A few days ago I got a wild hair and decided to start a brand new project (because apparently I don’t have enough already!) and the result was this obnoxious noise pop monstrosity called Sugar Flop. I don’t what to say about it other than it’s an outlet for me to vent some of my most hyperactive, instantly disposable work. I crank everything to eleven, blast out some super distorted drum beats and sing silly songs on top of it through a toy megaphone and delay pedal. Occasionally, I’ll tweak the formula a bit and add some synths and other overdubs but for the most part I don’t spend more than 30 minutes to an hour on any one piece.
This all isn’t to say that it’s necessarily bad, thoughtless music but in light of all the more “serious” projects I’m working on I needed something that was more immediately gratifying and not too labor intensive. You know, a simple way to blow off some steam. I also wanted to try making music outside of the confines of Pilesar, just to see what would happen. I’m sure some of you will think it sounds just like some of my other work but I guess for me it’s all about jazzing up the process and my mindset. Anyways, it’s a fun little experiment and I hope you enjoy it too. Here are a few of my favorite tracks so far:
I got a whole bunch of other projects in the works too but I’ll write more about that later. Chances are I won’t update this site again before the new year so I hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday!
I’ve been slowly piecing together a new album (or two… maybe three?) over the last several months so I apologize for the lack of updates recently. To make it up to you, I’ve decided to post a couple of the songs I’ve been working on. They’re both short compositions and neither one of them is 100% done but I think they’re good enough to share. Anywhosit, hope you dig them!
In other news, I’ve decided to start a podcast that focuses on experimental lo-fi home recording. Of course I’ll play a bunch of my own stuff (it’s my podcast after all!) but I plan on playing the music of others as well. I’ll have some special guests, lively conversations, studio performances and more. It should be fun and I’ll let you know as soon as it goes live!
Just wanted to post the vids from my two most recent shows. The first one is an all electronics drone/ambient/etc piece from back in August at the Electric Maid in Takoma Park, MD. The second one is an all percussion performance at the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD.
These will probably be the last live performances I do for a while because I want to spend the rest of the year developing a creativity workshop for percussionists and I have a few studio projects to finish as well. I’ll be posting some new music in the not-so-distant future so come back soon for more updates.
In other news, I’m planning on taking on some students so if you live in the DC area and are interested in taking drum lessons from me don’t be a stranger and drop me a line:).
I’m happy to announce that Underscores is now available for free download on the zeromoon netlabel. Unlike the original I released back in May that contained six additional tracks, this zeromoon version has nine completely different exclusive bonus tracks. You know, a little sumthin’ sumthin’ for the kids! Anyways, go snatch your copy today:).
“Sonic Circuits is operated by overly enthusiastic and unpaid volunteers. Your help makes the annual Sonic Circuits Festival a reality and keeps us from turning into unholy, angry noise zombies doomed to aimlessly wander a barren sonic wilderness. And who would want that on their conscience? Hmmm?”
Couldn’t have said it better myself. So, please click this link, watch the sexy video that I cobbled together for the cause, and then show your support by donating any amount you can. There are some interesting gifts to be had in exchange for your contribution so don’t delay. We’ve only got a week left.
You can also show your support by downloading the new District of Noise Vol 6 compilation which showcases a wide swath of talent from the underbelly of DC’s experimental music scene. Includes a track from yours truly which you can sample here:
All funds from the sale of this collection will go towards the funding of this year’s festival.
Back in December of last year my wife and I spent several days down at her family’s beach house and since I have no idea how to relax I thought it best to take a small bag of electronic devices, effects pedals and my laptop to help pass the time. I ended up recording a couple of songs and while I was excited about them I didn’t end up really doing anything with them until recently. I would say they fall somewhere in the moody, lo-fi electro pop category (whatever that means). The last song is a longer piece and was inspired somewhat by a trip to Oregon and a newly acquired reverb unit. Anyways, they all kind of go together and I may end up recording a few more similar tunes and put out an EP or something later down the line. I’ve already got a few more in the works so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Also, if you’re interested, you can check out some of the devices I used here:
Here’s another singer/songwriter piece that I’ve been working on called “Learn as You Go”. I recorded it on the same day as “Better Than Me” but decided to hold on to it for a little while before posting it. It’s a lot more serious minded than the previous tune and even though the audio’s not all that great I still thought it’d be fun to share. When I actually get around to doing the “proper” studio recording I plan on giving it the Ennio Morricone/spaghetti western treatment (lots of reverb, baritone guitar solo, the works!). Anyways, hope you enjoy it!
Hey, gang. I’ve got a few quick announcements today. First of all, my Underscores collection is finally complete and you can pick up your free download here. The story about how the album came together is kind of interesting but it’s rather long so I’ll save that for a future post. Anyways, if you’re in the mood for some creepy crawly soundtrack music go snag yourself a copy and why not pick up some other free stuff while you’re there?
Next up, we had our fifth installment of Sonic Circuits: Off the Grid last Saturday and it was a huge success. We had a nice turn out and inspired sets by all of the participants. My percussion duo with Rich O’Meara turned out rather well so I posted an excerpt of our performance below:
Finally, I added a “Press” page to the site so you can read some of the reviews I’ve got over the years. So far, I’ve only got stuff posted for Radio Friendly and Stereo Space but I’m going to dig around and see if I can unearth some older reviews too. Who knows, I might find something from ten years ago or something.
So that’s it for now! Hope you enjoy the new stuff.
Recently, I got invited to join a songwriters circle and it prompted me to dust off my acoustic guitar and work on some old songs that I had more or less forgotten about. I was sitting in front of the computer practicing a tune that I had written for my dog when it occurred to me that it might be fun to make a video of my struggling through it (I’m super rusty from months of not playing). Anyways, I hope you enjoy!