Autumn Arrives In Frogtown

Hi Everyone,

The new Frogtown single has been posted! This month’s installment has a special guest appearance by Joy Von Spain on all three of the tracks. Joy is a multi-talented creative powerhouse that works with the bands Eye Of Nix and To End It All, as well as doing her own varied solo and collaborative projects. Here are some of her BC links:

joyvonspain.bandcamp.com
eyeofnix.bandcamp.com
toenditall.bandcamp.com

For the single, I primarily made use of some vocal sources from one of her new tracks, although they are frequently made to sound somewhat un-voice-like. In exchange, I’ll be contributing a remix of the track to a forthcoming release.


Also fresh on the slab is ‘Auspur‘, a mini-album of brand new material. The nature-oriented themes used for ‘Exhausted Bee’ have carried over into this one, and I suppose both could be considered as part of a series.

More soon! More later!

Happy autumn to everyone!
–msw

Bees & Frogs & Junk

Hello all:

A new batch has been posted for this month’s Fee-less Friday.

The new Frogtown single features very special guest Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson! Siggi sent me a large batch of sounds to work with, and some other collaborative projects between us are in the works. Track one features some of his vocal loops & sounds transformed into backing for brain-damaged easy listening free-to-the-point-of-indecency jazz/dub/rock. Track two is a multi-purpose instructional soundscape constructed entirely from Siggi’s diverse sources.

The second new release is ‘Exhausted Bee‘, a heartfelt tribute to an intrepid pollinator that just couldn’t endure the unusually hot temperatures in Oregon this year. The graphics feature several intimate portraits of this fallen voyager, and the audio includes some of the activities of his comrades.

The third item is ‘Skran‘, a boisterous thump-fest that owes a debt to a syndicated dream from the previous century.

As always, more is in the works. And another special guest will be featured for the next visit to Frogtown!

best wishes to all,

–msw

Another Bandcamp Friday

Bandcamp has resumed its fee-less Fridays, so, as before, I have delayed the release of the monthly single to coincide with that day. As of one o’clock this morning, the new Frogtown is now available.

Also posted today, just minutes ago, is the new narrative/conceptual project ‘The Hairless Communiqué‘, an examination of the peculiar history of an implausible individual. Copious graphic & text materials are included with the download to aid in your understanding.

Next month’s Frogtown single will feature special guest artist Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, and some other very special guests are already lined up for the remainder of the series. Next month I hope to have some other pending projects completed, and will also finally get started on the task of cleaning up all the sources for the first irr. album from 1997 {along with a number of bonus materials).

all the best to all,

–msw

Frogtown Heatwave

Once again, I’m a bit later with the Frogtown single than I had planned… I always seem to end up on the first Friday of the month now regardless of whether Bandcamp is having a no-fee day. I was fully on schedule to get it posted on Wednesday, but these tracks turned out to be particularly challenging to mix properly, and I’d rather do the best I can and be a little late than do an inadequate job just to get it out on time. They’re also a bit longer than the usual Frogtown tracks. There might be something extra thrown in as well.

The special guests featured this month are the fabulous duo of Andrew & Melon Liles. Modifications of Andrew’s sounds form the foundation of track 1 before all the goofy hoopla was added on top, and they figure into all of the other tracks to some extent. Melon’s voice was used to create all of the non-instrument sounds in track 2, and most of the time Andrew’s sounds were employed as the means of modifying it. Derivations of her voice are used in all the other tracks as well, in obvious or subtle ways. Huge thanks and big, froggy love to the Lileses for agreeing to participate in this project!

best wishes to all
–msw

May Frogtown Finally: New Advanced Formula With Added Faulhaber!

Hi all,

I finally got the Frogtown MDS for May finished and posted. It took a few days longer than I had hoped, but some external impediments and internal variations slowed me down. This installment features guest contributor R K Faulhaber, who allowed me to use some of his sounds for the ‘R K Froghaupper’ portrait track; the original track took an unplanned detour into drone-rock neverland, so I decided to do a second track that is exclusively derived from manipulation of the RKF source material. I already had a good alternate selected from the ‘Froghaupper’ portrait shoot, so it seemed appropriate — maybe even preordained. Anyhow, apologies for the delay, and hope you enjoy the new single. More guest appearances are lined up for next month’s single, and a few more are planned for later in the year!

