UFO's, Crop Circles, the Face on Mars. Area 51, Secret Conspiracies, Unexplained Phenomena and Lost Tribes. These are some of the topics tackled by RiffJam Tribe. Spacerock for Inquiring Minds...
Welcome to my RiffJam Tribe page. Here you'll find breaking news on my Spacerock recording projects. If you enjoy the music of Hawkwind, Eloy, Ayreon, Pink Floyd, Mahogany Rush and Camel and are intrigued by science-fiction, space exploration and the unexplained my music may appeal to you. Check this page frequently for progress updates on my upcoming debut album: "First Contact".
Working out of a tiny bedroom studio in the Midwest
and enlisting a battery of synths, samplers and sequencers,
RiffJam Tribe combines rotorhythmic jams with spacey electronic instrumentals. -WORKING ON A ELECTRIC-BLUE "STUDIO TAN"
ROTORHYTHM ( Ro-Toe-Ri-Thim )
Definition: A simple, repeating four-to-seven chord rock-riff that gains energy and momentum by layering and slightly shifting it's cadence over time. Has been known to cause "out-of-body" experiences in listeners.
Examples: Hawkwind's "Levitation", "Time We Left This World" ( -Orig. "Doremi" version ), Montrose's "Space Station # 5", etc.
Take a four to seven chord rock-riff. Jam with it. Add a "tribal feel" to it. RIFF + JAM + TRIBE = RIFFJAM TRIBE! Get it?
Then build it up "layer-upon-layer". Gradually accelerate the tempo. Let the riff evolve, change and gain momentum ( -by slightly shifting it's chord-change timing and cadence ). Burnish til it glows "incandescent orange". Bring to a pulse-pounding, adrenilin-rushing climax. That's the RIFFJAM TRIBE "formula". Hawkwind's employed this "formula" from time-to-time on some of their songs ( -see the
examples listed above ).
My other songs veer towards the "spacey" and electronic. Head music. Mind music. Like a trip into space minus the NASA booster-rockets. Strap-in for a journey to the other side of your mind...
Electro-tribal music from the "future-past". Combining primal tribal rhythms with space-age electronics. That sums-up the RiffJam Tribe ethic. My upcoming "First Contact" album will set the "template" for future explorations. Check it out if this stuff interests you....
What's that landing in the forest? Curious things caught in "fleeting glimpses". Was that real or not? Those are some of the places "RJT's" music goes. If it "goes bump in the night" ( or ) sends an other-worldly shiver up your spine, "RJT's" music is there. I enjoy being intrigued and WONDERING don't you? A "RIFFJAM TRIBE" MOMENT....
Did U.S. Special Forces clash with aliens at an underground base in 1979'? Are advanced aircraft derived from recovered UFO technology being flown out at Nevada's Area 51? "EYES ONLY" ROCK MUSIC...
The Nevada Test Site's "Area 51" is a secret government reserve the size of Connecticut. What's going on there? U.S. taxpayers fund it's operation yet we're not allowed to know what's going on there?
-A MAP OF FEDERAL LANDS "THAT DON'T EXIST"....
Are Crop Circles and the "Face on Mars" wake-up calls for mankind? Is the ET/ "Inter-dimensional" presence benelovent or malevolent?
In 1974 Carl Sagan and S.E.T.I. sent a message into space ( -from Puerto Rico's Arecibo Radio Telescope ). In 2002, this crop circle appears near Britain's Chilbolton Radio Telescope. The year prior, a crop circle adjacent to Chilbolton "answers" CHILBOLTON "CROP CIRCLE" Sagan's 1974 "data-strip" with specifics ( -on E.T. height, mathematics, DNA and location in the universe ).
Is the "Face on Mars" ( -and complex of structures near it ), simply "abberations of light and shadow" or something more tangible and solid?
Are Biblical passages referring to the "Annunaki" and "Nephlihim" ( -and the "corruption" of human DNA by "fallen angels" ) only myths and legends or something more? THE "FACE ON MARS"
And from the dawn of mankind til the present -is all
of this interrelated ( -and still being played-out right underneath our uneducated noses? ).
These are some of the questions "RiffJam Tribe's" music ponders. Have you ever wondered about any of this stuff yourself? DAWN AT STONEHENGE
Could this intricate "Crop Circle" be the work of hedgehogs ( or ) hoaxers? If so, England has some pretty precise and disciplined rodents and drunken revellers!
THOSE PESKY ENGLISH "HEDGEHOGS AT IT AGAIN!
And somewhere in the remote recesses of Amazonia a few "uncontacted" stone-age tribes remain oblivious to the modern world....
A fact that makes me happy.
Currently, preparing for recording sessions. Had local computer shop ( It's Computers ) install and register Tracktion T7 recording software onto laptop for "First Contact" sessions.
Cabling studio gear and programming synth sounds for album. Awaiting delivery
of I.K. Multimedia's Uno Synth from Sweetwater.
I'm looking forward to using the Uno Synth for the album. While you're at it, follow this weblink to see what Erik Norlander had to say about the design and development of this unique synth. ( -LEFT ) IK MULTIMEDIA'S UNO SYNTH
Currently writing a review of IK Multimedia's "Modo Bass" software ( -expect to see it appear in "Creative Tech Nerds" very soon ). I'll be using "Modo Bass"for all of the bass-guitar parts on "Riffjam Tribe's" upcoming "First Contact" album. I really dig this software! You can come up with some great-sounding "customized" bass-sounds with it. Good stuff!
( 14 ) iconic basses that you can "customize" to your heart's content. Amps ( -both "tube" and "solid-state" ). Several bass stomp box effects. Different playing styles. Gorgeous graphics. Those are just a few of "Modo Bass' " attractive features. Read my upcoming review for more details on this innovative new software.
( -ABOVE ) "MODO BASS' " MAIN SCREEN
Received delivery of a Roland/ Studio Electronics SE-02 discrete analog synth from Sweetwater. Looking forward to checking it out when I get time. The SE-02 will be put to good use for fat leads and bass lines on the "First Contact" album.
( -ABOVE ) ROLAND/ STUDIO ELECTRONICS SE-02