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Jeff Gutman | The Mindfire Tapes

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The Mindfire Tapes

by Jeff Gutman

A Collection of Song Fragments, Sound Experiments and Ambient Instrumentals
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oh Well
2:12 album only
2. Travalee
1:30 album only
3. Siren Bizarro
0:50 album only
4. Pickle Sauce
1:35 album only
5. Cruel Disease
2:37 album only
6. Crossroad Sun
1:48 album only
7. Cathy
2:47 album only
8. Crystal Storm
2:03 album only
9. Mindfire
1:19 album only
10. Spell of Bells
0:59 album only
11. Silver Rain
1:43 album only
12. Cockroaches
2:02 album only
13. Wellwater Echoes
1:13 album only
14. Speedin a Line
2:44 album only
15. Eye of the Hurricane
2:31 album only
16. Dream of the Underwater Puppets
1:58 album only
17. Hi-Way Wind Chime
1:14 album only
18. Midnight Walk
1:16 album only
19. Desert Trail
1:26 album only
20. Horses on the Run
3:31 album only
21. Omana
6:47 album only


Album Notes
I first started recording the Mindfire Tapes in Santa Cruz during the Fall of 1995.

I had been writing and recording music for years, but I felt like I was stuck in a rut. I had yet to capture the music as it was in my head. I had the idea of using my four track as a canvas that I could use to record anything- fragments of melodies, collages of sound effects, conversations, etc. Stuck in my little cockroach-infested apartment, I started recording these pieces at the rate of four or five a night. I labeled each tape "Mindfire."

The cockroaches were crawling inside my four track, my dingy apartment fell to pieces. After two years, I had recorded over two thousand Mindfire songs. My four track fell victim to a flood, marking the end of the Mindfire Tapes in 1997.

I moved to San Francisco in 1998 with the hopes of releasing a full length album of the Mindfire Tapes to a mass audience. I picked the best 21 song fragments and put them in chronological order. The album came out in the Fall of 1999 and a successful tour on the Pacific Northwest followed.

I'm very proud of this album- I think it really captures the music I was hearing in my head. This was music that was recorded out of desperation and a sense of immediacy, without thought of its commercial value. I hope you enoy it!



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