Category Archives: Albums
Pick (1) up from the Tool Box. This album snuck up on me. These are tracks Ive worked on over the last year and a half as experiments in sound design. I pulled various samples from musical instruments I have discovered along my spiritual path; singing bowls and Tibetan mantras from my philosophy of Tibetan Buddhism, Native American drumming and chanting that reflects a period in my life when I was participating in Shamanic ceremonies, Japanese flutes used in Zen meditation songs, and many other sounds from spiritual disciplines and world cultures I have respect and passion for. Each song in Tool (1) Box is a chapter of a different stage along my spiritual journey. I never planned on releasing any of these “experiments” but one day I took stock of my musical folders and realized that these unreleased tracks all reflected a narrative. The more I focused on what these songs were saying, the more I saw that each of these songs were a Tool, a “Key” if you will to unlocking various stages of consciousness. Thus, this album is a Tool Box for exploring the nature of the journey of the soul, the journey of the Wounded Healer. Listening to Tool (1) Box in it’s entirety will take you to the trail head of the path, lead you through the ocean of the unconscious into Purgatory. Yes, I walked through Hell too. You’ll hear the echoes of conversations with demons I once had. You’ll hear the sounds of ceremonies that trans-versed time and space to retrieve my soul. Finally you’ll hear the path of climbing the ladders to Heaven. I am not alone in this journey. There are many souls that are in various stages of this journey. I dont believe that I have stopped in the path, but I do think I have made a revolution of a cycle. Please pick (1) up from the Tool Box and use it wisely.
Music Videos from Tool (1) Box
The Tool Maker
Mysterious & Strange
An Xtraordinary Experience
My little Egg turned 2 eggxactly 3 days before Xmas. I knew she was going to get bombarded with every facet of clothing, toy or battery operated annoyance fathomable. I wanted to do something for her “Birth Mas” that would be more meaningful than an Elmo phone, something she might actually use past age 2 and a half. She saw a cartoon mashup video I did to a jazz piano improvisation that I wrote, and she kept insisting that I play it for her over and over again. In a parallel thought form, I had also been thinking that all the Sponge Bob was getting old. Those two thought forms converged into a cute little baby thought form, which is “Scrambled Eggs” Toddler Toonz Vol. 1. This is a 10 episode series of cartoon mashups from classic animations set to nifty little hip hop beats donated for the cause by a sampling plate of some pretty cool underground hip hop producers.
You can be a hip hop head, a mommy, or even a film and/or cartoon lover and love this movie as much as your little Peep! Please enjoy!
SLUG Magazine reviewed “Scrambled Eggs” in their May 2012 issue. Here’s what they had to say!
After growing frustrated with all of the crap available for her own tot, Ami Hanna decided to take matters into her own hands and create Scrambled Eggs. Hanna’s video mash-ups blend her own video montages with vintage cartoon reels such as Betty Boop and scenes from Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon. Naturally, I had to have my own 10-month-old tot, Alice, help me out with the review. We started with “Bring Back the Boop,” which features upbeat hip hop rhythms by Linus Stubbs that had Alice shaking her change machine like a maraca. Other videos such as “The Wondering Stars,” with a beat by B. Franks, had more obscure video montages, and the music is harmonic and easy going. The majority of the music available to sample on the demo site is more on the soothing nighttime area of kid’s music. I could see myself throwing the DVD on when it is time to start winding down for the night. My wife and I also found ourselves enjoying some of the tunes, which doesn’t ever happen with your typical made-for-kids tunes. There is nothing cornball about it. I wouldn’t go as far as to make any claims about the educational value of the material, but it is definitely entertaining, trippy and pretty fun. –Ben Trentelman
Here you can download the entire 10 episode volume and burn it to DVD for your little peep to watch over and over again! “Scrambled Eggs” was created specifically for the wee ones to get their hip hop on and has been tested on the best. You can also download the soundtrack for weebles to wobble even without the visuals. I encourage everybody to download and share! Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download site.
Upbeat, Danceable and Fun!
Dreamy Sleepy Time Stories
Here you can preview a few of the videos!
Bimbos’s Alter Ego
Music by Raw Xtract
“Bring Back the Boop”
“Everybody Needs A Pet”
“The Wandering Stars”
“Eleven” is the fledgling production that started me on this path of, well, whatever it is I am pathing on. Eleven was meant to be a spoken word album. It’s a series of poems I wrote during a healing process of recovery. At the time, I had been going to open mic’s and performing these pieces along with my own piano compositions. It was a gradual process of deciding I wanted to record these pieces, and I never really DID have the idea I wanted them to all be a cohesive unit. This is why each song on the album sounds like it stepped off its own space ship and landed in a different genre. The songs eventually all ended up on one project, still masquerading as a poetry project. Im happy with the poems still, on the rare occasion I go back and listen to them. The production of the songs and recording quality, on the other hand, has me concerned enough to have considered taking this project down and out of the public eye forever. I still might change my mind. But here it is for now. I see it as the catalyst for all the video/audio production fun I’ve been having for the last few years. It even got some good reviews and made the top 10 list for City Weekly’s year in review for albums released by Utah artists.
“Showing skill and forethought behind her provocative lyrics and instrumental selections, Ami Hanna transformed this spoken-word album into a must-listen. Tapping into a strong vein of angst and anger, her voice gushes personal truths to the sounds of everything from smooth jazz numbers to background music from Super Mario Bros”
Gavin’s Underground- City Weekly 2010
Download the CD then Watch the Music Videos!