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2 bits of new music from me (first in AGES!)

Discussion in 'Ask Steve Lawson & Michael Manring' started by Steve Lawson, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    Hello talkbass-y people,

    sorry for extended absence - been off doing all kinds of fun things that are best documented elsewhere (see my blog for more - http://www.stevelawson.net/blog ), but am finally getting round to work on a new album (or what passes for an album these days - we'll see what happens with that!

    So i have two new bits of music - just idea fragments at the moment, but if you're interested in those, you can hear one captured as a short podcast at http://audioboo.fm/boos/4892-the-soundtrack-to-today and another on youtube at )


  2. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    Steve, if you are taking suggestions for titles for the very nice youtube clip........I'd suggest.........Somalia.........
  3. kcolyar


    Feb 28, 2007
    Moab, Ut 84532
    Very nice Steve. No clue on how to name a piece of music. As soon as you name it, it will change in my mind as to what I thought you were trying to get across in your song. I guess that is why I like instrumentals. They mean something different to everyone who hears it.

    Do you hear the entire piece in your head before you start looping or does it progress as you go? I have always wondered how you compose your music.
  4. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK

    good question - I often make stuff up with the tape rolling - the hook for that video was one that I just fell into, then started to play around with melody ideas. It formed pretty much as I was playing it on the video...

    There's another version of it from a gig last weekend up on youtube now:

    I very rarely conceive of a whole piece before I play it... I don't think there's anything on any of my solo albums that happened like that. It all comes out of an experimental/exploratory space, rather than a more academic notion of how much can be written...


  5. Jägermeischder


    Feb 3, 2009
    these are the first songs i hear from you and they're both really nice in my opinion, that's the kind of music i would buy on a cd. the first piece is amazing, i really love your tone. may i ask which bass you are using? i'm not familiar with your equipment. and i think i have to listen to more of your stuff in future, i've unfortunately never heard something from you in germany.

    by the way, sorry for the bad english.
  6. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK

    thanks very much - really glad you enjoyed the videos - there's plenty of this stuff available for download or to buy on CD from http://www.stevelawson.net/shop :)

    The bass is a Modulus Q6 fretless, VERY custom, as it was smashed up by an airline before christmas, and rebuilt by Modulus using an unfinished body in a way they'd never done before. I love it :)

    I have played in Germany quite a lot, but not for over a year - which part of Germany are you in?

    take care,

  7. Jägermeischder


    Feb 3, 2009
    i never expected that this is a bass with a graphite-neck, the tone is great, almost a bit like a double-bass, very nice. the only modulus i ever played was a flea-model, i guess i can't compare it to your fretless in any way.

    i live in the saarland, the small red dot in the corner near to frankreich and luxemburg:

    do you have any plans to play in germany in future? i would really like to watch you play!
  8. SmittyG


    Dec 24, 2003
    Texarkana, Texas
    Outstanding--love your tone and your melodic sense. I run into the name issue with my instrumental pieces. I got away from lyrics because I wanted to use my music to "say" something and then find that the process of applying a name starts restricting what others might take from the music--they start trying to "interpret" the name. I'm tempted to just put numbers on them; or do like Jeff Berlin and come up with some cute/crazy turn of a phrase to use as a song title.
  9. Steve Lawson

    Steve Lawson Solo Bass Exploration! Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2000
    Birmingham, UK
    Sorry for the late reply, guys - thanks for the comments!

    I've been posting LOADS of new video on my Vimeo account.

    I'm working towards putting out a new collection-of-songs-that-used-to-be-called-an-album-but-probably-won't
    involve-cds-now, and am putting all the 'beta test' ideas up online, for anyone who's interested in the process of deciding how the album's going to sound -

    http://vimeo.com/solobasssteve/videos is where the vids are. The latest 6 are the 'public beta' videos. Hope you enjoy them. There's some more write-up about them on my blog - http://www.stevelawson.net/blog



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