Author: playingintongues

  • “World” confirmed via new playlist add

    When a world music playlist on Spotify picked up “For My Wife” it was a clue that the slot to pitch my music into was *world*, not ambient, Americana, or ambient western. That same day I went looking for playlists along the lines of world+electronic or ambient+Indian. Playlist pitching is always always always a brutal…

  • I’ll be danged, I’m WORLD

    My collab track with Fastus was added to SeeHear Recording’s “World Fusion” playlist. I thought of this as Americana + ambient rather than “world”, but those are my own blinders. Listeners know what they are hearing! Their email to me: Playlist: Track: https://thereisonly.bandcamp.com/track/for-my-wife-after-we-had-a-fight-on-our-anniversary-fastus-remix

  • How is very short music useful?

    I don’t know what my tiny-scrap miniatures will be good for. One possibility is bumpers in between segments of a podcast, radio show, or film. Another is little palette refreshers in the middle of a playlist, like pickled ginger between bites of sushi.

  • Other people’s music: Ether Diver

    I came across another musician who prefers to live on the open web, outside of the clutches of the silos: Ether Diver. Here’s where you’ll find the music of the Ether Diver. For the time being it is (essentially) Bandcamp exclusive, with a few preview tracks and music videos here and there. YOU WILL NOT…

  • If nothing else, learn

    People tell you they don’t like a piece by ignoring it. Reactions to release of my ultra-short music video yesterday were non-existent, and I promoted it pretty hard. One close friend who I really pushed for a response asked if my intention was something like a super trendy restaurant that serves you a big plate…

  • Soundtrack for a GIF

    One of my favorite feeds is California Landscape Bot, “a real time portrait of California brought to you by the alertca.live network,” which generates GIFs from video cameras monitoring landscapes for wildfire. The GIFs are super short, less than ten seconds. I picked one I love, all 8.1 seconds, and soundtracked it. Like any miniature,…

  • nnn…co

    I came across another openweb musician blog today, nnnnnnnn.co. It is also a landing page for a musician with a taste for abstraction and background in open source engineering. What keeps me out here beyond the wall, no matter how isolating it is, is an aversion to the controlling ways of businesses like Soundcloud. It’s…

  • Chompi + Roland 404

    I did an acoustronic jam in the park in Beacon NY today. My jam partner was Ben Sergentanis. He played a well worn Roland 404 sampler and a pre-production Chompi looper. I played resonator guitar through a Hologram Microcosm. Ben’s set was built around beats sampled through the 404. They were well curated – clever…

  • Moral operation of a music service (RP)

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  • Why jazz vocals are cringe

    As a guitar player who loves some jazz, I am sad that jazz guitar is mainly bad. Breezin‘? More like cheesin’! OMG funny. Even the absolute best jazz players are 80% weak. Wes Montgomery’s recordings are mainly easy listening. Pat Metheny is unacceptable at all times. John Scofield? Dude. I have listened closely to all…