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Site overhaul in progress…

After two relocations in as many years, and after passing through the COVID wormhole, I am finally getting back to my web sites. They need a complete overhaul!

So things may look rough around here for a while.

For now, the most current electronic music material is on my SquareSpace site at JEREMYDEPRISCO.NET and my visual explorations with Magic Music Visualizer and Touchdesigner are on Youtube.

I have a lot of new project builds to share. Until then, the archive of older electronics gadgets is still available via the Making menu option above or right here.

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What I’m Doing Now

May 2021

  1. Joining the first ever cohort of artists in the Nomadic Soundsters virtual residency.
  2. Providing technical assistance for the Philly Maker Faire Podcast.
  3. Editing the Audio Chimera podcast series “Kid Again” by Stephen Schrum. The pilot episode it out now where all podcasts can be found. We are hoping to get funding to continue the series.
  4. Working on a custom component for Touchdesigner. TouchDesigner is a node based visual programming language for real time interactive multimedia content, developed by the Toronto-based company Derivative. It’s been used by artists, programmers, creative coders, software designers, and performers to create performances, installations, and fixed media works
  5. Building a few terrariums for fun.
  6. Providing additional audio services via Fiverr.com
  7. Diving further into the Elektron Digitakt to develop some audio to go with my Touchdesigner visuals.
  8. Offering Open Broadcaster Software assistance. Contact me for details, or go here to buy me a coffee if I’ve already helped you.
  9. Occasionally broadcasting on Twitch.
  10. Expanding electronic music site jeremydeprisco.net. Includes brand new content, thoughts about creative process, etc.

Reading:

Myths and Legends of China – by E.T.C. Warner

  • Continuing to examine my career trajectory closely through a Napoleon Hill lens. I’ve met only two people who get that reference.
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Collaboration with Breakfast

A new collaboration with my friend Tom Dennehy (AKA Breakfast) can be found here:

https://www.jeremydeprisco.net/blog/yellow-cake-collaboration-with-breakfast

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LA QUARENTENA LOCA

Read all about the making of this track.

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Humming With The Gods (2020)

Humming With The Gods is a 4-song Limited Edition EP born as a result of some different approaches I was taking to recording/writing in late 2017. I was working with some very evocative instruments, and suddenly found myself creating a lot of material in a particular universe of sound. Originally, I envisioned 10-12 songs in this universe, with a loose story line running through and lots of space references. Unconsciously, I was returning to the universe of “Children of Light” (from Chaos Rise Up in 2010) which always stood out for its electronic elements, and offered a positive outlook on the future.

Stylistically the music and lyrics have elements of what I was doing pre-2010, before joining the electro-music.com community. It’s also been informed by the experiences I’ve had performing and interacting with electronic musicians for the last 10 years.

This material has sustained me in unexpected ways during a very trying time in our lives. Friends and family know the gory details, and its not appropriate to rehash them here. Let’s just say – and I know this is cheesy – that looking to the stars and imagining other worlds really can help you deal with reality. Working on Humming With The Gods was perhaps the best expression of what I’ve been feeling over these last few years, and I think in some small way it expresses some important themes of our time (among them, moving forward after trauma, and on a larger scale, life in times of accelerating scientific discoveries amidst accelerated social concerns).

There’s yet more recorded material waiting in the wings, but before I can put that stuff out, I really felt that Humming With The Gods had to be finalized.

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Philly General Update

Yeah, my sites are looking a bit dated right now because I am just getting back on my feet after a very time consuming and logistically difficult move to Philadelphia.

The studio has closed. We’ve downsized to an apartment, so two-thirds of my studio are in storage right now while the other third is with me in a much smaller configuration. Running a studio was a good experiment (2013-2018), but I can’t say I miss it, or the drama.

I am now focusing almost completely on my electronic/experimental work, in a variety of electronic sub-genres. Since joining the electro-music.com community in 2010, I’ve come to really enjoy this sonic journey. The move to Philly – complete with much more time in transit on buses and in traffic -has forced me to focus even more on my craft, and on my passion. The city has also been inspiring, in ways I may not have expected.

