Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Baker/Coloccia/Mueller "See Through" collaboration now available

I made a record called "See Through" with my good friend Jon Mueller and Aidan Baker. You can now pre-order the record through Gizeh Records (UK)  And you can preview a track here: https://gizehrecords.bandcamp.com/album/see-through
I made the painting and design too!

Barnett + Coloccia "VLF"

I made another record with my good friend Alex Barnett called "VLF", it is now available for pre-order at SIGE Records. Heres our Bandcamp: https://barnettcoloccia.bandcamp.com
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You can preview a track here: https://barnettcoloccia.bandcamp.com/album/vlf

And information about the release:

"Alex Barnett (Champagne Mirrors, Oakeater, SCRAPES Recordings) and Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, Mára) developed a friendship based on a fascination with the world just outside the limit of our understanding—the world where magic and mystery hold equal footing with science. On their third collaborative album VLF, the duo draft a soundtrack to the mapping of the unknown realms in both their private lives and the communal world around them. It’s a premise embedded in the album title, an acronym for Very Low Frequencies which help capture the oscillations of dark matter, as well as a misspelled nod to the VLA radar banks in New Mexico which serve to chart out the cosmos. This fixation on scientific pragmatism finds a creative parallel in the duo’s left-brain explorations of early electronic music, although the bigger influence in Barnett & Coloccia comes from the gaps in our understanding, where instinct drives our behavior and unseen forces impose their will on our surroundings, where certain frequencies inexplicably yield an emotional resonance and, conversely, subconscious impulse finds an analog in sonic patterns. These right-brain tendencies may conjure the minimalist mantras of 20th century classical music at one turn and the expressionist disorder of textural sound design at the next.

“We are both interested in getting ideas and thoughts, however intangible, into notations, or 'thought maps’,” Coloccia says of their process. “Like tarot cards there's geomancy, tea leaves, Italian oil water reading, I-ching Yarrow sticks—all supposedly based on chaos or chance and the energy of the mind shaping events of fallen twigs or sand, and then the interpretation of the reader. For us, we were really interested in tapes or sounds ‘coming to us’ and then interpreting them into different sounds for an audience.” The biggest treasure trove of found sounds for VLF came from a box of cassettes of old religious services for a regional cult. Gifted to the duo by a friend who had been raised in the faith, these documents of rituals, sermons, and glossolalia exercises tied into their fascination with divinations. Recorded over three days at a converted church called The Unknown in Anacortes, WA by Nicholas Wilbur with production assistance by Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Johann Johansson), the songs on VLF began not with conventional song fragments or arrangement ideas, but with casual conversations regarding the curiosities of the natural world and the human psyche.

On songs like album opener “Fountain of Youth”, the shared fixations are less rooted in tangible phenomena and more tied to the abstract mania of individuals, with the duo summoning humanity's ever-accelerating attempts at escaping “the inevitable wear and proof of time” out of the track’s breathy vocals, scratching percussion, and clock-tower electric piano. The conceptual impetus is more evident on songs like “Confession”, which Barnett traces back to a conversation about the entanglement theory of synchronized heartbeats occurring between therapists and patients. With snippets of a found recording of a therapy session spliced between surges of static and steady bass pulses, the song may seem like it contains the most direct connection between sound sources and inspiration, until Coloccia mentions how entanglement occurs between mother and infant, how this enmeshment must eventually yield to individuation, and how her pregnancy during the VLF creative process was a constant guiding component. “The project is a true collaboration in the sense that the songs never end up as one person's vision,” Barnett says. “They end up somewhere new where the whole is a strange extension beyond the sum of the parts.”

Side 1 ends with “Bachelor Grove”, which Barnett named after a haunted cemetery he used to explore with his friends. Guided by Coloccia’s ominous piano arpeggio, the song is a meditation on both the idea of death as the end of time and the idea of weak forces—vestiges of human presence imprinted on our world in scientifically unresolvable ways. With an impending birth looming over the VLF session, the counterpoint of death was an inevitable and inescapable theme for the album. “This was a parallel thought pattern we were having,” Coloccia explains. “Ultrasound uses sound frequencies bouncing off the uterine contents to ‘show’ you the baby. Much like the VLA—it was an attempt to communicate with space. There’s a parallel between outer space—the light we see that’s millions of years old in the form of stars—and the baby within the dark womb, a totally new being that came from nowhere.” The duo is not only interested in giving phenomena an aural manifestation, but perhaps even directing it, as with opener to side 2: “Rain In Bilbao”. "Here Coloccia’s vocals, Barnett’s synth work, and reversed loops use music as a form of sympathetic magic in an attempt to conjure a specific environment and experience."

VLF is ultimately a document of two artists channeling their shared wonderment with unseen worlds into a sensory experience in the form of musical composition. Sige Records is proud to offer up this collaboration on vinyl and digital formats in Spring 2019." - Brian Cook

Sunday, January 20, 2019

New drawings

I made these drawings for Aaron's hands and for Jon Mueller's new record "Canto" which comes out on SIGE records this spring

Monday, January 7, 2019

Year End List from Scene Point Blank

Faith Coloccia of Mamiffer, Mára, Barnett Coloccia and SIGE records.

1. What are your top five albums that were released in 2018? (Preferably in order 1-5)

-"Plain Light" by Eyvind Kang
-Alvin Lucier box set
-"Sea" by Ryo Murakami
-"Self Titled" by Oren Ambarchi, Crys Cole and Leif Elggren
-Flying Saucer Attack
-"The Book Of Sounds" 2LP by Hans Otte
-Éliane Radigue box set
-"Love in Shadow" by SUMAC
-"Beloved`" by Randall Dunn
-"Hull" Daniel Menche
-all 2018 releases by SIGE artists: Black Spirituals: "Black Spirituals "Black Access/Black Axes", Nordra "Pylon ll", William Fowler Collins "Field Music"

2. What band did you discover in 2018 (can be a brand new band or an older band) that had an impact on your life? What made them significant?

-Betty Davis
-Betty Harris
-Judas Priest "Sin after Sin"
-Miles Davis "Up With It"

3. How will you remember 2018? (In terms of music)

Busy! And powerful!

4. What can we look forward to from you in 2019?

-Mamiffer full length called The Brilliant Tabernacle (Sept or October 2019)
-Mára EP "Here Behold Your Own" (Summer 2019)
-Barnett + Coloccia "VLF" Spring 2019
-Mamiffer "Metapatterning For Constellation" Performed by Polish Orchestra LP (2020)
-Collab with Jon Mueller and Aidan Baker (Spring 2019)
-Summer of 17 (Summer 2019)
-a collab with a new friend!
-New SIGE releases by Daniel Menche "Melting Gravity" LP,  Jon Mueller "Canto" , Nordra "Pylon 3", Aaron Turner and Tashi Dori" Live CS,

5. What records are you looking forward to most in 2019?

All the new SIGE releases. And Im looking forward to the Mamiffer record "Thr Brilliant Tabernacle being released, Im so proud of it, I started it in 2013 and finished it during the last 2 years of my baby's naps! It is for him (my baby), and I can't wait for people to hear it!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Mamiffer record coming out next year

In October I finished 4 records with the amazing Randall Dunn. A new Mamiffer record “The Brilliant Tabernacle” will be available sometime next year.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Playing Organ

Hey! I play some beautiful organ on SUMAC's new record "Love in Shadow" which comes out today on Thrill Jockey. My organ part appears on "The Task".

Link to buy the SUMAC record.
Band Camp Link, maybe you can hear me play some organ.