You float through the void in your doomed ship, your mates all dead, biding your time staring into a dim mirror, repulsed and entranced by a hideous reflection.
Volume 5 in a series of joylessly noisy musicks is now available for download and streaming on my Bandcamp page. I have to say that this is my favorite in the series. Deep, dark and thematic. Board the doomed ship and find out. Features excellent artwork once again by Austin Gaines.
My friend Shane Gillis has just released a fantastic collection of atmospheric synth rock called Portal. If you’re into cinematic synth-ness, peppered with driving rhythms and tasty guitar leads, then you should definitely give this a cranked-up listen. You can stream with the player below and snag a digital download right from Shane’s Bandcamp page. Dig it!
Dead Dream City, my split CD with TN’s Degtras is available now from Wood & Stone Productions. The disc features 2 longform tracks of darkest drone and deep, pummeling synthesis to rattle your brain. Degtras’ Road To The Dark City puts you on the bleak highway, and my Thomas Ligotti-inspired Nethescurial heralds your arrival in the dead city.
You can order the limited run CDs direct from Wood & Stone, or contact me here to get the right from me. If you’d like a copy, definitely hit one of us up, as they are just about sold out. Digital downloads and streaming are available on Bandcamp.
2 cassettes and a split with Offerbeest are on the horizon from my noise/drone/spoken word group Clawing (Austin Gaines, Matt Finney, Christopher Davis, et al) as well. More info on that as it all comes together.
I also have two new songs on the game soundtrack/gamplay radio station for the horror boardgame magazine Freakface!!! My tracks are Skeletal Reflection 1 & 2 and are presented under the name Joyless Noise.
Thanks for listening!
Tests from the droning, slurpy, mushy, ugly/lovely end of Time Town.
You can order the American edition split cassettes directly from me.
And they are just sounds. Not just any old sounds–but just sounds, really, after all. Different arrangements of synthesis presented in very raw form. These are the final reports from me, soundwise, for the year. I plan to do more Joyless noise and related volumes next year. I also plan on finishing up a long-dormant noisework called Randy & Gary recorded with my friend Jim Tankersley many years ago. But back to the recently-finished Now . . . now.
The first of the last is the third in a series of Joylessly Noisy musicks. Joyless Noise, Vol. 3 is the most joyless of the bunch, I believe. It’s also the least noisy, but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less unfriendly.
Downloads of Joyless Noise, Vol. 3, of course, are free or pay-what-you-want.
The second of the last is a split cassette release with Montreal’s Drub on Cuchabata Records. Two sides of intense drone. My track takes up side B (the empty black side). It’s a 28-minute grind down into an emptiness called “Thoss.” The tapes are available from the Drub site and through the player below. They’re a hand-numbered edition of 50, and include a digital download of the recording. You can order from the above folks, or contact me directly in the U.S. I should have my copies later in the month. Downloads, once again, are free or pay-what-you-want.
I’m also in the process of doing a better job of updating my personal website, as well as trimming it down to something very minimal. Feel free to visit there any old time, and write to belittle me as I fail to update it again for 3 or 4 months.
I’ve got a new short story up on The Five Hundred writing group site. It’s called Normal Horrible. I’ll go on and tell you that there’s a crummy oversight in proofreading on my part that completely ruins the story. Feel free to write me and make me feel shitty about that also.
That’s it. Mostly just some music to help you through the holidays.
Been working hard on another volume of Joyless Noise. Submitted a finished track called “Fog Dial” to the awesome Psycho Raidio. And, yes, that is the way it is spelled. It’s a channel that streams music to play played alongside a killer boardgame called Psycho Raiders. But that’s another story…
I’m hoping to have Joyless Noise, Volume 3 competed and available by Xmas. In preparation for this, and in joyless celebration of cheapness in a cheap world, I’ve changed all my Bandcamp music back to a free/pay-what-you-want model. Piles of music and hard work out there for anyone who cares or wants it.
I’m gonna stack some players up for your listening (dis)pleasure. Try playing them all at once. At work. Or to run off people who won’t leave your house. Or as a soundtrack backing up you doing something bad.
I’m happy to let you know that my latest recording is now available! It’s the second volume in my Joyless Noise series, and it’s on my Bandcamp site for listening or downloading for a simple, virtual one-dollar bill. This one was mostly created with two analog synths–an Arturia MicroBrute & a Moog Voyager (a nice pair!), but I threw in a little lush nastiness with Wolfgang Palm’s Wavemapper and an Ensoniq Fizmo. There are four tracks on Joyless Noise, Vol. 2, and a couple of them are quite long developments. As with Joyless Noise, Vol. 1, I’d encourage folks to listen at jacked-up volumes or through some nice headphones to get the full effect. Art & design was once again created by Austin Gaines, who always kicks ass and always nails the spirit of the music each and every time.
As always, I appreciate your ears and your support.
Endless Tunnels is my latest recording of deep drone pieces, and it’s available now from the good folks at Montreal’s GBS Records. This past weekend was pretty busy, with us laying down 3 new No songs at Sarcophagus Studios in Auburn, AL with Jamie Uertz (Hematovore) . . . and it completely slipped my mind that Endless Tunnels was about to be out there howling its deceptively far-away howls into the voids between human ears (or not!). But, yep . . . it’s swirling away there in the thin darkness of the web, doing its deep dark thing.
This is my second full-length for GBS (alongside the radio performance EP Without Hope), and is very linked to its predecessor, I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me. Once again, I used Boulanger Labs’ amazing csGrain granular processor/filter to manipulate live sound, but this time, instead of playing the Moog guitar through it, I used an Arturia MicroBrute, which is an amazing little analog synth. These were great sessions, where I was able to really feel swallowed up by the sound being created live there in the recesses of my basement. It works well at all volumes, but, as always, I’d recommend listening to it as loud as you can stand through a good system that you sonically trust. There’s a possibility of a future limited cassette release as well. More on that soon! Until then, feel free to listen, download and enjoy!
I have enjoyed myself immensely making music this year. I’ve gathered up all the noise I’ve created in 2013 and put it here for full streaming. I hope you have a blast listening, and might want to pick up copies/downloads for your ears. Most things I personally release outside of what is put out there by other labels are priced from $1 to $5. Every little bit really helps me in being able to continue doing one of the few things that I truly love.
I deeply appreciate everyone who has supported all my work along the way. I can never thank you enough.
Below are players for everything I’ve done in 2013! Fire ’em up, enjoy…and thank you!
I Wonder What Ever Became Of Me: Deep, deep drone on Moog guitar, live through csGrain.
Baghouse – 3/16/13: Time-bending improvisation on Moog guitar with Baghouse from Athens, GA.
Fantasy Violence – Frangments: Instrumental electronic music created completely on a pair of iPads via Dropbox with my friend Christopher Davis (Battle Path) from TN. Limited edition tapes here.
Mothmeat – Instrumental acoustic guitar music with my friend Drew Martin (BPM, Distant Kin).
Migration Of The Device – Originally conceived to be on half of a split lp. Could happen one day. Until then, there are these 4 digital incantations. Massive electronics & curses.
Suckbuddy – Two Lips: 2nd release by my buddy Keith Goodwin (Liquid Brick, Pferd) and I wiring up our synths and making one huge instrument.
Borne Down Upon: My third solo recording of dark electronic music. Completes a trilogy of recordings that I began in 2011. My favorite of the three.
Without Hope: Longform drone on the Moog guitar. Recorded live on the air on WUOG in Athens, GA.
All this, plus even more racket can be found at jeffmcleod.net. Thanks for listening!