Lumbering Melancholy

It took me a few days to write this song because I tried to write a slow song. That lead to a “lumbering” pace to the song, and the parts sounded almost like a dirge at first – until I spiced it up after the first half. I probably should have introduced the more upbeat ending sooner (that’s when the song gets a lot…

Play the Lap Steel Like a Fretless Bass

Lately I’ve learned to play several instruments in ways that are not typical. For example – the Lap Steel sounds a lot like a fretless bass, and a mandolin sounds like a piano. Play the lap steel Like a fretless bassRe-inventing new sound scapesNew ideas to chase Play the violinLike a lap steelMake new soundsMake it surreal Play the mandolinLike a pianoHammered DulcimerPerhaps an…

Surreal Windows

Just a quick ditty for today . . .

Saved By The Bell

Today started out as a frustrating day at work – but in “The 11th Inning” I pulled a rabbit out of the hat – and I was saved by the bell. While I was tired – I still – and always do – have fun playing some music. Today I just wanted to play piano sounds and some synth sounds – with the usual…

erste Kunst für Kabarett 391

I hope to soon try my hand at stop animation – with the puppets – and then scoring music to their jittery and quirky dances. Once I get good at it – I’ve made these panels that fit into the frame at the top of the puppet theatre – and I will have the puppets rate and review the artwork. Stay tuned!

Frucht Einer Langen Erfahren

I’ve long been a fan of the Dada and Surrealist art movements – but especially Dada – where it was simple and “fresh”. While there was a manifesto – most artists were trying new things and were influenced by the Post WWI political world and rapid changes in technology. The Dada movement seemed to have a more viceral reaction – and was quite raw…

Puppettheatre des Absurden

Kabarette 391 Presents Puppentheatre des Absurden . . . its 1918 Zurich all over again . . .

TELEPHONENRUF VON HANS ARP

Here is a fun little Dada joke . . . Korg and Beringer just released “reimagined” ARP 2600 clones, and this piece was recorded using Arturia’s V Collection 8 version of an ARP 2600. Arturia really rocks!

Kabarett 391

Back in the 80’s I played guitar and synthesizers in a band in San Francisco. We played mostly at The Hotel Utah, but other more divy bars in the SF Bay Area. I lived in SF between 1984 and 1994 – what I consider a real hey day and so much better than when the first “dot con” ruined the city – which happened…

My Musical Journey

I’m coming up on one year of teaching myself guitar, bass, keyboards, violin, lap steel and other odd instruments (kalimba, tin whistle, theremin). I also have taught myself Cubase and how to arrange parts for a song, plus some production and mixing skills. I played percussion in grade school band, and played some of the melodic percussion instruments, such as timpani, bells and xylophone….