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  1. My 2 cents to add some happiness (new song)

    https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/track/rescue-serpent

    I hope it lifts a spirit or two who might need it, brings some smiles, or at least some foot-tapping in these viral times. Recorded very quickly...
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    Hi Cat! Nothing fancy - the same routine...

    Hi Cat!



    Nothing fancy - the same routine whenever I copy something from a cassette: Plug my cassette deck into the A/D converter, play the tape to hear if the tape head alignment needs...
  3. That 10 CC piece back there in the first post is...

    That 10 CC piece back there in the first post is fantastic, very clever and funny!
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    Bob and Mike's old home recordings

    Some of you might enjoy some of these things dug up from my cassette collection. Includes a couple of proto-Thinking Plague pieces from 1979, a some Plague demos, a long improv piece, a bit of music...
  5. If it was a trio, they had a stick player and it...

    If it was a trio, they had a stick player and it was early 80's, it was almost certainly a group called Intuition. Does that ring a bell? Neither Mike nor I were in it but they were friends of ours,...
  6. And antibiotics! Man that took the pain away...

    And antibiotics! Man that took the pain away within a few hours. But for those several days before, all that typing and collecting the photos etc helped me not to focus on the dental agony.
  7. Indeed, pitchurs make it more better! It is...

    Indeed, pitchurs make it more better!
    It is rather a lot, but I finally had enough of the half-correct or decades out-of-date bits other people had written about me and my work, and thought some of...
  8. Bio with stories about recording T Plague, 5UUs, etc

    Some of you might enjoy it: here in my new and still-updating absurdly detailed bio I talk a bit about recording the Thinking Plague albums, Science Group, 5UUs, Knifeworld, obviously my solo stuff,...
  9. That's good, it's nice to leave something to the...

    That's good, it's nice to leave something to the listener's imagination. Other times it's nice (or fun anway) to leave NOTHING to the imagination!
    x
    BD
  10. New little album of piano/bass miniatures

    Here's some piano and bass tunes:
    https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/album/11-miniatures-for-piano-and-bass
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    That song and its video are definitely some of my...

    That song and its video are definitely some of my fave things ever! I only "discovered" Bonzos fairly recently (that means like 15 years ago by 62-year old standards, just YESTERDAY) and really enjoy...
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    Not bad! Halfway through our duo set though, I...

    Not bad! Halfway through our duo set though, I got a nasty "guitarist cramp" in the left hand and had to stop, so Dave did the last ten minutes or so by himself, taking requests which was quite...
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    Not offended in the least, you'd have to try a...

    Not offended in the least, you'd have to try a LOT harder :) I just explained why I don't like recording gigs myself,
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    11 Oct - gig with me and Dave Kerman

    In case anyone reading is in the vicinity of Basel Switzerland: On the 11th, I'll be doing a show with my old pal David Kerman. Includes some kind of art installation about which I have no idea,...
  15. Yes indeed! Each piece is based on a couple of...

    Yes indeed! Each piece is based on a couple of small themes, as you'll continue to discover.



    oh, which one did you get???

    xx
    BD
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    I will miss it! I attended every one of them at...

    I will miss it! I attended every one of them at Cap Découverte, except for one, when I was at home recording Knifeworld. (good excuse eh!) I really loved the isolated, unusual surroundings of the...
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    I did, he is quite amazed! I quote: "golly, who...

    I did, he is quite amazed! I quote: "golly, who knew??"
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    OK if I send that to Chris? BD

    OK if I send that to Chris?
    BD
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    It is, see my post just above. But Chris would...

    It is, see my post just above. But Chris would always be interested in any other recordings for future releases, especially good - sounding (makes my job easier!)



    Some of this is included.
    ...
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    I just sent the master off a few days ago, it's...

    I just sent the master off a few days ago, it's called.....prepare yourselves...."COW BONUS 2019".
    It has newly discovered recordings never before released, it's even got a late 60's pre-Cutler HC...
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    And I'm certainly glad they carried on, those Art...

    And I'm certainly glad they carried on, those Art Bears albums are wonderful!
    Chris also tells the story of how Art Bears came about here: http://www.ccutler.co.uk/rioartbearsff.htm#artbears
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    Good! Yes exactly. Yes it does,...

    Good!



    Yes exactly.



