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Naviarhaiku212 – Under a winter moon

This haiku shared by Naviar Records this week seemed restless.

I've put the resulting track to video shot of an exhibit that uses dry ice to illustrate the release of gas.


Disquiet Junto 0316 El Segundo

After Marc’s email arrived, I listened to the tracks and began noodling along on my fretless bass. I’d wanted to use the fretless last week but the three-note chords were painful.

Benn DeMole’s track ‘Brother Lost’ appealed to me for the sparse notes and intense vibrato. Fretless seemed perfect given the tight intervals.

Then I realised it needed the fretless two-string bass that I’d bought last year and mean to use more often but it’s always more work and uncomfortable to play.

Putting that resonant kick-body near the sub was an experiment in generating unruly feedback that was filtered out. I’ve added some distortion so the bass might be heard on smaller speakers.

‘Brothers Lost’ by Benn DeMole and Bassling can be downloaded here

Disquiet Junto 0315 First Chair

The Junto this week asks for the first part of a trio.

I recorded a bass part at 81 BPM.

It starts E D C, then E G D. Then arpeggios through E G D C, I think.

There’s a bit that holds A B7 D, then it goes through the arpeggios again.

You can download this part here

Naviarhaiku209 – I am all ears

The haiku shared by Naviar Records this week led me to think of rice and listening.

As a result I went back to the folder of music from Ceylon that was part of the Disquiet Junto's Three Princes project, which I also used to make music for a toasted sandwich with weed and leftover curry.

The outcome was that I listened to music and looked for a way to contribute, settling on adding drums to Sunil Santha's 'Don Don Don Dontha'.

naviarhaiku208 – Considering the years gone by

Marco at Naviar Records describes the haiku shared this week as "more abstract than usual, but I think it’s a perfect conclusion for this year"

When I began contemplating the words, I imagined surveying the landscape of my own haiku. I reviewed those written each day this year and imagined striding through the results like a giant.

"In Giant Steps" is a dash through the prose I've written this year. It's the first spoken word response I've recorded for Naviar in a while.