June 2012: My fourth CD for Projekt, "Animism" became available in both CD and digital form. Coinciding with the release of my "Animism"CD is a free digital EP called, "Seeds of Memory" on the Treetrunk netlabel.
February 2011: My second CD under the "Sans Serif"side project name, "Unbound" became available directly from Projekt, both in physical CD and in digital form. Formal release date for the CD will be May 10, 2011. This follows my Projekt CD, "Phantoms," which was released by Projekt in July 2009. I also contributed to two 2010 CD releases by my friends Robert Rich ("Ylang") and Barry Cleveland ("Hologramatron").
July 2008: This month, my CD, "Tones for LaMonte," under the side project name, "Sans Serif," was released on Hypnos Secret Sounds. I used a different name for this project, because it is a departure from my prior recordings. "Tones" was inspired by the harmonics drones of minimalist La Monte Young, and was realized in real time, directly to DAT. I have included an unreleased piece from the Sans Serif sessions on the audio page. I am also continuing work on an ambient follow-up to my 'Gongland' CD.
In July 2006, my collaborative CD with guitarist/dobroist Carl Weingarten, "Invisibility," was released on a small Berkeley-based exploratory electronics label, The Foundry. It was an homage of sorts to my progressive rock roots, with a primary palate of electronics and guitar.
In 2004, I appeared in a Foundry compilation called Bi-Bim-Bap, a project in which the participants used "left over" samples and cut-ups from each other. More details about the project can be found here.
In 2003, I contributed to Robert Rich's unusual acoustic project called, "Temple of the Invisible," on his SoundScape label. I appear on three tracks--playing gu-zheng (Chinese zither) on two, and baglama (Turkish stringed instrument) on the other.
As for other projects, I plan to eventually reissue my 1989 release, "The Wolf At The Ruins." __________________________________________
Old news: In August 2000, Carl Weingarten's CD, "Blue Faith," was released. I appear on one track--"The Shadow Returns"--a high energy track with electric guitar that also features Pakistani singer Sukhawat Ali Khan. More details about the release are available at the Multiphase web site.
In October 1999, I released an electronica EP called "Aquarium" under the alter ego, "Spirit Oscillator." The music combines fractals with beats and other ambient flotsam. The EP can purchased via MP3.Com. You can also download selected tracks from the EP at the Spirit Oscillator home page at Mp3.Com.
In January 1999, I was interviewed about fractal music via Real Audio webcast by Neal Conan (NPR) for "Science Live," part of the Discovery Channel Online web site. The interview, together with music examples, links to fractal software and fractal-minded musicians, and an accompanying on-line article (with entertaining java applets), was formerly available at www.discovery.com.
During 1998, I worked with George Coates Performance Works on a collaborative multimedia theater work for voices, instruments, tape and actors called Blind Messengers, in conjunction with video and light projections, computer animations and visual illusions. Several pieces from my Cuneiform CD, The Blind Messenger, were reworked for voices, whilst other pieces were specially created for the show. The vocal forces included classically trained singers and the Piedmont Children's Choir. The plot was loosely based on cave paintings of the Chumash Indians on the coast of California. The piece premiered on September 26, 1998 in Sacramento as part of the grand opening of the new California Archives building. Four pieces from this show were also featured in the George Coates production, "Triangulated Nation," which just ran during March-April 2000 in San Francisco.