Thursday, December 17, 2009

Update

Hello. I'm sorry for the lack of posts. But who's following this anyways? no one. I could write anything on this blog and it would do nothing to no one. Sorry, im such a downer.

More things, bigger things will be coming soon. I can feel it. With my move to Australia I feel that everything will change...for the better. The thing is though, I wont have a guitar while im there. I was thinking I might try some open mic nights with only my loop pedal and delay pedal with vocals only. It'll be different, but Im open to the challenge, I welcome change!

The truth is, I have no idea whats going to happen in the future. The truth is, im pretty scared. But im excited. This blog.....I dont know....it could be something bigger. I just need to contact more people, I need the masses to know this exists.

The whole Radio Contact thing fell through....the one peice of art/music/writing a day fell through... I promise...I promise myself, that when I get my own laptop and get to Australia that new and more beautiful things will start developing.

thanks for listening....whoever you are......
good love.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Open To Heat EP

A collection of drone/industrial/noise beats I made today. They're really rustic and rough. They sound damaged. I was trying to create a whole sound that would envelope your ears. Something that could seep pass your ears and into your brain, really scratch through your barriers. I wanted a grating, scathing noise. I've been listening to alot of Throbbing Gristle, Robert Rental and N IN's Pretty Hate Machine. Open to Heat is my attempt at an industrial sound. Hope you like it.

Scathing Lives and good love..


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some Of Your Lovin'

Hello world. Its been a while. Here's an old song from a year or so ago. I was just screwing around at the time, but now that ive listened to it after so long, i really like the sound. I think I might be going back to that acoustic sound again. But i think that kind of style only really works in the recording space, it doesnt work as well in a live setting. I think im going to start picking up that acoustic guitar more often and write new songs, but play the songs on an electric guitar in a live show. Anyways have a listen.

This is also the first time im releasing something as my new moniker: Memories

See you soon. Good love and all.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Update

Hello world community

Im in dead space right now. Recording has stopped, jamming has not though. I'm still trying to really flesh out these skeleton ideas in my head. I've got some school shit i gotta finish, but that wont stop me from recording. Once i get in the right state of mind, things will start flowing. Waves, waves, waves.....crahsing! I'm just trying to figure out my live performance thing with the loop pedal and all......
I'll get back when I'm more inspired.

Thanks and good love to all.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reach Out- Virtual 7"

New virtual 7". I seperated the 7" into 2 sides because I feel like the one song With You is seperate from the two other ones. With You is more melancholy. It's about being homesick, or not having a sense of home. Or having no home, but the person you love is your home. Light It Up and Scathing Lives are songs you should listen to when getting stoned.

Thanks and Good love....

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Miracle Palace

Hello. Sorry for the lack of posts. I just havent gotten around to recording alot of new material.

This song is from last week, I think. It's got a pretty retro, shoegaze, Jesus and Mary Chain thing going on. I like quite a bit. It's the only song recently that Ive listened to after recording it. The guitars could be a bit cleaner. I used the loop pedal for the guitar parts, then added a floor tom for the drums. Ive got this floor tom taking up half my room now. It's a got a really awsome sound to it. I'm going to start incorporating more drums into my sound.

On another, once I get a better microphone (hopefully soon), I want my sound to be heavy and liquid. Im thinking like 'soulgaze' or like industrial soultronica. Something along the lines of that.


I've gotten pretty lazy. Things will get better though. I promise.




Good love.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Love No More- Virtual 7"

A Virtual 7" paying homage to Joy Division. Just Like Atmosphere is a cover of the song Atmosphere by Joy Division and Love No More is an original. Industrial, lo-fi, post punk death goth pop.

Good lovin'

So Long, Old Soul

Hellooo. This is a pretty old song, around the time after Weird Summer was finished. The middle part where everything crushes in is a recording of a dim sum lunch I had with my parents and their friends. That was a big part of my life, especially in the summer, going to dim sum. Ive probably been to 30 different chinese restauraunts in my life. It's been a part of me. But when i leave for Australia, that will be gone. that part of my life is gone. So this is like saying goodbye to that, and to this old soul, and my parents friends, who are also old souls.

Thanks. Good love.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Some Funky Thing

A psychadelic LSD, reverb fever fream, chaos jam. That is all....recorded live, straight no effects.

Igonow

New song. I just wanted to experiment with my loop pedal. I dont know how I feel about the vocals on this, but the beat was good. Im gonna keep tinkering with this....As for now...have a listen.

Thanks and Good Love

Thursday, November 5, 2009

So Few Left

New song I recorded today. I used the loop pedal and just sang over it. Its pretty dreamy, echo-y, reverb. Im really proud of what came out. This song is pretty much about optimistic people dying out. I feel like most teenagers are pretty pessimistic about the future, or at least people in general are. The future is bright, its unknown and most of all its change. Heres to the few..

Thanks. Love.

Instrumentalism Acoustica #2- Time of Day- Virtual 7"

3 old songs from last year, i think. hope you enjoy them. they're pretty little songs.

