Room 34 is the solo musical identity of Scott Anderson, originally from Austin, Minnesota (home of Spam). Like processed luncheon meat, his music is an amalgam of the stray bits of a variety of musical styles and influences, mixed into a dull pink slurry and baked in a can for your enjoyment. Just skim the gelatin off the top before consuming.
Scott Anderson: electric guitars, electric basses, alto and tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, keyboards and MIDI sequencing, vocals, found sounds
"Unnatural Disasters" is a concept album about strange places, or, more specifically, places made strange by human activity. Combining progressive rock, electronica, ambient, "Bitches Brew"-era Miles Davis electric jazz, and musique concrete elements, the tracks are a musical representation of the characteristics of such locales as the Salton Sea, California; Centralia, Pennsylvania; Pripyat, Ukraine; and the Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. A second album was also submitted, entitled "Technetium." This is a single, 38-minute minimalist electronica track, with a structure based on the properties of a technetium atom. The album went from concept to completion in a period of about six hours (the half-life of technetium's least-stable isotope).
The concept: Each track title is an anagram of my name. Taken in sequence, the first letter of each title spells out my name. Musically, the tracks (more or less) attempt to evoke the mood suggested by the title. Highlights are the jazz-funk jam "Candor Stetson," featuring a trio of saxophones and a percussion breakdown, and the cop-show-theme-meets-Joe-Satriani hard rock rifferama of "Narcs Tote Dons."
222: Improvisations for 6 Instruments(2010)
On February 22 (2/22), Six instrument parts (2+2+2) were improvised as a single "group" performance, and then disassembled into subsets to comprise the 8 tracks (2x2x2) on this album.
Scenes from the Busy Northern Metropolis(2011)
Inspired by the caption on a 100-year-old stereoscopic photo of downtown Minneapolis, Scenes from the Busy Northern Metropolis is a musical night-on-the-town.