June 6th, 2009 talkingfox
A: The frog probably has a gig to go to.
One problem with playing such a specialized instrument as the didgeridoo is that the gigs available are pretty thin on the ground.
I really believe that that is mostly due to the fact that most didge players out there (at least in America) aren’t very good and so the general consensus is that all a didge can do is a pulsed drone.
Didge can be as rhythmically interesting as any drum…perhaps even more so due to the addition on growls, barks,harmonics and other vocalizations.
In the 20 years that I’ve been playing I’ve personally wound didge, both live and recorded, around : Trip-Hop, Flamenco, Celtic,country, standard rock, folk, electronica, dance, hip hop, Balkan , Bellydance and jazz. On the menu to the left there’s a link to my music…check the samples. The influences are as eclectic as I am.
I’m finding that I’m missing playing live with other musicians. I needs a gig!
Have didge, will travel.
April 16th, 2008 talkingfox
Another huge influence on my art has been music. I can’t work without it.
Each piece that I start is worked on to the same music, much to the consternation of room mates and spouses. Apparently, each painting has its own soundtrack.
It seems that an internal routine gets set with the music and I have an almost impossible time re-finding the mindset that I was working from when I stop working. I hate it when my my train of thought derails! Music serves me by blotting out external stimuli, which I have a hard time filtering.
Music also acts as a sort of emotional/ intellectual mnemonic device for me. It helps in keeping my work from becoming overly preoccupied with detail and stiff. In short, I can set aside technical aspects of art and ride on an emotional stream pouring out of the speakers.
A wall of sound protects me from the outside world and allows me to put my brain on artistic/autistic autopilot. This frees me to work as I see and at hand rather than dealing with niggling mental subroutines.
I tend to get utterly immersed when listening to music anyways, working or no. Sometimes my eyes roll back in my head and I cry unconsciously.
When I’m perusing new cd’s to purchase, one of the biggest criteria is “Can I work to it?”
which is , btw, one of the greatest compliments that I can pay any given album.
Currently in heavy rotation are:
Afro-Celt Sound System: Anatomic
Sound Track: Tout Les Matins du Monde Crappy film, GREAT performance by Jordi Savall
Tanzwut – Ihr wolltet Spaß Tanzwut are the boys from Corvus Corax plugged in
Gjallerhorn All albums. An awesome group of Swedes residing in Finland. As a didg player as well as visual artist, this stuff makes me crazy
In Extremo All albums. Another Mittelaltel Metal band from Germany, similar to Tanzwut
Mozart: Requiem Mass performed by the Wiener Philharmoniker