• Bunk Gardner: Sax solo
    Influences,  Music

    The Grandmothers at Porgy & Bess, Vienna

    This concert was billed as “The Music of Frank Zappa performed by Original Members of the Mothers of Invention”, which is a bit of a mouthful, but the band are basically the latest incarnation of ‘The Grandmothers of Invention’. Bunk…

  • VCS3 'Putney'
    Influences,  Instruments,  Music

    Paris in the Synthtime

    I’m just back from a week in Paris where I visited the fantastic Cité de la Musique, home to the Musée de la Musique with its extensive collection of instruments from centuries ago up to the modern era. The focus…

  • Great Hites

    The Robot Band

    There’s another story from me, now ready at Great Hites. This one is musical in nature, after a fashion, and puts a bit of a spin on the question “What kind of band would you hire if money was no…

  • Influences

    So Long Lonesome Cowboy Burt

    Jimmy Carl Black RIP 1-2-1938 to 1-11-2008 Another rock legend has left the stage… JCB was the drummer with the Mothers in their earlier days and stamped his unique sound onto some of the finest albums in the Zappa collection.…

  • The Lunacy Board

    Xenochrony

    One of Zappa’s favourite tricks around the “Joe’s Garage” era and beyond was the practice he called “xenochrony” or “strange synchronisation”. This involved him taking a piece of music (often a studio backing track) and overdubbing it with a totally…

  • Influences

    Whistlin’ Dixie

    I’ve had more than my fair share of hillbilly / redneck experiences in this last week – must be something in the air. Jerry Springer – The Opera At the start of the week we treated ourselves to a night…

  • The Deserters

    Eat Your Greens

    Track of the Week My Wee Green Buddy Week 13 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza. If you liked the ‘Yet Another Granfalloon’ pieces, then this short instrumental ditty should be of interest. It’s an earlier attempt at a similar…

  • The Deserters

    Yet Another…

    Track of the Week Yet Another Granfalloon (2nd movement) Week 5 of the grand mp3 download extravaganza. No, I hadn’t forgotten about this week’s tune, but some positive comments about part 1 of Granfalloon have inspired me to re-think my…