February 27, 2015

Joy Electric Melody Vinyl

This finally arrived, a couple weeks ago actually. I'm pretty thrilled with how it turned out. What a record!

Get your copy, while you still can at http://www.plastiqmusiq.com

I saw Ronnie last sunday. Justin Jolley and I were in Ohio for the weekend visiting family and Jon Sonnenberg (who is practically family at this point!), and we decided to drop in on Ronnie at his new church. We talked a bit about some future release ideas. We have some interesting stuff up our sleeve! After that we went back to Jon's place and played a wicked game of scrabble.

February 6, 2015

Morton Subotnick - Butterfly #1

I love the concept of this record. Four pieces played on the Buchla Electric Music Box, each one a different butterfly. I don't think I love the execution though. It doesn't really sound like a butterfly to me. It sounds like a boring, sort of radiophonic drone. When I think of a butterfly I think of frantic motion! 

As with all of Subotnick's stuff, I try to imagine what it must have been like to hear it back when it was released. Probably a bit more exciting. And I don't say that to excuse how boring it is! Just to give some slight perspective, or ideas for a different perspective. I remember when I found a cassette tape of his Silver Apples of the Moon when I was in high school. I was pretty excited about it.  which reminds me, I've been meaning to post Wendy Carlos' review of Silver Apples from Electronic Music Review Magizine. It's a scathing review, but also somehow very nice and complimentary? Only Wendy.