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Train going by on tracks.The other day we had some unusually warm weather here in the Midwest. I took the opportunity to get out for a walk among the mountains of thawing snow and ice to collect some sounds.

My neighborhood is in close proximity to quite a bit of industry and the train yard servicing that industry is also close by. The sources of these sounds are trains, bridges, trucks, cars, puddles, and drains.

My field recording hardware admittedly has its drawbacks but the results are still worth sharing. I’ve edited the recordings down to some of the more interesting sounds.

SndBnk_Industrial_Sampler

The samples have been consolidated in a .ZIP file for your use. There are 9 files in .WAV format recorded at 44.1KHz/16bit.

Download Sound Bank – Industrial [.zip]

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I’m glad to announce that today my 40 minute soundscape Suffer This Mortal Vessel: An Exorcism was released on The Dark Tapes net label. If you’re not familiar with TDT you need to check their other releases on Tumblr as they’re equally compelling. Or you can follow/stock/like and poke them on their TDT Facebook page.

Now about the track. It’s a dark twisted atmosphere of eerie drones and the pained vocalizations of souls possessed by the supernatural make this one creepy audio workout. TDT says: “… is creepy as fuck cult ass exorcism soundtrack and documentation recording business.”

The sad truth is that I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something around exorcism for a long time now. “How long?” I hear you ask. Well, long enough that some of the samples used in this release were recorded some 6 years ago.

Lamentations aside, it’s here now and that’s a good thing. Even if it did take the better half of a decade to bear fruit.

Download TDT006 + TDT007 at darktapes.tumblr.com

The download page has moved to the grinthieves.com blog.

Download TDT006 + TDT007 at grindthieves.com

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Back in March of 2009 I was invited to perform at one of the Twin Cities so-called “difficult listening sessions.” The Thinktank collective encourages: “… awareness and activity for the harder, darker, stranger sounds of the underground.”

Lacking very little new music to perform I endeavored to develop some new tracks after a long hiatus from music production. Inspiration struck and I began working on a conceptual album based on the retelling of an old black and white suspense story.

The performance went well (ignoring a false start error) and the results were recorded for posterity.  Sadly I was unable to complete all five intended tracks of my new album before the performance and was forced to make due with only three. Shortly thereafter a computer problem derailed the completion of the album and I still have yet to finish it.

For now, this live performance is all that exists of the new tracks. It’s a jungle break fueled ride through some dark and disturbing landscapes. Enjoy.

Year: 2009

Epilektric-Live@ThinkTank_Vol.4

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This collection of techno tracks was constructed entirely on a Yamaha RM1X. Clips were constructed ahead of time but the arrangement was improvised. User Projects was mostly an experiment in creating tracks for live performance utilizing the Yamaha hardware.

Influenced by Detroit and Midwest techno and artists like Plastikman, Joey Beltram, DJ T-1000, Paul Birken, and the Drop Bass Network, these are straight-up techno tracks with a hard and dark bent.

These tracks are a little raw and unfinished with the occasional technical error. Being the unpolished experiments that they are I still feel they stand pretty well on their own despite their flaws.

Year: 2002

Download User Projects [.zip]

01-Epilektric-User Projects-U01

02-Epilektric-User Projects-U02

03-Epilektric-User Projects-U03

04-Epilektric-User Projects-U04

05-Epilektric-User Projects-U05

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The first full length album released under the Epilektric moniker, CD01 has a gritty lo-fi quality to it. The tracks are experimental and highly influenced by IDM artists like Autechre and Aphex Twin although they don’t sound much like those artists.

There was a lot of sound design involved with creating samples for this album. Clips, snips, and bits of processed audio were collected and edited for sequencing. Very little in the way of live FX processing was used.

The tracks in CD01 represent a leaping off point for my exploration into complex rhythmic structures. A music critic might write in his review

“Slices of percussive noise bounce amongst dissonant tonal constructions and disembodied voices.”

But that’s just a lot of B.S. and really it’s an amateur collection of fuzzy sounds imitating better tracks by far better artists.

All in all, I still find this album an interesting listen and queue it up from time to time.

Year: 2001

Download CD01 [.zip]

01-Epilektric-CD01-Fisc

02-Epilektric-CD01-IDM6v2.2

03-Epilektric-CD01-KrakBabies

04-Epilektric-CD01-Prj.v1.1

05-Epilektric-CD01-PupPoo

06-Epilektric-CD01-TrdCntr

07-Epilektric-CD01-Syv

08-Epilektric-CD01-7734

09-Epilektric-CD01-Indisia

10-Epilektric-CD01-Soep

11-Epilektric-CD01-Frac