oct 28, 2014


behar hagilboa (spaghetti western-ish israeli pop tune from mid 70’s – hadar/ naor)

both these pieces (and several others) will be in the gHOST project set which we (sue and me) will be performing at wzrd tursday night. live audience is welcome too, so come on down …. or tune in if you don’t. our set should starting around 8-8:15’ish.

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oct 23, 2014

this is called ‘hh’ (~5 min)


it’s a loop based piece ancillary to practicing for this gHOST project set next thursday night – and no, it won’t be a ‘sendoff’ … but just the next gp show. some details are still being worked out, but this will be part of the wzrd halloween spook tacular. studio audience welcome, i believe. more details soon….. 1 week from tonight (www.facebook.com/events/364124407087026/).

just for grins here – for comparison one of my first looper pieces -‘loshon hora’ (from dec ’12).


reminder :: downloads are ok (that is … if you save one of these sound files to your hard drive) – but please paypal $0.99/ downloaded track to zelwel at hotmail dot com. that’s the same e-mail address for booking gHOST project, mi yodea, the atomic theory dance band, or any other zelwel dot com project.

thanks again …. for listening.



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oct 20, 2014

from today – ‘a sonic furniture’ – this one is sort of somber. ~3 1/4 min.

& from yesterday – ‘2 sonic furnitures’ – so there’s 2 here which were done one after the other. these are both nice and sountrack-ey. the first is ‘jaunty’ the 2’nd is ‘serious’. total time ~ 9 1/2 min.

these are keyboard / looper based pieces (also some e-drum, etc) using the ‘sonic furniture’ idea – make something complex enough that you can walk away and let it run for a while – let that loop become like ‘sonic furniture’ in the room.

one time gHOST project did a show using that name (http://ghostproject.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-multikulti-by-sonic-furniture) – but in fact this was a music concept that i once explained to w. i mentioned it in a discussion on the internet, and it got off into the whole topic of generative music, which has now been around for a while



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oct 15, 2014

piece-o-day ‘hoshannah rabbah’ (keys, ~3 min, trad adapted)

7’th day of sukkot & a curious day in the orthodox jewish liturgy – 4’th longest service, and on a weekday (that is … not a formal yom tov but chol hamoed). the service has some reflections of neilah – the closing prayer on yom kippur.

i did a piece about it last year too – ‘om ani chomah’ – based around one of the prayers specific to this day (though instrumental).

i’m not usually into liturgical music – but this time of year brings it out of me. my dad immersed me in it (rosenblatt and other cantors, carlebach, etc.) when i was tiny. for the longest time i didn’t give it a whole lot of validity, but now that i’m like… oh… around his age when i was a teenager??? i guess it’s coming back out of my aging pickled brain.



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oct 12, 2014

piece-o-day today – sunday strut. (snare, hi-hat, brushes, guitar, efx ~2 min)

piece-o-day from last weds – ‘exiles’ -a king crimson cover (cross, fripp, wetton, palmer-james). (keys ~ 6 1/2 min)

hopefully the blokes won’t hate me for posting this – being as ‘non-commercial’ a use of the tune (off the classic ‘lark’s tongue in aspic’ from 1973 buy it if you don’t own it ok?) as possible. anyways i DID get to see one of the shows at the vic – and it was mind boggling.


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oct 11, 2014

i decided to add a 2’nd track to the ‘brucolac’ e-cd – ‘adon olamim’ –

(liner notes from e-cd-

the brucolac is a character in ‘the scar’ by china mieville. he’s a political vampire who speaks with forked tongue – literally. he’s ab-dead. he comes from high cromlech. he’s a powerful ally and he will protect you – but he’ll want his gore tax.

someone should write a silly song about him (as opposed to this avant pea-on).

‘adon olamim’ is a takeoff on an original ‘adon olam’ tune (https://zelwel.bandcamp.com/track/adon-olam-eliezer-kaplan) – or actually an improv that incorporates (bits of) that and more.)

the ‘brucolac’ e-cd seems to be (becoming?) ‘just my lonely guitar vol 2′ (i may add more tracks????) it’s still a $1.99 download.

(ref : https://zelwel.bandcamp.com/album/just-my-lonely-guitar)


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oct 6, 2014

new single track bandcamp e-cd – which is simply an 11 1/2 min electric guitar solo. it’s about a character in a book by the wonderful author china mieville.



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oct 3, 2014 (a k a erev yom kippur 9 tishrei, 5775)

‘kreplach days’ (keyboard improv based on trad tune 3 1/4 min)

g’mar v’chatimah tovah (may we all be inscribed in the book of life)-
may this be the year that brings lasting peace and understanding.


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oct 2, 2014

‘you can never tell’ (keys improv 2 1/4 min)

1 min gtr solo-

also a weird little bollywood cover- would you believe this is in freygish/ ahava raba mode?

i had a lovely time listening to and jamming with volcano radar at constellation the other night thank you v radars, julia miller and constellation.

upcoming- limmud chicago- nov 15 and 16 at doubletree hotel in skokie – register here-
presenters will include josh nelson, neshama carlebach nd amichai lau-lavie. on a personal note – i’ll be giving a talk on naftule brandwein and the shiviti drum circle will be there too.

also upcoming – the gHOST project sendoff – live on wzrd oct 30, 10 pm.



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sep 17, 2014

new solo e-cd. 4 tracks 35 min. $4 download from bandcamp.


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