Saturday, December 13, 2008


Brilliant blue sky towards evening.
The hawks are out there now, up on the roof of the building opposite us.
One has landed and scopes out what's moving in shadows below,
the other just flew by again and is coming back around.

Article today on hawks in Brooklyn following the pigeons
West Side, Central Park, Inwood Park of course.

Major ice storm upstate and some blackouts through New England
with 1 inch ice rings on trees
649,000 without power as the sun sets


A 'final' session this week on the SurroundSound mixes for the Nowthenafter compilation.
Paul had already cooked up a basic mix of my piece ,
Judy Nylon's "Blueprints for Aural Cathedrals"
and the Mal Torrance / SA remix she calls "Narco pet", so only had to change some small bits and 'all done'.
This collection is a long time coming - we started it in 2000, well into by time 9/11 blew through our lives.
But over the course of a couple years, I couldn't interest an indie label to put it out, and so it lanquished.
Some data was lost from original archive, restoring began last year and it should be out as Surround Sound DVD in the spring.
With unreleased music from :
Ikue Mori & DJ Olive
Judy Nylon & SA "Blueprints for Aural Cathedrals" ( w/guest guitar synth by Chuck Hammer )
"Narco pet" remix of Judy's piece by Mal Torrance and SA
Marina Rosenfeld
David Linton & Charles Cohen
8 Bit Construction Set ( Cory Archangel and crew in for a Stereo mix )
Ray Sweeten
Tres Warren ( Psychic Ills )
Mark C ( x-Live Skull, currently in outpost )
SA's "Nowthenafter"

Listening to Paul's mix of my piece I hear a sense of the urban space we created:
a blasted place, then large and empty. Random paper blows in the former plaza.
Some notes of ceremonial music from far away.
And the beginning of the next new thing, the next next stirs ...

Judy's piece comes on like entry - or departure at a Vancouver BC or Hong Kong airport.
Voices talk at you from vending machines, unseen mechs click, register and move on their appointed roles.
You recognize the voice as it wafts out of a crowded bank ATM.
And now you will hear the story of the Voice ...

The Narco pet remix utilizes the 'vocal mangler' setting from FX box that turns what you say into a flow of semi musical tones, bleeps that follow your words, a liquid -y trail bubbling along besides, behind and around you as you walk.
Recombining late '90's era indie electro beats into a 3 stack that slightly disorients as they build and burble along,
phrases sliced free to go back into rarified ion scrubbed air.
You private ice hotel begins here ...

Cover art by Tim Saccenti.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

silver tower

All new music from outpost

mu ara
silver tower
ghost highway

Four far out edits of pieces we came up with recently.
We have also begun recording new versions of ghost highway ,
silver tower ( formerly 'eclipse' that was up previously ) ,

Sunday, December 07, 2008

This is December

Boris did rock loud and long, much the same set as at South St. this past Sept and again with Michio Kurihara (Ghost) burning on guitar. They were nice enough to hand out beers, ear plugs, talk about touring with NIN, the storm up in Buffalo and hang out.
Clouds were more listenable on their Myspace.
Night courtesy of Hiromi.
Listening to Wire's 154 again and Magazine Second Hand Daylight.
Good sessions Thurs. with Mark followed by Neuman Leather Building -TCR rezoning hearing and another editing tunes for Myspace session and more programming on Nightning Sat.
Small Publishers Book Fair Sunday, pass through Ziaya but the best sandwiches were gone.
Walk back partly on Park Ave., past Kitano Hotel to Third Ave. down the Indian restaurants,
Russian on his cell rapped conversation for blocks about ' ... cyrillic ... because he's a faggot azzole ...' ,
past woman jogging inside Gramercy Park and plastic sheeting billowing off darkened building hulk on corner of Second Ave.
Empty store fronts, business have moved or closed down.
Cold raw skies, light snowfall flurries, sunrays behind snow clouds streaming snow downtown,
followed the sliver of Moon, Jupiter and Venus conjunction.
The year is running out ...

Now listening: Fennesz' Black Sea