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#28 - Dec. 30, 2014

Afterimages and Transitions: 2014 in Review
It's that time of year again: when we try to make sense of the year just passed. Briefly, it was a great year in The Keep and elsewhere, with two albums, four compilation pieces and one guest appearance released, and a good lot of composition. You can read all the details in my blog here. Thank you all for your support this year, and I'm hugely looking forward to 2015, as there's a lot on the stove these days!

Benefit for Don Hill
The benefit concert for Don Hill, aka Millipede, is set for Sat. Jan. 17 at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago. The music starts at 6:30pm, with seven artists slated to perform. More info here. If you're in the Chicago area, please come out and lend your support!

The benefit album, Power Beyond Fathom, is now available from CRL Studios, and has been very well received. I'm honored to have my new piece Transitional included. There's something here for electronic music fans of all kinds.

Home Concerts!
2015: the Year of the Home Concert.

What's involved? If you like the music enough - and have sufficient room - to invite 20 friends, I will come to your home and play. You can have the full-on, fire-breathing, fasten-your-seatbelts, ambient-atmospheric-tribal experience or, if you prefer, a more serene, pure atmospheric space.

There's no cost to you, and admission is by donation. CDs of my albums will be available for purchase.

#27 - Dec. 16, 2014

Memory Palace - Now Available!
Memory Palace is now available on CD and by download.

SomaFM premiered the album on their Deep Space One channel on Release Day, Dec. 8, where it was very well received. The listening audience peaked at nearly 300 on a Monday afternoon. Many thanks to Rusty Hodge for making it happen!

You can read the story behind the making of the album at my WordPress blog. You can also read Chris Russell's story here.

The first review, from Bert Strolenberg of Sonic Immersion in the Netherlands, is in, and you can read it here.

Benefit for Don Hill
Don Hill, aka Millipede, a fine Chicago-area electronic musician, was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 renal cancer. The response of friends and fellow musicians has been heartening: a compilation album and concert were both arranged in very short order, to raise funds for Don and his family.

The album, Power Beyond Fathom, is now available from CRL Studios. I'm honored to have my new piece Transitional included in this 3-part, 47-track collection. It's the first time I've use a more-or-less normal-sounding drum kit to drive a piece along, as I imagined how a collaboration between Don and myself might sound.

Kudos to everyone involved, and to James Church for getting it all together!

The concert takes place Sat. Jan. 17 at Wilson Abbey, 935 W. Wilson, Chicago. The music starts at 6:30pm, with seven artists slated to perform. More info here.

If you're in the Chicago area, please come out and lend your support!

Home Concerts!
2015: the Year of the Home Concert.

What's involved? If you like the music enough - and have sufficient room - to invite 20 friends, I will come to your home and play. You can have the full-on, fire-breathing, fasten-your-seatbelts, ambient-atmospheric-tribal experience or, if you prefer, a more serene, pure atmospheric space.

There's no cost to you, and admission is by donation. CDs of my albums will be available for purchase.

New Recording
Along with Transitional and the studio version of Emerge, I managed to record another new piece, Fading Angel, in the past month. Albums 5 and 6 are under way!

A Windows failure necessitated a re-installation, but that has gone smoothly and we're back up and running, so we hope to have much more to report soon.

#26 - Nov. 21, 2014

Memory Palace - Pre-Orders & SomaFM Premiere
Memory Palace pre-orders are in place! Digital pre-orders will receive a bonus unreleased piece: Submerge/Emerge (Live), from last weekend's library concert (more on that below). A separate download link for this piece will be emailed.

Pre-orders must be received before Release Day, Dec. 8 - see the album's Bandcamp page. You get to download two of the album's five tracks now, along with the preview clip. A link to download the entire album will be sent on Dec. 8, and you'll have the option to get the artwork, in web and/or print format.

Everyone pre-ordering the CD will receive a free CD of the Divinations album.

