SEEKINGBand to Join, Drums, Other, Electronic Music.
Looking to create chuggy sparse post-post-rock with glitchy time signatures
I gigged extensively many years ago but have been working solo on ambient electronic projects the last decade since moving to San Diego
Want to get back into rock and playing with others even just to jam -see influences for the direction I am leaning.
The uploaded music tracks are my electronic ambient stuff - not necessarily what I want to work on with others.
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Eno, King Crimson, Eleven, Breeders, Neu!, Sparks, James Gang, Slint, Don Caballero, QOTSA, The F*cking Champs, Helmet, Deep Purple, Can, The League of Gentlemen
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Culture As Nature
Culture As NatureThe sounds of the forest are slowly replaced by technology.
Pale Blue Dot
Pale Blue DotThis was commissioned by NASA's Kepler mission for their tribute to Carl Sagan in 2011. http://kepler.nasa.gov/education/sagan/musicForSagan/ "Pale Blue Dot" refers to the last image taken by the Voyager probe as it left the solar system and turned to face Earth: a single pixel, suspended like a dust speck in a sunbeam. Sagan's crusade to have NASA take such a "frivolous" image with a scientific instrument and his poetic response was the inspiration for this piece: "Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
Indulge MeComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko.
Bright the hawk's flight on the empty sky
Bright the hawk's flight on the empty skyComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. Uplifting and soaring, like Joanne's use of color in this work.
CobaltComposed for the synthesis gallery show with Joanne Dramko. Sparse counterpoint. Ultramarine Rhythm.
CascadeComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. Splashing, falling bells, like shepard tones, form a glacially slow anti melody. I wanted to create a false aleatory music, mimicking chance groupings of notes. I slowed this to 18 beats per minute to destroy any melodic lines, then time stretched each phrase to its own length.
HokkaidoComposed for the synthesis gallery show with Joanne Dramko. My interpretation of Joanne's painting of the same name.
Unlocking The Air
Unlocking The AirComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. This piece combines several components and is in response to Joanne's work "Unlocking the Air." I imagined the lines in the painting shimmering in place, akin to the line scratches on old projected films. Structurally, it begins with an improvisation using guitar samples played on a piano keyboard. The audio was then fed through a feedback loop, and then returned to produce a drone tone that forms the foundation of the second part. The occasional accent sound was created using Metasynth, which mapped an image of the painting to different frequencies in a Dorian scale. This was then sampled and formed both the accent sound and a drone tone for behind the second guitar solo.
SynthesisComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko.
Sky SawComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. A very loose homage to Eno's song of the same name, paired with Joanne's painting of the same name.
Buchlear Implant (Breathe)
Buchlear Implant (Breathe)Remixed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. Inspired by a performance of Everything Ends Here by Don Buchla and Alessandro Cortini at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival in 2010. This piece was my first attempt to deliberately slow down the tempo way past my comfort level, playing behind my instincts rather than in front of them. I have paired this with Joanne's painting Breathe. Arturia Arp 2600 and OBX through a feedback loop and distortion in Logic.
Into the Black...
Into the Black...Composed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. Asynchronous improvisation with guitar, filtered and resampled as a drone. Looped synth lines impose a perfect 60 bpm breathing beat over the guitar waves in a different time. Paired with Joanne's painting of the same name, but after both were completed. This work spans three decades as the guitar parts were recorded in 1988.
Nevertheless, let us tend to our garden
Nevertheless, let us tend to our gardenComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. "All that is very well," answered Candide, "but let us cultivate our garden." A single take improvisation, no edits, no undo. Paired with Joanne's painting of the same name.
Matte KudasaiComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. "Wait, please." A polite reminder to stop and be still. This work is in response to Joanne's painting, and starts with a sample of Adrian Belew's guitar melody from the King Crimson song of the same name. I repeat the line and time stretch it, slowing it down a few beats per minute. The lines are then also processed to "smear" the audio even further, building drone tones out of the single phrase.
Discipline <> Indiscipline
Discipline <> IndisciplineComposed for the synthesis show with Joanne Dramko. This work is in response to two of Joanne's paintings. The opening is an attempt to combine 4 drones into a single morphing tonal perception. By varying the mix, different harmonics are emphasized at each point. Chaotic indiscipline is represented by the frozen bell tones and discordant wind-chime effects. Discipline rises with the structured, repetitious bass synth line and drum machine, with a saw wave pad providing the melody and chords. The two different themes exchange back and forth, eventually blending together, ending with a single chaotic bell tone fading out.
Erik's Not Here Man
Erik's Not Here ManComposed for the synthesis show with Joanne Dramko. A silly reference to Satie, and his concept of "musique d’ameublement" (furniture music). But in actuality it could be considered more of an experiment in spastic counterpoint for an impossible "double-decker" piano. I recorded a single phrase (the opening) and added an accompanying left hand. I then copy/pasted the parts while changing a few of the settings, octave, delay by an 1/8 note, etc. The resulting emergent harmonies were the result of the chance alignments, tempered with my editing. This could not be played in real life by a single pianist, given the mashing of notes in the same ranges.
Bow ShockComposed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. Pulsing, building and echoing, this work is meant to evoke the electromagnetic wake that is created when the stellar wind meets the interstellar medium. It is inspired by Joanne's painting of the same name.
Atmospherics (Allegro II)
Atmospherics (Allegro II)Composed for the synthesis gallery installation with Joanne Dramko. I paired this with her painting Allegro II since the bending pitches and slowly morphing drones remind me of the movement I see in this image.
Dawn On The Shore (Kepler Sagan Day Commission)
Dawn On The Shore (Kepler Sagan Day Commission)Commissioned for the Kepler Mission Sagan Day event, 2011: http://kepler.nasa.gov/education/sagan/
50A little experiment using bowed and plucked models in Sculpture in Logic. Inspired by an awesome weekend in Inverness celebrating a good friend's birthday.
Tom's LawyerClose enough for the Holiday Inn gig, I guess. Made with the Minimoog V from Arturia. Can't grok the Oberheim signal chain yet
Veritas (1989)Recorded live to Radio Shack cassette deck Casio CZ-230s Akai AX-74 Yamaha FB-01 Yamaha CS-01 Artwork "Kiri" by Joanne Dramko - www.dramko.com
VictoriaInspired by James Canvin's panorama of Victoria Crater on Mars: http://www.nivnac.co.uk/mer/index.php/b0953 He also has a video up showing how much work goes into these seamless works of art: http://www.nivnac.co.uk/mer/index.php/duck_bay_movie Image Credit: NASA / JPL / Cornell / James Canvin
Ultreya Abyss@ustrax - a little exploration about an abyss that became El Dorado! http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=585 Began in response to the mars rover Spirit's exploration of this area, finally dusted off and uploaded... not really complete but there are bigger features to be inspired by coming up! Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University Hosted at: http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/navcam/2005-12-06/2N187182592EFFAJXYP0685L0M1.JPG
Tranquility BaseA remix of an old Atari midi tune of mine. Features the original Kurzweil K1000 vibe samples which still sound great to me after all these years. A mess of Casio sounds, old FM tone generators and LogicPro soft synths. Still missing a background track which I need to transfer before more gear dies...so a remix of the remix is in the cards. Cover image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) website: http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?archives/135-High-Noon-at-Tranquility-Base.html [credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University]