Br. Cleve & His
Lush Orchestra - Shaken Not Stirred
Parfait Amour Music ASCAP
This was originally commissioned by Capitol
Records in '96, as they were planning to release
a disc entitled "Ultra Lounge : New Sounds
For Now", or some such appellation. The
track was written, produced and performed by
me, with electric sitar and 6-string bass played
by Milt Reder, from the band Four Piece Suit.
Engineering by Sean Carberry at Rear Window
Studios, mixed by Ducky Carlisle at Room 9,
Marble - Wah Factor 3
This is a solo recording where I handle
the entire process from composition to final
mix and post-production.
Philip Jackson - Nature Boy
"Nature Boy" was recorded specifically
for this project. I was sifting through tapes,
lp's and CD's of things I've done over the years
going back to the mid '70's when it struck me
that here was an ideal opportunity to stick
my neck out and make something new. In my corner
of the lounge room (all that is left of my studio
after the arrival of children) I fired up my
'puter, dusted off my creative brain and set
to work. This version of Eden Ahbez's "Nature
Boy" includes dialogue sampled from the
1971 movie "Silent Running" in which
Bruce Dern portrays a 21st Century nature boy
facing the seemingly hopeless task of saving
the Earth's last forest stranded on a huge greenhouse
in space millions of miles from home.
Jeff Chenault and Andrew Izold - Exotica
This track was conceived as part of an ongoing
series of experiments by Jeff Chenault (Central)
and Andrew Izold. Their musical tastes are as
varied as their musical output.
Tipsy - Kitty's Daydream (Longhair
Kitty's Daydream features guest vocalists Coppe'
and Mayumi, as well as support from Alex Oropeza
and Travis Threlkel. It will most likely appear
on the next Tipsy album.
Scotch & Soda (Max McMillan) -
The Lonely Bull
The track presented attempts to recreate the
atmosphere of a generic Holiday Inn cocktail
lounge where traveling salesmen may gather after
a hard day's work to enjoy a libation and relax
to the soothing sounds that only a Tuba/Optigan
duo can provide. 'The Lonely Bull' is a cover
of the familiar Herb Alpert tune. It was recorded
September 1st, 2003 on a cheap four-track tape
recorder using an Audio Technica instrument
microphone. The Optigan disc used is 'Latin
Fever' (for more information on the Optigan,
Pea Hix's excellent site.
Don Tiki - The Natives Are Restless
from the album "Skinny Dip with Don Tiki."
Song written by Kit Ebersbach and Rick Schutte.
Vocals by Delmar deWilde.
Jack Fetterman and the in Hi-Fi Music
Direction - Acapulco 2000
Remix of Les Baxter's 'Acapulco' from the LP
'The Sacred Idol'. Percussion instruments don't
play a secondary role. They are, part and parcel,
smoothly integrated into the exciting provocative
whole. Here's music — no gimmicks —
but exotic, glittering melodies that throb with
the beat of the drums. You'll hear a sparkling
blend of piano, vibes, bass, accordion, harp,
reeds, woodwinds, 17 different percussion instruments,
digital loops, and plug-ins. This is a spectacular
array of unique sounds and truly different rhythms.
Mixologist (err, I mean remixer) Jack Fetterman,
with the assistance of The in Hi-Fi Music Direction,
explores the recorded work of maestro, Les Baxter's
'Acapulco' for a special DJ engagement honoring,
ironically, the demise of the fabulous Kahiki
tiki restaurant, formerly in Columbus, Ohio,
August 26, 2000.
