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The Flute- the oldest known instrument

Once made from bird bone and the ivory of mammoths, flutes have found to be over 40,000 years old. The oldest instrument discovered to date, the flute often goes overlooked.  During a recent collaboration of like minded musicians, a group of abstruse musical talent set out to bring more awareness to the flute and their sounds.There mission was to sail the waterways of Florida and play their sounds together. Many were flutists and some of vocalists. Together the sound that emanated from their efforts was brilliant and emotionally embracing. Their mission was to spread the artistry and sound beauty of the flute, Water and Music.

Water & Music, “be fluid like water, feel the music”.  The body of water we call the ocean is much larger or more powerful, as is music. The combination of water and sound is transformational. They had a 45 foot boat they had vinyl wrapped to display their mission. It truly was amazing artistry created and installed by Marine Wraps 1, www.boatwraps-florida.com. Their mission was to spread the artistry, sound beauty of the flute, and history of the flute.

I caught up with these guys (male & female) in Miami and had the opportunity to cruise Florida waters with them for a bit. And holy Sh** it was beyond incredible.  What they did with their thin, delicate flutes was beyond bold and beautiful. Being on the water felt like freedom.

From what I learned, and I really wasn’t familiar but it makes sense, music may have played  quite the role on the development of social networks. This maintenance and development may have been part of the spreading of territory at the time. In the same sense music plays the role and development in social networks today too.  Although the worlds oldest instrument versus what we hear on the radio in our cars, is quote a bit different.

Music is a connection source.  It bridges people together, and may even create bridges amongst us. What we should reflect on every once in a while, or more if we like, is where it came from and how it had evolved. The flute still exist, more than 40,000 years later. Obviously it has progressed from mammoth ivory and bone to silver or brass, but it still exists.

It stood the bridge of time, at least to this point. What other types of music and instruments are capable of standing the bridge of time. Of course some instruments and sound may inspire a whole new creation and that is to be recognized in some way as well, but to exist 40,000+ years ago and then be the instrument that brings artists together to do more (Rv road trip) people together to learn about where it came from, and the sound it makes to be shared, I mean that;s powerful.

So a big shout out to Flute Bones, the traveling flutists, Marine Wraps 1 (wrap company), and to the awesome people I met in Miami. This “Water and Flute” adventure was the beginning of Flute Bones. Not only did they form their own official band, but this mission was the first to come of many.

It’s stepping out of the box in this, sharing what you love, collaborating with other artists, and spreading sounds and education that many are not aware of that gives me hope and keeps e positive for our future and the future others. Embrace sound and explore it. It too has been around for a long time.

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5 non mainstream bands to be recognized

The music most think of as music today are mostly mainstream songs and artists. Not to say that talent doesn’t exist, but the fact is that there are many, many voices, talented voices that are left unheard.  We want to bring to light music, artists, and voices that are unknown, and shed light on their existence and their talent.

Unfortunately main stream writers do not use their power to introduce many of these bands and people. Whether it’s due to an over abundance and they do what they can, or something else, it is a fact that left behind is talent that should be exposed.

We’ve put together a list of 5 bands, non mainstream bands, that many have not hear of, but deserve to be recognized. If you’ve heard of one or some, kudos to you. Please share others that you’ve found. let’s collaborate talent to expose.

  1. The Witch Hunt. From Leeds, UK this duo band is one to be heard. Late nite, Deep, resonating sounds will penetrate your atmoshpere to create the experience. Guitarist Chris Mulligan,  aligned with the vocals of Louisa  Osborne’s is more than spectacular.
  2. The History of Apple Pie. Psychedelic Indie at it’s finest.
  3. Dutch Uncle’s.  Underrated and deserving of more, Dutch Uncle’s is it’s own creation. Constructing music artistically this art rock/indie/pop band, is setting it’s self apart with individualization  in their style.
  4. Bleech.  Another UK band, Bleech is a bit more known than some underground/under exposed bands, yet still not enough. With their alternative/punk rock band style they should be heading up more magazine covers, more billboards and more notice.
  5. Exit Calm. One of my top choices,  they’ve produced a sound to be heard.  They’ve gone through some changes, but their music leads to me, for alternative rock. Producing music to offer them recognition of becoming known as part of the new age rock movement.

There are a lot of bands that lack recognition and deserve it. Again, we are here to recognize those that deserve it. What other bands out there deserve more recognition?

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Underground Cities

Thought we’d touch on where people come from. Every artist, mainstream or underground, comes from somewhere right?  And for the record, not everyone came from Los Angeles New York, and of course Nashville. Maybe that’s where they had to travel to “be found”, but those three major metropolitan cities (well maybe Nashvilles isn’t considered major and metropolitan, but it is a big music hub) are far from the only places where good shit exists.

We’ve put a list together of some underrated cities, where their music scene is one to be discovered.

