Posts Tagged ‘ Greg Fox ’

Ancient Ocean: March 29, 2016 Trans-Pecos & Bohannon/Dusenbury/Fox: March 30, 2016 Market Hotel

June 1, 2016

Ancient Ocean and Chuck Johnson


Today it’s a double dose of improvised and drone guitar collaborations from J.R. Bohannon/Ancient Ocean. I caught up with Bohannon last year playing under his Ancient Ocean moniker, and though that recording didn’t work out for technical issues, I was on a mission to catch another set. Finally, March presented us with two opportunities, two nights in a row. The first sees Ancient Ocean joined by Chuck Johnson on pedal steel at Trans-Pecos for long southern-tinged, drone-y guitar workout. Rumor has it this performance will lead to future collaborations between Bohannon and Johnson, so keep an eye out.

The second performance captured here finds Bohannon joined by Liturgy’s rhythm section—Tyler Dusenbury on bass and Greg Fox on drums. This one starts out with some droning guitar from Bohannon, but the trio quickly finds its groove and the rest of the set is a shifting neo-Krautrock jam that won over Faust’s packed Market Hotel crowd rather quickly. It’s not quite what you’ve come to expect from Bohannon, nor from two former members of Liturgy, but the trio stake out some interesting new territory in their first collaboration. I hope there’s more to come from these three!

Acidjack recorded the Trans-Pecos set with a pair of stage mics capturing the performance up close. I recorded the Market Hotel set with our built-in Audio Technica mics plus a board feed from Market FOH, Jason. As goes without saying, the sound here is excellent. Enjoy!

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Ancient Ocean (ft. Chuck Johnson on steel guitar)
Queens, NY USA

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Recorded and produced by acidjack

Schoeps MK4V (stage lip)>NBob Cables>PFA>Zoom F8>24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (align, mix down, compression)>Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ, effects)>Audacity 2.0.3 (amplify, balance, downsample, dither)>FLAC (level 8)

01. Live at Trans-Pecos [23:21]

Market Hotel
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Jason) + AT4051 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

01. Live at Market Hotel [21:47]

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Oneida: November 21, 2015 Secret Project Robot (Pre-Thanksgiving Potluck)

November 30, 2015


There is no band more emblematic of the Brooklyn music community than Oneida. From jam sessions in the band’s former Ocropolis studio to the Thank Your Parents weekender; from Brahloweens past to the NYCTaper Anniversary show; from the holiday Oneida Fest at the old Knit to this year’s Thanksgiving potluck, there’s a truly unique binding of community around Oneida’s music. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, friends and family gathered for a celebration of music and food. Admission was free at the door if you brought food and I can almost guarantee not a dollar was exchanged. Around two full tables of food including a turkey, plus all the trimmings and desserts you could imagine, friends old and new gathered to eat off paper plates and see two long-form Oneida sets bookending a set from New Pope (featuring Bobby and Kid Millions of course). For the first set Oneida is joined by Dave Kadden on clarinet; and for the second it’s an epic, extended nine-piece Oneida barreling through forty improvised minutes. To give thanks for Oneida seems a bit silly when there are so many other things to be thankful for. Yet there’s something here greater than just a band or a collection of songs and records—and it’s that intangible greater thing, call it community or simply shared experience, for which we can all be thankful.

I recorded this set with the AKG’s flown high at the back of the room, with a board feed from Secret Project Robot FOH Erik, which supplied much of the vocals. The sound isn’t perfect, but it captures an event. Enjoy!

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Secret Project Robot
Brooklyn, NY

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard (engineer: Erik) + AKG C480B/CK61 > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, compression, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [1:16:29]
01. Potluck Improvisation 1
02. Potluck Improvisation 2

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Fox Millions Duo: November 21, 2015 Trans Pecos

November 29, 2015

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[photo by nyctaper]

Fox Millions Duo is in many ways an inevitable joining of talent. Greg Fox and Kid Millions are undoubtedly two of the most talented and ingenious percussionists alive today — and they also happen to both be incredibly prodigious and work within the same general musical circles. Both have appeared on the pages of this site dozens of times in many different configurations. Indeed, it was the 2012 NYCTaper 5th Anniversary concert where Greg Fox joined Millions and Oneida onstage for the first and, until later on this evening of this show, the last time. But it wasn’t until the 2014 recording sessions and the 2015 release of Lost Time (Thrill Jockey Records) that the Fox Millions Duo became a reality. Lost Time was released this Summer, but an actual live performance of the Duo is a rare event. So this past weekend, a recently booked afternoon show at Trans Pecos gave us the opportunity to catch the two together. Interestingly, the performance did not include any of the album’s material but was instead a single piece that is essentially a work in progress. The two were seated at a single snare drum in a similar configuration to Millions’ Man Forever project, but with an added wrinkle. Fox attached what appeared to be a guitar E-bow to the outside of the drum and thereafter through a cable to his laptop. The result was the activation of a sound sample upon each beat. I’ve titled this interesting number “E-bow Piece”, but in reality it is an untitled work that gives us great anticipation of a future Fox Millions release.

I recorded this set with the Schoeps cards at the front of the stage and mixed with a fine board feed. The interesting aspect of this recording is that the mics were primarily the drum beats while the board is primarily the E-bow samples. I’ve mixed the two sources to capture the music as it sounded in the center of the room. The result is quite excellent. Enjoy!

