This is a great picture. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson is playing along with two of Roland’s most famous synthesizers. The TR-606 and the TB-303 were meant to be used as a drumcomputer and a bass guitar. Too bad. The machines sounded nothing like the real thing at all and after 20000 pieces they stopped production.
When electronic dance music hit the fan (we’re talking eighties), the machines were newly discovered as noise makers. Their rare status drove up the price to three times the original retail price and makes them highly sought after today. The sound of the 303 is iconic.
Youtube now has the great feature of broadcasting whole concerts. This is a great way to watch all those rare concerts that are so hard to get on a dvd nowadays.
This is the concert Portishead will always be remembered by. Amazing arrangements with strings and a band that is playing as small as they can to make these complex layers work.Listen to all the tiny original sounds that this concert is filled with. The great guitarist Adrian Utley is a creative sound designer that makes this recording a listening journey.
Also notice the creative use of the turntablist (dj) as an instrument. No showing off here, just an extra percussive and melodic element. Brilliant!
In this nice video Jaco Pastorius teaches basstechniques. He shows us what he practices and how he approaches a song. It’s a great watch even as a non-bass player and it opened up my ears for the richness of his playing. I always understand someone’s playing better if I know what he/she practices. Plus it’s really fun to see Pastorius talk. Contrary to his reputation, it seems like a nice guy.
It took me a while to realise what an amazing songwriter Thom Yorke, the singer of Radiohead, actually is. Analyse is a song from his solo album the Eraser. This acoustic version really brings out the great power of this modal song. The composition seems really simple, but the melody cries and sings in unexpected ways.
While I love all the weird musical sound design of the Radiohead albums from the last years, this ‘naked’ version shows that they only add to Yorke’s quality as a composer. The combination of experimental music with great lyrical power makes him one of the most important writers and musicians of our time.