The Portal to the Nexus Intangible

The 21st-Century Hextacle

Hello to all of the many spam-bots and east-asian web crawlers that visit my Blogonomicon!

I would like to introduce you to something very special I have been working ardently on.

For the moment, I’ve been calling it the #Hextacle. I suppose you can call it whatever you like.

Here is a picture of the work thus far:
The Portal to the Nexus Intangible

The finished product will be somewhat mechanical. This is traveling to Vermont for the #Ziontific music #festival on Friday, June 17th.

This is the back piece to a cabinet with a lot of lights and little critters I’ll be attaching shortly with epoxy. The cabinet will ride along 10″ steel wheelbarrow wheels along the trails of music festivals, and make various stops, whereupon it will “deploy” into a six-foot-wide display with even more lights, a fog machine, a UV-iridescent giant bubble machine and other fun things.

Essentially it’s used to capture live-looping from festival-goers, which is later mixed into something vaguely resembling music. I did this for the first time at StrangeCreek over Memorial Day weekend and it was awesome… collected over 4 hours of material in one night. Now I’m making it a more permanent #Thingamabobicle.

If you’d like to follow along with the development of this crazy thing, please pop over to where I’ll continue posting as the cabinet is finished over the next 3 days.

Here are some examples of content derived from the live-looped sessions (some have more post-production than others):

The bulk of the important stuff (the speakers, some of the lights, the live-looping kit and the recording equipment) runs on batteries so I’m not at a loss if I can’t get the jenny going or don’t want to haul the extra weight around. The rest is going to materialize over the next couple of days as I have some drawn-out blueprints and a great many details in my head (I’m pretty good at visual memorization and proprioceptive tasks); fundamentally the primary requirements are that it house an 11″ deep by 18″ tall by 15″ wide speaker box; it will need a minimum of 2 (but ideally as many as 4) 10″x10″ collapsible shelves that will fold down when not in use and lock into a 90-degree angle when fully deployed to use as a stand for equipment like the live looper, and eventually, my Korg Kaoss pads and perhaps additional equipment I add over time. I would like to get a battery array going instead of the jenny so I can have the whole rig lit up while in motion, but that’s going to require at least $200-300 of batteries, plus an inverter and some electrical work, and I’m guessing that won’t happen until next spring. In the mean-time, the single-cylinder generator is enough to power the blacklights, the fog machine, the bubble machine and all of the non-battery stuff (laser lights, pulsating LED strips… it’s rather extravagant).

Time to get downstairs and return to the craft.

Anatomically Incorrect EP Volume 1: Pre-release for fans tomorrow; free track (“Hand to Mouth”) available now!

Well, this is probably the absolute WORST time possible for this to be happening with the new album getting released this week, but the web server has come under attack today and it’s causing things to run a bit slower. Thankfully, wrangling web servers is like… the easiest part of my day job. =)

I’ll be migrating this site over to a cluster of high-availability servers with aggressive caching this week, making it easier for people to interact with it… and I’ll also be implementing some much more aggressive protections against hackers, spammers and other types of attacks. Guess this is the price that comes with exposure!

I’m super excited to share with you this preview of the album coming out this week, and I also have some AWESOME news: from tomorrow through Friday (the official launch date of the album), I’m giving away the whole EP for free to fans! Please check back tomorrow for another post with a free download code, which will be usable through Friday, 4/8.

Sample from my Xmas Jam

Just a reminder that I’m still here, still working and still making moves.

In the last week or so I’ve reached out to George Spatta to help consult with the post-production process… he’s a pretty cool dude from the area who has been nominated for a Grammy twice and worked with Seal, Britney, the Backstreet Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and other really phenomenal artists.

I’ve also started talking to a couple other artists about the prospect of collaborating for this album. I want it to kick ass, so I’m going to do whatever I can to those ends.

This track I’m previewing here won’t be on the album, which is great news for you because it’ll be totally free. Hopefully this will be finished in time for Christmas. =)

Everything Wrong with the 70s

I have no idea what this is. Last thing I remember is blacking out. The best I can figure is, in hopes of celebrating the release of my terrible website, I made you a terrible song, and it was so bad I had a stroke. Either that, or I hit my head on something hard, probably repeatedly… either way, when I came to, I found this Stanley Kubrick / Pink Floyd lovechild sitting here.

I promise you, I’m at least as confused and disappointed by it as you are. I admonish anyone with masochistic predilections to disabuse themselves of the notion that this content will not make your ears bleed and your sternum ache.

Welcome to the new website…

Check out the social links at the top and bottom of the page if you’d like to see some samples of recent work. Right now, the primary focus is the Anatomically Incorrect EP, which will be released on April 8th, 2016. Come back here periodically to see updates on progress!