Crave

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.

Update, 2014-08-24
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:

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Record Store Shows

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):

More information coming on the CD release party, but there will be other performers and refreshments!

~60 Hz Released

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.

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Absence sleeps between the buildings at night.

Posted 31 January 2014, 13:06

Image copyright 2014 John Kannenberg

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).

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Stuff I Did in 2013

Posted 2 January 2014, 15:18

Overview

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:

Details of Releases and Live Performances

CD-R release

Netlabel releases

SoundCloud tracks

Live performances

Reviews

2014

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Sing Men and Women!

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:

Oscillation on AnalogPath

Posted 25 September 2013, 10:29

I am pleased to announce that the AnalogPath label has just released my CD-R called Oscillation. As usual for AnalogPath, this is a limited edition of 100 copies.

The album consists of two tracks: “Transpiration” (a Csound/blue piece previously released on my SoundCloud account) and the title track (a live-performance, mostly-analog piece made especially for this release).

Links:

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Coming Soon: ~60Hz

Posted 17 June 2013, 19:01

In the fall of 2012, I had an idea for a piece called ~60Hz (pronounced “around sixty Hertz”). My intention was to work on a somewhat larger scale than in previous work, both in terms of length and effort over time. After several months of work, I ended up with a three-part piece, just over 52 minutes long, made entirely of precisely-generated sine waves and characterized by the pervasive use of binaural beats.

I’m pleased to announce that ~60Hz will be coming out later this year as a CD on Irritable Hedgehog, David McIntire’s small and highly focused label devoted to minimalist and postminimalist music in both acoustic and electronic realms.

I will write more about ~60Hz when the music is actually available to be heard. In the meantime, here is the initial announcement via the latest Irritable Hedgehog newsletter, along with other interesting news. The article includes a preview of Scott Unrein’s beautiful cover design: Irritable Hedgehog 2013 Q2 Newletter

The Quiet Sun

Posted 27 April 2013, 17:13

I’ve been remiss in blogging here, instead relying on SoundCloud and Tumblr to announce individual tracks as I put them out, though I do collect performance recordings on the performance archive page and I mention new tracks in passing on the front page. But last year, as it turned out, was mostly about live performances and recorded improvisations. This year is shaping up to be more about album-type releases and longer pieces. Accordingly, I will be posting here more often.

My first netlabel release of the year is The Quiet Sun, on the Vuzh Music label. Here’s the blurb from Vuzh:

Feedback implies pure chaos, but here you find gesture, intent, expression within the chaos. Something between harsh noise music and that exploring expressiveness of Jimi Hendrix’s most noisy, feedback-laden moments, Dave Seidel explores these sounds and finds analogies with that life-giving ball of energy, the Sun.

Please go to the Vuzh website to stream and/or download the release.

Here is track 1, “Epicycle”

Mysterybear Drone Radio on StillStream

Posted 28 May 2012, 04:10

The folks at StillStream, having unexpectedly and very kindly chosen me as their Artist of the Month for May, have also given me the opportunity to put together an hour-long mix for broadcast on Sunday May 27 at 8:30PM EDT (7:30PM CDT). It will play over their internet radio stream, and I will make it available afterwards for streaming and download. I don’t know exactly what it will contain yet, but you can expect It contains a mixture of live-recorded/analog/improv and generated/digital/composed work and perhaps a few words.

Update: the total length is a little over an hour (1:11:05). Also, the direct Shoutcast link for the stream is http://srv3.electro-music.com:8500/.

Update 2: The link to stream or download the entire show is http://archive.org/details/mb02-mysterybear-drone-radio-podcast-1