Monthly Archives: July 2014


[vine] #drafts circular loop, circa june 2014


[a few words on] @jonchius: because panda

I don’t remember how jonchius [http://jonchius.com], a talented, wry and culturally literate web programmer and designer out of Toronto, CA, came into my streams, but as time has marched, we’ve made reciprocal infiltrations into all of our virtual circles and my life since has been infused (suffused?) with his adventures.

His twitter stream, a loosed consciousness romp that has nothing to do with programming but everything to do with coding, has connected me to a consortium of high and low philosophical provocateurs. Sometimes it’s the people hiding in plain sight who can speak the most relevant truth, because they are not only present, they are invisible to authorities (for now) and unfiltered by agenda.

jonchius changes handles and url’s on a dime to suit his mood and perspective (in the last couple months on twitter, he’s been neuer_panda, pandarchy, pandatje, pandamonium, panda-ebooks, and as of this writing, ionchivs).  I look forward to meeting him IRL one day, provided the Canadian-US border remains open. Pandas forever.

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[vine] c’mon c’mon c’mon c’mon… no? ok, fine.


windfall on the liz berg show (wfmu)

WFMU’s Liz Berg from 6/27/2014

Few things are more awesome (or cool or hot or sick or tight or quiche or jelly or whatever euphemism you use to say “yes!”) than getting played on WFMU. In this case, my track Windfall (also at the Free Music Archive) spun midway through the June 27th episode of the Liz Berg show, which airs every Monday morning from 9 to noon (podcast stream/download/subscription available at link).

Berg’s show is…

Fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

In a burst of wonderful synchronicity, the show opened with a track called Cerulean by The Electric Amygdala, a nom-de-plume of Canadian producer, musician and sound artist (and good friend) Lee Rosevere.

PLAYLIST
The Electric Amygdala | Cerulean
FP | Trace
Deadly Combo | Basement Music (Up In The Attic Instrumental)
Walt Thisney | Holy Chao
Nicky Apple | Some Foods Live in Cans, It’s Sad
Westy Reflector | Windfall
VYVCH | Barely Baked
Miami Slice | Solid Gold
No Loli-Gagging | Tokyo Beat
Ergo Phizmiz | Holiday
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat | No Fascination
Tunnel of Love | Troglodyte Blues


The Fourth Of IX [Disquiet0134-MusicFromChoreography]

My Disquiet Junto contribution to soundtrack 03:00-03:59 of the film [IX] by Cori Marquis.

PROCESS
Pulled out aces through nines from a deck of cards.
Shuffled. Cut twice. Drew the top card.
4 of hearts.
So, fourth minute of nine (03:00 – 03:59).

At ~01:47 in the original 9 minute film, the dancers tapped their shoulders with their fists for a couple seconds. I tapped along into a tempo reader and it came out to 75.2 BPM.
Tracked bass and drums around the dancers’s movements, and decided to go double time at ~03:27 to match the sped-up circular camera movement.
Improvised drones, grains and generative arpeggios through various effects, layering into a pigtronix looper.
Played one guitar track live over the loops and rhythm tracks into Acid, starting with feathery harmonics to match the dancers’ caressed helixing, then moving through a kind-of New Order “Republic”-era vibe to mirror the camera’s movement.

The Fourth Minute of IX from Westy Reflector

I got an early-90s feel from the film. Things were still okay then. Kurts (Vonnegut & Cobain) were still alive, The Replacements were still making records and there were still hidden movements and corners of the world you could call your own. My mind went to “Regret” by New Order.

TUNING
Open D# (D# Bb D# G Bb D#), aka the “Blood On The Tracks” tuning, 1/2 step down.

RIG
Jolie (ES335-DOT Reissue w/ http://peekamoose.com custom pickups & electronics), EQD The Warden compressor, Zvex Box Of Rock, EHX Superego synth engine (effect send: EXH POG2, EQD Arpanoid), tc electronic flashback delay, Strymon blueSky, Pigtronix Infinity Looper, Line6 POD-XT, MOTU 828mk2, Sony AcidPro 7.0, Win 8.1

PROJECT
More on this 134th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose music to accompany one minute of a dance video by Cori Marquis.”

More on the Disquiet Junto.

Join the Disquiet Junto.