Thanks

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

AM Radio Sea

Hello from distant future

2 old songs from a month back. Overall, I like the sound and texture in these two songs. They'be been lying around in my computer for a while. They're both pretty relative to the sea and the fuzziness of things. I wanted it to sound like a recording of lost 4 track tapes broadcasted through a pirate radio station underwater.
Hope you enjoy.
AM. Xerathryn.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Update

Hey

Sorry I havent been on in a while. Things have halted with recording and stuff. I got a loop pedal and am ready to record new stuff soon though. I just wanna get rid of all my old songs. Im working on finalizing all the old songs and cleaning them up so i can finally let them go. Im pretty excited for the new material, its experimental and forward looking. Been listening to alot of bjork and animal collective. they're really innovative guys, i can get inspired by them. The new sound took alot of courage on my part, i tried to very unconventional things, it may not sound very pleasing but its interesting.

Ive also been working on my Phoenix Manifesto. It's a movement in which you take all your old things and let them go and just keep looking forward. Taking old ideas and forms and pushing them into something brand new. Its a way of looking at life. Im at a point where i need to do this. Anyways, look out for the Phoenix Manifesto soon.

Radio Contact died a long time ago. But the idea is still resonant with me. Ive been thinking about a 365 day video/radio update. Like a song a day, or a comic strip a day. Something I can do regularly to document my progress. I like that kind of idea alot, but i still have to think it through.

Well, thats about it. Keep checking the blog, you never know when i might put up some new stuff.

Thanks

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Burial


Hello! This is a song I recorded last night. The title explains the song. its about leaving a past, letting go of certain things that make you comfortable and safe and leaving them. its about being courageous, seek the darkness to drown out the light...Thats what im trying to do now, let go of these past years, and just start seeing things newly.

Burial. Love.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Heaven Skin

New song recorded today. I had this song in my head for a while. It's about reaching peace. The photo was taken when I was in Mexico at the moon pyramid, i think thats what its called. I wanted it to have a 'end of days' feel, like the world wasnt really ending but you were ending, but your sastisfied. you know what i mean?

Heaven, light.

Ocean, Love

Hello! This song was recorded and written last week I think. I think ive finally found my sound. This was one of the most fun to record and most fufilling songs ive ever made. It felt really good to finish. And i could really connect with it even after i had listened to it several times. The photo from above is from when i was in Holland. really nice beach. thats what inspired this song, its my love of oceans and seas, and waves. The vastness of the ocean....I think there's a great power in the warmth and comfort old memories can bring. I wanted to mimic that.

Love. Ocean.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

1998

This is just about old things. Remeniscing, memories. Things fade. The title doesnt mean anything, its just a time and place that represented a whole period. Im just saying goodbye to old things....

Love. Xerathyn. Memory box.

Boredom, Love

Hey. Song recorded today. Just out of boredom, and of wanting to love something. Just wanting to create. Boredom stimulates action and creation.

Love

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Artwork- Hercules: King of Kings


Love Pixalations EP

Songs recorded yesterday. Shoegaze, wall of sound. I wanted to make a really pop sounding EP but just hazed with reverb and delay and distortion. Like pop music in a washing machine of noise and liquid sounds. Been listening to lots of My Bloody Valentine. And alot of Belong, Black Ryder....The album cover is a picture of my backyard. Here comes fall.....I really like Morning Breath.
Soul. Liquid. Love

Monday, October 12, 2009

History Virtual 7"

3 new tracks I recorded late last night and early this morning. It's nostalgic, its 90s, its punk, lo-fi, folk.....I wanted to make something very bare. the lyrics are very honest i think. they're more personal than the songs on Werid Summer and Phantom Curtain, not to say those albums were personal. Im specifically proud of Farewell Father, its my favourite track off this virtual 7".
Enjoy.

Hope. Love. Peace

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hello world. how are you?

sorry for the recent lacking of posts. Ive havent been busy, ive just been...lacking inspiration, no. not insipration, drive. Dont worry, new things will come soon. I just want to put some songs up that im really proud of. Cause i mean all of the stuff ive already put up was written and recorded in a really rough, stream of conciousness kind of way, i like that. but i always feel like i wanna change things. Im going to get better recording equipment, soon. And im going to start writing real concrete songs. I cant keep using Audacity, its a really shitty program, my microphone is shit.

Ive been listening to alot of Brian Jonestown Masssacre, after i saw the documentary DIG!. he's fucking awsome. And alot of My Bloody Valentine, i like their prodcution style. I really want to have that kind of sound, with really traditional song structures but with cool recording styles. Im still experimenting with sound and layers, and loops, melody....

Been reading alot stuff from Ajahn Chah. hes the man. the Bhuddist really have it figured out. Just trying to better myself. changes are coming, i can see them..

For now, im think im going to record some songs for the fall. im going to make a autumn record. just instrumentals, maybe some vocals. in the same light as Instrumentalism Acoustica. No effects, straight clean recording. ive been listening to ferndorf by Hauschka, its fucking great. really good fall songs. Anyways, look out for this EP in the coming weeks.

