Hard at work in the shop over the winter. The following is some of what I'm up to. A big thanks to all of you supporting this art. If you personally would like to make an impact use the 'Donate' button (it's paypal). As always follow me on your fav social networks and subscribe to the newsletter to see what fantastic things your support is making possible! THANK YOU
LONE SOUND RANGER 2016:
The Big Machine prototype number 2 (mechanical multi-instrument interface or MMII). The machine I'm playing on right now is the equivalent of performing with the worlds worst guitar. The new prototype will work as I imagined it 8 years ago with beaters that emulate the essential movements of a drummers hand, wrist, and grip. It is very difficult to create "groove" with the machine I work with now. About the only thing it's really 'alright' for are metal beats... In my opinion it sounds terrible all around and difficult to play. The new machine will be capable of beautiful tone, nuanced grooves, buzzes and drum rolls.
Developing a number of new machines... The 'Triple Deluxe' ultimate guitar/bass/keyboard frankenstein instrument. It's similar to what I play now but more..... 'ultimate'. There will be new one man band suits, acoustic, and electronic. And a new direction for me I'm calling the 'rotator series' incorporating strings and glass; use your imagination.
Somewhere over 2016 I intend to record the first Lone Sound Ranger studio album. The process in the studio will be interesting. The drum parts on the album will be recorded LIVE with the big machine!! If people listen to this album and love the drums I feel like it will to some extent legitimize the big machine as a serious alternative or more so 'addition' to traditional drumming. In the future I hope to see percussionists doing everything they do so beautifully with their hands with an enhanced pedalboard beneath their feet.
Several other things in the mix, a lot of other things really, but these are some highlights.