Tunguska revisited

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

André Gide

Today sees the re-release of my second (and so far final) album under my 833-45 moniker: Tunguska.

I was both flattered and surprised to hear it described as “a record like no other in contemporary electronic music.”

I’m grateful to Notype for the support with both this re-release and with my music in general throughout the years.

Listening to Tunguska now, I hear an ominous foreboding of the Sixth Extinction which most of us were only barely aware of at the time I composed it around 2001. The path we’re on now makes the devastation of the Tunguska event seem quaint by comparison.

While, the album is available for download under a pay what you want model. I would ask if you do listen to it and enjoy it, please consider making a donation to a conservation organization of your choice.

Vancouver by foot

May I recommend you walk more?

Walk places you haven’t walked before. Walk a different way to a regular destination. Allow yourself five extra minutes to wander.

Vancouver by foot is an old idea I had for a photography series that I never followed through on. It’s in no way a complex or revolutionary idea — barely an idea, really.

I recalled this idea recently and decided I may as well use this blog for something.

I suppose Vancouver by foot is a practice, a free-form diary of images and impressions of the city and where-ever else I wander.

So let’s begin.

While out birding today, I found these Pholiota mushrooms clustered on a dying tree at John Hendry park (aka Trout Lake). They’re probably P. aurivella — but I have only the most rudimentary knowledge of mycology and didn’t take any to make a spore print.

Listen

R. Murray Schafer, a Canadian composer, author, educator, and pioneer of acoustic ecology passed away recently.

Many years ago I stumbled into acoustic ecology when I was studying at SFU, and promptly switched my major. Although I never met Mr. Schafer, his book The Soundscape: Our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World was revelatory — an astonishing read that roiled with ideas I’d never considered.

A 2009 short film by David New serves as a brief introduction of some of R. Murray Schafer’s ideas:

Solar Cycle 23

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” — John Cage

Solar Cycle 23

Today, NoType is re-releasing an album of electronic music I recorded over twenty years ago. Solar Cycle 23 is an album of noisy, minimal electronic music based primarily on shortwave radio recordings I made. You can listen to or download Solar Cycle 23 for free or by donation.

Spotted Sandpiper

“I came late to the love of birds. For years I saw them only as a tremor at the edge of vision. They know suffering and joy in simple states not possible for us. Their lives quicken and warm to a pulse our hearts can never reach. They race to oblivion. They are old before we have finished growing.” — J.A. Baker, The Peregrine