Dave Seidel, aka Mysterybear

edited October 2015 in whirling dervish
As pointed out by Kargatron on the Just not Normal thread:
" Dave Seidel's "Penumbral", from the first disc Warm Voices(no-r-mal II). He also works under the name mysterybear, and has a few nice free releases available (see link). Works in the interesting-sounding layered drone/ambient space.
Definitely recommended for any fans of dense drones."

Dave Seidel has made his own selftitled Netlabel - mysterybearlogo.jpg?cnt=0

- With 2 releases so far: <div><a href="https://archive.org/details/mb01-FollowingALine"><img src="https://ia600407.us.archive.org/11/items/mb01-FollowingALine/00-mysterybear-Following_A_Line-image-1-cover-thumbnail.png"> </a><br></div><div>Performed and recorded live in Peterborough, NH, January 2011.
Dave Seidel: Auduino, Buddha Machines, MoogerFooger ring modulator, Deluxe Memory Man, RC-2 looper.

"An industrial drone improvisation by mysterybear ("apocalypse garage #2") with remixes by (in naive alphabetical order): Alan Morse Davies, C. Reider, c.cu, David Nemeth, J</div>


  • Hi Dave, Welcome to Emusers.
  • edited March 2011
  • edited May 2012
    Mysterybear - Complex Silence 4 [Timetheory - tmth06A - 2009]

    - For Complex Silence 4, mysterybear (Dave Seidel) provides a decidedly abstract, yet sublime exploration of the Golden Ratio
    with two long-form tracks. He describes the creative process:

    - "I usually compose in just intonation, which is based on rational numbers (whole number ratios). The golden
    ratio, by contrast, is an irrational number. Intervals based on irrational numbers are more complex and less
    consonant than pure (or just) intervals, and tend (to my ear) to have a darker quality which seemed to me to
    be suitable for the Complex Silence project. Both pieces were written using blue and Csound.

    "Meridian Transit" is simultaneously restless and static. The title refers to noon (i.e., when the sun crosses
    the meridian), though it also reminds me somehow of 3:00 in the afternoon. Either way, for me it reflects the
    hot, sunny, humid weather that has dominated northeastern US during the summer of 2009. It uses a five-note
    scale and a seven-note scale that have no notes in common, and explores some of the different interval combinations
    that result as the tones slowly shift through a series of four-note chords.

    "Solar Midnight" is the scientific name for midnight, the opposite of noon, though for me it really covers
    the period from about 10:00pm through 1:00am. This piece is more somber than its companion piece and uses longer tones.
    It is structured as a mensuration canon, where the different voices (three, in this case) play the same sequence at
    different time scales. There are two cycles: first all three voices are in the same register; then the voices are
    at different transpositions. It uses a six-note non-octave scale."

    Music composed and produced by Dave Seidel
    Artwork and Series Concept by Phillip Wilkerson
    - http://complexsilence.wordpress.com/
    - Disquiet review.
  • edited October 2015
    From Dave Seidel's Bandcamp page:<div><a href="https://mysterybear.bandcamp.com/album/beloved"><img src="https://f1.bcbits.com/img/a0434792119_14.jpg"> </a><br></div><div&gt;Beloved World Music Ensemble - Beloved
    Released 15 October 2001
    LuAnne Hightower - voice, frame drum, djembe, tamboura, synth
    David Seidel - acoustic guitars, electric bass, frame drum, tamboura, dhikr
    Humayun Farzad - voice, harmonium, frame drum, surmandal, dhikr
    Cybele - voice, sarangi, tamboura, dulcimer, dhikr, majdhub
    Shankar - tablas, dhikr
    Special Guests:
    Frederick Stubbs - ney
    Todd Roach - frame drum, doumbek

    - "Beloved was formed in 1998 by LuAnne Hightower (vocals, frame drum, tanpura) and David Seidel (acoustic guitar and electric bass), who bring their unique interpretation of traditional Sufi songs from world cultures and present their own original expressions of the mystical heart of Islam. They are joined by Ustad Humayun Farzad Khan (vocals, harmonium), Cybele (vocals, sarangi, tanpura), and Shankar (tablas), Fred Stubbs (ney), and Todd Roach (hand drums). Beloved is a unique blend of Eastern and Western musical traditions and features soul-stirring vocals and harmonies, soaring instrumentals, and haunting melodies that express the longing of humanity for union with Divine Love. Islam has a long and rich musical tradition representing every culture across the Middle East and Africa and Asia, using the words of their most renown Sufi poets and their most beloved prayers."</div>
  • This is just a test bump
  • Excellent newish album from the brother of Mysterybear:


    - "I make music with regular instruments, with homemade instruments and homemade electronics usually. Some things are composed ahead of time, and other things are composed in real time, and some things are built in layers."
  • Released 30 August 2015 as "name your price" :

      Dave Seidel - Prism, Mirror, Lens

    - "These are realtime performance pieces recorded in single takes, with no editing, in my home studio. If listening on speakers, please use a quality sound system, listen in a spot with good stereo imaging, and turn up the volume to fill the listening space. To hear additional binaural details, listen with headphones. Remember, streaming versions are downsampled, so go ahead and download to get the best sound. 

    Prism, Mirror, Lens (2014) is a piece for Shnth and realtime Csound processing. It utilizes pure tunings, complex timbres, and sounds of long duration, in a setting of continual spectral change. Prism, Mirror, Lens is dedicated to Samuel R. Delany, from whose novel Dhalgren the title is taken. 

    Nur (2009, revised 2015), composed and performed using SuperCollider, creates rhythmic structure from acoustical beating patterns using overlapping layers of precisely-tuned oscillators. This piece is dedicated to David Borden and Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company; I was fortunate to hear them perform live (more than once) in their original configuration as Borden, Steve Drews and Linda Fisher, when I was a young teenager living in Ithaca, New York in the early 1970s. Nur (نور) is an Arabic word meaning light."
    - Dave Seidel.
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