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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Painted Valley

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Portland, OR

Play the music, not the instrument.
Mar 20th, 2019 02:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

In 2008 I got together with two of my friends to play music. Our goal was to figure out how to simultaneously compose, arrange, produce, play and record music. Or more succinctly: "Someone starts playing, and music happens."

By 2012, the anticipated spontaneity had started to kick in. It didn't happen all the time, but it was really cool when it did. Over the next year-and-a-half, we accumulated enough of these spontaneous improv tracks for an album; we released that on Bandcamp as "LCW: Uncharted 1" in 2014, by which time we had nearly enough material for "LCW: Uncharted 2", which we released six months later.

As we kept doing this, we improved. There were fewer and fewer unpublishable tracks. By the Spring of 2018, pretty much every session became an album.

We get together to record a couple dozen times a year. As I write this, LCW has ninety-seven full-length releases (over four days' run-time, 24/7) on Bandcamp.

I thought that the linked track, "Painted Valley", could serve as a gentle introduction to LCW's music. Like many of our tunes, it builds upon an intro; this one turns into a bouncy little number with some surprising twists and turns.

I hope y'all enjoy it. :)

P.S.: There's a description of our recording setup in my profile.

LCW: Painted Valley

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Ocala, Florida

Blowing bubbles
Mar 20th, 2019 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Listening now. Very cool. Since it's improv I'll make up my impressions as I listen, hah!

One part Cream, one part Doors! It would indeed be Doorsy with some keyboard. Would make a fine soundtrack.

I have a friend/former bandmate that plays in such an experimental-make it up on the fly bands. They gig without a set list, just plow into the format: Drums, bass, guitar and frontman who plays harp and writes spontaneous Stream of consciousness lyric/rap/melodic lines. The groove is funky and R&Bish.

Lots of respect for anyone endeavoring into this thing. My sphincter is tuned too tight to try something like this, lol.

Thanks for sharing.

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Portland, OR

Play the music, not the instrument.
Mar 24th, 2019 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, littleuch. It's always fascinating to learn what other folks hear in LCW's music. :)

I always wanted to play music this way, but never knew how. Tried studying jazz for a while; that helped fill in a lot of the pieces of the improv puzzle. Ultimately, it took just trying a bunch of stuff to find out what works and what doesn't.

I'm not good at memorizing. I never enjoyed playing covers... I'd always think "what if I changed this...?"

(This message was last edited by TieDyedDevil at 02:43 PM, Mar 24th, 2019)

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