August 31, 2008: Last Wednesday John Whyte, the designer and advisor, and I finally received a printed proof of the Rusty Pile artwork that we liked. So I gave the OK to proceed with production and the CD will be ready in about 2 weeks. However, rather than go on about something that doesn’t exist yet, I thought I would share some charming Viosac visual material from the distant past (with kind thanks to Cal):
Archive for August 2008
August 6, 2008: Today I transferred more tapes of old Violence and the Sacred recordings from the Akai MG614 to the computer (track outs of the Akai into 4 analog ins of a RME MultifaceII (96K/24 bit), into 4 mono tracks in Cubase). I’m finding this a very enjoyable activity for 2 reasons:
- Listening to all these wacky tapes, some better than others, some are
releasable materials, others best forgotten.
- It gives me a change to read while the transfer takes place. Over
this weekend I read Recovering the Sacred and have started The
Crusades through Arab Eyes.
3 tapes of particular interest today are of a concert Scott and I did with Jim Meneses on July 18, 1988. Jim came up from Philadelphia to play as part of a series of concerts Scott and Myke Dyer were promoting via Panic Productions. Other performers brought to Toronto by Panic included Eugene Chadbourne, Elliott Sharpe, and Jon Rose.
For the recording, Scott and I had one track each and Jim’s drum set was recorded using 2 mics going to the remaining tracks. The concert was entirely improvised and highly successful. There’s about 50 minutes of good material and is stylistically sputtery, niggley, with the feeling of something that wants to get going but stops itself. If I remember correctly, Jim really enjoyed himself. I would like to do a CD or album release of this concert.
This was the first concert Scott and I played after Ted’s departure and also the last concert Scott and I played together. At this point I was taking the first steps on an ill-defined path (being now 25) which would ultimately lead me away from music for a number of years.
1988 was a very hot summer in Toronto. Historical context: The G7 held one of their shameless blab-fests of self-promoting, arrogant entitlement in late June. The anarchist “community” held an unconvention from July 1st to 4th, during which the USA shot down an Iranian civilian airliner killing 290 human beings. This caused general outrage.
The concert took place 2 weeks later, at the Rivoli in Toronto.
August 2, 2008: Yesterday, John Whyte and I delivered the artwork and CD to the local Toronto company doing the production for Rusty Pile. We are both fussy, so it took us some time to come up with a final version. We’re now waiting for a proof from printer before proceeding. So I’m looking at August 15 – 20th to take delivery of the CDs.
The next step will be the most challenging for me: promotion. One good option it to do a concert/release wake. Playing live would be very exciting but as I have almost no contacts left, the self-emphasis of this leaves me a bit cold. My long-term goal is, of course, dissolution of the ego, so the self-orientation of self-promotion is maybe too self for me. Or maybe this is a guise.
Playing live means getting a bit more in shape with the cello and getting some plans for Korg sounds … I find the MS series challenging to play live as you take the risk of making unplanned, inappropriate sounds for the context of what’s going on. The is particularly the case with improvised music which of course this woud be. We’ll see what the next month brings. September is the timeframe I’m thinking of …