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mash hits vol. 1

by bruce hamilton & friends

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raar 03:05
glibs 04:12
rome 06:29
convermash 01:59
doorbler 05:48
loose ends 01:28
chunka 03:36
emu lunaire 02:05
fria 03:26
qua 03:22
cousins 01:20
glassloops 02:44
dronedrift 04:56


An album of experimental mashups culled from 'ImprovFriday' events, 'society For ShortY new music' collaborations, and Facebook sharing.

Remolding preexisting material has become one of my favorite musical habits of the past three years. Most of these works were created during ImprovFriday, a weekly online event where folks typically post brand new works or improvisations and can expect to have them mashed into new pieces by others within hours. The process of creating works on the fly is very challenging but also immensely fun. In my own case, not every mashup will succeed to the same degree but there are always some I end up loving as compositions (featuring my talented friends).

As with my duo collaboration album “duopoly” there are multiple approaches involved when making these. Some mashes are fairly hands-off, letting the component pieces speak for themselves, revealing accidental (and coerced) musical connections between often disparate sources. In other mashes I may edit and process the tracks almost beyond recognition. Sometimes I add my own instrumental contributions; and sometimes my mashups contain other mashups or online jam sessions.

This album is dedicated to my collaborators, whose audio contributions served as both the inspiration and raw materials for these tracks.

All tracks - Bruce Hamilton: editing, arranging, processing, mixing, mastering

1. raar
featuring Jeff Fairbanks, Kavin Allenson, Norbert Oldani
2. glibs
featuring Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Paul Muller, Adam Kondor, Bruce Hamilton
3. rome
featuring Paul Hertz, Benjamin Smith, Glenn Weyant, Steve Moyes, Peter Thörn
4. convermash
featuring Paul Muller, Jérôme Poirier, Jude Cowan, Chris Vaisvil, Roger Sundström
5. doorbler
featuring Steve Layton, Peter Thörn
6. loose ends
featuring Steve Moshier, J.C. Combs, Greg Hooper
7. chunka
featuring Norbert Oldani, Kavin Allenson, Roger Sundström
8. lightness of bleeping
featuring Jeff Duke, Steve Moshier, Benjamin Smith
9. bonfire machines
featuring Chris Becker, Paul Muller, Lee Noyes, Bruce Hamilton
10. emu lunaire
featuring Jan Civil, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen
11. fria
featuring Jérôme Poirier, Lee Noyes, Shane Cadman
12. qua
featuring Don Bplaektree, Jérôme Poirier, Gerald DeGroote, Roger Sundström
13. curtains (electric sheep)
featuring Roger Sundström, Adam Kondor, Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Bruce Hamilton
14. trio procession
featuring Steve Layton, Shane Cadman, Greg Hooper
15. mettle/meddle
featuring Roger Sundström, J-P Kervinen, Jim Goodin
16. cousins
featuring Jeff Fairbanks, Steve Moshier
17. line pumpercar
featuring Steve Layton, Peter Thörn
18. glassloops
featuring Jeff Duke, David Perreko, Bruce Hamilton
19. dronedrift
featuring Steve Moshier, Peter Thörn, Anonymouse, Don Bplaektree

[more track information in PDF and track info fields above]


released January 21, 2012


artwork by Miles Hamilton-Sommer




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