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cubest by the cube orchestra improvisation is a difficult genre to sell. the concept of musical exploration is such that you canít expect to find something new and exciting without stumbling over a few loose and tuneless rocks on the way. recording the cube orchestra sessions gives me not just the opportunity to audition what we did, which always comes as a surprise, but to consider tracks on their individual merit with regards to editing them down into tastier morsels, which is what the cubest series is all about, making them more listener-friendly

i canít stress enough how impressive it is to hear these musicians at play, each one has a knack of contributing solid, inventive playing. our stable of guitarists find space to play around each other, jonís bass playing is so solid he has to wear a crash helmet, marcus sits and leads from the back, teasing us to make sounds and, while ramon and myself sit in on drums when thereís a space, itís the likes of david insua-cao and yoni who best demonstrate proficiency on the drums. over the top of these we might hear trumpet, clarinet, sax, flute, viola, dulcimer, castanets or my beloved melodica. when the moment seems right someone might add some vocals. itís the interplay between all things present, done on the fly, that gives me the buzz it does ...

cubest 004 has a different feel to the other collections. here are some 'sleeve notes' to accompany the tunes

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false start

2014 11 19 - David Cunningham: Flute; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano, Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Scream; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Bass; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion, iPad; Jon Shepherd: Bass, Guitar; Ollie Owen: Guitar; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

the guitarists are always ready to go before the rest of us, but the drums get sorted and it picks up at the end with some fine parping on trumpet from ramon, carnival stylee

we synthesise

2014 11 26 - Nick Warlow: Percussion; Nina Lifely: Recorder, Vocals; Oliver Kohll: Viola; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano, Percussion; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion, iPad; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

"the cube orchestra needs to get a bit weirder, i think." ramon announces and we all slide down and down and down and down, before rising somewhat triumphantly. i like the recorder

palestinian minion

2014 11 12 - Yoni: Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion, iPad; Ollie Owen: Guitar, Effects; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

a slow burning melodica, heavy with effects, provides the intro to the theme, while marcus chats with an intruder. as usual, weíre in no hurry to get anywhere. the two guitars wail at each other while marcus and david feel around on piano and drums respectively, finding a syncopated rhythm, full of insanity

lost at sea

2014 12 03 - Aziz: Beatbox, Vocals; David Finch: Sax; Dalila Rabih: Vocals; Ghoufran Warlow: Clarinet, Piano, Percussion; Bertrand Lesca: Harmonica, Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion, Dulcimer, Glockenspiel; Jean-Michel Maheu: Acoustic Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, iPad; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Ollie Owen: Electric Guitar; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

distorted melodica this time, calling to the others to set adrift and float on the breeze. dalilahís vocals, low and purring at first, rise in intensity throughout, while david and ghoufran interplay on sax and clarinet. as the beat takes hold thereís some fine guitar playing, alternating stabs, showing great restraint to good effect. the original is 14:31 long, so chopping it down to 8:50 felt harsh enough an edit

funeral for freddie

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

we have marcus on the cube piano providing us with a lovely soundtrack to play over. restrained and sensitive and not a guitar in sight

ragga swagger

2014 11 12 - Yoni: Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Percussion, iPad; Ollie Owen: Guitar, Effects; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

pacey from the outset, yoni gives us a demonstration in beats. i canít tell you how great it is to have david join us on percussion. he turns up with a box of toys and here you can hear him making a weird windy, gurgling sound. halfway through it hits a groove and i add a modulating synth, then it goes jazzy, then drops out again. beatastic

warp zero

2014 11 26 - Nick Warlow: Percussion; Nina Lifely: Recorder, Vocals; Oliver Kohll: Viola; Ghoufran Warlow: Piano, Percussion; Jean-Michel Maheu: Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, Percussion, iPad; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

i always manage to feedback on the ipad at least once a session. may as well make something of it

radio newsnight

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

recorded live at marcusí hawaii-50 party at the cube. marcus encouraged audience members to provide musical themes for us to perform. this one is our interpretation of Ďradio newsnightí and i think we have it sewn up. i like dalilahís rap. it has a good ending (for us)

gala

2014 12 03 - Aziz: Beatbox, Vocals; David Finch: Sax; Dalila Rabih: Vocals; Ghoufran Warlow: Clarinet, Piano, Percussion; Bertrand Lesca: Harmonica, Percussion; David Insua-Cao: Percussion, Dulcimer, Glockenspiel; Jean-Michel Maheu: Acoustic Guitar, Percussion; Ramon Sanchez: Trumpet, Percussion, Vocals; Keef Chemistry: Melodica, Vocals, iPad; Jon Shepherd: Bass; Ollie Owen: Electric Guitar; Marcus Valentine: Keyboards

dark and mysterious, with some cool dulcimer. azizís beatbox vocals compliment dalilahís, while my sole contribution is an occasional echoey vocal stab. great bass line

these collections provide the listener with a varied presentation of what the cube orchestra creates
- keef chemistry

Download the zip file here (9 tracks @ 320 = 92mb):
http://www.keefchemistry.com/cubeorchestra/zipanddownload.php?f=cubest004
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