Hi, hello. My guess is that you're probably here because this site was linked from my band Doubting Thomas Cruise Control's social media or my personal Facebook, or maybe an email. Whatever the case, welcome to this project, bcc:cc.
I'm going to over-explain what/why this is; if you're not interested in that sort of thing, fair enough. The music is at the bottom if you just want to skip to that.
In May I heard about an exhibit at BAM called Do What I Want: Selections from the Arthur Russell Papers. I'd heard the Another Thought compilation in college, but it had been awhile since I'd listen to him, so I went to the exhibit and revisited his catalog and was floored.
The combined ambition and looseness of the Instrumentals project was immediately appealing, but then it turned out that his country/Americana songs (Love is Overtaking Me) were brilliant too, and his forays into electronic and dance music. It made want to do something that was outside my wheelhouse, which brought me to the mess of computer/mixer/pedals at the top.
This is sort of an idea I've wanted to try for a while but didn't actually do until after seeing the exhibit. Essentially, I started making tape loops of single notes from a synth. Each of the 16 channels is its own note, and I use the faders to make chords or melodies. Using the mixer's AUX in/out, I can also send the signals to pedals, so I can have a base layer as well. The pedals themselves emphasize different frequencies in interesting ways, and I can use the channel EQ to do this as well.
The first ones have been improvisations, so I'm just naming them with the date. This one starts with an audio sample I recorded when I was in Quito, Ecuador last October, and I overdubbed a little guitar in parts, but the bulk of it is just one long experiment. The photo is from a brownstone that was being redone on my block. I like the idea that this guy is out there carving little elephants into every building he resurfaces.
There will be more to come, and not always tape loops. I want this to be a place where I put whatever I'm working on that doesn't really have a place anywhere else.
Feel free to get in touch; otherwise, see you next time.