It brings me great pleasure to finally announce the release date for “The Map is Not the Territory”. March 2nd, 2018 will see the sixth album digitally and physically distributed by CDBaby and their many streaming affiliates. It is to be accompanied by a severely limited physical CD release with unique packaging options available only through our Bandcamp. More details to come as the date draws near, so stay aware.
Since December, DJ Mac’s Post-Alternative Visions: Volume 4 has been available featuring many returning contributors. It’s the current home of ND’s debut “Make Lemonade”, a somewhat optimistic punk-rock tune dedicated to the young entrepreneurs who keep getting shafted by The Man.
Lastly, as one can see the site has been streamlined and updated. The playlist is now always up top and will continue to play while the site is being navigated. The menu itself has also been simplified and dead links removed.
After a series of DIY vehicle tune-ups, Halloween celebrations, multiple overtime weeks at work, an art exhibition, and just recently a cabin getaway with the love of my life, the energies now feel right to roll up my sleeves and finalize the album. I had envisioned a late September release but as mentioned above, life is a roller coaster and sometimes you have to relinquish control and throw your hands up to just ride the ride, embracing the twists and turns as they arrive.
With calmer happenings focus can be forged while being careful not to inspire poor posture or aggravate the carpel tunnel by clickity-clicking everything into place as the music is now 100% complete. But considering the clusterfuck holidays known as Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner I am now thinking of a New Years debut as highly probable. I am, however, still undecided on the Kickstarter project to back the album, if it seems I can squeeze the crafting of backer packages into the schedule then that’ll be great.
Alongside new ND material there is new Robot 7 material coalescing as collaborative talks and temporal sketches emerge. Coincidentally, DJ Mac’s Post-Alternative Visions compilation #4 is just around the corner with returning contributors and new. The ND track chosen for our submission is unique to our catalogue as an unreleased post-punk-rock inspired tune I hope will find a home among others. The compilation is due for a mid-December release.
Till next time here, into the shadows I crawl back again.
If you go HERE or look on the bottom of this page (or any post page) you’ll see a media player with a playlist that has nearly all the drone style ambient songs. In celebration of this past decade of dreams and to actively usè this site more there may be a new playlist highlighting other songs with a new mix every month including relics, unreleased, in progress and demos.
The playlist now consists only of tracks from I Am My Own Mushroom and The Caduceus Saga. They were made in very similar styles with a nearly identical rig setup which relied heavily on Behringer’s V-amp 2 because the delay setting was such that I could tap tempo about two and a half seconds of loop time then strum a chord on the guitar volume turned to 0, then roll it up and down at various rhythms creating that swelling effect. Much improvisation made those pulsing, warm atmospheres that is the majority of IAMOM. Much of everything else was recorded while improvised with minor editing. Layering each run through and adjusting pan and volume levels made sculpting those sonic scapes possible. The availability of free software such as Goldwave and Audacity also made the mere idea of creating truly independent music a reality.
IAMOM was born from a dream and was shaped by haphazard trial and error in a very playful and experimental “I-don’t-have-a-clue-what-I’m-doing” kind of way. The Caduceus Saga on the other hand was more planned out and built upon things learned from the albums before it. Many of it’s ambient songs had the same setup but the execution was far better and audibly clearer. As experience lengthened, knowledge grew, and the style solidified, of course.
This about concludes the serotinal update. Stay tuned for the next post come autumn as it will probably be info about the crowdfunding plans and ideas for the upcoming release.
Like dots on a CRT so are the dreams of of our lives.
Our domain expired back in August.
There’s really no need to renew it just yet.
Nothing to share.
Only slowly realized plans briefly hinted in previous posts.
Alas, forward we march as a drought seats itself.
Leaves drop to conserve energy.
Cracks form along the ground.
It’ll spring back to life sooner or later.
Nourished and eager.
Since last post we’ve entered a new year, a new season, a change of clothing. Certain files are still incubating in the digital bath that will act as the foundation of what comes next. But, when will time be available to form the rushing water into the cymatic visions? New job opportunities, domestic goals, and higher education are fighting for their right to party in our worlds and we will not deny them for the sake of our art. However, we will not completely deny our art for the 9-5. It will always be with us and we’ll find a way to incorporate it into whatever reality we find ourselves traversing.
Now, flashback, in August 2014, in association with Toy Soldiers Unite, I released what can be considered an EP of short songs with a cyberpunk flavor. Dubbed “Future Utopia Now” by “Lucas Usagi and The Robot Seven”, it has been well received among the toy soldier community and more releases are planned. You can hear the previews at the PSIOPS soundcloud, or by visiting their newly launched TSU digital radio mechanism and, lastly, if you like what you hear or read while visiting TSU, make a purchase from their Amory and help support server costs of this wonderful group. Well, that’s all for now. Till next time, spiral out.
It’s that time again. Some words typed out on a screen of digital space to convey to anyone reading the wheres, whats, and whys of the Dreamtime Create-o-sphere. I wish I had more to relay to everyone but music is at a standstill as of late and will be so for a few more months. The idea for how the songs will be collected and presented as an “album” has increased file size and been deemed classified until they are ALL 100% COMPLETE!… but… they will be shared to a certain extent as they are finished, as mentioned last month. Good reason to keep checking back here or find us on social media. We like it when you look at our pixels, hear our tiddly bits, and connect at our nodes. Making our stats ripple.
The sentiments I hold toward creating a so called “album” match those of creating the individual songs. It’s like building a story with the music and art, the album itself becomes something more than just the sum of its parts. The work gains another dimension. This is what caught my attention about Concept Albums and recordings that flow the track-list together in organic and creative ways packaged with relative art. I don’t know if this new work can be classified as having a Concept but it does have a theme that I find myself returning to while writing. It’s been interesting.
We’ve needed this time to focus on things outside of music and art. The break will allow us to refresh our minds and see things with new insight once we return to the documents and recordings that await in hibernation.
Early one morning, this morning, I began my day by browsing the internet for various comments, subjects, pictures, places, and people. A typical routine most of the time and rather therapeutic. I spend most of my time engulfing my retinas in “blue light” and considering myself luckier than most the people that are posting videos of their kids being hurt or the ones that try to assert their worldly views through memes and other text based posts that are certainly not made by that individual. Yes, Saturday morning is no longer dedicated to cartoons but instead the amusement of social media. A good substitute? I think not. Lastly, to paint a more vivid picture, I’m sitting in my dark apartment wearing yesterdays shirt and walking around in my boxers. A perfect day.