Archive for October, 2011


Finding Core 2011 Release

October 31, 2011

Band: Finding Core
Release: Fifty Two Ten (8 song demo)
Year: 2011
Formed: Circa 2000
Genre: Rock
Home: Chatham

Notes: The band broke up in August of 2012.

Kenny Deuxberry – Lead Vocals
Eric Broadbent – Guitars & Backing Vocals
J.Z Taine – Bass & Backing Vocals
Paul Demars – Drums & Backing Vocals

01. Falls Silent
02. Loaded Gun
03. Tomorrow
04. F-Bomb
05. Fantasy
06. Pass You By
07. Gemini
08. Runaway

2006 – Silence
2011 – Fifty Two Ten

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Buy/ Preview their album online here.



Barry Truax 1987

October 24, 2011

Name: Barry Truax
Year: 1987
Born: Chatham Ontario, 1947.
Resides: Vancouver

Barry specializes in real-time implementations of granular synthesis, often of sampled sounds, and soundscapes. He developed the first ever
implementation of real-time granular synthesis, in 1986, the first to use a sample as the source of a granular composition in 1987’s Wings of
Nike, and was the first composer to explore the range between synchronic and asynchronic granular synthesis in 1986’s Riverrun. The real-time
technique suites or emphasizes auditory streams, which, along with soundscapes, inform his aesthetic.

Barry Truax is a Professor in both the School of Communication and the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he teaches courses in acoustic communication and electroacoustic music. He has worked with the World Soundscape Project (WSP), editing its Handbook for Acoustic Ecology, and has published the book Acoustic Communication dealing with all aspects of sound and technology. As a composer, Truax is best known for his work with the PODX computer music system which he has used for tape solo works and those which combine tape with live performers or computer graphics. He releases many of these works on the Cambridge Street Records label which he founded in 1985. In 1991 his work Riverrun was awarded the Magisterium at the International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges (France), a category open only to electroacoustic composers of 20 or more years experience. He is also the recipient of one of the 1999 Awards for Teaching Excellence at Simon Fraser University. Barry Truax is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre (CMC) and a founding member of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community (CEC) and the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

CD Notes
Cambridge Street Records released its first Compact Disc entitled Digital Soundscapes with five works by Vancouver composer Barry Truax in 1987.
The CD features the first recording of the composer’s Riverrun, commissioned by the Venice Biennale and realized entirely with the technique of granular synthesis. This groundbreaking work was the recipient of the prestigious Magisterium award (the senior category for composers of more than 20 years experience) in the 1991 International Competition of Electroacoustic Music in Bourges, France.
The disc also includes four other works, digitally remastered, that appeared on the composer’s earlier recordings — the text/soundscape work The Blind Man, the ethereal computer work Aerial (with horn player Steven Field), and two compositions from Truax’s last vinyl release, Sequence of Earlier Heaven, the computer-synthesized works Wave Edge and Solar Ellipse. Each was realized with the composer’s PODX system for digital sound synthesis and composition at Simon Fraser University.

Interview (1991)
Interview (2009)

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Don Shepherd Band

October 23, 2011


Band: Don Shepherd Band
Year: 1949
Genre: Big Band
Home: Chatham

This 12 piece band was put together in 1949 and lasted until about 1952. The band worked in the Pyranon ballroom and many other places in the Chatham area. Don played lead Alto and his wife Penna Graham was the band vocalist. The band was very popular playing all the hits of the day and is remembered as a very good dance band.

Don joined the Air Force during the war and played in one of the best Toronto Air Force bands. After the war, Don moved to Barrie and owned and operated a music store. In 1949 he moved back to Chatham to help his father operate and manage Shepherd Printing Company.

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Chateau Gai Orchestra

October 23, 2011

Band: Chateau Gai Orchestra
Year: 1946
Genere: Big Band

The Chateau Gai Orchestra was formed in 1946 at the home of Walter King in Blenheim Ontario.

