Deep Forest, evo devo

Ever since my college music days some 40+ years ago I have been enamored with musique electronique. Like many musicologists I consider French-born composer, Edgard Varese the Father of Electronic Music. Frank Zappa, Varese’s protegé characterized him best, “The present day composer refuses to die.”

If you study the six degrees of separation between musique electronique, Varese, and Zappa you will juxtapose the French  composer Eric Mouquet, founder of the pioneering electro-ethno-ambient band, Deep Forest.

There is peace to experience in the journey through the light and trees in the deep forests of our world. Eric Mouquet navigates those experiences in his travels,  treating our senses to those natural settings.

The latest Deep Forest recording, evo devo is an earthly treasure. Mouquet revisits the sounds he and Michel Sanchez first recorded on Deep Forest in 1992 (now out of print). Those are some of the most amazing sonic textures I have ever absorbed. The remixes of some of those original tracks on this album made me smile to hear them once more.

Deep Forest

Deep Forest recently held a Pledge Music project which I missed, but I was able to order an autographed copy of evo devo, from the Web page today.

Allow yourself to experience Deep Forest, connecting your spirit with the nature and our world.


Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words

Zappaphiles Unite. It appears later in 2016, perhaps the Fall, this documentary film will be released to cinemas, online and as a DVD purchase option. I am eager to learn about Frank Zappa directly.

Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words, 2016 ▪ Profile ▪ 88 Minutes. Directed by Thorsten Schütte. Starring Frank Zappa.

ZaFTIG – The Zappa Family Trust Issues Guide

I finally found  the definitive guide to all 100 Frank Zappa recordings, ZaFTIG – The Zappa Family Trust Issue Guides by Edward Komara, Contributor, Scott Parker. I trust it will increase the depth of my appreciation for Zappa’s compositional genius.

The author, Edward Komara possesses a job I envy. He is a full-time music librarian and music historian. Imagine working at something you love to that level and getting paid for it.  I try my best to approximate my music contribution with this music blog. Alas, I am employed as a part-time educator and instructional technologist in the field of computer technology.

Mr. Komara has motivated me to self-publish a music book I have developed for 12 years. ZaFTIG was published with the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (an Amazon company).

Zappa Plays Zappa – One Size Fits All 40th Anniversary Tour

Dweezil Zappa developed Zappa Plays Zappa 10 years ago.  My son and I saw the world premier of Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards in New York City at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2006. The synergy of that father and son event was also accented when Dweezil Zappa accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jammys on behalf of his father, Frank Zappa.

I was most impressed when Zappa Plays Zappa performed “Inca Roads” from the Zappa album, One Size Fits All

I just received an email from Zappa.Com highlighting that Zappa Plays Zappa will be on a worldwide tour which features the playing of One Size Fits All in its entirety which celebrates a 40th anniversary this year.

I noticed from their itinerary that Zappa Plays Zappa will be playing The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday August 2nd. Way Cool.


Dance Me This – Frank Zappa’s 100th and LAST Album

I got an e-mail from the Frank Zappa Trust on April 1st. Most fitting, don’t you think 😉

Dear People of Earth,

From the WHEN of Ever, we are pleased to bring you in this 75th year in the Life and Times of FrankZappa, the 100th Album in the Official Discography, Dance Me This. An extreme case of east meets East, this was originally conceived as a Work for modern dance. It is the last title FZ finished in 1993 along withTrance-Fusion; the last chapter in his Master Work, Civilization, Phase III; and of course, The Rage & The Fury, The Music of Edgard Varèse.


gz & the barfies

This is it. #100.
The LAST album by Frank Zappa.
It’s 1993 & YOU ARE HERE!

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!

Happy Birthday to Frank Zappa!

What a nice birthday present from and the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen! Super Download!

01. Down In De Dew – Alternate Mix
Produced by Frank Zappa
Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, NYC 1972, & Paramount Studios 1973
Engineer, Kerry McNab
FZ, Guitars, Bass
Jim Gordon, Drums

Transferred by Joe Travers, UMRK 2014
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Released in 2014 as the B-Side to the Record Store Day 7” single “Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow”


02. Freak Chouflee’
Live Recording from the Vault
Circa 1966
Previously Unreleased
FZ, Guitar
Del Casher, Guitar
Don Preston, Keys
Roy Estrada, Bass
Billy Mundi, Drums
Jimmy Carl Black, Drums

Transferred & edited by Joe Travers
from 1/4” Stereo Analog Tape
Mastered by Steve Hall 2003, Future Disc

03. Uncle Meat/Uncle Meat Variations
Fernando Mariña, Guillermo González Phillips & Jesús Serrano

04. RDNZL Palermo, 1982 (Video Omen)

Frank Zappa
Ray White
Tommy Mars
Chad Wackerman
Scott Thunes
Ed Mann
Bobby Martin
Steve Vai

Mix, FZ with Bob Stone
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering 2014
Camera, Thomas Nordegg