Tom McNalley Trio: Tom McNalley Trio (PFMCD018)

Jeff Kaiser

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Tom McNalley Trio

Tom McNalley: guitar
Jonas Tauber: bass
Ken Ollis: drums

1) Reddog 18:32
2) Orange Needle Society 13:53
3) ZHE 14:34
4) Mourned 9:54
5) Gallery 421 7:30
6) Loss 8:01
Total Playing Time: 72:24

All compositions by Tom McNalley, (C)2004 Tom McNalley Music, ASCAP
Recorded at Cappos Cafe, 10.6.03 by Keegan Quinn
CD mastering, art design, and layout by Jeff Kaiser
Photographs by Jonas Tauber and Tom McNalley

After getting the initial version of this CD, I sent copies to several people to see what they thought. One was my friend, author and music critic Richard Meltzer. He called and said that he loves the CD – very much, in fact – and if I wanted liner notes, he would write them. Naturally, and with gratitude, I took him up. — Tom McNalley
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Hey, listen — I got something important to tell you:

Tom McNalley is the youngest Great Musician I’ve ever encountered.

Great! Amazing! To put things in even partial perspective, the last young’un anywhere near as adept and inventive and passionately original was probably David Murray, pre-WSQ, back when he was still a ferocious motherfucker.

Tom McNalley IS a ferocious motherfucker. By turns savage and tender — a killer and healer — nutso and nutty, then logical/lucid as Jerkoff Sebastian Bach, his playing is as hotly/coolly/sanely/madly a-dance and a-prance (at peace-and-war) with abstract notions as it is with direct emotional one-on-one — “interest” and “feeling” existentially melded (no mean feat) — “jazzy” in the least jaded, least guitar-baggaged, most mammal-elegant sense, while partaking EQUALLY of the dirty screaming scuzz of postwar blues and rock rock rock and roll…fuggit.

Sophisticated beyond its maker’s 21 years, Tom’s music spins, spills and spits forth whole vast sonic WORLDS (pardon my French), but if you’re lookin’ to hear Other Guitarists in his playing, well, you won’t hear other guitarists in his playing. Okay, splashes and soundings maybe — f’r sure he’s picked up “things” from Hendrix, McLaughlin, Sharrock, Nels Cline, Derek Bailey, Alberts Collins and King — but rarely anything as explicit as a borrowed “idea,” a riff, even a lick.

“I’ve never been lick-oriented,” says Tom. “I’ve tried to develop a sense of melody that will serve me, that’ll do me some good, and I always like to see how others handle it, but not through their licks.”

By “melody,” um, you mean tunes? Tunefulness?

“No, more like just the basis for telling a story — the unique and individual approaches of players I admire, the ones who seem to be emotionally honest, who have the chops to communicate directly and honestly. Most aren’t even guitarists. Rob Blakeslee is and has been very important to me, seeing how he makes the music that is his — the concepts he brings to his trumpet playing.

Ayler…Braxton…Charlie Parker, certainly — but not for anything to do with ‘bebop.’ Bebop as such has very little meaning to me.”
And what is the importance, the weight in the equation, of “free”?

“In a sense, I view composition as no more than a set of instructions for the band. There are things I want to happen, but they’re general. I like looseness — flexibility — so the music can go anywhere. In some cases there’ll be a written line, but usually no more than a suggestion of bass line, rhythmic groove, things like that. Half the tunes in this set, on this recording, are freely improvised — completely — there’s no written or suggested anything. Even the stuff that sounds written is very spur-of-the-moment. In real time, not trying to play to a pre-existent notion, but at the same time going for and building a musical totality, the players communicated the compositions to each other. We just played and listened.”

Played and listened: dig it!

Look, I don’t wanna make with the ultra-superlatives again — well, maybe I do — but this here album, on which Tom, bassist Jonas Tauber and drummer Ken Ollis explore, with extreme malice (and extreme care and definitude), the MYSTERY OF INTIMACY — stripmine it — achieve near-total communion — is to my ears the HOTTEST debut alb by a guitar guy & co. since Are You Experienced? Hendrix. Before you were born (that’s how old I am).

It is also — pardon my carried-away — one of the great trio albs, period, y’know like ever, up there with Trio in Real Time by Richard Grossman, the v. best of Bill Evans with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian, and the bestest by Air with Steve McCall. The music these humpers make together is outstanding and astounding…I wouldn’t shit ya.

Hey — I love this record — ‘scuse me — disc. I hope you will too.

— Richard Meltzer, Portland, 2004

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PFMCD018

Hannes Giger and Joey Oz: Hear…or what? (PFMCD002)

Jeff Kaiser

[Please note: This disc is out-of-print, this page is for archival purposes.]

Hannes Giger: contrabass

Joey Oz: vibes and percussion

HEAR is an ongoing collaboration that began in 1994. All the music is improvised with some of the pieces based on minimal formal or thematic concepts. Besides playing the traditional sounds of vibes and contrabass, the HEAR musicians spend a lot of time expanding the sonic vocabulary of their instruments. Spoken words have also begun to find their way into the HEAR performance.

Erich “Joey Oz” Fischer lives in Aarau, Switzerland. He studied trumpet, percussion and timpani at the conservatory in Zurich and attended the Berklee college of Music in Boston in 1992. He teaches drum set at the Music Academy Basel and since 1988 has worked in a variety of jazz, latin and rock bands as vibraphonist, composer and arranger.

Hannes Giger, lives in Los Angeles, California. He studied contrabass at conservatories in Basel and Geneva, Switzerland, at the University of Cincinnati and the University of California, San Diego. Since 1991 he has performed in the United States, Asia and Europe and has ventured into a variety of styles, from classical to contemporary music, from traditional music to free jazz and performance art.

