Split is released!

I am all too happy and relieved to finally announce that split by ishcabittle & mandala eyes has been released!

However, the album isn't truly finished until you intelligent, emotional listeners use your brains to manifest actual music from the mere vibrations. So listen to your heart's content and know that you are the final creator, bringing this art to its full realization. Can't thank you enough for doing that.

If you really enjoy the music, we'd appreciate it if you threw us a few bucks in exchange for the download.

But no matter how you feel about this record, I'd love to hear about it! Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or even e-mail me directly and tell me what your experience with this music is like, whether it's illuminating, confusing, exciting, meditative, or totally unpleasant.

The best thing about putting out music is the connection, conversation and community it creates between people, so really just getting in touch and interacting with me is, in my view, one of the coolest things you can do.

 

Thanks for listening and sticking around. I mean it.

 

♥ ∞ Alex

New Weekly Music Series (oh, and the split is done)

I've started a new weekly music series called Tape Machine Feels. It's composed of lo-fi ambient-ish songs (3 so far) recorded live, 100% analog, directly to a cassette tape. I post a new song each Monday, and they live on SoundCloud.

I figure I'll do this until I completely fill up the cassette tape I'm using. I don't know how much time is available on the tape, so who knows how long this will last? At the end I'll paint some art on the actual cassette itself and put it up for sale (maybe I'll make a few copies too if you're interested). I'll also make the songs available for download as an album on Bandcamp.

 

In other news, the final masters for my split with ishcabittle have been approved! We're now setting up for the album release, which will be this Friday (April 11). Stay excited until then!

 

♥ ∞ Alex

Split is mixed, here's the album art...

Yup, ishcabittle and I have exited the mixing stage for our split album, and we're well in to the mastering phase.

This means you can expect to hear the finished record sometime this month, in all likelihood.

While you wait, enjoy this cover artwork I cooked up:

If you have no idea what I'm talking about or what this record will sound like, and you want to be filled in to some extent, check out this YouTube playlist containing early demos of the songs that will appear on the final release.

Looking forward to sharing the finished music with ya!

 

♥ ∞ Alex

 

P.S. If you really dig my album cover design and want to see more of my visual art, check out my visual-only blog.

 

P.P.S. Unrelated, but I've started offering my professional audio skills (editing, mixing, mastering) to the public under the biz name Alex² Audio. So far I've opened up a Facebook and Twitter account, where I'm posting tips I learn through my work + links to audio resources I find on the web. Follow me if you want to learn with me and/or hang out!

House Show: Success! Live Recordings Coming Soon, New Blog Post Up

mandala eyes live at La Casa del Kip, 3/6/2014. Photo by Elia Magari.

Early this month, a few friends and I put together a small house show in my hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. It was a huge amount of fun, and I actually recorded high-quality audio of everyone's sets! There's also some video footage.

I plan on releasing the show in the near future, both as video on YouTube and as an audio download on my Bandcamp site. I'm also really excited to share the performances of my friends Jack Edmondson and Calvin Bankert, who are excellent musicians and did a great job at the show.

This will probably wait until after my split with ishcabittle is done, though. I'm currently honing in on the last stages of mixing for that project, so I plan to get it out of the way and out into the world before finishing up the live material.

In the meantime, if you'd like to read my (ridiculously lengthy) thoughts & reflections on what there is to be learned from house shows, head over to my blog to read the post I've just published.

Thanks again to all the amazing friends & family who came to the show. It was truly one of the warmest, friendliest, most fun experiences I've had as a musician. Hoping to play some more intimate shows like this in the future.

 

♥ ∞ Alex

"Languageless" Turns 1 Year Old

Yup, it's already been a solid year since the release of Let Our Minds Be Languageless, Let Our Bodies Be Verbose. It remains my most ambitious record to date, and though it's definitely not perfect I'm still proud of how it turned out.

Of course this album couldn't have happened without Listeners Like You, whether you contributed directly to the crowd funding campaign, shared my music with your friends to gain their support, or just helped me stay encouraged and inspired by enjoying my art in general.

So to give back a bit to all you folks, I've made Languageless a free download for today. Just make sure you enter $0 as the price.

I would really appreciate it if you shared news of this special deal to your friends. I'd love for as many people as possible to take advantage of the free download while it lasts.

Hope you enjoy, and thanks once more for making my music-life so fantastic. ^_^

 

∞ ♥︎ Alex

 

P.S. Shouts out to Nick Zammuto for his very nice & friendly audio mastering services, my love Lindsay Watson for the amazing album artwork, and my bro Robert Edmondson for playing drums on the song "Moss Heart". You guys are great.