Our beloved and dearly departed Dr. Richard Zvonar toured with Hassell and told me that all of the cool timbres he got that sound so electronic that he could produce with the acoustic instrument by itself. I've been playing a lot of pocket trumpet and flugelhorn this past year (just beginning) but this comment got me to thinking about the use of breathe and wind noise as a kind of faux 'synthesizer' element in both brass playing and woodwind playing. Instruments, of course, like the middleeastern Ney have such difficult embouchures to use that they force a hell of a lot of air past the slit in the reed, forcing a very breathy sound. The amazing avant garde bass flautist (oh, he hates that moniker and prefers flute player instead) Robert Dick gets amazing wind controlled noises from his instrument and has an uncanny ability to direct noise sounds to the one of 4 microphones that he puts on his custom bass flute. Anyone intersested in instrumentalists who use their instruments in really creative extended ways owe it to themselves to check out his work. Anyway, I've really been into getting the very breathiest (does this word sound suspiciously like Steve Corell's 'truthiness'? lol) sound out of the trumpet. Hassel is an amazing artist and amazingly , he is a minimalist. It is much harder to be a minimalist and have a completely unique sound on an instrument. ..........he's and amazingly high bar to shoot for. ******** So this found sound looper's trumpet featured debut is at this years' Woodstockhausen Festival of Esoteric Music on September 23rd in the Santa Cruz Redwood mountain forest. I figured that since I have been playing drums for exactly 40 years this year and trumpet for under one year that I would create a piece called the Rick Walker Drum and Bugle Choir and treat each instruments as a found sound object. Wish me luck..............I'll literally be quaking in my boots while I attempt this piece.