Deaf Sharp

Recording with Phillip Greenlief and honeybrandy at Big Ego Studios, Long Beach

I’m late posting this, but take a listen to the new LP by Virginia-based ambient electronic duo honeybrandy, joined by Chris Schlarb on guitar, Phillip Greenlief on woodwinds, and myself on trumpet. We made this down at Big Ego Studio in Long Beach earlier this year, and it all came together so beautifully. I’m especially fond of the last track…


Double Blind – Signal Out

signal out

Here’s a recording I participated in some time back, now available as a free download on Glenn Bach‘s MPRNTBL label. Other contributors include Bach, Dale Kaminski, Michael Raco-Rands, and Marco Schindelmann. Some background info:

On Thursday, September 18, 2008, Double Blind performed a live interpretation of Wounded Speaker. Divided into two sets of smaller groupings of the ensemble, plus a third set by the entire group, the improvised performance of Wounded Speaker took on new life and directions possible only within the context of a live, improvised performance.

Unfortunately, the Sony ECM-MS907 condenser microphone malfunctioned during the recording of the first two sets, resulting in an audio file marred by a consistent “on-off-on-off” stutter (with dropouts apparent in the final moments of the third set, as well).

As it turns out, Joseph Richard Negro videotaped the concert as part of his live video manipulations, and he provided an audio documentation of the first two sets as captured by the camera’s built-in microphone.

In the spirit of Wounded Speaker, Double Blind revisited the “failed” recordings in an attempt to recuperate the inherent promise of the original performances.

My contribution (heard on tracks 2 and 4) was a remix of the original Wounded Speaker audio, processed in real time on my Max/MSP rig. Bach edited and mixed together submissions from all the participants to create the final product. It’s a fascinating concept and well worth a listen if electronic music is your thing.

G.E. Stinson + Kris Tiner Duo

Brought legendary LA guitarist G.E. Stinson up to do a series of workshops for my students at Bakersfield College on Tuesday. Directly afterward we played a duo set at Dagny’s – G.E. on guitar, effects, and laptop beats and me with the new electric trumpet rig. I’ve played with G.E. before in various trio and quartet combinations as well as in a few large ensembles, but what a blast to try to keep up with him in a duo – the man can definitely throw down some sound!

Thanks to Frank Maccioli (who also wrote a nice preview of the show) for taking these pics…

Don’t Hesitate to Change Your Mind


Kikuchi's percussion/electronics setup for the Stratostrophic session

Don’t Hesitate to Change Your Mind was written for the Empty Cage Quartet in 2006. It was premiered and recorded in Los Angeles in July, 2006 and released in 2007 on the CD Stratostrophic (Clean Feed Records CF103) – that recording is embedded below. A three-part video from the premiere performance at Cafe Metropol in Los Angeles is posted on YouTube: part 1, part 2, part 3.

Originally the composition was designed to feature the acoustic quartet plus two overdubbed tracks of electronics: one to process the percussion and another for the horns. Once the music began in the studio, however, it became clear that drummer Paul Kikuchi’s immensely gorgeous sound palette of drums, gongs, metal bowls, and amplified hand-made percussion instruments with applied electronic effects (ring modulator, delay, etc) were enough to supply all of the “extra” sound that was needed to make the composition work. There are at least two channels (panned L-R) of Paul’s electronics in the final mix (in addition to his acoustic percussion); in some parts a third channel of electronics (panned center) was added to create a more dense sonic field.

The parts for the acoustic instruments are based on several permutations of phrases inspired (rather indirectly) by Woody Guthrie songs. Periodic thematic sections for the full ensemble give way to several instances of structured improvisation for different instrumental configurations within the quartet.

Download PDF: Don’t Hesitate to Change Your Mind (score + composition notes)

Excerpt – Don’t Hesitate to Change Your Mind

Don’t Hesitate to Change Your Mind by kristiner

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