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  1. Four livestream shows this month over two weekends.

    In case you have nothing better to do at the appointed times, I'll be doing live shows over two weekends: April 17 - 18, and April 30 - May 1st.
    8PM CEST, on https://www.twitch.tv/bob_drake

    I...
  2. "Trained"...."untrained"....we were just makin'...

    "Trained"...."untrained"....we were just makin' music, man!

    BD
  3. Nimby was James Grigsby's music. I just played...

    Nimby was James Grigsby's music. I just played bass and sang a bit, did the recording.

    BD
  4. Neuroticdog: I used to do a lot of that sort of...

    Neuroticdog: I used to do a lot of that sort of chaotic construction recording in the 70's and very early 80's but nothing as large at the piece you mention, and can't say whether I will do more or...
  5. Thanks! I started playing guitar even before I...

    Thanks! I started playing guitar even before I played bass, so maybe 1970 - '71-ish. I learned a few basic chords from a Mel Bay guitar chord book, and like most musicians I picked up tips and ideas...
  6. It's Mark Fuller drumming on Etude for Combo, I'm...

    It's Mark Fuller drumming on Etude for Combo, I'm playing bass. And actually, drums was my first instrument, I started around 1969, and only first picked up a bass in 1972.

    x
    Bob
  7. Bob Drake & Mike Johnson interview about Moonsongs

    Klemen Breznikar interviewed us about Thinking Plague, the Moonsongs album, and other things. He wanted to do each of us individually, could have been more fun all together but there it is:...
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    I haven't heard the album since it came out in...

    I haven't heard the album since it came out in the USA in the early 70's, but I remember liking the vaguely somber, minor-chord sounding choruses in many of the tunes. Or am i imagining it...if time...
  9. Nick Prol, Ben Spees and me talking about music

    I (thought I) was just having a chat about making music with Nick and Ben, but it morphed into an interview:

    https://youtu.be/7Dt8-sMN_SY
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    Live on Twitch TV Sat 6 Feb

    I'll be doing a little live playing/singing on my new Twitch TV channel on Saturday 6th Feb, 8PM France time.
    https://www.twitch.tv/bob_drake

    It's generally kindof amusing, so if you've nothin...
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    Always glad to get a thumbs (claws?) up from a...

    Always glad to get a thumbs (claws?) up from a weasel!
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    That's lovely, thanks for the picture!

    That's lovely, thanks for the picture!
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    Hey yeah! As I was working on the final couple of...

    Hey yeah! As I was working on the final couple of songs for the album I finally moved our 1940's Hammond model A into my garage studio. It had been in another part of the house, the room where I used...
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    It's not "rock-ey" at all, if that's what you...

    It's not "rock-ey" at all, if that's what you mean, and probably my fave overall of Kavus' universe so far. Between maybe 2017-2019, we shared the bill at several shows, each doing our solo things,...
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    That's a GREAT question, and yes the CD includes...

    That's a GREAT question, and yes the CD includes the lyrics and a fold-out poster.

    Bob
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    NO WONDER, you're supposed to turn at KOKOMO!...

    NO WONDER, you're supposed to turn at KOKOMO!
    One you arrive, I hope you enjoy the album.

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    Certainly! Everything of mine is...

    Certainly! Everything of mine is listenable/downloadable here on my official bandcamp: https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/
    My bandcamp page downloads also always include all the album art/lyrics etc.
    ...
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    New solo album now available

    Hi everyone,
    My new solo album “Planets and Animals” is available starting today (my 63rd birthday incidentally!) either as a CD from rermegacorp.com, and of course your fave distributor of ReR...
  19. Hi Cat, thanks for showing my how to embed a...

    Hi Cat, thanks for showing my how to embed a youtube video here by the way!



    That's nice, I hadn't planned it or thought about that, it just comes out that way because I'm an old-fashioned...
  20. Two songs from my upcoming new solo album

    https://youtu.be/mh-s0FJIV-4
  21. Now that's quotable! x

    Now that's quotable!
    x
  22. Thanks Cat! I am definitely ignorant about how to...

    Thanks Cat! I am definitely ignorant about how to do that kind of in-line post-thing. I'll post another video on 22 November, in which that critter returns and plays two complete songs from the...
  23. Introduction to my new solo album Planets and Animals

    https://youtu.be/NQwz8zKXFJE
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    The song "Rainbow Demon" from the same album is...

    The song "Rainbow Demon" from the same album is another example of what you say. It's the same few chords over and over, but every time he goes from that Eb chord to the Bb chord it just gives me a...
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    One of my top favourite organists, often comes to...

