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Hey everybody. I decided to “self-host” my blog on my own server. So now it looks way cooler and can have a ton more content for your enjoyment. I had a little trouble with the subscriptions maintenance, so go to the new site and resubscribe to make sure that you continue to get updates. For a short time, I will double post to the old blog until everybody has migrated to the new site.
Marcus Miller is a super-hero of the bass guitar. Miller is best known as a bassist, working with trumpeter Miles Davis, singer Luther Vandross, and saxophonist David Sanborn as well as maintaining a prolific solo career. I’ve been listening to a lot of his work lately and I decided to record myself playing “Chicago Song” which he composed for David Sanborn.
Watch the High Quality Version (recommended) or the YouTube video below.
Today, I want to show you something very unique. Not only is Ben Neill a multi-instrumentalist, he also invented his own instrument that is truly one of a kind. The instrument is called the “Mutantrumpet”. From the bio section of Ben’s website:
“Neill began developing the mutantrumpet in the early 1980s. Initially an acoustic instrument (a combination of 3 trumpets and a trombone combined into one), Neill made the instrument interactive with electronics in the mid 1980s when collaborating with the synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. In 1992, while in residency at Steim¹s research and development lab for new instruments in Amsterdam, Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive. In 2008 Neill created a new version of his instrument and returned to Steim for another residency. The new mutantrumpet is greatly expanded in terms of its electronic capabilities. ”
“Neill’s music blends electronica, jazz and ambient, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance.”
The latest album “Night Science”, is available now. Go to his website for sample tracks!
His live sets are fantastic. Here’s a video:
The latest album from Tosca, called “No Hassle” is very relaxing, trippy, and amazing. Their record label !K7 has a promotional video for the latest album which includes fantastic interviews with both multi-instrumentalists Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber on how they create and compose their ideas, the concept behind “No Hassle”, and a little on how they perform it all live.
The song “Springer” is available as a free download on Tosca’s website.
The Cutler is David Brennan and Steve Cobby. David “Porky” Brennan is the founder of Pork Recordings, whose roster includes Baby Mammoth and Steve Cobby’s Fila Brazillia. They’ve released two albums out of Steel Tiger Records in the U.K. The album which includes the song Pickaxe, was their self titled debut and the second is their latest called “Black Flag”.