JAPAN TOUR: DAY 3
October 27 2006
day 3: hiroshima
first blog entry on japan tour here. day 1 and 2 were spent travelling. after a brief stay in tokyo and a great dinner with sweet friends, we headed immediately to hiroshima. was looking forward to seeing this city, and especially the atomic bomb site and museum.
last night was the gig we were very tired and it was a long night, but the performances went well, and a personal highlight for me was the set right before richard's by Stabilo (who was also the organizer responsible for bringing us here). his set was melodic and gentle, but rhythmic at the same time. very nicely crafted. upon return to our hotel this afternoon we found a nice gift from Stabilo which, in addition to cool japanese toys, had a CD of his. looking forward to hearing it.
richard and i spent the first part of today shopping. hiroshima has a great shopping district, and made greater by the inclusion of my favorite store in the world, Muji. spent quite a bit of money, even had to buy a new bag to carry things home in. some amazing design from muji and from another company called Craft Design Technology.
after shopping and some Udon we went to the Atomic Bomb Dome. incredibly powerful. a standing testament to mankind's lack of wisdom. seeing the atomic bomb dome ( a single structure which remained standing after the bomb hit) made me really wish that new york city would have kept a part of the world trade center standing as a memorial, instead of builing some glorified nationalistic, patriotic nonsense which will probably go up. there is no better way to show us what our own mistakes are than facing up to them with a real-life reminder.
beautiful night and weather in hiroshima. sat in the park.. then walked around more watched people and lights.
need to rest.. need more Udon, and maybe a beer.
JAPAN TOUR 2006: DEUPREE, CHARTIER, FOURCOLOR, YASUNAGA, MOSKITOO
October 21 2006
next week richard chartier and i head over the pacific to see my wonderful friends in japan for a week-long tour. it'll be a bit hectic.. as in 6 days we will be visiting and playing in: tokyo, kyoto, hiroshim, and sapporo.
richard and i will be playing all 4 concerts with some local special guests. 2 of the shows we'll be playing with Fourcolor, and in 2 of the shows i will not be playing solo, but doing a live collaboration with my good friend tetsuro yasunaga (minamo). tetsuro and i have been working on a collaboration project for the last few months (maybe for release on 12k… or another label). these live shows give us another opportunity to record some material. it should be great.
also, in sapporo, we will be joined by Sanae Yamasaki, who goes under the artist name Moskitoo. she is actually producing a cd for 12k for early 2007 release in conjunction with a major 12k-related announcement….
the great people at cubic music have organized this tour for us, and the complete schedule with details can be found on their website:
cubic music 12k tour
needless to say, many great things will come out of this tour.. more friends, great photographs and new musical projects. i hope to be able to post some blog entries while on the tour…
also, on the tour i will be selling my new cd called "1am" .. as i posted before.. it is a short (21:21) and, (for me at least) dense and aggressive piece… a few people have expressed concern that there won't be any left when i get back.. but, i'm not bringing all of them, so they will appear in the online shop upon my return.
October 18 2006
i've just received the new 12k cds… BLUEPRINTS and SEAWORTHY.. they look great and sound great.. really excited about these 2.. as i love releasing less-exposed artists…at least one's who haven't worked with 12k before.
still waiting for the Tomas Phillips cd on LINE… should be in this week. i'm probably going to wait until i'm back from Japan on the 1st of November to offer the new stuff in the online shop… because if i do it now i won't be able to fulfill all of the orders on time due to my travels..
a post soon about the forthcoming Japan tour.
INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR DEUPREE
October 12 2006
an interview posted recently on the website CHAIN DLK with me:
CHAINK DLK INTERVIEW WITH TAYLOR DEUPREE
October 05 2006
as i mentioned a couple of posts ago…. i've been working on expanding the last couple of minutes of my show at decibel into a cd. and i'm done….
the result is a 21 minute cd called "1am". it is based around a field recording of insects outside of my house.. a very loud din, a constant hum and drone of late night bugs. my intentions with the piece was to try something new (for me)… and create a dense wall of sound, intended for very high volume. "1am" is my interpretation of the sound of these insects as if they were amplified 10 times.
the volume and density of the piece is a partial reaction to my disapointment from my Decibel performance so there is a bit more raw energy here than what usually comes across in my releases.
the pieces uses all of the material from my set at Decibel and also is going to be reworked into a shorter piece for a cd for the Audiobulb label called "favorite places." actually, the piece won't be reworked, but i'll be creating a new, shorter piece, inspired by, and using the same field recording.
so… "1am" is a bit different for me, it's a short experiment. successful? maybe.. maybe not! it is being manufactured right now and wil be released as 12k2004 on the 12k limited series. i will be debuting the cd on my tour of japan this month with richard chartier. copies will be sold at the shows. upon my return remaining copies will be made available through 12k. 500 are being made.
BLUEPRINTS & SEAWORTHY INFO + MP3S ONLINE
September 23 2006
just a quick note to let you know that the info for the upcoming 12k releases "Blueprints" and Seaworthy "Map In Hand" is now on the website. in addition about 6 MP3s are available from the 2 releases… hurry now!
THE GOOD AND BAD OF DECIBEL
September 23 2006
well.. seattle's decibel festival was last weekend.. and, i must say, it was REALLY a great festival. i've not known much about it for it's past couple of years getting started, but apparently it was much bigger this year than other years.. and i compliment the organizers and workers for pulling of a fantastic weekend… it was well organized, in great locations, the sound was great… everything really pro.
however, i must apologize to all of those who heard my set for a dreadful performance immediately flawed by technical difficulties. the problem boiled down to having a 10 minute soundcheck (ok, there's my one complaint with the organization) to remap my entire performance to their surround system. of course, it's partially my fault for not doing this in advance, but i really thought i'd have more time to do it IN THE SPACE.. which is very important in surround situations.
anyway, i thought it was all set to go.. but as soon as i started i realized that the sound mapping was very bizarre… almost everything coming out of only the left half of the room. additionally, (and this was totally my fault) some major effects i had on my master channels of my software were NOT functional.. and threw me off right from the get-go.
the result of all this was that i was so distraught and frustrated with the technical issues that my performance REALLY suffered and was lackluster at best. to top it off, i was creating 80% of everything heard live on the fly with a single softsynth and a microphone and some small instruments so the concentration needed to pull this off was shot.
i wouldn't say it was a complete disaster, but it was close.. there were some nice moments, but i could tell the audience wasn't too happy, and perhaps knew something was up.
it's a shame, too.. because that set following 3 really lovely sets by yann novak, son of rose, and richard chartier. i must say, son of rose was the highlight for me. there were some "rough" moments, in the beginning (i thought) but that was merely because of how LIVE it was, and in the end didn't matter, because the pure sound and really detailed work of Kamran was quite beautiful.
a bit of a whirlwind weekend, not enough food, and performance letdown… but, that's all part of it… i had a good time, anyway.
i am, however, rescuing the last 60 seconds of that performance and turning it into a 20 minute cd…! so something good will come out of it…
more on that later…
September 14 2006
rain today. preparing for the gig at Decibel Festival (www.dbfestival.com) this coming saturday. laying out stuff on the studio floor.. it's probably how i'll play on sat… sitting on the floor.
took a walk in the woods today, reminds me of why we moved to the country. stunning in the rain.
if you're in seattle this weekend, stop by and say hello….
pictures of the days events below:
song of the day: "memorial" – Explosions in the Sky
NEW RELEASES AVAILABLE ONLINE
September 08 2006
as some people have found out (a few orders this morning already)… i have updated the 12k webpage and online shop to indicate that the new FOURCOLOR and STEINBRUCHEL cds are available and shipping…. so i'm making the official announcement here, and will send out a newsletter announcement shortly (too lazy/tired right now).
the releases won't be available at retailers for a couple weeks +..
September 01 2006
the last few weeks have been both busy and slow. on vacation now, and it's been so long since the last post i had to write something. summer is coming to an end. next week should see the availability of the new 12k and LINE cds: FOURCOLOR and STEINBRÜCHEL, respectively. more news and more action then. for now, back to star-gazing in northern california.