“On the Line” features the dynamic and humorous lyricism of Byron Johnson in outrageous flow as his alter-ego Boobie Stoops and the ferociously nimble guitar acrobatics of Australian über-shredder Jeremy Barnes layered over a relentlessly driving jazz-inflected electronic groove.
Detroit native Boobie Stoops studied Broadcast Journalism at Hampton University. With his a distinctive voice and idiosyncratic delivery, Boobie is well on his way to making a big splash in music circles as he sets his sights on a move to the Los Angeles area. Clever and infectious, his words will echo in your head long after the music stops and make you want to play it again and again.
Jeremy Barnes has long maintained that his primary goal as a guitarist is to achieve the ultimate possible level of technique and musicality on the instrument and he has gained worldwide recognition as one of the fastest guitarists on the planet. Jeremy is currently working on “The Vertical Terrain”, his follow up to 2004’s amazing debut album “On” as the Jeremy Barnes Trio. Jeremy and his family make their home in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
“On the Line” began life as my final project in an Electronic Music course at Old Dominion University. I was researching into music that incorporated the sounds of a telephone’s Dual Tone Multi-Frequencies (DTMF) as actual instruments instead of mere effects. I’ll spare you details here except to say that I used a combination of DTMF sounds which I then overlaid onto a bass and drums groove that I created. This groove was rhythmically based upon the length of the DTMF sequences and the general harmonic structure suggested by their approximate pitches. (The DTMF sounds intentionally do not precisely match those that we generally use in music.) It was an experiment that led to a very cool instrumental track that we later developed into a full-blown song.
The trivia hounds among you might note with satisfaction that I used the DTMF generator to create the sound of the telephone number 867-5309 in homage to Tommy Tutone’s 1982 hit.
Lyrics by B Johnson
Music by W Russell & J Barnes
Additional Vocals by Mixin’ Mitch at Act As If Entertainment
Additional Engineering by Phil Tweed
Engineered and Co-Produced by Mixin’ Mitch and Boobie Stoops as Act As If Entertainment with Warren Russell and Justin Sunday as Quicksilver Night Productions
Copyright 2012 Quicksilver Night Productions, all rights reserved.