Posted 8 March 2015, 11:31
My interview with Aaron Krister Johnson of UnTwelve is up now. Thanks very much to Aaron for your interest, and for providing me an opportunity to talk about my music!
Posted 1 February 2015, 11:09
I periodically google for mentions of ~60 Hz, to discover mentions and review that I missed. Even when they contain links, they usually link to the Irritable Hedgehog page. This is appropriate, but it also means that I don’t gets hits on my site that I can follow back to the source. This weekend I found four nice ones, including two more “best of” lists:
- Roamin posted on That Was My Jam and elicited some good comments. Favorite: “music that stops me in my tracks”.
- Here is a review on a blog hosted on the South Korean site Tistory. If I can trust Google Translate, it’s a positive review. I can’t figure out who the author is.
- Doug DeLoach included the album in his favorite releases of 2014 post on Creative Loafing Atlanta. This is probably my favorite one-line review to date: “A transcendently wondrous hum permeates this simple yet richly varied meditative exercise in sine wave manipulation.”
- Martin P included me in his Best of 2014 list on the Musique Machine webzine.
Sincere thanks to these folks for noticing the release and being moved to regard it in a positive light. It is much appreciated.
Posted 4 January 2015, 13:47
Here are a few things I have in mind for 2015. Hopefully at least some of them will come to fruition; the universe may be indifferent to our plans, but one must start somewhere. Not presented in any particular order, and certainly not intended to be complete:
- Release the full-length (47 minute) version of Prism, Mirror, Lens
- Music/sound design for a new production of Beckett’s PLAY
- Make a piece to submit to EMM 2015
- Continue working with Laurie Amat on our Palimpsest project, for performance and eventual release
- An Ouroboros reunion with Bill Bacon and Greg Kowalski
- Other collaborations:
- Andy Kivela
- Ian Durling
- Alan Morse Davies
Here are the gigs that are scheduled so far:
- January 22: solo set at Club Bohemia in Cambridge, MA
- February 27-March 1: XFest in Holyoke, MA (an ensemble improv set and a set with Palimpsest)
- March 26: solo set in the Circuit Bridges concert series at Gallery MC in NYC
Posted 31 December 2014, 18:27
It has been a full and interesting year. Some highlights:
- My piece ~60 Hz was released as a CD on the Irritable Hedgehog label featuring beautiful artwork by Scott Unrein and a great liner note essay by Marc Weidenbaum.
- I created a live soundtrack for Greg Kowalski’s production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave, which Greg, Dei Xhrist and I presented at the New York Fringe Festival. I adapted this work as a release on the Stasisfield netlabel called Absence sleeps between the buildings at night.
- I performed the new piece Prism, Mirror, Lens at Electronic Music Midwest, where I had a great time and made a number of new friends and allies. I hope to release a full-length version of this piece in some form sometime in 2015. On the same trip, I played my first gig in Chicago (at Space Oddities), which was a lot of fun, and also a great opportunity to hang out with and share a bill with Cinchel, Jason Soliday, and Mike Weis.
- I participated in several collaborations:
- I made my first two submissions to 60×60, and participated in three Disquiet Junto projects.
- I played with the Dave Kontak Ensemble, a group dedicated to the use of Dave’s unique instruments.
I got a few nice reviews:
It was very nice to be mentioned on a few end-of-year lists from people I respect:
Finally, here’s a playlist of all the individual tracks I published on SoundCloud in 2014 (in chronological order):
Posted 24 August 2014, 11:36
For the past year or so, I’ve been working with my friends video artist Greg Kowalski and artist/musician/hellraiser Dei Xhrist on a new production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave). We were fortunate to be accepted into the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. We’ve now completed the first three of our five performances, and are very happy to have received a glowing review from James Alexandratos of The Public Reviews. The entire review is worth reading (in my completely unbiased opinion), but personally I am partial to the section that refers to “Dave Seidel’s brilliantly subtle sound design.” Thank you, Mr. Alexandratos!
For more on the production, including stills and clips, see Greg’s site. As of the date of this posting, there are two more performance FringeFest performances coming up on August 23 and 23 (see the preceding link for all the details).
I will also mention my release Absence Sleeps Between The Buildings At Night, which is based on the work I did for Crave.
Our FringeFest run is over, and it went well. We hope to eventually announce another NYC-area performance at some point in the not-so-distant future.
I’m pleased to note that we have received two additional positive reviews:
Posted 3 April 2014, 21:27
I have some shows coming up, all at record stores. This may have something to do my new CD. The first one is tomorrow night (as I write this):
- Friday April 4 at Turn It Up (Brattlboro, VT) with Hen Metrics
- Friday May 30 at Toadstool Bookshop (Peterborough, NH) CD RELEASE PARTY
- Monday June 2 at Weirdo Records (Cambridge, MA)
More information coming on the CD release party, but there will be other performers and refreshments!
Posted 25 February 2014, 17:40
I am very happy to announce that my piece ~60 Hz has been released on CD by the Irritable Hedgehog label. It features liner notes by Marc Weidenbaum and a beautiful design by Scott Unrein. Many thanks to David D. McIntire, Michelle Allen McIntire, and Andy Lee of Irritable Hedgehog for publishing my music on their label. This is my first CD under my own name.
The release may be streamed and purchased (download or CD) at http://recordings.irritablehedgehog.com/album/dave-seidel-60-hz.
