Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Spaceship Earth

"Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011."

Happened to view this alongside the demo version of "Come Down Easy" from Forged Prescriptions...oddly perfect.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Geburah: The Radical Intelligence


Sungod continues laboring at a slow but sure pace, compiling ever more audio incantations to satisfy an as yet unstated force of collective will. Seven crumbling and decaying magnetic memory spirals hold an estimated five hours of universal sound captured between the summer and winter solstices. Thus far, ten completed pieces occupy an hour's temporal breadth. This concentrated manifestation of creation will serve to generate the interest of wide dispersion to the inhabitants of this communal starship, Earth. In the meantime, we continue our Great Work without lust for result, living only in the glory of the present and letting the unconscious dictate the terms of forward movement.

We shall speak more to the content and how our sound progresses when this mass of vibrations assumes more coherent forms. We hope to have enough workable material for several releases taken from the same body of waves, but it remains difficult to speak concretely before everything nears completion. I can say that it represents our finest and most diverse artistic statements thus far and channels everything we love of the exploratory cosmic music of the last 40 years, whether that be krautrock, minimilism, free/spiritual jazz, droning ambience, Berlin school electronics, or the pan-rhythmic excursions of the African continent.


The repress of "Laurentide & Cordilleran + Others" on Sonic Meditations will see release within the next couple of months. Details on that as we know more, but for now, check out this nice write up describing the background of the repress and the music itself:

"Sungod from Austin, Texas have been working hard and consistently since I was introduced to them at SXSW in 2011. Expo '70 shared the same stage that night early on in the showcase week along with Quiet Evenings, Hubble, Woodsman, Toby Aronson, Kevin Shields, Thousand Foot Whale Claw, just to name a few. Unfortunately I arrived to the show just as Sungod were in on the main stage performing, I didn't get to catch much that evening, but Mike of Sungod and I swapped tapes. Some point in the week I busted out their self-released hand packaged cassette release and came to find out that this was a majestic collection of superb drones, crafted well with great tones and the patience to let the instrumentation blend together.

This is a re-release of that great cassette that was traded to me. Sound hints of early Six Organs of Admittance, La Monte Young and obscure new age synth workouts while incorporating free-form playing under those synth textures, building each track with intensity."


In other release related news, we have completed mixing Sungod's KVRX radio performance from August 2011. This session features extended versions of some new material and serves as the first documentation of the Sungod live band (featuring Alex Hughes on bass/bells and Tyler Taylor on synthesizers and additional guitars). We will post a lot more information as things finalize, but on our end we have only to master the music and finish the layout. It will be released at some point on Jason Sheehy's fledgling Dusty Grass imprint as a limited cassette (check out his great blog Three Miles from Space for a diverse and frequently updated collection of starry jams).

To conclude, Mike and I shall be posting our top ten records of 2011 within the upcoming week. Stay tuned for that and more as we'll be posting some new tracks and lots of information about upcoming releases in the near future. Be well.


Heaven and Earth are mighty in continuance, because their work is delivered from the lust of result.
Thus also the sage, seeking not any goal, attaineth all things; he doth not interfere in the affairs of his body, and so that body acteth without friction. It is because he meddleth not with personal aims that these come to pass with simplicity.