The Old Becomes New, And Then Immediately Becomes Old Again.

Hello people:

The October Frogtown is now online! Sorry: no special pumpkin spice version this month, just the usual crunchy frog flavour.


A couple other new things have been posted this month in addition to the new Frogtown monthly digital single:



Freshly rescued from oblivion is the irr. app. (ext.) / R K Faulhaber collaboration ‘Corriente Trifásico‘. This project was created between 2007 and 2008 with the intention that it would be released as a set of three 7″ records: a format that seemed appropriate given the paired nature of the tracks. To start with, Mr. Faulhaber and I both created new tracks around 5 minutes long; we then exchanged the tracks and reworked the other’s material into two new tracks, and then exchanged the reworkings and reworked them again into two more tracks. Manufacturing vinyl has always been a bit beyond my resources and I couldn’t get a label interested in releasing the set, so the project has been languishing in my digital dungeon ever since. 13 years later, it is finally breathing the sweet air of freedom in a wider and wilder world.

Hey! Take a gander at R K Faulhaber’s very own Bandcamp page: rkfaulhaber.bandcamp.com. Tell him Boris sent you.



Also new this month is a digital version of the very limited single-sided LP + single-sided 7″ release from 2011, ‘The Other Side Is Blank‘. This record was inspired by a vivid dream and is dedicated to David Jackman. Some other out-of-print archival releases are still in the process of being prepared for digital downloadableness, but this one was basically ready to go already so it got bumped to the front of the line.

happy fall to all,

–msw

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 CommuniquĂ©‘, 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

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

Last Friday

Hello all!

It’s the first Friday of the month, and once again I’m scrambling until the early hours of the morning to upload the new batch of offerings, get all the announcements sent out, and then hopefully get to bed before the sun comes up. Not too likely at this point, but the main work is done.

A big new batch has been posted to the irr, Bandcamp site! Not exactly the batch I had planned: I’d hoped to have ‘Vulgar Probabilities’ ready for this Fee-less Friday grouping, but I felt it needed some additional artwork and that takes time. Also, one of the new projects got a little out of hand and ended up splitting into three different releases.

The instigator of the trio of new albums is ‘Vacuous Truths‘, which was originally going to be more of a field-recording-based project, but mutated into something else (while still retaining a few of the underlying field recordings). As it mutated, it grew a couple of buds which shed off and became their own, individual entities.

The second album, ‘Reticulate Shifting‘, grew out of a series of looping experiments that were created for ‘Vacuous’; while some of them fit into areas of the original record, it became clear to me that some fertile territory was waiting to be explored. The album was ultimately compiled out of 93 different loops, many of which feature the handy & dandy electro-acoustic Ragebox constructed for me by Wm. Rage several years back. I’ve used the Ragebox on several other recordings, but it really comes into it’s own on this project.

It’s a lot of fun to find different ways of working with exclusively loop sources, so I’ll definitely be doing another in this series at some point. Keep an eye out for ‘Reticulate Shifting 2: Electric Boogaloop’.

The other little mutant spawn from ‘Vacuous’ is ‘A Trivial Idea Magnified Across Vast, Imaginary Distances‘, which is a little journey through an unsettled and unclear landscape.

All three albums include new text pieces and graphic panels, both included as bonus items with the download.

Of course, also included in the new batch is the penultimate episode of ‘Vesicular Distributor‘. Only one public installment left! And, if you weren’t aware, an additional installment of two tracks and the final two panels in the story will be available free to anyone who bought the full set of twelve installments.

A special addition to this batch is the long-unreleased collaborative album I made with French pianist Sylvie Walder. Sylvie contacted me in 2011, and, using her piano recordings as the centrepiece, I gradually developed these tracks over the next four years in-between the regular overseas travel for NWW that was happening at the time. The full album was completed in October 2015 and I tried to get a proper (possibly vinyl?) release through a label for years without any luck. So it’s time to get it out there the one way I know I can. I think it’s a great collaboration, and I’ve really enjoyed listening to it again.

In the interest of full transparency, I’ll admit that I haven’t been able to get in touch with Sylvie since 2017. I’d told her I would eventually post the album to Bandcamp if I couldn’t get any other option to work, but I did not expect at that time that I would have no way to communicate her when that came to pass. I went ahead with posting it anyways because there didn’t seem to be any point in leaving it on the shelf any longer. If anyone knows her and can let me know how to reach her, I would greatly appreciate it. I hope she’s ok! It’s a crazy world out there now.

I’m ready to fall over, so I’ll leave it there. Huge thanks to everyone for their support! Please grab some of these if can: it really helps a lot!

–msw

HCA

One more quick note: I finally managed to post the ‘HCA‘ album (not ‘HAC’ as mis-typed in the last update) to Bandcamp… about 6 hours later than I had planned. At least I was able to stay awake long enough to finish it today… but now I’ll need to slide into a coma for a couple of days…

HCA cvr

Thanks again… zzzzzzzz….

–msw