(Re)Eyecillations

•March 6, 2019 • Comments Off on (Re)Eyecillations

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Hey gang – a quick post here considering its not even 6 AM yet while writing this, but a friendly heads up that we redesigned our Eyecillator circuit into a cute and tiny, board-mounted tabletop synth of sorts. I’ve actually been meaning to do this for a second, but finally had a surge of motivation and hammered this thing out in anticipation of a couple upcoming workshops, as well as a the idea that after taking about a 1 year hiatus from the more capitalist aspects of the VF, it might be time to open the stores again. More on that in a bit, but for starters, here’s a sneak peak of what we have in store. I’ll try to get a video up sooner than later, as well as a recording, but in the meantime, I figured I’d at least get the word out.

Here’s a video of it doing its thing, btw:

 

 

Brain Report

•January 6, 2019 • Comments Off on Brain Report

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Hey gang, a friendly heads up that there’s another build report posted on this here site. This time, the lucky number is 53, otherwise known as the synth brains from the Orden Natural shows from 2017, as well as the brains to the backup singers that I played a bunch of shows with in the first half of 2018. Also, a friendly heads up that the link to the Feb 2 workshop at Rhizome DC is still live – even better – the new circuit boards for this iteration of the 24 just arrived. They look quite zesty. Glad I took the time to step back and up my building game – those who’ve signed up already – you’re gonna really dig this.

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VFI Solstice Drops

•December 24, 2018 • Comments Off on VFI Solstice Drops

Hey gang,

Three drops from the realm of digital label-ness. Here they be:

Drop the first:

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f.org – no führer: Documenting two improviser’s journey into the darkness of the American Northeast shortly after Ghost Ship and PizzaGate, at the height of the travel ban.
Drop the second:
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Travis Johns – 300 Improvisations for Digital Electronics: Pretty much what I’ve been up for a majority of this year. Sorry I couldn’t make it to your shows.
Drop the third:
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hsfb – Consistency and Gaps – Two amazing new tracks from Hudson Valley electronics shredder Max Hamel.
Enjoy!
Happy Holidays, y’all.

 

Sketches with Piano + Analog Noise

•November 7, 2018 • Comments Off on Sketches with Piano + Analog Noise

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Hey y’all – something different to break up the monotony of me posting pictures of artwork that mostly looks like a bunch of television static and me waxing all philosophical about things I used to build and/or hinting about things that are currently working their way through the creative pipelines. In this case, may I present Exhibit A – a pretty amazing album by the one and only Analog Tara Rodgers for your listening pleasure. Please do enjoy it – at least on my end, it’s quite possibly one of my favorite discs of the year.

Improvisations for Digital Electronics, Update 1

•October 29, 2018 • Comments Off on Improvisations for Digital Electronics, Update 1

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So hey gang, a quick sneak-peak at the first 10 prints of a new series of prints that I’ve been working on since about March or so. There’ll be 300 prints in total by the end of this particular process/composition/what have you, so please enjoy the first 3.3 percent for your current viewing pleasure. As it happens, nights are getting longer in this hemisphere, so bedtimes are earlier and I’m finding myself with time to work. Hopefully the next print dump will be more than 10.

One more for the summer

•August 25, 2018 • Comments Off on One more for the summer

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So hey. Been a second. Been busy. Been in the northwest, been looking at houses, been performing and talking at conferences. Had an art show, maybe even did some soldering. Any and all will eventually be explored more once some free time opens up, but first and foremost, a new release from the net label, featuring a collab between me and Dereck Donohue, aka Horseflesh of Chambara Records fame. It’s called Very Fine People. And yes, that is kind of a political reference – not to say that there’s any kind of implication left or right to it, but rather just that a brunt of the recording occurred right around the time of Charlottesville, 2017. Come take a listen, yes?

