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  • blog post Report Featured in Left 4 Dead 2

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Dec 8, 2015 - 12:00 by Reggie Miles
    A few years back, I was invited to play both musical saw and bottleneck slide for the soundtrack of a multi-million dollar multimedia project, the zombie video game, "Left 4 Dead 2." Understand, I am not a game player. As such, I never imagined that I would ever actually get the opportunity to hear how my music was ultimately used within the game's soundtrack, unless I knew someone who had played the game. Despite its huge success and appeal within the gaming community, I, personally, know of no one who has played this game. So, I gave up on the notion of ever hearing how my input for the soundtrack was incorporated into the mix.

    Sometime later, after the release of the game, while offering some musical saw on the street at the Pike Place Market, a young woman approached me and commented about how she loved the musical saw and how her favorite video game had musical saw in it. I asked her what the name of the game was and she answered, "L4D2." I shared with her that it was me playing the saw on the soundtrack. She responded by giving me the hairy eyeball of disbelief.

    Then, just about a month ago, I had mentioned this story to a friend and he did something I had never even considered. He looked up the soundtrack for the video game in his search engine and found pieces of it posted at YouTube. I've shared one of those posts in the video section of my page here at Uvumi. You can hear my distinctive self-made Nobro acoustic resophonic guitar, bottleneck slide and foot stomp, in the game's "Hard Rain" theme. Between takes, in the studio, I used my guitar to create my own interpretation of the theme music that the composer, Mike Morasky taught me. Enjoy!
  • blog post Report A sweet review from Mahogany Folk

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Nov 22, 2012 - 6:00 by Reggie Miles
    I bumped into Jeff, from Mahogany Folk, a Seattle based music review site, via a post at another musical site, The Mudcat Cafe. He posted a note in the forum there looking for music to review. I directed him to some of my pages online and here's what he offered about my endeavors...

    "Another Pacific Northwest musician, Reggie Miles has “Earthy vocals, finger pickin’ and bottleneck slidin’ on a homemade resophonic guitar blends with the rhythmic moans of harmonica, while foot stompin’ abounds.” I couldn’t agree more, and man does it sound good! I love the Modern Country/Blues sound, and the lyrcs… oh man!

    You may have spotted Reggie down on Pike Place at the Market, and if you did you probably got an amazing show. Reggie has shared the stage with some very accomplished musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Clifton Chenier, Sunnyland Slim, Elizabeth Cotton, Delbert McClinton, Johnny Rivers, Lee Oscar, and even The Kingston Trio. He’s even done soundtrack work for a video game called Left 4 Dead 2. How cool is that? To make things even more interesting; Reggie is the foremost musical saw exponent in the Pacific Northwest. He is also known for crafting his very own resophonic guitars made from scraps and whatever else he finds at garage sales and swap meets.

    He even has a bottleneck slide that is eye catching. Twice the size of a typical slide, it’s made from a marine propeller shaft bearing, another excellent garage sale find."

    Check out Jeff's complete review at the following link http://mahoganyfolk.com/reggie-miles/

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  • blog post Report Review of Reggie Miles' BLUESBIRD NR-021 2012 CD-R

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Sep 10, 2012 - 7:45 by Reggie Miles
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    "An absolute full bodied, dig down deep vocal and guitar..."

    "Miles growls, but the diction is solid and clear. The recording is clean. Miles' hesitations and pulse are a marvel and a trademark that distinguishes his work above most solo blues practitioners in the country."

    "Hands Full Of Blues" he makes the overwhelming feeling something that reaches into your gut. You can see those blue notes fall off Reggie Miles' hands."

    "The double meaning "Makin' Bacon" is a hoot..."

    "Big Joe Williams' "Baby Please Don't Go," Miles takes this real slow, more like a field holler with his creative slide voicing. One of the most original interpretations of this classic blues gem. Shows a whole new side to this song."

    "On another Big Joe Williams hit, "Highway 51 Blues," he opens with a train rhythm on guitar and then joined by Sonny Terry-like harmonica building the lonely whistle highway call. Then the slide guitar begins to jump onboard. Miles begins his singing, almost talking, and then the gutsy gravel, always with clear diction and control of the lyric."

    "Everyone has a great laugh with Miles' "It's The Slide Of Your Size" as he struts, walks almost arrogantly... Classic Miles having fun, but oh so musically."

    "This generous fifty four minutes of music was recorded live. Miles' very large persona does come through on recording much like it does on stage. He is a commensurate entertainer and skilled craftsman, particularly in the blues guitar, singing and harmonica that is delivered here live. For Blues lovers, it just doesn't get much better than this collection."

    Chris Lunn Ancient Victorys News Volume 5, Issue3 - Fall 2012
  • blog post Report Sweet rankings at SoundClick!

