Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

New Twang -- "On the Canals"

Here's one that pairs acoustic guitar and electric gourd, along with a bit of harmonica, over a nice bed of upright bass and brushed snare.

Monday, March 3, 2014

New Twang -- "When We Were Green"

Here's something from the lighter side of Twang Darkly -- new music from ongoing recording sessions, featuring the acoustic gourd, some old fashioned mountain dulcimer, and bit of oil can guitar. All made just so , of course, with the righteous Joel and Troy rhythm section. Twang keeps the new music coming!

The percussion instrument Troy's playing in this one is a pine tongue drum I built with my father back in the 80s!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Electric dulcimer trio jam -- "Delving"

"Delving" is a tune from my 2008 album Dulcimers Are Go, that I've never played live before, as it was originally performed on chromatic strumstick, a rather quiet instrument for which I have no good amplification. Since it's kind of a fun tune that I miss, in the lovely and haunting Mixolydian Flat 6 mode, I decided recently to drag it out and start performing it with Twang (updated -- 2/22/2014 -- I remixed the video and recording with their parts).

It turns out to work pretty well on my electric chromatic dulcimer, I think...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Martian Archaeology -- gourd music!

So I spent some time getting the gourds in actions tonight on a new composition, "Martian Archaeology." It's a weird place to go with a dulcimer, in that it's a modal take on the whole-tone scale.

The flute used at the end of the tune is a whole-tone bamboo model built for me by Fantasy Flutes.

The sculpture in the video is more stuff from our friend Steve Zihlavsky. I've filmed some of his work before, for our tune "Skinwalker."

Monday, December 2, 2013

"Ravens Ask Their Questions" -- chromatic dulcimer music ...and a new gourd dulcimer

Here's the debut of the newest instrument constructed here at Twang R&D -- the chromatic gourd dulcimer.

I've been using my electric chromatic dulcimer (also used in this video) for a while now, and it needed an acoustic friend for recording. Building an acoustic instrument is quite a bit more work than a basic electric, but the sound of this new one, with it's lovely white ash top, has more than rewarded the effort.

Here are a few construction snaps. I call her Moya, by the way. Some of you will know why.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

"Skinwalker" -- from new album Modal Creatures

Inspired by Clifford West's artful documentation of Harry Bertoia's sculpture, I recently visited Twang-friend and artist Steve Zihlavsky to film some of his abstract artwork.

The footage I garnered made a perfect companion piece to Joel's abstract drone piece "Skinwalker," from Modal Creatures. Joel created the original bed of sound here on 4-track cassette recording of layered accordion and Freeze Pedal guitar; Troy and I layered up some extra stuff including charango, bass guitar, electronic drums several months later for an unusual Twang paste-up.

Friday, November 1, 2013

New Twang Album: Modal Creatures

Chock full of dulcimer, gourd, and flute goodness, our epic new album Modal Creatures is ready for you! At 16 tracks, it features 52 minutes of new music.

It's available in download and CD editions.

Your purchase supports original music, and will also provide you some fine music for chillin', ridin', grillin', or any of those other things you do while diggin' tunes! We didn't Kickstart or Indiegogo this album; we just went ahead and made it! It's a real product today, and you can have it!