Category : Stories

Written on Nov, 03, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  In October 2014, Klaus Biesenbach Director & Chief Curator of NYC’s MoMA PS1 posted this on his @klausbiesenbach profile page on Ello: “I neglected my ello profile for a while, but now I have a big announcement to make. This surely is a -ful moment. I decided to put together a show that only circulates around ello and only features artworks submitted to …

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Written on Aug, 13, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  Sometimes you never know who’ll meet and work with in the recording studio. The list of people that I’ve worked with over the years is quite large including musicians, music producers, composers, sound designers, arrangers, actors, voice over artists, comedians, and motivational speakers. But a gorilla? I was introduced to Garon Michael who needed a music producer and a recording studio …

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Written on Aug, 06, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

  “There’s an upright piano of the corner of your street” Was the text I received from a neighbor who knows that a) I’m a musician and b) I absolutely love sampling and recording strange and unusual sounds. So I walked down 3 houses to the corner and sure enough there was this old abandoned beauty:   I looked around …

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Written on Jul, 05, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  I once played 3 shows with microtonal artist Jon Catler from New York City. I’ve always been an enthusiast of new music (a convenient euphemism for words like “experimental”, “avant-garde”, or simply “weird”), so this was a great opportunity to perform some mind bending music especially with someone as established and talented as Jon. That downtown music scene in NYC has a rich …

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Written on Jul, 03, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  The dark humorous clip above is from the movie Whiplash featuring Miles Teller. He’s a drummer getting hammered by a band leader about tempo, that elusive skill that musicians (especially drummers) strive to perfect and control. Time is everything for a drummer and it can be difficult to control in stressful situations like this one, on stage when you can’t quite hear …

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Written on Jul, 02, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  On a quiet August afternoon, I was once an ambient music DJ. A group of massage therapists (and I as the aural relaxer) took part in a “massage-a-thon” to help raise funds for our friend Lyena Strelkoff. She had become paralyzed after a hiking accident, and the proceeds we raised went to help pay for her enormous medical bills. …

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Written on Jun, 26, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

9 years ago in June of 2005, I was in the thick of building our recording studio, a career and life changing experience. Towards the end of construction, I got a call from the Green Natives who said “We hear you are building a recording studio, and we need to record some music!”. I figured 3 weeks would be plenty …

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Written on May, 02, 2014 by in | 3 Comments.

  Saddened to hear the shocking news that Chuck Silverman passed away. He was a passionate and spirited teacher who inspired drummers all over the world. I have fond memories of taking private lessons with him in my formative years, learning about Afro Cuban rhythms, Brazilian grooves, and the drummers of James Brown. Chuck was an expert at all, and …

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Written on Mar, 27, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

  “The Wall” by Pink Floyd became (and still is) my favorite album in 7th grade. I went through 2 vinyl copies and a Japanese vinyl pressing (for special listening occasions). I’ve often wondered why I didn’t grow up to become a thoroughly depressed person. Thanks to a mention of Alfred E. Neuman in a friends Facebook post this morning, …

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Written on Feb, 21, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

I was working in the studio the other day with an artist who had only ever played an acoustic guitar with fingers. We were working out a guitar part for one of his songs, and realized it needed to be strummed with a pick for brightness. Strumming with fingers sounded good, but wasn’t cutting through the mix. I ended up showing him …

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