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[review] insomnia radio: one city

Insomnia Radio’s Charles Stepczyk discovers my track One City and crafts an xclnt overview of my style. Always dig knowing what goes through someone’s head as they listen to my work.

“One City” comes from the 9 track LP, “Transient Lines” from New York City based indie-pop artist WESTY REFLECTOR. He wrote, performed and programmed all songs on this release from late 2013, described as “fragments and fractals of an enlightening, challenging year.”

His unique and powerful voice sits somewhere in the realm of old favorites Terry Prine or even Colin Meloy, but definitely distinctly unique with some beautiful and imaginative tales to absorb.


[dispatch] Road To The Well Festival Win

September 05, 2016 at 08:48AM
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Last night (09.04.2016) the wonderful and dark indie film Road To The Well (dir. Jon Cvack), which used my Americana track Man Again, won Best In Festival at the 2016 Long Beach Film Festival.

source track:
Man Again (FMA bonus track on Transient Lines)


[aired] DaCaLuF 02116: Yadz Soma

Small streets of Yazd. (Iran)
Music: Soma by Westy Reflector

Les petites rues de Yazd. (Iran)
Musique: Soma par Westy reflector

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The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video journal, and riding along, hearing my songs pop up every so often, is an absolute kick. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Source Track:






DaCaLuF 0218: Riding Waves on Jeffreys Bay

Félix, du haut de ses 8 ans, s’éclate en kite sur le lagon de Jeffreys Bay (Afrique du Sud)
Musique:
– Kite part: Hurricane par Hash (freemusicarchive.org/music/HASH)
– Surf part: Riding Waves par Westy Reflector (bandcamp | soundcloud | freemusicarchive)

Eight-year-old Felix explodes on a kite surfer in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

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The Bellais family from France (DAvid, CAmille, LUcile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to ride along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf


#DaCaLuF 152: One City, Many Canals.

My track one city [off transient lines (2013)] travels through the fjords of Patagonia on a 4-day ferry voyage with the Bellais family. It’s another fun little vid, and the final shot just makes it for me.

4 jours sur le ferry Navimag à travers les canaux de Patagonie.

Musique: One city par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

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The Bellais family from France (David, Camille, Lucile et Félix) is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for two years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuf 144: Grey Sky Undertow on a Glacier


“Grey Sky Undertow” off Transient Lines (2013) soundtracks the Bellais family adventure on the Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina.

DaCaLuF – épisode 144 from David Bellais on Vimeo.
Le célebre glacier "Perito Moreno".

Musique: "Grey Sky Undertow" par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net

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The Bellais Family is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuf 140: Man Again meets El Gaucho

Man Again, the country-fried FMA bonus track off of Transient Lines (2013), soundtracks a Bellais family adventure with a cowboy named Gavino in the town of Cochrane on the Argentinian and Chilean border.

DaCaLuF – épisode 140 from David Bellais on Vimeo.
Rencontre avec Gabino, un gaucho du chili.

Musiques :
"Man again" par Westy Reflector
http://westyreflector.net
"Little birdie" par Three Jolly Rogues
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Three_Jolly_Rogues
Gavino ne sait ni lire ni écrire mais il sait faire son pain, le beurre et le fromage, vit depuis 17 ans dans sa ferme isolée sans eau courante ni électricité, avec ses vaches, ses chiens et quelques gentils chevaux.
Lorsque l’on fera le bilan des ces années de voyage, ce n’est pas le Machu Picchu ni les chutes d’Iguazu qui arriveront en tête des meilleurs souvenirs, mais ces rencontres authentiques autour du partage et de la simplicité!
Gavino can neither read nor write, but he knows how his bread, butter and cheese, lived for 17 years in his isolated farm without running water or electricity, with cows, dogs and some nice horses.
When will take stock of these years of travel, this is not the Machu Picchu or the Iguazu Falls arriving in mind the best memories, but the authentic encounters around the sharing and simplicity!

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The Bellais Family is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


#DaCaLuF 124: Fire In The Arcuide

fire in the arcade [off transient lines (2013)] soundtracks a Bellais family adventure amidst cliff-dwelling Patagonian parrots (Monk Parakeets) in Argentina. Fwiw, we have Monks here in my Brooklyn neighborhood. They nest in a Con-Edison sub-station on the edge of a graveyard about 16 blocks south of me.

Pour débuter la descente en Patagonie, voici la falaise aux perroquets !
Musique: Fire in the arcade par Westy Reflector

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The Bellais family from France is traveling around the world in a converted old fire truck for 2-years. They’ve used a few of my tracks in their video episodes, and it’s an absolute kick to follow along and hear my songs pop up every so often. Follow them here:

http://dacaluf.com
https://vimeo.com/channels/dacaluf
https://www.facebook.com/dacaluf

Pied dedans, plein les yeux et le vent dans le dos!


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.

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


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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bandcamp
tubmlr
simpli-fi creativity journal


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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soundcloud-2
bandcamp
free music archive
twitter


Bassling: Unmistakable Release (remix of riding waves)

Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling layered a haunting bass line and Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) equally chilling rumination on death from True Detective over my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi].

I added a favourite monologue from True Detective where Rusty Cohle ruminates on death. My partner immediately called out that it worked, so I left it in.

Despite the somber nature of the 132nd junto project (which revisits collaborations with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton, and which as of this writing I am still trying to take a stab at), I am thrilled that Bassling would see inspiration in my track. That Wagga Wagga (Leeton), Australia, is his home base adds to the thrill – irrefutable proof that my tracks have journeyed all the way around the world and back. That the track is riding a wave created by Nofi makes this even sweeter.

