Monday, October 8, 2018

(memories of) degraded realms.




"(Memories of) Degraded Realms"

on display as part of "Worlds Within Shadows," curated by Gretchen Heinel




about a year ago, I was contacted to shoot some some footage for what was supposed to be a video for a well-known australian death metal band.

unfortunately, the video didn't get approved and the footage sat around for a while before I began to retool and repurpose it, but I had no direction. this was going to be my first video in a while that wasn't a commission, wasn't going to have a budget, and wasn't going to have a concrete theme around which to center my mind.

"digitally ascendant" had moments of harshness, but I wanted to push everything further. the visuals and the audio needed to be more harsh, anxiety-inducing, and destructive than ever before.

I reached out to the owner and operator of contradiction tapes who, as GRVD, is a purveyor of some of the most enthralling noise I had heard in a long time. he agreed to let me use whatever tracks I wanted off of revenge, so I had my sound.

and although I played around with the visual aspect for months, I still felt lost.


when being creative, I love to have rules and restrictions. they serve as guidelines, inviting me to play along at times and transgress at others, and they help me know where to focus my energy in order to tell a relevant story.

but without a curator and pre-established theme or concept to work from, I hadn't yet devised a story to tell.

I was wandering, grasping, desperate for something hold on to. and then I looked at the ghostly image on the screen and thought of her wandering through worlds of visual brutality and inexplicable forms, desperately pleading with others to join together and see what they might be able to find on the other side.

that was a start.


but the story needed structure, a narrative arc to hold it together.

I thought back to high school. I took a philosophy class called "death and dying," and as my final project, I did my first bit of screen writing that would actually get turned into a film. not a good film, not a film anyone will ever see anywhere ever, but one that fit the assignment: to explore the five stages of grief.

these characters inhabiting this new world, maybe they're mourning their own deaths. maybe they need to travel through that grief in order to find a place, mental or otherwise, where they can exist without fear.

this is that journey.


to visualize this world, I manipulated the original footage using trapcode mir to create expansive wireframe models, and then keyframed particular animations by controlling the various parameters of the plugin. those were then loaded into premiere, colored, mirrored, and blended with additional clips to create something that's (in my opinion) at once ominous and oddly comforting.

I'm honored and excited to be debuting this new video as part of "worlds within shadows" at the garner arts center, curated by gretchen heinel. the opening night coincides with autumn electronix II, curated by lee bartow.

featuring performances from seven sound artists plus merch from cloister recordings and a bunch of others, I can't wait to show off my work alongside so many other talented creators.

getting there from nyc is going to be difficult, but it'll be a trek worth taking.




(autumn electronix II tickets.)





Tuesday, August 28, 2018

the rita - letestu.



The Rita - Letestu

10:19

19.22 MB

1. La Courtisane
2. Paquita


new seven-inch release from the rita dedicated to agnès letestu, a french ballet dancer.

read sam's description of his latest release here, it's much more thorough than I could ever be and I don't feel like paraphrasing.

send him an email to grab a copy and support the artist.




(for ballet purposes only.)





Tuesday, August 21, 2018

lay waste / future of pulse.



Mania / Deterge - Lay Waste / Future Of Pulse


38:17

85.6 MB

1. Deterge - Gun Free Zone (49 And 58)
2. Deterge - See The Screen
3. Deterge - Three Hours, Twelve Minutes
4. Deterge - Stuffed, Soft
5. Mania - Lay Waste



new split from these two legends courtesy of fusty cunt.

copies of the standard edition are still available from the label.

what more can I really say...an intense and cathartic listen, highly recommended.




(buy a copy.)

(for preview purposes only.)





Tuesday, July 24, 2018

cross rot.



Cross Rot - Collection

1:01:51

118.76 MB

1 - 7: Demo II
8 - 11: Demo MMXIII
12 - 21: Ixuvik Reh.
22 - 24: Split with Floridian Winter 
25 - 28: First Light Reh. MMXIII



some of this is already floating around on metal area, but here's the entire cross rot discography courtesy of fallow field.

this newly compiled double-cassette looks and sound great, and comes highly recommended.

it's (gasp) still available from the label via the link below...grab one ASAP.




(buy a copy from fallow field.)


(for preview purposes only.)





Sunday, July 22, 2018

beyond a single breeding cycle.



Scant / Pleasure Island / Shredded Nerve - Beyond A Single Breeding Cycle

53:42

112.33 MB

1. Scant - Segregation
2. Scant - Distancing
3. Pleasure Island - Hall Of Columns
4. Pleasure Island - Preserved In Paraffin
5. Pleasure Island - Laying In State
6. Pleasure Island - Surrounded By Flowers
7. Shredded Nerve - Severe Deficiency
8. Shredded Nerve - Extensive Research Yields No Result



new three-way split courtesy of thousands of dead gods featuring some mainstays of the power electronics scene - scant, pleasure island, and shredded nerve.

the dead gods big cartel seems to be down at the moment, but maybe when it comes back up they'll still have a few copies.

lots of variety here and it all comes together very nicely.

definitely a label to dig into, if you haven't already.




(for breeding cycle purposes only.)





Thursday, July 5, 2018

the rita - sharks and the female form.



The Rita - Sharks And The Female Form

29:12

65.47 MB

1. Untitled
2. Untitled


this new release from the rita comes in some stellar packaging...inserts featuring shark attack photographs and abstract art are paired with torn and blood-spattered women's bathing suit fragments to form a startling and immersive whole.

each side opens with audio of a woman describing a shark attack, followed by very textured yet brittle walls.

I haven't been listening to a ton of HNW lately but sam's work always manages to pull me back in. this one is out of stock from the label but reach out to sam via his blog, he might have a few copies left.

highly recommended.




(bakurita.)


(for shark knifing purposes only.)





Wednesday, June 27, 2018

various artists - häretischer kreis.




Various Artists - Häretischer Kreis

32:39

59.4 MB

1. Swine Soul - Violent Self-Spiraling Forever Towards Utter Oblivion
2. Immatura Morte - Exclamavit Autem Mortis...
3. Xzælthu - Untitled
4. Gormanudr - Ages Of Blood
5. Funerary Temple - Chanting Woes Through The Chambers Of Flesh



co-released by perverse homage and hatework, this compilation brings together a host of stellar artists for a sonically and aesthetically cohesive side of furious black metal.

a few of these artists were new to me, but everything here is great and this easily stands up as one of the finest compilations I've heard all year.

somehow, copies are still available from perverse homage...so grab one quickly and don't miss out.