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Adventures of a Shoegaze Cellist

The Force of Water | Brand New Album

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I am proud to announce that my brand new album, The Force of Water, is now available. This album collects 10 tracks from 2012-2013 and is some of my strongest work yet. I’m also releasing it under a Creative-Commons, Non Commercial, Attribution Required license (CC-BY-NC 3.0), which means you are free to use it for remixes or as soundtracks to your videos, as long as your work is Non Commercial and gives me credit.

It’s available in two forms: The first is a gorgeous booklet featuring 10 photos that accompany the album with an instant download, and the second is a plain-vanilla download. All profits go towards updating my 7 year old music computer, which is in desperate need of an upgrade.

Also, if you are thinking about attending the June 8 show at Alberta Abbey, I’ll be giving away free copies of the booklet to the first five attendees.

More info at this link: waveguideaudio.bandcamp.com/album/the-force-of-water

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June 5th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

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Upcoming Shows – June 8 and June 16

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The blog has been a little quiet as of late. There is some big news around the bend, though…

In the meantime, I will be playing two shows in June.

The first will be June 8 at the wonderful Alberta Abbey. This is a great space and I’ll be sharing the bill with my pals Andrew Weathers, Radere, Ethernet, and Ruhe. Jay (No Parades) put together a great promotional video for this show, which you can see below.

Andrew Weathers/Radere/Ethernet/The OO-Ray/Ruhe June 8th, 2013 @ The Alberta Abbey from Jay Fuji on Vimeo.

Details:
Andrew Weathers – Oakland, CA – www.andrewweathers.com
Radere – Denver, CO – falsereactions.tumblr.com
Ethernet – Portland, OR – ethernet333.tumblr.com
The OO-Ray – Portland, OR
Ruhe – Portland, OR – www.worksbyruhe.net
Sliding Scale Admission $5-$15
Alberta Abbey (126 NE Alberta St)
June 8, 8 PM
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/276365555834332/

The first 5 attendees will get a very nice surprise from me. Suffice to say, it involves photos and music.

The second show will be June 16 at Tube for Sanctuary Sunday. I’ll have more info about that show closer to the date.

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May 20th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

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3m33s compilation

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Happy 3/3, everyone! Proud to announce that I have a track on Le Berger’s 3m33s compilation. All tracks are 3 minutes, 33 seconds. I am number 31 on the list.

In other 3m33s news, this track is also featured on this mix by Complex Silence. More info about the mix here.

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March 3rd, 2013 at 4:28 pm

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SEQUENCE5

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Proud to announce that my track “Barriers” was selected as a track on futuresequence’s SEQUENCE5. It’s in excellent company, including Olan Mill, Yann Novak, and the duo Andere. And it’s free! Please download and enjoy.

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November 17th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

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Barriers (A Submission for SEQUENCE5)

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My submission for Futuresequence’s SEQUENCE5. Long-form OP-1 loop mixed with overdrive, reverb and strings.

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November 12th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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Live Set from Gigantic Gallery

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My live set from the first Tiny Concert at Gigantic Gallery featuring me and Sun Hammer. If there was a theme from this night’s performance, it was giving up control. I have been working with the OP-1 and attempting to make the sounds that come out of it more unpredictable for me, forcing me to shape my improv around its whims. I used a lot of randomization of sample start points in the sampler as well as aleatoric sequencing (such as the tombola sequencer) to achieve this.

So this wasn’t the most perfect of sets, but it pointed me in new and exciting directions to explore.

Photo by Ashley Henderson.

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October 22nd, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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Two Upcoming Shows in October

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I will be playing two shows this October.

The first is for an Art Party Benefit for the Portland Food Bank at The Slate (2001 NW 19th Ave, #104) on October 13. Free beer and wine, and free admission. I will be playing with my good friend Eyepennies, who starts at 6 PM. I will be playing at 7 PM. For more info, please check out the Facebook Event.

The second is the inaugural concert for Gigantic Gallery’s Tiny Concert Series on October 20 (1720 NW Lovejoy #103). I will be playing with Jay Bodley, aka, Sun Hammer. The concert starts at 7, and will also be free. Despite the name, Gigantic is a tiny space, so if you’d like to come, come a little early to get a seat.

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October 9th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

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Tessellations Release Party

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Tessellations Release Party

More info about the Tessellations release party. Marc and I will play solo and together at Beacon Sound, with a DJ set from Mike Jedlicka. We’ll have copies for sale and beer to drink. Come Celebrate with us, and say hi!

More information can be found here: Tessellations Release Party

Written by Ted

August 31st, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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“Tessellations” officially released today!

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Tessellations,” my collaboration with Marcus Fischer is now officially released! It’s a limited edition of 250 vinyls available from Optic Echo, Experimedia in North America, Norman Records (UK) and Stashed Goods (UK, link to come). Note that the vinyls come with a download code with a bonus track, “Music for Caverns” as well.


Photo by Seth Chrisman

Marc and I have a long history of playing music together, mostly with me as a guest with his band Unrecognizable Now, in both recordings and live performances. So when Mike Jedlicka of Optic Echo Records asked us to collaborate on an album together, it was a natural progression.

We got together for five live tracking sessions in his studio, Arbor Suite, and recorded nearly 4 hours of long form improvisations on various instruments. I played cello, piano, synthesizer, and guitar, and Marc played his panoply of instruments, including guitar, lap-harp, tuning forks, electric piano, and percussion. We are both used to filling the spectral space by ourselves and it was a learning process to discover musical structures and playing styles that would work for both of us.

After that, it was a long process to shape each improvisation into a finished piece. Our goal was to preserve the feel of the improvisations (some of which were over 20 minutes long), while finding their true shape as a song. To that end, we mercilessly edited, resequenced, overdubbed and processed each improvisation into a piece.

I can say proudly that this is some of our best work and that our collaboration coalesced into a style that is pretty different and adventurous from our solo work. I hope that you all will take a chance on listening to “Tessellations” and it brings you somewhere new in your listening adventure.

Written by Ted

August 28th, 2012 at 11:49 am

“Tessellations” 12-inch now ready for Preorder!

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I am proud to announce that “Tessellations,” my collaboration with Marcus Fischer is now available for preorders via Opticecho records. All orders will immediately shipped. It will also be available via Stashed Goods (UK), Experimedia, and Norman Records on its official release date of August 28, 2012.

This record was over a year in the making and is the culmination of years of ongoing collaboration with Marcus. The tracks started with live improvisations that were restructured, overdubbed, and resequenced. We both played a wide variety of instruments, including cello, lap harp, tuning forks, synthesizers, guitar, and percussion.

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August 15th, 2012 at 10:46 am

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