Thursday, December 17, 2009
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......
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Scathing Lives and good love..
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Thanks. Good love.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
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.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
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
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Peace. Love. One
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Love. Home. Soul.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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
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
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
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
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....
Saturday, July 4, 2009
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!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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
Here's a new addition to my album.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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.
Shanti! Shanti! Shanti!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
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
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
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
First video on the blog!
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.