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Particle Theory: Spotify

2016 project: Put my solo work from the last few years onto Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, etc. The permanency of these commercial uploads requires (re)mastering and attention to details often overlooked in the flurry of my usual ad-hoc self-releasing. Particle Theory (2014) is first up. Every spin puts a shred of lettuce on a sandwich and thus always appreciated.

:^D

http://open.spotify.com/album/2QVZh6KaHFMetVQa6WmPDp


Particle Theory

16 November 2014

Drifting Moon/Spinning…
Sum + Difference
All The Rage
Melody Chaos
Welcome To The Interzone
Turnaround, Annie
Intransitive Disappearance
Truth Is A Lonely Place
Roadside Justice
Truth Is A Lonely Place
Particle Theory
The Shimmer Of Stars…

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Turnaround, Annie

she didn’t feel suspicious – or paranoid
she didn’t see the distance – into the void
she learned to play with all the memories – like toys
she said it made it easier to drown the noise

she worked for years – to create confusion
as she waited for life to reveal itself as an illusion
along the way she learned not to search for conclusions

as we drove the roads around my house
she wasn’t gonna stop until she broke down
all those angry hours

she said, “don’t tell me when to turn around…
“i’ll tell you when we turn around
“just keep driving towards the moon
“don’t you dare turn around

6am underneath the subway tracks
she said if that train was a plane I’d jump right on its back
then she rolled her eyes and taught me how to fade to black

as we drove the roads around my house
she wasn’t gonna stop until she broke down
all those angry hours

she said, “don’t tell me when to turn around…
“i’ll tell you when we turn around
“just keep driving towards the moon
“don’t you dare turn around


Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth (drum remix)

So this is awesome. Producer and musician Lee Rosevere asked if he could “bash and crash” over Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth, so I stripped the original drum and percussion tracks and sent him a pre-master studio file. From 3000 miles away, he came back with the glorious result above.

From his SoundCloud description:

Westy Reflector recently posted this song of his:

I really liked it, but wondered what it would sound like with [different] drums. Graciously he sent me the bed tracks and this is the result.

Lee Rosevere
Happy Puppy Records
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Melody Chaos

Inspired by New Orleans, where making melody out of chaos is the art.

So there you have it, we wrote our ticket out
We’re headed anywhere we want to choose.

We never really planned it, just never had doubts
We were going somewhere – never gonna lose

Yeah, the stakes are high
But our vision’s clear
Maybe neither of us is pure, but our moment’s here

It’s ok to embrace uncertainty
A quiet life we may never see
So for now this noise makes a symphony

In the middle of chaos, you’re my melody

so here I’m landing, took the red eye out
I see the causeway that leads to you

St Mary guides us down from the clouds
Harmony carries us through

So there you have it, we wrote our ticket out
We’re headed anywhere we want to choose.

It’s ok to embrace uncertainty
A quiet life we may never see
So let all the noise make a symphony

In the middle of chaos, you’re my melody


Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth

Drifting Moon / Spinning Earth
09.28.2014 1:22a, 09.30.2014 10:34p, 10.01.2014 6:30p, 10.03.2014 8:35p

She had to leave Ohio
Find a strength she’d never known
She had to shed her skin
What she was was too far away from what she was within

You pay the price / To be yourself
When you’re not the one / The world expected

But we are each a universe
Where every drifting moon / Deserves a spinning Earth
Everything you are, we are, too.

She followed her dreams to New York
A thousand feet in the air she found love
He said “You should never feel alone. You had the light in you all along.
“Do not live life as a shadow… I know…

“You pay the price / To be yourself
When you’re not the one / The world expected

“But you and I make a universe
Where every drifting moon / Finds a spinning Earth
Everything you are, I am, too.”

In the clouds and in his arms
She let go of right and wrong
Tore away her shirt; threw away her tie
Turned her shadow into a sword

You pay the price / To be yourself
When you’re not the one / The world expected

But you and I make a universe
Where every drifting moon / Finds a spinning earth
Everything you are
Is a universe
Where every drifting moon / Finds a spinning Earth
Everything you are, we are, too.


