Before Orbr's Maiden Voyage 

Even though I released Orbr’s debut single Circuit City in June 2020, I was laying the groundwork for Orbr’s true maiden voyage the previous summer. 

Orbr is my drum & bass avatar, but the first few songs I recorded under that name were far from the world of jungle. I knew I wanted to lean hard in a sci-fi direction, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use house, techno, ambient, or even experimental as the genre vehicle for that work. 

I came across the Cassena Lander masters recently and decided they deserved a quick remaster and re-release for posterity. And for fun!

You can stream the Cassena Lander EP songs for free at my other blog.

A shorter version of the Cassena Lander EP was released briefly on Bandcamp in late 2019, and then taken down when I realized I wanted to take things in a D&B direction. 

There’s a naive simplicity at work here, which is understandable given I’d worked with GarageBand for exactly a month before recording these songs. (I hadn’t even heard of Logic at this point.) 

The lack of sophisticated production techniques is a refreshing change from some of the more bonkers recent Orbr adventures. It’s almost a relief to the ear. Three of the five songs are more or less straight ambient, giving the EP a nice spacey vibe.

Hope you enjoy!

Mystery Rasta Collaboration Coming Soon!  

Oh gosh!

I spent the last week putting the finishing touches on a new collaboration with some insanely talented British MCs.

The Horn of Babylon is coming soon! Looks like a mid-February release date.

This will be my first international collaboration as Orbr. I am beyond stoked! More deets to follow...

Stay tuned, and happy holidays!

It's Almost Spooktober! 

Whew! What a ride.

I finally have enough Orbr songs recorded to release a new single every three weeks through the end of the year. Now it's time to turn my attention to the darker, less structured side of my musical brain—just in time for my favorite month of the year!

Every fall I do an experimental / dark ambient release over at my haunted Bandcamp page. This year is no different.

Actually this year is a little different, because I'm not just releasing a haunted single, or an EP, or even an album—I'm releasing three full-length albums. Not one, not two, but three. (I'm repeating myself because I still have trouble believing it.)

They are

  1. The Inventor's Dilemma, 79-minute journey through soundscapes both delicate and unsettling, melodic and chaotic. Influences include early David Sylvian, Brian Eno, and Tangerine Dream.
  2. The Inventor's Dilemma Remixes, which run the gamut from hip-hop to old-school techno, from atmospheric horror to tropical house, from synthwave to ambient. All nine songs on The Inventor's Dilemma have been overhauled by some of the most talented producers the Twin Cities has to offer.
  3. Copse takes the ideas from The Inventor's Dilemma into even darker territory. It's an hour of minimal, distorted, and brooding experimental songs. Influences include Coil, Throbbing Gristle, Nurse With Wound, and Andrew Liles.

You can stream or download all three albums at my haunted Bandcamp page. You can also stream them on my SoundCloud page and on my YouTube channel.

Meanwhile those Orbr singles will continue to roll out through mid-December, with an EP coming sometime early next year. (Up next: Arcade Racer!)

Stay tuned!

Here Comes Another Oaks Remix 

I just spent a 5-day weekend working on 2 remix projects, and OMG I could 100% do this full-time! The first remix was for MetaPop's Krust remix competition, and the second was for my friends in the local indie rock group Oaks, for their upcoming EP.

I need to spend most of my time getting my promotion game together for my debut release, but damn it felt good to be at the controls again.

Music!

❤️

I Remixed A Krust Song! 

So MetaPop has like these endless remix competitions that I'm just now hearing about. I missed the Total Science competition by just a few days, which kills me.

But I made it in time for the Krust competition! This was huge for me. Krust is a legendary drum & bass producer, but what really got my engines started is that Krust was a member of the notorious Reprazent. Reprazent was responsible for the album New Forms, which completely reshaped the drum & bass world and had a massive influence on my production and tastes in the late '90s.

My submission is here. Wicked!