Posted 31 January 2014, 13:06
John Kannenberg’s Stasisfield netlabel has just released Absence sleeps between the buildings at night. This work is an off-shoot from a project I’ve been working on with Greg Kowalski, a unique multimedia production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave). It’s a bit of a departure from my previous work, both in its dark tone and its heavy use of field recordings. These properties developed from my response to the material and the needs of the performance. I think of this work as anti-ambient; it is droney and may be listened to in the foreground or in the background in common with ambient music, but it deliberately does not partake of the soothing quality we tend to associate with that genre. Instead, I mean to invoke more of a sense of unease, which seemed to me to be appropriate to Kane’s work.
Here is a track from the release:
The complete release can be found at the Stasisfield site. It is free, and includes detailed liner notes (including credits and links for the field recordings I used, all of which came from Freesound).
Posted 2 January 2014, 15:18
In 2011-2012, I focused primarily on live performance. For 2013, I decided to place more emphasis on putting together longer pieces and sets for netlabel and CD releases. This worked well, with a CD-R on the Japanese AnalogPath label, two netlabel releases on At Sea and Vuzh Music, and a CD forthcoming in early 2014 on Irritable Hedgehog. Along the way, I did a few live performances and at-home recordings, several of which resulted in individual released tracks.
I am pleased to have participated in several collaborations this year:
- a full-length release with Alan Morse Davies
- a track with ancientsolitude (Sebastian Eckert)
- live sound design/incidental music for Greg Kowalski’s multimedia production of Sarah Kane’s play Crave
Details of Releases and Live Performances
- The Limits of Control, made at home.
- Fog, made at home.
- Xfest set, recorded live at 119 Gallery in a quintet with Jack Wright, Jed Speare, Ben Wright, and Dave Miller.
- Triune, made at home, for Disquiet Junto.
- Syncope, recorded live at Sharon Arts.
- Turbulence Study, made at home.
- The Empty Quarter, recorded live at 119 Gallery. L-A-J reworked/remixed The Empty Quarter in his track Emptied.
- Sketch 2013-07-20, made at home.
- Sketch 1, made at home.
- Sketch 2, made at home.
- Sketch 3, made at home.
- Perturbation, made at home.
- Helical Scansion, made at home.
- Collider, recorded live at Kimball-Jenkins Estate.
- Elementals, made in collaboration with ancientsolitude
- Maxine’s Bells. made at home, for Disquiet Junto.
- 2013-Jan-04: 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) solo, with TL Borden Trio, Triode, and Bats From Pogo
- 2013-Jan-26: 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) with Greg Kowalski (visuals), also Farm Hands, Koulendros Murphree Duo, and Bats From Pogo.
- 2013-Feb-23: 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) spontaneous quintet with Jack Wright, Jed Speare, Ben Wright, and Dave Miller. Recording: Xfest set.
- 2013-Mar-10: Sharon Arts (Peterborough, NH) with Greg Kowalski (visuals). Recording: Syncope.
- 2013-Mar-23: 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) solo, with Evans Grollman Haas Trio, Dua’Duo, and Ricochet.
- 2013-Jul-05: 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) with Greg Kowalski (visuals), also Barn Owl, Guerilla Toss, and BiRdOrGaN. Recording: The Empty Quarter.
- 2013-Oct-05: Kimball Jenkins Estate (Concord, NH) with Greg Kowalski (visuals), also 23 Quartet, Dave Kontak Ensemble, and Marc Bisson & Dei Xhrist. Recording: Collider.
- 2014-12-31: Nude Ears Eve at 119 Gallery (Lowell, MA) duo with Christos Koulendros.
- Early this year I completed a three-part piece for sine waves, begun in the summer of 2012, called ~60Hz, which will be released on CD in early 2014 on the Irritable Hedgehog label. This is my most ambitious work of computer music to date, and I’m very pleased to have my first “real” CD released on Irritable Hedgehog in the company of an increasingly impressive collection of work by composers and performers for whom I have the greatest respect. I’m also very happy that Marc Weidenbaum agreed to write the liner notes.
- I’ve made a set of tracks based on my work for Greg Kowalski’s production of Crave, and am hoping that this will become my first netlabel release of the year.
- I’m learning to play and program a very interesting new digital instrument, the Shnth, and am devising a new performance rig using the Shnth, a couple of Arduino-based controllers, a tiny Raspberry Pi computer, and an Android tablet. The aim is to have a small, easily portable setup (suitable for travelling) incorporating digital elements in an organic way and providing a wide variety of sound-making and processing capabilities.
Posted 28 December 2013, 14:17
This is a collaboration between me and Alan Morse Davies. I made some initial sounds, and Alan did everything else (and added a track of his own). It is released on the At Sea netlabel.
In Alan’s words:
The concept is control and reaction to control. Musically it’s wave interference. Almost all of what you hear here is due to that, not any fancy sonic manipulation.
Track 1 is an overlay of two different live recordings from Mysterybear (one played backwards over the other). That’s all I did, no EQ, compression or effects of any other kind. It’s fully organic weird that is free.
All good? Hurrah, let’s go.
Update (2013-12-28): This release has been available for some months now on Bandcamp on a pay-what-you-wish basis (which can be $0). Please enjoy responsibly.
Here is a sample track: