I am thrilled to announce the release of my first album, Enceladus Suite, which is now available on BandCamp! It contains music written within the past few months, back to about 3 years ago. As part of my desire to think globally but act locally on environmental issues, 50% of BandCamp sales during the month of July 2018 will be donated to the C&O Canal Trust (http://www.canaltrust.org/) to support the ongoing effort to protect, restore, and promote the wonderful Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical park. While the music is the centerpiece, I collaborated with several other artists and creators that I will thank below.
Music, arranged in any particular order, tells a story. The music composed for Enceladus Suite wasn’t initially intended as a concept record. Originally developed as a rough and unordered set of tracks, soon the scope of the work began to grow, shift, transform into something new. What emerged was an aural story in three acts, a story of xenobiologists on a distant dead world consuming a bacterial colony they believe to be alien biotechnology, and the things that came after. There is a sense of journey and a sense of place, electro-acoustic ambient and soundtrack influence bent toward an invisible, unstated narrative of physical transformation and a journey deep into the wilds of a dead planet to discover the bio-digital ghosts that suffuse the earth.
Purchase here (more coming soon!)
Big thanks to Ben Mellott at Nothing But Noise for mastering the album. His business is local to Fairfax, VA and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him. As this was my first time having an album mastered, he was very patient and made sure that I was completely happy with the end product. Additionally, he was very instructive and taught me quite a few things that will make me a stronger creative and collaborator in the future. I highly recommend NBN for any recording, mixing, or mastering services needed!
Thank you to Paul Lachine for creating the absolutely stunning cover art for the album. I greatly appreciate Paul’s artistic vision that brought a compelling visual component to the music. He listened to my ideas about the narrative, created several drafts that were incredible in their own right, and brought everything to life will his masterful use of color. I really hope he and I get to work together again in the future! Please, do yourself a favor and look at his portfolio.
The next thank you goes out to my good friend and writer Langdon Hickman. Your endless creative ideas never cease to humor and inspire me. I greatly appreciate the wonderful album description, the many workshops we had to hone in the narrative, and the endless search for appropriate song titles (I promise to never use a thesaurus for song titles ever again). I wish you only the best in your journey as an author.
Thank you to my creative mentors Thomas Stanley and Ben Yeager for all the guidance, encouragement, and always keeping me focused on what is most important in my creative endeavors.
T.S. URL: https://musicovermind.org/
T.S. Bandcamp: https://eatbushmeat.bandcamp.com/
Finally, thank you to my wife Leanne for listening to the same songs over and over and over and over for weeks at a time. Also thank you for the awesome branding work you’ve done and the continued branding development I’ll inevitably force you to do in the future. I am forever appreciative of you, excited for our continued growth together, and the adventures we’ll have. I love you.
Thank you for your time and I hope you enjoy the art.