When I hear there is some new pedal on the market that does something that no other pedal does, I immediately check it out, either through a store, video or sound clips that I dig up on the internet. Once I own the pedal, and that thing delivers the goods, I rave about it through PedalsAndEffects and social media. Music is no exception here and I found music that has me inspired me like the Earthquaker Devices Afterneath or Mantic’s Vitriol. That music is Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations.
On August 19, 2013 Guiliana and three of his favorite musicians set up in a small studio in Los Angeles and improvised for the entire day. The results are here, on Beat Music: The Los Angeles Improvisations. All of the music was performed in real time by four distinct musical personalities creating one “voice”, in the moment, with no overdubs. The album captures the confluence of four “rivers”, influence, inspiration, risk-taking, and open-minded and openhearted engagement in the avant-garde. Guiliana elaborates, “this session was inspired by a handful of shows throughout the past few years that created many musical moments that I wished had been documented. This specific configuration, with Tim Lefebvre on electric bass, Jeff Babko on keyboards, and Troy Zeigler on electronics, has cultivated a selfless and compositional approach to group improvisation that I think we really captured on this album.”
Mark Guiliana, Beat Music’s creator, is an amazing drummer in his own right. I have had the pleasure of working with him and I can definitely say that he is a true pioneer. His beats are as futuristic as his concepts towards music. Mark started this group with musicians he admires and they pull off some of the most unique and original improvisation out there. Bassist Tim Lefebvre (on the recent cover of Bass Player Magazine) kills it with hooky basslines and wildly effected bass sounds. This album is a must for PedalsAndEffects fans.
Now I have known Troy Zeigler of Beat Music for almost 15 years. Troy is a recurring member of Big Sir and played drums on the first three records we put out. I always knew Troy had a pedal obsession from way back because he owned 3 or 4 Kaos pads when they first came out. He soon developed quite an arsenal of effects and put his drums through everything.
Within the last year I caught a Beat Music performance at the Blue Whale and I walked up to Troy’s pedal table and I recognized about half of what he was using. He brought my attention to some amazing Recovery Effects pedals (hoping to get some pedals from them to review!), a few eBay gems that are on his board
and the smallest but incredibly useful Hotone Wally Looper pedal that will definitely sell like crazy after this video premiers. Now, that same board has grown even more and the sounds he creates are mind bending.
After hearing the Beat Music Los Angeles Improvisations, I asked Troy if he would be interested in sharing his gear and ideas. Lucky for anyone who is a fan of PedalsAndEffects, Troy is here to inspire and hip us to his contributions to Beat Music.