Join host, Steve Northcott, as he travels the planet in search of the music that makes the earth vibrate. Whether it's jamming with sitar players in India, crashing a Buzzcocks show in Bangkok or learning the elements of Hip Hop in Ho Chi Minh City, Steve will find the planet's musical pulse.
With Steve is creative partner and jack-of-all-trades, Gary Blanton. Together they team with global musicians to record, jam, play, explore and create a musical experience that they are only too eager to share.
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ALBUM OUT NOW!
The On the Beat and Path official album is a collection of 18 tracks recorded during our 19-country trek filming the On the Beat and Path travel series.
This multi-genre compilation was recorded in five countries with contributions from 22 guest musicians, and includes both studio recorded songs and live improvisational jams.
The 5 previously unreleased tracks from the Songs From the Mekong documentary are also included.
One approach to exploring is to throw yourself (and sometimes caution) to the wind, and see what you find wherever it takes you. That's essentially what On the Beat and PathEPISODES are about. We go somewhere, we hunt for musically interesting circumstances and ideas, then tell the story. We tell it through video segments, podcasts, photos, the written word, and occasionally through original song.
We have tons of entertaining scenes that simply didn't fit in the story of an official episode. We released some as Bonus Scenes along with the episodes, but purposely kept some in the vault to release later. The THEMES page is brand new and currently contains a few already released scenes and full episode parts. When we return from our summer tour end of August, we'll start filling these pages up with all sorts of material we caught on camera.
We will continue to explore musical customs and instruments from around the world in the traditional On the Beat and Path style, but our attention is currently turned towards festivals because of the huge opportunities as documentarians and musicians to share and explore ideas about music and the role it plays in other art forms. Naturally, we will take advantage of any opportuntity to participate in some way.
The PHILIPPINES Manila & Boracay Filming March 29 - April 5 2012
Steve and Gary have written and recorded songs together for the past few years, most recently during the making of the music documentary Songs From The Mekong in Cambodia last June. Along with three other musicians, they wrote nine songs and recorded five over a five day period. The songs are currently being packaged in a CD along with 12 other tracks that Steve and Gary recorded while On the Beat and Path, and will be available when the documentary premieres on May 5th, 2012.
The SONGS page contains several of the other 12 tracks, including an original accompanied by a Balinese gamelon band.
Everything Matters was recorded at Soulflip Studio in Bali.
We wrap up each episode with an audio recording, which we call "The Muppet Sessions."
Originally, there was discussion of doing sideline commentaries on and during our episodes, although not as sarcastic hecklers per se, like Henson's Statler and Waldorf. The idea was abandoned, but the name stuck to the wrap-up session.
Also posted on the PODCASTS page are On the Beat and Path's RADIO spots.
In the spring of 2012, starting March 6th, you can catch Steve and Gary live on their weekly show on aforadio.com from anywhere in the world. Broadcast time is on Tuesdays from 3-4pm (Malaysia).
Mission: On the Beat and Path provides a window into the planet's love and longing for music, using music as the primary language of global communication in order to develop a multi-media outlet for the sharing of music, travel and friendship.