Earth Day 2014??? - January 28, 2014
There's rumor of a reprise of last year's show… stay tuned!
Had a great meeting with the River Arts Center people today for the Cosmographie show on March 14! This should be a good one!
OK - two albums featuring tracks I played guitar on this year have come out. What You've Got is the album I was working on with Bill Shore before his heartbreaking and untimely death earlier this year. I performed with Bill Shore with Tokyo Vogue as well as the Joy Scouts, with whom we did an immensely fun tour of Ireland in the 90's. We had many "peak" life experiences together; if I dwell on it I'll just cry so I won't - here's the link for the album so you can enjoy the music:
Have a great holiday season everyone - I'll post a Christmas song soon...
I just received advance copies of the Matthew Labarge album I contributed guitar tracks to this fall - can't wait to have some time to listen to the whole work properly, but the cover art looks great!
Somehow in the last couple of months I managed to fit in recording guitar for five tracks on Matthew Labarge's upcoming new album. Should be a fun way to hear some of the newer techniques I've been developing as well as hearing my guitar sound in a new context. Matt's been a peer as well as a fan of my music for a while now - great to get a chance to contribute to his work!
I'm pleased to announce that I am an official endorser of Valhalla DSP plug-ins. They are simply unique and phenomenal sound-sculpting tools. And they are designed to be easy to see and use.
Working on some very trick new Cosmographie techniques to sync video with live music - come see the next show!
I'll be (de)composing a piece by Michael Bell for the Fermentation Fest on October 5. Dale and I will be putting it through the magic Cosmographie machine, so it should be something special!
Diving into my latest podcast series for UW Sea Grant; when that's done it's time to work on the next full-length!
Conference was a bit of a let-down but got to hang with Michael Ver Steegt in Amsterdam and Paris, and tag along with his latest act, Groundation. Nice and talented folks!
Well, I now have a Doctorate in Philosophy in Environmental Studies... technically I still have to deposit the written and media work, which may take a little bit to format and all that, but the hardest part is done! Off to Paris to speak at:
Projets théoriques et pratiques pour une écoute du monde
Theoretical and practical projects for a listening of the world
I also got a glimpse of some of the video from the April show and it's quite good. Looks like we'll be pulling some videos from that so people can see what I've been up to. I'm working with Dale Kaminski to book some more shows around this cosmographical approach that everyone seems to enjoy this type of concert approach.
Come on, summer!
Show went well - thanks to everyone who came out and helped!
Here's the set list and personnel:
Chris Bocast - guitar
Dale Kaminski (PAKAPAKA) - visuals
Matt Covert - saxophone
Mark Griffin - guitar
Set List – Earth Day April 12
Audio Mash 1 Intake (music from Through the Airlock)
Gaylord Nelson, Walter Cronkite, Barry Commoner (voices)
Song 1 To Cross the Sea of Clouds (music from Stratagem) - Chris
Solo 1 Unfolding
Nature 1 Ocean and whales – Matt and Chris
Song 2 Song of the Dodo (music from Stratagem) – with Matt and Mark
Audio Mash 2 Quantum Entanglement (music from Through the Airlock)
Gaylord Nelson, Walter Cronkite, Barry Commoner, Paul Ehrlich (voices)
Do Right (Mouse, produced by Mouse, written - P.Wood)
Solo 2 Compassionate Violence
Nature 2 Wind and wolves
Audio Mash 3 Golden Bells (Karma Moffett)
Gaylord Nelson, Walter Cronkite, Barry Commoner (voices)
Valentine (MetroGnome, produced by Mouse, written - P. Wood and G. T. Furgerson)
Solo 3 Wistful
Nature 3 Rain and Thunder
Song 3 Coerenta Excentrica - (music from Stratagem) with Matt and Mark
Reading Pale Blue Dot – Carl Sagan
Song 4 Caelestis Caravel (music from Stratagem) with Matt
Check the Listen section for some very recent work - my version of the To the Best of Our Knowledge theme - followed by an excerpt from the show it was used in, underscoring a reading of "The Seekers". Then there's another poem (it's Poetry Month here apparently) by novelist Marie Zhuikov about Lake Superior. I have been keeping busy with music, just haven't had much time to update websites. Still have to practice and that's way more fun than typing...