Skip Heller's Hot Seven - Spy Perfume
Recorded Fall 1998 by Steven Bardo at Painted
Sound, Van Nuys, CA
Produced, arranged, and composed by SH
SH: guitar, conductor
JAY WORK: tenor saxophone
SKIP WARING: trumpet
ROBERT DRASNIN: clarinet
RED YOUNG: piano
DAN BROWNFIELD: bass
HOWARD GREENE: drums, percussion
Location : Hollywood, CA
Der Plan - Jungle Village
The song "Jungle Village"was made
using only equipment that was available in 1979
when the band started, or to be more precise,
even before, when it was still known under the
name of Weltaufstandsplan. The equipment consisted
of instruments like the Korg MS20, Mini Moog
and a piano. The cosmic principle of simplicity,
in fact principle 2b of all cosmic principles
(or according to Krishnamurti: "Just look
at the tree, see the tree, be the tree"),
set tight limits for the production of this
piece of music. Single notes that failed to
fit to this principle were unmercifully ruled
out and had no chance to get into the final
mix. The out-sorted notes were collected and
given to the National Music Hospital in Ubud,
Indonesia, to be used in the production of new
music. It was a gift in return for the field
recordings used in Jungle Village, that were
collected in the misty forest mountains of central
Lombok during an expedition in 2001. Most of
the out-notes have already been included in
a new piece of Gamelan music and are played
now to happy tourists in Bali.
Misty Roses - Up in Flames
'Up in Flames' is a David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti
composition, and first appeared on the soundtrack
to the 1990 film 'Wild at Heart'. This Misty
Roses version was conceived in late 2002 and
recorded in early 2003. Among other more familiar
samples, it includes sounds from 50s Russian
pop and language tuition records.
Künstler Treu - If Jesus Came
"If Jesus Came" is part three of an
ongoing series of songs with religous themes
by Künstler Treu. (part one is "Im
Haus der Ahnungslosen" [In the House of
the Clueless] from the Dauerfisch album "Crime
of the Century", part two is "Uriella"
- a song about a swiss cult and their awaited
depature from this planet - from his solo album
"My Sketchbook of Whack"). Samples
were taken from "Satan's Blood" by
"The Frugal Gormets" and "If
Jesus Came To Your House" by Bill Lee.
Sem Sinatra - Toryansay
I was given a stack of children's records about
a year ago at a flea market I regularly go to.
One of them was a version of this song, a traditional
song. The title means "Please pass".
It's about going to a temple to get a blessing
for a child's 7th birthday. A friend here told
me that the line "iki wa yoi yoi, kaeri
wa kowai (going there is fine, coming back is
scary)" always scared her when she heard
it as a child. About a year later I realized
that a lot of pedestrian crossings in Osaka
use this music so I decided to go and record
the music from the pedestrian crossing and sing
along with it. It seemed like it needed to be
done. Don't ask why. I did all the recording
this month September 2003. The street recording
was done one drizzly night on Midosuji, a busy
road in central Osaka.
mr_melvis - A Walk Through The Powerhouse
©2003 / Melvisland Studios
Many hours are spent tweaking and re-tweaking
tune after tune, only to store them in a windows
folder, never to see the light of day. Somehow,
this particular piece managed to escape. This
little ditty is intended to be the soundtrack
to a mental walk through the powerhouse of your
Samples Used :
1) Bobby Hammack Combo - Powerhouse
2) Goofy Gophers - I Gopher You
3) Various Drum and SFX Sampling/Loop CDs
4) Assorted collection of goofy ass noises
Weirdomusic - Fiber, Ruler Of Pinakel
Written by Marco Kalnenek. Fiber, ruler of Pinakel
is a home-recording from 1990, made on a Tascam
Portastudio. The track is part of a series of
compositions about Fiber, king of the fictional
country Pinakel. There's a cute princess involved
too somewhere, but details are sketchy. Spoken
word samples added in 2003.
djfreshmoney - Whammo
Created in September 2003 as a special track
for this compilation. A tribute to Mel Henke
and all the great music I've discovered by reading
the Exotica mailing list. Thanks also to Big
Briar for bringing back the Theremin.
Jan Fornell - Drift
Composer: Henrik Venant, Recorded 1993-2003.
"Drift" was originally written around
20 years ago by a prolific friend of mine, Henrik
Venant, at a time when I was an occasional guest
in his rock band, the Luxury Orchestra, though
we never actually played this song. A decade
or so later, now living in Japan, I reconstructed
this version entirely from memory, not having
heard the song in the meantime, and added some
parts of my own.
Bumpenstein - Fuad Motel
In 2002, Bump's band Black
Sash had the great pleasure to remix TIPSY's
"Suez Motel" track from the 'Uh Oh!'