SomaFM, one of the most important broadcasters of ambient music, will premiere the album on their Deep Space One channel, Dec. 8 at 2PM Pacific / 4PM Central / 5PM Eastern. Many thanks to Rusty Hodge for his support!

Library Concert
The Nov. 15 concert at Archer Heights Library was a blast. You can read all about it here. The blog includes photos and a Live Highlights music clip. You can also hear the music clip at my website's Live page.

Many thanks to Elizabeth for the invitation!

New Recording
The Keep has been busy lately! I managed to meet the submission deadline for a charity compilation album. I'll have more details to share when they become available.

I also couldn't wait to get into the studio this week to take advantage of the concert buzz, by recording the studio version of Emerge for an upcoming album. Another piece from the concert, Fading Angel, will be the next one recorded, hopefully this weekend.

Home Concerts!
2015 may be the Year of the Sheep for some of us, but around here it's going to be the Year of the Home Concert.

What's involved? If you like the music enough - and have sufficient room - to invite 20 friends, I will come to your home and play. You can have the full-on, fire-breathing, fasten-your-seatbelts, ambient-atmospheric-tribal experience or, if you prefer, a more serene, pure atmospheric space.

There's no cost to you, and no admission charge for your guests. I'll gratefully accept donations, and albums will be for sale.

#25 - Nov. 8, 2014

Memory Palace - Available for Pre-Order Now!
My duo album with Chris Russell, Memory Palace, is set for a Dec. 8 release! You can hear the preview clip now, and pre-order the digital copy, both at the album's Bandcamp page.

A download link for the entire album will be sent to everyone who pre-orders the album, on Dec. 8.

Pre-order bonuses are: you get to download two of the album's five tracks now, along with the preview clip, and (optionally) web and print versions of album artwork.

A further bonus download track will be added soon. If you pre-order before then, a download link for this track will be sent to you.

CD pre-order info to follow soon. Everyone pre-ordering the CD will receive a free CD of the Divinations album.

Track listing:

1. Primitive and Prime 11.01
2. Spatial Mnemonics 15.39
3. Touchstone Array 11.05
4. Afterimages 13.46
5. Somewhere the Circle Stops 21.54

Library Concert

It's on! I'm in full-rehearsal mode for the Nov. 15 concert at Archer Heights Library in Chicago, with a free performance. The fun starts at 2pm. We will have CDs for sale, including - only at this event! - pre-release copies of Memory Palace.

#24 - Oct. 23, 2014

Album #3 - Memory Palace - Coming Soon!
I'm thrilled to announce the upcoming release of my duo album with Chris Russell, Memory Palace. We'll announce the release date and post the preview clip shortly.

Memory Palace's five pieces - four of them intensely groove-driven - take us on an age-spanning journey. Over the project's nearly four-year gestation, I carved up the rhythm tracks, over which Chris brewed his mesmerizing, otherworldly synth atmospheres and final-mixed the album.

My parts are built from live drumming and percussion, samples and loops. Not all of the drumming was on drums. A metal handrail in a skyscraper stairwell, with some cool processing, yielded the primary groove for Spatial Mnemonics, while drumming on my inflatable rubber yoga ball provided one of several surreal parts in the mostly non-rhythmic Afterimages.

This sets the stage for the ambitious closer, Somewhere the Circle Stops. (Sheila Chandra fans may recognize our borrowing of the title.) Four-on-the-floor live drumming alternates with odd-meter electro-rhythmic episodes, closing out the ritual established by the earthy opening of Primitive and Prime.

Track listing:

1. Primitive and Prime 11.01
2. Spatial Mnemonics 15.39
3. Touchstone Array 11.05
4. Afterimages 13.46
5. Somewhere the Circle Stops 21.54

Memory Palace will be a dual release on my Kalindi Music and Chris' Void Music labels. It will be available on CD from eyescastdown.com, and for download from our Bandcamp store.

New Live Event
After two years away from performing live, I'm getting back in the game on Nov. 15 at Archer Heights Library in Chicago, with a free performance. This will be a mostly guitar-driven set, featuring pieces from published and forthcoming albums.

