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Sympathetic Recesses

April 30th, 2019

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Hey everyone. It’s been a little minute but I have some new music on the subscriber channel. This tenth entry in the Slow Names series is called Sympathetic Recesses, and it’s a CD-length collection of six instrumental pieces for various combinations of guitar, voice, synthesizer, field recordings, and weird audio processing techniques. (SO YA, THE USUAL!)

These pieces were written between 2009 and 2018, in California and New York, wherever I was living at the time. They’re collected here for a kind of interiority they share. Most of them involve multiple instruments, but they’re all solo pieces, in a way.

You can hear the first one on soundcloud if you want: https://soundcloud.com/hey-exit/151029a.

I have a bonus subscriber release this time as well: Here’s a two-hour harsh noise wall piece, Recording of Hurricane Florence, which is an unprocessed recording from a webcam located 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina last year. It is pretty loud, like hurricanes are.

Also! The fine people at the netlabel VauxFlores Industrial up in Ithaca have released Advection (Slow Names 8), a set of three windchime-esque pieces for modular synth. Free as in beer, the download comes with VCV Rack patches allowing you to play / edit the tracks if you want to.

The Wire has been really nice to me lately. Of my new age doom tape with the inimitable Andrew Weathers, Reading a Moment’s Dust (Else 4), they said: “It’s a great listening experience and works well with most known drugs.” (Third review in the past year?!) If you missed it there are still some tapes available. Check it out on the bandcamp while we wrap up the next Tethers tape, out this fall.

Summer shows are starting to trickle in! See you out there, would love to hang, god I’ve been such a hermit, et cetera:

  • 5/25 @ Skinny Apartment in Queens (playing as Big Hiatus with the lovely and talented David Drucker AKA Painted Faces, deep fried zone / haunted and undiagnosed)
  • 6/22 @ TBA house show in Philly (new shoegaze songs)
  • 6/28 @ VFI Fest in Ithaca NY (new harsh electronics / soft-PE [what?] table set)
  • 6/29 @ The Glove for X-Fest NY edition (noise collab set, missed it in MA this year so I’m stoked there’s a bonus round in my locale, props to Druck again for setting this up, best dude)

THANK YOU for reading down this far. All for now. Happy spring!

take care,
Brendan

0 of 0 (Static Works Vol. 1)

March 19th, 2019

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Hey everyone. I’m super underslept today and writing this on my phone from my living room. How are you all?

I’ve got a new album available over on the subscriber page, the sixth in the subscriber series. I’m a few days late with this one, but today is the spring equinox, so the timing is a little fortuitous.

0 of 0 (Static Works Vol. 1) is nine and a half hours of static pieces – that is, tracks where no changes occur. (Remember harsh noise wall? Like that.) I wrote these between 2015 and 2016, then recently touched them up and organized them into themes. I was interested in finding the edges of what can constitute stasis, and how much change can actually happen in a piece before we no longer perceive it as one static sound.

0 of 0 isn’t really something to be listened to in one go (tho I won’t tell you how to live your life). It’s more like an installation piece. You just sit with it for a bit at a time.

It’s divided into a few sections, as follows:

Open Pieces
The loud ones. Open like a faucet, or the throttle of a car engine.

Pulse Pieces
These use repetition of a single sound with a beginning and an end to create stasis, rather than a continuous sound with no temporal features.

Membrane Pieces
These ones feel to me like the piece has two layers – a membrane on top, and another pushing (seeping?) through it. The membrane “looks” uneven up close, but if you unfocus your eyes it quickly becomes uniform.

Evolving Pieces
These pieces ask how long a transition must be before stasis is no longer perceived.

Small Pieces
A pleasant ending after all this mess.

Closed Pieces
Barely there. Most speakers will not play these tracks at all.

Thanks, as always, for listening. Happy spring.

B

Lapse

February 24th, 2019

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Hi everyone, hope you’re doing ok. I’ve got a new tape on the subscriber channel today.

This one’s from my group Esther Chlorine, with the inimitable Greg Gorlen (of Black Thread, Vibrating Garbage, et. al.). This one was recorded in early 2015 in SF. I was playing a baritone guitar I’d just purchased in Portland OR while wandering down the coast, which was then run through Greg’s feral system of busted cassette tape loops – sometimes running eight loops of varying length at a time.

The result is a spare, evolving set of downer headphone tracks that I hope you’ll dig as much as we enjoyed playing them.

Take care, see you in three weeks.