ANDREW MORTENSEN – ‘Human’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 3"]

Who is this guy?
If you’re looking at this page, chances are you probably know me & who I am.
I’m the guy behind this whole AM Frequencies thing and the remix project.
I started out playing clarinet as a child, then moving to bass as a teenager. Not long after that I began experimenting with turntables, tapes, sampling and broken electronics, touching on my favourite musical genres including metal, film music, dub, hip-hop, jazz, funk & experimental.

When not at home making noise, I’m playing bass in numerous original and cover bands.
You can see me about currently playing in

13 – Andrew Mortensen – ‘Human’

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original song from ‘Fleisch’

13. ANDREW MORTENSEN – Human
Produced, arranged & performed by Andrew Mortensen.
Recorded at AM Frequencies November – December 2009
© 2009 Andrew Mortensen

Another one, crazy that it’s a year old…

After giving Nick Soole his track to remix for Volume 1, which was also “Human Resources”, I sort of became obsessed with the song. I would often play along to the track just before practising some other bass stuff (like songs I had to learn for gigs or Slimey stuff etc…) and that’s when I came up with the idea of a re-worked version for solo bass (well, 4 tracks of solo bass).
Around that time I had been listening a lot to Michael Manring. Michael’s solo bass albums have so much going on in them, and as much as I love other solo bass albums by the likes of Jaco, Wooten and Marcus Miller – there’s something about Manring’s solo bass tracks that grabs me. His fretless tone is also probably one of my favourites.

I’m not a ‘chops guy’ and by no means a bass virtuoso, but with the track I wanted to do something similar to how maybe Manring would do it.
I was after creating a calm and floating mood, which then turns into a more unsettled mood – with some simple soloing based around the original version’s sections.
It’s a long track, and it does go on, but that’s because at the time I was also taking influences from ambient music, like Bill Laswell and Brian Eno.
The percussive section at the end is all bass. I sampled various pops, thumb-hits and string scapes to create the sounds of drums and then programmed them into the beats.
If you haven’t checked out Michael Manring, I highly suggest you check out his albums or search him on youtube, there’s some amazing videos of him doing his thing on there.
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2010

"Drastic Measures" by Michael Manring - check out his arrangement of the Corea classic "500 Miles High" on this album

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