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Sep 20, 2010  •  oh ye..

i've had another series of hard drive failures (yes - plural, as in backups of backups) these past few weeks and the outcome has been a tragic loss of innumerable memories and a whole lot of assignments. it seems to be a recurring theme in my life :-(
i've also discovered through this process, besides the fact i'm living in an extremely electro-corrosive environment, that recovery software apps are generally fallacious and over-priced. when they do work it takes days, literally, and there's little to do other than watch your mac's glossy screen in wearisome anticipation. times like these i really, really miss tape and film. in fact i'm seriously considering a move to film as part of a next-generation business plan. chromes and b&w prints are painfully expensive upfront these days but that's pretty much where it ends as a methodology (the clients can take care of reproductions otherwise). and the outcome to me is still much more magical than chimping my nikon's lcd. this digital thing is with us for good but it has become taxing in more ways than i imagined.
anyways, the silver lining, whether dusting off old boxes or spinning glitchy disks, can be a rediscovery of things forgotten. not a highlight by any stretch but in the meantime, here's a jam from a couple of years ago that just popped into the salvage folder. it's a variation of the 'Variation On The Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression' (f.zappa), featuring a couple of solo extracts from greg and i live at the 'lennon shithole bar' in qingdao. incidentally, 'oye como va' (the secret progression in this example) was in fact composed by tito puente who made a splash of his own with its catchy cha-cha before carlos exposed it to the pepsi generation.
note: i'll be uploading more billKillers videos HERE as they resurface..

qin lei (drums), timothy macbain (bass), greg zhang (sax), moi (guitar noises)

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