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jul 1, 2012 - 8:15 by Reggie Miles
    As a musical entertainer/artist, the competition one encounters while sharing one's talents with listeners online can be one of the most challenging aspects about the pursuit. It's especially sweet to discover one's efforts have reaped a level of success in that field of endeavor. This morning, I checked my SoundClick page http://www.soundclick.com/reggiemiles to find the following rankings on a couple of my songs posted there...

    Mournin' Blues
    # 275 in Blues out of 49,584 songs
    # 28 in Acoustic Blues out of 1,302 songs

    The Saw Spangled Banner
    # 766 in Electronic out of 320,944 songs
    # 57 in Experimental Sounds out of 31,717 songs

    Who'd a thunk, that a guy fingerpickin' bottleneck blues with a guitar made out of repurposed garage sale junk and bowing a hand saw, could compete with tens of thousands of other acts, from all over the world, and rank so highly? I must be doing something right! Thanks for listenin'!!!!!
  • blog post Report Phil Erb digital sound guru

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jun 16, 2012 - 6:15 by Reggie Miles
    On June 13th I received an email informing me that Phil Erb, a man whose explorations into digital sound manipulation are unsurpassed, had tragically taken his own life in early December of 2011. Phil was a friend of mine. We met at the Pike Place Market. Phil happened upon me while I was playing on the street and from the moment we met, we each found common ground in our sharing of mutual interests.

    We each shared a unique exploration of bell-like sounds. My explorations are primarily acoustic and intuitive in nature, playing music by bowing my saw blade. The saw blade being little more than a large flat bell.

    Phil's exploring carried his musical passions into the digital realm where he manipulated acoustic captures. His incredible creativity in the digital realm was due, in no small part, from his unique background as a programmer and hardware designer. Phil's thorough knowledge of signal analysis and computer programming languages allowed him to develop his own software with which to make his music. These attributes allowed him the fluency to freely explore the digital realm with an understanding that few, if any, others possess.

    Phil was fascinated with my musical saw playing. He captured a few pieces of my saw playing on the street at The Pike Place Market and re-expressed them from his own unique perspective.

    Phil's interpretations are imho modern masterpieces of sound manipulation, unlike anything I've ever heard being offered by anyone, anywhere. I will be featuring all of the sound files that Phil developed of my saw playing on each of my online websites at EZ Folk, ReverbNation, SoundClick, SoundCloud, BandCamp, Uvumi, OurStage... You can Google my name to explore these sites and more.

    Phil recorded one very unusual piece, of me offering tones in the third harmonic octave of my pre-1970s 30" Mussehl and Westphal musical saw blade. He then applied his magic to the passage and he called the result, "The Third Story of the Sawmill by The Infected Termite Ensemble". It is one of the spookiest pieces of sound I've ever heard.

    Phil's work with sound seemed perfectly suited to movie sound tracks but unfortunately, he never managed to make the connections and contacts that he needed to make that path a reality. Sadly, shortly before he died, he deleted, 3500 files, ten years worth of his musical work. Only a few examples of his genius are left in existence.

    May his soul find peace.
  • blog post Report Review of Street Performers A Coloring Book by Reggie Miles

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jun 5, 2012 - 10:45 by Reggie Miles
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    Here's a sweet review of my coloring book "Street Performers" from Chris Lunn in the "Ancient Victorys News (Volume 5, Issue 2 - Summer 2012)."

    "At my 75th Birthday fling, Reggie delivered maybe the best performance that night, first in a blues guitar song and later with musical saw behind cellist Josie Silver and singer/guitarist Terry Lane on "All The World Is Green." Miles also delivered this book. Miles has been a street performer at Pike Place Market for thirty years and taken his considerable talents to Europe as well as the West Coast, Deep South and the East Coast. He is a real student and purveyor of street performers, and many are his closest friends. So here you have fourteen full size pages with one street performer image to color on each page. And you may see hints of street performers you know like Miles, Artis the Spoonman, Johnny Hahn and more. He covers all sorts of performers from magic, dancing, fiddle, washboard, slide guitar, washtub bass, standard guitar, musical saw, piano, juggler, and harmonica. Miles has a very stylized drawing style, much in the manner and tradition of Crumb. The images are full of life, colorful, swooping stylistic, and clean. All they need is for you to color them. Miles has a BA degree in Art Education. He hopes this book will encourage you to bring more attention and support (that is monetary, by filling the donation hat) to the street performers. You see these artists all over the Northwest at farmer's markets, Pike Place, fairs, outside cultural and sports events or on some favorite street corner (and used to be the Ferry system, until those clowns shut down this tourism draw in an anti-jobs move). The cover is glossy color printing, the inside all black and white on one side of the paper for your coloring. Superb art, wonderful idea, cute little rhymes with each character, and just a gem from our Northwest Art Scene. I might have bound it with a hard plastic slider that would have allowed you to remove and work on a single page, rather than staples. Street Performers Coloring Book is another major contribution to our street performing and busking scene, as well as our total art scene."
  • blog post Report Reggie Miles In Concert @ Sliders Cafe 4/6/12

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Mar 18, 2012 - 10:30 by Reggie Miles
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  • blog post Report "Another Lover" #18 of 1,240 Acoustic Blues @ SoundClick!