    Yes it does, very intentional! I wanted an overall clear, uncluttered and spacious "place" for the music, and I really love the silences. It always sounds good!
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    My new all-instrumental album available

    Hi, it's called The Gardens of Beastley Manor, The CD is available from ReR (rermegacorp.com), and soon from your fave distributor of ReR titles, and you can listen to and/or buy the download on my...
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    It was such fun making those, it reminded me how...

    It was such fun making those, it reminded me how much I enjoy making visual art, in my sloppy, spontaneous way. I hadn't done it for a long time. One thing I love about it is that it's something I...
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    It was a fun album, good tunes from James. Done...

    It was a fun album, good tunes from James. Done quickly with "live" rhythm section then overdubs. You can hear a couple of songs from it here:
    http://www.bdrak.com/sounds/others/nimby.htm
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    Sticky: Hi, my new all-instrumental album is released on...

    Hi, my new all-instrumental album is released on my personal Bandcamp page: https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/album/the-gardens-of-beastley-manor
    The CD available from www.rermegacorp.com, and soon from...
  27. Thanks Polmico! Hope you'll enjoy it. Amazingly,...

    Thanks Polmico! Hope you'll enjoy it. Amazingly, the 50 copies sold out in a few days! I'm currently making the 50 fabulous art masterpieces which will accompany it, as my glue-ey fingers sticking to...
  28. Preview and special edition of my new album (pre-order)

    It's my new instrumental solo album "The Gardens of Beastley Manor". Special limited edition (50 copies) signed by me, includes download/streaming and hand-made unique piece of "art".
    You can hear...
  29. Tracks from my new solo album, talk about this and that.

    I was the guest on Marina Organ's "The Other Rock Show" on 21 July, we played some tracks from my upcoming solo album "The Gardens of Beastley Manor", among other things, talked about music and...
  30. Thread: Lost Crowns

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    Hi Eric, About the bass parts - have you asked...

    Hi Eric, About the bass parts - have you asked Charlie (for those who don't know, the bass player) or Richard (composer) ? They're the only ones who could definitively answer anything about that. And...
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    tee hee..."almost like" :) Remember I'm also very...

    tee hee..."almost like" :) Remember I'm also very new to that whole scene, when I played there at the previous one I think most people hadn't heard of me yet. But also don't mistake my naturally...
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    My UK solo gigs for July 2019

    Depending on whether Brexit makes it harder to come and go, this might be my last UK solo tour-let:

    11: Brighton, The Evening Star, with Xylitol. Info: https://tinyurl.com/y6jtph6j

    13-14:...
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    Rickenbacker basses have a rubber mute at the...

    Rickenbacker basses have a rubber mute at the bridge too, adjustable with two finger-turnable screws. The mute on my 4001 was already dried out and hard when I bought it (1974) so I've never used it,...
  34. And on Saturday, an 'intimate' show at Clapham...

    And on Saturday, an 'intimate' show at Clapham Library:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-peter-blegvad-quintet-peter-blegvad-john-greaves-chris-cutler-bob-drake-karen-mantler-tickets-59278217745
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    That is indeed the "real" Emily.

    That is indeed the "real" Emily.
  36. One can "dissect" music and simply enjoy it at...

    One can "dissect" music and simply enjoy it at the same time, double the pleasure! When listening to music one part of me is examining every detail of the sound - wondering about the instruments and...
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    [QUOTE=Prehensile Pencil;888150]JACK BRUCE : ROPE...

    [QUOTE=Prehensile Pencil;888150]JACK BRUCE : ROPE LADDER TO THE MOON - from "Songs For A Tailor"

    BOB DRAKE: LYCANTHROPE - from Thinking Plague's "In This Life"

    Haha, hate to spoil the fun, but...
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    Hi Steve, what inspired me to want to do a...

    Hi Steve, what inspired me to want to do a "guitar instrumental" band with Lukas was this song he and I did on the second AA Kismet album in 2000:
    https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/track/nina
    That made...
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    It was the natural thing to do, as I felt I'd...

    It was the natural thing to do, as I felt I'd taken my usual way of working, which was based on picking up a guitar/humming a melody and developing that, relying on memory and working out the...
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    I placed that image on my FB page because I had...

    I placed that image on my FB page because I had been contacted - by what means I am not at liberty to discuss - by one of those ABC persons - whose identity I am also not at liberty to divulge - and...
  41. Thread: Lost Crowns

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    As flattering a compliments as that is: nods,...

