Album: Vein Matter

I am especially excited to announce the latest Nature’s Neighbor release, Vein Matter.

Front man Mike Walker, Brandon Studer (aka Wren Smiles), and I started this album seven months ago via email and kept bouncing ideas off each other. It was like piecing together Frankenstein’s creature for its reanimation, and we were mad scientists at work. Then things eventually came to a slow stop sometime in May, and the three or four tracks we had produced with began to gather digital dust. You know how it goes.

Fast forward a few months to this August when Radhika Bhatt and I set out on a trip to Chicago in a car packed to the brim with musical instruments (plus we kidnapped Zachary Klaus on the way) to stay with Mike Walker and Cheer Zhao. I had left the city over a year ago and it was my first time coming back. During that trip we all reconnected, reveled, and recorded five of the nine tracks that are on this album. Also featured is Austin Thomasson (aka Austin James Christ) who provided vocals and guitar during an all day recording session at his place in Logan Square. We had regained our momentum and set out to finish what we had started.

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To me, Vein Matter encapsulates many of our collective dreams and feelings of Chicago, and of leaving something we love so much behind us as we continually venture onward into the next chapter of our lives. As such, I am happy to leave this behind for you all as I make my way across the globe to live in India for eight months. Cheers!

Big thanks to everyone who helped this creature walk on two feet, and Will Killingsworth for mastering the album so quickly.

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Scene: Earth Woman

Very proud to have provided the original score for Alexandra Dietz latest project, Your Way Back to Me, which premiers this Sunday.

Album: Progeny (unmastered)

Finally adding this to the online catalog. It’s been a while since I’ve visited these songs, but I’m proud to release the unmastered compositions from Sara Mast’s ‘Soundings’ entitled Progeny (unmastered). These seven tracks are my contribution to a collaborative multimedia project that explores the construction of shared identity within four generations of our own family through the lens of my grandfather’s legacy. Gifford Morrison Mast (1914-1972) was an early pioneer of American industrial design, an inventor, a physicist, and an optics expert with a particular interest in stereo optics. progeny-coverDuring a trip to Bozeman, MT in 2013 I composed these seven pieces of music using recorded interviews of my family members. The central character of these stories is my late grandmother, Beth Mast, who shared with us many memories and stories of my grandfather. Although many of the pieces are abstract representations of the time I spent with my family uncovering these stories some of the pieces are more explicit and paint a picture of my grandfather that I hadn’t seen before.

Album: Pidji

It’s been a long time coming for this one. I’m very excited to announce the release of the latest Nature’s Neighbor album, Pidji. Big thanks to Mike Walker for featuring me on a few of the songs. Looking forward to future collaborations with this group.

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Stream Pidji now on bandcamp and get the cassette from Sooper Records!

Animation: Blue Habits Campaign

I had the privilege to work with Innovage Studios to score an animation for the Blue Habits Campaign, a behavioral study performed in collaboration by Stanford University and Oceanic Society.

Blue Habits are small acts of consciousness that promote a healthier planet, something as simple as bringing your own shopping bags to the grocery store, or abstaining from single-use plastics. Today, more than any other time in humanity’s brief history on the planet, we need to show more respect for our natural Earth, and do more to preserve it for future generations of all species.

I’m really excited to have been involved in the production of an animation, and I hope I get to do more work with animation in the future. Big thanks to Alex Yamamoto for being such a flexible and understanding collaborator.