Last year Locher brought us Conversations, today he releases Conversations (Revisited). In Locher’s words “This newly revisited and extended sound piece consists of a serial chain of phone calls. The first without a response on the other side is recorded. The confused answerer repeating, “Hello? Hello?” is then used to playback in a new call to another randomized receiver. That person’s response is then taped and played back for another confused recipient, over and over again… I’d like to think of it as mastering the prank call, see what you think? The role of the music is to reveal the life that invisibly flows in and through us at all moments. That music is continuous; it is only we who turn away.”
Brandon made the 20 of 2012 list on this site, mainly for his consistant explorations within sound art via My Idea Of Fun, “a Johnstown, PA based collective of musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, and writers.” The new year looks bright for B.L. with this new release and his other project The Meets LP coming this summer.
2012 was an interesting year for Holly and me. We learned we’d become parents, due date late January 2013. Our son’s name is Cove, he now is the proud owner of years of collecting music, and a few choice instruments. My first album came out under Nomadic Firs, which had so many weird, and exciting moments. With those two big items I give you this random list, which is a collection of Artists I heard getting played over and over again in our house. These are some of the folks that took me out of my own creations, and allowed me to just be a fan of music again. Something I honestly misplaced, and the reason I do this site. So cheers to all of you for making this last year fun for us, we appreciate it.
Jaaska (FKA Nite Moves)
A Tree For Climbing
The Through and Through
The new music video from Brandon Lochers project The Meets, is an experimental piece no doubt. Directed by Locher, Even When The Time Comes simply shows some cool images, riddled with enough movement to keep you watching, but what sticks here is the song above all else. The Meets first single sounds like what you would imagine if somehow we were able to rewrite history, and the Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique featured Medeski Martin and Wood, as the featured guests. It has all the imagination of those two trend setting groups, and when I first heard it I was floored. It’s a throw back piece, from the mind of a dude I think represents a profound fabric in this generations crowded songsters. He’s one of my favorites cats around, wise background in music, no doubt about it, and he clearly knows to call on his friends when he wants to knock down a sound. Nab the FREE ep here, via bandcamp.
Running a blog isn’t entirely too difficult, but what is hard is trying to establish a solid writing rhythm. A style that doesn’t repeat itself, much of this is the responsibility of the writer, and a decent fraction of the work depends on the content you’re trying to share.
Brandon Locher is a recording, and visual artists from Johnstown, PA. He picked up the art in 2006, and has over 50 releases under a variety of monikers. Brandon is what you call DIY at its rarest form. He’s innovative, prolific, and seems a purest to the art of creative exploration, which is just a fancy way of saying experimental. As a writer, his email regarding his amazing piece of sound art, “Conversations, 2012” is exactly what I needed to hear to remove the stagnation of repeating myself over and over again. Brandon explains the projects as “mastering the prank call” and described the process as “spontaneous communication, by fooling the person into thinking that they are talking to an actual person, when only they are responding to a recording of the previous recorded person’s conversation response.” The results are fascinating, refreshing, and Locher’s dedication to sound experimentation is all over his Soundcloud page, so while I posted on the this particular piece, there’s a nice batch of goodies to explore. Make sure to go to this website and see the catalog here.
~ Ryan Boos