From Cosmic Jazz to Intergalactic Hip-hop, we explore Outer Space and Sci-Fi Futurism in popular music. Every fortnight renowned Spaceologist, producer and musician Chris Bass brings new perspectives on music that takes you Back to the Future. This is Space Music for citizens of the Universe.
Ep:2 Sun Ra - Cosmic Jazz
Sun Ra - the Alpha and Omega of Space Music! Greetings …I’m Chris Bass a music producer and renowned Spaceologist and in episode two we examine the music of Sun Ra, bandleader, keyboardist, arranger, philosopher, artist and educator.
Hailing from the planet of Saturn, Sun-Ra aka Herman Poole ‘Sunny’ Blount, took keyboard playing into new dimensions and changed music forever. The players in his Arkestra (his big band for over forty years) followed Sun’s lead creating forms of Cosmic Jazz that inspired almost every other creator of Space Music that came afterwards.
The Arkestra's saxophonists John Gilmore and Marshall Allen pushed the sonic boundaries of what was possible with a wind instrument. In fact Gilmore was cited by John Coltrane as his biggest influence…and most folks would agree that Coltrane totally reinvented the modern day concept of the instrument solo.
In this episode we look at
Ra’s beginningsThe ways that the Arkestra evoked Outer Space via acoustic means.Sun Ra’s Electronic Keyboard CosmosSun’s move into the land of the synthesiserThe Arkestra’s cosmic playing techniquesCosmic Sound Effects - how Sun travelled further into the galaxy via the studio.A break down of how I applied these techniques to create Cosmic Jazz…and the episode finishes with my first release for Sounds of Space the Sun Ra Cosmic Jazz tribute…They Fell From the Skies.
Whether you’re a music lover, space-fanatic, musician or producer or just need a new creative perspective blast off with me on a fantastic journey as we explore the musical universe of artists who sonically evoke Outer Space and Sci-Fi Futurism in popular music with SOUND.
They Fell from the Skies available at https://soundsofspace.bandcamp.com/track/they-fell-from-the-skies
Another Ra tribute - Ra Transmigration - https://soundsofspace.bandcamp.com/track/ra-transmigration-ft-scrambla
Space is the Place by John Szwed - one of the most definitive books on Sun-Ra and the best source of ‘behind-the-scenes’ information - https://www.amazon.com/Space-Place-Lives-Times-Sun/dp/0306808552
The Temple - A fantastic online Discography of the works of Sun Ra - http://www.the-temple.net/sunradisco/list.php
Sun Ra Music - Bandcamp - The Official digital music site of Sun Ra - https://sunramusic.bandcamp.com/
Sun-Ra - Spotify - If you insist on streaming…well…here it is - https://open.spotify.com/artist/0tIODqvzGUoEaK26rK4pvX
A wonderful 53 minute NPR Jazz Profile of Sun-Ra - https://www.npr.org/2007/10/31/15774733/sun-ra-cosmic-swing
Ep:1 Juice Records - Techno Rebels
Techno Rebels: 30 Years of Juice Records with Damien Donato.
Hailed the world over and given kudos from such luminaries as Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin and Mike Banks of Underground Resistance, Juice Records has continually pushed the sonic boundaries of techno.
…and they’ve given me a WORLDWIDE exclusive on a new track called ‘Inifinty’
Greetings Earth people. I’m Chris Bass a music producer and renowned Spaceologist and in this special episode I talk with Techno Artist and Label Chief, DMZ aka Damien Donato.
Whilst Juice Records is renowned for launching the career of international DJ superstar HMC (who later became the Late Nite Tuff Guy),its catalog runs deep and they are still actively releasing new music.
Launched as an underground techno label in the early 90’s, Juice typified the lofty ambitions of the techno generation in both sound and deed, using the vinyl record as its medium.
This is the story of a Techno Rebel who put the sound of his city - the city of Adelaide - on the world stage and in doing so, brought tangible credibility to Australian Techno music.
Damien runs down
Early days of the Techno scene in AdelaideThe influence of the music from the U.S., U.K and EuropeHis dealings with Richie Hawtin and Jeff Mills and his love of Detroit techno and Underground Resistance.Building a team with Thee, Paddee, HMC and DCEBalancing label business with creative workFax machines, DATs and Studio GearA blow by blow of the entire Juice vinyl record catalogWhether you’re a music lover, space-fanatic, musician or producer or just need a new creative perspective blast off with me on a fantastic journey as we explore the musical universe of artists who sonically evoke Outer Space and Sci-Fi Futurism in popular music with SOUND.
Special Thanks to:
The entire Juice artist team: Damez, Thee, Paddee, HMC, John Gray and Antony Coppens - for the great music.Liz Copeland, Clark Warner of 101.9 Detroit Public Radio, for the Mike Banks clips.Dave Barnett for sound bites of Mike Banks and Richie Hawtin - check out Frequency Response TV - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtgWKhSA0iCsC3gQT3hyhqgStilgherrian - https://stilgherrian.com/Georgie Knight of Dreaming Daisies - check out a 1992 show upload by code618 - https://soundcloud.com/code618/dreaming-daisies-may-1992Damien DonatoExtra special thanks to Damien and Antony for the exclusive track.
Underground Resistance: http://undergroundresistance.com/
JUICE020 - Antony Coppens 2021 release: https://juicerecords-australia.bandcamp.com/album/antony-coppens
“ It goes beyond the drum machine and synthesiser sounds the label would be known for and embraces a wider spectrum with use of a Yamaha baby grand, Fender Rhodes, Washburn bass and Yamaha Electone E-75.
It is a clear example of what Adelaide happenings have been missed by the global industry while it plays with a techno formula that goes beyond our underground imaginings.”
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