Apotheosis was written in early 2006 for 5 string electric piccolo fretless bass as the finale for my first real 30 minute solo bass set.
It was among 3 or 4 solo pieces I played live, but intentionally never recorded.
I used to like the idea of having solo pieces that people could only hear at my shows. Apotheosis was always the closer.
Of course, just because I didn't want to record Apotheosis in the studio, didn't stop video of it's live performance from being recorded. Eventually I posted a video from a live performance on YouTube. youtu.be/TF4sJHBIYEo
To my dismay, it became the most viewed Jeff Schmidt Solo Bass video, dwarfing the views received by what I considered to be my more musically substantive pieces. There's no accounting for taste on You Tube. Or maybe there is. Anyway - I continued to play the piece live but never really seriously thought of recording it. Until recently.
I didn't want to just release it as a single. But the idea of giving it the re-mix treatment sounded like a cool way to bring new life to the piece and round out a nice little EP.
And, viola! Here it is - Apotheosis : Deviations featuring a fresh new recording of the solo bass version - and 5 new views of the piece from me, and one from Russ Sitka.
This has been terrific process for me. First - just getting back in touch with the original solo version which I haven't played for a few years. And then re-examining the piece from different angles in the remix process.
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Despite extensive research indicating that music instruction supplies intellectual, emotional and physical components critical to children's development, music and arts programs are often the first victims of budget cuts.