jim baker is an improviser based in chicago who focuses on the keyboard arts – pianos, keyboards, synthesizers. since the 80?s baker has played in numerous groups in chicago’s free improv scene. he has performed throughout the united states and europe and plays almost weekly with the group, extraordinary popular delusions. his activities as a writer / composer have been ongoing during the past twenty years, and some of his compositions have been recorded by steam and broken wire.
along with classical training in cello and piano, sarah ritch also played guitar and bass in several punk and metal bands between 1996 and 2003 in las vegas, nv. existing in two aesthetic worlds, sarah’s work ranges from improvisational noise to tonal notated music. she has been the composer-in-residence for chicago classical ensembles the millennium chamber players and anaphora, and regularly performs solo and with her free improv band, sound collision alliance.
this album documents the first meeting of these two chicago improvisers that went down on january 15th of 2013 at the surplus of options in chicago. sarah played electric guitar and cello and jim played electronic keyboards. the sound is: modem scratch. mechanical wood. tone bits. crushed fragments. surprise skree. atlantis shred.
PSYCHEDELIC FREEDOM – A hip wiggling, brain stretching, psychedelia sonic journey, bringing you through various intriguing soundscapes. A fusion of electronic dance music aimed for soul, mind and body. Perpetually exploring new ideas within the electronic dance music genre popularly called “psytrance” or “psychedelic trance”, Qubenzis Psy Audio offers a powerful musical journey, bringing you through both obscure and illuminated soundscapes. Psychedelic Freedom Ideology equals the by birth inherited right to be in charge of ones own mind. To freely explore your own mind without interference by external intruders of any kind. The right to remain loving, happy and peaceful within.
Album Data Name: Psychedelic Freedom Artist: Qubenzis Psy Audio Style: Psychedelic trance , Full On, Melodic, Fusion Label:LUA Records Sub-Label: Qubetech Net Pre Mastering: QPA Post Mastering: Alienature [LUA] Duration: 67: 49 Min Cover Art:www.creativity103.com (UK)
There was a strange Sound. Caught by Earthlings. Many Years ago. It seems to be a extraterrestrial Signal. Man tried to reproduce this luminous Waveforms to get in touch with the Source. But it never responded. Instead the Earthlings found out that these Waves had the power to connect themselves. They started to Produce more and more of these Sounds. The deeper they immersed, the greater was the effect. After decades of research and development, the man were then able to communicate entirely through Music. A Universal Language spoken and understood by everyone. A Language that not only describes us and our Environment, but also creates a totally new Reality the Moment it is spoken. No Questions – Just Answers.
Artwork by Melan Wastage Released under the Creative Commons License (by-nc-nd)
1. Nano Life (8:26)
2. Nano Age (Part 1) (5:14)
3. Outside The Body (4:49)
4. Nano Water (MuLab Version) (3:17)
5. Nano Age (Part 2) (5:43)
6. Nano Time (2:17)
7. Nano Harmony (4:57)
8. Nano Age (Part 3) (3:57)
9. Nano Sky (5:28)
10. Nano Saga (3:38)
11. Nano Guitar (3:50)
12. Nano Age (Part 4) (5:09)
13. Nano Fin (2:31)
14. [bonus track] Nano Water (NanoStudio Version) (4:48)
15. [bonus track] Nano Morning (Demo) (3:28)
‘Nano Life’ is a result of my experiments with the mobile recordings made outside studio. All 13 tracks were created and recorded in road conditions (in the subway and electric trains, in cafe, during walks in park and on travel). For record only the mobile equipment which always can be put in a usual bag or in a backpack was used: Dell XPS M1210 laptop (13″), micro 25-keys MIDI controlers / keyboards Akai MPK Mini and Korg NanoKey. For record of some compositions the virtual keyboard and Piano Roll from DAW was used only.
Also I wanted to make these records in mobile programs. For this purpose I used portable music studio’s NanoStudio and MuLab, and their internal synthesizers and tools. NO external tools! NO external VST! Only that tool kit which contain in NanoStudio and MuLab!
Thus, the genre of this album can be characterized as Mobile Ambient or Portable Music.
All records are made during 2010-2012.
I included some of these tracks in a concert mix of ‘Nano Age Live 2011-08-14′ (it is published on a network label of Ethereal Live), some tracks entered into promo EP ‘Nano Age’ (a label 45RPM-Records).
The considerable part of the tracks presented on this album is published for the first time.
As two bonus tracks are included in an album.
All tracks are remastered in 2013.
I express special gratitude Drillobit aka Faktor4 (Austria) which has created surprising visual images to some tracks of an album.
renée baker’s chicago modern orchestra project is revamping the traditional concert going experience by programming an eclectic genre mix, crossing grooves and roads where least expected. they look to build bridges between audience members of different backgrounds. part of their organizational mission is to adjust and transcend global viewpoints through ethnic human experimentation. to this end they seek out unusual and completely innovative scores from every genre of music – focusing on living composers.
nappy hair’s best friend, their first album for pan y rosas, is a document of a performance in lakeside, michigan in september of 2012. the album captures the performances of two pieces of conduction/comprovisations by aacm member renée baker.