May 28th, 2014

Readers. Listeners. Bloggers. How are you? The slow countdown to Blind Date’s birthday continues. An extra episode while you wait….

Today’s study in creativity is with Nick Hill. I’ve been sitting on this episode for awhile, and I hope you find it worth the wait. Nick is probably best known for his music project Phourist, though he also dabbles in visual art. Most of the tracks that make up the project are piano or  guitar (or combination of the two) driven with added flourishes and accents. These are usually comprised of found sound based textures, synth layers, or the efforts of his backing band, The Photons.

As far as tempo, there are songs of the more ambient, ‘empty theater echo’ variety as well as more upbeat and fast paced work. Either way, Nick has his own interesting character to what he does.

Listen in below to him chat about his creative process, ideas, and how he has had a love of ambient music since a young age, playing with the ‘sound wall’ at department stores.

To learn more about Nick Hill and his music visit his band site here, or his Facebook page. Peruse his music while you wait for his next release, which he is currently working on. Above is the video for his track ‘The Wave And The Powers That Be’.

If you’d like to meet him yourself, you can find him at OPEN this coming Saturday ( May 31st). He’ll be playing along with Tall Squares and Buffalo. Presented by Socius Opus. Roxell Karr will be providing projections. Doors at 7:30. $ 10 cover.

Best.

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Music to my ears

Good afternoon, readers..bloggers, what have you…

I feel like my favorite kind of music is the kind that creates more of an environment…a place, instead of a song. My next two coming up guests do just that, but in different ways.

Alex Koenig’s latest work through his music project NMesh are dense soundscapes of audio pulled from various media of the 80’s & 90’s. I told him it reminded me of a ‘haunted Youtube loop’. His newest release, Dream Sequins, has been getting a pretty healthy dose of positive press.

You can listen to it, as well as his other many albums, at the NMesh Bandcamp. Alex’s episode will air May 7th.

Coming up May 28th will be the force behind Phourist, Nick Hill. Phourist sometimes has a ‘dark concert hall sound’, and others a rock structure with narratives that will get you daydreaming. You can hear his work at his website or catch him at The Rudyard Kipling tonight. The show starts around 8, with a five dollar cover charge.

Possibilities for the upcoming months….

Maybe a retro-futuristic sculptor, with heavy symbolism.

Possibly filmmakers of a different variety, who make videos created with the goal of invoking some kind of feeling.

Definitely a crazy event showcasing creative folks worth celebrating.

If you’re lucky…a pretty familiar face, for those eccentric record nerds hanging around the city.

I’ll leave you with these encouraging words.

Cheers!