The fun starts at 2pm. We will have CDs for sale at the event.

2014 Promo Mix
The annual ritual continues... I've updated my free Promo Mix, a new 53-minute blend of clips from 13 pieces, sourced from my albums and compilation projects. This is available for free download and streaming from my Bandcamp page. Feel free to share with anyone you think might like to discover the music!

Guest Appearance
I'm honored to be included on Ari Porki and Christopher Alvarado's new album Halla, published on the 45 Echoes Sounds netlabel. I played electric guitar and fretless electric with EBow on the opening piece, Ruska. My colleagues Stephen Briggs, Void of Realms, Jack Hertz and Cousin Silas also sat in, for one piece each.

I had the pleasure of reviewing Ari's excellent album Dimension back in 2011, and Christopher's music is a new discovery for me. Check out his excellent new short release Fog Music 12.

Improved Website
We've made some improvements to eyescastdown.com! New features include Bandcamp streaming widgets on the Listen page and on each release page, so you can listen to the music immediately, without leaving eyescastdown.com. A few more improvements will be added soon...

Recent Blog Posts
Recent posts on my WordPress blog: a very enjoyable interview courtesy of Thomas Mathie (Headphonaught), and two more poems in the continuing series: Luna Vita and Richard Feynman.

Work in Progress
We've moved! Our new neighborhood is Little India, one of Chicago's best neighborhoods and certainly our favorite.

A drone piece is in progress for the ongoing collection I No Longer Love Blue Skies, from the Sound For Good label, which released my piece Last of His Breed on their collections Oceans and S4G Mix I.

Album 4 awaits completion as soon as we can get to it. Albums 5 and 6 are demanding to be recorded, and I hope to comply shortly.

#23 - May 28, 2014

Album #2 - Divinations
I'm delighted to announce my second album. Divinations will be available for download on June 1 from my Bandcamp page, and on CD shortly after that.

The album includes five serene, pure atmospheric pieces, created mostly on synths. These pieces were all groundbreaking for me, in various ways: Exquisite Divination of Patterns was my first laptop-softsynth piece, and Snowdance in Starlight features my first use of acoustic guitar in an ambient mode.

Divinations is specifically geared to meditation, yoga, tai chi and similar activities, along with health and wellness spaces of all kinds. As usual, the music is suitable for background or deep listening, as you like.

Track listing:

1. Exquisite Divination of Patterns   11.26
2. Crystalline   11.36
3. Radiant Perception   10.08
4. Snowdance in Starlight   11.18
5. Ensō   28.04

The first four pieces were released on various compilations from the excellent Free Floating netlabel from 2011 to 2013. These were released for free distribution under Creative Commons (with full attribution, no commercial use and no derivations), and that commitment is honored here with free downloads of these four pieces and a pro-rated, bargain price for the entire album.

The final piece, Ensō, is a live laptop-softsynth improvisation from an art show in May 2012. Avian and human voices were added during postproduction in May 2014.

The Japanese word "Ensō" means "a circle that is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create" (more details in the Wikipedia article). This idea continues the theme of "reflections on the creative process" which informs Exquisite Divination of Patterns and Radiant Perception.

Guest Appearance
An album featuring my first guest appearance will be released in late June or early July. I contributed electric guitar, and fretless electric with EBow, on one piece. More details to come when the label makes its announcement.

Recent Blog Posts
Recent posts on my WordPress blog: two poems in the continuing series: Galileo and Ivory Sunrise; a fond farewell to Kalman Cat, who passed on last month; and the Divinations album announcement.

Work in Progress
A drone piece is in progress for the ongoing collection I No Longer Love Blue Skies, from the Sound For Good label, which released my piece Last of His Breed on their collections Oceans and S4G Mix I.

I expect to begin recording Albums 4 and 5 shortly.

#22 - Mar. 27, 2014

New Compilation Album
Michael Peck of Waiting World Records honors the memory of a close family friend with the release of Shine Like the Stars, a two-hour collection featuring 18 artists, including Steve Brand, Shane Morris, Jack Hertz, Annemarie Borg and Jaja.