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Mar 10, 2012 - 19:15 by Reggie Miles
    I just checked my SoundClick site http://www.soundclick.com/reggiemiles and found that my song "Another Lover" was currently ranked #18 among 1,240 songs in the Acoustic Blues charts! That's in the top 1.4%!
    Sweet! Very sweet!!
    And even sweeter check the ranking of two of my other songs posted there, "The Devil", in the top .4%! Then there's my song, "The Third Story of the Sawmill" among the top 1.8%!!
    I must be doing something right!!!

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    Another Lover
    # 167 in Blues out of 48,736 songs
    # 18 in Acoustic Blues out of 1,240 songs
    The Devil
    # 515 in Acoustic out of 148,336 songs
    # 136 in Acoustic General out of 33,232 songs
    Third Story of the Sawmill
    # 7,369 in Instrumentals out of 1,633,787 songs
    # 395 in Film Music out of 21,069 songs
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    Thanks for listenin'!

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  • blog post Report Just Another Passerby, among the top 40 videos!

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jan 31, 2012 - 10:30 by Reggie Miles
    The differences represented by all of the various music hosting sites online are surprising. No two, however alike, are exactly the same. Each strives to present their own approach to representing those who are musically talented. Some host online contests that allow listeners to choose what artists they like best. Some help artists seeking performance opportunities. Others specialize in helping artists sell their music and still others lean more toward social networking fans with players, players with lyicists or players with other players. Many offer all of the above and more.

    In January, I posted the video of my song "Just Another Passerby", that was recorded during my performance at the Historic Everett Theater (11/18/11) for the Hometown Hootenanny's Best Of Show, at one such site, where artists compete with one another for the attention of listeners and viewers. There are supposed awards for such competitions but I have no illusions about winning. Generally, the production value of my recordings is rather low-fi and I like them that way. In this day and age, where so much digital flash is readily available for players to indulge in, there's a lot of smoke and mirrors to compete with. It's especially challenging for someone like me, who eschews that plugged in digital approach to offering music.

    In competitions like this, that categorize the genre of music one can present but often offer a lot of latitude in other factors pertaining to an artist's or band's presentation, one can find that they're competing with all manner of approaches to the theme. Therefore, it's always amazing to learn that my solo acoustic endeavors, playing finger style bottleneck slide Blues and offering my own original songs have actually managed to successfully compete and win in such contests.

    The video of my song "Just Another Passerby" was entered in the Pro Performance Video category for 'live' performance videos. It was viewed well over 700 times in January and won the rank of being among the top 40 videos viewed.



    I guess that I must be doing something right!

    Thank you viewers and listeners! Many thanks to Jesse James, who, at that time, was the only person on my email list and not only agreed to attend the show, with only a last minute notice from me, but also brought along his camera gear and captured my performance! Many more thanks goes to The Red Curtain Foundation, producer Beckye Randall and the whole Randall family who have successfully funded and created the Hometown Hootenanny Concert Series events at the Historic Everett Theater with their hard work, boundless energies in faithful service to the local entertainment community and the public. None of my success in this endeavor would have been possible, were it not for their efforts.
  • blog post Report America's Got Talent and Jerks!

    Reggie Miles
    Posted on Jan 28, 2012 - 14:30 by Reggie Miles
    I recently received an NBC's America's Got Talent Audition Invitation in my Gmail inbox. Of course, I'm in no condition to perform for this, my middle finger on my left hand is in recovery mode from over use but even if I was in great physical shape and could do it, I wouldn't.

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    Hello Reggie!
    My name is Marcia Leija and I am a casting producer for the show America's Got Talent on NBC. Have you ever auditioned for our show before? We will be in Seattle on Jan 28th auditioning an invite only group of people and would like to invite you to attend.
    If you are interested contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss!

    P.S. Performers that are selected for the show do not have to begin taping until around April. Each show taping takes 2 days max. They fly you there all expenses paid, you tape that day and they fly you back the next morning.

    Thanks!
    Marcia Leija
    Casting Producer
    America’s Got Talent 7
    (713) 882-4029

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    Hi Marcia,

    I've had two different past invites to participate in your auditions from casting producers of AGT. Let me tell you a story about something that happened to me a couple of years ago, via AGT and their film crew, while they were in Seattle shooting a commercial spot for the show.

    First, let me explain that for the last 30+ years, I have regularly taken my talents to the public arena of the street to share with passersby as a street performer. In that pursuit, I've offered my talents to tens of thousands of folks from all over the world, who visit Seattle's historic Pike Place Market.

