Jherek, Luminaire, London. (by Control Top)
Jherek Bischoff, Blossom.
Congrats to the marvelous Jherek Bischoff for making the 2013 Genius Award shortlist.
It’s been a while without a post and I’m sorry about that- there aren’t many posts about Jherek on tumblr that I can simply reblog, and I often lack the time to dig up pics and stuff about him myself.
To be completely honest, I started this blog because I felt bad that he was the only member of the GTO who didn’t have an appreciation blog yet. Not to say that he’s not an amazing guy- he’s incredible and his musical talent is mind blowing, but I just don’t have the time necessary to keep this running full time.
So, would anyone like to volunteer to help? I don’t want this blog to die, but I feel bad I don’t update very often. I would like at least a post going up per week, daily whenever possible, and properly credited/sourced at all times. With AFP and the GTO going on tour again soon, it shouldn’t be too hard a task. Anyone interested, please drop me an ask!
Thanks muchly! You’re all awesome :)
(also, in case this post didn’t make it clear, I am NOT Jherek. I have no connection to him whatsoever. I didn’t think that needed saying, but I recently got an ask that proved otherwise.)
Blossom - Jherek Bischoff Ft. Wordless Orchestra
I’ve just spent a bit of time going through the different works of the Wordless Orchestra, and they’ve done songs with quite a few different artists such as David Byrne, Zac Pennington, Sam Mickens, Craig Wedren, and Mirah.
Jherek Bischoff tells Terry Gross about sailing between Mexico and Hawaii:
One time, I was helping a friend sail from Mexico to Hawaii, and I was out in the middle of the ocean, and suddenly the ocean went completely still and there was no clouds in the sky — which is actually kind of rare for out in the middle of the ocean. And the wind totally stopped and the ocean was perfectly glassy and, at one point, the stars were a perfect mirror image with the sea. And all of a sudden, I completely lost my sense of direction and which way was up and which way was down, and I felt like I was floating in space because it was just stars completely surrounding me.
Image by Hengki Koentjoro
Jherek Bischoff tells Terry Gross about how he created an orchestral sound without a fill orchestra for his new album Composed:
I knew that I could make a really convincing version of an orchestra by layering each musician with themselves, just recording them over and over and over again until we had the sound of a real orchestra. … I would just ride my bike over to the violin player’s house and put some sheet music in front of her and have her record each part about nine times and build the sound of a full ensemble, and when I was done with that then I would bike ride over to the oboe player’s house and have her record and then just worked my way through the entire orchestra just recording each individual in their own living rooms.
Image by Angel Ceballos
Singer, composer, musician Jherek Bischoff is on the show tomorrow. Watch him bring it with the ukelele in the video from KEXP above. It’s pretty awesome stuff.