Cardboard Houses Music Video

I have just completed a music video project for Summer Rain Recordings artist IG88. The video is made with found footage from the Prelinger Collection at archive.org. Edited in FCE4.

"Cardboard Houses" by IG88 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

"Cardboard Houses" by IG88
Release Date: May 31st 2010

Catalog Number: SRR-075

IG88′s self titled EP is his debut release on Summer Rain. Beautiful, haunting melodies, occasional vocals, and glitched, elaborate beats bind to culminate in a blissful collection of tracks that inspire and soothe.

Visit http://www.summerrainrecordings.net

Video compiled and edited by Kurt Lorenz
http://www.kurtlorenz.com

Ember Music Netlabel

Ember Music logo and background by Kurt LorenzA few months ago I was having a discussion with a Twitter friend (MobiusB a.k.a Bill Bendrot) about the state of the music industry and trying to promote oneself in this web-centric culture. I was searching for a net label to help promote my music and Bill had some powerful insight. He had had some horrible experiences with net labels trying to steal publishing rights out from under him and thought that there had to be a better way. We decided to start an artist run netlabel that focuses on electronic composition and production. Ember Music was born.

Our goals are:

  • To bring exciting and dynamic electronic music to fans.
  • To build interaction and a sense of community between the artists and their fans as well as other artists.
  • To ensure that our artists are the ones that benefit and prosper from their labor. (Ember Music itself runs as a non-profit. Any proceeeds made go almost entirely to our artists).

We both hand picked 5-10 artists and asked them to participate... all of the responses were very enthusiastic.

We hope to expand the scope of the site to include visual art and physical goods as well as the music. Come to the site and don't forget to follow/fan/like us all over the web...

You can find Ember Music at these sites:

http://www.embermusic.com 

AMBIRE LINEARIS: FINALLY

On May 14th I joined my good friend Daniel Davis on stage for the first-ever live show of his musical project Carl Sagan's Ghost. I created some amazing visuals to go with the performance... They're a little blown out in the performance video but if you hit play on both videos below you can see the performance and the visuals at the same time...

Carl Sagan's Ghost | Live at SPACE - 05-14-2010 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

 

Carl Sagan's Ghost Live Visuals | Live at SPACE - 05-14-2010-01h.31m.48s.25f from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

10 Seconds

I am now 18 days into my latest project; 10 Seconds. The plan is to take 10 seconds of video everyday for 365 days. My hope is to learn more about the process of filming and color grading/post production. I am using a Canon T1i DSLR as my main video capture device and Adobe After Effects CS3 for most of my post processing. I'm posting daily to my vimeo account. Here are a few of my favorite clips so far...

10 Seconds 2010-03-07 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

 

10 Seconds 2010-03-12 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

 

10 Seconds 2010-03-13 from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

The General Analysis of Nature EP (2010)

I am proud to announce the release of my first official EP, "The General Analysis of Nature." This EP was conceived and recorded in 20 days as part of the RPM Challenge.  

Cover art by: Kurt Lorenz

<a href="http://kurtlorenz.bandcamp.com/album/the-general-analysis-of-nature-ep">Soliton by Kurt Lorenz</a>

CLICK DOWNLOAD in the player above for a free download of this album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire... 

Conceived and recorded between February 5, and February 25, 2010
Released by: Kurt Lorenz 
Release/catalogue number: KL|EP001 
Release date: Feb 25, 2010  
Cover art by: Kurt Lorenz

"The General Analysis of Nature" by Kurt Lorenz is licensed under a Creative Commons License. Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported


 

RPM Challenge 2010

This is The Challenge - Record an album in 28 days, just because you can. That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape.


It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something."

www.rpmchallenge.com 

 

SCHALLGUTnetlabel Team Member

I am now the official Graphic Designer/Artist for SCHALLGUTnetlabel. The label is brand new (January 2010) and they are just celebrating their first release: #SLG001 | SOFA TUNES | WE GOT for which I created the artwork.

I am hard at work on the cover of the next release and it should be out around March 1, 2010.

I have started a set on my flickr page where I am storing images that their artists can browse through and pick out art for their releases...

 

USTREAM

Over the last 6 months or so I have really been struggling with putting my live set together. For me the problem is how to make an Ableton Live laptop set "live" enough to be entertaining. I'm trying to run visuals through VDMX while playing my Ableton set as well... What I really needed was a way to practice live, without an actual audience staring at me. So of course the internet is the answer. Enter USTREAM (http://www.ustream.tv/

USTREAM gives me the ability to stream my live set and (with some 3rd party software) visuals. I can also record my broadcast and view/embed it. 

Below is a recording of my first live streaming set on USTREAM, follow me there: http://www.ustream.tv/kurtlrnz

 

The Patience of a Saint I - by Carl Sagan's Ghost

Recording artist Daniel Davis, a.k.a. Carl Sagan's Ghost is a fellow electronic musician and Seattleite. We met on Twitter when I signed up for his MAAP: Excursion One (Multiple Artist Ambient Project). I was a few days too late to be included in the first round of that project but we hooked up in person for the Ghostly 10 Year show at Decibel Festival. I was invited by Daniel to participate in a (January 2010?) live performance of his forthcoming album At The End It All... featuring The Patience of a Saint I, II & III.

I have offered to compile some live visuals for the performance and below is one of my first layers...

Hard at Work

I am currently working on two new tracks. I hope to have them completed in the next few weeks. I have also been digging deeper into some of the music apps that I have been collecting on my iPhone, specifically SunVox, JR Hexatone, 8Bitone and iSequence. These apps are very easy to purchase and play with, but sometimes I have a hard time slipping them into my Ableton Live workflow. I usually get so caught up in Ableton that the songs kind of finish themselves before I can even get to the iPhone. I guess I just need to start by capturing the output from the iPhone and building a song off of that. 

Creative Cycle

I have been learning about my own creative cycle over the last few years. It took me quite a while to even notice that it was a cycle. I would just get into these terrible creative slumps. I would fight and fight and fight with myself to crank out work whether it was design jobs for my freelance clients or art/music for myself. I would get very depressed and feel as though I should just quit doing anything creative at all. All my work sucked. No one cared. Blah. 

Shortly after hitting bottom,

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