Producing DIY projects like this requires lots of help from generous and talented people. The list includes everything from symphonies to street musicians. Many of these people have their own worthy projects. Please check them out. Your support of these contributors legitimizes this model of collaboration.
Blackbird Raum is a group from Santa Cruz I see at outdoor events around town. I describe them as a klezmer-punk-jug band, but you will have to decide for yourself. Their use of the accordian fit a mood I was looking for in some scenes.
Larry “Bucketman” is a staple on San Francisco streets, using anything he can find to tap a beat.
Hotchocolatefudge is a mash-up from Frank Moore’s Shaman’s Den. My friend Mary sent it to me and I knew immediately this wild experiment in recording would be the sound of Dave.
Dr. A’s Studio
(I recorded, mixed, and produced some of my friends.)
Jacob Kramer noodled some nice segue material. He even developed a special tango riff that replaced another song that I couldn’t obtain. He’s a talented classical guitarist and beloved troubadour of small San Franciscans.
Matt Dove is a biking buddy and an accomplished bluegrass banjo player who surprised me one night when he pulled out my baritone ukulele and claw-hammered two originals on the spot. His haunting melodies mixed up into the perfect background to tell the story of my youth. (This is the picture he submitted and I think it needs a caption. You can leave one and I will post it on the comments page.)
Michael Steigerwald is a classically trained guitarist and endured two rounds of recording because murky international copyright took away some favorites from the first round. Michael noodled some original licks and performed some covers. Michael studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has busked all over the globe. He now spends his days designing trekking expeditions to the Himalayas and photographing his adventures in pursuit of the yeti.
Dr. A. Yes, I recorded my own riffs and progressions to fill in the gaps here and there.
The following musicians were found at MusOpen, a great resource designed to connect projects like Daveland with public domain music and performances. (The photos are linked to each performer’s web site, but the text below is linked back to MusOpen so you can hear their music the way I found it.)
Australian pianist Peter Johnston performed a piece by Enrique Granados, a recording Peter disliked. But it was ideal for source music, making the piano sound like it’s part of the scene, there in the room with the tango maestro while he yells at me.
The U.S. Army Strings were equally gracious.
Vox Altera Ensemble is a choral group from Switzerland. The stunning ancient chants fit some scenes perfectly.
Emily Stark, a graduate student, performed Vivace on her flute.