"Into Air" release available now...

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

coreena.bandcamp.com

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Featuring collabs with Richie Dagger’s Crime, Modal Morphosis, Noisegasm, Ember Music artists Kurt Lorenz and (my other musical projectThe Never Were and remixes by Kjell, Stan Dart and J. Ohm.

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."

Rating: 10/10

 cpgmag.ca/album/coreena-collabs-remixes-exclusive/

Search For Meaning 2013 Soundscape...

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.

New Release of Old Material

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" 

02. Cargo

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.

03. Batavia

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.

04. Eye

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

eye from Kurt Lorenz on Vimeo.

My track “An Untravelable Space” featured in the Bertha Landes 2012 Playlist for the International Fountain at Seattle Center

BTW: who was Bertha Landes?  First female mayor of a major American city, aka Mayor of Seattle 1926 - 1928: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertha_Knight_Landes

James Whetzel (http://jameswhetzel.tumblr.com/) has created a Bertha Landes Mix for 2012!  This is an all local music mix, and in it are all excellent artists from Seattle, WA, US of A.  It’s mostly new tunes, but yes there are a couple tracks from years past that are in there as well.

James is not only listing all the tracks but providing links to make it easy for you to listen to them. 

These tracks will play in the International Fountain August 29th & 30th.  The fountain will be shut down for the Bumbershoot Festival on August 31st through September 3rd, and will remain off during post-festival cleanup.  Fingers crossed, the cleanup will be done, and the mix will play again September 6th - 10th, 2012. 

 

1. JusMoni & WD4D “A Limit (Instrumental)”

http://soundcloud.com/wd4d/01-jusmoni-x-wd4d-limit [

[Sorry couldn’t find the Instrumental mix, thus enjoy the vocal version!]


2. Ritchie Aldente “Give it to the DJ”
http://richiealdente.bandcamp.com/track/give-it-to-the-dj

3. Scntfc “Jim Guthrie’s Ballad of the Space Babies (Remix)”
http://scntfc.bandcamp.com/track/jim-guthries-ballad-of-the-space-babies-scntfc-remix

4. BFA “Molly Moon” (feat. Geo & Thig Nat)
http://brothersfromanother.bandcamp.com/track/molly-moon-feat-geo-thig-nat

[Yes, I did edit this one to cut the curse words.]

5. Babajaga “Supermoon” (Subaqueous Remix)
http://www.amazon.com/Supermoon-Subaqueous-Remix/dp/B008IVRXFI

6. Georgetown Orbits “You Know the Story”
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/georgetownorbits [Track #10]

7. Fresh Espresso “Big or Small”
[Yeah this is from 2009, but I hadn’t worked it into a mix yet so here it is now!]
http://freshespresso.bandcamp.com/track/big-or-small
Plus the official video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7wXpdTzom0

8. Daze of Resistance “The Ocean is in the Clouds”
http://soundcloud.com/daze-of-resistance/the-ocean-is-in-the-clouds

9. Five Percent Joe “Beauty is Dead”
http://soundcloud.com/fivepercentjoe/beauty

10. Jake One “Microphone Killa” (feat. Young Chris) Instrumental
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/microphone-killa-feat.-young/id352707348?i=352707382

11. M04N3R “Smoke Break”
http://soundcloud.com/m04n3r/90-bpm-new-groove

12. Keyboard Kid x Darwin “Bellz”
http://soundcloud.com/darwin206/keyboard-kid-x-darwin-bellz

13. Kurt Lorenz “An Untravelable Space”
http://soundcloud.com/kurtlorenz/kurt-lorenz-an-untravelable-space

14. Omniverse “Architeuthus (Kalakala Mix)”
http://soundcloud.com/omniverse/architeuthus-kalakala-mix

15. Kid Smpl “Low Light” 
http://kidsmpl.bandcamp.com/track/low-light

16. RX & Mista Chatman “Aqua Chat”
http://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Chat/dp/B007KIVDPQ

17. B_Scale “First Citizen”
http://bscale.bandcamp.com/track/first-citizen

18. TatselVienne “Last Seattle Summer”
http://soundcloud.com/tatselvienne/last-seattle-summer

19. Tetra_ “Flood”
http://soundcloud.com/tetrabyte/flood

19. Amphibian Children “Monoceph Ladyboy”
http://soundcloud.com/lofreqmusic/monoceph-ladyboy

Ember Music Volume 1 - The First Review...

Katie Weed has reviewed our compilation Ember Music Volume 1 on her blog Sights and Sounds Dovetail 

"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."

Read the full review here.

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 Podcast #1

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

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 

 

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