Posted 25 September 2013, 11:29
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).
Posted 17 June 2013, 20:01
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
Posted 8 June 2013, 09:44
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.
You may stream and/or download the release in part or in total at http://archive.org/details/SingMenWomenPeople.
Here is a sample track:
Posted 27 April 2013, 18:13
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.
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”
Posted 28 May 2012, 05:10
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
Posted 1 May 2012, 13:58
I am honored and pleased to be the featured artist for May 2012 on StillStream. Many thanks to Shane Morris, Joel Sutton and all at StillStream. They have invited me to perform a live concert over their airwaves this month, and I have gratefully agreed. We will announce a date once I have worked out the logistics.
Posted 2 February 2012, 03:48
I have several interesting and fun live things coming up in February.
Posted 11 January 2012, 03:01
I’m pleased to announce that Stomoxine Records has released Common Misconceptions by Doug Seidel and yours truly. Doug (who is my brother) came up to visit me in NH with his homemade modular synths, effects boxes and other stuff, and we spent a weekend playing and recording. We hope you enjoy the result. Also, make sure to go check out Doug’s music on SoundCloud.
Posted 29 December 2011, 19:18
Some musical goals for the coming year, in no particular order:
Posted 27 December 2011, 19:59
It’s been a very productive year. In fact, I’m pretty surprised at what how much got done, mainly by accepting opportunities as they arose.
I did a lot of live shows playing improvised electronics with no keyboard or laptop. Friendly venues, particularly The House Of Goings On in Manchester (NH) and 119 Gallery in Lowell (MA), provided playing opportunities and many new friends, allies and collaborators. In the end I played 18 shows over the course of the year at a great set of venues (in chronological order): Toadstool Books, BUOY, The House Of Goings On, 119 Gallery, Flywheel, The Stone, The Purple Barn, Opensound, Albany Sonic Arts Collective, The Red Door, The Zoloft, Chailey Mansion, and The Flopera House.
A performance high point of the year: Mary Jane Leach was nice enough to invite me to share her gig at The Stone on June 12, which happens to be both her birthday and mine.
I made a practice of recording as many shows as possible. All the recordings that I’m happy with have been posted to SoundCloud where they are available as individual tracks and also collected in the following set:
The Left-Hand Path by mysterybear
I also wrote and/or published a number of composed (as opposed to improvised) works, which I make using Csound (usually with blue) on a laptop. These pieces are collected in the following set:
Composed: 2011 by mysterybear
Only one netlabel release this year (on someone else’s netlabel, that is), but it’s one I’m very pleased with: Complex Silence 12. I’m flattered that Complex Silence 12 was listed as a notable release for the year by both David Nemeth and C. Reider. Track one (Gyre II) was also accepted into the Disruptive Stillness exhibition at University of Michigan in January.
I participated in two other netlabel releases/projects:
I dipped my toe into the ocean of netlabel publishing with the first two releases on my own netlabel:
I decided to re-release Sublimation (originally a CD-R, then a NetNewMusic netlabel release) on Bandcamp and actually sold a few copies.
I collaborated, actively and passively, with several people in the course of the year:
I was fortunate to have gotten a few very nice reviews around the web:
Finally, it was very nice to be selected as SoundClouder of the Day on August 25. Thanks, guys!
All in all, it was a very gratifying year, and I’m hoping for another one in 2012. I hope that I didn’t forget anyone or anything, but if I did, I’ll revise this post as necessary.