"This first release by nonprofit label Ember Music is the rare find among multi-artist compilations that plays like a cohesive album rather than the disjointed offerings of its individuals. From the pensive introduction ("Huntitled III" by musician Murat Esmer) to the dark, haunted coda by New Englander MobiusB, the listener is led seamlessly through tracks that manage to differ vastly from one to the next without sacrificing unity. The album plays not only as a whole, but as an intelligent and detailed statement. We are taken on a dark, occasionally gloomy, but always thoughtful tour through this collection."
I have been chosen as SoundClouder Of The Day!
Check out my SoundCloud page. http://soundcloud.com/kurtlorenz
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 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
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.
Video compiled and edited by Kurt Lorenz
My most recent project is compiling and narrating a monthly podcast for my artist-run net label Ember Music.
This is the first in a series of regular podcasts that will highlight Ember Music artists. In this episode, learn more about the background and creative processes of Savaran, MobiusB, Kurt Lorenz and Slaphappy Mortician and hear a track by each.
The podcast is currently available on Soundcloud but will also be available on iTunes soon.
Ember Music link: http://www.embermusic.com/2010/09/02/ember-music-podcast-1/
Soundcloud link: http://soundcloud.com/embermusic/ember-music-podcast-001
A 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:
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.
Conceived and recorded between February 5, and February 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
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."
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
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...
I read the Palm Sounds Blog daily. It's a great source of information about the current state of moblie music making technology. The site has recently started a group dedicated to mobile music making including software, hardware and anything else related to creating music on the go. Check it out and join us.
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.
Just downloaded Electron. [App store link] My first impression is that this may be a little more advanced than many of the other "Matrix" style music apps. Electron allows multiple layers and patterns as well as the ability to change pitch and instrument sounds.
Upon opening this app you are greeted with a 16x9 LED matrix. After about 5 seconds the Song List view scrolls up from the bottom giving you the opportunity to either load a current song or create a new one. You get to name your song, tap the Create button and you're back to the matrix. At the bottom of the screen are several navigation buttons. Rewind, Play, Layer and Pattern selection, Options, and Mode.