    My diligence at this endeavor has seen my skills as a performance artist grow considerably in the last three decades. My songwriting, recordings and performances have won awards in online competitions with other solo artists and bands of every kind from all over the world and have reaped major international media attention. I've been invited to be featured in major multimedia productions. The accolades that I regularly receive for my efforts as a songwriter, bottleneck slide guitarist, and sawplayer are evidence that I must be doing something right. Many pause to lend an ear to my performances on the street, which is about as great a compliment as one could offer an artist who is making their living in that fashion. I've also been invited to perform regionally at events of all kinds, as well as for festivals across the US and as far away as Europe.

    So, you can imagine my surprise, when I learned, as I was playing one day at the Pike Place Market, that the AGT film crew was going to be there shooting a commercial during my set. As performance artists at that historic locale, we pay a permit fee to perform there. Our permits allow us to choose to play a one, or more one hour sets at specific locations within the Market and during specific hours of the day. I felt fortunate that I chose a time, that day, that enabled me to play while the AGT film crew were in the middle of their commercial shoot. I hoped that perhaps fate might step in and enable my talents to be heard by someone within the AGT staff or crew.

    Well that's exactly what happened. Except, the results were nothing like I imagined. While I was in the middle of a song, in arguably one of the most difficult locations to perform in that particular street scene, with cameras rolling, near the fish throwers, a man came over to within two to three feet of where I sat offering a bottleneck Blues song on my homemade 'Nobro' resophonic guitar and in a loud, obnoxious and irritating voice began to shout over and over again, in my left ear, "When are you gonna stop playing!?" He continued this reaction to my performance throughout my entire song.

    Needless to say, I was shocked by his tone and treatment of me. His inconsiderate display toward my performance was very upsetting. He was a total stranger to me, as I was to him. I did my best to hold my composure and to not allow his excessively rude and discourteous behavior interrupt my performance, while I finished my song. In truth, in over 3 decades of performing in every conceivable kind of public and private venue and event one could imagine, I can honestly say that I have never before been confronted by someone who behaved so incredibly poorly in my presence and with so little regard toward the welfare of another human being.

    Not every street performer at the Pike Place Market engages in their activities there as their sole means of support. As I've indicated, I've had my share of being invited to perform for events elsewhere. I've been offered as much a low four figure recompense for my performances. So, I decided that my efforts couldn't have been so utterly offensive to this particular guy as to warrant such an ill tempered response. I had a feeling that something unusual might be going on with this man's assault against my performance.

    After I finished singing and playing my song, with the agitated listener still standing within three feet of my left side, I decided that if I wanted to continue my set I would have to confront him face to face and explain that he should take angst with my performance elsewhere. I clutched the weighty metal and wood body of my guitar, cradling it with my right arm. I stood up and turned to face the man and I was surprised at what I saw.

    I noticed that he was an African American, about 40 years of age with a muscular build. He could easily have beaten me if the incident came to fisticuffs. He was well dressed. I mean, he didn't look as though he might be someone homeless and living on the street. I could have perhaps justified being treated so badly from someone who knew no better, because they might be suffering from a lessened state of awareness but no, that didn't seem to be the case with him. He seemed to have full command of his faculties.

    My first thought was to treat someone who displayed such antisocial behavior sensitively, calmly and passively, so as not to inflame any further altercation. I wasn't a fighter. I wanted nothing more than to get back to my pursuits with as little disturbance as possible. However, the length of his hostile rant being so persistent in my left ear caused me reconsider that approach and use a more stern tone. I looked him in the eye and said strongly, "What's your problem?" and followed that by saying, "You need to find somewhere else to be and get outta my face!" I was surprised when he finally backed off but it was where he went, as he departed, that floored me.

    He retreated to where most of the film crew stood, out of the view of the cameras. He was part of the film crew support staff. He was there with the America's Got Talent production for the creation of the commercial.

    I guessed that he was harassing me via the orders of someone directing him to do so. Perhaps someone within the film crew staff didn't care for my music bleeding into the sound track that they were trying to record on site and they felt that by sending this fellow over to intimidate me, I'd become upset and stop playing. Despite his best efforts at being as utterly mean spirited in his attempts to dissuade me from performing, I felt determined that no prize was worth winning that wasn't also worth fighting for and I intended to keep on offering my music, as I always had on the street for over three decades, film crew or not.

    I could continue but I think you might already have some idea as to my response to your invitation. After being on the receiving end of such a disgusting reaction to my performance by members of the AGT film staff, I'm certain that you understand the reasons why I must decline to accept your invite to audition for AGT. Furthermore, it is my opinion that any organization that openly and publicly claims to be in support of performance artists and at the same time, behind the scenes and off camera, treats performance artists with such disregard, definitely isn't worth my support.

    Reg Miles
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