New Music and Pictures

I have music up on bandcamp for a new project called The Long Hunt, which features Allison Kacmar Richards on bass and Mark Lyons on drums. Music can be heard here or in the player below.

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I also have pictures available from a recent Emily Rodgers mini tour to the Candy Factory in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and The Windup Space in Baltimore, Maryland. The pictures include shots of the band Here Inside, who also shared the bill at the Lancaster show.

Emily Rodgers Band in NYC

Emily Rodgers Band played Union Hall in Brooklyn over the weekend in support of their latest album Two Years, released in June on Misra Records. Sharing the stage were solo performances by Rebecca Pronsky and Serena Jost. All images copyright 2016 by Trevor Richards, and may not be used or reproduced in any way without prior written permission.

 

Emily Rodgers Band on PCTV, Promote New Album

Yesterday evening Emily Rodgers Band did an in studio interview and performed three songs on PCTV’s  new television series Hugh Shows. The episode is currently being edited and will be available to view shortly. Past episodes are available to watch on PCTV’s YouTube channel. The performance and interview were in promotion of Rodgers’ third release, 2 Years, which comes out today on Misra Records. The album is currently up for streaming on the Stereo Embers Magazine website, which also includes a review. A CD release show is scheduled at Club Café on June 18, with a pre-sale ticket price of $8.

In other ER news, there was a recent article in the City paper, which can be read here. Three music videos have been released as well, embeded below.

A Trip Out West: Landscapes of Colorado and Utah.

Notice: All images are the exclusive property of Trevor Richards. They are made available for your personal viewing enjoyment only. No images are within the Public Domain. The photographs may not be copied, reproduced, redistributed, manipulated, projected, used or altered in any way without prior express written permission.

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Allison and I just returned from a 10 day camping and hiking trip through some of the national parks of Colorado and Utah. This was our first trip that far west and by far the most distance driven in such a short amount of time. When it was all said and done, the car odometer said we drove 4,021 miles, about a thousand more than I originally thought, an understatement that was mainly due to fuzzy math combined with road fatigue.

Over the course of the trip, we traveled through the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Missouri, and West Virginia; passing through a handful of major cities, including Toledo, Chicago, Omaha, Denver, Kansas City, Topeka, Indianapolis, Dayton, and Columbus. We visited and/or camped in a handful of national parks, including the Colorado National Monument, Arches, Canyonlands, San Juan National Forest, Canyons of the Ancients, and Mesa Verde.

Yes, all the cliches about the west are true. Everything out there is huge. Any sense of space and distance gets thrown out the window once the field of view is determined by miles instead of feet. Its a strange thing to see something that’s fifty or a hundred miles away. Its also a strange thing to drive thirty minutes in one direction and the skyline more or less stays the same. Its hard to explain.

Luckily, the camera can help fill the gap where words fall short and this was definitely a good place to take pictures. Everything seemed to frame itself on its own, especially in the dramatic landscapes of Southeastern Utah. I’ve joked before that a novice photographer in these places could drop a camera, have it go off, and the picture would turn out looking like a postcard. This place is just so visually interesting that its really hard not to take a good picture.

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This was also the first time I really committed myself to exclusively shooting in the RAW format, which I think really paid off in the long run since I had some flexibility in white balance, exposure, and saturation, among other things. This also gave me the chance to choose between black and white and color versions of different scenes, rather than being married to one or the other.

Shooting in the harsh daylight had its downsides, but the extra light allowed me to mostly shoot in iso 100, f10 on most of my landscape scenes. I think I was able to get a few as high as f16 for that extremely crisp in-focus look. Most of the time I was shooting hand-held because we were often hiking and I didn’t want to lug a 5 pound tripod in addition to a 20 pound day-pack. It was a nice learning experience, for sure.

All in all, I think I shot about 1300 photos, many of which were doubles or even triples of me trying out different exposures. That said, these landscape shots are just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Allison has a ton on her cellphone too, so I am sure there will be a follow-up post coming soon.

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The Drone Machine

Playing this kind of music, and I’ll use the term “music” liberally here, is kind of like riding down a big hill on a bike with no brakes. Its really easy to get going, its really hard to stop, and there is the real potential for a crash at any time. The cyclist has some element of control over general direction, but the hill has just as much influence on that aspect as anything else.

This particular configuration consists of an Arturia Beatstep step sequencer, a Microbrute analog synth, an Electro-Harmonix Superego, a Moog Moogerfooger ring modulator, and an MXR Carbon Copy delay. The gear sits on an SKB PS-45 pedalboard, which has been modified with a second tier. This is the same basic setup I used on my last album, (((HUM))).

What could be seen as an embarrassment of riches, using all this gear for simple drones, having immediate access to all the knobs, buttons, keys, wheels, and dials allows for more expressive sounds than what I’ve ever been able to achieve with software synth patches and “all in one” hardware synths. The analog nature of the gear, the lack of save menus, as well as the 1:1 functionality of all the knobs, creates unique play sessions that can never be re-created and that have an intrinsic element of chaos and discovery, happy accidents and utter failure.

(((HUM))) featured on Caliper Music

Matt at Caliper Music was kind enough to feature (((HUM))) on his experimental music blog, located at calipermusic.blogspot.com. His site contains a wealth of interesting and inspired experimental artists and I urge everyone reading this to go on over and have a listen. With daily entries, I can guarantee there will be something to catch the ear of just about any type of fan of the genre. Also, don’t forget to add and follow him on facebook and twitter.

New Music Now Available!

(((HUM))) Pre-order

(((HUM))) is now up for pre-order on my bandcamp page, with all nine tracks becoming fully available for download on Tuesday,  January 5th. Three songs can be downloaded and streamed right now- “Voice of the mountain, Voice of the sky”, “Memorial”, and “(((HUM)))”. Check out the player below to have a listen.


The Maddening Parade, a New Album by Jesse Spillane

I recently had the pleasure of mastering Jesse’s latest solo release, The Maddening Parade and let me tell you , this thing rocks. There are just so many sounds and layers to it- from jazz to funk, electronic, rock, experimental, and even orchestral- I really do believe this album has something for everyone. A must listen for anyone who likes interesting, dynamic and stimulating instrumental music. I’m playing guitar, ebow, and lap steel on the song “Sun Dried”.

Compelling music and art go hand in hand, and such is the case here with the most excellent cover done by Cynthia Lee. You can check out more of her work at www.greenonioncomix.xyz

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Please go over to Jesse’s bandcamp page and show him some support. Word has it, if you write him a haiku, he will send you a code that redeems a free download of the entire album. I’m not making this up, the details are on his page. Check out the player below.

 

 

(((HUM))) 01/05/2016 release date

The mastering stage is complete and I have decided on a release date of January 5th. The final track listing and song order are as follows:

  • $pace! (feat. Jesse Spillane)
  • Voice of the Mountain, Voice of the Sky (feat. Allison Kacmar Richards, Jesse Spillane, and Mike Smales)
  • (HUM)
  • Howl
  • Shaman of the Northern Forest (feat. Allison Kacmar Richards)
  •  ((HUM))
  • Memorial (feat. Jesse Spillane and James Dittrich)
  • (((HUM)))
  • Conduit

So yeah, nine songs, totaling about 45 minutes worth of music. I am really happy with how everything turned out. It was a slightly longer road than expected to get to this destination, but I believe it was worth it. Check back later in the week, as I am planning on releasing one or two preview songs before Friday.

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