So happy to see this gorgeous literary journal arrive in the mail today from New Plains Review! I’ve got two pieces in it, “cactus” and “vines” – you can get a copy today from Amazon! ORDER HERE ISBN 9781737199205
just in time for your summer vibes~
NEW LA SUDAR! drops 6/22/21
- The Debussy Loops 2
- The Debussy Loops 6
- The Debussy Loops 4
- The Debussy Loops 9
I’ve been wanting to make a record like this for a long time.
I’ve been working on writing and composing in the ambient space for a few years now, with mixed results. Listening back on the La Sudar stuff I’ve put out over the years in anticipation of this new record, I’ve found some of it fun, some of it interesting, some of it bloated, and some of it unlistenable. It’s been educational. When working on a piece, the urge to tinker, to add, to dress up the music can be overwhelming. But when I’m able to let that go, and get out of the way of the music, it can lead to some spectacular results.
The best thing, however, about getting into ambient music, and starting to think about what I might want my ambient music to sound like, was being able to browse active ambient, drone, and experimental artists releasing music around the world right now on sites like Bandcamp. Bandcamp makes finding new sounds really easy through its tags; it has expected ones like ‘drone’ and ‘ambient’ but also more intriguing ones like ‘plant music’ and ‘musique concrete’ that allowed me to scratch very specific itches I hadn’t been aware of.
While I’d always loved jammy, spacy music (bands like Pink Floyd, Spiritualized, The Velvet Underground, and Phish have all been favorites since college or before) I didn’t start specifically seeking out ambient music until I bought a synth back in 2015 or so and started to become intrigued by the idea of writing in that space. The first stuff to really blow me away was a series of pieces called The Disintegration Loops by William Basinski. I found it transcendent in a literal way, almost more of a painting than music, a true four dimensional work of art. It made me want to put out a true looping project one day, but I could never seem to find the right music to loop.
Then one day a few months ago, I was listening to an LP of Debussy Preludes (Books I and II) when it began to skip. A lightbulb went off in my head. I grabbed my phone and held it up to the speaker and hit record. When it had cycled a few times I hit stop. The audio file I’d captured was maybe three seconds of actual music, and the sound of the skip. But I slowed it down, sped it up, reversed it, reverbed it, distorted it, stretched it and turned it inside out, and before I knew it I had more loops than I knew what to do with. I’m still working on it. There will probably be a Volume 2, unless I get sidetracked by this new snippet I have from when my Chopin record skipped last week.
So this was a fun record to make. I hope you enjoy listening to it. I’d been wanting to do a homage to Basinski’s loops for years, so this feels like an actual accomplishment. It releases on Bandcamp Tuesday June 22, just in time for your Summer vibes. If you want to know more about it just hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excited to announce that I have a new piece called “fog” that drops today in the new issue of the online literary journal WILD ROOF. You can check it out online here. They also have a podcast and lots of workshops and resources for writers so go check it out!
With today’s Audio Saturdays post, we’ve hit 200 straight days of new content. That’s 200 straight days of new poetry, photography, writing, and visual art. New content every day here at Sunshine and Wind. Next stop 365.
Hello friends! We’re excited to let you know that we’ve got a new poem “kentucky” that premieres this week on the fantastic literary press website Prometheus Dreaming. We’ve poked around the site a bit and have been very impressed with their offerings – so please go check them out, or give them a follow on Instagram. You can view the site at the following link: https://www.prometheusdreaming.com/. Look for us under “Featured Authors”. Let us know what you think!
Hello friends! We’re excited to let you know that we’ve got a new poem “only one way out” that premieres today in Pinky Thinker Press #2 from Mignolo Arts Center. We’ve been super impressed with their offerings so far and are excited to be a part of the new issue! You can view the PDF of the journal at the following link: https://www.mignolo.art/ptp. We’re on page 28. Let us know what you think!
I’m excited to announce the release of my first book in many years, What a Future. It’s a collection of poems written in Spring 2020 as pandemic and lockdown descended on NYC. You can buy it now at the STORE.
- Pub Date: December 7, 2020
- Pages: 66
- Format: Paperback
cover design by Jake Thomas
You can read a little more about the book here: https://sunshineandwind.com/books/