Love. Peace. Cold breath in the morning............






Monday, October 5, 2009

Love Is On Its Way


love is on its way / its over now /i am here to recive it /a sonar in the evening /and hearing through the static /a voice

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Instrumentalism Acoustica #1- Dwellings Virtual 7"

A couple of songs I made in the summertime. Ive made alot of these small instrumental songs even before the blog. I mustve written over a dozen, slowly, ill put them up in these new virtual 7"s called Instrumentalism Acoustica this first set is called Dwellings. They're nice little tunes. Hope they cheer you up or something.
Love

Friday, September 25, 2009

Lullabye For Dead Stars

Hey. An old song I made after Weird Summer. It's been lying around gathering dust, so I thought i may as well put it up. Hope you enjoy. Yes...the title is exactly what the song is about..Make your own assumptions, make your own future...
Peace.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Red River Canyon EP

Wrote and recorded today. Picture this: Ive found lost tapes of slide-guitar blues on a dusty desert highway. I've taken them home and reverbed the hell out of them. And here, I present them to you. Just picture that. Get lost of this sonic highway of rusted memories!

Peace. Love. One

Monday, September 21, 2009

Children Spectral- Virtual 7"


Wrote and recorded this afternoon. This is really the pop record. I wanted to make completely pop sounding songs in a very noisy, rusty setting. They're like old memories of childhood, they're blurry and hazey but you remember them to be times of joyful rebellion. A spectral pulse of everlasting love.
Love.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Today and Tomorrow EP


Wrote and recorded today. Today and Tomorrow is about living for today and seeing a bright future. Squeezing everything you can from your life and being able to be optimistic about tomorrow. I think alot of younger people see the world in a light of hope. It's not being naive, it is being hopeful and more courageous about the things coming ahead. I think ive always looked at it that way, that tomorrow will bring better things. But i was always bitter about the now, I used to be upset and frustrated at what I couldnt do now. But I think with this blog and being able to create something and release it to the world, its making me alot more optimistic and focused on the present.
I wanted to make very joyful sounds, very uplifting music. I hope this can help you.


Today.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

You Can Make It Home

Made this song today. I recorded it live with no effects added on later. I just wanted to make a peice of music that had no real history to it. I wanted to make it primivial, abstract. I didnt want my personal feelings to infiltrate it, you know? I wanted to make a human sound. Anyways, this song is about finding your way home, wherever it is.

Love. Home. Soul.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

These Things They Fall Apart


A song I recorded a few weeks ago. Continuous loop of Frankie Avalon's Venus, which I think is a great song. It's about failed relationships and how memories can help. It also kind of about my brother. When he left, all i had to hold onto were memories of him. Small moments of transient existence. It's not even whole moments, or experience I had with him, it's the small micro seconds of his essence. you know? Like small tears in the fabric. Memories fade and warp over time. But these tiny miniscule blinks still exist forever, even after weve gone.
Thanks

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Leopard Head EP


Recorded this one today. Im calling it an EP but it really isnt, it's only got three songs, two of which I think are some of the best songs ive written, for real. I really like this EP and it's probably the most proud ive been when finished with an EP. Im gonna start putting out more EPs and Virtual 7" s up. They're really fun for me to make cause i get to experiment with alot of different things. And you guys get to hear more new stuff. Ive never made so much music in so little time and been pleased with the end result.

The whole theme behind this is a kind of celebration to life. Ive been watching all these nature documentaries, like Planet Earth and generally things with David Attenborough, he's the man. For example, with Ghost Reptillia i saw some docs on reptiles and how tempurature affects their lives. I mean it litterally determines whether a newborn is female or male. Ive just been seeing all these synchronicites in nature and life. And ive decided to celebrate it to the max. Life with all it's complications and nonsense. The mere fact that i have the potential to reach a worldwide audience is enough to make me happy. Im excited about all the posibilities.
Soul. Love. Humana.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ghost Reptillia EP


I wrote and recorded all the songs on the EP today. This is a real kind of punk, DIY record I think. I mean, even though some of the tracks, like Asleep and Was I Dreaming arent that "punk" sounding or hard, i guess. But I dont think thats what punk stands for. I mean, Neil Young was as much of a punk as Joy Division and Syd Viscious were. The idea of punk is always one of rebellion and truth. I mean, rock and roll was punk, Nirvana and the grunge movement was punk. Punk was the ever changing, shifting idea that took the minds of young men and told them to be courageous. To have courage to be honest, to be yourself. I think the punk movement now is just really ambient music in the pop setting. Or noise music. Or shoegazing, that whole reverb sound. I mean, reverb is the new distortion. I think that's a really courageous and positive sound to be around. It's not only old European guys behind a computer and a bunch of sample boards, it's teenagers in their basement with cheap amps and old shitty guitars. To be able to go against the grain and say I want to try something new. Thats whats its all about really....
That's what Ive done here, I made this in my basement and let everything strip down. I recorded instruments straight with no effects added on in editing, except for Asleep. Bare, raw...raw power.
This is really a pop EP. If pop met noise and ambient at a wedding party...
Soul. Love. Reptillia.


