"YOU'RE THE WEIRD INSTRUMENT GUYS, AREN'T YOU?"
by Michael Whipple
One of my favorite memories from the analog archives of the first Chasm
record is seeing the look on John "Golden Ears" Perez' face whenever
we would come in for a session with some completely non-rock or homemade
instrument. At the time, I guess John's clientele leaned heavily towards metal
and rap, so when Chasm would show up, he'd get this kind of "so, what are
you going to break out next?" look on his face. Recorders, alto flute, luitars; he would just look at us and laugh. But nothing beat the session when
Mark brought in a hunk of 2X4 lumber and a saw, which he rhythmically hacked
through at the end of the song "Jessica." Between that and the swirling of
bamboo branches, and a wine decanter filled with air rifle B-B's, I think John
considered us quite mad. Still the homemade percussion added a unique texture
to CHASM, and continues to be a large part of our sound, even after
I talked Mark into using electronic percussion sounds on Panorhythmica...
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