    One of my top favourite organists, often comes to my consciousness when I'm doing an organ part.
    Check out the organ solo on this one (starts at 2:40) from 1973:
    https://youtu.be/kQl8VQbbb9E...
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    Love the way he could sit right back in the...

    Love the way he could sit right back in the groove in such a satisfying way, gave the music that chunky, swaying feel.

    BD
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    Very entertaining! So far I've enjoyed all of...

    Very entertaining! So far I've enjoyed all of these interviews. Even in cases like this one, where I am ignorant of the interviewee's work, it didn't matter, you kept me watching till the end! Frank...
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    Hi Sean, I've been enjoying all of these no...

    Hi Sean, I've been enjoying all of these no matter who it is you're interviewing, you are a very good interviewer!

    Bob
  29. Thank Kim, and indeed I chose that track as the...

    Thank Kim, and indeed I chose that track as the opening song because it leads in a bit easily, and as you say it gives the flavor leading into that world. Love using the banjo in a way not at all...
  30. It suits the tunes, and the generally open sound...

    It suits the tunes, and the generally open sound of the instruments. I wanted to make the bass sort of a feature here and there so left a lot of space for it. On the new album "Planets and Animals"...
  31. It might actually be a flange, or maybe frequency...

    It might actually be a flange, or maybe frequency shift, but I am also extremely curious to hear what he does next. We were talking about music a while back and he mentioned a MJ project he was...
  32. Allow me to direct you to its general vicinity,...

    Allow me to direct you to its general vicinity, over those hills, just past the architectural follies:
    https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/album/the-gardens-of-beastley-manor



    Thanks, it make me...
  33. Thank you Kim, I think it was the first of a new...

    Thank you Kim, I think it was the first of a new series, of which 2019's The Gardens of Beastley Manor was little detour into a different area. The current one "Planets and Animals" (about...
  34. It's funny because I actually never noticed the...

    It's funny because I actually never noticed the "Awaken-ey" resemblance in that guitar riff until years later when Kerman pointed it out to me! My vocals added to the "Yessiness" too, I was still...
  35. This story has been told before, but Weird Wind...

    This story has been told before, but Weird Wind started out as an attempt to be a completely new band, with Mike, me, Dave Kerman and Sanjay Kumar, but with Mike in Denver, and the rest of us at that...
  36. Video looking at my Lawn Ornaments multitracks

    Apologies because I originally posted this in probably the wrong forum ("What's on What's New") and I couldn't figure out how to delete it from there once I realized. So I've re-posted it here, ...
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    New EP "Suite for Notation Software"

    Some of you might enjoy:
    https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/album/suite-for-notation-software

    xx
    BD
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    My fave is "Recording the Beatles":...

    My fave is "Recording the Beatles":
    http://www.curvebender.com/rtb.html

    It's not "about the Beatles" exactly, there are plenty of books on that, this one is on the equipment, studios and...
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    I didn't know about Gong, but I used to do...

    I didn't know about Gong, but I used to do something like it in the 70's and early 80's, using a "Bib" LP record cleaner! The brush came in a metal case, with smooth, rounded edges and had just...
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    My live bass/singing show now on Vimeo

    I did a livestream show on 30th May, playing bass and singing live to backing tracks of myself on drums, guitar, keyboards and harmony vocals.
    A few special guest sonic cameos include a Thinking...
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    Here's the show on Vimeo if anyone's interested:...

    Here's the show on Vimeo if anyone's interested: https://vimeo.com/425375823
    Video quality not great as I have to stream very low-res due to my slow upload speed, but the sound is good!
    BD
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    My next solo streaming show 30th May

    For this one I'll be playing bass and singing live, along to backing tracks of myself on drums, guitar, organ, and harmony vocals. Afterwards I'll be happy to stay and "chat", since I can't respond...
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    OK it's next Saturday, 8 days from today. I've...

    OK it's next Saturday, 8 days from today. I've just made an official event page:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/519629712059707/

    xx
    BD
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    I hadn't heard her before she asked me to mix...

    I hadn't heard her before she asked me to mix this, and glad she did. Great vocalist and musician.

    BD
    www.bdrak.com
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    I don't know, I'm not very knowledgeable about...

    I don't know, I'm not very knowledgeable about FB, Until now I only used it for setting up gigs, and that's about it. As I said, my page there is public, so maybe that means one doesn't need an...
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    Live FB streaming house show 25 April

    I'll be doing that - playing live in my studio for whoever wants to tune in, on 25th April at 19:00 GMT +2. My "musician" FB page is public, I don't know if one would need to have a FB account to...
  47. 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...
  49. 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...
  51. 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,...
  52. 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.
  53. 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...
  54. 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,...
  55. 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!
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    BD
  56. 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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    BD
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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,...
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