The last in a series of three. Enjoy!

Up next? Not sure yet.

This video short by Colt Jenders explores the phantasmagorical land of baked beans and jellyfish. Lovingly prepared and slowly simmered for hours in a mild but flavorful tomato and molasses sauce, these beans have been meticulously quality tested by only the best mid-twentieth century housewives. Eaten hot or cold, nothing else quite compares to the iron, fiber, and protein (not to mention taste!) packed into a single can of baked beans and jellyfish. Even children (young and old) with particular and discerning tastes will just love these delicious beans!
As a special promotion by your much beloved baked beans company, each can of beans purchased comes with a gender-neutral doll. Youngsters across every fair nation will be ever fascinated by such artistry in plastic. Underclothing worn by the dolls is of only the finest woven cotton. Each doll is adorned in a handmade kilt whose wool is produced by the world’s most deluxe sheep located in a secluded village north of Glasgow.

***Warning: visual or olfactorial consumption of these beans may cause hallucinations of iridescent glass-like invertebrates and incessant noise created by the one and only Tuna Mind Melt. Consume responsibly.

Those of you who were at Somewhere There in Toronto last winter may remember seeing this video while Tuna Mind Melt played live. But if you weren’t there (or if you were and you’d like to see it again), here is the first of three videos!!!

Colt Jenders did a stunning job with the images. I only wish my tiny screen was bigger. Maybe it’s time for a projector. The music will sound familiar. It was posted here a few days ago.

A Synopsis? Why of course!


Behold this interpretation of a Japanese primordial test-tube journey into the oracular life of fish large and small.  In homage to the psychedelic era, Auto-Aquaramatic Hallucinogenome explores the mesmerizing, somnambular, and sometimes pseudo-volcanic underwater life at the Osaka Aquarium. Mainly edited in-camera footage processed using computer-generated filters is married to an improvised off-the-floor Tuna Mind Melt soundtrack. Here, image and sound seem uncannily synchronized despite the chance determined union of sonic and visual elements.

Happy viewing.

Originally this was performed with Narwhal at Mitzi’s Sister in Toronto some years ago to a very enthusiastic crowd. Here is the studio version which followed not too long after. I dug this up from the vaults while looking for other non-related CDs.

The track features Catherine on vox, Richard on guitar, Nicole on DX7, and John on bass.


Chenille Tartar

Gotta Get

Gotta Get

This is an oldie but a goody. Catherine on guitar, Richard on vox, Nicole on keys. Predates Tuna Mind Melt.


“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

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

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.

Tuna Mind Melt will be performing at Somewhere There as part of the Leftover Daylight Series of improvised music. For this show, TMM will consist of Nicole Marchesseau on one-thing-or-another and Richard Benedict on guitar. We will be joined by filmmaker Gabrielle Gillespie who will be providing projected images during the performance.

Hope to see you there!

coming soon…

Tuna Mind Melt…

Stay tuned but shhhh, don’t say anything.