Disquiet Junto general discussion.


[vine] #drafts snowstorms, jan 2014


[2 storms, 2 weeks apart, alt side parking suspended so foreground pickup truck didn’t have to move]


man again: carrot cake (w/ chocolate)

Torrada Torrada (“Toast! Toast!”) is a Brazilian cooking show hosted by Luanda Gazoni. Two weeks ago, they used my track ok off of Hola, Sayulita! and Reflected.10×10 as a soundtrack to making perfect fluffy rice (vid embedded below, too). This time, Man Again, the Free Music Archive bonus track off Transient Lines, serves as a soundtrack to the creation of a carrot cake with chocolate ganache icing (recipe in Portuguese).

I {heart} everything about these, and it’s exactly why I release so much music under Creative Commons licenses now.

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[a few words on] an imaginal space: clouds and seas and black-eyed-dogs

This is my fav in a series of soundtracked “cloudscapes” by An Imaginal Space (a.k.a. Spook), a vivid, ethereal and shimmering-from-a-mountaintop-at-sunrise ambient guitarist out of Derby, UK. A wonderful presence in all of my social streams, he’s cloaked in a bit of mystery, but I ask no questions and nothing more of him than to continue his lovely (and enviable) prolific output.

via the you tube track description​:

I have been creating some timelapses of clouds outside of my work office window and thought I would combine these with some improvised ambient guitar.

His “Sunday Seascapes” series are improvised explorations of elegant refracted guitar lines over sweeping swells of effects, and capture perfect sonic snapshots of the ocean’s eeriness and majesty. My fav of the recent few was from 13 July 2014:

An Imaginal Space duets with a wide range of musicians, and his layered guitar is seamless. Most of the time he’s added his tracks well after the original recordings, but his additions often result in the definitive versions of those tracks, as if his work had been there all along. Case and point is this duet with Dirk Maassen, a world-class ambient pianist:

from the soundcloud track description:

I could not resist adding some ambient guitars to this wonderful piano composition by Dirk Maassen. Please check out more of his beautiful music @ascoltadi

So many wonderful moments from Spook, it is difficult to know how to even do justice to a curation. The moment that hooked me on him for good, however, came earlier this year when this wondrous instrumental cover of Nick Drake’s “Black Eyed Dog” appeared in my soundcloud stream. It left me thinking of what Nick Drake would have done with the ambient and sound-manipulation tools we have today, but it also sent me backwards in time. The airy jazz-inflected drums and fixed rhythm of Spook’s playing recall Bryter Layter, and take the track out of the shadow of other, more well-known Pink Moon-era tracks. In the soundcloud notes, Spook says he feels his cover is “unfinished.” But in a way, this is the best way to leave a tribute to Nick Drake, the most glorious unfinished musician the world’s ever known:

More of An Imaginal Space (Spook):
music.animaginalspace.com
soundcloud.com/an-imaginal-space
twitter.com/animaginalspace


[vine] #drafts solo kayaker, firenze, italia, dec 2013


[vine] #drafts sunset birds, florence, italy dec 2013


the @catmthomas brooklyn mule

3 oz. Reyka vodka
1 tbsp. grated ginger
juice of 1 lime
3 oz. simple syrup

top w/ club soda + lime wheel


dream state: montauk, ny

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[vine] hardwood ignition


[vine] ‘za night. prosciutto & olive, well done.


Bassling + Lee Rosevere + Nofi: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

A 2nd remix by Bassling (Jason Richardson) of my riding waves. In it, Bassling adds his deft bass to Lee Rosevere‘s percussion and vibraphone, my guitar and nofi‘s original track. This rounded-out full-on quartet performance creates unexpected harmonic convergences and becomes a whole (and real) band – thankfully without van politics, ego mastications and “yellow-M&Ms-only” rider demands.

