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Wednesday
Jan182006

Just a quick note to let you know that there's a free download of an audience recording of an improvised Reuter/Kuljuntausta/Mastelotto show (Helsinki, Finland, April 2004) available at www.projekction.net

 Petri, Markus, Pat during the show

This collaboration eventually led to the TUNER project that Markus and I launched in March 2005.

 

I spent last week-end at Saint-Claire Recorders, a stunning studio in Kentucky recording Ronan Chris Murphy record with Tony Levin and Mike Keneally.



Saturday
Jan072006

Happy Newest Year!

Good news/bad news

Our new TUNER morsel  (that we have since titled 'White Cake Sky") had well over 500 downloads in 10 days.

Bad news: We have taken the download down.

Good news: We have launched a TUNER site at Myspace.com and reposted the mp3, and others (incl. a free download of the full 'flinch' track from our debut album TOTEM). Go to http://www.myspace.com/tunertunes. Login and become a friend. We'll make exclusive previews and out-takes of TUNER music available there regularly.

 

U.T., in Austin, won the big football game. Our humble town has gone nutty (not sure if thats good or bad news).

 

 

RCM IN KY

No, no, no the state not the gel. Later this week I go to what looks like the most amazing studio (http://www.saint-claire.com/)  to record a Ronan Chris Murphy solo record.  The tracking band will be RCM, me, Tony Levin and Mike Keneally and as if that's not enough the RCM band has one more member who will be absent from tracking but overdub his parts the following week... drum roll... double drum roll... Terry Bozzio! RCM has a rather unusual request in that I play drums and Terry plays cymbals.

 

Other hot new news

KTU has been invited to the Victoriaville festival near Montreal this coming May and are booking a few more select dates in North America to coincide with that brief window when all our schedules coincide.



Saturday
Dec242005

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

As a X-mas special I have put up a new TUNER tune (in progress) for download. Click here to go to the free downloads section

Some cookies I made with my daughter Noe. Click to enlarge!

 

This untitled piece was the first track Markus and I came up with in early December. Enjoy! The download will be available for about a week.

 

(THIS DOWNLOAD REMOVED ON JANUARY 4th 2006.)



Saturday
Dec172005

catch up

Happy Holidays!

Been much too busy to type so a little catch up is in order.


Markus and Noe

 

Pink


 

For starters check this link: Story of KTU gig

 

I became aware of this blog a few days ago. It is an online diary (with pics) from BIG, one of the stage hands in Moscow telling his story of the KTU gig. The Russian to English translation is a hoot . One pal commented it sounds like I was making a porn movie as he read about my 'hot rod shooting fire'.

 

Going backwards:

 

Nov 29 Markus arrived (but his luggage did not) and we quickly began recording the following day. First we converted my newly acquired Baby Grand Piano (it is so wonderful to have a piano in the house, thank you Ed and Ilane) into a prepared Piano with small cyms and gongs, clips and papers, etc. and attacked it with mallets, brushes, sticks, kitchen cutlery and even some small old european irons. We recorded aprox 1 hr of this mayham and also some improvised duets (I play low end ostinatos that Markus adds chordal accompaniment to). Then we chopped these performances into a folder of raw footage to extract samples from. I'll get more info and pics about the recording of this new TUNER music soon as we announce the new TUNER page on MySpace.com (mmm should that be our space?).

 

The next day Dec 1st we did the first Black Tent gig at Pink. Despite the sound man (me) forgetting the mixing desk, the gig went fantastic. The audience grew larger every show and the musicians came and went... and played freely. I have a recording but have yet to have a moment to stop and review it. Some highlights (from comments I overheard): Surround sound with Markus in the back stereo and me in the front, Gumby with strapped on battery powered pignose amp walking through the audience playing electric guitar, melodica duos in the back of the room, Monkey saxing around in the dark, Roberto playing violin from the four corners, Laura's abstract vibraphone and Gamelan playing. Me dropping a pile of cyms at someone's feet and scare the poop out of them... My throwing a doggie squeeze toy across the room as the squeal exhaled, and . . .a Santa's drum circle that appeared.

