Mike Overly's 12 Tone Music News

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March 26, 2020
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David Bowie released Ashes to Ashes on vinyl in 1980. Though the Thin White Duke was ahead of his time, even he couldn't have foreseen how prophetic the release was... a radical way of treasuring departed loved ones is proof of this.

Should someone be musically inclined, or just want to be remembered in style, then there's a quirky option which ensures their remains are not only seen but heard.

If you have the money you can press your ashes into a vinyl record, at the rate of a teaspoonful per disc. The company providing this offbeat service is And Vinyly.

A combination of family accidents involving cremains, a sense of his own advancing years and his mother working in a funeral home helped Leach come to the conclusion that vinyl was the answer.

It was not intended to be a business, it was the result of having a bit of fun with what at the time felt like a shocking and disconcerting inevitability.

As the name suggests, And Vinyly takes a light-hearted approach to the Grim Reaper. Their slogan is "Live on from beyond the groove!"

The remains must be sprinkled onto the raw piece of vinyl before it is pressed by the plates. This means that when the plates exert their pressure on the vinyl in order to create the grooves, the ashes are pressed into the record.

It isn't a flawless procedure and the ashes can make their presence felt on the recording as the needle moves over them, which is all part of the magic. There will, of course, be some extra pops and crackles resulting from the inclusion of ashes - but we like these, as this is you.
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Gibson has announced that it has temporarily closed each of its facilities in the United States, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. All of Gibson's hourly factory workers will receive a $1,000 support payment from the company to assist them during the pandemic. At the early stages of this unfortunate and ever-evolving situation, Gibson took a proactive approach to monitoring and prioritizing the health and safety of their entire team around the world. 
Thirty years ago this month, the Premiere Issue of Bass Player magazine was published. Billy Sheehan was on its cover, and to mark this momentous milestone he's taken over our new issue as Guest Editor, choosing the content and looking back over the years. We're all dealing with a crisis at the moment, but rest assured that it will pass, that we will win through, and that we'll all still be playing the coolest instrument ever invented when we come out the other side. Stay healthy!

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is filled with practical and highly musical techniques and information that will benefit bass players of any style and ability level, especially those who have passed beyond the 'beginner' stage. This is a great addition to the library of every bass player. I am very impressed! " - Dr. Robert Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.

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Jeff Healey was a gifted and unique guitarist, playing the instrument as it lay flat in his lap and performing fluid bends and vibrato in an idiosyncratic blend of blues, rock and jazz. He made his breakthrough in 1988 with his Grammy-nominated debut album, See the Light. In the years before he found commercial fame, Healey was becoming a star among other guitarists who appreciated his talents and sharing the stage with artists like B.B. King, George Harrison and Mark Knopfler. 

Whether you play electric or acoustic guitar, this list contains well-known songs from multiple genres, all with three things in common: they're simple to learn, recognizable, and guitarists of all skill levels can play them. Some are classic campfire guitar songs - so-called because they make excellent singalong tunes - while others are more riff-based, perfect for electric guitar players. So what are you waiting for? Dive into these easy-to-learn tunes and you'll be on the road to guitar mastery in no time.
For Mid-Fi Electronics, weird is the norm. Tuttle's pedal range includes fuzz, distortion, modulation, delay and so-called chaos pedals. True to the company's name, the boxes add an element of sonic reduction to your tone as well as extreme modulation, delay, dirt and weirdness. Here are three examples of the real deal: Mid-Fi Electronics' Random Vibrato, Deluxe Pitch Pirate and the actual Clari(not). These are among the 16 stompboxes Tuttle is currently offering in his whacky line of noisemakers.
Leo Kottke is an acoustic guitarist known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. He overcame a series of personal obstacles including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand. Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Kottke also sings sporadically, in an unconventional yet expressive baritone voice. In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QOf_fl9Sp8 

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