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Improvijazzation Nation - Issue # 55
INTERVIEW with Dave Fuglewicz!
Zzaj: Tell us, how do ya'
"do thee improv" down there in Georgia? Folks've been SHOT for less'n that
down there, haven't they?
Dave: Usually with one eye looking over my shoulder, well no not really. Atlanta has its own share of freakiness, dating way back to the distant past of the 60s. Im really not up on whats going on, I dont go out much. Between work, family, music and
other interests I just dont have the time. As to how I do it, well, Ive tried different ideas to stimulate my creativity. But now I mostly play around until something inspires me.
Zzaj: What are your key instruments?
Dave: My KEY instrument would have to be my trusty ol Arp 2600. Ive had it for about twenty years now and still love playing it and playing with it. Id roughly estimate that about three quarters of all the tracks Ive laid down utilize it. I also own a Arp Odyssey, an ARP Sequencer, a cheap Casio that I heavily
modified so it could be triggered by the sequencer, a Roland TR-707 rhythm machine, some effects like echo, a hand full of home built analog synth modules and my computer. I still mostly use a old Vesta Fire 4 Track cassette deck for recording but
will be moving to recording on my computer. I upgraded it this past winter and it has the power to do that now.
Zzaj: Give us a few words (or a few thousand, if you'd like) on your projects over the last 15 years... who have you collaborated with, what's your website, etc?
Dave: Well, let me see if I can push the fog away and step in to the Way Back Machine. I released my first tapes around 1990, though Id been recording for about six years before that. There was a lot of experimentation in those days and my sound
was a lot rougher and primitive. However, as in a lot of things, the energy of that period was unique and I think compensated for my lack of ability. I believe many of my compositions have stood the test of time and still sound good to me. A good example would be Now One I Stand Electric or The Rosewith Inn from
Industrial Strength #2 (1990), but some dont sound all that good now, interesting, but not good enough for release. Around 1995 and 1996 I reached a new level in my abilities to convey whats in my head and the albums A Gentle Sounding Of Chaotic Extensions and Orange Mist Sunrise/Sunset. The Orange Mist set in particular I still consider the best overall album Ive done, everything clicked on it. It was a hell of a lot of fun to do. Im still extending the creative level that started about then. Theres really not a lot to talk about with regards to my solo work over the years, just me sitting down and working the keyboards or whatever and the tape deck.
The bulk of my work has been solo, however, I have had the pleasure of working with a handful of artists in a by mail collaboration. In no particular order here they are:
Of course, there was Journey To Reality, which I did with you. I had a lot of fun laying the basic tracks down for that. What really got me excited was what you did with those basic tracks, turned them into gold you did!
There was a nice tape I did with Vraxoin called Collaboration, its an excellent blend of Vraxoins digital synths and my analog synths, I really liked the way it turned out.
Ive also done a couple of tracks with K.D. Schmitz for his release The Purple Dot Experience and his daughter Kaylas Half A Quarter To Dark. Ive contributed source material for several of his tapes. I love working with K.D., the guy is
just so intelligent and versatile and am very excited when I receive an invitation from him to do something.
There was also a track I did for Chris Phinney Mile After Mile release, which was a computer remix of some of his samples, that was a lot of fun.
The most involved projects have to be
the ones Ive done with Pete Painful (a.k.a Pete Comley), The Sentient Insect
Variations and Lost City Music Volume 1. Wed
work for years on each tape and I think that they show it, theyre beautiful. Hopefully, Lost City Music Volume Two will be completed this year, but Im not sure. Pete is moving in a different musical direction these days, focusing more on live performances and may not have the time to finish Volume Two.
I hope he does, but am happy that hes having lots of fun doing what hes doing now.
Then there was my work with my local friends Marty Ashmore, Chuck Dimling and Eugene McBrayer, otherwise known as Ambient Meat. The first release was Sonic Debris and the second being Disturbation. I was the recording engineer while they jammed and then added my own humble synth work.
My web page is http://www.mindspring.com/~davefugle/home.htm though it will probably change some time this year, I want to get a DSL
connection and Earthlink (Mindspring) doesnt offer it in my area. The web site is for my label Unnatural Reality Audio which I started late last year. I came up with U.R.A. as kind of a private joke regarding someones comments about my interests being Unnatural. Im not sure if its standing the test o time and may trash that concept and rewrite it. I stay away from the bells and whistles of Flash, etc. sticking to basic HTML. Ive optimized it for fast loading time While still being graphically pleasing since well over half of the U.S. internet users still use a dial up connection.
Zzaj: Who are you most influenced by, musically?
Dave: My biggest direct influences would have to be Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulzes work of the 70s and early 80s. Jimi Hendrix is another huge direct influence but more in attitude than in musical composition. Yes, those guys made a very big
impression on me!
Zzaj: Like most of us, I 'magine you have a "day job"... does it get in the way of your music?
Dave: Yeah I do computer desktop support for a electronics manufacturing company. Besides the obvious of taking up time that could be spent on music, its the mental energy that it uses, sometimes I just get home from the job and want to veg out with the tube or a computer game, but we got to eat until that big recording contract comes along (grins).
Zzaj: If you had the chance, who would you most like to play with live?
Dave: Mostly all my independent music contacts: you, Hal McGee, Brian Noring, K.D. Schmitz, Ken Miller, John Sosnowski (where are you?), Keith Nicolay, Chris Phinney, Zan Hoffman, Pete Painful, Crystal Awareness and Little Fyodor.
Zzaj: Did you take formal training in music?
Dave: None what so ever. I started off with absolutely no talent, just a desire inside to be creative with sounds. I think Ive improved and that makes me happy and keeps me going.
Zzaj: Has airplay been an important part of your D.I.Y. work(s) thus far? If so, tell us why... if NOT, tell us why.
Dave: Not really, when I first started out I really researched independent and college radio stations and sent out hundreds of tapes with all most no response. For example, Don Campau always plays my releases and I have yet to hear from somebody that said they heard my work on the radio and want to hear more. So I kind of gave up on that route. I like to mention that Ive got far more response from zine review, especially yours, thanks for doing that Zzaj and all you other zine publishers! However, I dont want to sound like Im bitching about it. I was sending tapes when people wanted CDs. Also, I really have
been very, very lax about promoting my work, so its my own fault. However, that initial burst of sending out tapes did put me in contact with Pete Comley (Pete Painful) so it was worth it.
Zzaj: Your "words of wisdom" for "aspiring musicians"?
Dave: You got to believe in yourself and your vision. Especially, if
youre taking a musical direction that is experimental. Put your heart into it and thats where youll get your satisfaction. Keep on persevering through the dry spells if you have them (like I do) musics a life time journey.
Zzaj: What other areas of the arts do you delve in to?
Dave: Well, I mess around with a few things, but I see them as
more on a craft level than art. I like to mess around with computer graphics or build an occasional model out of electronic scrap parts. On the technical side I mess around with old computers, computer operating systems and pick up a soldering iron and build some electronic gizmo.
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