New song on Bandcamp and YouTube – “downotocot”

Last month I finished working on something I started at Mono Lake in mid-January.

Back then, it was 10 degrees, with the wind chill often dropping below zero. Three feet of snow on the ground, and the long driveway half-plowed, with a stalled backhoe blocking the last 300 feet. The property’s solar panel arrays had 3 inches of iced snow stuck to them. To get power to the house, the ice had to be chipped — gently — off the panels. It was my first extended experience wearing snowshoes. Parts of it were painful, but, mostly, I enjoyed working to be independent off-grid.

Last month, when I returned to the space, it was the hottest weekend thus far this year in Mono County. The temperature on the veranda was 95F, and I heard the fans start up on my MacBookPro for the first time since I bought it.

After a few hours of sweat, and too many bug bites, I figured the track was ready.

This Friday, August 4, “downotocot” will be made available on Bandcamp. It’s available to be streamed now.

The accompanying video was recorded in January, during my approach to the Mono property from the east, since 395 was closed due to snow between Bridgeport and Conway Summit. You may notice there was only one other car on the road, most likely because it wasn’t that smart to be driving on roads that were, sometimes, less-than-half plowed.

As always, thanks for listening. And watching.

I bought an refurbed ARP Solus on Reverb

ARP Solus
My brother, John, purchased a used ARP Solus in the early 80s. I borrowed it, and played in on the first two Funharm cassettes. I have over two dozen additional unedited tapes of me abusing the thing.

When I moved from LA to Sacramento in 1984, I relinquished the Solus, and I’ve missed it since.

Last month I saw a fully refurbished Solus on Reverb for $1200 plus shipping. I looked at the listing, longed after the lost Solus, and went about my day.

A week later the price was dropped to $1000.

I thought about it for about 10 seconds, then bought it.

It’s in great shape. The top octave on the keyboard is a bit wonky, but the more I play it, the more it loosens up.

It’s good to have a Solus in the house again.

More soon.

New Track: “Wilder So”

Today is Bandcamp Friday. This morning I recorded a new track, “Wilder So.” This afternoon and evening I worked on a video to accompany it. This is the result.

The track can be streamed and downloaded/purchased on Bandcamp.

Thanks for your support, and thank you for listening.

Special thanks to Kate Burkart and Ruth and Glenn Garland. And this track would not have been possible without the assistance of Dan Phillips.

Video for “What Month Is It?

In March of 2021, I spent two days at Mono Lake. On my first afternoon there, lenticular clouds were forming to the east, over the Nevada line, spinning, moving, then evaporating. I shot this video as dusk descended, and sped it up 5x. I topped the video with a track from 1988 entitled “What Month Is It?”

You can buy the song from Bandcamp — and today, April 2, Bandcamp is waiving its portion of sales, meaning artists make more money from their music.