Last Saturday I had the most enjoyable rehearsal with mega talented songwriter Goh Nakamura, whose living room sofa singing and guitar playing sounded like polished studio recordings. Also, I didn't realize how hungry I had been for strong new melodies and compositions until I started listening to Goh's tunes. Another major factor in my enjoyment of that rehearsal was getting to play bass with drummer Kevin Yokota. I am stoked to play with both of them at Hotel Cafe this Saturday. Sharing the evening with St. Lenox, "songwriters in the round" format, on the Second Stage starting at 11pm.
Playing at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA from 6pm-8pm today, so last night I wanted to make sure my modular synth rack was functioning normally. Results were inconclusive, but here is the unedited session. You be the judge.
Just released this track, available in all the digital places. Video coming tomorrow. https://mattpiper.bandcamp.com/track/song-for-the-body
Really looking forward to this! I will be playing guitar (including baritone guitar tuned an octave below standard guitar tuning), bass, and modular synth/effects (but not all at the same time) with theremin virtuoso Randy George and drummer extraordinaire Kevin Yokota at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California, 7pm-9pm on Saturday, August 26.
messing around with a guitar plugged into Moog Mother-32
I shot this video in Japan on an iPhone 7, created the music using Propellerhead Reason, and edited the video in Avid Media Composer. Btw, for the first 38 seconds of the video, all the sounds you hear are actually stainless steel mixing bowls from my kitchen. Really.
Strymon posted this clip yesterday of me playing acoustic guitar through their BlueSky reverb pedal.
Me playing a little ditty born in the moment during this shoot for Strymon. I've shared from that point in the vid, but lots of really lovely playing from Rogerio Peixoto, Pete Celi, and Ethan Tufts throughout the rest of the video to check out too.
Recently Strymon invited me to come play acoustic guitar through some of their pedals. In the video, the amazing Rogerio Peixoto and I take turns playing through a Strymon blueSky reverb pedal, using instruments provided for the occasion by Martin Guitars.
We often get asked about using acoustic guitars with our pedals. We have put together a new video featuring blueSky reverberator along with two Martin Guitar acoustics. Thank you to Rogerio Peixoto and Matt Piper for providing their talent.
My latest course is live at Lynda.com. A couple of the videos are free to watch even without a membership or login (the ones in the table of contents with little play buttons instead of locks).
This is a mellow hang and a fun jam - love playing with my friends John von Seggern and Alex Dawson. If beer is part of your Friday after work ritual, they have that in the cafe downstairs as well. Tonight 7pm-9pm - free - On the rooftop at Wanderlust in Hollywood - 1357 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Come get your chant on! Join me and musical guests John von Seggern and Matt Piper on the Summit (rooftop) of Wanderlust for Nights of Bhakti. These FREE eveni...ngs of music, mantras and chanting with friends will surely bring you to a state of summertime bliss.
The dates for Nights of Bhakti are:
LINK TO INVITE PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/951245555004887/…
My new course just went live on Lynda.com today. It's for the free Apple Music Memos app for iOS (which is a pretty cool app, if you haven't checked it out). Here's a free preview video. https://www.lynda.com/Music-Memos-tu…/…/480961/503133-4.html
Note that the acoustic guitar was recorded with the built-in iPhone mic, directly into Music Memos. You can definitely stop using Voice Memos as your musical scratch pad, IMO!
Well, one thing went right today. Sprayed some contact cleaner directly into the three-way switch on this thing (on the front of the guitar), and the considerable crackle is gone now. Didn't even have to take off the back cover plate. Gotta appreciate gains and victories, however small.
I shot, edited, and produced the background track for this video documenting artist Chiho Harazaki creating live art with electrical tape and a very sharp knife at a dance/music/art event in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Longer version of the background track "Subtle Noise Maker" available here: https://mattpiper.bandcamp.com/track/subtle-noise-maker
Check out more of Chiho's art here: https://www.facebook.com/chihoart/
This Monday, I did something really exciting. I taught my first Fundamentals of Synthesis class at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena, California. I have a great group of students, and in our first 3-hour class together, we had a lot of fun. By the end of the session, everyone was making electronic blurps and bleeps on their own, and most didn't want to leave when it was time to go. A coworker at the school told me afterward that he'd seen the students after they came out of the classroom and that they were stoked. So was I! Looking forward to the next one.