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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!

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A roundup of 2016 year end Alphastare releases

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.

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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!

 

 

 

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:


 

Turn Me On Dead Man ‘Heavymetal Mothership’

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OK back to the Rock! I’m sharing this brand new release by TMODM not only because it’s a solid Psychedelic Heavy Rock trip but because they have recently tapped me to handle bass duties on upcoming support for this release. My main band Andalusia Rose is still together and slowly working on new recordings but we will be less active as our singer/guitarist/songsmith Wendy has since moved to the desert to explore canyon life.

As the title indicates, TMODM have metallic leanings but there is much to be had within the sounds here. Influences range from Beatles (the more deranged aspect circa White Album etc.) and Classic Rock to Prog and even some of the heavier 90’s UK stuff, there are things that would appeal to fans of bands like Porcupine Tree, MBV as well as edgier stuff like Voivod, Monster Magnet and High on Fire. Stoned but not ‘Stoner’, razor sharp riffs and smooth grooves combined to create a solid trip…and there’s a Moog! I’m looking forward to being involved with this group and after being split up for awhile they have returned with a solid release in ‘Heavymetal Mothership’. Available now digitally via the platforms listed below or here via bandcamp. Vinyl is slated for early 2017!!!

Tune in Turn it up and drop out!

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