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 grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.