8.10.2022

Serengeti goes live worldwide !!!


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New Worldwide Release: "Serengeti". The second of my 3 summer releases now available !!!  
A musical adventure into the heart of Africa featuring a combination of world percussive instruments, smooth synth melodies, soaring guitars and arpeggios, creating an environment for visualisation and relaxing listening. In this exploration I started with a steel drum and moog bass randomly arpeggiating to the chord structure, while adding the percussion. I let it go from there and each verse passage I changed the melody using different instrumentation to finally arrive at this arrangement. A very exotic and exciting groove with hints of tribal and world music throughout. Hope you like it !!!


8.02.2022

Slap wins Best Production Award from ICMA


 So grateful to receive this honor. We all worked hard to make this record and get the message to the world. This is a very special project for me and I hold it close to my heart. I hope all can listen and carry the message of peace, love and understanding for generations to come. 


7.08.2022

"90265" released worldwide on all digital platforms


Official Video Release 07.08.2022. Imagine cruising down PCH to the warm and sandy beaches of Malibu for a day of relaxation and people watching. This is the music to take you there !!! Some good summer music for you.
Available on all streaming platforms, and please subscribe to my Youtube channel for more new music coming this summer !

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Slap gets 2 nominations for "Why can't we live together?"


Just received word that our record "Why can't we live together?" is a finalist in "Best Production" and "Best Instrumentalists" categories. I am very pleased that our effort has garnered attention across the world along with the message of peace, love and understanding. Winners announced at the awards show on July 31

 

2.12.2022

NEW RELEASE: 02.14.2022 "WHY CAN'T WE LIVE TOGETHER?'


 “WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER?” 

BACKSTORY:

I always loved the lyrics to this tune and hoped to record a new version at some point. As some of you know, I don’t usually record cover tunes and focus mainly on instrumental compositions in various genres, but I felt a need to send out this message to the world with this recording. If we could ask ourselves the same query, I hoped this might be a step in the right direction. 

I had a scratch track created in 2020 and was going to record the whole thing myself, but then the pandemic shut down that idea, so I started working on different arrangements with different instruments. By 2021 I had a working track that I liked so I reached out to my Detroit pals, Larry Minne and Charles “Buddy” Smith, and said let’s do another record. I wanted to record 2 versions of this track, a vocal on the A side and an instrumental version on the B side. As fate would have it, I had some health issues over the year, so the recording was postponed until I could get up to Detroit in September ‘21 for a one-day session. I had sent up the working track earlier to these guys to listen to. I brought all my recording gear and setup..... so on recording day I had Larry on harmonica, while Buddy arrived with a special guest, Audra Kubat, another fine Detroit singer/songwriter...... I was planning on a 3-4 minute tune without any solos, just the lyrics.......so I rolled the track and then we started improvising and trying different combinations of voices and harmonica, I just kept all the tracks we did record and I added some additional vocals that could be used in the mix. I had an idea for an ethereal opening that would set the tone for the tune and grab the listener, so I asked Audra and Larry to just play off each other without using lyrics, imagining standing on a mesa overlooking giant canyons, with the voice and harmonica floating in space, Buddy pulled off a masterful vocal, and I just let the track roll at the end and let Buddy and Audra improvise an incredible scat. So we made it up as we went, and that is how I like to work to catch the spontaneity of the moment.  I had a lot of material to take home and listen to, edit and put it into a song format that would work.  I finished with a song that was something different than I had imagined and much, much more interesting  ....... I hope you enjoy this 6 minute opus, we all worked on this recording to spread the message...... we have to learn to live together........RS


1.06.2022

New Releases from Slap & Ghiglia Coming 2022 !!

 


It's good to be back recording with Bray Ghiglia. He is a gifted multi-instrumentalist and film composer and we have worked on many projects going back to the release of my "Drive" album in 1990. I plan on releasing several singles this year and hope to get these on the airwaves and to all media outlets. Here are the tracks that will be released over all digital platforms on 2/1/2022. Please support your local musicians !!   Click here to connect to download sites

11.01.2021

Victim of Circumstance

 

  In 1981 I wrote this tune for the band  "Secrets" in response to the assassination of John Lennon. 

A sad day indeed that was for those of us who listened and learned from his passion for bringing peace,  harmony and truth to the world. Was I being naive? Looking back, probably so, but I still have that passion for world peace and I am a very empathic person, so it troubles me thinking about the condition of the world today, 30 years after this tragedy, not forgetting the Kennedy's, King and all the others who fought for human rights and equality. So today I focus on recording music with that message.

The first line was;

"The paper said, the man was dead,  do we need gun control?

Victim of circumstance, never really had a chance,

The times the way they are, you can't push your luck, can't push your luck too far."    

I did not get a chance to record this with the band, but I included this version on my first solo album "Mystic Memories" in 1983. It has been re-released on the NUMERO GROUP label. They will be reissuing all my recordings from that era ('83-'95) over the next several years.

5.08.2021

"NUMERO 95" Released on Digital and Vinyl LP 03.05.2021

As escapism from corporate banality turned the corner in the ‘90s, a new generation of vibrant, software generated soundscapes emerged. Communal access to the internet propagated the new hive mind of ideas online, giving way to smoother, stress-free textures. The PC revolution opened the 
gateway to ray-traced playgrounds of color and light, allowing for visions of utopic proportions to manifest themselves on screensavers far and wide. Boot up your machine, load the software on this floppy diskette, and drop out of a reality bounded by the physical laws of the universe.



Numero 95 [Virtual Experience Software  is the soundtrack to the screen saver fever dream we’re all trying to climb back into. Eight droplets of proto-vaporwave, synthesized in vinyl (or digital) form, fresh from Numero’s archive of forgotten sounds. Are you looking for that half way point between smooth jazz and new age? Mac and PC? Quantum Leap and the X-Files? This software is for you.

Housed in a replica floppy diskette, Numero 95 explores an early computer music unbound by scene or region. Eight solo pioneers vibing out at home in their headphones, traveling as far as the sound card would allow. This is music that barely escaped the hard drive and yet percolates at the edges of the algorithm 30 years later. Welcome to Numero 95

TRACK LISTING
Program A:
Quiet Force - Listen to the Music
Barry Coates - Hovercraft
Andrew Gordon - Walking the Lonely Streets
Steve Bach - Rain Dance

Program B:
Angelo Vanotti - Sketches of Anderland
Robert Slap & Steve Powell - Sex Drive
Jordan De La Sierra/Nimbu-Pani - The Lemon Water Song
Jessie Allen Cooper - In My Heart

Review and interview with Roots Music Report

Just had a nice discussion with Robert Steven Silverstein at RMR 
click here to view the entire album review and artist interviews released by Bongo Boy Records  --->> RMR Review