Water is the blood of snow

•June 25, 2018 • Comments Off on Water is the blood of snow

So hey, we’re officially one and a half months snow-free! Gotta admit, while I’m typically accustomed to winter, this one was rough. It wasn’t the cold or the snow that did it, though – it was the length. There’s something about snow in late-April that simply does something to your programming. Actually, make that all biological programming. Maybe Baltimore just was light on the nature, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much pollen as I’ve seen this spring in Ithaca. Seriously – we’re talking tumbleweed-sized balls of oak pollen, white-outs of dandelions, yellow rings around every puddle and some sort of strange white plant-fluff down by the lake. I’m usually not allergic, but the past few weeks have been a non-stop flow of sniffles and congestion as my poor nose goes into overtime just keeping the stuff out of my lungs.

And then there’s the rain. Days are usually nice. Then it rains and suddenly the temperatures are in the 40’s again. I keep hearing stories from friends and co-workers about snow in July and August up here and at this point, I’m beginning to believe them. Not to imply that I didn’t, but after living in a top-floor brick walkup where try as it might, the air conditioning was never going to stave off the congestion from the roof and brick exterior in Baltimore, I’m happy for the weather – the rain, the cold and everything in between. Not to talk exclusively about the weather – lot’s happening, hence the radio silence. More on that all later – first up, hey, it’s summer. That means new releases!

First up: The Wind Harp Ensemble, by The Norman Conquest. It involves a wind harp and an ensemble. Not to mention a bunch of synths and voices and Norman’s trademark production. Grip it on the pic:

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Next up is Dirge for Eight and Twenty (The Teeth of Baltimore) by vsls, which I thought was my moniker for when I use laptop stuff, but this is definitely all analog. Not to say that there has to be a logic behind any of this, but I think the logic was that the first “dirge” EP was credited as vsls, so why not continue for consistency? Either way, here it is.

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Finally, we’ve got Tim Walters’ Austerity Measures, which combines Tim’s formidable SuperCollider prowess with some analog nastiness courtesy of Chimera Electronics and VauxFlores. It’s good. Listen to it right now.

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So that’s what’s up. Or at least in the immediate vicinity. More on peeps being published, a string of shows (mostly unrecorded), awards won and upcoming art things when I have a second.

Until next time,

t.

 

Three more industrial hits!

•February 25, 2018 • Comments Off on Three more industrial hits!

So hey gang, as of right now, I’m officially sick. Fun, right? Usually the first half of an illness is me being in denial that I’m actually sick,  but yesterday had me delirious and begging for dayquil, as is the way of my people. Today I’m a little better, but still holed up with a box of tissues hoping that I can get my act together for the office tomorrow. I think I can do it. Waste of a weekend, but eh, gotta nuke something. I’ll probably post a couple more things as the day wears on, but here’s the first. Breaking with celestial phenomenon, new releases from the net label. In numerical order, we have:

Oa – Aeriform Cities

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Matt Davignon and Hugh Behm-Steinberg present a record of processed voice, featuring the quintessential who’s who of voice processors from the San Francisco Bay Area. It’s pretty snazzy. Plus the album artwork provided courtesy of Mary Behm-Steinberg is some of the best VFI’s features so far – tops! This is release number 22, by the way.

FORMS OF THINGS UNKNOWN – No Disposition or Exit Plan

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Number 23, sequentially. Ritualistic synth jams by way of Ferrara Brain Pan, another San Francisco legend from the banewmus scene. This stuff is dark, and I know a thing or two about dark synth jams. Recommended! Finally, we’ve got:

 

Marlo Eggplant – head/rush(ed)

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For those who don’t know her, Marlo’s kind of awesome. Plus she’s about to finish her doctorate in England. Take a listen and love it! This is number 24.

Ok – taking a break to re-up on the dayquil – more post 2 for today = incoming momentarily.

Frozen Globe Illuminates the Ice Sky

•December 21, 2017 • Comments Off on Frozen Globe Illuminates the Ice Sky

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So hi – it’s been a second since the last update on this thing that I swear is a functional website that’s about art and music and not just a forum for me to vent in absence of a presence on social media. Maybe one day I’ll rejoin the hive, but at the moment, the current administration is pretty hung-ho about trolling our media presence at every border crossing, so eh, call it a public service to keep the line moving faster.

