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“Save the Planet” by Tohpati Ethnomission

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Review by Raul Amador –

I have always believed that music is the universal language. When I listened to the CD, “Save the Planet” by Tohpati Ethnomission for the first time, I got the impression that I could really understand what this five-man, powerhouse of an Indonesian band was trying to say. The sheer energy you feel through this CD is nothing short of amazing!

The exciting fusion/progressive rock the band plays seems fitting of a Cirque du Soleil performance. I have attended quite a few Cirque shows and I have always found the music to set the tone for act unfolding in front of me. This music could be the “Soundtrack” for such a show! (By the way…. watch for something really cool from us related to Cirque du Soleil in the near future!) Intricate, complex, calculated and precise tunes found here would be perfect to support a troupe of acrobats or daring aerialists.

The Bass work from Indro Hardjodikoro is spot on and very strong in the midst of an impressive percussion backdrop. These five young guys sound more like fifteen. This group is way intense!

There is a marked Indonesian flair to some of the tracks that treat us to musical choices that wouldn’t be made on my side of the planet. There was just enough of this specific geographic color that it simply made me want to hear more.

Let’s look at some of the Highlights:

“Selamatkan Bumi” (Save the Planet) is so energizing that is should inspire us all to go out and do our part. The upbeat tempo made my morning commute feel like I was embarking on a grand adventure.

“Ethno Funk” is some definite funk done up with some Indonesian style. This piece fuses two totally different genres from a world apart!

“Hutan Hujan”(Rain Forest) paints a vivid picture of the lush surroundings you might expect to find in Indonesia. The busy activity and sheer life felt in the forest come to life in your minds eye.

All the music on this CD was composed and arranged by the very talented guitarist Tohpati and is quite impressive. Each track is a masterpiece in it’s own right and is very promising of great things to come from this still very young musician.

If you haven’t explored “World Music” just yet, this CD might be a good starting point so that you may discover just how much we have in common with our fellow musicians around the globe.

The message from our brothers in music is clear… Save the Planet!

Check it out!

“Save the Planet” by Tohpati Ethnomission available at Amazon.com

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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This Week’s Top 10 Basses on Instagram

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TOP 10 Basses of the week

Check out our top 10 favorite basses on Instagram this week…

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

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New Album: Ben Mortiz, MORENO

The Chilean bassist, producer and sociologist, Ben Mortiz, celebrates the launch of his latest studio work, “MORENO” an album that mixes jazz, soul, and funk following the characteristic Latin style of  Mortiz. The artist completely produced the album under the label “Fallen Lab Records” in the south of Chile.

“MORENO” brings deep and smooth sounds, expressing a sophisticated and elegant Latin vibe. You will find meditative harmonies and joyful melodic voices. The record’s core is the human vibration that Mortiz feels from the Latin American music. The Caribbean rhythms and strong Latin percussions are the musical glue in every song that emerges with the force of the electric bass.

“MORENO” creates a real connection between corporal reactions and mind sensations, always in reference to the originality of Mortiz to fuse modern and classic Latin sounds.

For more information, visit online at danielbenmortiz.com/

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Dual Compressor/Effects Loop

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New Gear: Phil Jones Bass X2C Duel Compressor/Effects Loop

Step Into X2C With Phil Jones Bass Dual Compressor/Effects Loop…

Phil Jones Bass latest pedal innovation is the X2C Dual Compressor with Dual Effects Loop for performance and recording. The X2C incorporates advanced compressor circuit technology and provides comprehensive tone control with a dual crossover feature which divides the signal into frequency bands ranging from 100Hz to 500Hz, ensuring exceptional clarity and dynamics in tone refinement. 

With insert jacks on each band, the X2C unlocks limitless creativity, enabling players to use various FX pedals for custom tone sculpting. Additionally, it functions as an electronic crossover, ideal for driving high-performance, 2-way bass rigs.

PJB’s Dual-Band compression design is more flexible than standard single-band compressors and provides a more natural and transparent sound. It also provides greater control over shaping and managing dynamics where standard compressors affect the entire frequency spectrum of an audio signal.  

PJB’s dual compressor enables the player to shape specific frequency ranges of an audio signal which allows for compressing the low frequencies while preserving the high frequencies, or vice-versa. Treating the low-end with a dedicated band also allows for heavy compression without affecting the midrange frequencies, which carry the attack of the sound. 

Effects can be plugged into the insert jacks on the X2C and controlled separately. As an example, the lows can be adjusted separately for an overdrive pedal while the highs can be controlled for a chorus. 

Dividing the audio spectrum into fundamental frequencies and harmonics is also effective in the enrichment of slapping techniques. The low frequencies can be compressed without changing the dynamics of the “slap”. By controlling the low frequencies and focusing the attack on the slap the amplifier will sound louder while avoiding overloading of the amp or speakers. The low band can be compressed without the harmonics being affected. In addition, the send jacks can go to different amplifiers/speakers for a bi-amplification set up.

Compact and potent, the X2C embodies studio-grade excellence, setting a new standard for dynamic processing in an uncompromising, portable pedal. The street price is $359.99.

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