NORTHERN IS HERE… SORT OF
April 06 2006
good news followed by bad. today, … my "Northern" cds showed up at the door! very excited! only to find out that the cd label art was printed incorrectly and the manufacturing plant is redoing all of them. so, release is going to be pushed back a couple of weeks.
this is following a late morning photo shoot of myself for press shots, back in the woods behind our house. the tripod and my camera fell backwards and fell down a rocky cliff. doesn't work anymore…
April 05 2006
the studio is done! here are some before + after pictures:
April 04 2006
the studio is almost finished being wired.. it's NICE to have it back again. 24 hours and i'll be done…
my new cd "northern" comes in this week. i still need to put a preview MP3 online for you to check out, i'll try to get that up by tomorrow. ordering will probably begin next week.
tetsuro yasunaga (minamo) and i have decided to do a collaboration project together. frequent visits to japan, and staying at his house, have really been wonderful and his music is amazing. i'm really looking forward to working with him. today we sort of finalized our direction/process after a few weeks discussing it. once the studio is up and running i'm going to start creating some preliminary compositions to send to tetsuro. we're not sure when we will complete the project or what label it will come out on… too early to tell.
April 01 2006
Hirshhorn/Sugimoto/Chartier+Deupree report coming tomorrow. in the meantime an extra special blog entry for my good friend sue. hi
March 29 2006
getting ready to head down to washington dc tonight for tomorrow's show at the Hirshhorn Museum with Richard Chartier for the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition. it's a great honor to have been comissioned by the Hirshhorn to perform as Sugimoto is a huge influence of mine (he was responsible not only for inspiring my "Stil." album but a huge inspiration towards the whole concept of stillness and frozen time in my music).
Richard and i will be recording and editing our performance for release on LINE in a couple of months. the title will be "specification.fifteen."
studio renovation update: the room is done, the furniture and shelves are all in and the room is clean. when i'm back from DC i'll start moving back in again. it took another week longer than i thought but i really hope that by the end of this coming weekend it's done. done.
i'll report after the Hirshhorn. oh, and today is Richard's birthday. wish him a happy one.
March 17 2006
studio renovations are on their final stages now. the contracts have finished their work (new walls, new carpet).. and now it's up to me: painting, acoustic treatment, then set up the furniture. today's a big blitz. trying to have a completed studio by tonight…. we'll see.
listening to SND while i work. reaffirming they're one of my favorite artists of the last decade.
March 05 2006
my remix for Ryuichi Sakamoto has been completed and submitted. It's a huge honor to be a park of Sakamoto's upcoming remix cd called "Bricolage." it's a collection of remixes from his latest cd "Chasm"… and the track i remixed is called "World Citizen" and features David Sylvian on vocals, which is another huge honor for me as i'm a long-time Sylvian and Japan fan. i'm really happy with the way the remix came out. it gave me a chance to utilize some of the techniques i learned from doing the "Every Still Day" cd with Eisi. i believe "Bricolage" will be released this spring on sakamoto's KAB label.
March 03 2006
it's been a while since the last entry. a combination of a quiet week for 12k and a busy week personally. today, however, a couple of exciting things happened. the "Stil." reissue is now shipping. i was awaiting the plastic sleeves to put them in, which arrived today.
secondly, i finished the master and artwork for "northern" and it will begin production on monday. should see release in mid-april.
just in time, really, because on monday the studio walls are coming down as the repair work from the flood damage is FINALLY getting underway. i'm tired of living in a mess. hope it's all over soon.
discovered a new band today, also.. called SHOULD. some shoegazer sort of stuff. distorted, yet dreamy. nice.
NICE WORDS FROM SAKAMOTO-SAN
February 24 2006
the reissue of "Stil." arrived… so it's almost ready to ship, however we're out of the plastic sleeves for the covers so i've ordered more. I need to hand-number the 500 copies then it'll go up in the online shop.
also, was point to this today, a nice compliment from a very respected artist:
Ryuichi Sakamoto, from CMJ Magazine
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO'S 2005 PICK
TAYLOR DEUPREE + KENNETH KIRSCHNER, Post_Piano 2: "In these days I listen to Taylor and his label, 12k, a lot. Taylor's what I would call a 'lyrical' electronica artist."
yesterday was a day full of editing and mastering on "Northern"… and i may be finished. Richard helped me choose one of the many cover designs i had done, the cd may go into production next week.
February 21 2006
a few bits of news after spending a few days recovering from the flu.: we're sad to announce that the OFFF Mexico festival, scheduled to take place on the first weekend of March in Mexico City has been cancelled. a few 12k artists were scheduled to play there. myself with kenneth kirschner (post_piano live) as well as richard chartier. there was also a fantastic lineup of artists over the whole weekend. Mexico City is a wonderful place and i'm disapointed i won't be headed back there in a couple of weeks. on a more positive note, this week we're expecting the shipment of Taylor Deupree "Stil." reissue cd. once we get it, it will go up in the shop and be ready to order.
lastly, it seems like it'll never be done because i keep going back and making tiny little edits, but i'm really a few days away from finishing "Northern"… so i should be on for an April release.
if you get a chance, listen to Cyne's "octagon"… great track.