Thank you Ambient Atomic Orbitals for remixing/mashing/weaving a handful of tracks from the upcoming EP C.M.S.O. on their newest episode (there’s some bonus Farewell, Doomed Planet! on there too). It’s a great sneak peek of the album and also a totally different way of listening to it, check it out!
Orca, Attack! also put together a guest for I Heart Noise in honor of the release. The mix includes a smorgasbord of spoken word, synthesized voices, music made for commercial purposes, music made for educational/instructional purposes, videogame music, and some other stuff that we just thought was cool, with artists ranging from Frank Ocean to Gwendolyn Brooks to Stone Temple Pilots to Throbbing Gristle to Susan Stone…Check it out in Mixcloud and see the full tracklist over on the I Heart Noise website.
Many thanks to Avant Music News for including Orca, Attack!’s upcoming release, C.M.S.O., in their picks of the week alongside Caustic Reverie, Damon Locks / Black Monument Ensemble, Vertical Squirrels, and Arvind Ganga & Riccardo Marogna. Pre-orders for cassette or digital download are available from Strategic Tape Reserve’s Bandcamp or more digital options here, and the album releases on April 16.
Drumroll please…announcing the launch of the new educational cassette series “Learning by Listening” on the indomitable Strategic Tape Reserve label. Volume 1, C.M.S.O., is by Orca, Attack!, my band with husband David Rodriguez. From STR:
Learning by Listening is an educational, instructive cassette series designed to bring the information of the world into your home, and your brain. Our educator-developed, pedagogically-sound methodology harnesses the power of music to fully open the listening receptors, allowing both facts and abstract concepts smooth, unimpeded entry to the relevant zones of the human mind. Each non-accredited volume of the cassette series will cover a significant and edifying topic, presented verbally and musically by experts (or qualified enthusiasts) in that field. As the series grows, collectors will have the opportunity to build a home audio reference library, providing themselves with a vast ocean of musically-enhanced, easily-attainable knowledge, all conveniently storable on a wall-mounted shelving unit. Illuminate your ears, by learning, by listening.
Our contribution is the six-song EP C.M.S.O. (short for Course Management System Optimization). “Suitable for both beginners and those with some practical experience, Orca, Attack! (New Orleans-based academics/musicians Elizabeth Joan Kelly and David Rodriguez) approach the topic in a structured format, delivering the information in both engagingly processed spoken text and celestial sung vocals, all over a rich field of timbrally shifting electronic modern classical compositions specifically designed to effectively facilitate comprehensive attainment of the subject matter. We here at STR consider this inaugural volume a must-listen for anyone interested in either C.M.S.O. or the exciting, sublime possibilities in new music.”
The EP will be available on cassette via Strategic Tape Reserve’s Bandcamp page, as a digital download there as well as my Bandcamp, Orca, Attack’s! Bandcamp, and the usual streaming platforms. Pre-sales start on April 2!
Zaph Mann reached out to me with some kind words after the Wormhole World sampler led him to listen to Music for the DMV. He didn’t stop there, though — thanks to his sonic exploration, Orca, Attack!, my project with husband David Miller Rodriguez, has had its radio/podcast debut! Zaph playlisted my remix of Dave’s brilliant song “Only Midnight Knows” on his January 25 show and had some really nice things to say about our Composer Challenges project.
I contributed a mixtape track listing to tinymixtapes for the theme “I do not know how to swim but can’t stop thinking about the sea,” requested by Tracey Thorn (THAT Tracey Thorn? I don’t know, but I hope so!). My track list is below with links to purchase the songs, and I also made a YouTube playlist. Enjoy!
01. Elizabeth Joan Kelly – “In A Chill Mood”
02. Orbit Stern & Q – “The River”
03. Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – “The Jordan River Song”
04. Maarja Nuut & Ruum – “Haned kadunud”
05. Low – “Sea”
06. Library Tapes & Julia Kent – “A Summer By The Sea I”
07. Haruomi Hosono, Shigeru Suzuki, & Tatsuro Yamashita – “Saigo no Rakuen”
08. Sealionwoman – “Siren”
09. Jumping Back Slash feat. Nonku Phiri – “The Sirens Call”
10. Orca, Attack! – “Deep Blue” (missing from youtube playlist)