Well

Sunday, September 13, 2009

-I Can Do Anything- Virtual 7"


I just made this Virtual 7" in the afternoon. I was searching up a bunch of old archival footage of interviews with people like Iggy Pop, Bruce Lee...and I was jamming on the piano too. I decided to mix in some of interviews into the tracks. In Water, it's a Bruce Lee's interview. And in Courage, it's Cornel West in Examined Life. Which is a really fucking awsome movie. Hope this can encourage you to take some action with your life. I know it's helped me...


Soul. Love. Body.

What Lies Over The Headlights- Virtual 7"


This is a virtual 7" EP. This is my first real ambient, shoegazer/drone sound. I wanted to create something you could fall asleep to. This is susposed to act in the same way as meditation music. You dont have to necessairly listen to it, just let it cover you up and make you fall asleep. It can accompany you on late night walks or small moments of solitude.

I'm gonna be making alot more of these. I think next time they'll be attuned to specific settings. Like you listent to it at night outside, or in your bed at dawn, or riding late night on a highway. I just want to make as much of these as I can.

BTW, on an interesting note, all these sounds were produced from an acoustic guitar.
Soul. Love. Night.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No More Runnin'


I've been trying to make a bunch of small songs that encourage and uplift the listener. It all started when I just wanted to make something that would prepare me for something, something that would encourage me or motivate me.

No More Runnin' is the first in a series of Mantraic songs. Just vocals and a few simple lines. I hope this can help you as much as it has helped me. Conquer your fear. Eat darkness.

Love.

Devil (Shoegazer) Instrumental


Hey everyone

This is a song I made a while back when I was pretty heavy into M83. They're a fucking awesome band. I love them. This is pretty different from what Ive posted lately. This track is really electronic, wall of sound type affair. I wish it was a little bit longer, I would love to let it just drone on and on. I might add vocals later on.

I wanted to have this really scratching, brooding kind of noise that was overlapped with a really nice simple lullabye melody. That's why I called it Devil.

Soul. Love. Xerathryn




Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Phantom Curtain EP


Hey
So here's the second EP compiled from summer recordings. This one is distinctly different in sound and texture from Weird Summer. The Phantom Curtain is a ghost record. It is a recording of forest spirits and dead souls from the beyond.


Soul. Love. Xerathryn.



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Weird Summer EP

Hey

I got back from Germany yesterday afternoon. I finished compiling this EP which I play under the moniker "Raver". Most of the songs Ive already posted on the blog. Names have been changed, 'Wait For Me' is now 'And the Fleeting Light' , 'Candies' is now 'The Laurel Canyons'. The new songs are 'Hazel' and 'Walk Into the Sun'. The album cover was actually taken in Koln, Germany.

I made this EP as a kind of requiem to the summer. The ending of one wormhole and the opening of another. I hope youll enjoy the music as much as I did making it.

Click on the title to download it. I converted it to a compressed zip file.

Love. Thanks. Xerathryn

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hello from the distant future

Ive been in Köln, Germany for the past week visiting my cousins, thats why I havent posted anything for a long while. I havent been able to record anything, although, I did have a guitar with me so I came up with a few riffs and chord progressions. I am eager to try it them out and find my new sound. Ive had a pretty good time here. Whats great about Köln is the beautiful countryside that kind of surrounds the inner city. The thing is, teens here are always venturing into the city, going to clubs and disco, instead of exploring the nature that engulfs them. They want to escape nature. Its the oposite for me, living in Toronto, I dont get to see any of that. If I lived here, Id spend all my days getting inspired by trees and fields and forests. But I guess if youve been in one place your whole life you might want something more. Like living in a cave with a small glinter of light and knowing that the light is your escape. The light is your glimspe into another reality, another future. A different path. I have visions of these paths, little wormholes I experience in my dreams and thoughts. Theyre wonderful, really...

Anyways, as for the album. Im still trying to pinpoint a sound, a way it should be produced. With the songs I have now, I might just put up a couple of EPs. But the album is still in the works, Id say I havent even started the real record yet, Ive jut made little fragmentated pieces of music, experimental music.

When I get back to Toronto, Ill start putting things up. Ill try and squeeze in a Radio Contact show. As for now, rest...

Soul. Xerathryn. Love.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Almost End of Summer

Shazam

It is nearing the end of the summer. I am tired and I am also excited. The whole "summer record" experiment was...somewhat succesful. I did make enough songs for an album or two but I didnt make ones that I particularly loved. I didnt hate them, but they werent amazing. I think for me, it was a good learning experience, in terms of the creative process and really finding my sound. And still, I havent found it. Generally, all the songs I wrote were in a spur of the moment, stream of conciousness kind of fashion. I liked that I everything I made was so immediate, but I didnt like the fact that the songs had no real direction, they were all over the place. I'll be posting more of the songs I made over the summer. So, there wont a record coming out anytime soon, but maybe I'll put a group of songs in a small EP.

As for Radio Contact, that might be put on hold. I'm going to Germany on Thursday, to visit my cousins. I'm looking forward to travelling somewhere else. The blog might be inactive for a while, we'll see how things go.

As the summer comes to and end, I'm reminiscing all I've done. This summer was a summer of firsts. First attempt at making real, full fledged songs, first blog, first trip to Germany in 13 years, a first for all the small things that wont mean anything to you, but mean alot to me. I've learnt alot, I've known a little bit more about myself.

Here's to the new season.


Thursday, August 13, 2009


Good evening

Sorry I havent been updating the blog. Been busy.

Initially, this summer, I wanted to create a summer record. A really light, lo-fi production, Beach Boy harmonies type album. Essentially a day album. With reocurring references to the sun, the beach, surf, ocean and waves...you get the idea. But as the summer progressed, I found a job, which took up most of my time during the day. The only time I had to write and record music was at night or on weekends. These became late nights, often staying up until 3 am writing and recording. And I found my themes centered mostly on darkness, and night and things were much more etheral, and sombre. It all sort of changed into an exploration of night themes. At night, everyone is asleep, at least everyone in your city. But all around the world things are happening. People are experiencing things that may change their lives. It is this feeling of interconnectedness along with feelings of deep loneliness that I truly find interesting about the night. And so I'm changing the course in which the album was taking form. Get ready for some all new material. Soon.....

Yesterday night, if you were aware, was an excellent time to view a meteor storm that happens every 160 years. Apparently the best times were from 11:00 pm - 4:00 am. I decided I'd check it out with some friends. So I headed down to my friends place and met up with two other guys. We climb onto a school roof and made our way up to the highest point we could find, hoping to catch a glimspe of this meteor show. After a while, we saw nothing. We did however, admired the beautiful skyline. The night was dark and the long cityscape stretching around us seemed endless. This was our small moment of remoteness, it was our time to own. And yet, somewhere else in the world, another group a teenagers is doing the same thing...

So I went home at about 12:45. I still hadnt seen any real meteors, so I went out onto my garage roof and I just laid there for about 10 minutes. I saw nothing. Then suddenly out of nowhere a large purple streak crosses the sky. It was a light bluish, purple ember. It had a light filled head and a long dragging tail. And then in an instant it disappeared. It was incredible. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. But it was only for a feeting glimspe. And so with my new found desire for meteors, I got my backpack and went out looking for a darker and higher place. I went over to Elkhorn Middle school and climb their roof, I was a good two storeys and a half up. The night was silent. It was peaceful, no one was awake, small lights dimly light dark buildings, distant sounds of cars and late night meanderrings were heard. The ambiance was eerie. Even though I saw no new meteors in the sky, the night was not a disappointment. The night was peaceful, it was silent, it was mysterious. Darkness cloaked every corner, discovery was waiting to be made......darkness was my friend.
And so I laid there, for about an hour or so. Looking into the sky, staring at the moon, listening to the drone of the city. There was no 9-5, there was no sun, there was no schedule, there was no job, there were no rules, there were no cars, there were no signs, there was no cling, clang, clunk, vroom, chkchrrkbrr, krrk......there was only freedom. There was only the moment in which something was experienced, not by me, but merely a moment happening in this stream of time.......
Soul. Love. Xerathryn.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Crushed Oranges


Hey

So here's the newest addition in my set of songs. Again, like Washing Machine, this is another attempt at more shoegaze/avant-garde sound. I really wanted nice harmonies and a smooth production style. I wanted it to sound like ocean waves washing in your mind. Crushed Oranges is really about entering a void, a place where the induvidual is destroyed and unity is complete. It is in my fictitious belief (as all is) that we are liquid souls sepperated by fields of concious thought. It is when we let go of all conciousness, when we pull the plug that we can truly experience unity. But this doesnt mean a natural state of nirvanic bliss. I dont know what it is. When we crush the orange we get juice, the liquid soul......

Anyways, take a listen and tell me what you think.
Peace. Love. Lux and Crossbones.....

Monday, August 3, 2009

Washing Machine


Hey

Here's a new song. My first real attempt at the shoegaze sound. Trying to build up alot of layers, expecially in vocals. I wanted the song to sound really smooth, like it was being washed over by soundwaves. I wrote it after a night with my friends. It's just about being empty. The idea that when you're alone and you feel like everything is hollow, there's still a joy there, a small hope that can fill eternity. The image of a washing machine came to mind. Like our bodies are washing machines waiting to clean our past lives away. Rejuvination.

The song was intended to be heard after a long night out with friends. Your legs are tired, your arms are hanging and your body is wrecked after a long night of dancing, walking and fucking around. Sit back and listen to this tune, let it wash all over you. Let it clean you....