Original members:
Mac McCutcheon – piano
Leighton Rumble – bass
Max McGregor – drums
Gord Tricker & Claire Scafe – trumpets
Phil Carney – trombone
Jack Trotter & Walt King – saxophones

Other players were Bus Bowers, Stan Betts, Sam Ryan, Bill King, Ray Macdonald.

The Chateau Gai Orchestra was noted for its sweet sound and danceable music often related to the sound and style of the Guy Lombardo band. The band played at many popular sites e.g. the Hi-Neighbour dances at the Kinsmen auditorium in Chatham for many years, Rondeau Park’s new and old dance halls, Blenheim High School Alumni Dances (49 out of 50), and Kenwick on the Lake, Sarnia. They were also in demand in London and many other towns and cities.

In later years Ted Pudney of London took over the band and they continued to play in the Lombardo style for many years.
This band was truly part of the big band era in Ontario.

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The Bob Jacks Band

October 23, 2011

Band: The Bob Jacks Band
Year: 1941
Genre: Big Band

Bob was born in Chatham Ontario and passed away in Wallaceburg Ontario January 2 1972 at the age of 57. Bob taught music in the schools of Wallaceburg  and his mother Mary Jacks also taught music.
Bob formed his first band while attending Chatham Collegiate High School in 1935. He quickly established a reputation for good dancable music and became house band at the Primrose Gardens in Wallacburg from 1941 to 1953.. Over the years he had more than 50 musicians and 12

Bob started at the Gardens working in the coat check room. In 1940 he moved to Wallaceburg to work at Schults Die in the office. The band normally had 10 – 12 members plus girl singers and was so popular that Friday nights at the Gardens was always full. They also played at the high school dances service clubs as well as many dance halls in Chatham, Rondeau Park, Sarnia and Erie Beach. The band had a reunion in 1969 and in 1995 and both were well attended. Bob was also a very good pianist


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Sal Piamonte 2011 CD

October 17, 2011

Band: Sal Piamonte
Release: Lives in Devil City
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock
Website: here.
Download from Itunes: here.
YouTube page: here.

Chatham Connection: Former Chatham resident now living in the Ottawa area.

Sal Piamonte – Vox, guitar
Eric Disero (who also mixed and mastered the album)
Dan Stadnicki (Serial Joe, Liam Titcomb)
Mike Goyette (Artificial Joy Club, Save Ferris)
Dan Joseph

Notes: Breaking into the American market with songs “Humble Heart,” and “Moments They Pass,” from his 2008 “Rogue EP” release, Sal then proceeded to write, record, and self-produce 2010’s “Free Money LP,” which not only demonstrated Sal’s versatility as a world-class songwriter and producer, but got him signed to a worldwide publishing deal with 2850 Music (Lionel Ritchie, GroupLove, John Waite, etc) in Santa Monica, California in the process.

01 Big Sleazy
02 Take Me Home
03 Devil Woman
04 Get Up, Get Up
05 Just a Little Bit
06 Tonight
07 Shining Star
08 Nasty Girl
09 Whatcha Say
10 High Road
11 Go All Night
12 Big Sleazy Outro
13 Take Me Home (Radio Edit)


Lesser Known 1992 Demo

October 12, 2011

Band: Lesser Known
Release: What Is Life About
Year: 1992
Genre: Metal
Format: Cassette tape
Home: Tilbury (Chatham-Kent)

Mike Davidson (Spaz) – Vocals
Cory Chauvin – Guitar
JP Caza – Guitar
Roger Beaudry – Bass
Paul Turgeon – Drums

1. *** Wrongs
2. What Is Life About?
3. Real Reality

Lesser Known Links:

Demo Discography
Lesser Known – Demo – 1991 (4 Songs)
What Is Life About – 1992 (3 Songs)
Bring an Open Mind – 1994 (11 Songs)
Inner Beast – 1998 – (12 Songs)
Higher levels – 2000
Circle the Drain – 2001 (3 Songs)
Condition Red – 2002