Tuesday, February 25, 2014
I've been releasing things outside of the internet (no part of it), and one of them has been "Surrender", the newest outing by Illusion of Safety. Daniel Burke has made a "remix overview" of this work, and I had to let the cat out of the bag. More information can be found at the video link, including the mail box where money orders/hidden cash is to be sent. Do check it out! The video is exceptional! I've been told some of the processes in making it, and it's nothing short of deftly inspired! $7 postage paid in the US. $12 elsewhere. Available in pro cassette and pro CDR format.
I haphazardly spurred Illusion of Safety back into live action in 2008 when I asked him to do a show with me at the Empty Bottle. From there, we were both asked to perform for WTII's monthly showcase at Darkroom, wherein this clown video material first surfaced, so it's a pleasure for me to release the nexus of a soundtrack to this imagery, coming full circle.
"Illusion of Safety, just passing its 30th year since inception, is often regarded as the innovator of "ambient industrial". Despite having traversed nearly every arena of the experimental milieu, performed prestigious fests all over the world, and collaborated with some of widest ranging and heaviest hitting of the avante garde, core member/founder Daniel Burke has both shown a return to form and a veritable bouquet of new frontiers in his most recent outing, "Surrender". In just under 60 minutes, the listener is taken on a dizzying carousel ride where everything but the kitchen sink is employed to weave a deeply personal (abstract, wordless) narrative that comes off as minimalistic, condensed, and bombastic. But at the same time, it is a constantly shifting, complex and ornate grid iron amalgam of genuine enthusiasm and horror. Recommended if you like a complete disregard for the myopic trappings and short sighted formulae of contemporary sound art today. "
Saturday, February 15, 2014
I was asked to play a show that is happening tomorrow (Sunday) at The Parlor ( Event page) which is nice because I've been anxious to see Lord Viper ( Frank from Galdron), and I got Death Factory ( Michael Krause ) on the bill too. U.s. Tribes and others are playing. I can't wait to do a set in the ceramic porn room on top of a concrete slab that used to be a hot tub, and to hang out with Olivia Lilley in her neat little space. "live mime acts, circus freaks, and a kissing booth for your entertainment."
1434 N Western Ave. 9pm
I've contributed a track to a compilation (released on Valentine's Day) for Bull of Heaven. It was recorded at Scab Labs Studios when I was about 20 years old, with a box wrapped in blankets over my head. I wrote it in the car on the way to the studio, and I'm very happy for it to see the light of day.
Bull of Heaven is a protean entity of mythical proportions, working mainly in exploiting the limitless potential of digital media. They have produced extremely, impossibly long sound works, tens of thousands of pieces, as well as streams of automated, randomly shifting sound collage/improvised music, and zip file labyrinths. This is not the first time I have worked with them, and it likely won't be my last. Click Here