Here’s what I’ve currently got going on the music front for me…I thought I’d list it all out since it’s not insignificant:
Mixing/co-producing Synaptic Disturbance’s RPM2011 album
This is sort of the first official Plague Music undertaking. Working on this with Geoff from The Raygun Girls who has, thus far, succeeded in keeping me in check on producing the right metal guitar sound. The first track is done and is mostly just waiting for vocals.
I got a message a while ago from Shinto Records about an upcoming remix opportunity for Geodesic. Shinto is an indie label/distributor with a very specific genre niche — which I happen to think I would fit into nicely — but since I’m not in the least bit interested in physical distribution, I haven’t reached out to them for my own stuff. However, I’m eager to jump into any potential remix opportunities, so I gave them a shout and got a couple remix kits. The deadline for the remixes is May 15, so I’m hoping to start working on these this weekend.
A goth album
If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen this a while ago:
It occurred to me today to do a straight goth album. It's been a long time — in fact, I don't think I've ever done an actual goth album.
— Chris Reynolds (@jazzs3quence) March 17, 2011
Well, it’s happening. With the first demo posted on SoundCloud. I haven’t quite gotten the dying cat guitars yet.
All the titles will have similarly-ridiculous names like “Dark Pit of Darkness” and “Spooky Doom” and will be trying to recapture the old school goth vibe a la Sisters of Mercy, Bauhaus, The Cure — e.g. minimal with guitars and some synths. The idea came out of wanting to play around on the bass some more and realizing that you don’t need much more than a bass and a drum synth to make a goth song. The proposed album title is I only wear black, inspired by this t-shirt design I submitted to Threadless forever ago:
This art will, most likely, end up being the album cover, as well.
Once that’s out of the way, there’s:
Possible collaboration with super secret electronica rockstar
Okay, so he’s probably not one you could consider a rockstar, per se, and it’s not all that secret considering bits of it were discussed on Twitter. We’ve exchanged a couple emails, and we’re both interested in the possibility but I think there’s probably too much going on right now for both of us to really focus on a new project.
So, there’s my update. Having just gotten back from two trips, I’m just now starting to catch up with everything and this will be the first weekend I’m not working, so I’m looking forward to actually being able to work some more on some of these things.