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PFMCD002

Trevor Henthorn: Hipster Modular: The Jacumba Sets (AVRCD010)

Trevor Henthorn: Hipster Modular: The Jacumba Sets (AVRCD010)

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Englisch

Jacumba Hot Springs is a census-designated place in the Mountain Empire area of southeastern San Diego County, California with an elevation of 862 meters. The Kumeyaay peoples occupied the Jacumba area prior to European settlement. Then, Ranchers occupied the area in the 19th century and were often in conflict with the Indians. At the turn of the 20th century, the health and relaxation benefits of natural hot springs were commercialized. By 1925 the town had a world class hotel and by the 1930s, Jacumba developed into a top destination. After the new Interstate 8 bypassed Jacumba by two miles, most of the roadside service businesses folded and the community went into economic decline. The Jacumba Hotel closed and was destroyed in an arson fire in 1983 and the ruins stood until 1991. The great public baths closed, the swimming pool was filled in, and the well was capped. The area continues to attract foreign visitors, motorcycle tourists, ravers and hipsters. The 21st century hipster is part of a subculture that values independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, witty banter and modular or computer-generated modular-like synthesis. Although “hipsterism” is really a state of mind, it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion, polyrhythms and non-just intonations. Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in maths and sciences, which also require certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to hold jobs in the music, art, and fashion industries. It is a myth that most hipsters are unemployed and live off of their parent’s trust funds.

These are the Hipster Modular Jacumba Sets.

Elektronik März 2015
Hergestellt in San Diego County
Schnitt und Mastering von T. Henthorn und J. Kaiser
Zusammengestellt von Hipster Modular
http://WhatIsModular.com
modular@WhatIsModular.com

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Set

1
2
3
4
5
6
7

Dauer

10:10
10:10
10:10
10:10
10:10
10:10
10:10

Zeitmaß

75-160
98
98
105
132
105
165

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Die Artefakte inspirierten den Klang:
Vielen Dank an Ray für den Gedankenaustausch.
Vielen Dank an Kaiser für den Generator. Fotografien von Kristina.
Ausrüstung: Ableton, KaiGen, Arturia, Moog, Doepfer, PGH Modular, Soundhack, Make Noise,
Elektron, Cycling ’74, Echo Thief, Max for Cats, Roland, Boss, Avid, DMG Audio, iZotope, DSP-Quattro.

S1 – Stücke 1-3
(10:10 Langsam 75-160 b/m 1.25-2.67 Hz)

S2 – Stücke 4-6
(10:10 Lebhaft 98 b/m 1.63Hz)

S3 – Stücke 7-9
(10:10 Mäßig 98 b/m 1.63 Hz)

S4 – Stücke 10-12
(10:10 Rasch 105 b/m 1.75Hz)

S5 – Stücke 13-15
(10:10 Schnell 132 b/m 2.2Hz)

S6 Stücke 16-20
(10:10 Langsam 105 b/m)

S7 Stücke 21-25
(10:10 Bewegt 165 b/m)

Hörspiel:
Zehn:Zehn x 7
Spielzeit 71 min 10 sek
Kalibrierung -24dB

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William C. Harrington: Urban Electronic Music (AVRCD005)

William C. Harrington: Urban Electronic Music (AVRCD005)

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1. The Overture (5:00)
2. God Bless the Miners (3:40)
3. Enola Gay (4:30)
4. Cuckoo to You (3:57)
5. Belles I (0:40)
6. Remnants (5:14)
7. Jungle Birds (3:03)
8. Days Left (5:16)
9. Organ Song part 1 (6:01)
10. Belles II (2:01)
11. My Guitar (4:04)
12. BOX (3:48)
13. One For Nick (2:55)
14. I Slept Through Vespers (4:53)

Equipment used: Arp 2600, Kawai K4, E-mu Classic Keys, Roland VK-7, CA-30, CM-32L, soprano sax, electric guitar, bowed electric guitar, glass salad bowls, communion bells, cell phone, army bugle, Max/MSP, Radial, GarageBand, vocalizations and loops

Composed, realized, produced and engineered by William C. Harrington
All pieces recorded between 4/05 and 8/05 at the WCH Electronic Music Lab, except Enola Gay which was recorded in 1973 at Cal State Domiguez Hills Electronic Music Lab

Mastered by Scott Fraser at Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
Photos: William C. Harrington • Graphic Arts: Justin Cassidy
© 2006 William C. Harrington, ASCAP • UrbanElectronicMusic.com

William C. Harrington was born January 10th, 1952 in Yonkers, New York. His grandmother played piano at silent movie theaters and had quite an influence on him: by the time he was a sophomore in high school, he was working as a professional musician playing parties, roller-skating rinks, and more.

While at Cal State Dominguez Hills (now UC Dominguez Hills) he studied composition, performance, and electronic music with Richard Bunger, who authored the classic book, “The Well Prepared Piano.”

After leaving college he worked in the wholesale record industry for two years before going on tour. First with Natalie Cole doing lighting, then with Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa (making a brief, credited appearance in Zappa’s movie, “Baby Snakes”), LTD, Rick Derringer, and Rick James, all in various technical positions.

In the 80’s he became the Supervisor of Operations, Videotape Operations, Paramount Pictures Corp. In that capacity, he received four ATAS Emmy certificates for contributions for “Cheers,” one for “The Arsenio Hall Show,” plus one for best sitcom, again, “Cheers.” In 1990 he became a freelance videotape engineer – doing videoasst, 24 frame playback – and Technical Director. Credits have included “Little Black Book” and “Alpha Dog” as well as several sitcoms.

Urban Electronic Music was constructed using loops recorded over a 30-year period, analog and digital synthesis, as well as traditional instruments and found objects.

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