I’ve made a few sounds for us.
Surplus is a basically a happy accident. I had a few folders that weren’t backed up on my old computer that crashed earlier this year. Inside of these folders I had years of song clips and poems that never really turned into anything worth sharing. I forgot they existed which is pretty normal considering my phones, notepads, and folders are all covered in random thoughts that I feel compelled to jot down in the event that one day it will turn into a new art form. I’ve been throwing down ideas like this since 2005 not knowing really what would come of them. Often nothing does, but in this case revisiting them opened up pandora’s box. Tweaking stuff that I made when I was 10 years younger was not just fun, but it was insightful. I’m very different now, but also very much the same. The same themes I was interested in exploring back then are still aligned with what I like to explore now. I think that means I haven’t found the answers.
Fragments is live as of March 28th, 2019. After a bumpy 2018 things started to settle down and life started making more sense to me. What was once a sea of disappointment I am now seeing as the ultimate perspective gain, and this lead to some music that is more uplifting than some of my previous releases. I’ve been really pumping my art up on Instagram and dabbling more in making custom window art for people. In an effort to grow my brand I wanted to have some fresh new music to kick 2019 off with some positive energy. I’d almost go as far as to say this is a dance album in some ways. So break out your best dirty bird impression and give it a robot twist, this one is for you and your cyclops.
“Android Graduation” seems to be the favorite on this one. While the song “Down” attempts to flash some dark tones from previous albums, it is quickly buried by “Deplete The Cortisol” in a fitting end to this EP that is reflective of my life at the moment. I hope to explore vocals more one day but it’s a work in progress. Do I have a lot in the archives, waiting for a rainy day? Indeed I do. 2019 may be the year I try to make this sonic leap. I hope you enjoy this release.
COSMOSIS was made in May of 2013 on a whim. My first “record”. After sitting in traffic for hours daily, I needed to come home and just get into something creative without any prepping of paints. It marked the first time I really made any music I thought was legitimate enough to try to put together for a release. I’m not trained on anything but I’m really curious and take to hobbies pretty obsessively. Like most of my art, I picked up a tool and just started doing stuff, and since I retain mistakes as clearly as I retain successes so it didn’t take too until I started hearing what I was imagining in my minds ear. I was originally going for a concept album but it felt too limiting halfway through and I realized I didn’t possess to the skills to keep a clear theme throughout an entire album. I just was having fun exploring new buttons and the possibilities that existed with audio manipulation really fascinated me. I realized that working on audio made me more energized for my visual arts and that a common theme was developing in all of my art… Dark Space Themes Intermixed With Personal Reflection. You’ll find this in all of my stuff and it’s not really a choice, it just happens. I’m as interested in Space as I am the Soul and I think both are connected in more ways than we currently understand. I had the pleasure of working one song (Kara) with my friend and talented musician Brad Robers who will one day be known as a guitar God. This snippet below was the original aim with this album:
A cosmic journey into a futuristic setting where the draft has been re-instated in the United States due to an apparent extraterrestrial threat. These futuristic soldiers are sent to locate and recover the black monolith that was seen in Stanley Kubricks film 2001: A Space Oddesey, in hopes of better understanding their other worldly opponents. The emptiness of space begins to take its tole on the crew and reality begins to get distorted as communication with Earth is lost 2 years into their 7 year campaign. Memories of their past begin to play out like a hallucinogenic dream sequence they can't distinguish between reality or symptoms of "pandorum". As the days go by like minutes, they want nothing more than to return to their earthly homeland. Upon their return, they realize this was not the same place they left 7 years ago. Cannibalism and utter chaos has taken over. Disease and violence is more prevalent than food or water. The realization sets in that the real threat was on Earth all along and that the inter-dimensional beings they have been brainwashed into thinking were an enemy force were actually our protectors, prior to our nuclear antagonization. They were trying to protect us from us.
The survivors are left with a choice. Fight for survival amongst each other, or surrender their trust and leave their planet behind with the Grey's as their leaders.
Highs : Welcome Aboard, The Awakening, Stalked In Space, Kara, Artificial Emotion, End of Days,
and Mission Complete
Machine Poems was made periodically throughout a bumpy 2018 consisting of many life changes. I moved a few times, changes jobs, got married, and dealt with a slew of challenges for the first time as I entered adulthood. I used this as an outlet to get some of the angst off my chest and also to keep the search for hope alive and well. It oscillates between hopeful and grim because that was what I was doing as well while I made this short record. Some of it is hard to listen back to and other parts make me smile because the hope I was holding onto perhaps helped get me through some of the darker times in my life and out the other side.
Sharks was made at the end of 2017 and finished at the beginning of 2018 as some major life challenges started to take form. I was struggling with getting my house sold and managing a long distance relationship I cared deeply about. I had some personal relationships break down and I felt my trust in people dissipate momentarily. It felt like I was a dolphin swimming in a sea of sharks and I thought that was a cool concept to make some sounds around.
I feel Respected Like A Volcano is one of the most unique and open songs I’ve made to date and Snake Pit In My Stomach although pretty rough on the edges is the grumpiest my guitar work has ever sounded.
Fishin For Answers was released in May 2015 and I didn’t really have a clear concept in mind, I just wanted it to be fun and without thinking about it elements of Space crept in and found a home throughout this EP. I thought fringe topics like monsters and UFO’s would be a good influence for music so I made sure to read up on all the current X-Files out there on the interwebs for inspiration. This one was fun and made itself in about 4 months of tinkering around.
My favorite songs on this album are : Apollo 11, Moon Dust, Space Girls, and Thank You
Time Capsule EP was made in conjunction with COSMOSIS in 2013 but I felt 30 songs on COSMOSIS was already insane enough and they I needed to bucket these off into their own release. What makes them unique is that it’s the only work where I sampled other known music inside of my own. I was pleased with : “What’s Goin On”.
S.B.B. & T.R.E. was made in February of 2014 and was just supposed to be funny. I wanted to make some choices that were ridiculous. Not necessarily good, but ridiculous. My rule when making this EP was that I’d come up with a ridiculous song title FIRST, and THEN try to make a song that fit it. I think knowing this changes the listen a bit.
If I ever meet Bowser, I think it’s possible “Bowsers Ringtone” really might be his ringtone. I won’t charge him royalties.