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Michael Futreal
Attended North Carolina State University
Lives in Shreveport, LA
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Here's a study on a strange mode on my electric dulcimer.  http://youtu.be/aj7u4Ytq_rE
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Thanks +Alexander M 
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A bit more gourd music for you, this from my trio's submission to NPR's "Tiny Desk Contest."
 
Twang pulls out an oldie for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest http://youtu.be/vGIivELPmos  Look for the rest of our Tiny Desk Concert tomorrow. #tinydeskcontest  #gourd
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Doing one of our original dulcimer pieces live...
 
More #tinydesk  -- feeling the "Mountain Fever" with the electric dulcimer.  http://youtu.be/IPm1FjrYo1k
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It's strange but true: with the support of our regional arts council, my band produced a DVD of sci-fi music-films as a tribute to the fantastic Mars of fiction that prevailed before NASA successfully visited the Red Planet with Mariner 4 and the Viking missions.  The kicker: all of the music features gourd and/or electric dulcimers.  Martian Mountain Music!  Here's the trailer:
 
Our DVD of musical films available now (includes download of album!) --- order at https://michaelfutreal.bandcamp.com/merch/martian-archaeology-dvd-edition 

This is our suite of original music and films inspired by the years of speculation and stories about Mars that preceded NASA's Mariner 4 and Viking missions.   #mars   #dulcimer  #flute #gourd #animation 
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No dulcimer here, but its from the same night as the piece I just posted, so I'll pretend it's related... :) .  Mark's going crazy on the guitar on this one.  My uke is tuned F#BEA -- dropped the top two strings.   #uke  #guitar #harmonica
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Speaking of gourd dulcimers, here's some improv on "the electric gourd" from a December show.
 
An improv with some electric gourd and guitar interplay.  That's Shreveport guitar guru Mark Griffith joining us.  Recorded Dec. 2014. 
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Thanks, Jerry!  I'll share a uke/guitar from the same night on this channel too, even if its not dulcimer... :)
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Aquavina == a dulcimer with a water filled resonator == that I built last summer, taken for a test drive with some of my other dulcimers before I donated it to a sound art project here in town...   http://youtu.be/4vvoqiBj5FQ
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+Jessica Comeau has just released an album of solo dulcimer music.  http://youtu.be/30kwRtXCNek  Sounds wonderful... find out more at http://www.jessicacomeaudulcimer.com/products.html
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I appreciate that so much, Michael. Thank you!
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My trio recorded a number of live #tinydesk  pieces this weekend.  Here's some space #uke.
 
And yet more #tinydesk -- uke and guitar space jam, with Lane Bayliss on the cosmic percussion.  An under-development piece that ponders the complexity of the Jovian system....  http://youtu.be/2mKT4G2rs_4 #uke #ukulele #gourd  #SpaceIsThePlace
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Thanks, Jerry!  This one is still evolving, but we're enjoying it.  

The Guild Uke and it's Fishman Kula system are a joy to play.  It's the only acoustic pickup system I've ever liked, I think.  
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Got the gourd for an entry for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest with my trio +Twang Darkly .  #TinyDeskContest
 
Twang pulls out an oldie for the NPR Tiny Desk Contest http://youtu.be/vGIivELPmos  Look for the rest of our Tiny Desk Concert tomorrow. #tinydeskcontest  #gourd
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DVD of musical sci-fi!  Martian mountain music!  #mars #dulcimer
 
Our DVD of musical films available now (includes download of album!) --- order at https://michaelfutreal.bandcamp.com/merch/martian-archaeology-dvd-edition 

This is our suite of original music and films inspired by the years of speculation and stories about Mars that preceded NASA's Mariner 4 and Viking missions.   #mars   #dulcimer  #flute #gourd #animation 
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Education
  • North Carolina State University
    Applied Sociology
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Male
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Married
Other names
Bucko
Story
Tagline
musician and multimedia artist keen on dulcimers and modal music
Introduction
My music is at michael.futreal.com and I perform it live with my trio Twang Darkly -- improvisational tone poetry for dulcimer, banjo, guitar, harmonica, flute and what-not.

Our recordings, available as mp3, aac, wmv, flac, and cd:

Mojo Fix, 2012

I also do music with my brother, Andy Futreal 

Work
Occupation
Musician, Multimedia Artist, and Web Consultant
Skills
dulcimer, guitar, banjo, harmonica, flute, instrument building, video editing, web development, database development
Employment
  • Web Development Consultant, present
  • Twang Darkly
    Musician, present
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Currently
Shreveport, LA
Previously
Warsaw, NC - Asheville, NC - Raleigh, NC - Waynesville, NC