LP for their 'Tipsy Remix Party' album. With
2 weeks to complete it and super excited by
this opportunity (since Tipsy is his one of
his favorite bands) Bump, while waiting on group
members to get together, decided to go SOLO
for the first time ever in his music career
and banged out 3 tracks in a week, one of which
is Fuad Motel, featured here under the moniker
BUMPENSTEIN. Sadly for him, none of the tracks
or the Black Sash track were picked to be on
the Tipsy disc and remain unheard by anyone
except his cat, until now! XXX-tra Special Thanks
to: Ms. Bunni Cosmos, Dave Gardner, Tim Digulla,
Ross Orr + Steve Blickenstaff.
Narcotic Syntax - Pingpong Voodoo
producers: James Dean Brown / yapacc
recently released on the 3x12"EP/CD compilation
(Perlon Records Perl36/36CD EFA 17186-2), Germany
Photography (above) ©
©+P Perlon 2003, all rights reserved
The track "Pingpong Voodoo" sounds
like it is called - ponderous, yet cheerful.
With a wink it has been concocted of various
percussive elements whose interaction might
evoke visions of a rusty plant manufacturing
fake Voodoo artifacts, located on the last white
spot of the jungle map. Its strong rhythmic
base hopefully forces masses to pay homage to
the Big Bongo God - until they are gonged off.
Samples taken from: The Arthur Lyman Group -
Dahil Sayo (LP: Taboo - The Exotic Sounds
of Arthur Lyman, High Fidelity Recordings R
806, 1958). Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra
- Siboney (LP: ¡Viva Cugat!, Mercury
Custom Series MG-39304/PPS-2003, 1961).
Matt Johnson - Red Cinders in the Sand (LP:
Burning Blue Soul, 4AD CAD 113, 1981).
A Chinese gong by The Sounds of Martin Denny
(somewhere out of the LP: Exotica - Vol.
1, Stereo, Liberty LST 7034, 1956/59).
Brazilian Soundscapes (CD-comp: Ambiances
Sonores du Brésil/Brazilian Soundscapes,
Sittelle Réf. 26106, 1993).
Hybe - Venom
Writing Credit: Primary Motive. For Venom, we
hybed the sounds of the colorful tropical treetops
and the dark grooves of the urban pulse. It's
exotic music for your urban rooftop jungle.
The tarantula crawls out of the terrarium and
up the tikki lantern.
Impro - Farid, Astronauts from Maghreb
Featuring Pino Petraccia on percussions. Written
by N.Battista, A.Lioci, L.Meloni, P.Petraccia.
(c)2003 Kutmusic Italhouse under license from
Impro, ISRC-IT-C97-03-00001. This is what happens
when you close in the same room 3 creative artists
like Altered Sounds, Globster and Dj Batman:
an unexpected mixture of improvised music with
different feels, from ethnic to electro-acoustic
(not to mention waltz!). Think about didjeridoo
versus Fripp-like guitars versus found-sound
Mental Anguish/NOMUZIC - Blissful in
Recorded July 2000 in Memphis, TN USA. Programming
by Carl Howard. Gee-tawr by Chris Phinney.
Songs To Drink And Drive By - Walk
Last call, late night, end of set; two zombies
later and "Songs to Drink and Drive By"
will rock your world with their sadcore version
of this sixties lounge chestnut. Dawn beckons,
the club is closing, you're crying in your beer.
Its time to order another two zombies - one
for your baby and one for the road! Peter Gingerich
plays bass and keys, Scott Matthews sings, and
Allon Beausoleil (sitarist, ex-Dandy Warhols)
did the beats and recorded the whole thing.
Magnus Sandberg - Island Knockin'
I played guitar for a few days when feeling
very low in May 2003, I entered a state of well-being,
happiness, faith and got an inspirational flow
I normally only reach while painting for several
hours. It felt like I had a friend in the room
helping me, or the room helping me. Or me helping
the room. I hope you like it. I do not have
much prior musical exercise, except for in 2002
when I played an organ (The Magnus Electric
Chord Organ) a few days under the same circumstances.