Archive for January, 2011


“Don’t Care if I Die” comes from the lyrics of  The Flip Flop Fly. My pal Peter (no, not Foot Foot) gave me this old mid-century Admiral radio and I’ve been fooling around with it ever since (Thanks, Peter), using its vintage sound for Tuna Mind Melt recordings. I’ve tried newer radios as well but this one is special. Sometimes I can get some nice AM waves happening and occasionally I’ll come across something the catches my ear like this old song did.

The recording of tonight’s session is wonky and there are some level problems that would require more serious mastering than I can provide with my limited time and means. It starts off very quietly and soon maxes out both stereo channels so don’t move too far from that volume dial if you don’t want to fry your speakers. Oh, and please use real speakers not just those on your laptop. They won’t catch everything.

Not sure what I think of Richard’s comment about Ray Manzarek on PCP. Nah.

Click on the line below!

TMM Jan29.’11

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The only comment I ever remember my mother saying about music I had written was: “I don’t understand it, dear.” And, well, there was another short response: “It hurts my ears.”  Yes, I distinctly remember her covering her ears at one concert. She had heard a piece for tape that was sequenced using an eighth tone scale and was of course full of dissonance. As I remember there were a fair number of high pitches, probably there to achieve a decent amount of difference tones–the sound produced by two frequencies which adds up to the difference between the two pitches–and it was the buzzing difference tones that caused the pain.  The recording below doesn’t exploit difference tones. But I still don’t think my mother would understand it.

Tuna MM. Jan. 22, 2011

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Tuna Mind Melt

We’re looking forward to the February 4th show at Somewhere There and are particularly excited about the imagery that Gab has chosen to project onto the screen. It’s really great stuff that we were lucky enough to get a taste of last weekend.

Looking forward to it.

Tuna Mind Melt Jan. 13th, 201, pt. 3

P.S. If you’re wondering what to click on, click the coloured text above for the MP3.

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