Jingle Bells

December 19, 2010 3:41 PM

A quick introduction of our two newest toys, and the first track off our new Christmas album.

I've recently been given a mountain dulcimer by a friend of my mother's, and it's proven quite useful. I started playing it about 10-15 minutes before this first recording session began, having had no previous experience playing one, or even knowing how it sounded/was supposed to be played beforehand. The whole "diatonic fretting" thing is WEIRD, but it's an excellent instrument.


Timbill Corder (me) - Mountain Dulcimer
Trey Beauregard (man vs sun) - Sleigh Bells

posted by askmeaboutLOOM (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

lovely. popol vuh meets alice coltrane in lapland.
posted by peterkins at 4:01 PM on December 19, 2010

You did a great job with the dulcimer. I've been looking at one of those for a while now. There's an awesome album by Butch Baldassari which is really worth getting hold of. Diatonic fretting would do my head in.

It's nice to hear something melodic from you guys, even if it's cheese. More, please.
posted by unSane at 7:05 PM on December 19, 2010

There's quite a bit of melodic stuff on this album. Our general approach for the whole project was starting from the idea that we all pretty well hate Christmas music, and generally regard it as the lowest form of music, so we took it from there, in an effort to make it fun to play, and more interesting/challenging for the listener. We also had a chance to test our theory that sleighbells can make ANYTHING sound festive (more on that later).
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 7:36 PM on December 19, 2010

Heh, yes, I very deliberately didn't put sleighbells in my holiday tune for that very reason.
posted by unSane at 7:41 PM on December 19, 2010

great sound, great version !
posted by g.i.r. at 8:45 PM on December 20, 2010

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