Introducing TEP ZEPI, an object / experience by Hair and Space Museum

•June 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hair and Space Museum - TEP ZEPI

A few months ago, Sharon Arnold of LxWxH Gallery asked if David and I would consider contributing a piece to the June 2014 installment of the gallery’s Subscription Project, a curated box set of editioned art objects. Although this summer has been crazy busy for us (we’re currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on the new Midday Veil record!) we jumped at the opportunity to be included, especially since the box, titled Wave Length, also features artwork by Seattle multimedia artist and musician Garek J. Druss.

Since around 2010, David and I have been collaborating on multimedia installations and performances as Hair and Space Museum. We have performed a 12-hour improvisation to overnight audiences at Seattle University’s Hedreen Gallery, contributed a sound and video feedback installation to Bumbershoot 2012, and even performed at a book release party at Family Business Gallery in New York, but as of yet, we have been too busy with Midday Veil to give HSM a proper physical musical release. The LxWxH box set seemed like a great forum for creating a handmade, short run physical release that could also serve as an art object.

Hair and Space Museum - TEP ZEPI

TEP ZEPI is an edition of ten lathe cut 7″ records featuring a 5-minute improvised composition on each side. Inspired by the Voyager 1 Golden Record, as well as a recent re-watch of the 1997 film adaptation of Carl Sagan’s Contact, we decided we wanted to make a special sculptural package for the record that contained instructions for the assembly of an object of unknown origin to accompany the musical experience.

To produce the object, I designed and executed my first ever bookbinding project: a 6-fold, fabric bound, hand silkscreened case for the record that transforms into a freestanding three-dimensional pyramid. The title TEP ZEPI, which translates as “First Time,” refers to an ancient Egyptian creation myth in which key aspects of civilization were handed to the Egyptians by visitors from space.

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Hair and Space Museum - TEP ZEPI

The Wave Length box set is currently available in an edition of 10 via LxWxH Gallery. A release party is scheduled for this evening, June 27, at Vermillion Gallery and Bar in Seattle from 6 to 9 pm.

Ambitious projects tend to make you thankful for the talents and generosity of your community, and I would like to extend our gratitude to Mike Dixon of LatheCuts.com who cut these gorgeous, amazing-sounding records for us; to Jonathan James Carr, who helped me cut out the boards for the covers; to Shaun Kardinal for giving me a refresher course in the Pen Tool while I was designing the covers; to the Vera Project’s silkscreen studio; and to Gala Bent for bookbinding and material advice.

Midday Veil On Tour Now

•March 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Midday Veil On Tour Now

More info: http://middayveil.com

Midday Veil Interview in The Quietus

•October 17, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Midday Veil

Even when they’re voyaging deep into the unknown, Midday Veil stimulate the synapses with dynamic arrangements and the kind of melodic sensibility that eludes the majority of their peers. They bludgeon, seduce and inflame.

Read the full feature + interview in The Quietus.

Midday Veil – New Video, New Album and US Tour Dates!

•March 5, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Midday Veil has just released an epic, 12-minute video for “Great Cold of the Night,” a track from our upcoming album THE CURRENT, produced by Randall Dunn. Directed by visual artist Steven Miller, the video begins at a performance and culminates with human sacrifice, an alchemical transformation, and last but not least, a cake orgy.

See CVLT Nation’s premiere of the video here.

Read an indepth interview about the video with director Steven Miller and myself from Redefine Magazine here.

Midday Veil - The Current

THE CURRENT, featuring album art by Robert Beatty, will be released this spring on LP, CD and as a limited edition, tour-only cassette via Translinguistic Other. (Preorder here.) A string of US dates has been confirmed for March and April, including appearances at SXSW35 Denton in Denton, TX, and LA Psych Fest, and a European tour is currently being booked for Fall 2013 with Expo ’70.

Full tour dates below. See you soon!

