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Drummer, electronics guru Andrew Neumann indulges in some mischievous hijinks on this new release titled, Scramble: Lock: Combination. Armed with an arsenal of digital delays, MIDI paraphernalia, computer software and a drum machine, Neumann improvises his way through this curiously interesting affair which at the very least should provide some thrills for the tech-heads out there. On the title track, the artist produces a bevy of cyclic and recoiling rhythms, mechanical sounds and MIDI generated tones to create rapidly paced themes that could elicit imagery of mathematicians decoding an encryption algorithm. Throughout, Neumann institutes odd-metered rhythms against multilayered sounds and humorous noises that often take on cartoon like qualities. On “Para: Did; Dled”, Neumann abstractly deconstructs a basic paraddidle amid distorted EFX and sequential patterns while creating an ostinato style drone on the piece titled “ShipT:oshore”.
A clever outing indeed, yet Neumann’s visionary musical statements and whiz bang implementations read more like a novelty item; however, it’s all about improvisation. Hence, there are some intriguing moments on this wonderfully recorded and charmingly innocent project.
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Andrew Neumann’s equipment list: drum machine, powerbook running LISA and MAX, modified PC-1600, Serge Touch Activated Sequencer Keyboard, ring modulator, modified ADA digital delays, "MIDI Grips", substitute “virus” synth for drum machine on track 6.
All tracks recorded live to 2-track; no overdubs or mixing.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com