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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!

 

 

 

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Synths For Lunch (A.K.Klosowski “Kassetteninstrument”)

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It’s been awhile since I posted one of these. This appeals to both my archaic media and progressive technology sensibilities. A.K.Klosowski and his “Kassetteninstrument”. A rig outfitted with 8 Sony Walkmans all run through a system of triggers and effects to create a playable ‘instrument’ of sound warpage. It sat in his basement for 16 years until now!

I found a decent review from this blog. You can check out an album made with the Kassetteninstrument below, it’s available via Gagarin Records and you can see the thing for yourself in this video:


 

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:


 

NorCal Noisefest XX

Last year I performed at NCNF and got to meet some great folks. I Hung out with some freaks and got to see Monte Cazazza perform a rare live set. I’m looking forward to the event this year and will be performing a 20 minute set on Sunday at 7PM.


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REsearch Publications

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Also I’ll be rolling out there with V.Vale from REsearch Publications who will have a table set up with some top notch outsider zines and lit from his archives.


The Line Up

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KFBK INTERVIEW

“Noise as a genre is the last screaming vestige of Punk Rock” (Lob)

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Below is a link to an interview with NCNF co-founders Lob Instagon and Bill Burr on KFBK (Sacramento). Listen to some of the sounds and get a sense of what NCNF is all about.

Video and audio KFBK NCNF INTERVIEW