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Electronic Oddities Podcast 35 (Single Sound Source Challenge)

I contributed a track to this podcast via a challenge issued on the fb page Electronic Music Philosophy which is hosted by the same guy from the Absurd World blog. I’ve been enjoying the more critical and probing aspects of this blog as it addresses deeper meanings and ideas behind what we do as experimental and electronic artists while shying away from the focus on gear. There are so many angles and aspects to come at this artform from and it is refreshing to interact with some folks who have a deeper understanding or the desire for a deeper understanding of the process and motivations behind it. I’ve been exploring this realm since the early 90’s and it never ceases to evolve.

This particular challenge was to create a piece utilising a single sound source. I originally wanted to use my ‘Monoscillatron’ since it would have really illustrated the theme well but I discovered that it had ceased working since my last gig back in October.

Instead, I used a Buddha Box. I recorded multiple tracks first onto a Tascam 4 track tape recorder and then live mixed that into my DAW where I did some further collaging.

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It’s a 2 hour show full of excellent sounds and my contribution can be found at the very end! I’ve been following the podcast for awhile now and I’m honored to be included in one! Enjoy!

Follow Absurd World on blogger and Electronic Oddities on mixcloud.


 

 

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Alphastare 2 New EP’s!

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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

Here’s a teaser track from that:


 

Alphastare vs. Infinite Plastic Internal at ATAP Full Set

KEEPIN’ IT WEIRD IN THE BAY AREA

Here’s the full set from May 23rd, day 2 of the All Tomorrow’s Afterparties benefit for homeless action in Berkeley Ca.

Following is a brief bit of video from a wildcard set right after us.

The full set was shot by Monica Berini and the wildcard excerpt was shot by Steve Fong

Stay tuned for more footage from some of the other acts to follow.