Just in time for the movie release! Intrinsic is a homage to my musical roots - four pieces from four of my favorite classical composers. I'm especially pleased to present the lovely and talented Emily Blessing on acoustic piano accompanying my electric guitars in our rendition of Claude Debussy's "The Sunken Cathedral". January was subsumed by some major acoustic ecology research break-throughs, though I managed to wade through the usual production cataster-hassles with the EP and finish the tracking for Bill Shore's latest project - WAP.
I even took a few days off. Amazing.
Not sure how I'll go about marketing this one exactly, but it's a fine recording. The EP was mastered (once again!) by Jim Wilson and has a cover featuring collages by John Hundt (once again!) which folks are saying is the best one yet. And the others are pretty damn swell.
Anyway the EP is available at CD Baby, iTunes, and other places - let me know what you think!
Posted my version of "Silent Night" for the holidays. Getting the final details of printing sorted with the factory - EP should be available in January. Also posted an mp3 from another of the pieces I wrote for the Lake Superior soundtracks.
I am a bona fide author on music and the environment. I'm a bit proud of this one.
published in Organised Sound, volume 17, issue 03, pp. 240-247. Copyright Cambridge University Press.
John did some great collages that work with the EP; off to the replication plant momentarily. IN the meantime I've added a free download of one of the pieces I've composed for the Lake Superior podcast series I'm working on. Fans of "EVA" will probably enjoy the moody treated piano...
Also working on some tracks sent to me by Bill Shore, an old touring buddy. Wish I had a clone to help me work on all these projects!
Time to give it a listen - super-slammed with production work lately but as the movie's gotten U.S. theatrical release this EP will be out soon!
I'll be mixing up the last piece I was working on for the next full album before I was interrupted... as soon as I can... I did write a nice suite of piano pieces to accompany the Superior podcasts as well as a bunch of Americana stuff for a Divergent project that I'll probably farm out for licensing.
I will post some new pieces over the next few weeks; I've been doing quite a lot of music. I'll be working up a new show for April, use some of the elements that worked well in the Cosmography show...
Yes, it appears that some music from Airlock was used for some commercials for the CMT show "Angels Among Us" last fall...
The show is a celebration of a way of thinking about the world that I absolutely do not espouse, but it amuses me to think of my ambient music getting on Country Music Television anyway.
Sort makes it undeniable, to use their logic. ;)
Spent the last month working up production music for another audiobook I'm producing, which meant a lot of acoustic guitar playing and Americana style pieces. Not my usual arena, but it keeps my hands warmed up. Also worked up several pieces with Anna Slate, a young and very talented vocalist whom I'll be doing a few casual dates around town with.
Still waiting for the EP to get back from mastering, Jim's been swamped. When that project gets out the door I'll return to mixing out the last two pieces for a full Chris album, hopefully in time for Christmas.
Then I'll be working up a new live performance approach. I'm thinking of incorporating Ableton Live and video into a whole new methodology for ambient music shows, we'll see what happens...
OK - an EP is finished and off to mastering and I've finished guitar tracks for the "Clouds" piece. It will be seriously awe-inspiring but a devil to mix! More soon...
Took a break from production and acoustic ecology studies to lend some audio expertise for a television show being aired on the National Geographic channel. Good fun and a nice break from the usual.
Will be pushing up a new EP featuring "Ode to Joy" on iTunes soon, in order to have something out there for the film release!
Two songs left to go on SMG - promise!
It looks like my version of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" will be used in the forthcoming film Finding Joy. Here's a link to the trailer:
Means I'll be releasing a new iTunes EP very soon with some similar classical pieces, as the film will be released in 2012.
WID show went well but a gas leak in a lab on the fourth floor cleared the building, and we had to push the show start back a half an hour. Probably the best show I've done for quite a while, with dancing by Koala Yip and Cool video mash-ups by Dale Kaminski, and it was woefully under-attended...
Maybe we'll do another show sometime, maybe.
I think this show at the WID will be a good one - cool video and dance, a couple of tunes from Stratagem, some of the new guitar sounds I've been dialing in... looking forward to this one!
There's a new mix of "The Center Coheres" in the music downloads - had to pull up the original mix to get some backing tracks and went ahead and smacked a remix down. Enjoy!
Hey, I've posted an out-take from the Stratagem sessions as a free mp3 for a couple weeks since I've been taking so long to get the next album done... enjoy!
Emily and I have started a proper recording of Debussy's "Clouds" which will be used for the Shining Mountain collection. We did this work live several times and it is quite an interesting and needed update on this fabulous piece of music. I'm also recording some new guitar work as well.