Andy wrote: "wow, Can't believe you don't love the prepared piano stuff. ..............kind of gamelan mutates into Eric Satie....." Oh, my bad, Andy. I LOVE THE PREPARED PIANO STUFF TO DEATH!!!!!! Am I shouting? Why yes, I am. Seriously, it has had an enormous impact on the way I play music. I am so into 'preparing' anything from traditional trapset drums (where i have tried every single type of substance to get alternate sounds out of drum heads and cymbals) to my toy guitars and basses. My latest thing was inspired by a very, very young and brilliant student, Elias, who is the son of the wonderfully talented couple Rick (made custom guitars for everyone from Linsdey Buckingham to Prince) and Jessica Turner (a wonderful child musical educator) he asked me about a couple of piezo pickups that I bought for cheap for triggering samples from acoustic drums. He took the piezo , turned up loud and then held it against one of my beautiful resonant brass candy dishes so that the pick up itself was the vibrating resonator. The vibration of the bowl 'buzzes' the pickup...........add to that the feedback from amp proximity and you can play both that resonance (hold it harder agains the bowl and the buzzes are more frequent, away and they slow down and last longer) and the feedback which both interact. It's hard to control but I want to just improvise for a half an hour and then cut it all up and loop it in the computer. He's got me trying this technique with all kinds of sounds now, including the new Door-Stop-A-Phone that my father just built me (9 different sized door stoppers on a resonator/guitar like body). Yeah, the prepared piano stuff................so cool. Matter of fact, there was a very creative artist owned warehouse in Santa Cruz for a long time and they had a huge and very fucked up sounding board from an ancient grand piano. They just had it standing up against one wall and I use to love going in their and 'playing' it. I always wanted to record a piece on it but the city tore the damn thing down before I could. Yeah, the prepared piano stuff. how could I forget that stuff? Like you say, Reich meets gamelan.