[2.22.2019] Copernican Music (with Mitch Shiner) [disquiet junto 0373]

Collaborative extra-terrestrial transmissions recorded with percussionist Mitch Shiner (mitchshinermusic). SuperCollider synths played with a MalletKat MIDI controller. Any transmission to outer space is bound to be sent using technology that will be obsolete here on Earth by the time it reaches beings elsewhere in the universe, so this piece was recorded directly to cassette tape before being transmitted to you fellow humans via SoundCloud.

[2.7.2019] Concrete Wallpaper [disquiet junto 0371]

I really love wallpaper. I love how it's a material that has to find a right balance between being aesthetically pleasing but ultimately ignored, like smooth jazz or elevator music.

I also don't think that concrete is as solid and simple as we often believe it to be. I live in a city full of cracked sidewalks, crumbling bricks, and potholes. These decaying urban materials gradually take on an increasingly organic quality, as nature and the elements gradually reclaim the landscape.

This piece was created in Supercollider using the harmonies from the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves." Some further processing and griminess was done in Logic.

[1.26.2019] Final Solo [disquiet junto 0369]

My contribution to the beautiful, haunting duo by howthenightcame and ikjoyce. I recently gathered up some old tape machines that have been (literally) gathering dust in my attic and brought them to the studio to clean up and use for creative projects. My Portastudio MF-P01 creates this beautiful, shimmery warble to the high end, even after cleaning the heads. I recorded several different improvisations over the duo directly into the Portastudio with my 69 Telecaster Thinline and recorded the tape into Pro Tools via a True P-Solo preamp. I added some Valhalla Vintage Verb after aligning and comping in PT.

I then decided to try a Basinski/Lucier approach and recorded the output of PT back into the Portastudio, repeating this process six times to degrade the recording futher. Each subsequent pass has more 'verb applied. I helped the degradation along by manually flanging the cassette.

[1.21.2019] Bellymind [disquiet junto 0368]

My first attempt at a Disquiet Junto, building upon burn's wonky tritone-based guitar piece. I used Dave Pendle's Ghost Dulcitone instrument to create an undulating counterpoint to the unpredictable guitar part. Half the fun (and challenge) was trying to follow burn's harmonies. The percussive, overblown flute part adds momentum. Both parts were dirtied up and delayed a bit to fit in behind the guitar.

The biggest challenge was not being able to rely on stereo delays or reverb to create a sense of space. It was a good challenge, having to mix my part around the guitar without any panning or stereo effects.

Recently I've been pushing myself to write music with lots of notes. This has coincided with me collaborating with a mallet percussionist, and the Dulcitone parts I wrote for this piece draw a lot of inspiration from marimba patterns.