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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"

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Dunn Bros. in Keller, Tx. 2/26/10

Apparently nobody in my acquaintance wants to trek to North Tarrant to see my little guitar show. Frankly I can't blame them, the traffic sucks on 35 on Fridays. Thanks to Ross for sitting in on flute and bringing half a dozen of his peeps. Made the evening very enjoyable in spite of starting late (due to said traffic). Several patrons who were there stuck around too, I must be slacking on the weirdness factor. But there were several compliments which made me feel fuzzy. I think Ross' playing does add a different dimension to my meanderings, makes it a bit more accessible to some folks.

As always, recorded the proceedings. Sending the result in as an RPM Challenge album, why the hell not? After alot of eq'ing, compressing and denoising, it's almost listenable!

Monday, February 22, 2010

RPM Challenge 2010 a success!

Yessir I'm done. Yesterday I finished up the last tune and did a rough mastering job. I'll sit on it a few days for tweeking, then send it off. It's an instrumental guitar album, ended up with five acoustic fingerstyle pieces, 2 kinda jazz pieces, 2 ambient things and a psych-blip tune (the obligatory filler track). The lowdown:

The Standing Baba - The melody here came to me in a waking dream the morning of Feb.1. I wanted to do something along the lines of Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross", a slow instrumental with dual lead lines.

Running Past Minor - I've played alot with DADF#AD guitar tuning but never dropped the F# down to F to make it a minor unitl this.

Roko-Kun - Used Michelangelo's free rhythm track "Roko" and ran it through some filters to make this shortie I've had described as Barry White meets Santana.

Much is Seen...Nothing Revealed - Open tuned improv, with some live looping and ring modulation. The "clean" track is in the left channel, and the "effected" track in the right.

Cloud Gate - Trying my hand at some tapping. Lots of Patrick O'Hearn influence here.

Ofelia Comes Home - About a kitty cat we recently adopted.

Jack's Gone - Primitive American guitarist Jack Rose passed away suddenly last December. He was only 38.

Sun on Snow - It snowed here on Feb 11 (my birthday!) and broke all the records. A deliberate attempt to sound like Doug Sparling, an RPM/alonetoner whose been a big influence this past year.

My Flimsy Valentine - a "psych-blip" track using an iPod sequencer app for the foundation. Layered guitar weirdness over that.

Dinardo's Nails - This is the only tune I did not compose this month. Been playing this for many years, but never properly recorded. Probably still not....
Dinardo was a high school buddy who grew his thumb and index fingernails long, and it weren't for guitar picking.