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Midday Veil Spring 2013 US Tour Dates

2/28 Chop Suey, Seattle, WA
3/09 35 Denton, Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton, TX
3/11 Invasion Festival, The Crown and Harp, Dallas, TX
3/13 Official SXSW Showcase, The Hideout, Austin, TX
3/14 Austin Psych Fest’s LEVITATION, Austin, TX
3/14 Holodeck Records Party, Austin, TX
3/15 Sahara Lounge, Austin, TX
3/16 Redefine Magazine’s FEEL YOU, House of Commons, Austin, TX
3/18 Guestroom Records, Oklahoma City, OK *
3/18 Stash, Norman, OK
3/19 FOKL Center, Kansas City, KS *
3/20 Situations, Chicago, IL
3/21 4329 Kirby Ave, Cincinnati, OH
3/22 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA #
3/23 PA’s Lounge, Cambridge, MA #
3/24 Silent Barn, Brooklyn, NY #
3/25 Cake Shop, New York, NY #
3/26 Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH
3/27 Radio Radio, Indianapolis, IN *
3/28 Eronel, Dubuque, IA *
3/29 Side Door Lounge, Omaha, NE *
3/30 Mouth House, Denver, CO *
4/05 Gem and Bolt, Oakland, CA †
4/06 Tin Can Ale House, San Diego, CA †
4/07 LA Psych Fest, Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA †
4/08 The Knockout, San Francisco, CA †
4/09 The Works, Eureka, CA †
4/10 East End, Portland, OR †

* with Expo ’70
# with Ghost Box Orchestra
† with Brain Fruit

A STORY OF RATS – Vastness and the Inverse

•February 15, 2013 • 1 Comment

I’m exceedingly proud to announce that Translinguistic Other Records will be releasing Vastness and the Inverse, the new LP from Seattle dark noise/drone architects A STORY OF RATS this month.

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A Story of Rats began as the the solo musical project of visual and sound artist Garek J. Druss, who also plays in Seattle-based duo Dull Knife and Portland-based TECUMSEH and Atriarch, as well as multimedia ensemble Saint Genet.  Garek’s investigative work blurs the lines between sound and gesture, tangibility and time. The current lineup of ASOR also includes Andrew Crawshaw (Terminal Fuzz Terror, Broken Press) and D. Salo (Joy Wants Eternity, Saint Genet).

In 2011, our friends at Eiderdown Records released ASOR’s first LP, Thought Forms. Their second full-length, Vastness and the Inverse, will be entombed on 33RPM vinyl (limited to 300 copies) and offered up for consumption by Translinguistic Other with an official street date of March 4. Its haunting artwork was created by Druss and hand printed by Broken Press, and the record itself was recorded & mixed by Wolvserpent’s Blake Green in Seattle, WA, and mastered for vinyl by the inimitable James Plotkin. The LP comes with a download which features a bonus track, a reinterpretation of Side A’s side long dirge “Her Teeth are Nil,” remixed by Tristan Shone (Author & Punisher).

The record is available for presale now via TLO Records. An LP release show is scheduled for Thursday, February 28 at Chop Suey in Seattle with Midday Veil, Great Falls and Hekate.

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A string of dates with Of The Wand and The Moon (Denmark) + King Dude have also been confirmed for late March/early April:

Tues 3/26 – Seattle, WA – The Comet
Wed 3/27 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
Fri 3/29 – San Francisco, CA -The Chapel
Sat 3/30 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst Atrium
Sun 3/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Mon 4/1 – San Diego – The Casbah
Tues 4/2 – Sacramento, CA – TBA

TONIGHT: NEW YEAR’S NO AGE HEALING EXPO AND ASCENSION EVENT

•December 31, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/440179032708806/

[POEM]: The 4th of July

•December 4, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The 4th of July is hidden
in a box of sundries
beneath a worthless curtain
which
on account of being clumsily battered for years by flaccid sunbeams
has been rendered devoid of reds,
its once healthy blues given way to an acrid, semisynthetic green
(whose existence is a travesty to the very concept of “color”
if you ask me).

And yet
all the delegates are present here
though the watchman decries his post
and I’m suspicious of the wounded man
—who turns elevens into sevens—
aching though he may be
beneath the weight of history.

I am lost to history.
For instance:
Where is my Fertile Crescent?
Did I really exchange it for a few sessions of awkward, menial sex and Coming Home Early from The Celestial Buffet of the Great Self?
If so,
can you remind me why?
Is it because you can never truly seduce a soul in exile?

Furthermore,
are pumpkins really that shape?
I am at a loss for shapes.
Even now as I write this hymn
on graph paper
where every possible point of contact
with the world of forms is equidistant from the last.

-E.P., 12/4/2012

 
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