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Fox Millions Duo
Trans Pecos
Queens NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + On Stage Audience Matrix

Soundboard [engineer Joe] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wavs > Soundforge (mixing) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3/tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 13:28]
01 E-bow Piece

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Zs: September 8, 2015 Bowery Ballroom

October 26, 2015

[photo from Zs website]

Our recent post of the great Greg Fox’s Hopscotch Festival duo set with Jefre Cantu-Ledesma reminded me that we had this Zs performance from September at Bowery Ballroom in the archives. The chance to go back and produce the recording gave me a second listen to what was at the time an excellent set but in retrospect is really one of the most astonishing shows we’ve seen all year. Zs opened this night for Thee Oh Sees (posted here), an odd pairing at first glance but one that gave band leader John Dwyer a chance to reunite with Zs founder Sam Hillmer after years playing in parallel music scenes. Sam founded Zs fifteen years ago, and while the band has been a fixture in the DIY scene since 2000, the personnel has morphed over the years. The current trio of Sam, Greg and guitar wizard Patrick Higgins has coalesced into a unique mix of noise, jazz, and avant to form a truly superb musical conglomeration. The band’s latest album Xe was released on the excellent local label Northern Spy in January to very strong reviews.

This performance at Bowery lasted less than an hour but kept the crowd transfixed for the entire set. For a 500-strong who came expecting some raging gararge rock, the powerful avant trio must have been a bit of a culture shock, but most picked up on the vibe pretty quickly. Zs worked through the new album in order, skipping only the opening track. The centerpiece of the set was the nearly nineteen-minute “Corps”, which gave each band member a chance to take center stage and showcase their immense talents.

Zs will be playing another local show at Palisades on November 20.

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Bowery Ballroom
New York NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard + Schoeps CCM4u Cardioids > Sound Devices 744t > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (post-production) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 48:11]
01 [introduction]
02 Woolf Government
03 Corps
04 Weakling
05 Xe

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Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma: September 11, 2015 WXDU/WKNC/WXYC Hopscotch Day Show

October 15, 2015

Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

While of course we missed Three Lobed’s annual Hopscotch day show at Kings, those big shoes were filled by an epic day show team-up of three local university radio stations: Duke’s WXDU, NC State Raleigh’s WKNC, and UNC Chapel Hill’s WXYC. The show spanned two clubs, Kings upstairs and Neptunes down. And while a noon start in Neptunes’ darkness with a lineup of four noise acts could be brutal for a hungover crowd, the event wall well-attendended among the Hopscotch faithful. Today’s recording brings together Greg Fox (GDFX, Guardian Alien, Liturgy) on drums and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (founder of seminal noise label Root Strata) on electronics. Fox pummels the drums like only he can while Cantu-Ledesma works the noise blasts on equipment that I won’t even pretend to grasp. It’s a short twenty-minute performance, one you’ll no doubt have on repeat for a while.

I recorded this set with the room mics clamped to the ceiling combined with a board feed. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

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Greg Fox + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
WXDU/WKNC/WXYC Hopscotch Day Show
Hopscotch Music Festival
Raleigh, NC

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Recorded and produced by Eric PH

Soundboard + AKG CK61 > actives > Roland R-26 > 2xWAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (align, balance, mixdown, normalize, fades) > Audacity 2.0.5 (downsample, dither, tracking, tagging) > FLAC (16/44.1, level 8)

Tracks [19:26]
01. Improvisation

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Oneida: May 12, 2012 NYCTaper Anniversary Show at 285 Kent – Flac and MP3 Downloads + Streaming Song

June 4, 2012

[photo by Jill Harrison from For The Love of Brooklyn blog]

These first five years of NYCTaper have been as unpredictable as they have been profoundly enjoyable. The very act of capturing live music can be exhilarating, but when taping becomes part of an entire subculture that introduces you to new and exciting acts on a regular basis, and allows you to access the act of live musical creation of a band like Oneida, there are really no words to describe the experience. We asked Oneida to play and to curate our 5th Anniversary show and were overjoyed when they accepted. The band has been an important part of NYCTaper over these five years. We’ve recorded them in their own studio for a day’s worth of jams, we recorded them in the old Knitting Factory and the new Knitting Factory, I woke up pre-dawn to record them as the sun rose over the East River in Brooklyn, we’ve captured three of their CD release events. Its been a great ride, and a couple of Saturdays back at 285 Kent, the amazing journey continued. Oneida invited James McNew and Greg Fox to join them on stage for the set. The band then launched into an eighty minute set of entirely new material, and completed the show with another exercise in Oneida boundary-breaking. We are streaming “Bad Habit”, a song that begins in the style similar to Oneida’s “kraut-rock” material, but which detoured into a lengthy noise-rock jam. The final song is called “Reputation” and it was an obvious highlight, as it transpired over an astounding forty-eight minutes as the double-drum attack led the charge through a trip of musical peaks and valleys with a few pit stops in between. As an analog to our amazing first five years of existence, we could not have asked for a more appropriate set closer.

Acidjack and I recorded this set in a manner we had not previously accomplished. I took four discreet tracks from the board into my R-44, while acidjack recorded four channels of audience microphones — the Schoeps mounted center and above the stage, and the Sennheiser cards mounted on a beam 10 feet from the PA into his R-44. The eight channels were synced live. All the tracks were mixed in Soundforge fairly equally in post-production. The result is a professional quality multitrack recording with superb quality. Enjoy!

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285 Kent
NYCTaper 5th Anniversary Party
Brooklyn, NY USA

Eight Channel Digital Master Recording
Multitrack Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Multitrack Soundboard + Sennheiser MKH-8040s + Schoeps MK22 > KCY > Z-PFA > Sound Devices USBPre2 > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (mix 8 channels, level adjustments, set fades, downsample) > CDWave 1.95 > (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and Tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:17:56]
01 [introduction]
02 8th Ruler*
03 Bad Habit
04 [banter]
05 That Goes There
06 [banter – Greg intro]
07 Reputation

*with stage power failure
entire set with James McNew
track 07 with Greg Fox

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