Apr 8, 2016
Hi, I might start using this platform more, especially as I am no longer on social media. Leaving New York in 2013, I've lived the past two years in Sonoma, California--delivering flowers to the 1% and making music in my spare time. I completed my doctoral dissertation--Buddhist Bubblegum: Esoteric Buddhism in the Creative Process of Arthur Russell. I successfully defended and recieved my Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University (what?). The following day I moved (back) to Portland, Oregon. I'm going through some rough transitions, but I am so happy to be back here. It feels like home. I'm now working in production and delivery for Stumptown Coffee. Some new musical projects are also in the works (more soon). I also recently wrote a concert review for Oregon Arts Watch on a concert at Zoomtopia by Portland's Third Angle, performing works by Cage, Feldman, Wolff, and Webern.
And a quick note/reminder that 2016 saw the independent releases of my debut album of songs with the Sharksleep trio, Middle of the Air, and a retrospective of my experimental work with community ensembles, Faces of Sound. I also released an electro-acoustic track, Song of Saptarshi, which was a creative supplement to my essay "The Hermes of Harlem" on the pioneering African-American art activist, WWII captive, and religious leader Robert T. Browne. The essay was published in the sixth issue of Abraxas Journal, an awesome UK-based interdisciplinary and cross-stylistic journal devoted to esoteric and occult traditions. All of these recordings are available on numerous media formats (iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc).
Posted by mem at 2:08 AM
Apr 30, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
Robert Eens ("EE-INS"). Man, I heard this for the first time last night (thanks Jim Altieri). Bob Eens was the vocalist and cellist featured as part of a duo in Merideth Monk's "Facing North". He has worked with her for over a decade. Turns out he also performed in Arthur Russell's "Instrumentals" in the early 70's. This track is from his recent opera 'The Escape Artist'. Wow. Totally real transcendental folk music like I rarely hear and always seek out. Shattered my glass with resonance. "Be warned, your life beckons you..."
Posted by mem at 12:32 AM
Jan 29, 2012
Jan 14, 2012
Starting to re-compose several of my pieces which were originally part of the "faces of sound" genus (social geometries, etc). Here's a remake of an early one - from 2006 in Portland OR - originally recorded at an outdoor park + beaucoup de overdubs...
Jan 13, 2012
Just discovered this awesome live Arthur Russell recording online (via, Greg Davis) at Achive.org from one of the bazillion incredible concerts (many by Arthur) that have been performed at Phill Niblock's soho loft, since its inception in 1972 (i went to an incredible show there just this past weekend). But... 1980?: Entitled "Radishes Flying to Jupiter", Arthur does a cosmic-comic cello solo over some fixed keyboard changes and percussion performed by Rome Neal.
You might notice the harmonies used here are also rooted in Russell's 24-24 Music (listen to the organ in "Go Bang"). Keep listening to "radishes" and you'll hear Rome gradually bring in the shaker, ultimately laying down a straight pulse, shyly pointing directly at the dance reference this music was moving into. Russell compiled this tape himself for group compilations, via EIF, that were sent off to numerous radio stations, if rarely played. The monologue, like the music, is pretty space-y stuff - definitely not born far from a marijuana leaf at this time, and god bless those loose joints. Regardless, there's something about those harmonies and that wanderous plucked cello. like a boat on the water. it so pleasantly floats.
Sep 11, 2011
Lewis - Romance for Two by ObscureSound
I am totally mesmerized by this forgotten album by disappeared mononymous Californian singer: Lewis. The tunes are straight-formed, loosely held, and slowly given by Lewis' guitar, piano, uniquely expressive synth lines, and Lewis' own soft-souled voice. And the surviving digital recordings bear the cloud-static of its original vinyl pressing. As angelic and tender as the album's unabashed cover. The mood and some of the piano playing, though much simpler, reminds me also of the incredible Ethiopian pianist/composer (now a Christian nun in Jerusalem), Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou. Absolutely levitating...
LISTEN TO IT ALL...
Aug 31, 2011
Just completed sound/music for this wonderful new video by Portland, OR-based director Orland Nutt with performance by Amanda Riley. This is one in a series of videos of Orland's in which a poem is fantastically realized through cinema...
You can seehear more of Orland's films here...
You can seehear more of Orland's films here...