New Compilation

I am very proud to be included on a new drone compilation alongside some truly talented artists. Everything Lasts Forever And Nothing Ever Dies: A Compendium Of Drone In All Its Guises is the new compilation from Difficult Art And Music. It is not only available as a download, but also as an extremely limited edition cassette with a research magazine and audio embedded art print. I have one track included alongside other artists including Anatomy of the Heads, Johnathan Deasy, Distant Animals, Sascha Engel, Cheildon Frame / Drone Day, Brian Grainger, GRST, Heavy Cloud, Elise Plans, Metamorphic Rocks 
OK Soda, Felipe Vaz and Vilhelm Brømander. I hope you’ll check it out!

FALL UPDATE

Hi guys, I hope this update finds every body well this Halloween season. It’s been a while since I have updated this blog and I actually have several things to tell you, so let’s get to it!

I have one track on the Save The Children Compilation from the aquietroom net label. This comp is full of all sorts of ambient and drone goodness and I am proud to be a part. All proceeds go to the Save The Children organization to help provide aid to the women and children of Afghanistan.

Another compilation has just dropped from Hello America Stereo Cassettes, a cool project that puts out digital and cassette releases fusing music, noise, and literature of all types. My track “Analog Machines” (which dropped a few months back with Beir Bua) is featured on their fall collection comp.

Dreich is an excellent literary journal hailing from Scotland and I am proud to have several poems featured in season 3/Number 12. I am proud of this one as I am in excellent company,

Speaking of proud, I am excited to announce I have two poems online over at the always excellent Beir Bua Journal out of Ireland. Beir Bua is a space to watch for sure, as they are making moves and doing some interesting things, including launching a barrage of interesting titles with Beir Bua Press.

Which brings me to the biggest news, and I guess it’s okay to spill the proverbial beans here, my next book titled <Reboot> More So… Disconnected will be released March 2022 from Beir Bua Press! I’m super stoked to have my next book brought into the world from a press that is shaping up to be one of the premier experimental small presses! I would like to give a huge thanks to editor Michelle Moloney King for selecting my work to put out into the world.

I have also have booked my first reading of 2022 (and my first reading in years, actually). More news on that in the future!

Until next time, Happy Halloween!

Of Rituals & Magic

I’m proud to announce the drop of my new album available for download now titled Of Rituals & Magic. I hope you guys will take a moment to check it out. I’m proud of this one because I feel like I have really stepped out of my comfort zone with this one. It’s a bit less noisy than what you may expect, meditative and droning at times, eerie at other moments, beautiful at times as well.

An Accidental Period Of Time

I have a new album over at The Awareness Factory titled An Accidental Period Of Time a short six song collection ranging from noise to ambient sounds. This is the first digital solo album I’ve put up in quite some time, so I hope you’ll dig it. As always, all albums are available for streaming or download and priced as ‘pay what you want’. I’m excited to be experimenting with sounds again as I emerge from my hibernation. I’m extremely interested in compilations and splits, so feel free to contact me!

I’d be remiss not to remind everyone that my newest chapbook, Automation, Man! Bold Machines is still available on Amazon and priced around six bucks. I hope you’ll check it out, and as always, your support is extremely appreciated!

New Project and Shameless Social Media Plugs!

Blk/Mas collaborator Shawn Blackburn and I have a new ambient/drone project in the works entitled Thieves Of The Bleak Earth. The new year will be here soon bringing recordings and shows, but until then I would like to remind you that there are plenty of sounds over at Awareness Factory Recordings to keep you busy. There you will find Blk/Mas and some solo stuff, along with older projects like Stickfigure and Zilbread. You can stream them free or buy the digital downloads for cheap, which is always appreciated.

I would also like to invite you to check out my YouTube page where you can find live noise performances, glitch art, and more. I plan to update more frequently there as well, and plan to start with some spoken word videos really soon. While you’re hitting up my social media, make sure you follow me on Twitter and Instagram too!

