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Ukuphambana – Radio Free Camazotz

Proud to have a new album now available for pre-order via Voidstar Productions. Many years in the writing and many months in the assemblage, I think this is my best work to date!  I will probably have some more to say about this in the near future, but for now you can check it out here :

Radio Free Camazotz

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

Voidstar Festival + Future Endeavors

So, the Voidstar 25th Anniversary Festival has come and gone. I’m mostly happy with how both my ukuphambana set and the Zero Times Infinity performance turned out (though the latter was cut a little short). It was a fantastic time and I’m very happy to have met some new friends and enjoyed the work of my fellow festival artists. Wish I could get it together to do more of this kind of thing.

As far as what’s coming next: I’d like to create studio versions / mixdowns of the tracks I created for the festival set, and I’ve also been doing some rapid development of older ukuphambana sketches into more fleshed-out (but still not quite finished) in progress work. I expect one or both of these efforts to be well underway if not done by the end of the year. I might try to shop around some more albums to other distributors / labels. And I’ve just started work on a remix project that I’m pretty excited about.

Curiouser and Curiouser

Haven’t written anything here in a while, but things have been very busy. The biggest news is that ukuphambana will be performing at the Voidstar Productions 25th Anniversary Festival! Hit the link for more info and to purchase tickets and/or contribute to the advance crowdfunding campaign.

The fact that Voidstar Productions (co-founded by close friend, long time collaborator, and like-minded artist Deftly-D) has been producing uncompromising art and performances for nearly a quarter century now blows my mind. To be involved in celebrating that is an honor and a privilege. I’m also very excited about the lineup … nobody else puts together events like this, and this one is going to be the biggest and best yet.

In connection with the festival and long-overdue are some other ukuphambana activities that I am going to keep hush hush for now, but I’m also very pleased about. More news on that as events transpire.

2015 is going to be an amazing year, though.

New Tracks: Zebulon Micro Simplex, Ordinary Time

Been busy lately, but terrible about updating this blog. There are two as-yet unmentioned tracks in the player. Other things have been happening too, of course, but I haven’t found the time to write about any of it coherently. So, about the new tracks …

The first one, Zebulon Micro Simplex, is the most complex algorithmic piece I’ve done so far in Nodal: everything other than a few effects tweaks and final mastering were written in Nodal, then captured and rendered in Live, including the beats. I’m particularly proud of the beats, because they don’t sound algorithmic to me … they’re complex and a bit weird, but I could have written them by hand. I probably wouldn’t have spent the time (that’s what algorithms are for), but there’s nothing about them that particularly screams out “automated.”

At least, not to me. But I have weird ears that way, too. Who knows?

The second track, Ordinary Time, is the most straight-forward and listener friendly thing I’ve written in a long while. No odd time signatures, no algorithmic stuff, not even any seriously noisy bits. Just a tune I enjoyed writing and hope a few folks will enjoy listening to.

Going just to link to my soundcloud page here rather than deep-link to the tracks, because lazy:

Click here for auditory stimulation

New Track: Dissipate Solidity

New track in the player on Soundcloud. I have a few other things in the pipeline that are more melodic, but I had a day off this week and decided to bang together a music concrete / collage thing instead.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Track: Doxastic Charge

Nearly eight years in the making, the latest track is now finished and up for listening. Relentless hypnotic glitch bassline, chunky beats and aleatoric bleeps serve as the backdrop for sub, super, and transliminal sounds.

This track samples Milgram compliance experiment, Penn & Teller, and Elton John. It all seemed to make sense at the time. It was a bit of a throw-everything-and-see-what sticks effort, but I’m really pleased with the way it turned out in the end.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Tracks: Nif Ithin Abo Ithin, Bolshy Slovos

After a bit of a winter break, I recently uploaded two new tracks to my featured playlist on SoundCloud. Hit the link to bring the noise.

[Note: tracks no longer on Soundcloud]

Sound Design: Adventures in Deutchland

One of my freesound uploads is being used as a transition sound in a German video travelogue series! Check out the first episode here.

New Tracks: Summer 2013 Edition

This summer I’ve been on a bit of a tear, mainly finishing up work I started in the past and then left to simmer for a while on the back of my hard drive. There are three new tracks up on my Soundcloud site, one in the featured set and two in the noise set.

I probably should list them all out and say something about them here, but I’m feeling too lazy at the moment. If you’re interested, just hit the links and listen through the list. It’s all good stuff.

New Track: Things Fall Apart

New track on Soundcloud, first in a few months. I’d started working on a good three or four other tracks and petered out before finishing — some are very nearly finished, so there’s a good chance I’ll have one or two more before year’s end — but this one here came together pretty quickly. It started with a few loops I sketched out over a year ago, but most of it was done over the past few weeks.

It’s a simple, emotionally charged little synth track. Not a lot of complexity or detail, just a good scan of my recent head space. Dedicated with love to all victims of the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

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