From the soundcloud track description:

Response to Happypuppy2 – Nofi-westy-lr-riding-high and Thereflectors – Riding-waves with a detour via Basslingsss – Unmistakeable-release

More on this 132nd Disquiet Junto project — “Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track” — at:
disquiet.com/2014/07/10/disquie…osthumousnofitrio/


Kyle TM – Wvrdr (remix of a remix of “riding waves”)

Enigmatic and multi-faceted South Carolina artist Kyle TM layered soft breaking white noise swells, seagull calls and a rhythmic water drop over a remix of my “riding waves” by Tokyo-sound artist Naotko (Naoyuki Sasanami) for the 132nd Disquiet Junto challenge. Inasmuch as dreams are recursions of reality, the result here is a dream-state that expands on a story, grounding it in a new place and making a statement on the conscious filtering that makes up perception.

from the soundcloud track description:

I liked the idea of reworking a rework of a rework from Disquiet Junto 0066: Naotko – Riding-waves-by-nofi-westy

I was also drawn in by Westy Reflector’s philosophy for the track: Thereflectors – Riding-waves

I thought the track could use some waves and added white noise wave sounds, seagulls (www.freesound.org/people/beejeeb13…4/sounds/197743/), and a percussive 4/4 water drop (www.freesound.org/people/Adam_N/sounds/166322/).

RIP NOFI.

Kyle TM
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ok: fluffy rice

Torrada Torrada (“Toast! Toast!”) is a Brazilian cooking show hosted by Luanda Gazoni. In a 100% fun creative commons usage, my track ok off of Hola, Sayulita! and Reflected.10×10 soundtracks how to make perfect fluffy rice.

ok is a dance(able) track dedicated to friends far and wide. Food and friends are so often synonymous, so this is a wonderful fit.

when you send light into the world
it scatters and reflects
but it never dies

Torrada! Torrada!
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youtube.com/user/torradatorrada/featured
twitter.com/luandagazoni


Lee Rosevere: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

Canadian musician, producer and label founder Lee Rosevere used my riding waves for the 132nd disquiet junto challenge, adding hi-hats, cymbals and triggered rhythmic vibraphone flourishes. His additions lend an elegance to the track, highlighting and engaging all sorts of spaces without causing any clutter. From the soundcloud track description:

I didn’t want to get in the way of Westy’s guitar and took a cue from his introduction of the melody of “Mercy Street” to play mostly hi-hat and cymbals, ala Stewart Copeland (who appears playing cymbals on Peter Gabriel’s SO album.. but not on “Mercy Street”).

To temper my inclination to play too much, I set the rest of the pads to play tuned vibraphone notes, which hopefully interplay with the vibe sound on nofi’s original track.

Lee Rosevere
Happy Puppy Records
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Words Of [ABARTH 500] Release

Published on Jul 14, 2014
Trofeo ABARTH 500 | tappa Mugello Circuit | 12.07.2014 | riprese: fabio D’Arco | editing: www.labvideo.it | musiche: CC Westy Reflector – “Words Of Release”

Trofeo Abarth 500 | stage Mugello Circuit | 07.12.2014 | shooting: fabio D’Arco | editing: www.labvideo.it | music: CC Westy Reflector – “Words Of Release”


[a few words on] Bassling’s Visceral Frequencies



Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling (née,Jason Richardson) describes himself as “exploring the nether regions of the frequency spectrum and delighting in their visceral response.” Well, his nether regions are our visceral pleasure, too. Through the years, he’s cast a wide and adroit musical net, moving with ease from slash-and-burn low-frequency smolder, to anti-slash-and-burn environmental activist field recordings, to flash-and-turn dance mixes. These modes, in BasslingWorld, interchange and interact, often balancing high-concept and poignancy, as on his record For 100 Years (above), created from a series of field recordings at playgrounds around his Oz town of Wagga Wagga (Leeton). Liner notes vía bandcamp:

Imagine the stories they could tell
if playgrounds talked
or maybe sang?

He remixed my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi] for the 132nd junto challenge, which prompted this deep return to his catalog.

His virtuosity combined with entertaining, revelatory track descriptions at his blog (which take a tone of charming irascibility and often include kick-ass videos of his recording process) have resulted in some of my absolute fav junto pieces. His track for the 110th junto challenge, Of Leeton Yesterday Morn, sees Bassling celebrating the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs in a “cut-up” track based on this story from his local newspaper, The Irrigator, about a series of botched break-ins:

And in Steady Boil, for the 131st junto challenge, Bassling conducted a tea kettle in a minimalist symphony that manages to be philosophical, mechanical and fun all at once:


Run around his cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
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