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New Music and Video: Cloud Track

Sometimes experimentation crosses boundaries. Historically I have divided much of my literary, audio, and visual/video work categorically to allow for sense-making and efficiencies in output. This has been machine-like and in some ways has kept me from going further into the “interdisciplinary” realms many artists work within. Last year’s videos Boulder River Aphorisms, Oceanic Triptych, and Thorough Water all combined some of the approaches listed above, but I have never looked at my experimental music/audio work connecting with video so fluidly. Bring in the “music video” concept, and some new hardware technology, and I’ve started to explore a little beyond my previous works.

Below is “Cloud Track,” which is a “song” created for a video. The music uses no field recordings, though that is something I hope to do with whatever I work on next; instead utilizing samples and instruments from digital libraries. The video footage is from some time-lapses I took recently on San Juan Island. Even the most abstract moments of the “Cloud Track” video are derivative from that footage, using some diffusion blending and my typical manipulation of brightness and contrast settings. It’s clearly an extension of my GIF work, as well (surprising? not surprising?).

As for the audio? I’ve added it to Bandcamp, and as stated there, it’s “[m]y first foray into leaving field recordings for digital libraries of samples and instruments. Inspired by a couple of time-lapse videos recording in the San Juan Islands, and the music of Gas and Einstürzende Neubauten.

I’m proud to say it’s available in 1440p, too–something I intend to do with all my upcoming short videos. Enjoy!


Sound: The Untitled Coffee Pot

In anticipation of some inbound sonic hardware, I’ve started fooling around, once again, with Ableton and some of my “field recordings.” In this case, the field in question was a kitchen, and the recording is of a coffee pot. Classic, no? My ongoing observations and curiosities of EQ and other audio properties/manipulation, by way of video tutorials galore, has allowed me to expand my capacity to create very strange sounds indeed. Ideally these will go somewhere, when the hardware mentioned above arrives, and the scale of the sounds will also grow.

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Music of 2020

I listened to 1,098 albums this year. I know this because I obsessively track all the music I listen to, and I mostly focus on listening to full albums. This is something I’ve been doing for years now, and it’s clear the music train just isn’t going to quit. What I find profound in one year I intentionally listen to a second time the following year. “Profound” is pretty arbitrary, much like a five star scale, and so I’ve limited my analyses of any given album to a binary approach: an album is either profound and exciting or, well, not. Here’s a list, for the curious, of all the albums I identified as profound for this year (out of that 1,098, there’s a total of 322, which includes the unlisted 2004’s Madvillainy in honor of the late MF Doom). The list is in alphabetical order by the artist’s name.

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Bandcamp, an Album, three Sequences, and a Single

I never thought I’d post audio on Bandcamp, but it seems like a great way to share (for free) the audio projects I’ve been working on, and also get proceeds to donate to an organization of my choosing (in this case, the ACLU). For the last four months, under the banner of COVID-19, I’ve been working on an audio project that has finally come to fruition. While it is rough, while it is far from uniform, and while it demonstrates only a naive scope of knowledge of editing audio, shelter/isolation is here. It is a strange artifact, which includes spoken word and noisy, abstract renditions of field recordings from within my apartment. Bandcamp allows free streaming, which is fantastic. If folks are really interested in “owning” the album, that’s an option as well.

All in all, it’s the first step in what I hope will be an ongoing commitment to exploring the depths of audio production, particularly where field recordings and strange aural atsmopheres are concerned.

I invite you to listen to shelter/isolation, and the other “releases,” and let me know if you have any feedback. While I don’t plan on re-releasing this experimental project, I do look forward on refining my skills going forward.

Check out the Bandcamp page here.

The following are the covers for each of the releases, linked to the releases.

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My Favorite Albums from 2019

I listened to 215 albums in 2019. Incredible, really, now that I’ve been able to track the albums I listen to and find appropriate ways of listening to them. They weren’t all released in 2019, of course, but many were. Below you’ll find my favorite albums that came out last year. This is a new type of post for me, so feels a bit basic, but I have the data, so why not share it? Note: some of these may be re-releases. And note: they are listed in alphabetical order.

Silences by Adia Victoria

Malibu Ken by Aesop Rock

Sunshine 3 by Aleksi Perala

I’m Losing Myself by An Isolated Mind

ANDRES IV by Andres

All the Mirrors by Angel Olsen

Death Becomes Her by ANGEL-HO

thank u, next by Ariana Grande

Organism EP by Ariel Zetina​

Signal Bulletin by ASUNA & Jan Jelinek

Cows on Hourglass Pond by Avey Tare

Gold and Grey by Baroness

Dark: Cycle 1 (Original Music From The Netflix Series) by Ben Frost

Dark: Cycle 2 by Ben Frost

Odds Against Tomorrow by Bill Orcutt


Destroyer by Black Mountain

Blacks’ Myths II by Blacks’ Myths

Animated Violence Mild by Blanck Mass

i,i by Bon Iver

Free Company by Boy Scouts

Let’s Try the After by Broken Social Scene

Scholars by Buke and Gase

Dive / Rain by Burial and Bug

The Act of Falling from the 8th Floor by Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy

Myths 004 by Cate Le Bon

Zandoli EP (Bandcamp by Charlotte Adigery

Stuffed & Ready by Cherry Glazerr

Immaculada High by Cherubs

Brace Up! by Chris Corsano and Bill Orcutt

Ancestral Recall by Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Hectic Shakes EP by Christoph de Babalon

Gazing in the Dark by Copperhead

I Need a New War by Craig Finn

Pure Imagination No Country by Dave Harrington Group

Occulting Disk by Deathprod

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? by Deerhunter

I Don’t Know How to Be Happy by Deli Girls

Deceiver by DIIV

PURGE by Dis Fig

Kinshasa One Two by DRC Music

Sweet Princess EP by Dry Cleaning

New Atlantis by Efdemin

Empire EP by Eli Keszler

Water Memory by Emily A Sprague

Scenery by Emily King

Musical Prophet – The Expanded 1963 New York Studio Sessions by Eric Dolphy

Neighborhoods by Ernest Hood

Agora by Fennesz


Emily Alone by Florist

Hi This is Flume by Flume

Unsound Festival mix (YouTube) by Forest Swords

Close it Quietly by Frakie Cosmos

Haunted Items #1-4 by Frankie Cosmos

Failed Entertainment by FURY

A People’s History of Gauche by Gauche

The Envoy by Gavilan Rayna Russom

Phantom Rhythm by Gong Gong Gong III

After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house by Grouper

This is How You Smile by Helado Negro

A Fossil Begins to Bray by Hiro Kone

Modern Nature by How to Live

Venus in Leo by HTRK

Mdou Moctar by Ilana (The Creator)

Sulphur English by Inter Arma

Otoboke Beaver by Itekoma Hits

FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise by Jaimie Branch

Tatizo Pesa by Jay Mitta

Tracing Back The Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

On the Line by Jenny Lewis

Mise En Abyme by joni void

Mandatory Reality by Joshua Abrams and Nautral Information Society

La Onda de Juan Pablo by Juan Wauters

Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Lux Prima by Karen O

Origin EP by Kelly Moran

No Home Record by Kim Gordon

Solitude by King Midas Sound

Lifetie by Klein

The Bells by Kornél Kovács

Panorama by La Dispute

Ancestor Boy by Lafawndah

DJ Kicks by Laurel Halo

Loom Dream by Leif

River without Banks by Leo Svirsky

Thanks for the Dance by Leonard Cohen

October Song by Lighting Bug

Caligula by Lingua Ignota

Gray Area by Little Simz

lofeye by lojii

Antidoes 1 (Open Spotify) by Lucinda Chua

Many Any by Max D

Dolphine by Mega Bog

Fever by Megan Thee Stallion

Komachi by Meitei

Coastal Erosion (YouTube) by Merzbow & Vanity Productions

Tears of Joy by MIKE

Power Chords by Mike Krol

How to Live by Modern Nature

Lost Wisdom Pt 2 by Mount Eerie and Julie Doiron

Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire by Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire

Volume One: Dilemmas Of Identity (YouTube) by Nate Young

Colorado by Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Miss Universe by Nilufer Yanya

Radiant Dawn by Operators

basking in the glow by Oso Oso

Phoenix by Pedro the Lion

Nighttime Stories by Pelican

Tasmania by Pond

Morbid Stuff by POP

The Seducation of Kansas by Priests

Am I Who I Am by PTU

Self-Titled by Purple Mountains

Guns by Quelle Chris

Cages by Redbait

ATAXIA by Rian Treanor

Inferno by Robert Forster

Oli XL by Rogue Intruder, Soul Enhancer

Stars Have Eyes by Saint Abdullah

That’s Harakiri by Sd Laika

We Are Not Your Kind by Slipknot

Self-Titled by Sofia Kourtesis

When I Get Home by Solange

Mazy Fly by Spellling

Beware of the Dogs by Stella Donnelly

Athena by Sudan Archives

Life Metal by Sunn O)))

Illegal Moves by Sunwatchers

Leaving Meaning by Swans

Toothsayer by Tanya Tagaq

Dreams Are Not Enough by Telefon Tel Aviv

No Geography by The Chemical Brothers

The Devil You Know by The Coathangers

In League with Dragons by The Mountain Goats

No Holiday by The Muffs

Vessel (Revolver) by Theories

ANIMA by Thom Yorke

No Treasure but Hope by Tindersticks


Outer Peace by Toro y Moi

Deforming Lobes by Ty Segall

First Taste by Ty Segall

Signals Into Space by Ultramarine

Pacific Breeze by Various

Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood

Girl With Basket Of Fruit by Xiu Xiu


Mujeres by Y La Bamba


Spirit Said Yes! by YATTA

ATO by Ziur

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Ten Years Ago

“I was in a band.”