 

The next day Markus and I resumed recording. The usual modus operandi (M.O.) was extracting prepared piano chunks, and building a bed - for instance on song#1: 3 bars of 7/4 and a bar of 6/4 that go together well and looping that 27 beat pattern 4 times as a 'verse' and then jumping to a loop of 3 x 4/4 and a 5/4 tag. Then jamming over this until we had a few motifs that more clearly defined the piece, blocking out chords with mellotrons or vintage rhodes sounds, then live drums, warr guitars - somewhere along the way the form would start to organicaly evolve and we would continue cutting until our arrangement felt satsifying.Our general hrs of operation were noon till 3 am but somedays we started even earlier - we both got rather exhausted but the music was too inticing to stop. By song 4 we were ready for a change in M.O. so we resorted to the several acoustic guitars I acquired for Markus to employ (again thank you to Ed Reynolds for the classical and 6 string, and Gina for the 12 string) while i played cajon or log drums. After a few days of that I woke Markus to the sound of drummer drumming, throwing down some beat ideas I have harboured for a few years and applying them to plug-ins like Reso and Bruno (sort of like vocoders that allow the drums to act a trigger source while the notes and chords are input to the Reso). Markus had no shortage of chord progressions as he continues to use a serial type algorithm to generate starting harmonic structures...

 

Markus was planning to leave Sunday the 11th, but rebooked for the 14th to give us more time - a few hrs after i dropped him at the airport a text arrived 'can you come pick me up?' - yep he was stranded at the Austin airport for 4 hrs because of bad weather in Chicago. Rebooked for Friday 16, yesterday, the flights once again ran later and later. He was eventualy able to finally leave yesterday but got stuck in DC for 5 hrs and then in Frankfurt for 9 hrs more, arriving home several hours later (once again without his luggage). The upside to his staying was we got to continue doing more TUNER tracking -we have 8 pieces about 80% done, and several more slabs in progress- and also that Markus could work with me on a few tracks for Laura Scarborough and then Heather Sullivan. Heather is a singer/songwriter that I had booked to arrive for collaboration on Tuesday after Markus was originally planning to depart. The end result was fantastic as it allowed Markus and I to wear our 'Kruder and Dorfmeister hats' and prepare funky Europe jazz chill room elevator music for Heather. We had been censoring any programmed or beat box use for the new TUNER recording but all those rules went out the window for Heather's tracks - we even faded one song! That's right! Have you ever noticed that basic rule of projects that involve 'Pat Productions'? NO FADES

My thinking is if you have to fade it means you couldn't think of an ending, but if you played live you would have to find an ending, so might as well find it sooner than later.



Monday
Nov212005

TUNER interview, KTU concert reviews

The TUNER interview courtesy of www.projekction.com is now online on my site. Check it out!

11/26/05 Update:

Organizing my first 'Black Tent' gig - Dec 1st at PINK in Austin,TX.

What is a 'Black Tent" gig ?= sonic improvisations in the dark.

 

11/28/05 Update:

more info on the Black Tent:

seat the audience, lock the door, turn off the lights (black)- music and sounds pop up . . .anything goes but i would prefer it sparse and low volume.

conceived in surround but we won't have a sound man (munyons doing Leno with smash mouth)- but we can utilize instruments that can walk. . .like sax, trumpet, tenor guit.

 

planned players include:

laura scarborough bringing vibes.

bruce salmon will slip in with a melodica.

gumby is bringing cello, bass & toys, and munky will have her bass clarinet and other reeds.

ephrim and a few other horn players might make it, tosca girls, t.o.d. boys, and zee have been invited.

my german pal markus will be there with warr guitar & laptop.

i will brings some drums (there are a few other drummer coming)- will put my electric's under a blanket to black the screens out.

Beer courtesy of PINK and Red Stripe.

 

8, 9 and 10 pm shows.

hoot honk squawk for 20 min and BAM the lights come back on.

 

Pink Hair Salon and Gallery, Austin

1204 So. Congress Avenue, SoCo , (512) 447-2888

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Reviews of the recent KTU Russian show are here:

www.zvuki.ru/A/P/52378

www.kommersant.ru/doc.html

www.vedomosti.ru/newspaper/article.shtml

www.stengazeta.net/article.html

musicjournal.ru

rock.samaratoday.ru/news/2005/11_november/00-41.asp

www.musicstudio.ru