I was worried it might feel different-- indeed challenging-- and it did. But, after last night's show, I was glad I tried playing in front of a larger group, and glad also that I diversified my live set to make it more active.
I am not one who is a natural performer. It took some extra support and gumption to pull this off.
I was pleased by the results. How about you?
Thanks to Hunter Dragon, Osvaldo Cibils and Amanda Wells for featuring some sounds, and to Joe Schwartz and the SLPL for facilitating.
We have highs in life, and we have lows. My life has had lots of lows. Rather than going into too much detail, let's just say that some of my main creative periods have been when I was extremely poor and/or out of work.
Now that things are better for me, personally-- I have a wife and a career, and have even become upwardly-mobile-- what to do about all the years of sadness?
I listened to a friend of mine cover an old blues song. I was impressed by how the song was performed to help people feel better who were down.
Many of my friends are going through hardship, and I remembered some songs I wrote back around 2005-2008. I was using various parts of my apartment as sources of sound -- like my microwave oven, refrigerator, and silverware.
Some of those songs were surprisingly soulful, very healing.
I wanted to put them together, for folks who are going through hardship.
The release is called "Songs From The Corner"
It is customary of prophets that they will tell you that the "end is nigh". People have been evil, and God, or some entity or another, is going to cleanse the world.
That may or may not be the case, and folks should believe what they do.
I am aware that the end has been forecast for thousands of years-- that since the beginning of time, in accordance with scripture, people have been thinking about the ending-- and thinking it is about to happen.
I wrote the generative piece "Countdown" in part to show how an ominous set of sounds can make it seem like something is about to happen, even if it doesn't. An artist can raise a person's expectations without satisfying them.
The piece itself may be of some interest, as it appears on a "Live Mixing Console". The work has 8 sounds, and a user is able to manipulate the sounds themselves. You can control the loops, fading particular sounds out and in. If you have an onboard recording program, you can even record your own version of "Countdown".
is a prolific electronic artist,