Friday July 10th is going to be a spectacular evening for art and music here in Bozeman. As part of the downtown Bozeman Art Walk, Night & Day, a collaborative event between Thousand Arms, three local bands and many local artists, will take place at The Foundry and Masonic Temple. This event is the living, breathing interpretation of night & day through the eyes, ears, hands and tools of musicians and artists from our very own Bozeman community. Ranges, Modern Sons and Liv are the local bands who will be performing and over 20 artists will also be showcasing their work at the event. The evening starts at 6pm with the art in The Foundry and will be followed by the performance upstairs, at The Masonic Temple where local beer will be provided by Bridger Brewing. The art is free to view but the musical event upstairs is $10. Tickets are available at Bozeman’s own, Cactus Records. The Facebook event has all of this information and more. Ranges is Mark Levy (born and raised New York, NY), Wilson Raska (Montana native) and CJ Blessum (Montana native). CJ owns and runs The Low Country, a recording studio in Amsterdam, MT and where all of the musical guests for Friday’s event recorded their interpretations of “night and day.” I had the pleasure of talking to my dear friend, Mark Levy who plays the drums in Ranges, about Night & Day. This is a special occasion for Ranges, as it’s their first live performance.
MFL: This is a pretty anticipated gig considering Ranges has never played live! What sort of preparation have you fellows done for this event in order to allow Ranges to play live?
Ranges (Mark Levy): The prep for the gig has been fun. We had to add three more musicians (Joey Caldwell, Ethan Demarais and Mario Miner) to help fill out the sound. Our recordings have so many layers we needed more players. We also have a backing track for some piano and midi beats. We synced that up with visuals that will be showing behind us on a large screen.
MFL: A 24 minute song is in store, I hear. What is it called and how did the idea arise for a 24 minute song?
Ranges (ML): The 24 min song is called Night and Day. Each minute represents an hour. That concept was discussed first, then writing and recording the 24 min followed.
MFL: Along those same lines, can you elaborate on the writing process for the 24 minute song? Were there moments of hesitation where you were 20 minutes into the 24 and you wanted to scrap the whole thing and start over?
Ranges (ML): CJ had a basic structure on guitar clocking in around 24 min. The original idea was solid. We had enough parts so editing was easy enough to do. The song fades in and out so we have it at exactly 24 min.
MFL: How much collaboration has there been with the other bands and artists involved in the Night & Day event? I know Modern Sons and Liv will be playing as well.
Ranges (ML): The other bands were just told they have 24 minutes of time and they had to write songs based on the night/day theme. No musical collaboration. Other than that, all bands were recorded at The Low Country studio. All the recordings will be available on one disc at the event. The art show at the foundry earlier in the evening was presented the same way to artists. Do whatever medium you do, just base it on your interpretation on the night/day theme. Some of the art I’ve seen looks incredible so far.
MFL: Are there any other events in store for Ranges this summer or fall?
Ranges (ML): As of right now, this is the only live gig this summer. If an opportunity presents itself to play another gig, I’m sure we would do it. We already have plans to record another album. It will be based on the concept on which the band started. Montana.
Today, I laid on my bed with my eyes closed and listened to Ranges’ track, ‘Night & Day.’ It put my entire day into perspective. It shrank down every hour to a single minute. Days go by so quickly as it is but some how, taking 24 minutes out of my busy day to listen, just listen, to a day in a song, made time slow down for me. I was forced to focus on every sound that came into my ears. I tried to correlate the minute in the song with the hours in the day. It made me grateful for the fact that our days are 24 hours and not 24 minutes. Life flies by as it is. Maybe there is a planet somewhere in another solar system with 24 minute days.All I know is I’m happy to be on planet Earth, in Bozeman, MT.
Listen below to a clip of my favorite part of ‘Night & Day.’ It occurs at about 18:10 or 6:10 pm if you prefer to look at it that way:
Please join myself and others Friday, July 10th for this experience.