a little bit of fun for these times. Bam’s funk orchestra with a liberal smattering of cheese and ducks. I suggest headphones to sample the usual noise-a-lings.
a rather retro mix of funk, disco, Turkish makams and the usual nonsense featuring some stirling bass work by Boa Dubless and strong beats by Ed Thrums in this dare I say it, prog funk disco track.
a slow funked up jazz tune by the Bam Boozle Quintet, a right BBQ of a jam with Bam on the piano, Boa Dubless on bass, Ed Thrums keeping the beat, Ruth Tempet on trumpet and Stephe Hooxan on the sax.
… another road trip for the Bam, Boa, Ed and Art. This one long and torturous and they haven’t even got there yet. Anyroad, they will eventually. This tune was written for a good friend who lives in Barga, Italy who plays in a soul band. Therein lies a problem, because this track is a jazz-funk hybrid with some scarily muzak-like nonsense thrown in. Featuring Hammond, bass, drums and guitar.
a trio for violin played by Ruth, double bass played by Boa and piano played by Bam performed in Boozle Hall.
slow, hypnotic and weighty piece inspired by the fields of “nodding donkeys” of the Midway-Sunset oil fields in California. I watched these oblivious behemoths feeding off the land each side of State Highway 33 for mile after mile.
some jazz-funk. The title has nothing to do with a river. There is a tenuous link to Nile Rodgers who is one of my favourite musicians and producers. Featuring alto and tenor saxophones played over a strong rhythm section of bass, drums, guitar and keys.
a soundtrack to accompany nine minutes and eight seconds of your life. Probably best with headphones to hear the low sounds and little elements that appear and disappear like jetsam & flotsam in an ever moving and tumbling body of water.
a slow track featuring Ruth, Stephe and Blue on voices.
imagine if you will, a sextet with piano, double bass, drums, trumpet, vibes and synths playing this jazz tune plus the usual nonsense (an element of the circus maybe??) in a small club near you.
more jazz-funk with a hybrid ending – an up-tempo number heavily influenced by JTQ to the point where I think I may have subconsciously nicked some riffs – I hope not.
an orchestral piece featuring solo cello with the usual mish-mash of noises. A mix of darker, practically funereal moments with loud bits thrown in to wake you up. I’ve undoubtedly “quoted” (nicked) ideas from the composers I listen to but with any luck I’ve disguised them well.
a jazz funk jam driven by Boa Dubless on bass with Ruth on trumpet, Bam on keys, Art on guitar, Ed on drums and Patrick randomly hitting things. Long time a coming.
second track from Art Guthie’s “beyond the closed door” series, another messy jam from the echoey Boozle Hall with Bam on Hammond, Art on guitar, Boa on double bass and Ed on drums. Best listened to loud to feel you’re in the hall.
essentially a deep house disco hybrid with a hynotic (some may say repetitive) beat and featuring a random assortment of the noises I seem to favour. Once in a while it’s ok to listen to loud music. This track will work best best loud and through headphones.
a mish-mash of funk and disco with some jazz and other nonsense thrown in for good measure. Featuring solid bass and drums with Hammond, guitars, horns and the odd strings.
a relentless onslaught of the usual nonsensical noises, marching one after the other in a seemingly never ending aural assault with a reggae style half-time beat. Why?
a slow 2-step track with dubstep, orchestral and industrial elements make for a strange and heavy piece full of glitches and ethereal noises.
a laid back hybrid tune with a reggae feel under Mexican-like horn lines and other surreal moments.
a cheesy jazz-funk tune à la JTQ to get things started. The first offering from audioscapist.
… another jazz-funk tune with a rocky ending for good measure, with guitars, hammonds, horn lines, moog melodies and some funky bass and drums.
a piece of piano music I wrote for my father to play and given to him on his 80th birthday. A very enjoyable process which involved some heavy editing … so I can’t play it all the way through and the recording here is how I imagine it could be played. Click here for a rough score. (A new recording on a new piano with some little changes uploaded 9/03/14).
Bam, Boa, Ed, Ruth and la Faune muck about with a jazz tune and I’m using the last two terms pretty loosely.
some rock (and a little reggae) submitted for the following project “…. a new tv series called 3beers that will be broadcast nationally. We can’t tell you too much more about it, but we’re currently seeking some music for our title sequence/intro. We’re looking for something to brand the show, to bring it to life and to make it memorable. We’re looking for a 2 minute track, we don’t want any vocals. We believe we’d like it guitar driven, with a recognisable theme …. ” 60+ other tunes also submitted so unlikely to be the one, but still fun to try for.
a piece for orchestra with solo piano, violin and oboe with strings and horns. The title came before the piece and I’m not sure whether it played any part in the direction the composition took.