Roadside Justice

24 August 2014, 2:34am

In front of the firing line
You’ll look up at the blue sky
And we’ll trace the route to each other’s eyes

In the wake that’s left behind
As the sounds of the gun shots die
You’ll leave this world with your head held high

Don’t look for justice at the side of the road
Don’t trust the crowd
We are on our own

You will live in the memory of birds
The wind will carry your words
Your dreams will serve as my alibi

Truth is a lonely place
Lonely as a human race

Don’t look for justice at the side of the road
Don’t trust the crowd
We are on our own

In the wake that’s left behind
As the sounds of the war drums die
We leave this world with our heads held high


Truth Is A Lonely Place (Lee Rosevere Remix) [disquiet0138]

Collaboration with Lee Rosevere, wonderful (and prolific) Canadian producer and musician.
leerosevere.bandcamp.com
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Lee’s liner notes:

When this project was launched, I emailed my online buddy Westy Reflector @thereflectors to see if he’d be up for a collaboration and I was thrilled he agreed. I’ve wanted to do a big huge ambient landscape with his glorious guitar tracks and this seemed like a perfect opportunity.

He wrote an original song and sent me the stems (guitar, drone, drums) and you can hear his original version here:
Thereflectors – Truth-is-a-lonely-place

I added lots of reverb (as I love reverb) and piano pads and bass in Ableton Live to his original unedited guitar tracks.

I then mixed a second version, using only an excerpt from his original guitar track and looped it over the newly-created background – this is the version here, which seems to work best when sync’d to the video (vimeo.com/21678371)

It also fits in the sense that Josh Azzarella’s work largely deals with taking an image and “altering or removing the punctual event in the image.” (www.joshazzarella.com/about/)

Huge thanks to Westy for wanting to work on this together, as he could’ve (and did) come up with something excellent completely on his own and didn’t need me at all to drench it in reverb… but it was a great experience and I’m greatly looking forward to the next opportunity.

****

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More on this 138th Disquiet Junto project — “Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement a work of silent video art″ — at:
disquiet.com/2014/08/21/disquie…38-videosonicvoid/

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disquiet.com/junto

Join the Disquiet Junto at:
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Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at:
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The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.


truth is a lonely place [disquiet0138-videosonicvoid]

PROJECT
Compose a 2.5-minute soundtrack to complement the silent video “Untitled #8, 2004″ by the artist Josh Azzarella. The video is intended by the artist as a “Never Ending Loop,” as is this audio accompaniment.

Untitled #8, 2004 from Josh Azzarella on Vimeo.

If not visible above, view the video here:
vimeo.com/21678371
www.joshazzarella.com/videoworks200408/

PROCESS
Lee Rosevere (@happypuppyrecords and @happypuppy2) emailed me shortly after this project went live, suggesting we collaborate and that I might start him off with a few guitar melodies. This is the original track I cut for him. I also sent him stems, and he ended up slicing, looping and manipulating my guitar to construct a brilliant rework, which I consider to be the definitive version of the track.

It’s always fun to see into the DNA of a remix, and the Junto is nothing if not about shared spaces, so I uploaded my track to the group, in addition to Lee’s putting his up, for the weekend-geneticist thrill of it.

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The image associated with this track is a still from the video that inspired it: “Untitled #8, 2004″ by Josh Azzarella.


sum + difference [disquiet0130-filteredmelody]

4 notes. 3 intervals of 3. then 12 pedals. Made mathematical sense, so the title references “An Individual Note” by Daphne Oram, this month’s Junto reading selection (I’ve only gotten as far as pg 50, tho). Image is my pedal board through a kaleidoscopic app.

Finally had an excuse to put my Pigtronix Infinity at the head of the effects chain.

D#–>F#–>Bb–>C#. “Melody” unresolved, though, as it’s meant in the key of B. There’s no B-note to be found, however, so it’s unsure if it wants a straight maj, a maj7 or a maj9. Otoh, it could also be taken as an arpeggiation in the key of F#, or as a melody over a modulation shift between B and F#. After listening to it for 10 minutes or so, I got mad at it for being so indecisive. And then mad at myself for being mad about something so silly. So I went in for a bit of pretty obliteration. “I throw it on the ground / because it’s stupid,” sang Lonely Island.

The notes and their indecisive infuriating interval eventually wend their way through merciful peripeteia (Pigtronix reverse/undo footswitch), carnivorous compression (EQD Warden), candied fuzz (Small Sound / Big Sound mini, Zvex Box Of Rock), grain silos (EHX Freeze, EHX Superego), chaotic stutter (Diamond Tremolo), 4 & 5 step arpeggiation (EQD Arpanoid), stereo ping pong (Line6 POD-xt), octave shifting (EHX POG2), tape delayed infinity (tc flashback), distant reverberations (Strymon blueSky) and a bit of rickety pitch/speed shifting, equalization and dither (on-board Acid mastering fx).

