I recently compiled a list of all records, files, mixes, radiophonic works and other sound-related projects I’ve produced since 2012 (see the “Discography” page on the main menu). I thought I’d add a post highlighting the mixes I’ve done, with a bit more information about some of them. I launched the Sound Propositions podcast last month, and producing fortnightly episodes has got me reflecting on how my practice has developed over the years, as the episodes have much the same aesthetic as my mixes. There’s music, but a general sense of transformation, humor, latent connections in title or form or inter-textual references, sound collage, samples from the news TV film or youtube, field-recordings, a big soup of whatever is at hand that somehow coheres.
- Those Who Will Not Rise Must Fall – Cello Mix (the new objective) LCNL, (2012)
- ACL 2012 – favorites from 2012, plus film and news samples, LCNL (2012)
- SMOKE EM IF YOU GOT EM – heavily FXd mix w/ field-recordings, LCNL (2013)
- with a real gone mama, don’t let me take your style – sound collage mix, LCNL (2013)
- Bogart’s Select Hip Hop Instrumentals – mix with Gabriel Bogart, LCNL (2014)
- A Machine in the Garden – edited soundwalk consisting of field-recordings made during the Sonic Delights festival at Caramoor in Katonah, NY, LCNL (2014)
- A Closer Listen Mix for SecretThirteen.org (2014)
- Interactions of Color – tape only mix, LCNL (2015)
- “e ingenuo sforzo di rifare la vita” – mix for S K Y A P N E A on NTS radio (2017)
- “Ma(d)re nostrx” – live mix for CKUT 90.3 FM and A CLOSER LISTEN, (26 December 2018)
Of the mixes that don’t already have a post on this site, I’ll say a few words.
A mix that showcases the unique timbre of the cello, linking together a diverse string of artists.
Collecting some favorites from 2012, with samples from the news and TV and other bits
The second song comes from steve roden’s between yellow and white on one side. between blue and black on the other, and with all this talk about “the dress” I thought this seemed like a pretty serendipitous time to go live with this one. So, since everyone is thinking about the relativity of human sense perception, I named this mix Interactions of Color, swiped an image from Josef Albers book The Interactions of Color, and laid it out on a J-card template, just in case any of you out there feel like dubbing this onto a cassette and printing out the cover.
It was recorded in mid-December, and except for some minor edits and some trickery at the very beginning and very end, it was recorded live in one go. I utilized two different variable speed tape players, one with pitch control and the other with the ability to switch from side 1/2 to 3/4 in mid play, which on normal tapes has the effect of playing the flip-side backward. The players run into a Mackie mixer with two effects sends, connected to a Memory Man stereo delay/looper on one channel, and a chorus and freeze pedal on the other. This is my basic set-up for making mix tapes for friends, though I’m still not very adept at monitoring and cueing up the right spots quickly enough. I tried to keep it loose, therefore, and use more ambient or drone tapes as transitions when possible.
All the tapes come from my personal collections. Some are recent acquisitions, others I’ve accumulated over the last few years mostly buying tapes off friends, labels or artists I otherwise follow closely. Some come from tapes I’ve had lying around since middle and high school, while many of them I bought for a quarter or two at various thrift stores. It’s actually probably pretty easy to guess which is which. Because it’s all live and on the fly, and because I don’t usually plan these things out, I often relied on whatever song happened to come up on the tape, or transitioned from one tape to another based on random associations. Rapsodie Espagnol, French composer? Might as well follow it with Spanish composer, Paris Hiss. You get the idea. If it seems extra heavy on Italian experimental music, well, it is. It’s me, what were you expecting? I’ve got so many other great gems I’d like to share, so if this goes over well I’m looking forward to doing some more.
LCNL 033: SMOKE EM IF YOU GOT EM selected by the new objective
Field recordings from Mexico, Bob Marley, d/p/i, Vladislav Delay, Raime, Bellows, Amadaou Ballake et Le 5 consulats, Alessandro Brivio, Mark Ernestus & Konono No. 1, Bob Ostertag, the new objective, emptyset, A Tribe Called Red, Souljazz Orchestra, Matt Wivviott, Bootsy Collins, Mark Fell, Jason Lescalleet, J Dilla, Ornette Coleman, Nicola Ratti, The Mercury Program, Yesterday’s New Quintet, Sparkle in Grey, Ultra-red, Matana Roberts, Stefan Christoff & Sam Shalabi, Sandro Perri, Rza, Charles Mingus, Sun Araw.
Sounds of the MTA, the new objective, King Tubby, Nicola Frangione, Giuseppe Ielasi, Carl Stone, Blutech, Tape noise, Ryan Adams, Sonny Sharrock, Andrew Peckler, Rashad Becker, Whale Sounds, Svarte Greiner, dj/rupture, Sonic Youth, Pauline Oliveros, Scott Walker. And so much more.