Among other things, I am an avid photographer. I used to do a lot of black and white photography. I loved processing and printing my photos in the darkroom. One of the worst times in terms of my creativity happened because I lost access to a darkroom. I was shooting a lot of film, but then never developed it. This undeveloped film started weighing on me heavily, and not seeing it finished took a toll on my creativity.
Quiescent by The OO-Ray It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper release. I’ve also been feeling pretty powerless since the coronavirus is devastating so many people, not only physically but economically. I composed the Quiescent EP (a fancy word for sleeping) to help me sleep, and I hope it can help you sleep as well. The album is free to download, but donations are encouraged. I’ll donate all proceeds to the Oregon Food Bank.
I wish I had a good reason for not posting on this blog and staying away from the music scene. The truth is, I think I had a variety of reasons. For a while, I was busy caring for my partner and I felt like I didn’t matter musically. When Tiny Fugues came out, I had very few listeners. I went down that feedback loop of not promoting it enough, and thus feeling like no one cared to listen to it.
Last Friday I found out that Brian Young (also known as losingtoday) committed suicide. I’m pretty devastated by this. Brian was a wonderful member of the Portland ambient music community, documenting our shows with his careful eye. He was never less than kind and passionate about our music, sharing his latest musical passions on Facebook. I currently use his photos from a show as my press photos. His entry on discogs shows how much album art he contributed to the community.
Hello everyone - I’d just like to announce that Tiny Fugues, my follow-up to Empty Orchestra, is out now on Audiobulb. It’s a little more acoustic, and a little more symphonic than that album. I hope you enjoy! Many of the tracks are based on improvisations using my Pure Data software called the fuguelooper that converts my ambient improvisations into more rhythmic material, allowing me to change my sounds across octaves and speeds, stretching and compressing my material into unexpected directions.
I often go through strange cycles when watching YouTube channels. I like cooking videos, I like travel videos, I like videos about Japan. My latest obsession is MRE Review videos. Why do I find these videos so appealing? They are a nice mix of survivalist mentality and food reviews. I think everyone has post-apocalyptic fantasies, and somehow watching these reviews make me feel like I am a little more in control of my future.
Welcome to the new website. I apologize for not updating the blog with any posts, but I have been having a really terrible relationship with the Tumblr version of this site. It’s annoying, hard to update, and frankly slow-loading. I’ve moved the website over to Hugo and hosting it on netlify, which frankly works much better than Tumblr. I’m not importing the Tumblr photos. I will probably clear out that theme but leave those photos up on Tumblr.
Note: Hey, my letter got published in the NY Times! To the Editor: Though written mostly in jest, I read Rosencrans Baldwin’s piece about “Our Misplaced Nostalgia for Cassette Tapes” as a slap in the face of us small time musicians. Mr. Baldwin clearly does not understand that the cost of manufacturing vinyl and CDs is prohibitive for musicians who sell small numbers of albums. While not ideal, cassettes are easy to manufacture, easy to personalize, and still provide us smaller musicians with a viable way of sharing our music that our fans are willing to purchase.
Note: I was asked by Steve Ashby, who teaches a music appreciation class at Virginia Commonwealth, to contribute my thoughts on listening to music as part of his series “Listeners on Listening”. I’ve reproduced the interview below. You buy a new album, or hear a new piece for the first time, describe your routine/experience of its first listening. On first listen, I hope to be captivated and swept away, so I don’t pay attention to details.