News & Updates: December 10, 2018
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the death of co-founder and guitarist Dave Kulju. Gino released a concept album (see below) that features a tribute piece to Dave, as well as a composition co-written by both & arranged by the band, which would have been included on Electrum's third album, which you can download for free.
Some background information:
Since the arrangement was "complete", as I could not edit or mix any individual instrument, I was left with very few choices to add chance to this piece. With no guitar solo, a rune casting (paying homage to Dave's Finnish ancestry) would pick which instrument would replace it, and fretless bass was chosen.
For the second solo, the choice was to use the material I had written years earlier, write new material, or use a hybrid of the two - which is the equivalent of what was cast. After both solos were recorded, I added some congas and doumbeks to the respective parts for some ethnic spice, since the drum programming was purposely left sparse by Dave under these sections.
Given that this began as a file sent through email almost a decade ago, and that there was no way for me to do a proper mixdown, the end result isn't all that bad. It's a brief glimpse on the path we were headed on."
Free Electrum MP3s
Side Projects: Dave Kulju
For more information, free mp3s of selected tracks, and to order CDs or mp3s, please visit DaveKMusic.com.
Side Projects: Gino Foti
It features Dave on two of the longest tracks, and includes two trilogies: the first based on sacred geometry, arranged in several odd time signatures, and the second in free time.
Please visit GinoFoti.com for complete information, free mp3 album, and excerpts of every track in his catalog. We are also offering a special on his first six CDs for only $29.95, postpaid within the USA. (No international orders - sorry.)
Gino Foti: Essence Of A Noble Soul (from Orbis Terrarum)
More videos are available through the #GinoFoti Channel.