I just finished a soundtrack for a fantastic short film by the amazing Eva Hall. I was introduced to her and her work through our mutual friend Jason Webley, who thought we would make good collaborators. I had a great time working on this. I used cello and some homemade instruments built by the Degenerate Art Ensemble that are in the Frye Art Museum’s current exhibition, as well as one of Robert Wilson’s ancient pots that I sampled at the Watermill Center. I hope you enjoy!!
On Friday I had the chance to get into St. Marks Cathedral in Seattle and have their organist play a few of my pieces on their huge organ! It was super amazing. To hear that much sound coming from 1 person, activating thousands of pipes… wheeeew! It was a very exciting moment for me. When I was maybe 12 or so, my school took all us kids on a field trip to check out all the major religions and houses of worship. We ended up at St. Marks Cathedral. They took us up to the organ and a man played the organ for us. This was right around the time when I was choosing an instrument to play. He showed us the range of the instrument and when he played those foot pedals and made the gigantic bass notes come out, well I really believe that that was when I decided to play bass. To feel the whole place vibrating and to hear the wind whizzing through the tubes, it really had an impact on me. So to come around probably close to 20 years later(!!!!) and hear my music played on this instrument was a real pleasure. I recorded 3 pieces.
1. A song I wrote for Parenthetical Girls.
2. A song for string quartet that I arranged for the organ.
3. A piece that Mayumi Heider wrote. She wrote this great piece that when I found out I would be getting access to this organ we arranged it specifically for it.
I would like to thank Robb Kunz for recording and Alan DePuy for being kind enough to play our music!
I spent the day working on a new EP for Parenthetical Girls called Privilege Part 2. We recorded most of the tracks for it about 5 months ago but touring and other things have kept us from finishing it. We just about wrapped it up but I have a few more tweaks to make. We also worked on 2 songs for a 7″ for Tomlab for their 7″ alphabet series. That also needs some work but will be done in a week or so.
I made pasta for dinner for my folks and Zac. I always put peanut butter in my sauce… If you have not tried it, trust me… It is so so so good! It gives it a little bit of like a Thai flavor. That reminds me, I figured out what my new life goal is. Ever since I became Vegan a few years back, I have developed a real love for cooking. I am not very good at it really but I really enjoy it. While I was on tour with Parenthetical Girls in Italy last month I was eating all of this amazing food and every time I would compliment the chef, they would say “oh it’s nothing really, it is very simple”, but it was so incredibly delicious. I realized that I do a lot of traveling and touring in these places known for their food. So I want to have a day off every few days on tour and on those days off, I would take cooking classes and learn how to cook all of that yummy food. As long as I could bring my lady along with me, I would truly have everything I ever wanted! Music, great food and love (not always in that order of course).
Here is a music video for a song I produced for Parenthetical Girls- Privilege Part 1 called Evelyn McHale.
Today I finished up mastering a song for a 7″ for Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. It is a super awesome track. It sounds a bit like Scattered Pearls from his Etiquette record. The plan is to release it on a 7″ comp for OIB records.
I also worked on re editing some tracks that I recorded for my good friend Steven Reker. We finished a full length record recently and I am super pleased with how it turned out. It has a very distinct sound. We only used 1 cymbal on the whole record so it really has an unusual sound. I am not yet sure what the name of his group is going to be yet but I am excited about that record. I was re editing the songs with no vocals in them for a possibility of their inclusion in a VERY EXCITING movie. I can’t say what it is yet, but if it comes through then I will let you know what the deal is! So I finished that and now I am just working on putting the final touches on a string quartet for the Degenerate Art Ensemble. So I am BUSY!! This evening I am going to take it easy! Maybe go see this new Robin Hood movie or something!!