New releases

boycalledcrow releases his newest, Bottletown, on Strategic Tape Reserve today. It features two songs with my vocals and is an all around gorgeous listen, check it out!

The newest re/emergence collaboration (an audiovisual one!) between myself and Tyler Weaver is also forthcoming; signup for Tyler’s newsletter to get it exclusively delivered to your inbox this Sunday.

Interview on The Socialized Recluse

Almost one year ago to the day, Tyler Weaver interviewed me for his blog Parenthetical Recluse. Now we’re back, this time on his podcast The Socialized Recluse. Tyler describes it perfectly on his website so I’m just going to crib that here:

Presenting: a conversation had amidst the haze of new-puppy-exhaustion.

In which: two collaborators learn they can converse as well as collaborate and, as such, converse about all sorts of creative and collaborative things, things including, but not limited to: the essential nature of bandname punctuation, the existential dread that Philip Glass’s music inspires, the demoralizing hellscape of academic publishing, and, most importantly, doing the work.

And, a note: while Elizabeth’s audio in our conversation – which is the most important part in an interview anyhow – sounds fine, mine is (more than) a bit on the quiet side (save for a notable exception; sorry ears). At the time of recording, I was still learning the mix/gain needs of my new condenser mic; by the time I recorded the intro / outro, I had a better handle on it. So, as Bill Murray said, I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

Chapters:

  • Intro + puppy exhaustion caveat (0’00”)
  • Philip Glass and existential dread / “This is death.” (03’25”)
  • Beauty v. pretty / “The economy of musical material” (05’44”)
  • What makes for an ideal musical education? (08’21”)
  • Mind the (reality) gap / Rediscovering artistic passion (11’20”)
  • Imposter syndrome / Do the work / Reviewer Number Two (15’52”)
  • Intro: Orca, Attack! (punctuation is key) / Listen: CMSO, Track Five, “Limitations.” (20’27”)
  • Strategic Tape Reserve / CMSO: Origins / “The shed shelf that your uncle had.” (23’32”)
  • On the benefits of shorter projects and collaborations between longer projects / “I hate writing short stories.” (26’41”)
  • On household movie data reportage and the surprises within (29’32”)
  • Creative like-to-try / Recommendations / Connect (34’49”)
  • Outro (37’34”)

More on Tyler’s website. Thanks again for having me!

Launching Sunday: re/emergence

Premiering Sunday: 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 2021; sign up for exclusive early access – and behind-the-scenes morsels – to all episodes.

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.

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.