That 1 Guys instrument of choice is a seven-foot contraption called the Magic Pipe, which looks suspiciously like the worlds biggest bong. The homemade device includes processors, kick-drum pedals, and bass strings. It also spouts a cloud of smoke. Its a work-in-progress, says Mike Silverman, the one-man-band behind That 1 Guy. Im always looking for more sounds. It just sort of evolved into this thing.
The 35-year-old oddballs music career began as a bass player in various jazz combos around San Francisco. But he soon tired of the scene and set out on his own. First stop: Home Depot. I went up and down the aisles and saw things that might work, he says. It took a lot of trial and error. The Magic Pipe -- Silvermans first attempt at crafting his own instrument -- turned out to be everything he needed<\!s>.<\!s>.<\!s>. and more. There are hundreds of possible sounds, he says.
In 2003, Silverman -- in typical one-man-show mode -- wrote, recorded, and produced his debut album, Songs in the Key of Beotch. On last years Live in the Land of Oz DVD, he worked the Magic Pipe as if it were a giant, metal stand-up bass. Silverman is now on tour, testing new songs -- which sound like Frank Zappa and Captain Beefhearts avant-garde musings -- for his sophomore CD, due later this year. I miss playing with other musicians sometimes, he says. But I do a lot of improvising. I really enjoy digging stuff out of myself.
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