In any event, it’s just 4 notes. They meant no harm.

:^D

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the shimmer of stars in green water

An homage in drone to Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s “Wind, Sand and Stars.”

“The first stars tremble as if shimmering in green water. Hours must pass before their glimmer hardens into the frozen glitter of diamonds…”


welcome to the interzone [disquiet0110-wsb100]

source article

This New York Post headline (“I Could Have Saved Him”) screamed at me from a newsstand on 5th Avenue and 9th Street in Brooklyn a couple days after receiving this week’s challenge, and I couldn’t shake it. As the weekend closed, I looked at the front pages of all the other papers in town with this challenge in mind, including a couple hyperlocal rags (NY Times, NY Observer, NY Daily News, Brooklyn Eagle, Park Slope Courier, etc…), but no other story stuck with me like this one, falling lock-step into the context of this Junto challenge celebrating the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs.

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s heroin dealer has convinced himself that he could have prevented Hoffman’s death had he been shooting up with him. The brief interview has overtones of a Burroughs scene and, for sure, this guy – a jazz musician with a penchant for junk – is a character straight out of the Naked Lunch Interzone.

I cut words from a lot of the sentences to fit the flow of the song, but this didn’t seem to violate the spirit of the assignment. Burroughs used so many ellipses in his writing that it’s hard to tell if he ever published a single sentence in its logical order. His style gave me some air cover.

Put a simple, dumb rock song together tonight to prop up the words. Psyched to get it in just under the wire. One live guitar track, one live synth and a vocal (one-take with one punch-in) over drum/bass loops arranged in Acid. I’ve been cycling through E-G-A and E-D-A progressions recently, and this track runs around those while capo’ed on the second fret for the D-form E-chord.

The “problem” with tabloids like the Post, though, is that we would never have gotten a cover story on a living Philip Seymour Hoffman with the headline “We Should Save Him Today.” We only get the rubberneck aftermath lead-if-it-bleeds crimson journalism. The Interzone, indeed. Hi ho.

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LYRICS

3. “I could’ve saved him.” (x4)

14. You wouldn’t know he was an Oscar winner.
10. When asked if he had ever sold Hoffman drugs
5. He said “If I was with him, it wouldn’t have happened.”
7. He said he had known the 46-year-old “Capote” star for about a year.

3. “I could’ve saved him.” (x4)

8. Hoffman injected
18. He claims he last saw Hoffman — high — in October.
11. “When we got together, we talked about books.
4. “If I knew he was in town, I would’ve said, ‘Hey, let’s make an AA meeting.’

3. “I could’ve saved him.” (x4)

6. “Not under my guard.”
17. The star’s final, four-month struggle against drugs.
12. And art.
9. 73 bags of heroin found in a Greenwich Village apartment.

15. He loved his kids. (x4)

3. “I could’ve saved him.” (x4)

13. “He was a normal guy.
2. “He was my friend.
16. “I offer my condolences to his family.
1. “I didn’t kill him — and I could’ve saved him.”

3. “I could’ve saved him,” jazz musician and admitted junkie Robert Vineberg said, wearing a gray prison jumpsuit and hunching pensively at a red table in a Rikers Island jail visiting area.

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RIG

guitar:
Jolie (Gibson ES335 dot reissue, custom peekamoose.com electronics), Earthquaker The Warden compressor, Ibanez Screamer TS808, tc electronic Flashback delay (tape setting), Strymon BlueSky reverberator, VOX AC15 (mic’ed via a Sennheiser MD412-ii)

synth:
Sunrizer for iPad (HT @shredderghost)

vocals:
AKG C3000B condenser mic, Lexicon rack delay

drum/bass:
samples (one shots & loops)

interface:
MOTU 828mk2 interface, Acid Pro 7.0, Windows XP

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PROJECT

Step 1:
Take the lead article from your local newspaper and write down the first 18 sentences on separate slips of paper — or, if you prefer, extract the first 18 lines on separate strips of paper.

Step 2:
Label these pieces of text from 1 to 18.

Step 3:
Either read them out loud or use text-to-speech and record them.

Step 4:
Construct the vocal of a song using the material. Sequence the vocal in the following order. Note that text element 3 serves as the chorus and text element 15 serves as the bridge. The remaining elements are in random sets of four, with no repetition.

