The Free Range Experiment is an improvisational quartet of multi-instrumentalists that came together in May of 2000.
At times rhythmic and groove-heavy, at other times ambient, even meditative, The Free Range Experiment's sound-world reveals a broad spectrum of human (and non-human!) emotions and ideas. As with all improvised music, the energies of the moment, as well as synchronicity, surprises, and happy accidents combine with the players' intuitions to form an organically evolving music that couldn't have been scored in advance. Listeners have described listening to The Free Range Experiment as akin to taking an inner psychic journey, wandering through a dreamscape, and wading through the lifeform-filled waters at a strange, alien beach...
The Free Range Experiment
Dave “D.C.” Beemon: Drums, Percussion, Trombone, Whistle, Harmonica
Ed Blomquist: E-Bow/Slide Electric Guitar, Loops, Synth, Piano, Clarinet, Whistle, Bugle, Percussion, Bird Sounds
Jay Havighurst: Saxes, Shawm, Lyre, Qin, Anklung, Spike Fiddle, Bass Fiddle, Percussion, Alto Clarinet, Loops
Jim Whisenant: Electric Upright Bass, Stick, Electric Bass, Ashbory Bass, Percussion, Piano Interior
Recorded at Berklee College of Music, January 11-12, 2003
Recorded by Mark Wessel w/ Matt Carter.
Mixed by Mark Wessel w/ Erin McComb.
Mastered by Colin Decker at M-Works.
The band thanks: Berklee College of Music for the faculty recording grant; Mark for the great recording and simpatico wavelength; Colin for the excellent mastering; Dave DeMaris for sitting in; Lynda Stephens for being there with us at the beginning; Kristen Mills for her live action painting(s) at shows (www.kmillsstudios.com).
Dave wishes to thank – Joanie, Matt, Dan, and the Flamingo Spirit
Jim wishes to thank – Mrs. W and all the little Ws
Jay wishes to thank – Lynne
Ed wishes to thank Belinda, Rook, Spooner, my folks, and all the friends who came out to hear us.