and strangely enough it’s not the final “all talk” episode that was promised.  That show is still in the works, I’ll let you know when it’s finished……in the meanwhile. This show is a live solo “in studio” performance from August 20,1997 of a piece called “Liquid Center”.  Taken from the original master tape, no edits, no MIDI, no “undo” functions, only samples are from the PCM drumbox. This is the third take in it’s entirety, recorded in my home studio. Originally released in 2000  by Studio Seventeen Productions.Performed and recorded by Bryan Helm, all rights reserved by the artist. Thanks to SJ and the boys of summer( including Tom G.) for their inspiration and support. For more info go to at-the-helm.us and click on the icon for “Liquid Center” at the bottom right of the page. Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to listen to this series, I hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve heard. FYI this show runs 50 minutes and 44 seconds. As always your comments are welcome,  have a good day.Tliquidcover

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is here in the form of At-The-Helm Episode 26.For this program the My Life in Sound series features excerpts from the Bindlestiff CD “Late”. Released in 2000 this is music recorded from 1996-1998 and the final collection of new recorded works from Bindlestiff to date. Titles and start times are as follows:

1- Christopher Robin’s Dead  00:00
2- Head Or Tail 04:57
3- Dark Water Search  08:47
4- The Earth Below  14:28
5- …And Heaven Above  16:52
6- This Sleeping Circus 21:36

Performed and recorded live in the studio by Bryan Helm and Dave Stafford. All rights reserved by the artists. Original recordings produced by Dave Stafford. For more information please visit at-the-helm.us Photo from a recent afternoon in Colorado. Many thanks to all my loyal listeners

Episode 25 of At-The-Helm is the first show to feature the music of BrotherSync. This group consists of myself, Bret Moreland and Mark Hardgrave. The material heard here is from 2 cd’s “Expect Delays” and “Sync or Swim” released in 2000 and 2001. Taken from recordings of live looping jam sessions done during 1998-2001 Engineered and produced by Bret Moreland who also does the stereo field recordings. Guest theremist on “Rotors of Raga” is David S. Miller. Titles and start times are as follows:

1- Sync or Swim 00:00
2- Mize Away 04:08
3- Aye Aye Eyes 08:10
4- The Trill is Gone 11:52
5- Cake or Death ? 13:45
6- Nothing Tolouse 18:44
6- Rotors of Raga 22:28
7- Lunarcy 28:01

 For more info please visit at-the-helm.us Thanks again for listening and please stay tuned for more music soon. Photo by Sarajane Helm of tile by Fara Shimbo. All rights reserved by the artists.

……is now available for listening.Episode 24 of At-The-Helm is an all solo outing featuring tracks recorded live in the studio in Colorado during 1998 & 1999. Most of these pieces are made up of loops constructed to form an overall backround that then have a “live” instrumental (keyboard, guitar) lead played over it as it’s recorded. Titles and start times are as follows:

1- Back East Out West  00:00
2- Bridge of Knots 04:30
3- Furrowed Brow 08:22
4- Touch the Fence 10:24
5- Last Resort 15:12
6- Down The Well 21:32
7- A Break In The Weather 23:32

All tracks composed, performed and recorded by Bryan Helm. All rights reserved by the artist. For more info on these and other recordings in this series and some other related artists, please visit at-the-helm.us

..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.

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.

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….available and features recordings of solo works from 1997. All instruments and vocals by Bryan Helm. Titles and starting times are as follows:

1- Mr. Crow 1    0:00
2- All The Rabbits   2:20
3- Sad For Today    4:41
4- Tales From Treehorn   9:19
5- Our Hearts Are All Around Us    13:12
6- Mr. Crow 2   17:44
7- Frost   23:14

Recorded live to tape by Bryan Helm. All right reserved by the artist  Mr.Crow 1&2 has a live guitar overdub. Photo from my paper route circa Jan-April 1997 Weld County Colorado. Please do give a listen , stay tuned for more and thanks for stopping in.