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Travis Bubenik


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Post  Posted 29 May 2024 1:28 pm    
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Cool story on some ambient steel recorded in a missile silo by Nate Hofer - make sure to give it a listen

https://www.npr.org/2024/05/29/nx-s1-4966565/why-kansas-city-musician-recorded-an-album-in-a-cold-war-missile-silo
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Rick Bernauer

 

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Kansas, USA
Post  Posted 31 May 2024 11:42 am    
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Nice story about Nate's work. His new ambient music album ties in with the photos he's taken of decommissioned missile silo sites. Nate's photos series "One and a Half Acres: Images from America’s Decommissioned Minuteman Missile Silos" was recognized in 2021 when he accepted the Global Peace Photo Award in Vienna Austria.

Links to hear some of the music and see some of the photos:

https://natehofer.com/music-1
https://natehofer.com/home#/one-and-a-half-acres/

We're all proud of him in the Kansas City music community.
All round good guy who also plays kick-ass honky-tonk and swing when not sitting in an abandoned missile silo.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 31 May 2024 12:49 pm    
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I'll give it a listen later, but I have to ask "Why a missle silo?"
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Donny Hinson

 

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Post  Posted 31 May 2024 3:35 pm    
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Jerry Overstreet wrote:
I'll give it a listen later, but I have to ask "Why a missle silo?"


It makes for better copy than something done in your den. Winking
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Dan Kelly


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Boston, MA
Post  Posted 1 Jun 2024 3:55 am    
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Aeronautical Acoustics? Alpha Particle Ambience? Chain Reaction Resonance? Cool Effects Boxes? I dunno why!


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Greg Forsyth

 

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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 1 Jun 2024 8:09 am    
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Acoustics and it the subject of his photo series. Cool!!
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James Holland


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Alabama, USA
Post  Posted 1 Jun 2024 11:28 am    
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I heard this on the radio last week. Clever idea, creates thought and awareness. NPR described the instrument as complicated like nuclear technology, and pointed out both developed during the same decades. I found it flattering to both Nate and the instrument.
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Tim Toberer


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Nebraska, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jun 2024 4:56 am    
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This is brilliant on so many levels! I can't think of a better way to experience real reverb.
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Nate Hofer


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Overland Park, Kansas
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2024 9:07 am    
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Much thanks y'all. Special to me because I spent a lot of time in my formative years learning a lot about pedal steel right here on the Forum.

This particular effort is definitely "experimental" (or ambient, New Age, etherial whatever you wanna call it). But I proudly balance my time with actual country and honky tonk bands too.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 10 Jun 2024 11:00 am    
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Interesting project. I enjoyed your playing. It's always a positive push when a player takes the pedal steel guitar in a different direction and I support your efforts.

I guess I'm thinking Bruce Kaphan et al. This must be the sole example of music recorded in a missle silo!
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Mike Neer


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NJ
Post  Posted 11 Jun 2024 5:27 am    
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Great job, Nate, on conception, execution and overall message.
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Nate Hofer


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Overland Park, Kansas
Post  Posted 13 Jun 2024 11:07 am    
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Mike Neer wrote:
Great job, Nate, on conception, execution and overall message.


Mike Neer. Thank you so much. You already know I'm a big fan of your work.


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Nate Hofer


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Overland Park, Kansas
Post  Posted 13 Jun 2024 11:16 am    
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Jerry Overstreet wrote:
Interesting project. I enjoyed your playing. It's always a positive push when a player takes the pedal steel guitar in a different direction and I support your efforts.

I guess I'm thinking Bruce Kaphan et al. This must be the sole example of music recorded in a missle silo!


Thank you, Jerry. Yeah there are a more than a few pedal steelers releasing amazing pedal steel-only work these days. Really interesting time for our instrument.
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Daniel Morris


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Westlake, Ohio, USA
Post  Posted 15 Jun 2024 5:08 pm    
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Great to hear your music, Nate.
I snagged a copy of the vinyl - excellent package.
You're right, it's a great time for our instrument, especially when pushing boundaries
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