At the time I was begining to learn the ropes of being a musician/composer/engineer/producer (I am still a beginner in many aspects)
I made so many mistakes during these recordings...
I was using 2 ADATs and a Digidisign audio media 2 with a 25 Mhtz Mac !
I had no idea what dithering was so I was dithering the same tracks over and over
As time went by and I wasn't happy with the result, I would add some of the latest toys I had bought. I started these tracks with a Roland JV 80 and a Yamaha TX802. I used Battery for the drums and when Stylus came out I added some loops. I also used Reaktor for some percs loops and Pentagon 1 for some synth parts.
I had some of my friends come and play on these tracks:
Will Calhoun is doing a percussion track using a Korg Wave drum,
Ralph Bowen plays the tenor sax and the flute
John Swana plays trumpet and the EV
I play guitar
After leaving it alone for 2 years, this afternoon I brought up this tune that I never seemed to be able to finish. It's been 11 years now and I got sick of redoing it over and over...so I decided that I would just mix it with all its imperfections and come to a closure. That's it, no more. It's yours now.
I hope that you'll enjoy some of it, dated and all...
Great piece - I love the turns in it, and each instrument's solo made me think "this is the best part" then "no... *this* is the best part"... right now it's a dead heat between the muted trumpet and the synth. There's some pretty stellar playing and a vibrant mix.
Thanks for sharing this, especially after all this time. It's certainly reached a nice vintage!
Houston, if your favorites are the trumpet and synth solo then you are talking about the same guy: John Swana. He uses an EV (midi trumpet controller) to do the synth solo. I recall he had done an EV solo even better than this one but unfortunately I had forgotten to hit record
He is an amazing player based in Philadelphia.
Frank, thanks man. My fusion career came to a stop 8 years ago when a chronic case of carpal tunnel on both hands forced me out. Not being able to play 6 or 7 hours a day, I couldn't keep up with the very demanding discipline one has to subscribe to in order to keep up with all the great musicians out there.
Over time I switched to production and scoring. I need to catch up with you guys now
It's all good anyway and the fusion scene has dried up compared to the late 70's. I am totally in love with scoring for the orchestra and all the amazing possibilities we have at our finger tips these days.
What did it for me is that I would be practicing for 6 hours, then switching to the computer to produce my music for 6 hours, then to take a break I'd be playing video games for a few hours.
What an healthy, well balance life style! Not!!
Talk about serious hand abuse!
Anyway, I believe everything happens for a reason. Now, at 45, I am happier than ever. I won't be able to make the contribution to the world of guitar the way I intended to but there so many avenues to express oneself!
...and I can still play one hour a day without pain