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Decoder Feature/Recent Press!

The lovely folks at Decoder Magazine wrote a really nice feature length article about several of my recent releases! Check it out here

Here are some other recent reviews from some of my favorite places:

um reviewed by Brian Olewnick here.

in heaven… reviewed by Improv Sphere here.

um reviewed by dMute here.

um on hihiwhoopie here

i don’t think i see a difference reviewed by pyongyang plastics here.

“I don’t think I see a difference” out on Spectropol now!

My predominantly banjo/voice experimental pop record I don’t think I see a difference is out now via Spectropol Records! You can stream the record and download it for free below. Click here to read a small writeup of the album in Decoder’s week in review column.

Here are some words I wrote about the record:

“Last year, I became fascinated with the acoustic possibilities of the banjo in conjunction with various electronics and pedals and created a number of works that utilized these alien sounds while still warping them into folk songs of sorts. However, as I delved further into the instrument’s extended technique, I realized that there were ways to create a kind of polyphony with just the acoustics of the instrument itself and set off working on many of the pieces heard here. With these particular songs, I wanted to both play with the instrumental specificity of the banjo but also try to reduce those sounds and the formal elements of pop songs to their most basic elements. These pieces are equally indebted to the work of reductionist composers/improvisers like Tetuzi Akiyama and Taku Sugimoto as they are to the folk music of Washington Phillips and Abner Jay. As such, most of these works were built off of the raw banjo/voice material and feature minimal overdubs save for some vocal harmonies and organ on a few tracks. The banjo material on the album (tracks 1-5) is very concerned with how much of a song/sound you can remove yet still have it resemble that thing and the remaining two pieces are further non-banjo explorations of this idea. “the war on christmas” places a cynical pop song into a minimalist/modular situation notationally while the bagatelles take extremely small melodic song fragments and spreads them out very quietly over an extended period of time.”

Also, um got a positive review on the French website dMute yesterday! Read it here.

um out on Crisis now!

The excellent French label Crisis was kind enough to release a new album of mine! It’s available for free digitally below. Honored to have my work included next to the likes of Vomir and Jason Lescalleet on this great label!

” a lot of my work concerns the specificity of particular instruments/sounds and with um I wanted to create a set of pieces that explore what happens when a particular tone or field recording is processed and distorted into oblivion. I am equally fascinated by what remains of a given signal or sample after it’s been severely warped and the different types of “noise” these sounds create as a result. In a way, the processing on these works destroys the specificity of the original sounds but creates a new specificity in the types of noise produced in the process.”