Monday, May 12, 2014

Brainphreak Improvising on the Tankdrum (A7)

I recently purchased this TankDrum from "" and have been having tons of fun playing with it. These tankdrum's are created out of propane tanks and each note is tuned to a specific key so there are no 'wrong' notes. The tankdrum is a solution based on the "hang drum" which is very hard and expensive to obtain,  it also is a similar idea as a steel drum you would hear in the islands but these are played by hand.  The propane tankdrum has an amazing metallic percussion sound and the individual notes ring out in soothing tones. This is a great instrument to get others involved in music since it is relaxing, fun to play, and requires very little 'practice' or 'learning' to make some great sounds! If you are interested, go check out all the models and demos at and tell them Brainphreak sent ya! :P You can even buy multiple drums with complimentary keys so together you can make even more amazing sound combinations. 

I find myself playing the tankdrum just before bedtime and it is a nice relaxing way to wind down after a long day. Below is a sample I recorded on my wedding day improvising shortly after I received this amazing instrument. Technically this drum in the video is an A7 tuned model with only 7 notes including an A in the middle spot. Ignore all the weird faces I may be making and listen to the sounds this thing can make! I have since ordered another one that is double sided... a B17! (17 notes)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Strangling Marilyn - The Insects Turn (New Song)

Brand new song by my two man band/project "Strangling Marilyn". It is a song about the end of the world, so it may be a bit dramatic! This one also has some odd time signatures and may be interesting to those geeky musician types out there.
Also available on iTunes and other digital stores for your iDevices and MPX Players.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Strangling Marilyn - Surrender (Song and Video)

Here is a new song from my band Strangling Marilyn. I spent some time experimenting in Bryce3D since the program is now FREE!! Made a cool SM logo and then started experimenting more in After Effects animation and 3D stereo rigs. The result is the following video which took me about 1 week just in computer rendering time! Rockit was really crunching the numbers!

The above video was created for 3D viewing, but you can turn off 3D through the options below the video. I also messed with the camera angles a bit and re-rendered in just 2D so it can be at full resolution on youtube (or as best as youtube allows). Here is the native 2D version

Here is the song streaming from bandcamp. Surrender is also available on itunes and cdbaby and most all of those other digital music stores.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Baba Phadhi: A Spiritual Guru of Cyber Culture

A portrait of society? Maybe just a self portrait?

Complete with a unfinished fluorescent tan meet Baba Phadhi

Rub His Belly For Good Luck!

I made this disgusting little guy out of Sculpey clay and painted with FolkArt gun metal gray.

Has anyone seen my remote control??
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