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The ionomics Community Podcast ep. 01
19 minutes | May 22, 2019
The ionomics Community Podcast, ep 01
Our first episode ever! Meet the host, talk about $XDM and get ready for lots of news, info and fun
2 minutes | Nov 21, 2010
iPad music compositions using Korg iMS-20 and Propellerhead Rebirth
Both of these apps are incredible! The multi-touch interface of the iPad just makes it all come together, even for me – someone who has no idea what he is doing. First check out this jam from Saturday morning using Rebirth from Propellerhead: Rebirth Jam – 11/20/10 Although I find the sounds of Rebirth to be more historically relevant / important (Roland TB-303 x2, TR-808 and TR-909), the Korg iMS-20, which is an emulation of an analog synth called, not surprisingly, MS-20, is a little easier to nuts with. Plus, the super-slick Soundcloud integration has me thinking about upgrading to a premium account. Uh-oh… New Session 2010-11-20 10.27.42.wav by mpomy
3 minutes | Sep 18, 2010
Morning strum while fasting, featuring @thelucydog
Eventually, I have to give up all the dreams of being a superstar DJ and running Ableton Live with Reason 5, controlled on an iPad. I mean, I’m sure I’ll keep dabbling, but eventually, I just have to go back to doing what I do. And, in this case, it had been so long that I was a bit worried my fingers wouldn’t cooperate, but after all these years, they still remember. This is just something, a bit sloppy, that Lucy and I made up on the spot. Movie on 2010-09-18 at 09.29
7 minutes | Sep 14, 2010
Playlist from last night’s run
I wouldn’t exactly call it eclectic, but I liked how it’s all over the map. Andy (Zappa Plays Zappa, from the “Return of the Son of …” 2010) Carnavalito (Joe Zawinul from Stuttgart bootleg 1997) Slaggie Maggie (Percy Jones, Scott McGill & Ritchie DeCarlo, from “Debut” 2007) Mantra The Lawn (Paul Gilbert from “Fuzz Universe” 2010) Death Head (Kaki King from “Junior” 2010) Unquiet Slumber of the Sleepers (Genesis from Wind & Wuthering 1977) Woke Up (Marillion from Happiness is the Road – Essence 2008) Vacuum Part 1 (The Watch from “Vacuum” 2004) That sequence from Paul Gilbert to Kaki King to Genesis was highly motivational. I was a little perturbed when I had to stop at a red light during the most dramatic part of Woke Up, but those are the breaks of running on public roads. This wasn’t shuffle, but something I threw together quickly a few hours before the run. In fact, I had forgotten what I selected, so that only added to the delight. I don’t know if I’ll use this again for running, but I’ll probably just listen it again on some other occasion because it all killer, no filler.
21 minutes | Aug 1, 2010
Celebrate Life With Music – Podcast No. 1
The idea is to take no more than 1/2 hour of your time and present you with four or five songs that have been on my mind, for whatever reason. With the blog entry, I will tell you what I was thinking in presenting these songs in this order. As always, you are free to comment and discuss. In addition, I ask that you contact me privately if you would like information on how to obtain any of these selections or the albums from which they are drawn. You can download the podcast here, or stream it using the audio player below. Tangerine Dream – Bondy Parade (5:20) from the Tangerine Tree bootleg series (#37). This recording is from a live performance in Sydney in 1982. Despite Tangerine Dream’s reputation as being “new age” or “head music” (what is that?), I find this excerpt to be a funky little groove. The guitar solo is a bit tentative, but this gives an excellent flavor of how the band had shifted from improvisational to a more song-oriented approach. SBB – Walkin’ Round The Autumn Town (4:00) from Live in Koln 1979. This is a great instrumental intro that shows how SBB, usually considered more of a jazz fusion act, really used groove-style improvisation that seems to go well with the Tangerine Dream track. Skzerk’s keyboard solo reminds me why I have such deep and abiding love for analog synthesizers. Black Bonzo – Sudden Changer (4:30) from Operation Manual: The Guillotine Model Drama 2009. This band came into my life from a recommendation on the internet. I have only corresponded with this person online, but there was such strong musical affinity to begin with that I dove into Black Bonzo and was hooked right away. As a contrast from the previous twi tracks, this includes a vocal performance and, while decidedly prog, this has very strong rock elements. Black Bonzo does so many things so well. Spock’s Beard – The Gypsy (7:30) from Day for Night 1999. This make a nice match for Sudden Changer, despite being ten years older. Spock’s Beard, even today, reminds us that we shouldn’t leave the “rock” out of prog rock. There are so many beloved Spock’s Beard songs, this is an often overlooked gem from the height of the Neal Morse era. Thank you for listening. CLWM – Celebrate Life With Music
4 minutes | Jul 20, 2010
Progtastic news from Poland – new SBB record Autumn 2010!!
