Guest Music Post: Tadd Mullinix

Posted by Jakub

I’m happy to announce our latest Guest Music Post is by the very talented and respected Detroit musician Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye, James T. Cotton, SK-1). I remember having a CD player alarm clock years ago and i’d wake up to Tadd Mullinix – Minajor every morning for more than a year no joke, I wanted to remember every note. Recently I went into Encore Records in Ann Arbor, MI where Tadd works and asked him where the Dark Cello music was hoping he’d unveil magical classical music in which I know nothing about. Here are Tadd’s choices, the Michael William Gilbert song blew my face off, still gathering it off the floor:

1. Booker Ervin – Blues for You
When this one came into the record shop, it found its way to the turntable
immediately. As it played overhead I was struck by the group’s blazing,
unremitting pace.

2. Woo – A Complex Art
It appears to me that the music on this cassette came from a salubrious
spiritual function that took place somewhere in the new-age 90’s.

3. Michael William Gilbert – Phase
Private press. This comes from a gallant mind cradled by an electronic music
studio somewhere in Boston, MA. He wished to make his electronic compositions a “more human music, a fusion of synthesized, concrete, and instrumental sound.”

4. Severed Heads – Cowboy Muzak
My favorite works from them have balanced elements of repetition, fuzzy noise, and melodic basslines that usually support a crusty amalgam of dancing synth-lines and whip-crack percussion.

12 Comments Leave A Comment


Ben says:

January 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Michael Gilbert is from Amherst, MA and continues to produce amazing music to this day.

He’s the father of a close friend – a genuinely charming man.


Jon Scherer says:

January 27, 2011 at 6:43 am

Living in A2 is so awesome simply for the fact that I literally have one of the worlds most talented artists, almost personally recommend music to me. If you are ever in the area, pop into Encore. Don’t get lost in the ridiculous piles of music that they have to offer.. just go straight to the section that reads “Tadd recommends”.


Hammer says:

January 27, 2011 at 9:34 am

I have an idea, why can’t someone have this site coded in HTML5 so that we can all enjoy these great music posts and videos while viewing on our iPhones, iPads and iPods? WTF, it’s been like four years already of dealing with this site’s embedded, albeit well-designed, Flash player.

Just a suggestion.


MWGilbert says:

January 27, 2011 at 1:35 pm

As I actually read ISO50 pretty regularly, I was/am surprised/amazed/amused to see/hear my track “Phase”. I appreciate the kind words. I was turned on to your blog by my son as a great mix of sounds/sights.

So thanks to ISO50/Jakub/Tadd/Ben/Daniel, and, all who listen…

Tadd, personal appreciation aside, I enjoyed ALL your picks. Who could not like Booker Ervin?

I live in Amherst, MA, and still compose/decompose.
A trip to the ever omniscient overlords at google will get you links galore for anyone interested in more of my music.

Thanks again,



Tadd Mullinix says:

January 27, 2011 at 2:48 pm

It is my pleasure Mr. Gilbert. It was difficult to pick a favorite because I love the entire LP. Thank you for the fantastic music.


Cliive says:

January 28, 2011 at 6:56 am

Hi Tadd
thanks for including us in your sellection.
It was a great pleasure to find, you are wrong about the decade of creation – 1970


Tadd says:

January 28, 2011 at 8:11 am

That’s even more impressive, Mr. Ives. I apologize to everyone for the assumption. I should correct myself in saying that the recording was RELEASED in 1990 unless this I’m misinformed. I’m glad these recordings eventually made it to the public. I send my best wishes and gratitude.


Sorry says:

January 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Wish I could peep all these great tunes….but nope, I only have an iPhone. Thanks Scott for sticking with Flash.


Mr Clive Ives says:

March 19, 2011 at 2:28 am

Hello again Tadd.
I am negociating an agreement with Yoga Records in LA, and they are gonna be re releasing our back catalogue. Starting with an album called ITS COSY INSIDE on vinyl, and many other cds of recordings of Woo over the past twenty five years. When this magic moment occurs, I will ask them to send you a copy.


Joey says:

April 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

wow, I find it cool that tadd and I have both listened to michael william gilbert. Good stuff, totally zoned out to that first jazz cut.