Wednesday, November 22, 2017
These past six months, I've been listening to a lot of beat tapes on YouTube, and tho I've cycled through several genres of tapes, I've never found one that really does anything quite like what I do. So after some experimenting and dubbing, I found myself with a raucous collection of things roughly approaching psychedelic motorik electro, which I then assembled into a full 34 min beat tape for YouTube. I may do LP mixes of these tracks at some point, but for now, here they are in one full tape.
Friday, November 3, 2017
At the End of the Road has seen it's physical debut in the past week, and I couldn't be prouder of it as an album. It's a long, lonely, wistful album, a double LP length meditation on how and why life changes the way it does, and how endings can lead to new things. I pushed myself hard to make an experimental and immersive ambient album, and with a little help from several compatriots it came together nicely. This project grew out of a very fertile period for me, but I'm lucky I even finished this album. In the three years it took to record, there were certainly several months in there where nothing was accomplished. For a few weeks this summer it felt like I may just need to drop the project, but somehow, I kept a clear head (*meditation*is*everything*) and finished everything. After some stops and starts in the mixdown process, I mastered the album on a hastily assembled mobile station in a rental condo over the course of just one particularly hot week in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Many thanks to Stickfigure for pressing the compact disc version, I spent a lot of time working on an art aesthetic that matched the sound so it was a real thrill to hold this album in my hands finally. And many thanks to the two best.
And now, as they say, on to the next adventure.
Friday, September 29, 2017
The next song out for preview from At the End of the Road is "Gloworming Through the Southern Skies," and it features Rachel M from Snowbride on synths / electronics. The album doesn't come out until the end of October, but I'm excited to have a couple pieces of it up for people to hear. Enjoy.
Monday, September 18, 2017
hey All! The first song selection from At the End of the Road is up for your preview/enjoyment on Stickfigure's soundcloud; I'm very excited for this album to be out in the world soon.
This song specifically started as a live interlude I used between other pieces, but it eventually took on a life of it's own. The fifth song on At the End of the Road, it's not quite the halfway point of this sprawling hour and seventeen minute album.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Here is a mix I recently made for the LA site KnifePlay! It's got a pretty wide range of stuff, but it def illustrates where my head has been at this summer musically and was a ton of fun to put together. I also did an interview for the site, it should be up in the near future. Many thanks to KnifePlay for making all of this happen.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
My next album will be At the End of the Road,
coming out 8.27.17 on Stickfigure Recordings on CD and digital.
This was a pretty epic project by any standard (PM recorded/mastered/designed album art all in-house), but this album feels like a beautifully mad science experiment that is actually going to see the light of day... and not all the experiments do. This record is full of collaborators and a dense amount of field recordings/tape looping experiments, but still offers some techno-leaning beatwork and uptempo sample manipulation. At the End of the Road started as an attempt to look back on my ten years of DIY record making and to synthesize it all into one experience (that's probably an impossible task). It ended up with a beautiful inner life of its own... a reminder that at the end of every road, there is another path.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Lake Lander's PRE EMBRYONIC SOUND is a pretty classic case of me starting with the seed of an idea (an EP that flows continuously, woven together by a 36 minute sound collage) and finding someone else who put a totally new spin on it. Through months of emailing back and forth, together we deconstructed (in our respective Roland samplers), then rebuilt the individual tracks on PRE EMBRYONIC SOUND and mixed everything down to tape. This is a murky, hazy record with an odd flavor of its own in comparison with other PM productions. I ended up taking a very light hand with the production/mastering on my end; the material just had a life of its own that way.
A shout out to Rachel M from Snowbride on the original cover photo, it ended up being the perfect expression of the music and concepts.