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!
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.)
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.
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.
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.
In 1998 I had the insanely exciting opportunity to get signed to an independent record label in San Francisco. The label, Cosmic Flux Musiq, released a handful of my songs before closing up shop a few years later.
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.
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.
I spent most of the early '90s chasing down one rave compilation CD after another with next to no idea what I was doing. I was just about to turn 20 and I didn't have a lot of cash to throw around. I spent hours in record stores, tortured over which of a handful of CDs I wanted to hear the most.