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cubest by the cube orchestra you never know what to expect at a cube orchestra session. expect the unexpected. there may be 20 people or just a handful, three guitarists or none, two saxís, two flutes and, on more than one occasion, a saw and bow. the results are sometimes samey or fractured, other times out there and fluid and occasionally on fire

this collection, the third in the series so far, aims to expose the listener to some of the variety of sounds we produce on the fly, no discussion, just play and see Ö

here are some sleeve notes to accompany each track on cubest 003 provide some background to whatís going on

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plate it up and serve with relish

2014 10 22 - Sammy Weaver: Flute, Vocals; David Cunningham: Flute; David Finch: Sax; Steve Watson: Guitar; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano; David Insua-Cao: Percussion, Vibes; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

we kick off with an instrumental of sorts. iím Ďmoaningí into my echo pad, set like a plate reverb, jon sets a groove on bass, david flits around it on flute and sammy provides great vocals. i particularly like the lippy sounds and background outbursts. the groove builds with percussive accents, while steve cranks his guitar over the top with some stylish off-beat notation. it dissolves into bleeps. nice

lucky boy, lucky man

2014 10 15 - David Finch: Sax; Steve Watson: Guitar; Ramon Sanchez: Sax, Percussion, Vocals; Sharleena Raczkiewicz: Vocals; Bertrand Lesca: Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion, Vibes; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

here we find ramon in fine vocal form, keeping it positive over a reflective piano-based piece of music. david Insua-cao provides interest on vibes while the other dave pumps the sax throughout. often what helps makes a tune is whatís not there, like sharleenaís absense. itís good practise to not have everyone doing something all the time, find a space if itís there or let the others develop. itís a bit hard to hear it here, but itís too good a tune to omit

further in the future

2014 10 16 - Steve Lake: Vocals, Synth; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano, Cubichord; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion, Vocals

from a live performance with a theme about the year of the sex olympics. steve is in full-flight here, his narrative painting a picture of our future, with him on your tv. it builds and builds to a crescendo, then drops out to a dub beat with some nice interplay between the piano and synth

da-da da da da da da da da da

2014 07 23 - Gareth Pitt: Sax, Percussion; Steve Watson: Guitar; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Christian Liberati: Harmonica, Triangle, Vocals; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion; Ollie Owen: Guitar; Fionn Ball: Percussion; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

sometimes everybody is tuned in, listening and reacting, and this is a good example of fluid playing. the three guitarists are combining to create pulses over the double bass iím playing on the ipad, with fionn following whatís going on with some expressive drumming. weaving through the rhythm is garethís sax, hot and dirty, wonderful. steveís overdriven bassy guitar piece at the end is epic, with great accompaniment from jean-michel and ollie. you can hear stomp boxes getting stomped. i had a mare with the levels, as a channel knob was knocked right up and i didnít notice until well into the proceedings. iíve tried to salvage the sound as best i could, right to the drifting end

hey hey youíre alright

2014 10 25 - Steve Watson: Guitar; Dalila Rabih: Vocals; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals, Keyboards; Oliver Kohll: Viola, Piano; David Finch: Flute, Sax; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Ollie Owen: Guitar, Effects, Percussion; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

we did a gig at the cube for marcusí birthday, in front of an audience, with a sound-check and everything. for about four and a half hours we improvised on stage with barely a pause and i attempted to record it all! as fate would have it, i lost the first hour or two due to some dud batteries, but still ended up with over two and a half hours of material. this little ditty is on the face of it raw and loose, but itís the jerkiness i like. you donít know if thereís gonna be a next chord and pretty soon there isnít! poor dalila is just getting going as the band peter out Ė classic

slow motion devotion

2014 10 22 - Sammy Weaver: Flute, Vocals; David Cunningham: Flute; David Finch: Sax; Steve Watson: Guitar; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano; David Insua-Cao: Percussion, Vibes; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

if thereís one thing ramon can do itís get into the zone. the tune is lazy, like drifting down a wide river, mantra-like, with two discordant flutes and a fluffy sax. ramonís chant is mystical. the only thing missing is the incense

trouble with the clangers

2014 10 29 - Sammy Weaver: Flute, Vocals; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; David Insua-Cao: Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, iPad, Percussion, Vocals, Bass; Jon Shepherd: Bass, Harmonica, Vocals; Marcus Valentine: Piano

ramon is venting while david and sammy converse like the clangers. jonís bass drifts along, sometimes dropping out only to resurface further along the line, while the clangers try to attract ramonís attention, eventually tempting him over to the drums and we all join in together in a triumphant march. the tune actually morphs into a rhythm and blues song with me singing what iím seeing projected on the cubeís screen, but i prefer the clangers any day so i cut it out

queremos paz

2014 10 29 - Sammy Weaver: Flute, Vocals; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; David Insua-Cao: Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, iPad, Percussion, Vocals, Bass; Jon Shepherd: Bass, Harmonica, Vocals; Marcus Valentine: Piano

more upbeat now with some blistering drums from david, keeping it together. ramon focuses his mood on the continuing state of world politics, alternating his attack with calls for peace. here i made a rare decision to edit out some of the vocal lines with an ear on listener presentation and hope i havenít diluted the message

tortilla slice

2014 10 25 - Steve Watson: Guitar; Dalila Rabih: Vocals; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals, Keyboards; Oliver Kohll: Viola, Piano; David Finch: Flute, Sax; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Ollie Owen: Guitar, Effects, Percussion; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

another track from our live gig at the cube for marcusí birthday. a gentle and dreamy number. thereís some nice interplay between ramon and dalila, between steve and ollieís guitars, between the bass and drums, all locked in for the ride. i like the way it lifts up three minutes in

we will all go together when we go

2014 10 08 - Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano, Percussion, Melodica; Alice Holland: Vocals; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Bass, Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion; Jon Shepherd: Bass, Guitar; Ollie Owen: Guitar; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

short and sweet. marcus provides a nice piano line to follow and aliceís words are poignant and powerful. come the time you can be sure the cube orchestra will have a tune to play us out with

i hope this collection provides the listener with a varied presentation of what the cube orchestra creates
- keef chemistry

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