Belizean Heat Out Now!

I’m excited to share my latest album, Belizean Heat! It features nine songs that are each built around field recordings gathered during a short visit to Belize I took in 2015. If you listen closely, you’ll hear birds, crickets, underwater reef crackling, and a persnickety naval radio. One of my favourite recordings was of a massive colony of grackles.

This sound collage has many of the original recordings I used in the album.

The music I’ve made with and around these recordings is stylistically diverse. Hol Chan and Wind Dancer are influenced by Synthwave, Hideaway is an ambient piece, and Xibalba takes influence from South American chicha music. If you’re interested, I’ve made a Spotify Playlist with my album, along with some of the songs and artists that shaped it.

Over the next few weeks I’ll discuss the stories behind each song and share some pictures from my trip.

 

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Warming the Winter With Belizean Heat

At long last I’m excited to say that I can start sharing Belizean Heat, the follow up to Sonidos de Cuba! I’m really pleased with how this album turned out. It’s quite eclectic, stylistically spanning from ambient and downtempo to progressive house and synthwave, but manages to be cohesive as a whole. It features a wide array of acoustic and electronic instruments, including trumpet, trombone, melodica, xaphoon, shakers, hand percussion, electric guitar and bass, Sonic Forest, Arturia MicroBrute, Elektron Octatrack Analog Four and RYTM, MFB Kraftzwerg, Dave Smith Poly Evolver, Novation Nova, and modular synthesizer.

Belize is a fascinating country. The coast is lined with coral reefs and mangrove islands home to vibrant aquatic life. Inland you can find lush jungles and Mayan ruins. While visiting Belize I captured recordings of birdsong, crickets, underwater reef crackling, a massive colony of grackles, and a persnickety naval radio. These recordings then provided the foundation and inspiration for the nine songs of this album.

The album will be officially released on February 1st, but in the mean time you can hear a short preview of a few of the songs in this video:

Belizean Heat

Arrival at Caye CaulkerIn February, my wife and I visited Belize for 10 days . We managed to see a fair bit of the diverse and beautiful country with a few days in Caye Caulker, some time in the jungle, a night in Hopkins, a stay on a mangrove island, and a stop in Placencia before heading home. It’s a fairly small country, but it has a wealth of wildlife with a number of ecological reserves on land and sea. Naturally I brought my H4N portable recorder and Rode NTG3 shotgun microphone, but this time I brought along a JRF Hydrophone and a pair of Roland CS10EM binaural earbuds. Continue reading “Belizean Heat”

Time To Talk About Jobs!

Back in the spring I came across this video when my friend posted it on his Facebook timeline. My wife and I got a pretty big kick out of the dark cynical sense of humour contained in Russell Holman’s Spoken Word piece. As we’re both artists we’ve often felt the pressure of expectations that we get “Real Jobs” and start a family and such, so the anti-career theme here certainly struck a chord.

Naturally, I thought it would make great material for a remix so I commented, a dialog was started, and this is the result.

Continue reading “Time To Talk About Jobs!”

BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)

photo (2)On Sunday morning, not wanting to experience another fruitless round of wandering around searching for open breakfast spots I did some googling and yelping and found a promising restaurant called The Don’s. I had been using google maps to guide myself around Winnipeg and probably should have paid the extra $14/day for the Garmin guidance system as I had been regularly getting lost and taking longer than anticipated getting from A to B. This time I was simply led completely astray. Continue reading “BreakOut West, Winnipeg and the WCMAs (Part 3)”