Have taken reciept of the digital media that will contain the first quarter 2019 release. Working on the packaging concept and execution. Long story short. I think we are going with some form of candle, with the media embedded within. Which will be a theme of the rest of our releases for 2019. This is going to be handmade. Limited batches due to the amount of work. We will attempt to keep the cost reasonable.
I've recently lost someone very close to me. The last 3 years were always going in this direction. But the last month it just came too fast. We are left trying to make sense of her life and find something positive in this mess. I'm having a hard time dealing with all of the external pressures and conflicts. As is my usual method. When I can't deal with externalities, I re-organize what I can of myself. Recently bought a quite large audio mixer. A 24 channel Soundtracs Solo. Also picked up a few rack reverbs and stuff. So be assured that pretty much everything Null Static Void in 2019 will be mixed analog even if recorded digital. I'm dialing this shit in right now in my little bedroom and it's pretty solid. Might be open to doing some other peoples stuff here. Colaborations? Oh yeah, and all my stuff this year is going to be personal therapy dealing with loss, pain and anger.
Equipment maintenance is one of those little tasks that we take pride in. However, we are neither professional or a highly experienced amateur. Rather we came up from poverty and by necessity learned how to fix cables, guitars and eventually more complex things. Soldr is solder and screws are screws. Well our overconfidence, as it so often does, came back at us fast. Looks like our Machinedrum is down for the count. May end up buying another, or going back in for a final thoracic procedure.
In the meantime we will have to just switch gears and finish a few things instead. Yes, it has been a little while since a video was dropped. So that is next up. Also, there are about a dozen half finshed tunes that already have drums. So there is that!
Working on prototypes of our packaging designs. Henceforth all our stuff is going to be packaging oriented. Guess that is how many mediocre brands have prevailed in the marketplace. And Mediocre is our specialty. We've deigned to present a few preliminary sketches for your enjoyment. Dharma willing, we'll see a few of these to fruition in 2019. Don't worry if you are not into the heavy thing-ness of these objects. We are also setting up digital content distribution as well. So our apathetic admirers can get a dose of gibberish in their digital memory hole. Substantial persons can purchase a less fungible item with which to support our endeavors
The approach that we have evolved is intentionally satirical and messy. At the same time we want the consumer to receive somthing of value. An object with inherent thing-ness. Batch produced, not mass produced. The information age, or should we say post-information age has rendered music publishing an ephemeral process. Leaving the consumer with only the ones and zeroes representing a facsimile of the product. There is no new vinyl smell, or the nostalgia and glee which the subtle off-gassing of freshly printed items invoke.
Okay enough whining. Time to get on this horse and ride. There are going to be a few changes around here. First off, we are going to start being more disciplined about the social media. NSV and ANSMACH accounts are going to be fairly silent except for explicit updates about work in progress, events and releases. Also. This is the year I just start putting shit out. Recently had a pretty fucking savage birthday. Along with the typical wrestling with mortality that seizes me this time of year, I managed to have a minor epiphany. We are going to start putting out some recorded products. The packaging is going to be off the fucking wall. I anticipate having some trouble getting this shit distributed. But at this point I do not give a fuck. I may stick to limited editions of 50 or 100 for the first couple of releases. Largely as I do not want to litter up my meager storage space with too many embarassing boxes. To be clear, I am not intent on releasing product in order to garner acclaim or income. I doubt either are forthcoming. Instead the primary goal is to preserve my various projects in a form which exists outside of my computer and web hosting. So that at some point in the future someone can find one of my recordings at a garage sale or in an abandoned warehouse, secure a suitable playback device as appropriate. And wonder who this troubled wierdo was. With that in mind, the packaging is being designed with intent of long term archival storage. If the end consumer opts to listen to the product instead, they may have to damage the packaging in a non-repariable way. Some of these concepts will result in a large mess. So warning labels may need to be printed. Wish us luck. Buy our merch.
Kung Fu literally means long study or 'achievement of man'. In its original meaning, kung fu can refer to any discipline or skill achieved through hard work and practice, not just martial arts. The Chinese literal equivalent of "Chinese martial art" would be 中国武术 zhōngguó wǔshù. I guess you could say I am a master of the Kung Fu of multitasking and getting nothing fucking done. Or more accurately, when I have set my mind on doing something like setting a table for dinner. I will start by learning how to build a table. Then I must source the proper wood so I digress into arborculture. Once the wood is cured and planed, the table crafted and the tableware forged, spun or kilned. I’ll make the goddamned table. Don’t nag me. So yeah I guess you could say a few schedules are slipping as I learn to incorporate yet another piece of software, hardware and musical instrument into the hive. Plus, I work for a living.