On that note – so hey, what’s new. First and foremost, we, being Pau, Xime and I are no longer in Baltimore. Yup. A new phase in all things VF, in this case meaning VauxFlores and not Vanity Fair or Vauxhall, for that matter. Here’s what went down: After nearly 11 months of looking for an upgraded occupational position that will allow such human luxuries as a decent education for my daughter, I was offered and subsequently accepted an IT position at a college in Ithaca, NY. I’ll leave it up to you to discover which one, but in less than two weeks, the house was packed and we were on our way north. 2 months lair, we’re still only kind of unpacking, but I pretty much hit the ground running and our heads are still spinning from the rapid transition. In spite of that, we’re happy to report that Ithaca living is pretty chill – it’s a smaller city for sure and you owe some of the amenities of being on the coast, but it has it’s perks. For instance, we can now afford to send Xime to preschool and I appear to be less stressed out and happier. Always a good thing. Not to mention that there’s that “gorges” joke to acknowledge.

So what’s different in this new phase? In all honesty, I’m not sure. It’s not every day that you pack up and move to a city you’ve only ever been to once before where you know maybe three people from the time before you moved there. I’m sure I’ll figure out some manifesto, but in the meantime, boxes are being built, projects are being finished, sounds are being recorded and the Industrial and Video wings continue to do their thing – possibly even with slightly more gusto and determination that before since there’s not the hovering spectra of where you’re going to end up in the next 6 months. Not to say that Ithaca is the forever home, but there’s currently no exit strategy – all said, it’s kind of this happy, affordable, quirk-filled, northeastern, liberal farm town populated by some of the smartest people on the planet. I guess what I’m trying to say here is it could be worse.

In the meantime, let’s talk releases, yah? After all, it is a solar event and if we go by VFI rules, that means new tunes.

First up is Windfall from the Oakland, Ca. duo Usufruct, otherwise known as Tim Walters and Polly Moller Springhorn. If you recall, Tim’s first VFI release The Difficult Third Wish was our smash hit of 2017 and this release if the perfect follow-up, blending haunting electronics with Polly’s disembodied intonations. Seriously, take a listen.

Also on deck is the next adaptation of my Songs of the Rain and Urban decay. Maybe I was inspired by the overall terrible nature of vaporwave videos or the insistence that in order to make it on nearly any level of the music business at this point you need a video, I decided to create a video album of sorts to accompany said records tracks. Of course not being on social media really stymies the inertia for that particular drive and YouTube craps out years worth of media per day, rendering one’s personal videos pretty much culturally insignificant, but hey, you never know. Not to mention it was fun dorking around with Final Cut for a second. I’m still rusty, but who knows – after spending most of a decade only really filming terrible examples of audio electronics, it could be fun to get wacky for a second.

So that’s what’s up. Go list to Tim and Polly’s disc, go watch my videos and enjoy the celestial phenomena. Then get some sleep. You need it. I need it. We all need it.

 

Endings, beginnings and remixes

•October 16, 2017 • Comments Off on Endings, beginnings and remixes

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For those who tune in regularly just to see what I’m up to as opposed to via referrals from music blogs or pedal reviews – speaking of which, yes, I still do that stuff (pedal building, that is), just not as much as I’d like to or as quickly as I could – the joys of balancing work, life and extra-curriculars. Anyways, this is what’s up.

First, some new tracks from the Industrial branch – Esteban of the Bloqueos variety cooked up some pretty convincing tracks in the style of Black Dice. I, not really knowing anything about Black Dice, offered to create dub remixes of them and failed horribly, creating mixes that are my usual walls of sound but with more delay. Not to say that they’re bad. Several years ago, while on tour with the Pink Canoes, Aram mentioned that regardless of his output, he’ll always end up filed in the jazz section at the record store. So it goes. Or course Aram is versatile and is actually an accomplished sax player while I’m an Eno-inspired acolyte of 90’s era Merzbow with questionable actual musical abilities, but hey, not stopping me. Anyways, here’s the link for these mixes.

In other news, it looks like its full steam ahead for a pending move from Baltimore, Md. to Ithaca, NY. Still finalizing paperwork, but boxes are being packed in anticipation. More on that as it happens.

 
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