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When Ed Hannifin and I go on tour with our Prog-rock band, this will be my solo guitar feature.(Actually part of a 1 1/2 hr suite entitled "Galaxies Collide"-you HAVE finished writing the other 1hr and 26 min haven't you Ed, we are under contract.)As I play this piece a giant amoeba will float above the crowd (NOT negotiable- part of my artistic vision)The improv part in the middle is designed to give the percussionist time to tune his 14 tympani drums.
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Uploaded: Sep 05, 2009 - 12:40:13 AM
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2009 - 12:41:59 AM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 07:38:02 PM
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futzpucker said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
I continue to love your music
Spectacular playing, interesting and unexpected direction, gorgeous tone, and an overall gem, just like the rest of my Ibstrat collection. Thanks for letting me put this on my iPod in my Mark Stunkel playlist, which is ever-growing.

This community is *very* fortunate to have a musician of your caliber offering music to it (and offering unreasonable, non-negotiable demands to one Ed Hannifin).
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Ibstrat said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Thanks
for your great comments.I'm glad that you enjoy my music!
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Feter said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Prognosis Negative
now this is impressive ...its all so chrismatic
here ..energy ..spacey ...too deep lovely tone..
and sure skill ...very groovy ...thnx alot for
sharin !!!!
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Ibstrat said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Thanks Feter
I'll let you know when the rest is complete!
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paul f. page said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Amoebas of this world...
...UNITE. Mark, you and Ed deserve each other: two fine musicians... At 1:30 — what fun you are having. ... I somehow enjoy the slightly muffled sound in this recording. It's a little under water, where it should be. Wow. You have some fancy-flyin' fingers here. This is such a cool improvisation. Completely spontaneous and immediately accessible and enjoyable. Bravo (again and again). You never disappoint with your verve. ... Cool chords around 3:45... and the recapitulation is the perfect finale....Oh, oops. It just...Stopped! ... You might consider a fade into the depths with a gradual fade into reverb Neverland. My only nit.
Peace.
Paul
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Ibstrat said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Slightly muffled
I noticed after I recorded it that my tone control was off- it sounded kind of cool so I left it.The abrupt ending should be followed by the cheers of thousands of screaming fans.I would have added that in but I don't know how!
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ktb said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
prognosis
positive. A mellow prog rock interlude. The rhythmic styling is great. Love the metheny like tone on the guitar. Excellent start to the full 90 minute suite and my saturday morning.
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Ibstrat said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Thanks
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MarkHolbrook said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Where does one
buy tickets for the tour... not just home performances but ALL performances!?

I'm sure Ed could do that 1h 26m in about 10m or so! Have you hired the amoeba production company yet!? Those things can take awhile to make!

So gifted are you two... It is like you were born with a guitar in hand!
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Ibstrat said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Tickets
are $300 apiece. No return policy- if for some reason the performances are cancelled, you forfeit your money.
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Moviz said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Such a
lovely ringing tone to this and so in constant progression... love when the rhythm breaks in.... so descriptive of space , the universe and the spinning of planets etc. wonderful fingerwork. I trust your hand is better now, by the sound of this Mark. wonderful sound and work, regards M
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Ibstrat said 2900 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
Thanks
Moviz- my hand works fine on this 1 guitar, still can't play acoustic- very weird nerve problem. Glad you enjoyed my excursion into outer space!
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Daugrin said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
Take that Guitar Back
That thing is broken, guitars don't work like that when I play 'um.
That one needs service or something. Great right hand workout going here. That thumb, and issues of independence of feel...

Daug
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Ibstrat said 2900 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
It
actually is pretty worn out- it's the only guitar that I play.Thanks for checking out my song!
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sloparts said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
I can see the amoeba now Mark, it's beautiful
just like your playing here. Now if Ed would hurry up with that little bit of work he needs to do, you guys could go on the road on schedule.

Interesting effect on the guitar, almost makes this like a dream, which I guess one could classify it as, although I won't say what kind of dream it is. ;-)

Beautifully played as always my friend.

Ed
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Thanks Ed
When we go on tour I will send you a back stage pass.
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guitapick said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
I recently met...
..."Joshua", of the original Joshua Light Show. I'm sure he'd be happy to oblige you on the giant amoeba front...

On another note: this is great, Mark. Unexpected turns are so fine...lots of variations of texture in this. Love it.
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Wow
is that the guy that did light shows at the Filmore? Thanks for the comment.

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Vic Holman said 2904 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
giant amoeba's and lasers
excellent composition Mark. Does Ed know how to play a vintage moog synth?
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
I think
he has been studying old videos of Linda McCartney to learn how to play.
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Relic67 said 2903 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
prognosticatin'
cool. If anyone has better guitar chops on macJams, I've yet to hear it.
this reminds me of some of Steve Howe's showcase tunes from those 70's Yes albums. You should give a different name for every section LOL....
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
I was
kind of a Steve Howe worshiper years ago, thanks for the comparison!
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gail60 said 2903 days ago (September 5th, 2009)
In a trance...
Awesome...I loved this "hypnotic" music. Every single note took me far away as if I was traveling on a giant amoeba above the earth, and this was a great ride. Very nice!
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Thanks
Gail great to hear from you!
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johnnyblues said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
Prog Positive
Excellent work. I sense you have spent many hours working on this song and it shows. Loved the transition at 1:28 which caught me totally by surprise. How did you come up with the song title?
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
There
is a Seinfeld episode where they are talking about going to a movie called "Prognosis Negative". Thanks!
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Ed Hannifin said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
I'm not taking you seriously...
...until I know for sure that you have purchased a cape... And grow your hair out a little, Mark...