 

Blk/Mas @SPNF 2017

Last night, Blk/Mas took part in the landmark 10th annual St. Pete Noise Fest. I’ve been lucky enough to be included many times in the last ten years, and last nights show was yet another stellar showcase of challenging sounds. This years edition took place at Cage Brewing, an hip little craft brewery in a thriving downtown…. right across from Haslams Bookstore (a huge and highly recommended bookstore that the late Jack Kerouac himself frequented, and some even believe he still haunts). We were lucky enough to check out sets from Vasectomy Party, Hell Garbage, Durastatic, Whitey Alabastard, as well as discover several others new acts.

It’s been a fun decade, here’s to ten more!

Blk/Mas returns to Noise Fest

It’s almost that time of year again! Central Florida’s loudest tradition returns on November 11th when St Pete Noise fest returns for its historic tenth year. Taking the form of a single day onslaught, SPNF will feature a myriad of some of the harshest, weirdest, and eclectic group of sound artists both local and national. The party starts at noon downtown in Williams Park and continues through the evening at Cage Brewing.

I played my first SPNF way back in 2010 with Stickfigure, and have played several since as one-half of Blk/Mas. I am happy to be a part of the milestone tenth anniversary, and to be a small part of the last decade of noise.

If you’re a fan of strange music/sound, or just plain curious I hope you’ll check out SPNF in some capacity. Click here  for the complete line-up of acts.

Come on out and say hi!

 

Why Noise?

When faced with the walls of static/skeletal percussion/electronic blips and bleeps the average person has to ask, exactly why in the world would anyone make noise? Why would anyone listen to this stuff? I’ve fielded these questions on more than one occasion, and I never quite know what to say. I usually simply shrug my shoulders and just tell them “I dig it”. Yet, the answer may be more complex.

Why do anything? Why make music? Why write poems? Why paint a picture? All art comes back to self-expression; it’s a matter of what medium best suits you to express yourself. As an artist whose primary function is that of writer I can express most of my innermost feelings with words, and when words reach an impasse and can‘t adequately say what I am trying to say cut-up technique can take me even further.

However, there are things that are so unspeakable or literally beyond words and that is where sound comes in. Sound for me expresses those indescribable, abstract things that even I can’t put my finger on, or even know that I’m feeling. Noise expresses those primal emotions buried deep and beyond words. I can’t go those places within the narrow parameters of traditional music. How can I discover new places that are not on any psychic map if I’m following a very strict road map that dictates tonality, rhythm, and musical alphabets?

I am just not as interested in creating music as I am in creating sounds. I am interested in creating atmospheres, moods, and soundscapes. I am interested in how sounds interact with other sounds and I am interested in how they affect human consciousness. Much like with words, or interestingly enough most any medium I pursue, I am fascinated with deconstruction rather than construction. Above all, I am concerned with self-expression and navigating inner space rather than outer space. I am simply not interested in formula, song structures, tonality, rhythm, etc.

I am not “anti-music”, in fact, I find comparing music to noise very much like comparing apples to oranges, similar but vastly different. I’ve always enjoyed listening to traditional music but it did nothing for me as an artist. I suppose I could look back honestly and say it possible I did not have the discipline to become a talented traditional musician, but I could also wager it did not hold my attention enough to demand discipline from me. I listen to music a great deal, and sometimes I will sit around my house with my trusty bass guitar and play for the sheer joy of it. However, when I feel the need to express myself music does not come to mind as an option.

Let’s put all that introspection aside. As much as those are possible reasons many of us make noise, I’d wager it has little to do with what started many of us on this noise path. I stumbled onto noise as my path of musical discovery started getting more and more weird and extreme. I can’t put it any more plain than to simply say I thought it sounded cool. Soon after I discovered it was fun to do as well. I guess it really does come down to the simple fact that “I dig it”. The catharsis I feel after playing a set of noise is incredible, the places I go when listening to noise music is limitless. That is all I ask for in art: no limits.

Newest Noise

I’d like to take the time to remind you of the two newest releases that are still available over at The Awareness Factory.

The first is my newest release Angels, Death Dealers, And The Consciousness Of The Unreal. It’s a collage of mellower noise and cut up, with subtle nods to William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin.

The second is the newest release from Blk/Mas, the collaborative project from myself and Shawn Blackburn. This one is a haywire thrill ride of analog and modular madness, a dystopian roller coaster for the singularity.

I hope you’ll check them out. You can download by the track for a buck a piece, or download the entire albums for five dollars each.