M. D. Friedman's Blog

Poet & Atrist

Fixing the Faucet

This is the latest taste of my peculiar illness. This is live, solo Theremin therapy. I hope you find some relief in this as well.

If the above player does not work for you, try this direct link: http://www.reverbnation.com/mdfriedman/song/18133631-fixing-the-faucet

July 30, 2013 Posted by | ambient, analog, avant garde, electronic, electronica, experimental, improvisational, sound art, Theremin, Vintage Analog | Leave a comment

Electrolysis of Hairy Fodder

“Electrolysis of Hairy Fodder” is the latest bit of insanity from the Mojo Medicine Show and is yours for the taking. The magic of Mad Dog’s aleatory Theremin and the Mojo Man’s iPad Synthesizer blends seamlessly in this hair raising sound scape.  Enjoy!

July 15, 2013 Posted by | "Mojo Medicine Show", audio, avant garde, electronic, electronica, iPad, Music, scound scape, synthesizer, Theremin | Leave a comment

I Forgot What I Was Saying

Vintage, Analog, Improvisational, Experimental, Aleatory ‘Lectronica Featuring Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin created, recorded and uploaded on July 1, 2013.
In case your player isn’t playing try this direct link: www.reverbnation.com/mdfriedman/song/17841083-i-forgot-what-i-was-saying

July 1, 2013 Posted by | Aleatory.Music, avant garde, electronica, experimental, Friedman, improvisational, Mad Dog, Theremin, Vintage Analog | Leave a comment

Chewing the Cud on Blueberry Hill

Full electronica improvisational set on June 24th, 2013 in Dragon Studios composed and performed in the moment by Mojo Medicine Show. Featuring Dan “The Mojo Man” Crecco on percussion, electric washboard and iPad synth and Mad Dog Friedman on aleatory Theremin. No midis or loops were used in the production of this experimental soundscape. The moment knows not how to make mistakes.

(If the music player does not show up on your browser or does not work try this direct link:
https://soundcloud.com/md-friedman/chewing-the-cud-on-blueberry)

Please let me know what you think.  We were trying out some new effects today!

The Mojo Medicine Show is an unique blues duo that blends the jug juice of 1930’s juke band music with the electric kool-aid jams of the 1960’s.
www.mojomedicineshow.com

The original Mojo Medicine Show toured the western slopes of Colorado in the summer of 1976. This ragged and hairy troupe of musicians, Gypsy fortune tellers and belly dancers performed their way into the hearts of many a mountain town. It is in this tradition of Colorado’s own home grown, psychedelic, back porch blues that the Mojo Medicine founder, Mad Dog Friedman, decided to create a unique blues duo that captures the spirit of those amazing times. This new incarnation of the Mojo Medicine Show features Mad Dog Friedman on harp, vocals and Theremin and Dan Crecco on washboard, percussion and iPad synth. The modern Mojo Medicine Show puts down the real deal, hippy trippy blues seldom heard in this day and age. From their contemporary, simple, heartfelt, rural-rooted blues to their vintage, analog, improvisational, experimental, aleatory ‘lectronica, the Mojo Medicine Show offers a unique alternative to today’s throwback, retro-folk and refracted root music scene.

June 25, 2013 Posted by | "Mojo Medicine Show", ambient, electronica, experimental, improvisational, Music | Leave a comment

Strange Fruit Villanelle

(April 5, 1968, Alton Senior High School)
America needed to watch its back.
When ignorance swelled like fruit on hatred’s tree,
My best friend in high school was black.
America feasted on this loathsome crap,
When hopeful King was gunned down from his dream,
America needed to watch its back.
I’ll recall how whites that day in school talked smack,
How bigots blindly hurled hateful obscenities.
My best friend in high school was black.
Blacks marched out, whites threw rocks to pelt the pack,
Cops beat back blacks blue and red; white kids cheered in glee.
America needed to watch its back.
Alton broke me on its racist rack,
Tortured me with its bloody irony.
My best friend in high school was black.
That things now have changed is mostly fact,
Yet so many still yearn to be free.
Those scars and stripes that welt my back,
Sting like the cuts lashed on my friend’s back.

June 16, 2013 Posted by | Alton, black, form, Illinois, Martin Luther King, poem, Poetry, racism, Villanelle, white | Leave a comment

Walking Upside Down

“Walking Upside Down” is the final track off of Mad Dog & Headman‘s Walking on the Sky album released in May 19, 2013 (featuring: Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin & improvisational spoken word and Stephen Hartman on NS/Stick with MIDI, bass pedals & keyboards).  Stephen is pure genius and a true in the moment astral plane pirate. This album is the result of an electrostatic collaboration between Mad Dog Friedman and Stephen Hartman. It was recorded at the Freak Show in Littleton, Colorado, on May 3, 2013, at the end of what seemed to be an endless winter. This historical session represents the first musical meeting of these two vastly diverse recording artists. The full improvisational session is heard at its best here. It was recorded in one take and is rich in fortunate accidents. Walking on the Sky is the first full length project featuring M. D.’s Friedman’s aleatory Theremin work. The spoken word on this track was an intrepid indulgence of the moment. For more of M. Friedman’s poetry see www.mdfriedman.com.

If the player does not work in your browser, please click here to hear it: www.soundcloud.com/md-friedman/walkingupsidedown320.

June 15, 2013 Posted by | ambient, electronica, experimental, freestyle, improvisational, Mad Dog & Headman, Music, sound art, spoken word, Theremin, Walking on the Sky, Walking Upside Down | Leave a comment

Crossing the Bridge Parts 1 & 2

Spoken word with improvised soundtrack. These are Tracks 2 & 3 off of Mad Dog & Headman‘s Walking on the Sky album released in May 19, 2013 (featuring: Mad Dog Friedman on Theremin & Spoken Word and Stephen Hartman on NS/Stick with MIDI, Bass Pedals & Keyboards).  Stephen is pure genius and a true in the moment astral plane pirate. It is the first full length project featuring Mad Dog’s aleatory Theremin work.  Featuring M. D. Friedman‘s poem, “The Great Clock” as published in his chapbook, Leaning Toward Whole (Liquid Light Press 2011).

If the player does not work click here to hear: http://soundcloud.com/md-friedman/crossingthebridge320

May 26, 2013 Posted by | ambient, Crossing the Bridge, electronica, experimental, freestyle, improvisational, M. D. Friedman, Mad Dog & Headman, Music, poem, sound art, spoken word, The Great Clock, Theremin, Walking Upside Down | Leave a comment

wings of haiku

lonely wasted heart
seek your ancient home inside
uncover your joy
 
marble-fisted doubt
open to the shards of glass
diamonds in the light

April 29, 2013 Posted by | 2 D, 2 directional, 2D, concrete, Friedman, Haiku, M. D., M. D. Friedman, poem, poet, Poetry, wings | Leave a comment

The Price You Pay

 
“The Price You Pay,” a tribute to those still trying to overcome the personal devastation resulting from Katrina.

(Support this project. Purchase this track at maddogfriedman.bandcamp.com/track/the-price-you-pay.)

 

April 13, 2013 Posted by | flood, Friedman, Katrina, M. D., Mad Dog, Music, New Orleans, song | Leave a comment

That Girl of Mine

Hope you enjoy this simple soulful, love song…

Support this project. Purchase this track at maddogfriedman.bandcamp.com/track/that-girl-of-mine.

March 10, 2013 Posted by | Friedman, M. D. Friedman, Mad Dog, pop, R and B, song, soul, That Girl of Mine | Leave a comment

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