Live @ Big Name sessions are finally a reality! I’d like to send a big thank you to Methczar for coming in yesterday and playing a few of their songs. I look forward to doing more of these in the future.
I am very pleased to bring you my newest solo album. For fans of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Locust, Daughters, Converge, and other bands of the mid-2000s era.
This was the first project that I began working on when I finished my current studio space. The recording process took nearly two years to complete. I had also been dreaming of actually recording these songs for almost 10 years by the time that I started working on it.
I would like to put forth a huge thank you to Stephen and Joel for their involvement in the writing process all those years ago.
Info from the Bandcamp:
“Instrumentals written by Stephen Navarrete, Joel Freeman, and Jon Lervold collaboratively over the internet via MIDI-based guitar tab software between 2004 and 2006.
We were teenagers at the time. Since we used TabIt to compose, we were able to write whatever the hell we wanted with no limitations based on how ridiculous or unplayable it seemed to us. We never figured real, recorded versions would exist. After spending another decade making music, it was within reach.
This album was performed, tracked, edited, mixed, and mastered by Jon Lervold at Big Name Recording Studio in Olympia, WA between January 2015 and November 2016. Vocals were written in early 2016.
Pulling off my Eyelids with a Pair of Pliers contains writing contributions by Alexander Galavodas, Mark Solomon, and Joseph Malicke.
Released on Big Name Records
A 5edo generative ambient composition made in Pure Data. Every playthrough is unique. This video shows merely one example of what might be generated by the algorithm. No MIDI was used in the patch; all sounds were generated by oscillator matrices I designed in PD.
I made this while on vacation in Key West, FL. The video footage is from the day after I finished the bulk of the composition’s programming.
This piece consists of four note generators, a lead generator, a monophonic sequencer, and a white noise generator, all of which automatically generate their own note choices, durations, and timbres. The overtones on the synths become more exaggerated as time runs on. Each playthrough automatically begins winding down around 3 minutes and finishes by 3:30. The patch can also be set to run indefinitely.
For anyone unfamiliar: “edo” means “equal distribution of the octave.” Almost all Western music is written in 12tet, the system that divides the octave into 12 steps of 100 cents each. This composition divides the octave into 5 steps of 240 cents each.
My newest solo album. 6 tracks (36 minutes) of impressionist piano. Tracked, edited, mixed, and mastered at Big Name. The album was recorded and mixed entirely analog on the Tascam 388 and TEAC A-1200U tape machines.
CDs and cassettes made in the print shop. The cassette version was mastered straight to tape and has never entered the digital domain.
Physicals can be found on the Bandcamp or at Big Name Records.
After about a year of only having an EP out, we have a full-length. 11 tracks (39 minutes) of instrumental indie math/post rock. Tracked, edited, mixed, and mastered at Big Name.
Art by Laura Churgin.
Physical media duplicated in the print shop. Available on Bandcamp.