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1 Miledge Muzic Montage on Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:08 am

Montage from the coming CD - Miledge Music, Vol.1, Despise Not the Day of Small Beginnings. Instrumental. Free-form, though not free of form. Composition on the fly, I like to call it. Jam band with a purpose. It's like a sound track with no movie. Pretty much fusion, rock, ambient, funk, jazz, experimental, etc. Pretty eclectic, I guess.

I'm pretty excited about this. It's just guitar and drums. It works for us. The first session for CD begins a progression of how the project has gone over the last two years. Another 8 CDs to follow if things work out, employing various concepts for the sessions as we moved along.

We have used a very simple 2 overheads, kick mic for everything. I love the sound. Just sounds natural to me. Especially when we moved to my big set at my house. The first sessions were recorded at Tom's studio. His drums.

The montage is from the two tracks on the CD - Lunch in the Oort Cloud, and Dances with Dinosaurs

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2 Re: Miledge Muzic Montage on Fri Jan 03, 2014 9:15 pm

Nice project. Reminds me of high school days with a friend on guitar and I used to jam in my garage with the door wide open. Except your music is wayy better lol. In fact, I suggest you tour the country playing only in garages, might get some publicity. Like that Burt Lancaster film The Swimmer where he goes from pool to pool. There's no such thing as bad publicity.

I enjoyed it, that's what counts.

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3 Re: Miledge Muzic Montage on Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:26 am

Thank you for the kind words. I'd actually love to do this live. I have to admit that's an interesting concept - playing garages across country. These days I'm sure there would be permit problems, and all kinds of stuff to deal with, but think of that. Neighborhood concerts. Seeing it is just Tom and I we could invite locals musicians to sit in and see how the idea plays out.

This began when Tom first contacted me saying he wanted to do something akin to Miles and Bitch's Brew. Just see where the music takes us. The more we play together the more we know what the other guy is going to do, so later sessions ended up sounding a lot more composed.

Tom isn't into fretboard fireworks, as I call it. He just likes chords and textures and exploring all his gadgets. I love the stuff he comes up with.

We actually wanted a bass player, but just couldn't land one, and the more we recorded the more we got used to the overall sound of the music; the space of just the two instruments. I don't miss bass or keyboards at all at this point. We did some sessions with a local bassist, but it just wasn't the same. It made things ... too dense. Of course, his sound and style was part of that, too.

We'll see how this gig goes. I think of such types of sessions that must be on tape in vaults and will never be heard by anyone. Sad, really. Corporations, formulas. We have gotten tired of it, especially in fusion. We just wanted to try something a little more adventurous.

Tom played this stuff for his grandkids and they really liked it, which was not a surprise to me, but Tom was very surprised. Jam bands are in now. I think a lot people are wanting something less 'produced' and more free and spontaneous. Back to the 70s when music was more fun and exploratory.

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