i do hope you download it and give it a listen. as always, my albums are pay-what-you-can and you can even enter $0 to get it for free if funds are super tight (as is the situation for many of us during this pandemic).
this season of the podcast deals with the politics of expertise in the “post-truth” era—who is and isn’t considered an “expert” in different contexts and how it is leveraged in different ways (often times for bad). like “this american life” but rooted in history and science. the stories include from a hoax paper published by a scientist, indigenous people subverting the canadian government’s narrative at expo ’67, the makers of tamiflu buying influence at the CDC…
thru these stories, we see how what we are presented with as truth is often skewed—facts are manipulated to present certain favoured narratives. as this is one of the common threads running thru the season, i intentionally chose a sonic palette to reflect the wavering condition of truth bending under pressure by way of lo-fi and distorted sounds.
being a soundtrack, it’s not going to sit firmly in one genre or another. i’d say it moves around within the ambient articulations of the post-rock and lo-fi electronic genres, with some modern classical elements peppered here and there. if you’re a fan of mogwai, boards of canada, jóhann jóhannsson, a winged victory for the sullen, or the electronic duets by ólafur arnalds & nils frahm then you will certainly enjoy this album.
In honour International Drone Day, I will be performing two live improvised ambient drone sets — one at dawn as the sun rises, the other at dusk as the sun sets. The start times are 5AM and 8:30PM eastern standard time, with expected durations of about 45 to 60 minutes each (it will be governed by the actual sunrise and sunset). The YouTube stream links for each are below.
i am excited to announce a new limited live experimental music series i am curating on the last thursday of february, march, and april.
“APPETITE FOR DECONSTRUCTION is a limited series curated by experimental artist Mike Barber. Join us for an evening of improvised experimental music. Each evening is divided in two parts—guest artists will perform their sets which will be sampled and used as the raw materials for Barber’s closing set. The audience will first experience the original source performances unfold live, then an improvised deconstruction of them immediately after.