Ceremonial Combustion – Loose Tubes

loose6  Imagine a big room. No, much bigger than that. Then, imagine a bunch of crazy, sensitive, well-trained and inspired musicians gathered in a circle around a campfire composed of microphones. Notes kindle the music, and the tempo increases. With each song, each composition, each exciting rendition of someone’s wild idea, the flames grow higher, threatening the ceiling. This music puts the studio in immediate danger, places all within hearing distance at risk for unrestrained dancing, wordless screams of ecstasy and catharsis, and makes every other note of music ever made seem, for the moment, insignificant and easily forgotten.

loose7   Yellow Hill

This melodic cacophony occurred for a short time in the 1980’s, in England, and was created by a gang of musicians who called themselves, Loose Tubes. Like many excitable clusters of players, their association was short-lived, but, fortunately, it was recorded and will always be here for the hearing. Horns, keyboards, percussion, string instruments of all kinds, amplifiers turned all the way up, as if that was necessary, the music spins on, forever, waves rushing out into the ether, traveling great distances to get to our grateful ears.

Beam me up!  

Sad Afrika

tubes1     Loose_Tubes_album

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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