Tuesday, June 26, 2007

During his free time Dutchman Paul Panhuysen entertains himself by creating musical ensembles consisting of animals and gadgets, such as:

Then after getting these groups together he secretly records their jam sessions.

In my music I introduce both creatures and gadgets as independent and sometimes unpredictable musicians and fellow employees. I like to be surprised by the results of my productions.(P.H.)

Which brings us to the jumping beans. While strolling through the Zocalo market in Mexico City Mr. Panhuysen became so enthralled with the magical beans he hopped on a red-eye back to Eindhoven with a sack full of them. He tinkered patiently for weeks trying out various positions, techniques, and effects in order to maximize their musical potential.

For the first recording 16 jumping beans were placed in 8 containers made of various materials: reed, drumhead, bronze, plastic, enamelled iron, tin, aluminum, and wood. Clothes-pins were glued on piezo discs and used as contact microphones on each of the containers, which were placed on a sheet of soft foam plastic. The beans were activated by a halogen lamp over the table. The recording was made without electronic manipulation or human intervention.


For the next recording the beans were placed in the same fashion as before, but this time Panhuysen felt free to manipulate the volumes of the pickups. Finally Mr. P tossed the beans into 8 freshly-emptied wine glasses of different shapes and sizes and gave 'em a go. This recording was also made sans human intervention and manipulation. The highlight, if you can make it that far, comes at 17:50 when a ringing telephone makes a surprise cameo.

"Paul this is Marja are you drinking again?!?"

In closing, one can't help but feel for the poor beans, completely unaware they are performing for the entire world to hear and judge. They might have asked for a second take. It also begs the obvious question: what if we humans are mere jumping beans hopping around in a container making music for a supercreature we cannot see?


Sunday, June 24, 2007

From the album Conversations With The Silhouettes (1971)


Saturday, June 23, 2007

I love his pinky ring. And his sweater. And his blazer, and his sunglasses, and his beard, and well, every single thing about him.


Thursday, June 21, 2007

Saturday, June 16, 2007


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Kenny Smith - Foxfire (One More Day, 1975)

The best thing outta Cincinnati since Skyline Chili.


Saturday, June 9, 2007

Ben Sidran - Now I Live (Puttin' In Time On Planet Earth, 1973)

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Magnolia - Leave It All (LRS 102 Homemade Album Vol. III, 1978)

From a Louisville, Kentucky radio station's compilation featuring local bands.


Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Carman - Get Outta My Life

Carman - Spirit Filled Pizza

(From the album Comin' On Strong, 1984)

I was down to my last two quarters, and because I hadn't eaten since dawn or been to church since 1998, I had to forgo a copy of the Alice Island Band's rare private pressing for a slice of Spirit Filled Pizza.

I just hope Carman didn't get pepperoni on either of his blue & black shirts.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Monday, June 4, 2007

Jon Konteau - Play The Game Again  (I'm With You, 1981)

So cheesy but sooo good.


Saturday, June 2, 2007

Made from the following:

  • Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride (instrumental version) (1984)
  • Larry Young - Spaceball (from Spaceball lp, 1976)
  • Family of Percussion & Archie Shepp - Here Comes The Family (from Here Comes The Family, 1980)
  • Slim Gaillard - Laughing In Rhythm (Slim Gaillard 1947-51)
  • Shooby Taylor - Tell Me Your Dreams And I'll Tell You Mine (Unreleased Recordings)
  • Diego Cortez - You Pay (from the soundtrack of the film POISONING, 1975)
  • Jonathan Borofsky - Take Your Dreams (from Artsounds, 1985)
  • Sam Sacks - Hi Lili Hi Lo (from Sing It Again Sam, 1961)