New Series: re/Emergence

Coming soon: A new, ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations between myself and writer Tyler W. Weaver. The first episode premieres in Tyler’s MacroParentheticals newsletter on 14 February 2021sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

More from the newsletter this week:
“Busy – and exciting – day on Friday as, after finishing my chat with Alison, I had my mind blown and face ripped off via email when Elizabeth Joan Kelly sent me her half of the first installment of re/emergence, our new ongoing series of experimental short fiction and music collaborations – I write the stories, read them, and she rips up, remixes, and transmogrifies those readings into her singular face-ripping/mind-blowing music: sometimes she’ll write the music to the story, sometimes I’ll write the story to the music. New collaborations are wondrous things – and a much-needed reminder of the connective power of social media at its best. re/emergence0001 debuts here, in mid-February’s Macro0040; you may consider the re/emergence to be thus announced.”

Stay tuned.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 2

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. Part 1 is already on the blog, and part 2 is here in alphabetical order by album title:

Thanks to all of the fantastic artists who put out music this year. For more content like this, signup for MacroParentheticals.

Favorite Albums of 2020: Part 1

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs.

Since it’s the end of the year, this month I figured I’d do a roundup of 20 favorites from 2020. I could probably do a top 50 but 20 will have to do. These are all wonderful and should give someone looking for new stuff a place to start. And so, in alphabetical order by album title:

Part 2 will be in the December 20 issue of MacroParentheticals; signup to get it first, and you’ll be treated to a fascinating dispatch from Tyler every Sunday morning.

BMF #2b Fall Mix Video Premiere

ICYMI, Tyler Weaver premiered the video for “Blue Moon Frequency #2b [Fall Mix],” my newest remix with Geiger Von Müller, in his Sunday MacroParentheticals newsletter. The video is once again by the adroit Paal V, with a little remixing from me. It’s now live on YouTube; check it out! And sign up for future editions of MacroParentheticals.

Another October rec on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. Here’s the newest:

I read a book! Part memoir, part history, part folklore, Kristen Gallerneaux’s HIGH STATIC, DEAD LINES: SONIC SPECTRES & THE OBJECT HEREAFTER interweaves several of my favorite topics: sound studies, media preservation, and the paranormal. Gallerneaux informs us on the history of audiovisual technology but also asks us to question what’s real and what’s imagined, especially as relates to the impact technology has on our lives. Highly recommended.

If you like listening to music while you read, why not accompany the book with the Theremin100 compilation on <1 Records?

As always, signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too.

October Recommendation on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. For September and October, Tyler asked me for some of my virtual venues to find new music. Part 1 covers my favorite radio programs, and here’s part 2, published last Sunday:

While there’s a seemingly endless array of spaces in which to find new music, it can quickly become overwhelming. Luckily, there are expert curators of indie music who continually introduce me to new and wonderful sounds. So, in this second chunk of recommendations, I’m going to share some of my must-listen podcasts – most focus on electronic music since that’s my jam but some also cover folk, jazz, blues, and classical.

Is This Thing On… Yeah I Know It Sucks… Synth Redneck… Anticipating Nowhere… Vital Weekly… Phantom Circuit (also sometimes on Resonance Extra, Resonance FM)… Ambient Atomic Orbitals… The Independent Music Podcast… Hypnagogue… and, finally, the finest of college and community radio: WTULKALXWFMUCJSWCFBXCFUR.

As always, signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too.

September Recommendation on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. For September and October, Tyler asked me for some of my virtual venues to find new music. Here’s part 1, published last Sunday:

There are seemingly endless places to hear new music to the point that it can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are expert curators of indie music who continually introduce me to new and wonderful sounds. Following are some of my favorites on internet radio – most focus on electronic music since that’s my jam, but some also cover folk, jazz, blues, and classical.

Radio StationsResonance Extra (The Wire: Adventures in Sound and Music, A Duck In A Tree)… Radio Dark Tunnel (melodywhore’s SITUATION 47, Brainvoyager’s Electronic Fusion)… Mad Wasp Radio (Lone Frequencies, The Magic Window)… Skylab Radio (The Space Station, Mixed Feelings)… Sine FM (Kites and Pylons, The Séance)… and Camp Radio (where my show, Electrojunkyard, lives – as does the awesome If/Then/Else, Auditory Illusions, The Silence of Noise, The Wire, Notes in Dialogue, and Objects Forever live).

Radio programsIn Memory of John Peel on KFFP FM… Strategic Tape Reserve on New New World Radio… The Moderns on Radio Regent… Bepi Crespan Presents on CITR… For the Record, Bombshell Radio and WERA-LP Arlington… Bandcloud on Dublin Digital Radio… Night Tides on KCUR… Beatbox Saboteurs on Dandelion Radio… Dark Train on Warminster Community Radio… and Gated Canal Community Radio on Reform Radio.

Part II will be out in two weeks and includes my favorite podcasts. As always, signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too.

August Recommendation on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. Here was my recommendation for August:

This month I recommend an album that came out last year but is new to me, Wizard Apprentice’s Dig A Pit. Wizard Apprentice is Tieraney Carter, and the first thing that seduced me about this album was her chillingly beautiful voice. But a deeper listen unveils the intricacy of the stunning instrumental accompaniment: sparse, yet perfectly arranged to highlight and heighten the vocals. And I love a good drone, which this album has plenty of. From the Bandcamp description:

“Dig a Pit is an autobiography based on a personal experience of intimate partner violence. It focuses on the psychologically damaging impact of narcissistic abuse, an elusive form of emotional abuse rooted in manipulation, control, well-concealed cruelty, and humiliation. Each song examines different stages of recovery, including the process of healing from gaslighting, trauma bonding, and victimization to practices of self-protection and honoring anger.”

More from Wizard Apprentice:

Signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too. Next month I’ll be talking about some of my favorite podcasts/radio shows!

New Series: Monthly Recommendations on MacroParentheticals

Author Tyler Weaver of Parenthetical Recluse, a fascinating blog about music, movies, literature, running, Ohio election signage, and so much more, has asked me to contribute a monthly recommendation (probably, mostly, music, but maybe other stuff?) for his MacroParentheticals newsletter. The newsletter comes out every Sunday and is chock full of Tyler’s own current media consumption, musings, “fascinations, perspirations, and whatever else comes to mind,” plus pictures of Tyler’s adorable dogs. Here was my recommendation for July:

This week I’m captivated by Elysia Crampton Chuquimia’s ORCORARA 2010, which I first heard on Maya Kalev’s beautiful NTS show Emotional LandscapesORCORARA 2010 weaves electronic, folk, ambient, noise, and classical music with spoken poetry to follow “intergenerational trauma, fugitives of Christian violence in a twilight called Puruma, returning to Mama Cocha, the sea that theorists call Nowhere.” It’s truly unique and mesmerizing. And proceeds go to the American Indian Movement West / AIM SoCal chapters, so it’s for a good cause. – EJK

More from Elysia Crampton Chuquimia: 

Signup for the newsletters, and you won’t regret it. I’ve heard much wonderful new music thanks to Tyler’s discerning ear, and you certainly will too.