Having a pointy, angular weekend. Last night came within inches of finishing the vid for 'Cloaca'. However as per usual, there was a 1am epiphany which required a ripple edit. Maybe I burn some of that midnight oil I am always hearing about and push this one into the memory hole of Youtube by Sunday. You will be enthused by the results, doubtless. I update this site infrequently, my jetsetting life of toil, frustration and loneliness tying up the majority of my time. Follow Null Static Void on twitter for timely announcements of shows, and other creative endeavors.
Okay here is the long anticipated plan. Physical stuff that you can hold in your hands. By the end of the fucking year. Just in time for whatever passes for a holiday in your household. Because this digital existence is ephemeral and transitory, not unlike the meatspace life of toil. Some day we will step off of this escalator on to the mezzanine of existence. And spend eternity in the food court of death. The greatest goal that can be imagined is that at some distant point in the future. When the internet is laughably retro. A young person will find some tangible artifact of AnsMachRec at a garage sale. And with some diligence, a playback device on which to enjoy. And be dissapointed. This is taking longer to acheive than anticipated, as usual. This is all out of pocket. And if one thing is true, it's that I suck at money stuff. Dont' fret. Don't add my burden to yours. The Autumn months are upon us. This is when I am most industriuous and least likely to have fuck all else to do.
We watched a lot of futbol. Went to the beach. During a low point there was a flash of disco and a hint of cheap nose candy. Red leader managed to correct our trajectory. We stay on target. During this moment of clarity we realized; it's been almost a year? Oh shit! The work continues.
the reality shattering debut of NSV's next epoch has not, as planned, derailed the world economy. This is unfortunate. We have no other plans in terms of earning a living in the conventional fashion.
The official Twitter dot com account for Answering Machine Recordings can be found at @anmach. This is not going to be a terribly chatty social media account. But will be the go to place for news on new releases, merch and appearances.
Speaking with management at several venues. A press conference detailing the direction of future releases will be held in the most appropriate space. Some short demonstration will be given to elaborate on the concepts presented.
as the electronic representation of your consciousness fades into the microwave background radiation. Take some consolation that you live on in the memories of those around you.
Short hiatus, stuff broken. When you are doing everything yourself, it takes ...well it takes twice as long. Even with coffee.
Recent updates to nsv.doctorruss.com.Revealing a pair of projects from last year. We have just finished wrapping up the packaging and mastering. Tying it up nice with a virtual bow.
Expect video releases per each in the near future.
Been super busy bringing some new stuff to fruition. Have a fresh batch of tunes ready to unload. Put together a couple of sniffy new videos. Developing a new site, which will be soft launched in the next month. busy busy.So I guess I gotta backannounce this ish.
Hey! It's like our own version of CNN with a pinch of 1990 MTV.
If you are't paranoid, it's because you are drinking the fluoride.
The pressure on the subject's environment creates psycho-sexual side effects which manifest as psychosis.
When warfare becomes a commonplace mundane reality, our fictional protagonist is easily indoctrinated into a violent extremist mindset. A tasteful soundtrack of guitar, bass and drums is pushed up to the edge of sanity to underscore our hero's pitiable journey. Footage from Brooklyn, Oakland and San Francisco (circa 2003) is featured.
Mean spirited electronic doom. Composed entirely of synthetic instruments, and composed entirely when I was living out of my car for a few months in 2015. The visuals are likewise comprised of abstract elements. Though they originated in mundane items that you can literally find in any kitchen. Not happy in an existential sense, but satisfied with the results.
A triptych of face melting doom noise. Three short sludge snacks. Unleavened by such pretensions as vocals,lyrics or conceptual aspiration. Just low and hell bent. Underlining the audio portion of a three course meal are accompanying selections from the Ted Cruz for Senate youtube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4KhCu6psHmvnxnV0i81cUw. With some tasteful mangling and caressing to render the footage more palatable for our sensitive viewers.
Finished another new NSV music video. The visuals are a good fit to the audio portion. Being equally as abstract and visually 'atonal' as the musical composition which it helps to present.
This abstract video is the result of borrowing a video projector, some chroma keying and a few other fun tricks. Yours truly even makes an apearance.
Just about done with a new NSV music video. The result should be quite good. We are very proud of this work.
We are combining a sludgy older track of NSV which was discovered on a forgotten hard drive. The footage is foraged from the infamous Cruz superPac provided video. This is YouTube license video which means that anyone can use it.
the front page of my site after, what has it been, 5 years?
Time flies when you are working hard. Some patches of the site are still kind of rough. I am using various sub-sections and sub-domains to experiment with various technologies. The nsv.doctorruss.com sub-domain features some offbeat music I have been working on over the years. The CMS is Wordpress running a heavily modified version of the 2014 default theme.