I'm very pleased to announce to my favorite forum the release of my new mini-album. This comes just as I am about to board a plane for an island just south of Florida that I will not name for legal reasons. It's time for adventure - and as I depart for my own adventure, I hope to provide one as well. A sonic adventure! Please note that several copies are produced and ready to ship but some orders may be delayed until my return in two weeks. Thank you all for your interest and support!
Cold Finishes the Monk by Ten and Tracer is the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Tsotsitaal album. Across these eleven tracks, Ten and Tracer channels several powerful influences of the last year: Namely, the writings of Nishida Kitaro and Dogen, and his studies in evolution, genetics and developmental biology. This influence, combined with his ever growing collection of tape recorders, strange films, warped records, and custom-built software has resulted in an un-paralleled work of Ten and Tracer's ambient explorations. It represents an evolution in process, as well as sound - a further exploration of his fascination with spontaneity and finite details. The music is at times orchestral and cinematic, and at others, meditative and surreal. Throughout the process, a psychedelic strain began to appear which was further refined, becoming a fundamental aspect of the music. Cold Finishes the Monk is a warm, powerfully emotional narrative - it stands out as one of the most refined and thoughtful releases of Ten and Tracer's career.
Several tracks include contributions and collaborations with Keith Kenniff (aka Helios, Goldmund), Layden Bryant (Able), and Lauren Higgins.
The release is available as a free MP3 download from www.acrerca.com
Uncompressed audio is available on a donation basis (including free, of course) The Acre Collective's bandcamp site: theacrecollective.bandcamp.com
The Standard Edition comes with a 16+ page booklet, one or more 'Zen' paintings, and an assortment of other art by Ten and Tracer
The Special Edition is 44+ page booklet, one original hand-drawn page, one or more 'Zen' paintings, and the usual variety, spontaneity and madness one may be familiar with from Tsotsitaal.
Both available from http://www.acrerca.com
The special edition also contains a bonus CDr, Our Eyes Well Skinned, which features a collection of unexpected beauty resulting from the processes involved in the creation of this release. It is a collection of strange artifacts, tape malfunctions, and the many wonders that occur and inspire throughout the creative process. It is for this reason, the subtext of Our Eyes Well Skinned is 'An Exercise in True Character' - a concept that is repeated throughout the philosophies of self-cultivation. It is in many ways the presentation of the behavior of the machines and processes themselves. These moments of 'true character' were then compiled and arranged with care by Ten and Tracer and presented with an additional painting, cover drawing and insert page.
Many copies are ready and have already shipped, but due to the highly personalized nature of each copy, we ask that a maximum of six weeks be allowed for shipping. This estimate is based on the many problems incurred throughout the Tsotsitaal process, resulting in several copies taking unacceptably long to deliver. We apologize for that and Ten and Tracer has taken many steps to ensure that these delays are not endemic to this release as well.