The album is a memorial to 12-year-old Taylor Scout Smith, a remarkable young lady whom you can read about here and here.

I'm honored to have my piece Mister God, This is Taylor included.

Musically, I ended up sounding more like Brian Eno, the godfather of ambient music, than I could have done if I had tried. The layering of small parts, using only a few notes - and sometimes just one - along with the significant use of pause and silence, resulted in a minimal, serene, breathing space.

I decided to go all the way with an approach I'd first used on another requiem piece: Like A Riven Cloud from The Separate Ones. This modular, or fragmentary, way of working entailed composing and recording all the parts - on guitars, synths, ocarinas and bird whistle - without any structure in mind. After the parts were all recorded I began playing building blocks with them...

Many thanks to Michael for including me on this project, and kudos to everyone involved!

Work in Progress
Recent work includes recording my first guest appearance, on electric guitar, and fretless electric with EBow. Details on that to come, when the album is released.

I'm planning an album specifically geared to yoga studios and wellness spaces of all kinds. The serene atmospheric collection will include my pieces from four Free Floating compilations along with an unreleased piece. Look for this very soon.

A drone piece is in progress for the ongoing collection I No Longer Love Blue Skies, from the Sound For Good label, which released my piece Last of His Breed on their collections Oceans and S4G Mix I.

I expect to begin recording Albums 4 and 5 shortly...

#21 - Jan. 24, 2014

New Compilation Album
The Relaxed Machinery label celebrates its fourth anniversary with the release of reBOOT, a wide-ranging set of 17 pieces from 16 artists, including Loren Nerell, Steve Brand, Zero Ohms and Chronotope Project - two of which include me!

I'm very excited to see this collection released, as I got to work with two outstanding rM artists: Chris Russell and Peter James.

Chris and I had already decided to work up one track together, to see if an album was feasible for us, when the reBOOT project began. The result, Particles and Waves, pleased us both so much that we immediately began work on an album, Memory Palace, which is near completion.

The rhythm track I created for this piece features processed drumming on a steel handrail in a skyscraper stairwell.

For The Rage of Reason, Peter provided a nice drone chord, and I worked up a guitar part played through a cool new effects patch, which I was really pleased with and look forward to using again.

Kudos to everyone involved with the project!

Star's End - Critical Recognition
Star's End, one of the most important radio programs of its kind, has included The Separate Ones in its list of Significant 2013 Releases. Many thanks to Chuck van Zyl for playing the music, for his keenly articulate album review, and for all his support!

Work in Progress
2014 is off to a blazing start! I finished my parts for the Memory Palace album in the first week of January, and Chris is finalizing his parts now. We hope to release it on the Relaxed Machinery label in spring or summer.

Then I began work on composing new music, mostly based on improvised live tracks from three 2012 performances. There are enough of these for two albums, and composition is already finished for one of them, with the second underway. These will probably be albums #4 and #5.

Stellar artwork is already in hand for both albums, and recording them is the priority for this year, after the pending completion of Pastimes of Creation. Then ... it may be time for a Large Project to begin... stay tuned for details.

#20 - Jan. 8, 2014

Work in Progress
This past week has seen a flurry of activity in The Keep. I finished my parts for Album 3, Memory Palace, my collaboration with Chris Russell, and the next day began work on new compositions distilled from the 2012 live recordings (there may be as many as 10 of these - easily two album's worth).

In this one day (a day off from my day job, thanks to Chicago's extreme cold), I worked up all the parts for three of them! Two are for guitar alone, and the third has a lot of singing bowls (live and sampled), as well as possibly some other percussion. These are all destined for Album 4, for which only one piece remains to be composed.

Friday will be another studio day, so I hope to finish that one remaining piece for Album 4 and begin on Album 5. Since I'm in a righteous composition groove right now, I'll probably hold off recording them until they're all composed - but we'll see how events play out.


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