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I'm listening now to Strata Institute's "Cipher Syntax".. no words...

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by Foo-O-Matic, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. Foo-O-Matic


    Aug 10, 2004
    This stuff is so... complex? bizzare? insane?
    before listening to this I read it is funky... but I can hardly feel any funk around here :eek:
    Really, I have no words to describe this stuff..
    Are all M-Base recordings like this? or are there a little more melodic / less sophisticatedn ones out there (within the genre) ?
  2. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    It's almost hard to believe that "Smitty" Smith & Bob Hurst also play in the Tonight Show Band, huh?
    Any of the M-Base musicians are "OK" by me.

    Guitarist David Gilmore's Lost Tribe is another group you may wanna check out.
  3. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...and thanks for the reminder; I just ripped Cipher-Syntax & Transmigration to my PC, soon to be sent to the mp3 player.
    "3 Against 2" kicks some ass!
  4. Foo-O-Matic


    Aug 10, 2004
    yeah, this thing is really special, although I believe I should get used to it :)
    and btw I edited the post, just to make sure... :smug:
  5. Freeloader


    Dec 30, 2004
    some of the later stuff steve coleman released is really cool....
    i liked 'def trance beat' and 'the tao of mad phat'. both have gene lake on drums. the bassist reggie washington is awesome.
    lost tribe is an awesome band too and sort of used some of those m-base concepts. i have two of their albums, the first and second one. they released a third one after guitarist david gilmore left called 'many lifetimes' that isn't as cool as the first two. david gilmore is really one of the coolest guitar players i have ever heard. adam rogers is quite a monster as well.
  6. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    The only M-base I've been exposed to is Quite Sane, But that's some gooooooood stuff.
  7. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    It's nice you have their 1st, the one on Windham Hill Jazz; that's OOP & hard-to-find(at least around here it is). ;)

    "Concentrics" from Many Lifetimes falls into the M-Base vibe.
  8. Freeloader


    Dec 30, 2004
    actually, a lot of the stuff in the first two albums is also m-base kinda stuff. a lot of the melodies are really quite endless..... they just go on and on, and then at some point, they sort of start over. that is totally m-base. its like entire tracks based on melodies that sort of dictate the direction of the entire tune. that band is one of those bands you really have to listen to A LOT in order to appreciate. the coolest thing though, is that though their ideas and things were so damn complex, there's something about their music that just makes it so accessible.
    even david gilmore's solo release has some m-base elements. i have not heard any of adam rogers' solo stuff, but he really is one the most amazing guitarists that ever walked this earth. his solos on some of the lost tribe tracks are OUT OF THIS WORLD!

    anyway, back to steve coleman.... if you really want some information regarding his concepts and things, i remember seeing a lot of information at http://www.m-base.com . his approach and ideas were explained in an extremely detailed manner. i saw this atleast a year ago, and i'm not sure if all that information is still there, but you might want to check it out anyway.
  9. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    M-base can sound rough sometimes, but I would suggest that you give a listen to the following Steve Coleman albums:

    Def Trance Beat
    Genesis & the Opening of the Way
    Curves of Life
    Tao of mad phat
    Drop Kick

    They're all great albums IMHO.