Madness of Crowds: Tulips

Madness of Crowds: Tulips

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Tulips, the debut release from Madness of Crowds, consists of four tracks:  Economic Bubbles, Witch Mania, Alchemists and the title track, Tulips.  All four titles come from the book by Scottish author Charles MacKay (1814-1889)- Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, which explores the ideas of economics and crowd psychology - much of which could be applied to modern culture.  The connection between Baker and Sandstrom's group (with Steve Hunt and Mars Williams) Extraordinary Popular Delusions, is no coincidence as the entire idea of the group was to find a way to respectfully expand on the ideas of EPD.   The ideas of sound and the freedom of improvisation could be said to be an interpretation of some of the ideas in the book. 

 

The band played for close to 5 hours at Strobe Studios in Chicago with very little interruption.  There were very few preconceived ideas before the recording however Lux and Adamik did discuss the idea of making a record like some of the early 70s Miles Davis recordings. The 5 hours of recording was painstakingly edited down to album length by Adamik with two short sound  collages and two long mostly unedited improvisations.