Józef Skrzek is one of “those” guys. He’s working on a whole different level than most of humanity. For about the past forty years he has been doing all his own stunts, writing, performing and even singing once in a while. Skrzek is one of those guys who was going to be famous no matter what. The force of energy contained within him is simply too great not to be shared. Not even the Iron Curtain could hold him back. And, as the leader of legendary Progressive giants S.B.B., he has elevated his status to that of Robert Fripp, Christian Vander of Magma and perhaps even Zappa himself. SBB’s influence may seem less than that of those legends, but the output is nothing short of prodigious, including over 50 official releases. The next one is tentatively titled Blue Trans, and is slated for an Autumn release through Metal Mind. Here’s a small example of the Tangerine Dream meets Steely Dan vibe that Skrzek favored in the late 70’s:
6 minutes | Jul 12, 2010
A loving tribute to electric Miles, GET THIS NOW!! Mederic Colignon – Shangri-Tunkashi-La
I came across this gifted artist quite randomly, and yet he has a shocking affinity for some of my favorite music ever recorded. Time has been kind to Miles Davis’ electric period (1969-1975), even though that body of work was not well thought of upon release. During my college career (1990-1994), that era of music became the most important signpost on a musical journey that continues to this day. What I learned from listing to ‘In a Silent Way’, ‘Jack Johnson’ and ‘Dark Magus’ shaped the person I have become, both musically and otherwise. I still routinely return to those and other recordings and find more undiscovered nuance of melody, rhythm and groove. And in much the same way that Simone Rosetti’s The Watch has absolutely nailed the Gabriel-era Genesis, Collignon has uncovered a similar resonance with that extraordinary time in the career of Miles Davis. His latest release is Shangri-Tunkashi-La and it is a pure delight. Firstly, it is readily available on iTunes, which surprised and delighted me. Second, the renditions of Bitches Brew, Billy Preston, It’s About That Time, and others are not replicas of the originals, but incorporate the jubilant spirit of improvisation which was such an important part of how those compositions came into the world. The record is now favorably reviewed in English, has gorgeous cover art and can be downloaded by anyone with an iTunes account. All that remains is a North American tour schedule. Hope springs eternal. Give “Billy Preston” a listen below.
6 minutes | Jul 3, 2010
Am I about to become a Scott Henderson / Tribal Tech fan?
Scott Henderson, picking up some of that much-needed endorsement cash. I had always known that Scott Henderson had played with Zawinul, but never really gave it much thought. Weather report was and explicitly NO-GUITAR outfit. On the other hand, starting with the one time I saw Zawinul’s band in ’97, I’ve known that he always has young and talented guitarists as part of the supporting ensemble. I don’t know anything about the solo work of Amit Chatterjee, or some Jozy’s other guitar players. I do know that Henderson’s body of work is successful in both popularity and critical acclaim. Plus he has a king-size honker. Here’s the track that’s changing my mind. This is Carnavalito from the 1989 live album ‘Black Water’. I have heard several version of this song, but only just discovered this one while going through some old data DVD’s. Check out the Discipline-era King Crimson vibe at the very beginning of this track.
4 minutes | Apr 27, 2010
Music! Music! Music!
Transatlantic on Saturday night was amazing. The crappy cameraphone pictures are posted in my previous entry. Now Em has returned from Moab and we’re heading down to JazzFest. The music is everywhere. Even now, I’m tying up some loose ends so I can be out of the office for three days while I listen to the new Grateful Dead release of J.F.K. Stadium 7/7/89, a show I attended. It sounds almost as good as it did on that beautiful Summer day 21 years ago. And then there are these two songs I have obsessing over. For no reason in particular. Rollings Stones – Under My Thumb from the Expanded ‘Get Yer Ya-Yas Out’ [audio:http://mpomy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/2-03-Under-My-Thumb.mp3|titles=2-03 Under My Thumb] Jerry Garcia – Gommorah from a solo acoustic bootleg [audio:http://mpomy.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/04-Gommorah.mp3|titles=04 Gommorah]
6 minutes | Mar 28, 2010
The Watch – impersonation or reincarnation?
Simone Rosetti Cover bands. Tribute bands. “Experiences.” Do not get me started! Have you never wanted to do something creative? Something that was truly yours? Do you see your job as, essentially, one of impersonation? The only passion that really comes across to the audience is the passion for perfection. At best, the performers disappear, or, as is often the case, wear costumes. But part of it is still an exercise in impersonation. But I am a good one to talk. Let us not even, for the moment, mention the dozens of shows by a certain Genesis tribute band that I have witnessed. As an audience member I delight in the opportunity to see something I never had the opportunity to witness the first time around. And, taken on its merits, the performance is inspiring – sound, vision, composition. But here’s the sick part: I also have audio-only recordings of tribute bands! Why not just listen to the original? That’s the thing I’ve been listening to for twenty-five years! But that’s just it. After all this time, I’m looking for something different, another level of genius. And when that raw material is in another’s hands, the possibility for “interpretation” or variation is dangerously prominent. Well, The Watch is your cure for the common tribute band. Part of what motivated Genesis (a BIG part) was the desire/need to write music. That push to be creative, to do something new, was, no doubt, a big part of what moved the real Genesis on stage. The Musical Box has never had that. New music has always been explicitly excluded from their mandate. The Watch, on the other hand, has four studio albums of original material and a live album of that material. They are established original artists. They have also created two Genesis programs that perfectly imitate the dominating force of Foxtrot and Nursery Cryme. Those records have had a profound, though often overlooked, influence on music throughout Europe, North America and South America. Will The Watch have that kind of impact? I don’t think so, but one never knows. The point is that they are making the music that they want to make, and while it is overwhelmingly influenced by Gabriel-era Genesis, it is also their own. Or is this what Genesis would have sounded like if that remarkable quintet had never disbanded? That’s a fanboy question for the ages. For now, I count myself very lucky to have come across this band from Milan. Thirty-eight years ago, Genesis was looking for a break with a live show that they new was good, but it wasn’t getting through outside England. Italy was a home for Genesis when they were on the road. Now, it seems, Genesis has become a musical home for a few gifted musicians from Italy. I have ordered The Watch’s two most recent titles from Amazon – Primitive and Planet Earth. I also want to thank Sommutante for having an amazing music blog. It’s in Portuguese, but it’s pretty easy to see he’s pretty hip. And I don’t recommend Google Translate. Just listen to the music. Shining Bald Heads (5:55) – from Vacuum (2004): 04 Shining Bald Heads ————————————————————————————————
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