Month: August 2013

Hyper(BlueSky)loop [disquiet0086-hyperloop]

The sky this weekend was as blue as it’s been in months. I stared at it through the window in my home studio and floated away on the notion of the sky as a loop – its endless blue, its cyclical regularity, its motion within motion.

The photograph is through the front window of my apartment, looking up at the roof of a 14 story complex two-blocks away with a 200mm lens. All that to say the bird in the photo was big – a hyperbird.

As I played, the concept of “hyper” evolved into an excess of layering rather than speed, so this indulges in an everything-plus-the-kitchen-sink way. Blue skies, tho, sometimes slow you down in a good way.

Many many loops. Guitar loops. Drum loops. Electronica loops. Bass loops. Pad loops. Some repeat w/ regularity. A few are cut up and sprinkled about. Some others appear only once or twice. A loop that loops only once is still a loop, yes?

Jolie (Gibson ES-335, cherry red), Electro-Harmonix POG2 octave generator, Strymon BlueSky (:^D) reverberator, SmallSound/BigSound Mini Fuck Overdrive, Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, TC Electronic FlashBack delay/looper, Electro-Harmonix Freeze, E-Bow, Vox AC-15, Sennheiser MD421-II Mic, MOTU 828MK-2 firewire interface, Sony Acid DAW

D A D F# A D
Capo 2 (Key of E)

This week’s project may have the simplest, and broadest, instruction in all of the 86 consecutive weeks that the Disquiet Junto has been running. Thanks to the musician Cinchel of Chicago, Illinois, for helping to prompt this idea. The project has just one instruction:

The title of your next single is “Hyperloop.” Now, record that single.


More on this 86th Disquiet Junto project, in which a song was made based on its assigned title (“Hyperloop”), at:

More on the Tesla Hyperloop at:


fire in the arcade (the reflectors)

I recorded and released records as The Reflectors from 2000 to 2010 (most of the band’s catalog is on Spotify, iTunes, CDbaby, Bandcamp, etc…). Arcade Fire co-opted my homonym this year and has been touring as “The Reflektors.” So I’ve resurrected my Reflectors to return the favor. Big HT to Lee Rosevere at @happypuppyrecords for the idea.

There’s a fire in the arcade
It’s never going out
A cold war never ending
A whole world cast in doubt

Just remember I’ll be easily found
‘Cos you lit the place on fire, but never burned it down

You blacked out Coney Island
And shorted out the games
You left the Cyclone to the ocean
And chained me to your name

Now I’m the lone Defender
A dream that never fades
And today became forever
Inside these arcade flames

Now you’re dancing on my ashes
I’m dispersed into a cloud
You got everything you wanted
Locked me in from without

Just remember I’ll be easily found
‘Cos you lit the place on fire, but never burned it down