Experimental music, photography, and adventures

New adventure: kayaking!

July 4th, 2017

We went camping last weekend, although this post is just about the kayaking we did there. We went down to Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, near Brownstown, Indiana. This is also near Jackson-Washington State Forest, where we got engaged.

We’ve tried canoeing before but not really kayaking, except for one thing in a tandem kayak we did in the Outer Banks of NC. Canoeing is something we’ve enjoyed, but oddly, it seems a bit limiting being in the same boat. So we figured we’d try two separate kayaks. We loved it! Much more independence as well as less frustration trying to steer the things. It also gives us a better opportunity to be together while paddling. This sounds counterintuitive, but in a canoe, you’re stuck several feet apart whereas in separate kayaks you can get right next to someone.

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With better maneuverability, we were also able to get closer to the shore and see more wildlife. Mostly, we saw a lot of turtles (I think we counted 7). If it had been early morning/late evening we would have seen more wildlife.

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But for me, kayaking is mostly about serenity. To pause, reflect, ponder. It’s wonderful.

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Here’s our route:

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Behind the scenes photos: recording the As The Flow Cries album

December 28th, 2016

The “As The Flow Cries” album was largely recorded in a cabin in Brown County, Indiana, in early December, 2016.

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Here are some behind-the-scenes photos of the making of the album.

Photos by Sarah Johnson.

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Cabin

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Recording

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Tweaking sounds

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Sequencing

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Recording creek sounds

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Playing lap steel guitar

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Creek

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Eurorack modular synthesizer

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Lap steel guitar

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Playing keys

 

As The Flow Cries

December 26th, 2016

Earlier this month (December, 2016) I recorded an album, mostly in a remote cabin in Brown County, Indiana. It centers around lap steel guitar, a new instrument for me, as well as including a bunch of synthesis and field recordings. Here it is on Bandcamp (pay what you want/if you want):

It’s mostly beautiful ambient stuff, although there are a few somewhat surprising, heavier moments as well. I’ve got several other albums to release by the end of the year (including another one you’ll find if you click around on my Bandcamp page), so stay tuned for additional musical updates.

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