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Be Tankfull was recorded on May 15 & 16, 2018, in the Tank, a truly amazing and unique sonic wonderland. We send this music out as a heartfelt, tangible token of our gratitude to Tanksounds - The TANK Center for Sonic Arts and the Chamber of Commerce of Rangely, Colorado, for making this all possible and making The Tank experience available to all.

As with Mad Dog Friedman and Alexander Bernat's four other collaborations, Be Tankfull, was created entirely of spontaneous compositions with healing intent, featuring Alexander Bernat on Celtic harp and Mad Dog Friedman on Native American flute. The vocals of Samantha Lightshade are also featured on three tracks along with her debut on Native American flute. Be Tankfull is sixteen extended improvisations on two CDs with over two hours of music full of the sonic magic of The Tank. It is truly a unique experience to make music in The Tank, one that can, in many ways, forever change how one interacts with music and sound. (Please see tanksounds.org to find out more about this Colorado treasure.)

The tracks on Be Tankfull were mixed live by Samantha Lightshade, whose kinesthetic understanding of this acoustical paradise is unsurpassed. Her intent was to recreate the experience of playing in The Tank in the recording. Staying true to this focus, no effects, compression, overdubbing or tone manipulation were used to master these raw mixes. The natural reverberation of The Tank is heard and felt the way the musicians did, as they and The Tank created this music together. The Tank demands total immersion and spontaneity, each musician must respond to the moment as well as the lingering presence of the past. The Tank slows and opens both the listener and the performer allowing beauty to emerge from where it lives inside each of us.


released August 28, 2018

Alexander Bernat - Celtic harp, vocals, and percussive sounds.
Mad Dog Friedman - Native American flute, harmonica, bells and singing bowl.
Samantha Lightshade - vocals (tracks #13, 14 & 15) and Native American flute (track #14).

Samantha Lightshade - sound engineer and front cover photo.
Michael Van Wagoner- volunteer assistant engineer.
Mad Dog Friedman - mastering, production and album design.


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Mad Dog Friedman Lafayette, Colorado

Mad Dog writes from the moment and sings from his heart. His influences include sources as divergent as William Butler Yeats and the delta blues. His songwriting is sincere, simple and often humorous. He has recorded many solo projects as well as with Mad Dog Blues, Jenn Cleary, Verses the Inevitable and Papa Juke.
His spontaneous compositions on Theremin & flute range from aleatoric to ambient.
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