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Radio Contact No. 2


Hey
Here it is, the secon Radio Contact show. The show is still roughly me doing an improvisational set. Until I have more time and a clearer idea of the show's program, I'll have to put this up. But soon, and I mean soon, there'll be a guest, a artist of the month segment and a discussion on various artistic works, be it literature, film or music...

In this set, I used two delay pedals, one on the organ and the other on my vox. I would describe this sound as drone organ music in the dark...and I'll leave it at that. Here's the set list:

1. Petatonic Scale Jam
2. Don't Follow the Light
3. Improv Jam
4. Howl

Have a listen and tell me what you think.
Also, if you'd like to send any requests or artists would like to hear on the show, write a comment and let me know.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Radio Contact No. 1


Hey everyone.

Here it is, the very first ever Radio Contact show. This is a pretty rough rendering of what should come in the future. This is primarly a live improvisational set by me. That's about it. In future shows there will be guests and all sorts of neat stuff, so watch out for that. I'm still pretty busy right now with planning for school, my job and running errands. I'm trying to put in as much time into this blog as possible. Weekends and late nights...

I'm still trying to find my sound, in terms of production and all that. I think I might have ditched the whole lo-fi, four track, rusted tape reverb sound. I might just go for a more sparse recording style, like Eat Darkness.

Anyways, here's the improvised live show set list:

1. The Dub Song
2. Take It Back (Floating)
3. The Cello Song (Minor)
4. The Hazy Song (The End)
There you go. Enjoy. I'm alway sup for some feedback as well...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Vandals


Shazam!

Here's a new edition to the darker/more hopeful stuff ive been doing. It's in the same theme and concept as Eat Darknesss and Eyes Lashed/Tunnels. I wanted this song to sound like the soundtrack to a horror movie with teeange ideals and stuff. Like Donnie Darko or the Teenage Apocalyspe Trilogy by Gregg Araki. Like being the teenager is the end of the world. Once again, the song is laced with reverb. It's about the tribe called Vandals that almost overtook the Roman empire. The idea that a group of meek warriors with no rules or boundaries can actually destroy one of the most powerful societies in the world. That's the whole teenage existence, testing limits and bending the mainstream ideology.

This is also my first attempt at a true pop song.

Picture this:

A young man is on the verge of self-discovery. He is told that a portal will open from his future and that this portal will collaspe with his present and as a result, destroy everything. This is scheduled to happen on prom night. He travels into the future and destroys his future-self and returns back to the present, assuming that all will be corrected. But on prom night, while the Vandals (a pop group in the same likes as the Supremes) play their smash hit 'Lead Me On' the portal invevitably opens. This vortex sucks everything into it, making the future collide with the present and thus causing a chain reaction in all dimensions to converge of become on. All existence ceases to exist and the unviverse begans all over again............

This was the kind of movie that the song would have accompanied. Teenage appocalyspe.

Here are the lyrics:

You are the vandal of these mean streets
The ghost in the corner dancing to hearbeats
His bones do show outside his own skin
Exposing himself as a skeletal being
You said 'it'll be the end of it all'
You said ' not until the end of the world'
Will he see his zombie girl
Teenage wolf had a love of his own
The scars on her back do always show
But the streets still 'em like vandals...
You had to grow up in this place
He's says not until, until the end of it all
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)
Do you treat 'em like vandals? (on these means streets)

Long live the Vandals!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Lost Recordings of A Mysterious Sea Traveller


Shazam! (proceeded with puffs of smoke and lightning)

Picture this:

A man is suddenly given the news that he has terminal cancer. He is given approximately 6 months to a year to live. With the knowledge of his emminent death, he spends all of his funds on a sailboat, food, supplies and clothing. He sets off on a 6 month-year journey around the world, crossing both the atlantic and pacific oceans. He brings along with him a guitar and a 4 track recorder.

He burns all his belongings and gives the rest of his money to friends and family. He leaves nothing behind and on a cold Sunday morning at 5 am in the morning, he sets his sails and embarks on his journey of self-discovery. Along the way to mystical lands, sacred tombs and temples, majestic natures and wildlifes, he records all he feels and all he sees onto the four track recorder. His audio letters are sparse, using nothing but his voice, the guitar and found pieces of metal objects. His life is one of solitude.

He spends his days fishing for food, or at other times, stopping by the shore and trying exotic foods of Africa, India and Southeast Asia. His journey is a roadtrip, a roadtrip across the vast Earth. His beard grows long, his skin darkens to the rays of the sun, his ribs press against his body. He slowly becomes at peace with the world around and within him.

Everday he sits at the corner of his ship awaiting the sun to sink into the sea. He closes his eyes along with the sun and he feels the rays soak his body. The sea smells of fish and ocean mist. The echo of waves crashing against his boat signal the rise of the tide. He is ready, he is calm. His 4 track recorder indents the sound frequencies of the waves, the sun and his voice....He closes his eyes as the sun submerges into the deep blue sea...

