New Album — Pluralism [OP1 + Ableton]

Plu­ral­ism is a col­lec­tion of songs con­ceived / recorded on the Teenage Engi­neer­ing OP-1 dig­i­tal syn­the­sizer and mixed / pol­ished in Able­ton Live. It’s a mar­riage of lo-fi impro­vi­sa­tion, 4-track over­dub record­ing, mod­ern pro­duc­tion trick­ery, and old fash­ion engi­neer­ing. A digest of exalted mistakes.

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OP-1 users can down­load an archive of (almost) all the pre­sets used in the con­cep­tion of this album here.
Plu­ral­ism is avail­able absolutely free on the [sound+vision] Band­camp page, and comes with a free bonus high-res wall­pa­per for your com­puter desk­top. Get it here : http://soundvision.bandcamp.com/album/pluralism.

DJ Set — Fall 2012 Promo Mix

FC 2013 Demo by Jeremy Blake on Mixcloud

1) Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) — Hot Chip
2) Can’t Get Bet­ter Than This — Para­chute Youth
3) Can’t Take That Away (Orig­i­nal Mix) — Greg Stainer Feat. Roland Clark
4) Don’t Fuck With My Money (Dave Aude Club Mix Extended) — Pen­guin Prison
5) We Are Now Con­nected — Mord Fus­tang
6) Change (Feat Nola Dar­ling) — Yolanda Be Cool
7) Solid Ground (Adrian Lux Vs Blende Remix) — Pnau

Down­load (right-click-save-as) HERE

Elbow — Live @ HSBG 2011

In honor of Elbow’s 2012 Olympic per­for­mance and the release of their new anthol­ogy “Dead in the Boot”, I’d like to share a show of theirs I mixed from the 2011 Hardly Strictly Blue­grass Fes­ti­val. This was the show where I first fell in love with the band (yeah, I’m a lit­tle late to the party), and it has a bunch of my absolute favorites songs from them. Guy Gar­vey is one of the most engag­ing front men in rock, period, and the band’s abil­ity to jump effort­lessly around their vast and deli­ciously diverse reper­toire is impressive.

High points, for me : “Lippy Kids” (swoon) and the sing-along ver­sion of “Grounds For Divorce”. Also, “Mir­ror­ball” and “Open Arms” are amaz­ing live and still give me goose­bumps. God bless Manchester!

You can down­load the whole set as a .zip file here : Elbow_HSBG_2011.zip

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Photos — Floating

The boyfriend and I took a lit­tle road trip to Fort Bragg a few week­ends ago. We really had no idea what to expect : we had seen some­thing about a beach made of bot­tle glass that seemed inter­est­ing, and that was excuse enough to rent a car and get out of town for a bit.

While the town and the glass beach turned out to be a bit of a dis­ap­point­ment, we were deter­mined to have the best pos­si­ble time we could, and that meant tak­ing pic­tures of *some­thing*. Out on a hike, bemoan­ing the uni­form beauty and tex­ture of trees, I recalled a blog about yoway­owa­cam­era, a japan­ese girl who does a photo diary of her­self lev­i­tat­ing in weird sit­u­a­tions. I was like, hey, that could be a fun way to take advan­tage of this oth­er­wise mun­dane scenery.

It’s proven to be one of the most addict­ing things I’ve ever done with pho­tog­ra­phy. I’ve been drag­ging the boyfriend around Oak­land, con­vinc­ing him to jump with expen­sive cam­eras in his hand. “ACT NATURAL!”, I’ll scream, ask­ing him to leap for­ward while hold­ing a FM-3 with a speed­winder to his face. Some­times it works, some­times not so much. But it’s a great way to play with con­cep­tual pho­tog­ra­phy, use peo­ple in your shots, and cre­ate an inter­est­ing thing to look at.

I really want to take this to more pri­vate mun­dane places : shop­ping malls, cof­fee shops, BART, gro­cery stores. I think it works best when there is the jux­ta­po­si­tion of an every­day activ­ity done while lev­i­tat­ing. It helps if there are props, and if no one in the back­ground is pay­ing attention.

This has got­ten me think­ing of other sit­u­a­tions one could con­coct to cre­ate magical-realism pho­tog­ra­phy. Can­not wait to jump around more!

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Photos — Oakland’s Golden Hour

Sum­mer in Oak­land is pho­to­genic as heck, and the part­ner and I are try­ing hard to cap­ture it. Learn­ing where sun­set cre­ates magic is turn­ing into a fun game : some­times San Francisco’s fog hides it from us. Other times you for­get there’s this thing called The Marin Head­lands between you and your per­fect sil­hou­et­ted shot. No mat­ter : it gets us explor­ing and tak­ing more pho­tos, learn­ing how to deal with dif­fer­ent kinds of light.