I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite composers, Ruby Fulton this past spring. Little Symphony was commissioned by the drum set/sax duo Patchwork, based out of Bowling Green. It has been performed in Baltimore (Penthouse Gallery in the Copycat), Winchester VA (Bright Box Theater) and at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in at the University of Illinois, Champagne Urbana.
Little Symphony is inspired by the life and work of legendary music producer Phil Spector. The title comes from his nickname for his massively produced pop hits from the 1950′s and 1960′s, ...
Bassist Andrew Felix and Drummer Dominic Smith are the talented and generous musicians who joined Steady Pleasures in order to give voice to the music inside pianist Sean Beier’s head. The songs are original and emotional compositions by Beier, who taught himself piano by playing along with the Nintendo game themes on his Yamaha keyboard.
The solo project of Marc Alan, Flares combines electronic and organic elements in a compelling and emotional tapestry. Marc came in to track drums and guitar over top of his electronic foundation. Marc will be bouncing around studios before sending this off for mastering. Be on the look out for the finished product!
Drums do sound different depending on what type of room they are recorded in. Think of those huge cavernous car garage drums on Flaming Lips records or the tightly tuned drums on a Joy Division record. I heard a rumor that Martin Hannett recorded Stephen Morris’s drums on the roof of the studio. But who knows. It could just be a myth! Either way, it’s all about the walls or lack thereof that can contain or let go of the sounds. And this video is nothing short of amazing.