As for the remaining hour and twenty six minutes, I envision one perfect note... played by you.... a whole note so whole that it redefines wholeness... maybe a 'black whole' or 'singularity note', which, when played, sucks adjacent galaxies into its event horizon...

I'll be out at the mixing board, manipulating the house mix and playing weird synth and effect bits, which will be my contribution... As singularities can be unstable, I'd like to be paid in cash...

Ed


Ed Hannifin said 2903 days ago (September 6th, 2009)
I really like this, Mark....
I was getting some crackling on first listen, which may be 'cause I had a lot of RAM tied up in too many open things... Once I downloaded this, and once Karen stopped using our brand new cold fusion powered vacuum cleaner, I really appreciated the subtleties of this, both in terms of compostion/playing and in terms of really neat tone...

Sounds great in headphones...

Ed
Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Ed
you know perfectly well that I have had my cape and the rest of my costume for the past 6 months.Stop making excuses- I want that music fished by the end of the week or I'm going to contact Steve Vai and see if he is available to take your place.If he can't do it I'll try Dicky Betts. I just have to figure out which drug rehab he is in.
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composerclark said 2902 days ago (September 7th, 2009)
Grand piano
I heard this the day it was posted, but I had to leave before I could comment… What I mean is that I left a comment, but the dog ate it… That is, a grand piano fell on my head as I was in the process of commenting… yeah, that's the one, I think.

In any event, it was interesting because I had just listened to Bob's (guitapick) submission that day, and said that it reminded me a bit of Leo Brouwer's music, and hear a bit of that in the arpeggios of this composition, although it's pretty subtle. In any event, this is a very fine composition, quite original, and highly enjoyable!
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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
I
actually was thinking of Brouwer when I wrote this.I love his guitar writing, he comes up with some amazing sounds using shapes on the fingerboard- a kind of jazz/rock influenced Villa-Lobos.I would have played it on a nylon string but my left hand seems permanently averse to acoustic guitar playing.
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lengold said 2900 days ago (September 8th, 2009)
I didn't
want that to finish.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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Ibstrat said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
Thanks
Lengold.Feel free to loop it over and over until you reach Nirvana.
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said 2899 days ago (September 10th, 2009)
make a fine intro...
this is really cool, Mark. Perfect setting for getting ready and start-up (is it the intent?)

Wherever you use it, it is going to work really well.

. - Harold
Ibstrat said 2898 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
No intent
really- just some playing with arpeggios, Thanks for the comment!
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VicDiesel said 2897 days ago (September 11th, 2009)
Great stuff
Your style (and your taste) are recognizable, but I haven't heard this direction from you. No jazzy chords or stride/ragtime playing, but more single line work where the delay and reverb sort of provide the implied polyphony. Bit like Bach's cello suites.
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Ibstrat said 2897 days ago (September 12th, 2009)
Maybe
not quite as good as Bach's suites- ha ha. I do love those cello suites though. Thanks for the comment!
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thoddi said 2895 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
cool description:)
The guitar playing is of another world... amazing. I love that tone you manage to pull out of the strings. You can pick out any note here... every one is played perfectly and comes out as great music.
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PsalmsProgressions said 2895 days ago (September 13th, 2009)
This is a total pleasure to listen to.
love it!
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richard13 said 2887 days ago (September 21st, 2009)
Wonderful tone and mood
and delightful picking. Thank you Mark, I could listen for hours (thanks for the d/l: maybe I will).
Cheers
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AcetyleneJukebox said 2884 days ago (September 25th, 2009)
Arp3ggi05
Real nice. Reminds me of Andrew York's compositions. The recording seems a little compressed or could use brightening in the EQ. Some parts of it fade in and out in my earphones. This is a wonderful composition,might be worth considering doing another take.
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Komrade K said 2842 days ago (November 5th, 2009)
Just been jammin'...
...along to this - really like the feel. I'm tempted to put a bit of fiddle over it which might take it into avant garde jazz/ECM territory, would you be up for that? Knowing me it wouldn't actually get posted for 2 years at least!

KK
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Boundless said 2841 days ago (November 6th, 2009)
What creativity
Yes, it could be the guitar part
of a great prog-rock piece.
While it stands tall
and well on its own.

Merci !
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Bob6stringer said 2836 days ago (November 11th, 2009)
Thrilling, chilling, humbling
Always super playing. Your tone still sounds more Metheny than Howe. I wonder what would happen if you doubled the track and usd some O.D. on the second one to fatten and dirty it up. Just wondering. But your playing always gives me thrills and chills -- never mind that healthy shot of humility. Thanks!

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