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MP3 Car Music Project - Rough Roads DVD

With a sonic palette created on instruments made from car parts (and some other choice items), the Car Music Project rocks, swings, paints, splashes, and erupts with music and sound.

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With a sonic palette created on instruments made from car parts (and some other choice items), the Car Music Project rocks, swings, paints, splashes, and erupts with music and sound. And the band does it with original music composed for original instruments: the Tank Bass, Exhaustaphone, Air Guitar, Tenor and Alto Convertibles, and "Percarsion".

"It’s as if the entire history of music has been rewritten from scratch."
-- Tullio DeSantis, of the Reading Eagle''s Artology blog

The Car Music Project''s "Rough Roads DVD" gives you a look at this unique band in the studio and as they perform live on-stage. It includes previews of music being produced for their first CD plus mp3 files for your computer, iPod, or mp3 player.



"MARCH 25, 2006"
In a 10-minute video called "March 25, 2006," the "Rough Roads DVD" takes you inside the studio during the first recording session for the Car Music Project''s as yet unfinished first CD. This was a session to lay down the basic rhythm tracks for five songs. Although these basic rhythm tracks required only two instruments, bandleader and composer Bill Milbrodt insisted on recording the full band to create a live feel.

The "Rough Roads DVD" gives you rough mixes of three songs from that March 25th session, all in DVD format (also see "3 Bonus Files", below).

This 8-minute documentary, created for the Car Music Project''s press kit and web site is also included. Inlike the web version, this DVD version is FULL QUALITY video, giving you a look at the band''s live performance at the 2005 Philadelphia Live Arts & Fringe Festival. Interview highlights are also included.

Included just for fun, this is the German language version of "Music from a Parallel Universe."

Open up the "Rough Roads DVD" on your computer and copy mp3 files of "8-4-2-1," "Crenabulations No. 1", and "Noodles" to your desktop or import them into your mp3 player. These are the same rough mixes heard on the DVD, also made available for your portable player and computer.


The Car Music Project sounds like no other band. Their instruments each have their own unique tuning and playing characteristics. Their music has been described as "somewhere on the fringe" and "music from a parallel universe"... It sometimes drives and sometimes flutters, but it rarely pulls over to the curb and stops. Some pieces bore into your brain and force you to replay them over and over in your mind. Others paint pictures with sound, blending the gentle timbres of window glass with modulating metal springs and the sounds of bowed strings from the metal body of a gas tank.

No two Car Music Project performances are exactly the same, and every show leads you down a road you''ve never travelled before.


It began when composer Bill Milbrodt''s car reached the end of its road. After close to 200,000 miles and a history of little care, the paint was faded, pesky springs poked through the upholstery, the electrical system was iffy, and it dripped oil, blew smoke, and made more noise than a cement mixer ... It was time to turn the car into music...

So Milbrodt called on the mechanics who had worked on his car to take the entire vehicle apart and hired metal sculptor Ray Faunce III to help transform it into a series of playable musical instruments. A metal musical menagerie emerged, combining "purebred" instruments made completely out of car parts and "hybrids", made out of car parts and musical instrument parts.

In early 2005 Milbrodt pulled the current ensemble together: The eclectic Wilbo Wright, master of improvisation, took on the Tank Bass, after touring with Ui and performing with the likes of Chris Harford and Marc Ribot. The meticulous William Trigg brought his virtuosity to bear on the Percarsion, with vast experience honed with the New York Philharmonic, Philip Glass, and John Cage. The subdued James Spotto tamed the Strutbone and Exhaustaphone after a stretch with his own quintet, "Proper James." And the ebullient Dave Homan partnered with the Convertibles and Tube Flutes after stints with Otis Rush and his own Afro-Cuban quintet. Milbrodt himself, composer and bandleader, took on the Air Guitar after a career as a producer, composer, and sound designer for commercial projects.

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