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David Bagsby's main body of work


Lunaria can be listened to as Gothic mood music, spectral atmospheres, or dark tone poems. Originally conceived in 1984 as a "Moon-based" album, it is a series of newly-created, unedited electronic improvisations, though it feels remarkably unified to me. One selection reminds me a bit of the Dissevelt/Baltan collaborations. This is just the kind of music I like to hear when working on this web site.

Xen Live

Xen Live is David Bagsby and Kurt Rongey at the Ikon Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma (opening for the Legendary Pink Dots). Bonus tracks were recorded live in the studio during rehearsals for the very first Xen show at Tulsa's Mayfest.

Read about Xen's two studio albums below.

What is Xen? Diverse answers at Googlism.


Martian Love Call

Martian Love Call is an offering in the genre of Cartoon Jazz by the "Snap-On Voles" (alias David and Steve Bagsby). In addition to such zippy tracks as "Otto Zilch" and "Powerhouse", this CD includes a couple of selections from The Tulsa Project ("Sonik Re-Entry" and "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever?") and Steve's bouncy steel guitar tune, "Tahahina Hula". A worthy sampling of the twisted Bagsby multi-verse. Listen at David's site. Here is a review at The Pitch.
Live in London (photo by Jill Sterling) Live in London captures David Bagsby on his Dec. 2002 U.K. tour, armed only with an acoustic guitar. The music (all originals but one) is comparable to that of Michael Hedges or Alex DeGrassi: soothing, but not soporific. David's compositional smarts balance the meditative mood in a very pleasing way.

"Cleopatra's Needle" successfully miniaturizes for the guitar his disciplined orchestral thinking. "Moments" is evocative of a pleasant and fruitful dream session."Mad Friday" integrates slide and finger picking in a manner suggestive of a relaxed Steve Howe.

Beautifully recorded in digital with no effects. It's a real treat. Samples at David's site.

Ephemeron Ephemeron is a collection of humanly impossible polyrhythmic hierachies. A minimum of 3 concurrent time signatures are occurring at any given time. A bonus track, Hydrophony, employs the Aviary approach applied to the sound of a creek. Listen at David's site.
Translator Translator. Like The Aviary (see below), it is based on digitized field recordings. Most of Nature's music is too subtle for normal perception. David's technique translates this raw material into otherworldly music by supplying Nature with new voices, revealing hidden order and beauty in the process. Samples at David's site.

"This music would have been an imaginative choice for Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. It isn't plausible that an alien civilization would happen to have chosen the Western 12-tone, even-tempered system. Bagsby discovers new paths in the cosmos." - Tulsa TV Memories


(Alternate cover)

Transphoria reveals a kaleidoscopic imagination at play in a parti-colored world of rhythm, texture and space. David Bagsby composed, performed and produced this tour de force with a dizzying breadth of musical reference. Special guests Jenny Labow and Candy Gaffen lend their respective vocal and pianistic talents on a track each. Sound samples at David's site.

"This CD is beyond recommended, this is an essential progressive album for anyone's collection." - Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

Transphoria has been released by Mellow Records (contractually, Transphoria will not be available at Starship).

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull said of Transphoria and Jethro Tulsa: "I enjoyed your varied work and the original take on contemporary progressive music. Keep up the great work."

(Here is Ian Anderson's note to David about Jethro Tulsa and Transphoria; Ian Anderson's photo, autographed to David.)

Kerry Livgren of the band Kansas about Transphoria: "Nice to know that someone is still making interesting music."

Transphoria, alternate cover



Xen is a musical duo consisting of David Bagsby and Kurt Rongey.

"...extremely inventive, quirky, hyperbolic music...everything falls through the cracks in the XEN universe..." - I/E.

"Progressive rock...highly recommended!" - Tulsa TV Memories.


Xen 2

The second Xen CD, "Master of Night", employs such mathematical schemata as the tone row, the Fibonacci sequence, and stochastic theory to create new structures and ideas, yet the music remains accessible to the intuition. Hear samples from both Xen CDs at David's site!

"The outer fringe of progressive rock... Anything might happen at any moment... If you chopped up some Zappa, some Stockhausen, and some ELP with a lawn mower and spliced the tape segments together at random, it would fit right in with XEN." - Keyboard Magazine


The Aviary

The Aviary is a collection of field recordings digitized and orchestrated by David Bagsby. Actual birdsongs control the melody, rhythm and dynamics while the sounds are of conventional instruments (like scanning a photo and changing the colors). Samples on David's site!

"...a strangely cohesive outpouring of rapid-fire melodies, timbral shifts and dreamy embellishments on a theme." - Keyboard Magazine


Happy Hour for a Pack of Screaming Monkeys

Happy Hour for a Pack of Screaming Monkeys is a tribute to Raymond Scott, produced by David Bagsby. Scott wrote songs that have become part of the collective unconscious via Looney Tunes, and now, Ren and Stimpy cartoons, among others. Styles on the CD range from Western Swing to Speed Metal. Song samples are available at David's site.

And from Steve Bagsby:

Steve Bagsby's 'Talahina Hula' 4/25/2006: "Talahina Hula" starring David's brother, Steve Bagsby on steel guitar and vocals.

This is jaunty, Western Swing-informed music, full of panache and humor.

(from Guestbook 152) John Hillis said:

"Talahina Hula"--a nifty piece of steel git work that makes me smile every time I play the (legally downloaded) mp3. Can't wait for the "abum" to be released.

(from Guestbook 212) The webmaster inquired:

Steve Bagsby, who is that guy singing on your new Talahina Hula CD? He's got an authentic Western Swing voice.

(from Guestbook 212) Steve Bagsby said:

In reply to the Webmaster, I handled the vocals on the "Talahina Hula" CD and my brother David handled the harmonies. As far as the vocal style went, Tommy Duncan, Leon Huff, and alike were big influences. Same thing went for Leon McAuliffe's steel playing and Eldon Shamblin's guitar work. Those styles rubbed off on me at an early age, and I've been heavily corrupted since.

(from Guestbook 213) The webmaster said:

On our way to the drive-in, we tuned in John Wooley's "Swing on This" program on KWGS. First tune out of the radio was a pleasant surprise: "Legion Hall Strut" from "Talahina Hula".

(from GroupBlog 214) John Hillis said:

Friends, how long has it been since you had a rich, thick, steamin' bowl of Steve Bagsby? Well, that's too long! Whether you're an Oklahoman or long, long removed, get your hands on Steve's "Talahina Hula" CD. Ten bucks and cheap at twice the price, if only for the photo of the Artiste on the back cover. When the sun is right in the sky, and the volume is set just so, you can close your eyes and for a moment, it's noontime 60-some years ago and you're listening to Bob Wills on KVOO. (You do, however, have to provide your own "aaaah-ha"s.)

Seriously, and no kiddin', friends, this is a great recording and you should buy it even if you have to get the money by not buying those baby chicks by mailing 98 cents in coin to XERF, Del Rio, that's D-E-L-R-I-O, Texas.

Some of these CDs are available at:

Starship (918-583-0638)
1241 S. Lewis
Tulsa, Oklahoma

To order any of these CDs,

visit David 's web site:

Mad Scientist International

David's "Tulsa Project" CD series

The Wacky Post-Modernism
of David Bagsby

Interview by Wilhelm Murg

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