear-shredding synth, of cool repetition and crazed improvisation. The end result verges on the avant garde

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Quote of the Month

Posted by PH on May 25, 2015
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So, real musical rhythm comes when you listen to the note that’s been played before you, and you know when and where to place your note—and you listen to the note that comes after! This is how ensembles swing […] It’s really all about listening and having a strong enough understanding of where the beat is. You can intentionally pull on the fabric of time, pushing at the edge of the tempo. This could be achieved even harmonically: Ron Carter was a very good example, the way he played with Miles; that’s what he would do: push the pitch of a note, and depending on where he placed it—and the way Tony Williams responded—this all contributes to creating a lot of surface tension. And it is tension that requires resolution of some sort: tension – release – tension – release… Almost like a heartbeat! This is why poetic music is ultimately more satisfying than marching bands or disco, because in most of that music there’s no syncopation, it’s just (beating on the table: beat – beat – beat – beat). There’s not a whole lot there beside the pounding pulse. Music requires a steady beat, but it also needs flexibility. Time awareness is not about trying to play like a metronome.

 

I like [playing musics] that have a lot more mystery, and are not so—what’s the word?—so obvious or arranged. I like what we don’t say, that’s more interesting to me. So it’s almost anti-drumming in that context. Which again takes us back to the whole time-awareness thing. It’s what you don’t play that makes everything else work. If you play everything, supply every bit of information, there’s nothing left for the imagination of the audience! You’re playing a musical form of pornography at that point, right?

Peter Erskine

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Cox-Ellis-Parnell

Posted by PH on April 03, 2015
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WWG PV Invite

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Sheriff & The Ravels – Shombalor

Posted by PH on February 12, 2015
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Context.

Currently being used by John Cooper Clark as an outro on his current Radio 6 show. Fantastic!

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Pro7ect at the Hotel Pelirocco

Posted by PH on January 09, 2015
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This is a great idea:

Nice one Lisa. At £1700 – £1500 for the week it’s actually pretty good value…

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Happy New Year/Composition Study #14

Posted by PH on January 02, 2015
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[Track recorded sometime around 1990 on a Tascam portastudio. Remastered from cassette. Female vocal: Marie Malone. Bass: David Westmore.]

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Seasons Greetings

Posted by PH on December 28, 2014
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owen's_xmas_tree

[Thanks to HP for digitization and production.]

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Siro-A

Posted by PH on December 21, 2014
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We took the kids to see Siro-A on Friday. An absolutely fantastic show: very intelligent, very clever, and hugely entertaining. Despite the full-on techno soundtrack and their total dependence on technology they work very hard to involve the audience. Highly recommended. In London until January 11th.

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Junior Senior – Move Your Feet

Posted by PH on December 10, 2014
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Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun

Posted by PH on December 10, 2014
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