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I have been asked once again to create album art for one of my all-time favorite electronic artists Darren Borg. Having created the artwork for his previous two releases, 2012's The Beginning and the End and 2013's The Restoration of Abbie's I was very excited to have the chance to complete a trilogy with Darren. The first piece was based on a microscopy photo, the second a play on the vastness of space and time so I wanted to place this cover here and now and in our human scale. It just so happened that Darren wanted to name the album Moments and the first thing I thought of was seeing that term in the Apple Photos App on a daily basis so I knew I had to start with a photo... And having already used blue for the first cover and red/yellow for the second, I knew I wanted to go green.
While on a family outing through downtown Seattle, my wife driving, my 12 year old daughter shotgun and my 20-month old son and I in the middle row of our mini van I snapped a photo of the skyline through the rainy window.
I enhanced the photo and put a filter on it in the native camera app and sent it to Darren to see if it spoke to him in any way... He said he loved it and was very interested to see what I would do with it. My first thought was to use the app Decim8 which is a great photo glitch app that yields really interesting results so I went to the App Store to download it and randomly came across an app called D3LTA which looked interesting. After playing around with it for awhile I came up with several different versions of the photo which I then manipulated in Photoshop to get to the proper dimensions for an album cover.
Now here is the trick when working with clients... don't show them all of the versions that you make right away... only show them your top 2 or three at first. Every time I have broken this rule the client has chosen my least favorite design and I have had to finish out the project with less enthusiasm than I might have had otherwise. In this case I picked only 3 of the 12 designs to send to Darren, all of which I really liked. The nice thing about having the rest of these designs on hand, especially for album art, is that they can be used for other things, like the other pages in the digital booklet for liner notes or stickers, posters, gig flyers, Facebook headers, webpage graphics, etc...
So Darren picked his favorite and it was time to do the typography. Because I had already established a typographic style with the last two albums I immediately went to using that style as a default... I mean this was album three in the series so the typography had to be the same right? The more I pushed the text around the page I just kept feeling like it was not the way to go. I decided to choose a different typeface and style the text differently to fit better with the design that Darren had picked out. It didn't take very long for the final design to reveal itself... Darren is very happy with the final result and I am too...
You can learn more about the album and and get links to downloads from www.embermusic.com.
My track "Into Air," a collaboration with fellow Ember Music artist Coreena is available now. It is the lead track on Coreena's latest EP entitled Collabs + Remixes.
I composed and performed the instrumental track and posted it online... Coreena heard it and asked if she could add vocals. She sent me her vocal recordings and I mixed the track...
The EP has received several favorable reviews including a 10/10 review by Canadian music mag CPG.
"This EP is the most forward thinking piece we have heard this year. Coreena has the voice that is and will rise through the electronic genre ranks and our predictions are that she will be obtaining many requests for track features in the near future.
This EP is not your typical piece of electronic music. It's experimental, deep, dark, groovy, and sonically rich in sound. Each track has its place yet molds into one another like an extended set. Our favorite track was "Into Air". This spiritual trip of simple sounds makes you feel like it is never ending. The progression of quality sounds really hits the mind where it is necessary and is perfect food for the mind, body and soul."
Here is the latest track from The Never Were: Falling Stars.
This is the first track we have completed that features Joe's guitar. More to come...
So here we are... I have just completed a massive year-long project and I'm ready to start on a new musical adventure.
Over the last few years I have been working with my good friend Joe Love on an electronic- industrial project called The Never Were. We have a bunch of songs in demo form and I really like the direction it is going.
I'm going to spend the majority of my music time this year on The Never Were as we still have much to do. There will be guitar recording sessions, lyric writing and vocal sessions... Rewrites, edits and all of the producing that goes with it. Most of which is new-ish territory for me.
wish me luck..
I have completed the 2014 Weekly Beats challenge. I created 52 new pieces of music,
3 hours 16 minutes 5 seconds
one each week, over the last year.
Just created a new piece for Ember Music artist Traiskin's release Uneven at 5am (downtown los angeles).
My fellow Ember Music artist Daniel Davis and I recently played a live electronic soundtrack to the 1985 cult-classic anime film Angel's Egg (天使のたまご Tenshi no Tamago). The event was the first show in what we hope will become a series of shows at the amazing Scarecrow Video in Seattle entitled "Live Soundtracks to Strange Films."
I am proud to announce my latest release... last year on earth is available now. Released as a birthday gift to myself (January 15, 2014) this EP contains a few older songs and a few newer songs... enjoy!
Listen, or click buy or share below...
I have started the Weekly Beats 2014 project... Basically I will be challenging myself to create a track every week for a year. You can learn more about the project and listen to many many free tracks here: weeklybeats.com
I will also be uploading my submissions to my Soundcloud page and the tracks will be added to the playlist below as time goes on.
This is a soundscape mix that I created for the 2013 Search For Meaning Book Festival sponsored by Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. The Festival had an interactive installation which allowed participants to experience/express their Search For Meaning through the 5 Senses.
The mix was created from stock sound effects.
Ok... the secret is out. I am Aetheric Field.
I made this... Shot, edited, post production.
I recently worked with Christopher Riley to create album art for his Ember Music release "CiViLX - Theory."
I have created another piece of album art for my friend and label-mate Darren Borg.
The Restoration of Abbie’s is the first full-length album from Darren and is an impressive collection of deep, atmospheric electronica. This follow up to 2012′s The Beginning and the End EP sees Darren pushing his signature sound in new directions. The album is available now via Bandcamp.