… a little jazz jam with new horn swoggler Stephe Hooxan on tenor saxophone with Bam on piano, Ed on drums and Boa on bass.
a funk soul jam featuring soul sisters Terrie Odabi, Ruth & Stephe on wails, and soul brothers Bam on rhodes, Art on guitar, Ed on drums & Boa on bass.
… a euphoric chilled out house tune with lush strings, envelope shifting, trance gating and meaningless key changes. Best description I can come up with.
a fairly extensive rewrite of a piece I wrote at the end of 2009 (edited early 2011) – here is a short orchestral interlude with lush strings, solo violins, piano and French horn possibly inspired by all the snow around (but maybe not) when I worked on it and dedicated to my parents.
heavy and moody tune with lighter more melodic moments. The raw distorted guitars, weighty drums and bass make this the closest to some kind of rock that I’ve done (closer followers of the genre would have to sub-classify it for me).
a funking jam featuring Terrie from Tonehammer on vocals joining Bam Boozle & the horn swogglers plus friends with hammond, bass, guitar, clavinet, drums, moog and a sax section.
Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers play a slow laid-back minor blues in the jazz style for those summer evenings. Bam on piano, Ruth Tempet on trumpet, Boa Dubless on double bass, Art Guthie on guitar and Ed Thrums on drums (Bam & Ruth made a few changes 3/7/2011).
… played here by Bam and Ruth. A slow piece, sometimes plaintive, sometimes less so, inspired in part by distant memories of hearing Charlie Chaplin’s soundtracks.
a blues shuffle in D minor with Art Guthie on guitar, Boa Dubless on bass, Ed Thrums on drums and Bam Boozle on the rhodes. Messy jamming in the studio while the other horn swogglers went out for doughnuts.
hmmm this sounds suspiciously like jazz-fusion to me with some latin flavours thrown in. Bam, Art, Ed, Boa and Ruth messing about in the hall. Art was trying out his new slide too.
a piece with a darkish heavy mood resolved by soaring lighter sections. Inspired by my memories of le Salève, a mountain with wondrous views of Geneva and surroundings.
… big, medium and small rattling around in your head, all friendly but very noisy.
A fairly hypnotic (i.e. repetitive) and laid back groove in a jazz style with rhodes, double bass, drums, flute and synths.
a first offering from Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers. A quirky little number, one might say, with piano, accordion, trombone, violin, double bass, glockenspiel and percussion.
if yesterday were tomorrow
Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers play a simple repeating theme with variations for two pianos, violin and 3 cellos. Bam and Ed on the pianos, Ruth on violin and Boa, Patrick and Art on the cellos.
a very short piece submitted for the following request (not accepted I hasten to add).
Project Name: TV Commercial
Project type: Advertisement
Description: A large advertising agency is looking for a dreamy, soft track that will be used with an ad for cosmetics. The melody should be very engaging, soft and inspirational for women.
yet another attempt at a piece for orchestra, this time for a fairly large ensemble with full strings, trumpets, French horns, solo flute and oboe and some percussion. A bit melodramatic in parts with lighter quirkier sections. Will no doubt have to be edited further at a later date. (NB. two years to the day when I posted my first track.)
a piece for two pianos, trumpet, violin, cello, double bass and small violin section. Played here by Bam Boozle and the horn swogglers in a big echoey hall. Bam is playing a basic theme again and again while Ruth, Boa, Art, Patrick and Ed muck about on other instruments (made a small change to the cello part, never liked the original – 23/12/10).
playing on Mars
a piece driven by an aggressive beat and buzzy bass with a surfeit of lushness, eerie noises, obligatory quirkiness to lighten the mood and some glitches for good m-m-mea-su-sure. Best with headphones and written for the fictitious game “playing on Mars” (imagine buzzing around in a fast hovercraft and stopping every now and then to …..)
a laid back hybrid number with jazz and classical themes played on trumpet and vibes over a strong rhythm, underplayed by French horns, pads and other strange noises (added a new trumpet part 20/05/09).
My first feature-length film score. Valkaama, directed by Tim Baumann is a collaborative open source movie project. Click here to find out more.
a quirky little house/deep house tune (who knows?) with a solid beat, a driving buzz bass and little middle-eastern sounding riffs.