New Mike Downey Tape release nearing completion. Here’s a quick spin around my recording space with a mixdown of one of the newest songs playing in the background.
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.
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.
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!