I recently released a project I’d been working on sporadically over the past year utilising audio sent to me by Stan lewry aka “Optonoise” who uses lasers to create sounds. See my interview with Stan to get more of a sense of his work. Check out the video below from his presentation at The Tate Modern awhile back, to see and hear some of the sounds in their raw state.
I recently contributed a track to this benefit compilation for the victims of the warehouse fire in Oakland. I didn’t personally know anyone lost in the tragedy though I did meet on a few occasions Ara Jo who worked at Rock Paper Scissors collective. I was involved in a couple of the Oakland Art Murmur events a few years back with MAP a mobile arts group who I helped with some installations. Ara helped us out with a power source and also hosted a drag show during one of the events. MAP also just recently had a memorial for the fire victims as well.
You can grab a download or a hand made 3cdr bundled edition limited to 30. All proceeds go to the victims of the fire relief fund being run by Grayarea.org and you can visit their site to see other ways to contribute as well.
For the benefit compilation I chose to work up a piece around some sounds I obtained from David Sanchez Burr who was the guy behind an interactive sound installation called ‘Nowhere Radio’. David erected a ‘sound wall’ that had all of these various items attached to it, pieces of metal and sculpture and faux instruments to beat on and it was all contact mic’ed with the sound running through a system that had effects and also broadcast the signal within a half mile radius. There were mics for people to talk/sing into also. We encouraged people to make noise and to walk around with handheld radios provided for listening to the sounds coming from whatever was being played on the sculpture, kids really dug it and I got some of the sounds recorded from David with his permission to do whatever with, so I thought it apropos to contribute a piece utilising some of this stuff. I chopped it up and arranged it and also added some synth textures for mood. It seemed an apropos contribution since the sounds originated in Oakland at an arts event and this is for Oakland artists. Check out the entire release below and dig the slide show of pics of the ‘Soundwall’ as well!
ALPHASTARE-GHOST SHIP TO SPACE:
“NOWHERE RADIO” SLIDESHOW:
GHOST SHIP LOVE LETTERS
“On December 2, 2016, a tragic fire struck the Ghost Ship, an artists’ collective and DIY music venue in Oakland, California. 36 people were killed that night, including performers and audience members alike.
‘Ghost Ship Love Letters’ is a message of sympathy and solidarity, from alumni and friends of the electroFLUX Experimental Music Series in Erie, Pennsylvania to the families affected by this event.
All proceeds from sales of this compilation will go to the Fire Relief, Recovery, and Resiliency Fund established by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supporting the arts and technology in the Bay Area.
Early in the year I released a couple of EP’s and a full length Disintegration of Faith on Bandcamp. For DOF I also have some handmade cdr’s available. Message me if interested.
I took bit of a break from releasing in order to focus on the bigger picture a bit more…saving for some gear and researching other music out there. I find that I follow a few, likely more than a few artists who release 3-4 things weekly and when I go to their sites it’s just so overwhelming that I leave. It’s usually ambient stuff which imo is oversaturated with artists and the tracks are all really long, which is fine for that genre but I find it frustrating when I actually like an artist but I just don’t have that many hours in a day to consciously explore their work because I also like other artists and want to give attention to a variety of stuff. It also gets to a point where the releases all pretty much sound the same and could probably be curated down to a handful, representing the best work.I see it as a large overgrown garden of sounds and the chronic releasers are stifling the best work by other artists as well as their own.
Some of you know I’m a vinyl collector as well, so I can only dedicate so much time to the digital realm as a form of discovery. Part of the issue is my personal thing of having to listen to EVERYTHING, even if it’s just the first few seconds/minutes of a release. Besides being a bit ocd about it, I also feel the need to listen to as much that is out there as possible largely for discovery but also in order to stay unique in my own work, which is very tricky. I follow a lot of artists on Bandcamp and I currently have over 1000 unopened release notification from BC artists I follow, which gives me anxiety because I’d love to listen to most of it…and I do purchase what I like, but I will likely cherry pick a few titles and delete the rest which is a bummer.
I also want to add that I defend the right for anyone to release as much work as they want as often as they want but to consider the fan who may want to support you but may also get burnt out and buried alive by the deluge of releases. Curate!
That’s pretty much my little rant for today, I rarely rant but it felt good and I’d love to hear any feedback on this.
Back to business. Toward the end of the year I eeked out a few solo EP’s and a new collaboration with Belial Pelegrim . Check out a video from the collaboration:
The full length release:
I also released these 3 EP’s toward the end of 2016 starting with the most recent:
Please take the time to give listen and I hope 2017 is a good year to everyone!
I wanted to get a couple things out there before years end, I’ve been steadily recording and experimenting and with 2016 being a pretty shit year both politically and socially, I feel that this is the time for art and music to be more human and meaningful and cathartic. Most of the sounds on these releases are from sounds I recorded out in the city or in transit with additional synth and guitar and bass and various other sound sources added later for depth and texture etc.
One track on ‘Saturated in the Now’ starts with a recording of myself and my wife and a friend almost getting mowed down by a Porche driving erratically in a road rage incident with a taxicab in The Mission SF and there’s also an homage to the Oakland fire victims in “Ghost ship to Heaven”
…‘No Fascist USA’ from ‘An Umbrella For A Meteor Shower’ is made up of Berkeley protest sounds as well as various other sounds of senseless destruction from other Anti-Trump protests around the country.
These are both short trips and I hope you enjoy these latest offerings!
Stay tuned for my collaboration with Belial Pelegrim due out this Friday 12_23_16