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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.
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 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.
I am happy to announce my latest release Isaz, a 4 track EP featuring experiments in sound, processed loops and field recordings. All of these tracks were conceptualized, recorded, programmed and mixed between January and September 2009. Available now as a free download from Bandcamp.
Isaz - Track by Track
01. This is just my voice
This is just a looping, processed sample of me saying "this is just my voice"
Processed sample of a train running through Carkeek Park in Seattle, WAUSA. This track was recorded with an M-Audio MicroTrack II digital recorder using the standard t-microphone. I used Ableton Live 6 for processing through an Auto Filter, a Simple Delay and a Resonator.
This is the soundtrack to a memory. Flying in my fathers small plane from Buffalo. NY to Batavia, IL. when I was 6 years old. A mix of excitement and utter dread. I feel like I captured those feelings in this track.
Original Experimental Music/Sound (by Kurt Lorenz) made completely on the iPhone using BeatMaker, NLogSynth, and iGendyn. (Slo-Mo Vocalizations are from the videos audio track.) Each app was recorded directly into an audio channel in Ableton Live and some basic mixing/compression applied. This track is the soundtrack to an experimental film I created entitled "Eye" you can see the video below or here: www.vimeo.com/5243888
Here is my latest track, "Swirl" Æthelwulf (Noble Wolf) Mix, a remix for Seattle Dreampop duo Golden Gardens. The track is free to download and share...
You can check out their full-length album by visiting the Golden Gardens Bandcamp page.
"Seattle duo Golden Gardens waft somewhere among Julee Cruise's silky lullabies, Cranes' tremulous hymns, and Slowdive's aquatic symphonies." - Dave Segal, The Stranger
"Soothing dream-pop at its best." - Seattle Weekly
Last year I was asked by Imogen Heap to contribute my short film "Bees" to her Love The Earth Concert/Film performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Well the film is finally coming to the public and will debut on April 22, 2012 (Earth Day) at 7.30 pm BST in the form of a 90 Minute Live Event from Imogen's Garden.
For more information about this event and to RSVP for the live stream:
- Read Imogen’s blog post about the event
- Check when the event starts in your timezone
- Visit the Facebook event page
Solipsistic NATION was a two hour radio show that broadcast the very best of all genres of electronic music from Free Radio San Diego 96.9 FM every Sunday night from 10 PM – 12 AM.
Sadly, after a year of making the airwaves of San Diego throb with the sounds of solipsistic NATION show host Bazooka Joe had to give the show up due to time constraints. A little over a year later he was back in action, only this time by podcasting the show once a week!
As co-founder, curator, art director and artist for Ember Music, I am very proud to announce that our first official release, Ember Music – Volume 1, is now available on Bandcamp at http://embermusic.bandcamp.com.
The compilation features works by Murat Esmer, Carl Sagan’s Ghost, Known Rebel, Akisma, Kurt Lorenz, Mr. Sandbags, Saffron Slumber, Savaran, Nordmach, TraisKin, Slaphappy Mortician and MobiusB.
The album is available for purchase for $6.99 through Bandcamp with a full streaming preview available.
Ember Music Volume 1 will be available through iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify, and other digital stores in the coming weeks. We will also have a limited number of physical CDs available for sale in February 2011.
I am proud to announce that my short film "Bees" was hand selected by Grammy Award winning artist Imogen Heap to appear in her concert/film/dvd project Love the Earth. The film debuted at Royal Albert Hall on November 5th, 2010 and streamed live to more than 480,000 viewers. For more information about the project visit their website: http://www.lovetheearthfilm.org/
or watch this:
Sunday afternoon in my sunny Seattle garden. Listen close, slow-mo bee sounds and bird song, and plenty of slow-mo camera noise too! I was really planning on composing a nice haunting melody to go with these great visuals but the raw sound played back at 25% the original speed was just too cool to mess with.