Tue. 7/8 - Rhythm Serenaders Swing Dance @ 11 on Grove 8:30p

Wed. 7/9 - Lobster Trap 7-9p

Thu. 7/10 - The Market Place Restaurant 6:30-9:30p

Fri. 7/11 - w/ Kat Williams @ Grove Park Inn Great Hall 8-11p

Sat. 7/12 - The Business (Motown/classic soul) private event

Tue. 7/15 - Rational Discourse 11 piece big band @ Mothlight 8p

Wed. 7/16 - Lobster Trap 7-9

Thu. 7/17 - The Market Place Restaurant 6:30-9:30 p

Fri. 7/18 - The Business (Motown/classic soul) @ Isis dance party 8p

Sat. 7/19 - The Market Place Restaurant 7-10:30p

Sun. 7/20 - Brunch @ The Market Place Restaurant 11a-2p

Sun/ 7/20 - Russ Wilson Big Band @ Isis 8 p

Tue. 7/22 - Rational Discourse 11 piece big band @ Mothlight 8p

Wed. 7/23 - Lobster Trap 7-9p

Thu. 7/24 - The Market Place Restaurant 6:30-9:30 p

Fri. 7/25 - The Business (Motown/classic soul) private event

Sat. 7/26 - The Business (Motown/classic soul) private event

Thu. 7/31 - The Market Place Restaurant 6:30-9:30 pm

Sat. 8/2 - The Business (Motown/classic soul) private event

Sun. 8/3 - Blind Pig Dinner "Darkness" theme

Tuesday
Jul082014

Ableton Live 9 Basics Video

I made this video for my Ableton Live 9 certification application. It's useful for beginners and covers basic layout, signal flow, terminology, warp modes, launch modes, record modes, session to arrangement, etc...
Thursday
Apr102014

Live @ The Market Place Restaurant Asheville, NC 4/3/14 Set 1

I thought this first set sounded nice from The Market Place Restaurant
4/3/14 and I wanted to share because it has been a while since I have posted a live show and many people have requested I record a new one. These are all original tunes and remixes. There are no overdubs and no edits here, just raw live improvised and synchronized trumpet/keys, melodica, looping, effecting, chopping, and dubbing using ableton live. Enjoy! I'm there every Thursday night if you are in Asheville and would like to hear some unique live music.

Wednesday
Mar062013

Ableton Live Master Class and official Push release party in LA 

I am very much looking forward to traveling to LA this weekend to participate in this special Ableton Live master class and official Push release party! Big thanks to my friend Laura Escudé for making it happen. If you are in LA and looking to "Push" the envelope of sonic possibilities with technology, this 2 day event is not to be missed!

Electronic Creatives & Center For the Arts Eagle Rock Present:

Ableton Live Master Class

March 9 & 10, 2013 11AM - 4PM

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
2225 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041

Workshop tickets:
$99 for each day until February 22, 2013
$110 for each day February 22 - March 1, 2013
$125 for each day after March 1, 2013

http://abletonlivemasterclasses.eventbrite.com/

March 9
Laura Escudé (Ableton Certified Trainer, Electronic Creatives)—Using Live 9 Features for Production—Remixing M83 & Polica
Sweatson Klank aka Take (Project Mooncircle, Dublab, Alpha Pup)—Reverse Engineering Techniques from the Upcoming Album “You, Me, Temporary”
Ben Hovey (Bob Moog Foundation)—From the Studio to the Stage, Live Set Workflow— Interfacing iOS apps with Ableton Live

March 10
Virtual Boy (Alpha Pup Records, TeamSupreme)—Songwriting & Arranging Techniques—Mastering the Mix
Djemba Djemba (Mad Decent, TeamSupreme, Rabbit Records)—Sound Design With Ableton Live Instruments—Layering to Create Unique Sounds
Mike Parvizi (Penthouse Penthouse, TeamSupreme)—Microdetailing Samples

5-11pm Electronic Creatives Re-Launch Party and Official Ableton PUSH Party
AlluxeHenry StrangePenthouse PenthouseFuzzDjemba DjembaBen HoveySide Brain & Paul Dateh

http://cfaer.org/ai1ec_event/ableton-live-master-class/?instance_id=200

Wednesday
May232012

Happy Birthday Bob Moog. Thanks for all the synths.

