Evidence Of Humanity

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Evidence Of Humanity Mike Keneally/Marco Minnemann

Evidence Of Humanity
Mike Keneally/Marco Minnemann

Released 2010

  1. Respect?
  2. Evidence of Humanity
  3. Three People Run Naked Through School
  4. Tooth and Cold Stone Pew
  5. Now
  6. Bastards Into Battle
  7. You, And Your Problems
  8. Bad Friday
  9. Rough Time At The Hotel
  10. Whoa
  11. Kaa
  12. Clown Removal
  13. Forgive and Remember
  14. Apex Music
  15. Our Collective Wisdom To Date
  16. Trying
  17. A Place to Stay For The Night

One bright morning, world-renowned drummer Marco Minnemann settled down behind the DW kit in his secluded hideaway, punched the record button, and proceeded to pound out an astounding 52-minute improvised solo. When it was finished, he christened it Normalizer 2 and offered it as a sort of gift to a handful of his favorite guitarists, relishing the prospect of each adding his own signature madness to the mix.

Mike Keneally was someone Marco hoped would dig the idea. In the throes of recording his intense and complex Scambot 1 opus, Mike leapt at Marco’s offer the creation of Evidence of Humanity would be a joyous, freewheeling counterpoint to his meticulous work on Scambot. “”A fun ride,”” Mike would recall. (Of course, Marco recorded his own fantastic version, too, available at marcominnemann.com.)

The ecstatic result is two of the world’s foremost musicians improvising together, but not at the same time. It’s a record unlike any other that Mike has recorded (but probably closest to Nonkertompf, his indefinable, mostly instrumental 1999 solo extravaganza). Evidence of Humanity seems to have a life of its own, mutating and maturing with each listen.

Accompanying the Evidence of Humanity CD is a region-free NTSC DVD containing a tasty reimagining of the original concept. This time, Mike and Marco got together in real time and vaulted into the ether for another 52-minute musical improvisation, a feat that was videotaped for your pleasure. The DVD also includes an insightful conversation between the two kindred musical spirits, shot in the back seat of a car hurtling toward the cover shoot in the Southern California desert’s dilapidated Salton Sea.

Evidence of Humanity‘s songs:

  • Respect?
  • Evidence of Humanity
  • Three People Run Naked Through School
  • Tooth and Cold Stone Pew
  • Now
  • Bastards Into Battle
  • You, And Your Problems
  • Bad Friday
  • Rough Time At The Hotel
  • Whoa
  • Kaa
  • Clown Removal
  • Forgive and Remember
  • Apex Music
  • Our Collective Wisdom To Date
  • Trying
  • A Place to Stay For The Night

Evidence of Humanity DVD’s selections:

  • Elements of a Manatee live duo improv (54:54)
  • A Conversation with Mike and Marco (39:59)

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Elements Of A Manatee (Audio version) Mike Keneally/Marco Minnemann

Elements Of A Manatee
(Audio version)
Mike Keneally/Marco Minnemann

Released 2010

  1. intro
  2. A dense, heavy skeleton
  3. Flat lungs
  4. Pelvic vestiges
  5. Muscles with little myoglobin
  6. The dorsoventral motion of its fluke
  7. Jaw
  8. Small smooth brain
  9. The vertebral column
  10. Centra and its marrow
  11. No milk storage
  12. This is its soul
  13. A place to sleep for the night
  14. The lip
  15. Two agile forelimbs
  16. Inscrutable
  17. They know where you are

When Mike Keneally and Marco Minnemann collaborated on their critically-acclaimed Evidence of Humanity CD, Mike composed and played on top of Marco’s prerecorded drum solo. And history shows that it turned out magnificently. But it raised the question, what would happen if Mike and Marco improvised together in real time? Mike and Marco were curious, too, so they agreed to meet at Marco’s secret storage locker/rehearsal studio hideaway and let ‘er rip. The startling 54-minute result (augmented by some overdubbed Keneally bass flourishes) appeared on the DVD that accompanies the EOH CD.

A few people have made it known to us that they wish they could enjoy this spontaneous musical eruption while driving, working or pipe-smoking in the study. So here you go, the audio portion of Elements of a Manatee is now available as a very high-quality, reasonably priced download.

Exowax / EX2411 / 2010 (cd/dvd)
Exowax / EX2411-1d / 2010 (download – Elements Of A Manatee – audio version)

The Mike Keneally Discography

The Thing That Knowledge Can’t Eat | Scambot 2 | Inkling | Dancing Demos | Live At Mama Kin | You Must Be This Tall | Mike Keneally Free EP Volume 1 | Mike Keneally Free EP Volume 2 | Wing Beat Elastic-Remixes, Demos and Unheard Music | Wing Beat Fantastic: Songs Written by Mike Keneally & Andy Partridge | bakin’ @ the potato! | Evidence of Humanity | Elements Of A Manatee | Scambot 1 | Songs and Stories Inspired By Scambot 1 | The Scambot Holiday Special | Wine and Pickles | Guitar Therapy Live | Dog | Pup | Vai Piano Reductions Vol.1 | The Universe Will Provide | Parallel Universe | Wooden Smoke | Wooden Smoke Asleep | Dancing | Dancing With Myself… And Others | Nonkertompf | Nonkertalk | The Tar Tapes Vol.2 | Sluggo! | The Tar Tapes Vol.1 | Half Alive in Hollywood | Soap Scum Remover | The Mistakes | Boil That Dust Speck | hat. | Tar Tapes Vol.5 – Your Way Bitchin’ Bonus Tape | Tar Tapes Vol.4 – Drop Control | Tar Tapes Vol.3 – Fashion Poisoning | Tar Tapes Vol.2 – Life’s a Butter Dream/Elephants Walking Under God | Tar Tapes Vol.1 – The Wow Sound of Affable Mort