The day is finally here! My first solo album release, under the artist name of sroM, is set for October 16 (digital release date) and October 17 (vinyl release). I will be performing a live, one-hour solo set in celebration at the Augusta Savage Gallery on the campus of the University of Massachusetts on October 17 at 7 pm. The cost is: FREE. Can’t beat that! Please come and celebrate this milestone with me. Ah, and check out some of my new performance toys, including a Moog theremin which I’m using as a CV device to manipulate some of my analog synthesizers…so very much fun!
The following is a description of the album project:
sroM, an acronym for the “spontaneous rupture of membranes” (the medical term for breaking water during birth), is a project dedicated to exploring the intuitive process of creating sonic textures through improvisation with electronic instruments. In the debut album “one,” sroM manipulates an arsenal of vintage analog synthesizers to create hypnotic textures within an altered sonic reality. Freedom and expression is found within restraint, as a world within a single waveform evolves and unfolds. Each track explores the sonic potential of a single note, recorded on a single track, in one improvised take. All musical content is created by the reprogramming of the analog instrument on the fly, and only very limited signal processing is added after the initial recorded take. The goal result for the listener is immersion within an evocative sound environment and an altered perception of the passage of time.
You can stream a track from the album on my bandcamp page here. You can also pre-order (or order) the album here as a digital copy. For physical copies, please go to the Accretions website here. The album is only available in two formats: digital and vinyl. With the purchase of the vinyl, you will receive digital download codes – along with two bonus tracks – for free.
If you’re a facebook-er (or as I like to say, face-crack!), you can follow me as sroM now on facebook. Please give me a “like!”
There are a TON of other projects going on at the moment. I’m still playing for Helsott, and doing all of their orchestral/backing track arrangements. I’m also playing and singing now for Shroud of Bereavement, a doom metal act based here in Massachusetts. (More on SoB shows SOON.)
One of the interesting new things going on – you can now add radio DJ to my list of “what I do.” I’m hosting a Sunday morning METAL show from 1:00-2:30 am on a local station here in Amherst, MA, at WMUA, FM 91.1. The show is titled “Welcome to Hell,” and I specialize in underground metal – mainly black, death, doom…and some thrash. It’s been great fun so far, despite the additional sleep deprivation! You can check out the show blog for news here. Even if you don’t live in the western Massachusetts area, WMUA streams LIVE 24/7 on our website…and we even have an iPhone/iPad app, for you Mac addicts out there.
I’ll leave you with a picture of my live set-up, which I’m still prepping and finessing for the album release event! Enjoy.