Mar 5, 2009

JEW POINT OWE Reassessed


After finally finishing the seventh klezmer inspired composition, I decided it was time to rethink ‘Jew Point Owe’. When I originally set out to do the album it was going to be an EP, with three klezmer pieces, and three laptop pieces. As the actual recordings of the klezmer pieces grew in size (about 20 minutes for all three), the idea went from EP to LP. The original reason for only recording three, of the six and a half available at the time, of the pieces for the ‘acoustic’ half was I could only do the ones that would work as duos with me and Serg.

Since then I’ve begun working with a lot of new musicians, particularly Manchester’s Jazz scene. So I’ve decided to record the remaining ‘acoustic’ pieces for the release. I’m very excited about this as some of the pieces I had to leave out of the recording before were my favorites.

In addition to extending the length, ‘Jew Point Owe’ will also be released on Concrete Moniker, a Manchester Label.

Feb 28, 2009

PA Tremblay Recording Session

Drum and Bass

After sharing a stage with PA in December, and being invited to speak at the GEM Days festival in Huddersfield, we booked some studio time at Huddersfield University.

I took my ‘drumset’ setup, which as you can see by the pictures is hardly a drumset at all. PA used his 6-string fretless bass + laptop setup which I saw him perform with originally. We improvised for just under two hours and seemed to cover everything from subtle, texture-scapes, to blasts of lo-fi meets hi-fi noise, to stuttering glitch/sludge hip-hop. I look forward to hearing it back, and seeing what will become of it. Continue reading »

Feb 20, 2009

FUTURESONIC Festival, Extra Life, and Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear

Extra Life

What do they all have in common?
May 15, 2009 is what. I just found out that we’re going to be performing with Extra Life at the Deaf Institute as part of Manchester’s FUTURESONIC Festival!!

I’ve been a HUGE Charlie Looker fan since the Zs and have pretty much everything he’s put out. I’m super excited just to be able to see them live, much less perform with them.

I will probably be star struck that night.

Jan 31, 2009

Speaking At GEM Days Festival


I was invited to speak at the Max/MSP symposium by PA Tremblay after sharing a stage with him in December. I did a power-point presentation on my “lo-fi meets hi-fi” setup of Ciat-Lonbarde electronics (Rollz-5 and Cocolase specifically) and Max/MSP.

It was my first time doing a PowerPoint presentation, and all in all I felt it went extremely well.

Jan 17, 2009

Busy, Busy Bands and More


Busy with Deaf to Van Gogh’s Ear, recording an EP, and doing quite a bit of gigging. Taihanis is back from vacation and rehearsing/preparing to get back to gigging.

I AM YOUR DENSITY is away being mixed by Dan Escauriza, a dear friend who did some engineering on my first release, “The Beatles White Album”. I’ve heard a pre-mix of it and it’s sounding great. I’m so glad he’s mixing it and not me. Continue reading »

Nov 9, 2008

“Asleep at the Monologue” Recording Session


This completes the ‘acoustic’ half of ‘Jew Point Owe’. For this one I’m on Melodica, Serg is on guitar, and Hamit, my Tabla teacher, is on Tabla.

It took two sessions to get this right since we had a very limited time window with Serg moving back to the US in a week. Continue reading »

Nov 2, 2008

“I AM YOUR DENSITY” Recording Session

Density Recording

My poor, poor neighbors. We blasted them with noise for about five solid hours. It was a pretty exhausting session, primarily because the material is so loud/dense.
I’m working on the mixing/editing at the moment, and I am incredibly pleased with the results. Expect a ‘single’ release before the end of the year. Special thanks to Angela, Anton, Sergio, Zoë, Ramsey, Wyn, Laurence, Evan, and Adam for being a part of the recording. Continue reading »

Oct 30, 2008

“The Ocean’s Like Right There” Recording Session

Oceans Right There

More ‘Jew Point Owe’ recording with “The Ocean’s Like Right There”. Another duo with Serg but this time we are on Namasitar and Banjo. Nearly through with the ‘acoustic’ half of the CD. Continue reading »

Oct 28, 2008

SOUND Festival Performance


Just got back from performing in Aberdeen as part of the SOUND festival. Did a solo set with Angela doing live painting, and Serg joining in on a couple of pieces, including a great performance of “The Oceans Like Right There” from an upcoming CD. Continue reading »

Oct 11, 2008

In The Studio With Takahashi’s Shellfish Concern

TSC recording

With Serg moving back soon, and a recent performance firing us up, we decided to do a studio session. We setup all the usual mics/equipment, and five video cameras and let it roll.

Expect a CD/DVD , currently titled “The Sans of Gilbert”, sometime in early 2009. Continue reading »

Oct 9, 2008

I AM YOUR DENSITY : Live at The Noise Upstairs

Density Score

Just performed I AM YOUR DENSITY at The Noise Upstairs. It was a lot of work to get this done. I am eternally grateful to all of the performers who stepped up.

Thanks to Angela, Anton, Sergio, Zoë, Sukh, Wyn, and Laurence, with a special thanks to The Noise Upstairs for putting it on.
Doing a studio recording in late October. Will likely release it as a single. Continue reading »

Oct 2, 2008

Got My Radio Zither!!

Radio Zither

So what is it?
This is what Peter Blasser, the designer/builder has to say:

RadioZither is wireless technology, in marriage with a fine wooden casket carved from Baltimore City logs. Modeled after the pan-Asian tradition of plank zithers (guqin, gayageum, koto), its form reflects upon ancient heritages. Its function is to transcend traditions through radio, to inspire global thinking physically as well as ethereally.  This instrument sonifies plucks as well as movements between plucks, it is played / meta-played.” Continue reading »

Sep 23, 2008

“These Secrets Are Just Lists” Recording Session

Serg and Rod

This is the first recording session for my next CD entitled ‘Jew Point Owe’. This is for the piece “The Secrets Are Just Lists”. For this piece I went with a simple, stripped down instrumentation of two naked acoustic guitars. Serg is the second guitar on this track.

The rest of the CD will be half klezmer/folk inspired experimentations and half laptop/electronic improvisations.

Overhead Secrets

Aug 28, 2008

Whammy Pedal True-bypass Guide

whammy top

I decided to give up on trying to buy an original WH-1 Whammy Pedal and instead buy a current WH-4 Whammy Pedal. The sounds were great, but the bypass, as many of you have experienced, wasn’t. I figured there has to be a way to modify it for true-bypass. Four hours later, through blood-shot eyes, I had a completed mod in front of me.

After that I decided to write up a full walk-through so others can do the same.

Check it out here.




Rodrigo Constanzo
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