Run around Bassling’s cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
bassling
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mule radio 83

My track “fire in the arcade (the reflectors)” follows a Superchunk song called Digging For Something in this 83rd episode of Mule Radio’s The Mixtape. Made my day.

Download all of the tracks at once: freemusicarchive.org/member/timothy…ape_episode_83

Voices – Simon Mathewson
La Façon dont la Machine vers l’Arrière – Brian Jonestown Massacre
Tsuro Magena – Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Pleasantries – Tyler Jon Tyler
Love Me Like You – The Mythics
Sunday – Fire To The Stars
Preludium – 2 TOTEMS
Arnold Lane – Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock
I Can’t Lose – The Chamber Strings
While You’re Sleeping, I’m Dreaming – Tamaryn
Jeanne Moreau – Souvenir Driver
I Feel Your Pain – Eric and Magill
Island on Fire – Monster Rally
The Creak of the Landline – Zapruder Point
Promises Promises – Barreracudas
Digging For Something – Superchunk
fire in the arcade – Westy Reflector
Good To Be Alone – The Bomb Busters
Caixa de Vidro – Stray
Bruce – Yellow Dogs
Mockinpott – Cordonegro
April 13th – Bait And Switch
Fifty/Fifty – Today’s Man
Noise Problems Selection – The Ray Pacino Ensemble
Highty Hangtime – Julian Winter


Transient [Drawing] Lines

Transient Lines (bandcamp | freemusicarchive) – the entire record – soundtracks artist Eric M Smith‘s drawing and painting of a griffin in real time. Bonus sound artifact: the environmental sounds of Smith’s pen and ink-on-paper strokes are left underneath the music, which I always <3. Bonus trivia: The Higgins Ink original factory and the mansion behind it in which the Higgins family lived are 50 yards down the block and across the street from my home in Brooklyn. The factory was converted into apartments in the 70s and the mansion now houses a music school. Full circles, everywhere.

Published on Feb 17, 2014
Drawing and painting a griffin. Real time video.

– Higgins black magic ink
– Nikko G nib
– holbein watercolor burnt sienna, yellow ochre, permanent green no. 1, crimson lake
– windsor newton white ink
– strathmore coldpress 140lb watercolor paper

Music: Westy Reflector, Transient Lines: http://westyreflector.net/

My portfolio: http://ericmsmith.com


one city new zealand

Following Dave Kent down Bull Run.
Bull Run trail one of the latest addition to the Belmont Regional Park, built by Belmont Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA).
More information about mountain biking in Belmont Regional Park.
Music: One City by Westy Reflector

Filmed on GoPro Hero 3 with Chest mount
Settings: 1080p at 30fps

This vid made me smile this week. Releasing work under “NC” creative commons licensing (in my case BY-SA-NC) confers on folks the right to use tracks, straight or remixed, in non-commerial work. Now, after putting my last two releases up at the freemusicarchive, searches on my name are starting to return hits. Here, my track one city soundtracks a bike ride down a New Zealand mountainside.


[disquiet review] prologue: in recollection and amazement

Wonderful review of the opening track of transient lines by marc weidenbaum of disquiet.com

If noise music is ambient music turned up loud, then shoegaze is ambient music with a beat. Not just any beat, mind you, but a beat that emerges from the ebb and flow of the underlying drone, a beat that recognizes the rhythmic content in the flow of the drone and that latches onto it, building a hard lattice that supports the seemingly ethereal initial audio. It traces that underlying form, a cloud fitted with an iron scaffold. This is what happens in “Prologue: In Recollection and Amazement,” the first track off the new album from Westy Reflector, titled Transient Lines and available at bandcamp.com. The initial glisten, with hints of Robert Fripp’s tape loops, hovers like a thick cloud, builds a pulse that then reveals itself as proper drums, playing along in stereophonic splendor. What makes this more than a matter of accrual, of layering, is that the glisten itself has a reveal — slowly, for if anything this track embraces its placid approximation of momentum, the hazy original sound acknowledges that it is produced on guitar, and more familiar chiming, ringing, strummed chords kick in.


transient lines

15 november 2013

prologue: in recollection and amazement
grey sky undertow
riding waves
one city
night sky dead letter office
ursula
fire in the arcade (the reflectors)
soma
dreamy solace of rivers and bridges

bandcamp | free music archive


prologue: in recollection and amazement



improvised guitar drones, loops and melody lines over beats.

guitar / amp:
jolie (gibson es-335 dot reissue, peekamoose custom electronics)
vox ac4c1-bl tube combo

efx chain:
(ebow –>) earthquaker “warden” compressor –> ehx pog2 –> ehx freeze –> ibanez ts-808 tube screamer –> small sound/big sound mini overdrive –> tc electronic flashback delay+looper –> strymon blue-sky reverberator –> line6 pod xt phaser modeler

software / hardware:
sony acid, motu 828mk2, XP

title is reference to jack kerouac’s “list of essentials” in his belief & technique for modern prose:
17. write in recollection and amazement for yourself


grey sky undertow

2000 miles later,
just beyond the dream state transformed,
on a wave-smashed boardwalk, we sat in silence,
and waved goodbye to our grey sky undertow.

after all the love had come and gone,
you and I kept holding on
‘til there was no one left to blame.
and after all the love had come and gone,
there was no use holding on
to what we became

all those miles later.

2000 miles later
you and i found nothing but unknowns.
In a twilight aurora, underneath Orion’s sword,
we waved goodbye to our grey sky undertow.

after all the love had come and gone,
you and I kept holding on
‘til there was no one left to blame.
and after all the love had come and gone,
there was no use holding on
to what we became

all those miles later.