Friday, August 2, 2019

Shaking Through a Hillside Blue collection

A new collection of ephemera from the most recent era of this project... there's a little bit of everything on here. I'll be the first to admit, I have given this band a bit of a break in my mind. Putting the finishing touches on this collection put me in a pretty nostalgic mindset, it's hard not to when you're sifting through nine years of sessions. The material here existed in tandem to a lot of album work, but most of it was approached with a completely different mindset.

Especially, the Inland Empires Disregard the Sea promotional edits took a long time. Surviving the Buried Earth somehow survived several uninspired attempts! I never wanted to cut it down. The backwards-syncopated outro of Lumen Tracker is also one of my personal favorite post-production elements I've added into any track. And the new mix on "The Company Men" had me twiddling knobs for hours trying to get it right. Inland Empires is one of my favorite records I've ever worked on, I challenged myself 

There are a couple of stand alone cuts of soundtrack work I did for Silent Frame productions in the collection as well. Soundtrack material is always so different than album music, I always look at it from an angle of "what is going to serve the film here?" It takes you outside yourself and your own taste as an artist, in that sense it's probably beyond healthy as artistic exercise.

Shaking Through a Hillside Blue is a scrapbook, a slideshow, a mural of different moments. I'm glad it's complete and out there for all to hear.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

early release

Something from the very distant (fifteen years ago!) past, this is one of my first DIY releases. At the time I didn't have project names in mind; I made some copies of this on cassette and just gave them out to friends at the time. I doubt any of those cassettes still exist in any playable form, but at least this can finally be heard on the internet. I did try to redux the last track for Eternity Drones a couple years later, but that version seems lost to infinity at this point. The photo was taken in Dawsonville GA the Fall this release was made. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

2018, a year's journey

So, 2018 manifested itself as a time of transformation and travel for me. I left my home studio of 10 years in Avondale Estates Bedsitter studios (RIP) to start something new in Minneapolis, MN. I'm lucky I got to make anything at all this year, let alone nine releases (and an appearance on the Knifeplay compilation). At the end of the summer, I made it out to Oregon for the first time, it was about as amazing as I had hoped it would be. 

Persistentmidnight compilation "My Sound as Sculpture"
Warning Light "Left Behind the Range"
Sareth Den "Follower Year"
Paralysis Image "False Pink"
RE-MAINDR "Chillsmoker Streetlamps" beat tape
Distant Hymns "Yama EP"
Lake Lander "Past Distant Horizons"
Desolate Moon Phases "As the Dark Empire Burns Around Them"
Stormmask LTD compilation "I am alone, but so are you."