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Doug Lauber's Blog – March 2009 Archive (6)

Mountain, LVB's 6th

My latest thrill is listening to Mountain's Nantucket Sleighride- mostly fantastic album, with a heaviness that swings, unlike later metal bands. Beethoven's 6th is sounding better and better as I get older. It's full of the usual cleverness, but without the bombastic quality, although he still plays the hero. I think it shows his best sense of 'balance' in terms of lengths of sections, lengths of moods and emotions. The way he slowly morphs one section into another is beautiful and works in an… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 31, 2009 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

electric Bass Guitar

...signed by Noel Redding.
Man, I'm rusty. Rather sloppy playing. Today I recorded various bass ideas for Osaka Suite, Part 1. It is a pleasure to play to music with a fantastic drum track. ...but, he's raised the bar for me.
I'll continue working on the bass track tomorrow morning.

Added by Doug Lauber on March 16, 2009 at 1:06am — No Comments


This morning I received the much anticipated drum tracks for Osaka, parts 1 and 3. Back to work...

Added by Doug Lauber on March 12, 2009 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Stravinsky and Bartok anyone?

Lately I've been listening to S's Symphony of Psalms and B's Piano Concertos. My brain is slowly adjusting to various degrees of dissonance.

Today, I'll continue work on Osaka Suite, focusing on the saxophone.(for part 1)
Part 1 - Fusion style
Part 2 - Orchestral, adagio
Part 3 - Heavy Metal

Added by Doug Lauber on March 9, 2009 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Mathis der Maler anyone? (Blomstedt)

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

I am now addicted to this composition/recording. The first two movements are perfect. The third is too scattered for my tastes.

Yesterday, I spent about 6 hours transforming the instrumentation for Osaka Suite- the new name for the 3-part composition, 'Equinox'. I have quite a few synth patches that I have never used in a recording, so I took the time to record a number of them, to be possibly used in lieu of the electric piano patch,… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 7, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

Tonight's Tune: Peter Gabriel's 'Red Rain'

Before retiring for the evening, I gave a listen to one of my fusion favorites. This recording contains a variety of interesting instrumentation, with a surprising number of synth patches, from spacey elec piano to ethereal ambient sounds. The power comes from an unusual sounding elec bass which possesses a lot of very low end without being muddy. The percussion performances are awesome, a real assault on the senses, with a 'world' busy style that is never too much, always tasteful. The… Continue

Added by Doug Lauber on March 5, 2009 at 11:33pm — No Comments

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