Greg Pagel | Plastic Machine Music

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Plastic Machine Music

by Greg Pagel

Like acid jazz thrown in a blender, this CD features piano, accordion, vintage Casio keyboards, and other instruments fully exploited to create twisted, colorful, polymetric soundscapes.
Genre: Jazz: Weird Jazz
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1. Introduction
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2. It's Hard Work
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3. Plastic Machine Music
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4. Flesh-eating 7th Chords
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5. Compost
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6. Oddbop
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7. Rock the Box, Pt. 1
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8. Rock the Box, Pt. 2
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9. The Sound of Mucous
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10. Andy Plays the Guitar
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11. Mission Accomplished
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12. Santorum
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13. The 80's Sucked
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14. Cerebral Flatulence
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15. Fact-based Initiatives
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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CDBaby official review:

Like Primus, Sun Ra and Zappa meeting inside a pinball machine, cross-breeding and sprouting new appendages while video game-like effects bounce in and out, PLASTIC MACHINE MUSIC is an ingenius hybrid of jazz fusion backdrops, experimental electronic innovation and a poprock-informed writing. While like almost all electronica, the progression and development is more linear than vertical, additive and layered, born of its computer-based, sequencing conception, there is still creative development of motives and ideas, an overall giddy enjoyment of urban, industrial and machine noises. 5 STARS!!

All about Jazz says:

"PLASTIC MACHINE MUSIC is proof enough that [Greg Pagel] is off his damned rocker, and proud to be so. And I think it is a very good thing for all of us that he is ... there's humor in the music, like in the discordant accordion funk of 'It's Hard Work' and the pastiche of new wave synthesizers in 'The 80's Sucked'; and even in song titles like 'Flesh-Eating 7th Chords' and 'Santorum.' (If you don't get that one, you had better do some research.)

His is a big Dadaist sensibility, where anything can happen in service of a song. Sometimes he'll construct a fake scat solo over an electronic loop with sampled piano ('Oddbop'). At other times, he might need to put a fake-Chinese wind-chime top over a lazy hip-hop-esque beat ('Mission Accomplished') or let synth squiggles run amok, like someone was holding mid-period Herbie Hancock over a pot of boiling oil."


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Like Primus, Sun Ra and Zappa meeting inside a pinball machine, cross-breeding and sprouting new appendages while video game-like effects bounce in and out, Plastic Machine Music is an ingenius hybrid of jazz fusion backdrops, experimental electronic innovation and a poprock-informed writing. While like almost all electronica, the progression and development is more linear than vertical, additive and layered, born of its computer-based, sequencing conception, there is still creative development of motives and ideas, an overall giddy enjoyment of urban, industrial and machine noises.

Daniel de Kok


Greg Pagel masterfully blends instruments, beats, samples and genres into a very exciting collage. Bits remind me of Sun Ra and Zappa's Jazz From Hell, with a different twist.

If this is the new direction of Jazz in the 21st century, there sure are exciting times to come!

BROTHER

SMOKIN!
If I were trapped on a desert island and only had to have one CD with me (along with a power source) it would be something by the Beatles. If I couldn't have a Beatles CD, I would choose Greg Pagel's Plastic Machine Music. Yes, it is that good.

Ambrose Pottie

Great great casio rules
inspiring and entertaining and all that stuff. highly recommended

Ms. Mackenzie Hall Kuester

A New "Zing" on Jazz!
I worked at a summer camp for two weeks in August. We needed something to listen to while we made decoration for the up coming "dance". I plopped in this cd, that I had recently bought, and after only two minutes we were laughing and dancing! One of my coworkers turned to me and asked, "What IS this? What kind of music is it?" I pulled out the case, stared at it, then answered with a smile, "Pagel style."

Laura Osborn


Elegantly compiled, the various tracks on this CD are an experience in sophisticated and very groovy fun. We are in very good hands with Greg.

Gary Fieldman

Great
Greg Pagel has created an important and much needed art form -- one that represents human evolution in its present state between organic and machine.

Mel

Wow!
Great CD! Very funky, lots of surprises. Covers many moods and styles, but always groovin'. Highly recommended!

Steve Mueske

Aural Poetry
This is one of the best CDs I have purchased in the last few months. Mixing wav manipulation (sampling and resampling) and jazz-based composition, Pagel creates a completely unique and inimitable sound exhibiting humor and pathos. This is highly imaginative, talented work, a real joy to listen to. Make sure you are NOT listening to it in the car for the first time -- it'll make you laugh out loud ...

Tim Nyberg

Delightfully quirky and energetically creative.
A jazz nut, I became familiar with Greg through keyboard work in OpenInterestJazz.com (a jazz quartet from Wisconsin). Unfamiliar with his solo work, I popped for Plastic Music Machine - mostly out of curiosity. I immediately counted the CD among my smartest music purchases. Bright, creative, wacky, adventuresome, exploratory, whimsical, dangerous, invigorating... it's the audio stuff that HAPPY is made from.
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