His recordings are found years later. The tapes are encapsulated within plastic bags with labels marked, India, Australia, Perth...Chile, Sao Paulo, SeaGulls and Sunsets. The recordings are rustic and bare. The tapes have been warped and cutup by the sea, they are undoubetly low quality. The sound of sea waves cloak all the tapes in a distorted blur. His voice is weezy, the guitar is old but finely picked. At times he seems to be going out his mind and at others, his voice is deep with melancholy. He sings of birds, memories of his past life, wildlife, the sea, the sun, the sky and the vastness of his loneliness.

I hereby present to you one of his songs...It was found in the tape labled Blue Bell Signal Birds....this is the third "track", it is entitled Chromatic At The End Of Day.

......picture that and listen......






Thursday, July 9, 2009

Eyes Lashed/Tunnels and Eat Darkness


Goodnight

Here's a new song. I recorded it two days ago. Soaked in reverb. I changed the whole tone and mood from the other "summer" songs. This one's a bit darker. I wanted to create this kind of world-ending vibe. I had this image of the world ending, it's all dark and stormy but this one guy is still just surfing off into the ocean. That's the whole image behind it. The song's subject matter is more about really late nights where you cant sleep. I was going to call it tunnels, like subways. Because me and my brother would sneak out at nights and eat at this great Korean place called Owl Minerva. Pork bone soup, it's amazing. And we'd get there by subway, but on the way back it'd be too late for the trains so we'd take an hour long walk back home. This song's about the feeling I get when i stay up late. Like there's no one else. The city is asleep but the world is awake. Shit is happening all over. It's about isolation, the idea of solitude.

In terms of recording, I've been heavily influenced by Grouper and her muddy echo-y recording style. Simple. Lots of layers. I tried to find ghost sounds and stuff.

Eat Darkness is another song in the same darker mood. It's about conquering your fear. Like seeing the black, almost oil -like texture of a lake on a hot summer's day. You want to escape the heat, but you know you'll be met by blistering cold water. And the water is so dark you cant see anything. Eat Darkness is about taking the unknown and devouring it, just taking the fear and making it fear you. Both these songs are really hopeful, even though they might not sound like it. It's about conquering fears. It's about late nights, the ocean, subways, my brother and the idea of being able to jump into the lake...

I have a picture to illustrate the mood I wanted.

Long live the late nights....

Mirage


Shazam!

I just finished this new song. It's about rich white girls. Pool side girls, do nothing all day but look pretty. Mirages, mirrors, poolside girls....You get the point

Have a listen
Long live poolside girls!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Shazam!

I'll be posting some new stuff sooner or later. I just haven't gotten around to it. My internet and computer are screwing up everything. Damn you technology! I've been experimenting with my delay pedal and getting some really cool sounds. So I think I might record a whole session where I play songs which are centered around the pedal and reverb and delay. I'll try and get that up soon. The idea is to get a radio show going. Maybe bi-weekly I'll put some stuff on. Could be songs, artists I like, conversations, ambient sutff, I dont really know yet. But I'm pretty excited aobut what might come out. So watch out for this new radio blog thing.

I'm starting my job next week, so that may mean fewer and fewer post but I'll try and make the best of it....I see alot of sleepless nights ahead. I feel kind of high or something when I cant sleep, or when I stay up really late. Like i turn into a creature or something. It's fucked up.

I'm renting as many alien movies as I can. Encounters of the third kind, mission to mars, contact, the twilight zone series. And the Dark Knight 2 by Frank Miller is awesome. People really hate the art in that, but I think it kind of has a new-wave, punk , pop art feel to it. The whole blog, music, radio thing may slow down and only be active on weekends, but ill try and make the most of it. Everything's in the air for now, in terms of this blog. I'll probably work on it over the weekends, or days off.

Long live the weekends!

Lavurn



Tuesday, June 30, 2009

New Song- Wait For Me


Shazam!

Here's the latest song from my album. I recorded it today. Just like Wavelenthgs, Wait For Me is essentially a vibrational translation of my thoughts, images and feelings emmited in summertime. As usually, the song is soaked in reverb, has some lo-fi production and indiscipherable lyrics.

I'm starting to experiment more and more with production and editing, using found sounds, reversing, looping, anything I can do to manipulate the sound. I think the coming tracks may seem a little more varried in structure and production. We'll see how things go..

More to come....

Long live experimentalism!

Monday, June 29, 2009

New Song- Wavelengths


Hello


Here's a new addition to my album.

Here's a new song I wrote today. I was thinking about waves and and radio frequencies. I think there's a connection between the two, like sea waves are the radio waves of the ocean.
I was thinking about surfing and sunlight. This song is really supposed to reflect the idea that we can all be in tune with each other through wavelengths. All we have to do is be able to ride these wavelengths, to be in perfect harmony with these waves or ghosts or souls.


I had this whole image of the beach, surfers and a sunset. The beach is a place of departure, it is final frontier before meeting the ocean, before jumping in the mouth of the world. The ocean is being lost in total and complete chaotic reverence, but at the shoreline we can quitely observed. Going into the sea is meeting with the Is, seeing the face of god itself. The sunrays are the energies given off from the souls, because all souls enter the sun. Anyways, you know what I mean. Waves, surf, sunset, noise, loop, psych, radio frequencies and a 4 track recorder to record all you feel...