A new site – with brand new audio, graphics and video – is under construction and should be finalized this summer. In fact the site itself is done, but I am carefully selecting how I want to promote the music and sonic explorations.

You may still occasionally find me at open mics in the Philly area, either solo acoustic, as a bass player, or with Fricknadorable. For now, our Americana duo is on hiatus, though Audra continues to write and we hope to one day put out an EP. Unfortunately, being a theatre person, she doesn’t enjoy recording half as much as I do. Ironically, much of my electronic stuff of late has been improvised! But I still can’t get her to go electro… perhaps one day.

For now, enjoy this peak at the Chinese Lantern Festival we recently attended…

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Gravedigger’s Local 16 Reviews Soundscape Release

“Haunted 2016 is a dead-on perfect tribute to the scary sound effects albums of the past.”

Back in 2016, Audra and I recorded a long-form Halloween soundscape, purely for the joy and experimentation of it all. Titled “Haunted 2016”, we released it on Bandcamp, just for kicks. The album cover is a cheesy picture of our creeper character that hugs our maple tree each Halloween season. Aside from being a labor of love, it also showed the breadth of work I was doing at Pepperhead Studios besides blues bands and singer-songwriters.

Later, I was contacted by Gravedigger’s Local 16, a haunt blog put out by a mysterious figure who goes by Six Foot Plus. “Haunted 2016” was included in their list of recommended sources for haunt soundtracks. Earlier this year, I was told that my soundscape collection would receive a full review, with an excerpt included in a podcast that Six Foot Plus also puts out.

This is a perfect example of how something you do for pure joy and with enthusiasm, can take on a life of its own, even when there is little to no expectation of recognition. While this is a small thing, and the soundscape is pretty dark – this recognition was a welcome ray of light. Given the turmoil in my life, the lives of some close friends, and the world in general, this one simple, small, even silly success brightened my day more than anything in recent memory.

The Review:
https://www.gravediggerslocal.com/2018/10/sounds-to-scare-by-pepperhead-studios/

The Podcast:
http://6ftplus.gravediggerslocal.com/2018/10/ambience-atmostfear-2018/

Bandcamp:
Read more about the recording itself here…
https://fricknadorable.bandcamp.com/album/haunted-2016

 

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NEEMFest 2018 – Homer, NY

* The program and other elements had the wrong anniversary number – so this is actually 14, not 15! :-) Graphics by Robert Dorschel 

This year’s NEEMFest (NorthEastern Electro-Music Festival) was held September 7-9, 2018 in Homer, NY. Now in its 14th* year, the performance-centric gathering features three full days of innovative electronic music concerts, workshops, seminars, demonstrations, video artists, industry-name interviews, and a mini-swap meet.

I’ve been performing at some form of this event since 2010, with additional appearances at related events in Asheville, NC and Kutztown, PA.

Though I had some great video collaborators and improvised visuals in the past, I challenged myself to create my own visuals this year. This resulted in two new audio/video pieces (“Shampoo” and “Truth”) that were premiered during my solo set.

I’ll also had the opportunity once again for a collaboration with Mario-enrique Paoli and Karl Fury called “Signal to Noise” (with visuals by Steve Mokris). An impromptu appearance in the Elecro-music Chamber Orchestra, led by Andrew Koenig was also great fun.

NEEMFest included a live Skype Q&A with Michelle Moog-Koussa (yes, THAT Moog!), as well as a raffle for a Behringer Model D Synthesizer (which I sadly did not win).

 

Other highlights included:

  • a hands-on “Synthesizer Petting Zoo,” with various rare and odd synthesizers, drum machines, and other pieces of electronic music gear you simply do not see very often.
  • a Skype interview with developer Geert Bevin, who has made significant contributions to music software, including work at Moog.
  • a presentation by Trevor Pinch, coauthor of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer.

Flickr photos:

NEEMFest 2018

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Soundcraft Notepad Mixer Repair

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