Saturday, February 13, 2010

A little snow...

The beginning of my blizzard dig out on 02/10/10.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Computer Troll

As my Atari 1040STe used to say...

Hello and welcome to Floating Fish Studios
I am Computer Troll

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vizator - Ready To Deal (Live)

Since I didn't have a chance to post as many Ttam Troll Plays Bass Week entries as I wanted to last week, I thought that I would extend the fun for another week. I hope you continue to enjoy some of my bass playing adventures.

This live performance video of Vizator playing Ready To Deal was recorded at PPG Plaza in Pittsburgh, PA in Summer 1989. This is the first and only Vizator live performance to feature Matt Norcross - Bass & Synthesizers and M Scott McConnell - Synthesizers & Maracas. Other members of this line up included Dave Irish - Lead Vocals & Guitars and Carlton Holt - Drums & Vocals.

On one very hot August day in Summer 1989, we descended upon downtown Pittsburgh, PA into the Land of Glass Towers to play a City Parks Showcase Monday show. We started our hour long set with a song titled Ready To Deal. As you'll see and hear, we had some "problems" during this song but I'm sharing it with you because it is one of the better sounding selections mix-wise.

We started off the song very tentatively and quickly noticed that the sequenced keyboards parts were out of sync with the rest of the band. Dave gave Scott "the look" and then Scott stopped the sequencer just in time before the beginning of the first verse. At this point, Carlton and I locked in our rhythmic groove with the hopes that all else would be well. Unfortunately, that didn't turn out to be the case. Our mullet wearing band leader, Dave, was not in top form on this day. His "control freak" nature had taken its toll on him. After spending hours with the set up of our stage show, he was simply "out of it". At times, it sounds like he's channeling Satchmo with his singing. As for his guitar playing, well, you'll hear his "issues" during the guitar solo (and elsewhere)!

Nonetheless, it was a fun show and I'm glad that we did it. You can click here to read more backstory about the band and Vizator Summer 1989.

P.S. Be sure to look and listen for Scott playing the maracas. It's not something that you want to miss.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Old Friends

Ttam Troll gets reacquainted with an old friend, his Roland Juno-60, at FFS II on 02/08/10.

P.S. My hair really isn't red. It's the lighting.