Bob Moog's spirit is what brought me to Asheville. Although I never met him, I feel a strong connection to his brilliant, humble spirit through his amazing inventions.  The invention closest to me first was the Moog Rogue I have had since 1998.

 

When I first got it, I thought it was broken. I had no idea how to summon sound out of it, let alone what all the sliders, knobs, and switches did.  Through experimentation, a little luck, and the beautifully intuitive, simple, yet deep musicality of a moog synth, this was a fun and sonically liberating experience.  From first using a sine wave to make vibrato, to the live manipulation of wild filter sweeps and oscillator sync on a massive bass patch that would project like a sonic tsunami out of a club's subwoofers, this was a true love affair.  When he passed, I felt as though I lost a close family member.  Today, on his would be 78th birthday, we celebrate his legacy to the world of electronic music.  

Through working @ Moog Music Inc. for a couple years, I built over 1600 Little Phatty synths and a lot of moogerfoogers and theremins.  I learned more about modulation, soldering, and electronics, made strong friendships through the common love for Bob, and in doing so, learned more about his life. I have recently had the honor to help with the Bob Moog Foundation by doing several performances/demonstrations with August Worley for Dr. Bob's SoundSchool about the physics of sound.  To see the kids of all ages magically connect with music, synths, and science, affirms that Bob's spirit is well nurtured through the BMF.  Thank you Bob Moog for giving us truly infinite sonic territory to explore.  Happy Birthday Bob, I'll see you in the modulating waveform of space/time.

Send a child to Dr. Bob's SoundSchool for $10

Notes from the SoundSchool

Google shares the love worldwide as the "Goog"le doodle of the day on their homepage is a playable moog virtual synth with four-track recorder that everyone seems to be getting a kick out of.  

This post on reddit is up to 2610 upvotes: Everyone On Google Today

From engadget - Google goes Moogle, celebrates Moog's birthday with interactive doodle

From Mashable - Google’s Moog Doodle: The Inside Story

This guy prefers the oldskool approach

#CelebrateBob

Bob Moog Wikipedia

Monday
Apr022012

April 1 - The Fool 0

Ah, April Fools Day.  The internets were unsafe from untruths, and many musical colleagues joked about quitting music altogether.  I took the opposite approach and finished a cd to sell starting last night after many, many years of procrastination.  I think a good portion of holding back was a sort of subconsciously triggered hoarding of my music.  So yesterday, on the day of "Le Mat/The Fool" I chose to reflect on the symbolic meanings of this iconic archetype from the tarot (another passion of mine and great psychological tool). 

The Fool is the spirit in search of experience.  As his number is 0, he has no beginning and no end, and therefore represents the original boundless energy, fundamental creative urge, and liberation.  I have finally overcome the fear of putting my own music out there for others to hear and this is a huge step.  At 0 you have nothing to lose, so there is no need to hold on to the past.  I choose to clear it out and make room for more adventure (Bali, here we come)!  Last night at Hotel Indigo, when I sold out of my cd's, I was flooded with intense joy and gratitude. Gratidude for the supportive fans of my music, and especially for Julie, my muse.  Her strong patient support helped me so much to make my subconscious blockages conscious and not back down when my defense mechanisms would rear their ugly head.

I will close this post with a quote from the brilliant Alejandro Jodorowsy's "Way of the Tarot", a channeling of the archetype of The Fool speaking to him from his dream state.

"Did you know that transformation of consciousness is possible at any moment, that you can suddenly change the perception you have of yourself?  People sometimes imagine that taking action means triumphing over the Other.  What a mistake!  If you wish to act in the world, you must explode that perception of the ego that has been imposed and embedded since childhood, and which refuses to change.  Expand your boundaries endlessly and without cease.  Go into a trance.  Let yourself be possessed by a more powerful mind than your own, an impersonal energy.  It is not a question of losing consciousness but of allowing the original sacred madness, already within you to speak."