HEY APATHY! THE STRANGE MUSIC Squeaking street cars, honking horns, the clopping of shoes through the stations and streets! The concrete symphony crescendos surreal, the sound of a city no longer asleep! In order to create original soundtracks for the HEY APATHY! online animations and live performances I started practicing group of musicians sometime around the fall of 2007. It was a really fun experience as we had an ever changing line up ranging from complete amateurs ( such as myself) all the way up to seasoned professionals. It was also interesting to note that we chose our parts depending on who was available for the sessions and often found ourselves playing instruments we had never tried before.
In 2009 we performed live music & painting on the runway of Gallery 1313’s annual Fantasy Fashion show and in the streets during Toronto’s Nuite Blanche Festival. In 2010 we created our first electronic score for the cartoons. This animation/soundtrack was designed specifically for outdoor video installation and featured on the exterior walls of 401 Richmond Street during the 2011 “white night” celebrations. Below are some animation tests and weird videos set to a sampling of our psychedelic soundscapes.
Spider Way Synthersizer Composition: This little tune was originally programmed as an electronic composition but we used it live performances too.
Live Loop Peddle Experiment: This was a solo track I made using a mic to loop various acoustic instruments over top of one another
Spider Way Live Jam: This wasan example with about 8 live musicians. We had a core group but there were always welcome drop in during our jam sessions.
Live Jam: Another example of our improvised jazz mix of electronic and acoustic madness from the weekly gatherings.
This is a longer live recording mixed with footage of one of the strange music jam sessions. We didn't record much video but I thought it would be cool to have some record of our experiments. This was one of our smaller gatherings and mixed a number of electronic rythmic loops with live bass, key boards, percussion, trumpet and flute. If you do take the time to listen to this pay attention to the bass live by Mark vanZyle, it's something else.
Mike DeCrook - drums, guitar, bass, percussion
Julii McMillan- flute, vibes, percussion
Narsen Osutei - drums
Mike Parsons- keyboards, horn,bass
Hunter Vaughan - iphone apps, kaosolater, flutes, percussion
Mark vanZyle - bass, drums, percussion
+ Nigel on drums