Saturday, April 23, 2011



April 16, 2011
It Wouldn't Be The Same Without You - Elvis Presley
Runaround - The Fleetwoods
Blue Fox (remix) - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Just Seventeen - Paul Revere and the Raiders

One of those songs that redeem the band. Miles from teenybophood.

Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits - Throbbing Gristle

The dark underbelly of psychedelia. Bad trip music.

April 17, 2011
Banned Rehearsal 23 - Banned Rehearsal

For those who don't know, Banned Rehearsal is a free-improvisation group I have been involved with for many years. To the best of my recollection our public performances can still be counted on the fingers of one hand. This is a recording of our first such concert, given at the University of Washington School of Music recital hall in January of 1985. It features the "stack-o-decks" (a low-tech mix of cassette tape machines and boom-boxes), and the "funmaker", a 2.5 octave Wurlitzer electronic organ with chord buttons and pre-set rhythms that could all be played at the same time. Unsuspected by me, my wife-to-be was in the audience. Performing personnel were: Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer, and myself.

Banned Rehearsal 213 - Banned Rehearsal

By the time this tape was made, in 1990, Neal and Anna were in California, and Aaron was back in town, and Karen and I had moved to our current location in Maple Leaf. We were playing small instruments in a small room. Personnel were: Karen Eisenbrey, Aaron Keyt, and myself.

Banned Rehearsal 558 - Banned Rehearsal

Ten years later, playing in the studio out in the garage, we make a big fat sax-y sound with a feedback humdrone up the middle. It veers toward the vaguely jazzy, mostly due to Aaron's alto sax and some piano tinklings, but the radio sound hits obliquely and we make our own slow fade out. Personnel were: Karen Eisenbrey, Anna K, Aaron Keyt, Neal Meyer, and myself.

April 19, 2011
Banned Rehearsal 678 - Banned Rehearsal

Six years ago, Aaron and Anna are on their various sabbaticals and Neal comes over to make sounds with us on a more-or-less weekly basis, alternating Gradus sessions and Banned Rehearsal. We start in a classic trio configuration, with Neal playing cornet, Karen on drums, and myself playing piano, and out from that jazzish environment we construct a space in which sounds hang suspended outside of music.

Zoo Day - Keith Eisenbrey

Last year I recorded a trip to Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo. This is the segment in the "Day" gallery of the "Day and Night" exhibit, just before the zoo shut it down to save money. Great sadness.

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