Thursday, September 30, 2010


At the end of the sixties Miles Davis, who had started playing second trumpet to Dizzy Gillespie, was pretty much the center of a new musical cult called fusion.  He used his musical clout to start mixing parts of jazz and rock with bizarre sounds produced by some of the newer recording techniques and equipment.  He later went on to collaborate with Michael Jackson, and then he apparently stole MJ's hair:

Somewhere along the way he hired and eastern European accordion player named Joe Zawinul, who went on to become my synthesizer hero.  Here he is playing "Birdland" with his band Weather Report in the 70's. 

I like instrumental music with melody lines wandering around between driving drums and bass.  Below is an attempt of mine at a fusion-ish track with drums, synth bass, electric piano, and an analog-sounding lead synthesizer.  As always, there are some incoherent bleepity-bloopity things in the background for good measure.

Monosodium Glutamate by are.kay.more

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