–msw

A New Batch

Hello all:

A new batch of irr. releases has been posted to coincide with possibly the final Bandcamp fee-less Friday.

First is the new ‘Legends Of Frogtown’ monthly digital single. This is perhaps my favourite of the series so far. It’s unnerving to think I’m already close to halfway through.

Second is the second installment of the ‘Isolation Fragments’ series. The post includes the original 22-minute version plus the 6-ish minute version edited for use as the video soundtrack. The video can be found on my YouTube channel here.

Third is the electronic/tonal/textural fable ‘An Imaginary Machine Dreams Of Becoming Meat’. This album is maybe a bit closer to old school electro-acoustic music than I usually get.

Last in the new batch is ‘Gently Easing A Lifetime Of Apprehension Out Through A Bathroom Window And Into A Shrub’, a meditation on the ever-shifting nature of existence that moves between pastoral interludes, dense object clusters, and situational incidentuaries.

I’m really pleased with this particular batch! I really enjoyed making all of these. There are a couple more ongoing projects that I couldn’t manage to finish in time, but I should have those ready in tandem with the next Frogtown single.

Thanks to everyone for their ongoing support!

all the best,

-msw

Frogtown in Spring

Hi All,

The Monthly Digital Single for March has just been posted! There are a couple other projects in progress that I’d planned to launch this Friday, but I just couldn’t get them done in time…

A sneak peak into the future year: I recently completed a remix of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Station’ for a forthcoming reissue of that very same classic NWW album. A number of exciting (but also fairly obvious) guest voices were enlisted to stunning effect. It’ll be a while yet before that reissue will be ready, so nothing further to say about it right now. Just very excited about how the remix turned out.

Happy Spring and all the best to all of you!

–msw

Welcome to Frogtown

I’ll make this quick, since I yet again had to pull an all-nighter to get things ready in time for Bandcamp’s fee-less Friday. I really need to find a way to manage my time better!

The first installment of the new Monthly Digital Single is now available! This year’s series is called ‘Legends of Frogtown’, and was inspired by a project I started last year, documenting the incredible variety of colours & patterns of the frogs that live in the Rock Creek Tributary (I’ve been intermittently posting some of them on my Instagram page). Every month I’ll be posting 3 tracks to accompany 3 of my frog portraits. The series is off to a pretty good start, I think. I’m approaching this year’s MDS differently from last year’s: I’m trying to avoid using any of my sound processing tricks and instead am just using the computer to capture performances done in the studio with whatever equipment & materials I have on hand.

Also available is ‘Isolation Fragments 2021-01-26‘ the soundtrack to a spontaneous video project I made at the end of January. It’s a very simple video — just editing together different images of snowfall in the Rock Creek Tributary — but it was a good excuse to motivate myself to start developing some basic video editing skills. The full version of the soundtrack and the mix/edit made for the video are both included. The video itself can be found on my YouTube page.

More news soon, but sleep first.

best wishes to all,

–msw

September Vesicle Now Being Distributed

Hello all,

The world just keeps getting crazier! Since my last post, I’ve had to spend part of the past month hiding indoors to avoid a vast cloud of toxic smoke… apparently a global pandemic and a megalomaniacal president aren’t enough. Fortunately, the local frogs seem to have survived the hazardous air; I’ve been amassing a catalogue of little portraits of them, which you can see on my Instagram page here: www.instagram.com/m.s.waldron. They’re also on my personal Facebook page (not the irr. FB page).

The September installment of ‘Vesicular Distributor’ is now available! I’m particularly happy with how this one turned out. It’s Bandcamp’s Fee-less Friday, so if you get it sometime today, all the proceeds (except for the PayPal fees) will go directly to me. The single is all that I’ve posted this month: it’s tempting to pile on a bunch of new stuff every time one of these fee-less days comes up, but I’m concerned that people are getting burned out on it. I might have a couple of extra things next month.

As I mentioned in the last update, I’ve remixed and remastered the audio for ‘Nocturnal Emissaries‘. I just wasn’t satisfied with the version I posted last month. If you’ve bought a copy, you should be able to go to my Bandcamp site and download it again to get the revised version. It’s not enormously different: the adjustments I’ve made mostly involve some refinement of the details and cleaning up some messy frequencies.

Hope you’re all doing well and staying clear of wildfires, toxic clouds of smoke, viruses, racist extremists, eight-legged donkeys and sociopathic police.

–msw