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Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion An ImprovFridaySaturday from Sound-In for August 12-13, 2016
"Ken Ficara Friday Evening, Waiting for the Storm Less abstract than most of my stuff -- random 12-bar sequencer riff, Moog imp;rovisation, undecided drum track. Recorded last night as the sky turned dark early."
Aug 13, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion From Sound-In, an ImprovFridaySaturday from Sound-In, July 1-2, 2016
"Ken Ficara Refuse to Climb A guitar + Kaoss Pad loop, with harmonica improv. The photo is from Fresh Kills Park on Staten Island, which is built on top of what was New York City's last landfill. On top of fifty years of garbage they built a…"
Jul 2, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Shane W. Cadman's discussion Sound-In Event - April 28 to April 30 2016 (Prince theme)
"Ken Ficara Never Take the Place Some of Prince's many killer hooks have been floating around in my head all week so I played a few on harmonica, then looped them and chopped them up with some Eurorack modules (Maths + a CV-controlled mixer),…"
Apr 30, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion An ImprovFriday from Sound-In, Fri/Sat, April 22-23, 2016
"Ken Ficara The Silence Of a Permanent Scream A little rushed thanks to some technical problems and work priorities. Glad the site is back! Treated harmonica and an OP-1 rhythm track. "
Apr 23, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion A 'Good' ImprovFriday from the World of Sound-In, Friday, March 25, 2016
"And thanks to another friend for pointing out that it was Pilate, not Herod, at whom the crowd was howling. "
Mar 25, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion A 'Good' ImprovFriday from the World of Sound-In, Friday, March 25, 2016
"Thanks -- using Dropbox the way I usually do to share files, I get a link like https://www.dropbox.com/s/wizxaq1locnund2/kenficara-si20160325.mp3?dl=0 which the player doesn't seem to recognize as an MP3 file.  I just tossed it onto…"
Mar 25, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion A 'Good' ImprovFriday from the World of Sound-In, Friday, March 25, 2016
"Ken Ficara ...and they were instant with loud voices... Thanks to Paul and Jim for cluing me on how the player works. "
Mar 25, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion A 'Good' ImprovFriday from the World of Sound-In, Friday, March 25, 2016
"Can anyone help me understand what I have to do to get my Soundcloud tracks to work with the player??? I have enabled downloading, etc. It never seems to work anymore so I assume I'm doing something dumb. Thank you!"
Mar 25, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion A 'Good' ImprovFriday from the World of Sound-In, Friday, March 25, 2016
"Ken Ficara ...and they were instant with loud voices... A Good Friday experiment, playing harmonica through a Korg Minilogue (from which experiment I conclude that the Moogs are much better for processing external sounds).  The title…"
Mar 25, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Jim Goodin's discussion An ImprovFriday from Sound-In, Fri, Feb 12, 2016
"Ken Ficara The Sower Of All True Science "The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. ... To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists,…"
Feb 12, 2016
Ken Ficara replied to Roger "ErocNet" Sundström's discussion Sound-In Event Dec 10-12, 2015 "Wrong Notes or Just in Between"
"Late as usual ...  Dozes In Remember - Ken Ficara Talk about wrong notes -- roses blooming in a neighbor's front yard in the middle of December.  The rhythm track here is a sample drum kit made of construction noises recorded…"
Dec 12, 2015
Ken Ficara replied to J.C. Combs's discussion ImprovFriday November 20, 2015
"Tatters - Ken Ficara I pulled out my Rolmonica, thinking that I'd do something interesting with a traditional tune, but I'd forgotten how badly out of tune the harmonica is (plus quite a few dead reeds). And most of the rolls…"
Nov 20, 2015
Ken Ficara replied to Jeff Fairbanks's discussion Sound-In October 1-3, 2015 "Community"
"Nice to be back. Improves my Saturday mornings!"
Oct 3, 2015
Ken Ficara replied to Jeff Fairbanks's discussion Sound-In October 1-3, 2015 "Community"
"Argh! I keep setting that as the default and it keeps ignoring me. Fixed."
Oct 3, 2015
Ken Ficara replied to Jeff Fairbanks's discussion Sound-In October 1-3, 2015 "Community"
"Broken Bells - Ken Ficara My first contribution in some time to Sound-In; hoping to recommit and reconnect with a wonderful community. This started as a single bell tone, looped so it became continuous. Used it as an external sound source for…"
Oct 2, 2015
Ken Ficara replied to Roger "ErocNet" Sundström's discussion Sound -In Event June 25-27 Theme: Isolated & Intermittent
"Sorry, I was offline yesterday but it's fixed now. I keep forgetting that!"
Jun 27, 2015

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musical interest/favorite musician
Harmonitronica -- live, improvised, looped harmonica.

Harmonitronica

"Harmonitronica" is a combination of harmonica and electronica, the place where two seemingly divergent interests of mine have finally started to keep company. I've played the harmonica for more than half my life, mostly in traditional American music (old-time, traditional blues, country and bluegrass). And for even longer than that, I've loved certain kinds of electronic and experimental music.

Harmonitronica fuses the organic and vocal nature of the harmonica with the layering and atmospherics of ambient music, the beats of electronica, and the unpredictability of found music, noise and chance. Harmonitronica is not computer music. It is not carefully constructed with software, but improvised live and recorded direct to two-track. Some of these pieces were edited for length, to remove boring or repetitive spots, or improvisations that didn't work, but everything you hear is exactly as it was performed.

Harmonitronica is harmonica like you have never heard it before.

www.harmonitronica.com

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At 5:48am on December 11, 2010, Richard Sanderson said…

Hi Ken!

 

yes there are certain similarities in our methods and interests. For live gigs I play the melodeon through various effects (a zoom zampler, a Kaoss pad, fuzz box and echo) - and I quite like mixing in a bit of feedback too - I don't use a laptop. For the IF stuff I'm mainly playing live into my PC using contraptions built with Audiomulch. It's an intriquing project because  it's practically impossible to get atonal or microtonal noise - so essential for improv - out of a bloody DG melodeon, but I enjoy the challenge - and I enjoy  the physicality of the instrument and all the escaping air sounds. Makes a change from playing "Speed The Plough" and "Brighton Camp" too!

 

Finding your stuff fascinating!

 

Best

 

Richard

At 1:43pm on November 14, 2010, J.C. Combs said…
Welcome to the site, Ken!
 
 
 

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