 

  1. Portland, OR. Portland’s kinda turned into something, especially among the hip scene. With a scene brings more bars, music, and artists. Portland, although a mainstream city now, while producing some up and comers in the accepted world, offers some great spots to hear many of the untapped.
  2. Detroit, MI. A scene for some time, but gears are shifting to more of the hip hop scene. There is some incredible underground to explore in Detroit. Auto industry it once was, audio it still is.
  3. Cambridge, MA. Underrated music spot that deserves a little more love and attention. Great live music, great scene. Worth checking out.
  4. Kansas City, MO. An underrated hip hop spot. Another spot to check.

These are just a few cities. The Hawaii islands have some incredible reggae, reggae/rap bands and musicians too. The difference is that some of the best you hear are in the backyard of a neighbor or friends. It’s island style, and one of the best ways to listen to good jams.

We did a post on Zilla. Zilla is straight from the Big Island. One example of excellence from the islands.

 

Until next time…Peace and music.

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Youth Beats -sharing the art

A good friend of mine recently set up youth beats in Colorado. The focus of YB is to expose and educate kids on music, and all different styles and genres. I just wanted to throw a shout out to Mark with Youth Beats and to Mr. R at Patio Splash Hot tubs, (patiosplash.com).

Youth Beats, know as YB, holds classes and experiences for Northern Colorado Youth. They target all youth, but also focus on working with kids with Autism.  The goal was for a positive outlet that explores the art of music and non traditional, non mainstream artists from past and present.

Mr. R, with Patio Splash has donated to provide YB with instruments and equipment for YB to play with, practice on, and use for the development of their own skills.

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World Wide Music Fests

There are several gatherings and music festivals all over the world, beyond the United States. We know many of the popular ones local to us….Coachella, EDC, Governor’s Ball, and more. We want to spend time recognizing that there are several other legit, quality festivals and music shows around the world.

  1. AMF Amsterdam –  Amsterdam.  The center for some of the best electronic music. AMF, part of the Amsterdam Dance Event, is a 5 day event featuring artist, recognizing artists, djs, dance, and craziness. I haven’t been to a ton of out of country festivals, put I have been to this one and it is a list topper for sure.  This year the Amsterdam Music Festival will feature some of the very best djs and performers. We are’t making it this year, but I wish we were. The fun begins this October 2016.
  2. Byron Bay Bluefest Australia. Contemporary Blues & Root Music. The Blues Fest has become internationally renown and boasts over 7 stages and 200 performances. The Bluefest has grown in popularity over the years and brings thousands of people together to enjoy a variety of sound and a chill, laid back atmosphere. Originating in 1990, it has grown to what it is today. Five full days of music, dance, atmosphere and fun. Get ready for the Bluefest in April 2017. Thinking to get out of the Us, head way down under to Aussie land.
  3. Gnaoua World Music Festival– Morocco. We like to give recognition to all types of music and sound. This Moroccan Festival represents just that. This festival is a melting pot of world music. Gatherers….nearly half a million, come together to experience Gnaoua. Gnaouas are spiritual healers and music makers. This festival brings foreign musicians of all types together and what you have is an experience of a lifetime.
  4. MysteryLand. Netherlands. Godfather of Dance Festivals. Netherlands is home to electronic sounds. Mysteryland dance and music festival brings incredible djs and artists together to create an experience. All electronic music lovers should at some point experience this incredible festival. Many djs have been made known from Mysteryland. Check it out next August 2017.

I have just named 4 of the numerous music and dance festivals all over the world. We have lots of cool things going on in the Unites States too. From Bluegrass to Jazz, Electronic to Hip Hop, festivals allow people to come out explore, listen, engage and move to sound rhythm produced by talented musicians. Experience different styles and genres. Explore the sounds and energy people put into their music. Watch the way sound makes one or many move and interact. The internet is huge….explore the many other festivals that are out there. Some new, some decades old.

Can’t get a way. There’s always Radio Scorpio.

 

 

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Zilla

This kid is the shit. I was at a friends house a few nights ago and he was playing some music. The track was solid. Who is this? He said a good friend from Hawaii. It was a him mixing and rapping. Shit it was good.

He’s 27 years old and always been into making sound. He writes too. He wants to get out share his music, but I guess he’s in a hard place financially. Computer died on him, so makes it hard to mix. But my friend had lots of his stuff. Nothing made to perfection, but just him doing his things, solo and some with others. He has a reggae/underground hip hop/trance vibe. A mix of all. That’s what I liked about his stuff. It’s expressive too. And a combo of expression from chill, laid back to I’ve got stuff to say. I hope this guy is able to be heard by more people. He is very talented. I hope one of my future posts is all about him with samples of his music.

The industry is tough. So many talented people that go unknown, unexposed. Even with all the right resources, it’s just hard.

That is why I have so much respect for artists that push for what they want…and then don’t sell out. Although think if you made it. It doesn’t happen overnight. Lots of energy, persistency and follow through go into really getting somewhere. Unless of course you simply luck out and meet the right person and the right time. Happens, just doesn’t happen all that often. Then to actually make money doing it you have to “change” according to what they say people want. What do you do? I think a little fight, like what got you there in the first place is what you do. What if that’s not enough and it’s sell out or go home. Personal decision I guess.

If you know of people that need to be exposed, keep exposing. Raw talent deserves exposure.