Pulse Hard, adoptahighway, 414Melt


Suddenly tons of stand-up basses have rumbled on the Milwaukee music scene. Notably, Thistletown Thunders and Calamity Janes, Jaems Murphey’s Vedic Eden, and The Flood offer the bass’s ruminating thuds in bluegrass dialect. Add to that list Barry Paul Clark.

Fluent in Jazz and electric composition, Clark fused both as his super alter-ego adoptahighway at 414Melt. Adoptahighway superbly tasks his hands with queuing electronic samples of live recordings resonating from his bass strings that he played moments before.

The live instrument sampling technique compels attention every time it’s done. Maybe not quite as vicious as Manual Controller, but not many things are.

A recent discussion about what to do to grow Milwaukee’s music scene made me wonder what or where people look for music. Hyper-talented artists like Clark do their part by contributing to niche collectives like 414 Melt. He also spins a silken thread with traditional jazz adding to the potion blended by Unrehearsed Milwaukee, which you will have a chance to see this Sunday (May 4th) at the Jazz Estate

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