Asher Fulero : Keyboards of All Kinds, Loops, FX, Programming
Joel Barber : Turntables, FX, Samples, Drum Machine, Vocals (track 4)
Basic Tracks Recorded by Asher Fulero at his home Jan-Dec 2004
Live at the Six Rivers Brewery, Eureka California, March 6 2004
Recorded to DAT by Carl Shoemaker.
Live at The Goodfoot, Portland Oregon, July 10 2004
Recorded to CDR by Collin Cargyle
Post-Production, Engineering, Editing, and Mixing by Asher Fulero at Harmony Studios, Eugene OR, Feb 20-26 2005.
Studio Assistants : Lang Schwartzwald, Jose Sanchez, Bridget Sullivan, Loren Petty
Mastered by John Cuniberti at The Plant, Sausalito CA
Artwork by Joel Barber and Natalie Oswald
Big Thanks To:
Michael Wilson, Margaret Pitcher, Neil Leeborg, Daniel Giannotta, Tom Gammons, Brian DeWaide, Brent McCrossen, Brian Willoughby, Kent Halvorsen, Harmony Studios, The Plant Mastering, The Goodfoot, The Six Rivers Brewery, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Signal Path, Sunfire Pleasure/The New Up, KJ Sawka and Siamese, Eleven Eyes, Kooken & Hoomen, 4th Rail, CDBaby, MFNW, Community Musician SF, Reap & Sow, Natalie Oswald, Minda Stiles, High Sierra Music Festival, The Lymbyc Systym, Kai Eckhardt, LO*Jack (Loren Petty), and The Ninja Watchgroup.
The Dual Process:
The first half of this album began life as keys, beats, and bass lines tracked by Asher in an improv style on his computer over the course of 2004, at home, between projects. Still sounding very raw, the duo took these basic building blocks into Harmony Studios Eugene in February 2005 and used them, again in improvised manner, to fashion more-evolved pieces. When they started, neither Asher nor Joel had any preconceived idea of how the finished product would sound, and in fact several studio mishaps along the way radically altered the process, providing new and creative directions.
The second half of this album was recorded at live shows in Humboldt and Portland, both as full improvisations. In Humboldt, the set was recorded by a taper the band had yet to meet, and it wasn't until months later that they happened across him on an online taper list! The last 2 tracks come from a set at SBN's "home venue", the Goodfoot in Portland Oregon. SBN played a 70-minute opening set for Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, heroes for SBN in the improv realm. This section of the night (included here unedited except for the removal of an uncleared sample) was the last part of the set, when the room was packed full of people with open ears and open minds, inspiring one of Surrounded By Ninjas' favorite moments.