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Funharm?

Funharm was a low-fidelity home recording project that existed primarily from 1981 through 1988. Most of the tracks consisted of improvised synth, guitar, and cheap rhythm machine, recorded straight to cassette, then overdubbed on a modified cassette deck.

Funharm issued two 90-minute cassettes that covered the first three years. For now, the 8.81 – 1.83 and Segments cassettes can be gotten via Discogs, and cassettes, .mp3s, FLACs and other formats can be obtained on Bandcamp.

Other older material is currently being located, edited, and cleaned up (but not too much). New music is being fussed over, as well. News regarding subsequent tracks and releases will be posted here.

If you’d like to buy stuff, need more information, or just want to chat, you can reach me at paul [at] funharm [dot] com.

Thanks for checking in.

I bought an refurbed ARP Solus on Reverb

ARP Solus
My brother, John, purchased a used ARP Solus in the early 80s. I borrowed it, and played in on the first two Funharm cassettes. I have over two dozen additional unedited tapes of me abusing the thing.

When I moved from LA to Sacramento in 1984, I relinquished the Solus, and I’ve missed it since.

Last month I saw a fully refurbished Solus on Reverb for $1200 plus shipping. I looked at the listing, longed after the lost Solus, and went about my day.

A week later the price was dropped to $1000.

I thought about it for about 10 seconds, then bought it.

It’s in great shape. The top octave on the keyboard is a bit wonky, but the more I play it, the more it loosens up.

It’s good to have a Solus in the house again.

More soon.

Streaming audio over there –> three or four widgets down on the right margin

(or near the bottom of the page if you’re on your phone).

I’m experimenting with streaming audio from an old laptop in my studio.

Included is all my publicly available music, as well as some yet-unreleased things I’m working on. I’m also streaming a few tracks by artists I admire.

This won’t be running 24/7, but I’ll try to have it on the air as much as I can muster.

New Track: “Wilder So”

Today is Bandcamp Friday. This morning I recorded a new track, “Wilder So.” This afternoon and evening I worked on a video to accompany it. This is the result.

The track can be streamed and downloaded/purchased on Bandcamp.

Thanks for your support, and thank you for listening.

Special thanks to Kate Burkart and Ruth and Glenn Garland. And this track would not have been possible without the assistance of Dan Phillips.

Video for “What Month Is It?

In March of 2021, I spent two days at Mono Lake. On my first afternoon there, lenticular clouds were forming to the east, over the Nevada line, spinning, moving, then evaporating. I shot this video as dusk descended, and sped it up 5x. I topped the video with a track from 1988 entitled “What Month Is It?”

You can buy the song from Bandcamp — and today, April 2, Bandcamp is waiving its portion of sales, meaning artists make more money from their music.

New track: “Se Pivoti”

This is a new 19-minute track accompanied by a video I shot in December 2019.

There’s a shorter version of the track that’s currently a pay-what-you-want item on Bandcamp. Price will be raised to US$1 on or shortly after January 1, 2021.

Here’s hoping for a vastly improved 2021.

Thanks for listening.

Another Mono Retreat

View from the patio of my temporary Mono Lake abode (from December 2019).

In early December, I spent a week at my favorite place, Mono Lake.

The weather, for 7700 feet high-desert elevation at the eastern foot of the Sierra, in early December, was disturbingly mild. I was hoping for cloudy days and some snow, but there was none of the latter and little of the former. I did a lot of reading, writing, taking photos and videos, offroading in my truck, some volunteer work, and relaxing (somewhat).

I also spent some time working with the Korg wavestate, tweaking programs, recording, and tracking and processing some existing stuff.

What Month Is It?

Mono Lake, December 2018. Shot with an iPhone 7 by Paul.

Now for sale on Bandcamp — “What Month Is It?”, a track recorded on cassette in 1988 in a frumpy ground-floor townhouse rental in Davis, CA. I think this might’ve been one of the few things I worked on that didn’t cause the upstairs neighbors to bang on the floor.