It’s been a wild ride lately. I’m working on tying up some loose ends business-wise and charting a course for a new career path. In the meantime, I’ll be freelancing, hanging lights & screens, and continuing to plow through a couple of music projects I’m working on.
Here’s a new version of an old song. “Late Sun Smooth Asphalt” was the title track for my album ‘Traveler.’ One of my favorites from that time. I’ll be spending a fair bit more time in the studio over the course of the next couple of months, as well, so look out for more material soon.
I remixed The Foreign Resort this weekend, and I hope you enjoy it.
The Foreign Resort has fused the dark sounds of the 80's with electronic beats, energetic drumming and piercing reverb guitars. Since 2006 the band has been exploring new wave rock making expressive and spell-binding songs. With parallels to My Bloody Valentine and Joy Division, The Foreign Resort balances between the massive and the delicate. http://theforeignresort.bandcamp.com/
Novachild, helmed by Bruce Rich, extends to nearly 14 years of recordings, live performances, and collaborations. Echoing flavors of ambience, IDM, Jazz & Progressive Rock, Novachild's 7th release "Havia" features Ransom Conner on Bass and James McGowan on drums, summoning a new, organic force amid epic pads, minimal melodies, and eclectic textures. http://novachildmusic.bandcamp.com I’M LOOKING for more artists to remix. If interested, please contact me. Also, please join my Newsletter for occasional updates, specials, freebies, press, and such.
I’ve been a busy body lately. And loving every minute of it.
First, I released Havia, my 7th studio album, which I’m sure you’re already familiar with since it’s plastered all over the site. You can also find it on CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon (soon on Spotify and others). I should also mention that your assistance getting me rated and reviewed on iTunes/Amazon is highly favored. It only takes a few seconds!
Second, I released the short EP “Evolution of Complex Beings.” I wanted to explore my penchant for synth without the complexities of session musicians and editing.
Behold my new “Steampunk meets Jetsons” microphone, the Blue Reactor:
This thing is a beauty, and it’s heavy as crap (my only complaint). You could probably take out a zombie if you tossed this gently at their head. I love the sound of this microphone.
Here’s a ‘mic test turned ambient percussion jam’ that I put together last night to explore the rich possibilities of the Blue Reactor.
If you’re looking for a sub-$500 large diaphragm condenser, I would definitely recommend this one for your arsenal. I didn’t even have to mic the backs of the djembes or cajon. Of course, it helps to have a room treated with acoustic panels. This thing is extra-sensitive. It will pick up any sound in your house. Be sure you have a proper room for this beautiful beast.
“Something Warm” is an indie Rock Band from Tulsa, OK. James McGowan, formerly of The Living Machines & the Heat Circle (and guest percussion on Novachild’s “Havia” ) asked me to make a demo of the band. Here is their first release, “Need To Believe.”
I’m constantly amazed with the level of quality in the Netlabel realm. Telafonica is no exception, rather, they are the rule.
Telafonica is a “complex web of permanent and transient members,” though my ears hear a level of sympatico and energy that rarely comes from tight-knit groups who live close and practice often. Read more about them here. Combining an experimental pop flair with bold beats, moody textures and rhythms processed from a place not unlike Earth but slightly more hyper-dimensional, Telafonica tickles my music-bone in a way that, say, Bjork can only do when collaborating with the likes of Matmos.
Next up, Sunna Gunnlaugs.
Long Pair Bond is the kind of Jazz that doesn’t hit you upside the head. Rather, the moody minimalism crawls slowly into the nervous system, draining away the tension that makes a person feel less than human, coaxing one gently into a cozy, warm space of comfortable sensuality. This is how Jazz will sound like in the afterlife. Love it.
Three years ago, Novachild and Diegesis Freak cooked up some interesting music for the 24-Hour Project. Armed with a Pogoplug (v 1), ample bandwidth and prodigious levels of bean juice, we cranked this out in about 7 hours.
I’ve been working on getting a number of previously unreleased tracks ready for free streaming & affordable downloading. In the next little while, I will be posting these links throughout the rest of my web site, but here they are together for now.
Streaming is free. Sharing is appreciated. Downloading is cheap.
This short and sweet song is my interpretation of driving down a moderately busy neighborhood street in a smart car.
For reals. I'm not just being pretentious. The best thing, however, is that I wrote it on the same day "Havia" was released. Inspired by a productivity buzz, three cups of special coffee, and a sudden urge to twiddle, "Smart Car" is my homage to liberation from infinite possibility.
Due to a recent computer crash, I'm having to mix on an older, slower mac. It's very different from anything on "Havia," but thus is the life of someone who can't play in the same room all day. Enjoy and share.
Credits Released 14 November 2011 Billy Gray provided the Bass Riff. James McGowan provided the Drum Riff.
They are awesome dudes. You can find their band “Something Warm” on Facebook. They also have a 5-song EP coming out, which I am currently wrapping up production for. Good times.
Another Novachild rarity, this time from February 2003. I was experimenting with Sawcutter a great deal back then, which is a fantastic piece of indie software for making on-the-fly weirdness. I miss using it, actually.
Fans of industrial music should check out my friend Chvad’s band “Things Outside The Skin.” They released a couple of albums on Invisible Records awhile back and are back to action with new material. He’s promised me stems, so hopefully there will be a novachild remix or two in the future :)
2011 marks 10 years of the Novachild project. To celebrate, I’ll be posting some rare/unreleased tracks from time to time. Some may even be remixes, but very likely I will allow time to be heard and avoid ‘fixing’ these old mixes as much as I can.
Here’s an ambient piece I wrote in 2001. Enjoy, share, comment!