3 3 3 3
14 10 5 7
3 3 3 3
8 18 11 4
3 3 3 3
6 17 12 9
15 15 15 15
3 3 3 3
13 2 16 1
3 3 3 3

Add music, whatever instrumentation you choose, to flesh this out into a proper song.

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intransitive disapperance [disquiet0108-freebassel]

PROCESS
Connected to this assignment, and wanted to do some small part to keep Bassel’s cause and case out front. I’m not a foley artist and field recording is not my game, though, so consider this less a soundscape than a track that might run over closing credits.

Married some royalty-free congas, tambourines and trap kit loops on an Acid timeline.
Selected two samples of Bassel speaking from the video: “I’m sorry I can’t see you.” and “That can be controlled.”
Locked in a drone with an EHX Superego and Freeze running through a Strymon Blue Sky.
Improvised a bed with an ebow.
Then riffed around the most “eastern” scale I know. The result may be more Spanish Gypsy than Syrian, but still felt Mediterranean. Just wanted to evoke a mood.

“The absurd is the essential concept and the first truth.”
– Albert Camus

We can all be disappeared now. More and more it’s an intransitive verb.

Peace,
:^D

PROJECT
Disquiet Junto Project 0108: Free Bassel

For this week’s project, we’re going to create soundscapes for an ancient Middle Eastern city. And in the process, we’re going to raise awareness about an imprisoned open-source developer with strong ties to the Creative Commons community. Bassel Khartabil, before his arrest on March 15, 2012, in Damascus, was working on several projects, among them a 3D rendering of the ancient city of Palmyra. Much as Bassel was trying to revive an ancient world, you are, in essence, keeping one of his projects alive while he is incapable of doing so.

The project instructions are as follows:

Step 1: View this video for background on Bassel’s digital Palmyra project:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7G7fyWS-ysA

Step 2: If you aren’t viewing this instruction on the Disquiet.com project page, go to the following URL to view three still images from Bassel’s 3D work:

disquiet.com/2014/01/23/disquiet0108-freebassel/

Step 3: Create a soundscape of between one and three minutes that might be employed in an immersive, completed digital visualization of ancient Palmyra.

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For their collaboration on this project, special thanks to: Niki Korth, Barry Threw, and Jon Phillips.


All The Rage

She spent 27 years in an inland town
And she dared herself to rage every time she stopped looking down
And then the ad in the paper said
“Dreams come true, just get downtown and see you know who –
If you know how to rage, then we want you!”

She bought an audition dress at Main Floor in the Redlands Mall
And she nearly died when the salesgirl said
“You know that dress, it kinda makes you look… tall”
And then she got up this morning and waited in the queue
Then they said “Sit here until we call for you.
There’s dreamers in front who queued up, too…”

To be all the rage and out tonight.
All that rage in black and white
In the public eye and out of sight
To be all the rage…

Someone said “Never mind her, just get yourself downtown.”
When her sister said “Hey, give it up baby, it’ll never work out.”
So now she’s in a folding chair against a fake fake wall
As the sun goes down outside a windowless hall
and she can’t lose her shit ’cause her name’s been called…

Well, she blew them away in that downtown room
And now we see her everywhere like a Sun God…

And her hometown paper gave her the whole home page
And now she gets a table where she used to dance a cage
And she’s never alone, now that she’s

All the rage and out tonight.
All that rage in black and white
In the public eye and out of sight
She’s all the rage.


Particle Theory

Life imprints sentience on the particles we cede back to the universe upon passing. Death is decentralization, not expiration, of consciousness. Each of our muons and protons and electrons comprises the cumulative wisdom of all that has experienced life before. We are each one, and we are each all.

My friend John Arthur passed on 22 October 2013. I met him through my wife, who knew him for her entire life. After attending a memorial gathering for John in Cincinnati in October 2013, this track just kinda spilled out.

In the course of fighting ALS, John and his partner Jim also fought for their right to be buried together as spouses. The former battle ended, but not before the latter battle was won. All the wars, however, rage on.

you & i let’s float away
lighter than air
lighter than light

you can’t break down what you can’t divide
you can’t destroy what you can’t collide
let’s float away

you & i let’s drift away
we are the clouds
that make a perfect sky

you can’t break down what you can’t divide
you can’t destroy what you can’t collide
let’s float away