    As flattering a compliments as that is: nods, shmods - I hear LOST CROWNS!
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    Sounds like your needs are quite modest, a laptop...

    Sounds like your needs are quite modest, a laptop should be fine. The one I've been using for my last several solo albums is maybe 10 years old, 64 bit Dell with Windows 7. Soild as a rock.

    RME...
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    Them too. I don't recall if Sanjay had also been...

    Them too. I don't recall if Sanjay had also been into Henry Cow, but like Dave and myself he had been a Yes fan. We were aware it was occasionally quite obvious but to quote Dave: "fuggit!".

    BD...
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    It's true that Dave and I had been very inspired...

    It's true that Dave and I had been very inspired by H Cow in the 70's, but we certainly weren't thinking of any particular song or sound when we did Roan or any other recording. Like everything else...
  45. Ditto Kavus and OP. I would also add that during...

    Ditto Kavus and OP.
    I would also add that during my solo tours throughout 2016-2018 in the UK I shared the bill every night in a different town with an endless variety of bands and soloists, mostly...
  46. Could be there are plenty of people like myself...

    Could be there are plenty of people like myself who never did make any money from their music, so in that regard, nothing much has changed. In fact I sometimes find myself feeling glad that I never...
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    Thanks. Once the idea for the map came along,...

    Thanks. Once the idea for the map came along, which was fairly early in the album's process, and I'd written the title song, it really stimulated the writing of the rest of the songs and lyrics...
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    I sure do, and always have. The way I usually do...

    I sure do, and always have. The way I usually do it is once a song’s skeleton is complete from start to end (that’s to say, a melody and guitar chords) and ready for recording, I record myself just...
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    It's a topic that interests me, I've known and...

    It's a topic that interests me, I've known and worked with musicians who couldn't read a note and those who could sight read fluently and everthing inbetween. One of the fluent readers was Fred...
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    Thank you, always glad when someone notices! My...

    Thank you, always glad when someone notices! My drumming is not at all flashy, mostly concentrating on the feel, so I wonder if it's often overlooked! I've spent a lot of time in my life working on...
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    That's what I meant when I said I felt it...

    That's what I meant when I said I felt it probably wasn't a sort of "instant wow" album, like perhaps Arx Pilosa and Lawn Ornaments were. But it's definitely part of the set of albums that began with...
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    I knew it was going to be possibly questionable...

    I knew it was going to be possibly questionable FOR A WHILE to some of the people who loved Arx Pilosa and Lawn Ornaments, and who might have been expecting another big exciting start, and knew...
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    Thanks Frank,and I think you see what I meant...

    Thanks Frank,and I think you see what I meant when I told you (I think I told you anyhow!) that, although it's impossible for me to say anything objectively because I know it so well, I had the...
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    OK the digital download version is all fixed and...

    OK the digital download version is all fixed and there should be an option to download the artwork, lyrics, credits etc. IF you bought it and didn't get any of that, please contact me and I'll send...
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    I also just found out from the digital...

    I also just found out from the digital distributor, there are NO CREDITS included. That's crazy. I've asked them to add the credits (about two lines of text) to the lyric sheet. Yes it's 99.9% me,...
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    And please note - once Morphius makes the...

    And please note - once Morphius makes the download version available again (it SHOULD have been yesterday), if it still doesn't include the artwork and lyrics, please email me and I will send them to...
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    You can imagine how frustrating it is for me to...

    You can imagine how frustrating it is for me to NOT be able to do anything about that sort of thing. I emailed Morphius (they run that Bob Drake bandcamp page, not me) to remind them to make it...
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    I do feel that these three latest albums are each...

    I do feel that these three latest albums are each a good step along the journey, obviously I am learning all the time and all energies aimed at refining and exploring whatever this thing is that I'm...
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    I have absolutely no idea how that kind of thing...

    I have absolutely no idea how that kind of thing works, but I would imagine it will be available again after the actual release date (3rd October). If you already bought the album, and you still...
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    It wasn't a big problem, just a little mis (or...

    It wasn't a big problem, just a little mis (or non) communication between ReR and Morphius which was quickly rectified. I didn't mean to squelch anyone's discussion of the album, for example :)

    BD
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