These tracks were originally released via the music podcast Instrumental Quaalude in the weeks between January 3rd, 2010 - May 12th, 2010. "Week Thirty-seven," a rendition of Angelo Badalamenti's "Laura Palmer's Theme" and "Week Thirty-eight," a rendition of Riz Ortolani's "Theme from Cannibal Holocaust" are omitted on FMA but are
available for download on Bandcamp.
Instrumental Quaalude was an online outlet for the compositional fragments, improvisations, and recording experiments of Ben von Wildenhaus in the three years during which WIldenhaus recorded, mixed, and released "Great Melodies From Around."
INSTRUMENTAL QUAALUDE, VOL. 4.
RECORDINGS UNDER FIVE MINUTES BY BEN VON WILDENHAUS DELIVERED THROUGH THE MEDIUM OF PODCAST FROM BROOKLYN, NY. ALWAYS NO LYRICS.
1. Tapes and bass guitar improvisation. Week Twenty-nine is in honor of the great Pacific Northwest. (3 minutes, 23 seconds).
2. Limited notes by accordion and electric guitar organized. (2 minutes, 40 seconds).
3. Week Thirty-one. The red guitar, outfitted with a pickup made in Coos Bay, OR, battles the usual SG minor chord improvisation. Sharp v. Round. (4 minutes, 10 seconds).
4. Week Thirty-two is an improvisation on a finger-picking melody that is often played for the daughter. (4 minutes, 44 seconds).
5. Week Thirty-three is an acoustic guitar lullaby-for-child degraded to various levels of fidelity by cassette recorders, resulting in the emergence of a hyper-compressed, unintentional melody. (2 minutes, 33 seconds).
6. Week Thirty-four is a collaboration with the Pacific Northwest instrumentalist Jon Sampson. Jon performs bass over a field of electric guitar pulses, decaying and providing harmonic changes. (2 minutes, 44 seconds).
7. Week Thirty-five is a hairy jam on 5 string red guitar with contact mic, loop, and small amplifier. (3 minutes, 42 seconds).
8. Week Thirty-six is completely unnecessary edit of random bits of jam. Features sufis, babies, reciters, and beat happenings (2 minutes, 14 seconds).
9. Week Thirty-nine closes it with an improvisation on red guitar with impatient child.
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