Hi all, I just released a free-to-download album and companion EP on bandcamp as He Can Jog.
This album started as an attempt to take a generative system I’m working on to process databases of field recordings and repurpose it to instead process entire records that I liked. The only thing that survived from that process was a ton of test renders and my favorites were sourced from @madeofoak’s What Now album.
That material was the starting point for this – there are two sort of prominent sections that make up the first and second halves which are sourced from it – mostly segmented convolutions of about ~50 sections from the album.
The rest of the process involved just writing things around that material basically. I used the east/west composer cloud library finally in the first half to add vibraphone and shakers – and the woodwinds. And I pulled from a bunch of foly-type recordings I’ve been making over the last year as well. Specifically scraping a piece of wood against more wood, manipulating the top of a mangled metal trash bin, a close-up recording of the sand falling through an hourglass, and various recordings of spaces and my apartment. (Especially the nice sound of the windows being closed.)
I’ve been kind of enamored also of Marie Poland Fish’s catalog of fish vocalizations. (Yes, her name is really Fish!) I tracked down the book she published which has hundreds of North Atlantic fish vocalizations documented as spectrographs with annotations like the biological source of the vocalizations – seems like a lot of swim bladder action but there are so many different types of vocalization it’s really crazy.
She also released a set of recordings of these vocalizations which I have had no luck tracking down (U of Rhode Island has ignored my emails asking about it…) but there are some samples on the website and those are featured in this album too: http://www.gso.uri.edu/fishsounds/
That kind of inspired me to structure this thing as a story, or at least try to evoke some narrative element. So, make of it what you will but the subject is a monster deep in the water-ways of a river that empties into a lake. I read a traditional Scandinavian story at the end which has a kind of political message that resonated with me as well.
I also released this companion EP which is just two songs, consisting of outtakes of material from the record which I really liked but wasn’t able to work into the record itself. It’s a more straight-ahead slow-moving instrumental affair I think, and the only story is in the sound.
Thank you for listening!