May 2008


Working on Episode 24 of At-The-Helm which should be up by this sunday. It will be an all solo show of recordings from 1998 and 1999, which I hope you’ll like. After that we’re on to some new trio work in the form of the group BrotherSync for a couple of shows and we’ll also be wrapping up the last collection of tunes from Bindlestiff. It looks like I should be able to bring this series to a close in another 10 shows and I look forward to sharing some of the fun music to come with you folks so do please check back soon, and thanks for listening. Photo from a recent outing to Denver.

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..by far and away one of the most ambient of the programs in this series.Show #23 is an all Bindlestiff affair featuring two tracks from the 1998 CD “Distant”. Both of these pieces began as live to tape solo loop works that I did in Colorado and then sent to Dave in California where he added his live loop tracks in much the same fashion we had always worked but with a distance and a delay to it. This music reflects a great deal of open space and was sparked (for me) by the new western landscapes that I was getting to experience and the sense of geographic distance from my musical partner that now existed. This is very slow and careful music which has grown on me over the years. Tracks and start times are as follows:

1- No Other Ocean (00:00)
2- Into Violet (15:10)

For a more detailed equipment listing for these recordings please visit at-the-helm.us and click on the thumbnail image for the “Distant” CD.  All music copyright 1998 Bryan Helm/Dave Stafford. All rights reserved by the artists. Engineered by Dave Stafford. Photo of leaves on snow circa 1998.

as we sail through spring. Working on Show#23 which will be an all Bindlestiff experience, coming soon. Meanwhile I’ve trimmed the list of listenables on line (at My life in Sound) down to just the podcast series itself. For single tracks or other musical misfits go to www.myspace.com/bhelm where there will be a slowly rotating half dozen tracks you can access. Thanks again for stopping by to check stuff out, I’d best go check on my production assistants, I smell hot fur.

Which  features solo works from the second half of 1997 and a little of ’98 recorded live in the studio in Colorado. Tracks and start times are as follows:

1- African Snowglobe 0:00   (A tune about global climate change)
2- Drifting Forward  5:01   
3- Puzzle Dust 10:08    (What’s left at the bottom of the puzzle box?)
4- Falling Autumn Stars 13:55
5- No Jah In Sight 2   16:15 *  ( A variation of the tune with a  live looped guitar lead)
6- Pass The Lemonade  21:08  ( A title inspired by Andy Helm minus the expletive)
7- More Bad Advice 23:24   ( Mutiple  loops with a live keyboard counterpoint)
8- I Miss The Rain  28:25 *  ( A live guitar loop over a live to tape loop construction)

All tracks composed/performed and recorded live to tape by Bryan Helm. Tracks marked with an * have a live guitar overdub to the original live recording. All rights reserved by the artist. Next show we go back to the duo of Bindlestiff and then soon on to BrotherSync, so please do stay tuned for more musical mirth and thanks for listening to this series. As always your comments concerning any and all aspects of this project are appreciated..more soon.