Tim Kuhl, “Timelessness Highway” from 1982 (2015): One Track Mind

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Though Tim Kuhl released 1982 last summer, the drummer for the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is not quite yet done spinning off fascinating videos from it. The one above for “Timelessness Highway” just debuted earlier this week, and it might be the most visually vivid one of them all.

Directed by Rich Ragsdale — the same guy responsible for the highly provocative “Animals” video by The GOASTT — “Timelessness Highway” flashes split-second snippets that allude to the album’s title, that year from some thirty-four years ago.

Looking almost like a promo trailer for the movie Tron with all the 80s techno images (and reminding me of the long-lost ubiquity of MS-DOS), it falls well in line with the song’s techno vibe. The distinguishing characteristic comes from Kuhl’s main area of expertise, rhythm.

It’s primarily a programmed drum loop just as it sounds but listen closely and you’ll hear Tim Kuhl’s organically applied drum fills, giving the funky pulse more complexity and density. Various percussion instruments were added as well, bolstering the subtle human element in this otherwise computerized tune.

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron

S. Victor Aaron is an SQL demon for a Fortune 100 company by day, music opinion-maker at night. His musings are strewn out across the interwebs on jazz.com, AllAboutJazz.com, a football discussion board and some inchoate customer reviews of records from the late 1990s on Amazon under a pseudonym that will never be revealed. E-mail him at svaaron@somethingelsereviews .com or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SVictorAaron
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