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Re: Acousmatrix 1/2

On Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at 01:29 AM, samba - wrote:

>   Reichel's Daschophone is very much an acoustic instrument. He has 
> one of my favorite websites for visuals and fun navigation,the other 
> being Reed Ghazala's .He apparently also designs typographic fonts.
> Once  in the mid 80s  I was playing African music with a ten peice 
> marimba group and Epaht Mujuru  ( I don't recall if Dave Trenkel was 
> in the group yet  I think he was),at a festival at Reed college in 
> Portland.

Yeah, I was in the band by then. Amazing show, I felt pretty 
intimidated to be following Frith and Reichel. I think that you and I 
were the only members of the band who even knew who Fred Frith was. 
That show was my first exposure to Reichel, and I was astounded at the 
range of sounds he got, and also at how beautiful his instruments were.

> Reichel and Fred Frith had played earlier.I had a failry sculptural 
> multi percussion setup with  timbales and rototoms with fur attached 
> to the sides and car springs and bells and triangles and a 
> washboard,wierdly bent or curved stands and a pedal attached to a tank 
> of compressed air I would use in place of a crash cymbal Reichel and 
> Frith stood opposite me with their faces 2 feet  away from my set up 
> staring ,unblinking at me,to see what I would do I guess.They were 
> interested in the setup too ,but they seemed to be trying to unnerve 
> me.So I was saying stuff like 'I know who you are ,you don't scare me'
> insane second-fingerboard-behind-the-bridge guitar sounds absolutely
> extraterrestrial... oh, wait, that was electric, but sans effects it 
> still
> sounded like no guitar anyone had ever heard. What is the Wizard of
> Wuppertal up to these days, anyone know?