News and Updates

Some quick updates from what has been a busy spring/early summer.

  • Work continues on a looping/ambient CD, this time of normal CD length. I am exploring the idea of multiple unsynced loops at once. I am also continuing to research alternative ways of setting up my guitar synth/looping rig. Boomerang III? Triple Play? The Boomerang is stereo, which is amazing, and allows 4 loops at once, with their own decay rates. But it doesn’t have the Echoplex’s unrounded multiply function which I use a lot. I need 2 Echoplexes for stereo though, and prices are pretty high. I can’t do multiple loops at once on an Echoplex, either. As far as the Triple Play, I don’t want to bring a laptop out to gig with, and it is incompatible with the 13-pin out on my Brian Moore Guitar. Tracking is fast, and when recording, you have lots of sound options. But my goal is to have a simple, easy,setup for live playing, which is almost always in mono. This might leave me with all older gear, which isn’t always a bad thing. I hate mountains of wires, and a long setup time. This might eliminate my Fractal AX8 from my looping rig, though. Decisions.
  • Writing and demoing is happening on Julie Black’s 4th CD, and we hope to hit the studio this fall. No idea what form the CD will take…it might be something like digital downloads to start. Carrying around boxes of CDs seems ridiculous in this day and age, and isn’t the way most people listen to music. Plus, they are expensive to make. We are also working on studio issues, like fixing some wiring, organizing, and coming up with new ways to record.
  • If you are friends with Julie Black on Facebook (or me), we Facebook Live 1 song from rehearsal every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern. It is an interesting look into the rehearsal process, which is hidden a lot by bands. Now I am noticing lots of bands in the area doing something similar. Did we start a trend?
  • I am playing many shows with Julie this summer, check out the dates on her page. Solo ambient dates have been scarce as I rebuild my rig into something portable that gives me the options I need. Modern gear is great, but routing becomes a problem. I do have many solo acoustic shows this summer though, doing my improvised loopy stuff.
  • I will try to be using some downtime to work on my Facebook artist page, and this website, which take time to update and promote. Thing is, as an individual artist, you only have so many hours of the day. I wish I could ask an assistant to do this sort of thing, but in the end, that person is me.

Keep checking back. When recording starts for Julie’s CD, I plan on having a studio log, with pics and notes from recording. It will be her most ambitious recording yet, with music not easily thrown into a stylistic box (my favorite kind).


ABC-TV Appearance and New Ambient Track

First, the new ambient track was recorded in stereo with a Fractal AX8 and a Boomerang III, which is capable of recording 4 unsync’d loops that overlap and don’t line up rhythmically. This song is part of a group of demos for a new CD. I will be writing more like this for an upcoming CD. This one is called Here Child, Finish Your Nothing.

The next item is from a Julie Black appearance on ABC-TV’s Morning Blend show. We played one acoustic song (Majesty of Hope) that appears on her 3rd CD, Follow the Muse.

Check out our appearance here.

The green room at the ABC studios.

Our view across the studio

Projection on the floor of ABC-TV studio

Watch a clip of me recording the solo in the recording studio.

 

 


That time I was in Guitar Player…

Well, the first time, anyway. I was the last person to appear in Mike Varney’s Spotlight column, which was the springboard for many great players. I grew up reading Guitar Player, over all of the other guitar magazines. When I was young, an older friend gave me a stack of issues from the 70s and early 80s. Those were some  great sources of info. I learned a lot of music, and about a lot of guitarists I never would have known about (and no other magazines were covering). There were some really in-depth interviews, in a way that modern music journalism simply doesn’t do anymore. So the first time in the magazine was sort of a big deal for me. Here is the article.

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Selected Releases

These are a handful of the releases I have appeared on. There are others, but these are the main ones.

Dave Eichenberger: Collectives Sampler, Vol 2
Dave Eichenberger: Reward Your Toil Sampler
Dave Eichenberger: Reward Your Toil
Dave Eichenberger: Collectives Sampler, Vol 1
Dave Eichenberger: Christmas Presence
Dave Eichenberger: Collectives (50 cds)
Dave Eichenberger: Trust Action
Dave Eichenberger: Analog Mythology
Dave Eichenberger: Christmas Past
Dave Eichenberger: Digital Mythology

Julie Black: Follow the Muse
Julie Black: Call Me Angel for Blues
Julie Black: You Just Might Win

Hazard Factor: Primordiance
Hazard Factor: Be Here Now
Hazard Factor: Digging for Stars

Future Perfect: Meanwhile
Future Perfect: Christmas Future
Future Perfect: Each & All
Future Perfect: The Cure for Folly
Compilation recordings for various musical gear manufacturers including Gibson, Seymour Duncan, and Ernie Ball