PRUESTUDIOS The Third Volume



Orchestral Thing


Quarks Between Us

Up On The Hill


     Perfection.  Should I be searching for it?  Probably.  If I did that, though, I’d never finish a song.  So when I get a piece close I let it go.  I need to go on to the next song before the last one drives me nuts.  I don’t record anything before 9:00PM, and usually not before 10:00PM.  This doesn’t give me a big window in which to record.  As I overdub each part, little problems that didn’t even show up in the original part suddenly become magnified.  Sometimes I fix them (and usually the 2nd part that now has a problem), and sometimes I don’t.  TIME.  Frank Zappa used to record all night long and live completely on his own schedule.  Someday maybe.  But probably not.

     Whenever something says MIDI it means that I entered the piece into my computer and it played the part.  Sometimes it’s because the part is extremely difficult (like the drums on One Odd Duck) or sometimes I just don’t want to take the extra time (like onWaiting For You).  The BASS is my main instrument but I play all of these instruments. 


1.       Imperial Soldier   --  Bass, Electric Guitar, Drumset, Trumpet, Trombone  --  This sounds influenced by Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother album to me.  Unfortunately this song and the next song have no real melody.  I still like the tune, especially the end where all of the instruments switch parts.


2.    Quarks Between Us – MIDI Keyboard Instruments, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drumset, Trumpets -- Tough one to record, with several different parts.  I never really got the synthesizer part to the correct volume.


3.    Up On The Hill – Electric Guitar, Bass, Drumset, Xylophone --  Nice mellow tune, written simply because I had a xylophone at the house for a few minutes.


4.    The Dodo’s Digestive Tract – MIDI Instruments


5.     Posifunkometer – Bass, Drumset, Electric Guitars


6.    Nowhere In Particular  --  Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Trombone, Alto Sax, Trumpet, Drumset  --  The piece started out nicely enough but needed something more.  I decided to experiment on the middle section.  It almost works, but is it really music?  At the end you can hear the only time I’ve ever improvised on trombone.  This song marked a new development for me; recording on a computer.  The sound is much clearer and more controllable, and I can more easily do more parts.  Nice Progression, Satisfaction, and Endurance, were also recorded this way.


7.   Orchestral Thing – MIDI Instruments—Written for full orchestra, definitely the most difficult piece to write.


8.     Above the Sounds  --  Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Drumset, Flute, Trumpet  --  I really like this piece, but I wish the quality of recording was a bit better.  This was originally played without any wind instruments (I felt like I shouldn’t have them on so much), but I added them because they really add to the sound.  Winds are so difficult to record, but so worth it.


9.   Trio --


10.     Testing the Water  --  Trumpet, Trombone, Alto Clarinet  --  Probably the toughest thing for me to play & record, because there are no rhythm instruments to “hide behind”.  I tried adding a reverb effect, but it made it sound fake.


11.     Endurance (or Tendonitis Calling)  --  Bass, Dumbek, Tambourine, Shaker, Triangle  --  This is just basically a bass show-off piece, just something to jam on.  I used it at the end of every practice session, to build up my endurance.  It involves a very repetitive motion, so I can’t play the piece many times in a row.  Also, every time it repeats I add a motion or another string.


12.     Might As Well Be Mt. Fuji  --  Bass, Electric Guitar, Drumset, Trumpet, Trombone  --  I never really know how to title songs, so with this one I thought “Oh well, it might as well be Mt Fuji”.  Of course.  This is a good example of how, playing wind instruments, one has to think of  playing each and every note in tune as you play them and make constant adjustments.  You can hear where I didn’t quite get those adjustments in some spots.


13.     Waiting For You  --  Bass, MIDI Piano & Percussion, Drumset, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Alto Clarinet  --  This title came about because I wrote it on the piano, while waiting for a student to come in for her lesson.  When she arrived, she asked what I was playing.  “Waiting For You”, of course.  I wish I had more improve on my music – this contains an example of a bass improvisation.


14.      JLW  --  Bass, Electric Guitar, Drumset, Trumpets, Flute, Alto Clarinet, Dumbek, Tambourine  --  Written as a gift to a friend (Jesse) who got married (to Liz; hence, the title).  I do much of my writing on the bass and you can hear how I started out with that initial riff and moved around to other instruments.  The slow part should last a little longer, and I wish I had a better transition to the faster part.  Oh well.


15.  Jeslam Part One: The Mothership --  MIDI instruments  --  This is inspired by Jesse’s made-up (?) religion.  It’s only the first part.  There is more to come.


16.  Nice Progression  --  Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Drumset, Dumbek, Guiro, Tambourine --  Improvisations on trumpet and bass, and some really nice brass harmonies.  The chord progression on the guitar is where this song began for me, and it sounds Beatles-influenced.  At the beginning of this piece, the bass is playing chords while the guitar is playing the melody.


17.  Soldier’s End  --  Bass, Electric Guitar, Drumset (Acoustic Guitars)  --  Originally I was going to end Volume Three with the improvised ending of Imperial Soldier, but I “found” this other piece I’d recorded and completely forgotten about.  It sounded like a nice ending.


Tell me what you think about the music.  I welcome and look forward to all of your comments and suggestions.





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