Alan G

electronica, experimental from Victoria BC
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Alan G
"Alan Gara"

Instruments: Knobs and Dials, Turntables, Composition/Songwriting, Guitar, Ableton Live, chapman stick, synths, didj, hand drums, trombone, details
Goals: writing and producing an album per year for the rest of my life.
I'd also like to find some like minded electronic musicians, or other didj players to jam with soon. I'm open to working with dance or theatre groups that are into improvised music, or anyone who wants to open the fake book and riff on some jazz standards.

Influences: Mostly guys I've met in coffee shops. Right now I seem to be listening to Autechre, Ganga Giri, Square Pusher...and I'm always drawn to anything psychedelic: 60's, surf, techno/trance, Dr. Zeuss, didj etc.

Bio: I think I can say that I'm pretty close to mastering Ableton's Live 6. My favourite thing to do is write songs contrasting mechanical elements such as sequenced samples, with improvised melodies, and random chance elements. I currently play the didj daily, and work on my chapman stick playing, and guitar occasionally.
In the past I've studies jazz guitar and compostion at Humber College and graduated in Recorded Music Production at Fanshawe College. Don't hold it against me, I've forgotten most of what I learned. I also played in a folk/punk band in the 80's and have had several lame but fairly well paying dj gigs over the years.

About the songs:

Bowlsong is one instance of a Live Set I've put together and done a series of variations with. I built a 16 track sequencer in Live, that randomly changes some parameter (in this case pitch) every bar. There is a different tibetan singing bowl simple in each step of the sequencer. The drums are played by a random probability grid that plays differently each time the set is launched. The didj was recorded live in my bathtub.

Following The Smoke: a direct to disc one take improvisation using a chapman stick and my Yamaha AN200 analog modeling synth.

Junglethump: One afternoon recently I decided to start writing "anything" and finish it by midnight. This is what came out.

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