Long live the wavelengths!




Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Brian Wilson


Hello


I've been working on the album but it's gonna get harder to make time for recodring because i have a summer job now. Ill be working at a community centre and doing graffiti art. Which will be pretty cool. Which brings me to show you some of my artwork.

This piece is called Brian Wilson, named after the Beach Boys leadinsger of the same name. It kinda of has a psychadelic feel to it. It was made using water colour paints. Dripping honey out of its mouth because thats what his voice sounded like. Undenialbly, Brian Wilson is one of the most important artist that has influenced me throughout the years. His phrasing, his lyics, his production....His voice is incredible. Here, i wanted to put more emphasis on the Pet Sounds era beach boy. Anyways, tell me what you think.
More things to come...


Enjoy!


Long live Brian Wilson

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Song- Candies or Crystal Babe


Hello

This is a new song. I wrote it and recorded it today. This is the first in a series of drafts for my upcoming album. Title impending, I'm thinking Candies or Crystal Babe.....

The song was recorded on Audacity, this really shitty program that you can download off the net. Its easy to use and the effects are straightfoward and simple. Ill be using this program to record the new songs until I can get a hold of a 4 track or something.


There will be more new songs to be uploaded. They'll all be in the theme for my new summer album. Itll be about summer, heat, sun, surf, teenagers, rebellion, 3 bean drinks, swimming and rich poolside girls...title impending.


Be sure to check out my myspace page at www.myspace.com/dimensionsdimensions.


Right, and my new name is The Dimensions. I'll explain later.

Long live the heat.

Enjoy!

Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer

Hello world!

I haven't been on for a while. Busy with school and boredom.

Summer's coming and I'm starting to plan my album, my trip to Australia and my transformation.

I'll keep posting soon.

Lots of things will be posting soon!

Bye for now.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Untitled Instrumental #1

Greetings!

Click on the above title to download

Some people have said that the aduio file for this song stops at around 00:49. So now I have a new link that will hopefully work. Sorry for the inconvenience!

I created this song thinking in terms of playing the guitar with a rhythmic sense. The style of this song was influenced by Haushka's "Chicago Morning", where it is a continuous pattern of loops. That's what I wanted with this peice, to have a basic underlying pattern that slowly morphs and changes into completely new beats.

Other than putting emphasis on the drumming quality of the guitar, I also aimed to create melodies that worked within each other. Like a sychopated melody. With every new loop, the old one would take new form and so on and so on.

This peice is more of a technical experiment, unlike Thistles and Milk.


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Golden Palace of Thistles and Milk

Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!

Click on the title above to download.

I have created a new soundscape tale of unprecedented wit and beauty! This song is called The Golden Palace of Thistles and Milk. It is a rags to riches story of a farmer building a castle made of thistles and milk for his lady love. Here are the lyrics:

i was going to build
an empire to fill
all our wishes and our wills
made of thistles and milk

i was going to live
as deep as the sea
as tall as the sky
as big as the sun

i was going to find
my way across the line
dreaming of other times

(undecipherable jibberish.........)

Here I wasinfludenced by Indian Sitar sounds of Ravi Shankar and traditional Chinese pentatonic scale. I needed that deep reverberated crystal chimming golden kind of sound. Like some sort of vast golden prairie.

In the process of recodring this song, I came across ghosts in the machine. Voices and murmurs and electronic sounds that were not present at the time of initial recording. They were like little sound fairies that dazzled my song with rainbow glitters and delicious imperial sweets. Anyways, again, if you have any ffedback or if you'd like to share some of your work, please leave a comment.


Enjoy! Express! Power!




Monday, March 9, 2009

Hello

First video on the blog!

video

The above video is one I made during the winter of 2009. I used a small 2.0 pixel camera and Window Video Maker, so it was made using really simple and primitive editing tools. The song used in the video is called Morning Bells, which was originally written for my brother as a departing gift when he left for Australia. The music was made using a Sansa Mp3 player and a guitar with DD3 Boss pedal. I think it's best if you watch this video using some headphones, an crack up the bass...

It was filmed in my house using various lamps and lights.

With this video I wanted to experiment with light and shadow effects. I wanted it to have a warm orange glow throughout the video. I wanted to evoke the feeling of sombre nostalgia, something that is familiar yet seemingly far away. Here, I was heavily influenced by Indonesian shadow puppetry(Wayang), with it's contrasting lights and autumn glow. The middle part of the video was made by putting a crystal ball up to the lenses, that's how I made the kind of kaleidoscope effect. It was meant to be used as a projection for a larger art installation.

Anyways, take a look at the video and tell me what you think.

Lavurn

Sunday, March 8, 2009

An Alright Start

Hello world!

This is blog number one. Just testing it out. A start to a much bigger happening. Hoefully this will grown into something more concrete in the following months.

I'll keep you posted.

Lavurn