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After years of following an acoustic singer/songwriter guitar path, I've decided to go electric. Bringing loops, ebow and multi-stage delays into a largely improvisational mix that ranges from blissfully ambient to full-on psychedelic journeys in sound.

Breaking Light's latest tune is "Tin Man's Tears Flow"

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Fire in the Forest

We burned an old oak that was downed by Hurricane Ike.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wise Words

"To me, improv is a metaphor for life, it's not just a way to play music. It's a way of thinking about everything."
- Ken Shimamoto

from the HIO write-up in the FW Weekly

Trinity Arts Christmas show at Backbeat cafe in Dallas

A bit of a disappointment. My stage time was cut short, due to setup time and I had some sound problems. Too bad, it was a nice venue and a good sized crowd.

Lessons learned: No more playing short sets at these kinds of affairs, I need at least half an hour to get the juices flowing and develop ideas. Also need a proper sound check before hand.

On the upside: sold a couple cds and I preceded Doug Burr, who is a somewhat well known up and comer in these parts. So it may look good on the EPK. I was so frazzled I left without hearing his set tho, which was a mistake.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Last night at the Hemphill was cool. Thanks to Ken for inviting me out to play. Zeitmorder reminded these ears of the Andromeda Strain soundtrack, with a hint of Larry Fast. Interestingly, when I tried to look up "Hentai" at work yesterday, it blocked me due to obscene content. Searching at home, now I know why. The Orchestra put out a wild, chaotic noise, with the most diverse collection of electronics and homemade instruments I've ever seen. That is a complement.

Here's a 17 min. excerpt of my set, I had to chop out 6 min. of the loud stuff because the gain was set to high on the 'corder. So what remains are the sleepy parts.

Breaking Light at 1919 Hemphill

photo by Kat Shimamoto

Saturday, December 12, 2009

BL opening for Hentai Improvising Orchestra

I have been invited to precede Hentai at their performance at 1919 Hemphill on Saturday Dec. 19. I am very excited about that but I refuse to use exclamation marks to convey this. I start at 8pm. Come out and hear sounds you have never heard. See their virb page below.

HIO on virb

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Psychedelacoustic volume 5

Well my traditional annual end-of-year musical spew is assembled and ready for yer perusal! Doing something a bit different this year and instead of distributing dozens of shiny plastic coasters, I 'm offering the album as a zip file for you to download (or not). Note: THIS IS FREE. Instead of sending out Christmas cards or taking part in the yearly feast of consumerism, each year I assemble what I think is the best of my recorded output from the year, for better or worse.

Go here to download
Psychedelacoustic volume 5: