Motorpranks

Between 2012-2016 I recorded a batch of Guided By Voices covers. A lot of these were done as a tool to teach myself how to play drums, and doing covers is a great way to take a break from the usual writing and clear your head.

As far as GBV is concerned, they’ve been at the top of my list of bands I always return to. I followed them religiously from the second I first heard Alien Lanes in 1995. I haven’t kept up as fanatically as I have in the past but I know what I like and there’s a group of their albums I respect as much as a guy can.

These have now been lying in wait for a couple years as I wasn’t too sure if I’d let these out into the public, but you know me. Why not?

Where to find State Charger

I’ve been busy with State Charger stuff lately. I have decided to not do any further updates about that project on this site. I want to let it live its own life without getting caught up in everything here. So, you can use this tumblr as a jumping off point. There’s soundcloud and bandcamp links there for streaming/buying. Thanks for reading!

Mike Downey Tape: Open World Avalanche

Finally. I have been pysching myself out on this thing. I battled through some bouts of uncertainty but when I felt inspiration it was intense and plentiful. Here’s the result of a real up and down 2017. Available for download at bandcamp

State Charger

New project alert! For the past couple years I’ve been getting more and more into guitar-based looping / ambient experiments or whatever we want to call this. I don’t think categorizing it is all that important. It’s fun to break down the walls of verses and choruses and lean into the world of the the expanding, the evolving and the generative. It clears my head. I would consider it meditation for myself.

I rarely record these sessions, although I have had the tendency to capture short bits on my iPhone or quickly to 4-track. I wouldn’t consider anything I’ve done in this style to be complete, only ideas. And maybe that’s all they are ever supposed to be. Time will tell.

But as the years went by I finally decided that I wanted to document this stuff to a point. And so here we have that, a lone Instagram account which I started a couple weeks ago. The time limit on Instagram is 1 minute. These excursions can last far, far longer, so this is a platform to give a taste as to what some of this stuff sounds like. Please give me a follow if you want and we’ll see where the road takes us.

Mathlete “Teleport” first generation dub

Teleport was originally released on cassette by In a Lighthouse in 1998 in an edition of 200 copies (ILC-5).

A majority of these songs ended up on the Lincolnwood Tech CD on Blackbean and Placenta in 2000, however some of the songs were only available on this tape. I always liked Teleport as it was originally released as a whole and wanted to make it available.

This version was digitized from the only copy I have, which is labeled as #1 of 200. The master tape used for dubbing was nowhere to be found. This tape shows some wear at the begining of “Tape Machines and Tambourines” but cleaned up nicely after the first 30 or so seconds.

I mastered all of the songs from the first generation dub after digitization. The Teleport cassette was not mastered originally; we mixed straight from 4-track to the master tape.

Audio Graves 3, Vol. 12

Ok, finally Audio Graves 3 is out in its entirety. This last one spans 2010-2015 and dips in and out the fidelity spectrum. There are some hints of more polished songs from my Shy Mirrors project to the, you know me, 4-track sludge. As always, these are a lot of work to gather together but at the same time a lot of fun for me personally to compile and relive. I hope you might get some enjoyment out of some of the songs scattered throughout. I can safely say there won’t be another Audio Graves volume any time soon but as the collection of outtakes grows over the years I will surely keep it in mind. Thanks again for hanging with me on this crazy project!

A special thanks goes out to Jason Pierce at mperfect for the 4 collages used for the artwork!

Collages, 2015-2016

For documentation’s sake, here’s a group of collages I’ve done in the past couple years. A couple of these were used as album artwork for my recent releases. I’d like to do more of these; it’s just a matter of getting to the thrift store and getting a new supply of magazines and keeping the X-acto blade sharp.

Audio Graves 3, Vol. 11

Audio Graves 3, Vol. 11 is out now. Next week I’ll round this up with the final installment, then it’s on to releasing new music!

This volume is all fairly new stuff from the past 3 years; a huge amount of it coming from 2016 which turned out to be a prolific year. As usual, these Audio Graves are all previously unreleased and you can grab them for free or pay what you like.

To sweeten the pot I included a couple Guided By Voices covers I did. I don’t cover songs often, but when I do…