Music of Darrell DeVore at Tapewarm
(Just so you know, folks, the links on this page stopped working, so I removed them. So, there’s no actual music available here, just an old post about music that used to be out there in the ether. If I can ever hook it up again, I surely will.)
I just got a surprise email from Gene Maruszewski, one of the nicest and most interesting guys that I’ve had a chance to meet (these qualities don’t always go together). I met Gene way back in the day when I used to work at Salsa Cycles (when it was still a small, independent company), putting together quick releases. For awhile Gene ran what was unequivocally the coolest bicycle atelier in town. It was called The Lab and it specialized in the obscure, the interesting, and the handmade. The Lab was decorated with — appropriately — strange quasi-scientific objects and electronic instruments that looked like they might have come straight from one of Universal’s sets for a Frankenstein movie. What I didn’t realize until much, much later was that Gene was also a musician and that these electronic devices were the founding members of an orchestra of strange hums, quirky tonal explosions, tape warpage, digital manipulation, and sounds catapulted from outer space.
Gene and my father met — completely independently of my influence — a few years before my father passed away from cancer in 2005. My father, Darrell DeVore, always had great things to say about Gene and I was really happy that they had a chance to meet. I also severely enjoyed my dad’s fascination with the waveform analyzer that Gene had loaned to him. In any case Gene was present at several of the improvisation sessions that were held at Studio Um, and he managed to tape some choice cuts while he was there. Here’s what Gene has written about the sessions he attended:
Occasionally (once anyway) Tapewarm Studios goes mobile. I’m not crazy about schlepping my bigger boxes around, especially when the destination is a chicken coop. But this time was decidedly out of the ordinary.
I had just ordered my waterphone, and Richard Waters, the maker, invited me to a gathering at Dr. Um’s studio in Petaluma. “Oh, I know Darrell. He’s the one that got me hooked on your waterphones.” “Well, we’ll see you there then.” I checked with Darrell and he was cool with me bringing a tape recorder. I spent two days huddled in a corner staring at VU meters and taking in the vibes. No one asked me to play (thank Bog) and I tried to remain as inconspicuous as possible with my electrical gadgets. (I think they could smell the digital on me too.)
Here’s the roster of attendees: Darrell DeVore, Richard Waters, Tom Nunn, Bart Hopkin, Chip Dunbar, Gary Knowlton, Sara Winge, Bob Hobbs, Steve, Lee, Tony, and Tom Waits. Vaguely reminiscent of Bart’s “Gravichords . . . ” and “Orbitones . . . ” releases, this session concentrated specifically on the waterphones. Only the occasional electric guitar lick and the Rhodes came anywhere near electricity. All amplification came from balloons, styrofoam, and sound boards. Anything you think is an added echo was actually played like that. They had eleven waterphones going at once. THAT was awesome!
Darrell went to heaven awhile back and I been thinking about him a lot lately so I dug out those old tapes. 3 10″ reels full of half track stereo 1/4″ plastic strips of acoustic (mostly) bliss (close enough).
You can listen to these tracks in MP3 format here.
And while you’re at it, why not visit the main Tapewarm page and listen to the electronic stylings of Mr. Marz himself?
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