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What… Another Album?
Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that I announced the release of Um… Uh… Gum Eh?, my first album of circuit-bent music? Yeah, it’s true. Just last month I released a studio album containing over an hour of original music composed on homemade instruments and circuit-bent electronic toys. Um… Uh… Gum Eh? sounds great, and I encourage you to get a copy and listen to it, especially if you’ve got nothing better to do than read this blog. It’s a great album if I do say so myself, but you will probably never hear the music on it performed live, because Um… Uh… Gum Eh? involved many overdubs and a lot of audio editing that make the music hard to reproduce in concert.
However, I do, on occasion, perform live as a musician, and today I announce the release of a new live album, recorded at three gigs I played at The Hemp Connection in Garberville over the past year or so. The album is called Live Electric Didgeridoo, so called because when I perform live, I play the accordion.
Really, I love the sound of the didgeridoo, and I’ve played didgeridoo for over a decade now. In that time I’ve developed my own unique sound which involves a fair amount of electronic processing, but I do it all in real time, while I perform. My electric didgeridoo performances have been well received, and I love the sound of this new album.
Here’s a few cuts from the album that will give you a taste it:
Here’s the cover shot of my new album titled Um… Uh… Gum Eh? released May 3 2013:
the cover is a parody of an old Pink Floyd album called Ummagumma
Here’s a couple of videos from Um… Uh… Gum Eh?
“I love the sound of electricity,” says John, “but modern, commercially available synthesizers really turn me off. The sounds they make invariably suggest music that I’ve already heard, and have no interest in recreating. Instead, for this album, I decided to create my own unique electronic instruments. These fall into three broad categories, 1) electronic instruments I created from scratch 2) electronic instruments created by circuit-bending electronic toys, and 3) acoustic-electric instruments created by adding acoustic-electric transducers to homemade noise-making contraptions. The album also includes a bit of didgeridoo and talking drum, and of course vocals, but other than that, every other sound you’ll hear on Um… Uh… Gum Eh? came from the instruments I created ”
For younger readers, and others who might miss the rather obscure musical reference, the title and album cover parody what is widely regarded as the worst (at least excluding the post-Roger Waters dreck) Pink Floyd album, titled Ummagumma, a double album originally released in 1970.
A careful observer, or anyone with nothing better to do, can spot many parallels between Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma and Tin Can Luminary’s new album: Um… Uh… Gum Eh? For instance:
Both albums contain a song about a guy who cuts people up with a sharp object:
Ummagumma has Careful With That Axe, Eugene
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has Mr. Whisker.
Both albums include songs about outer space:
Ummagumma has Astronomy Domine
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has The Saucer People Speak
Both albums have songs about knowledgeable beings:
Ummagumma has The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has The Orb of Omniscience
Both albums have long, spacy pieces where the only lyrics are “Oooh, Aaahh, and Ohhh”
Ummagumma has A Saucerful of Secrets
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has Interzone Transit Authority
Both albums include collections of unrecognizable sounds, combined with spoken words:
Ummagumma has Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has I Made A Collage
Both albums have song titles that reference Greek mythology
Ummagumma has Sysyphus
Um… Uh… Gum Eh? has Sirens of Space
While Pink Floyd is famous for using gobs of state-of-the-art music equipment, Tin Can Luminary recorded Um… Uh… Gum Eh? With instruments made out of tin cans, cigar boxes and second-hand childrens toys. “That’s the state of my art, extremely low-budget and uniquely handmade.” says John, “Even though Ummagumma is probably the worst Pink Floyd album, Um… Uh… Gum Eh? is undoubtedly my best album to date.”
“Does Um… Uh… Gum Eh? sound better than Pink Floyd at their worst?” John asks, then answers, “Yeah, I think so. Does Um… Uh… Gum Eh? Sound like Pink Floyd? Not really, but Um… Uh… Gum Eh? sounds great when you are really high. It’s a trip! Um… Uh… Gum Eh? will make you smile, take you on a tour of the cosmos and bring you to the brink of insanity, before safely returning you to Earth.”
To get your very own copy of either of these two great new albums, send $10 for each to:
P.O. Box 2301,
Redway, CA 95560