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- "Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds" by Codeseven - http://goo.gl/grT1eT
- Self-titled by Engine Down - http://goo.gl/uDc848
- "Future Perfect" by Autolux - http://goo.gl/jHulfR
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Thursday, August 09, 2012
The new Autohypnosis album, "Pedestrians," is out now. You can download it for free via Bandcamp.
"Pedestrians" is quite a departure from the previous Autohypnosis releases. The music style is ambient electronic instrumental, and the album consists of 10 tracks, each precisely one hour long. With a total playing time of 10 hours, it's obviously a large download -- more than 1GB, in fact. The download includes high-quality mp3s of the songs as well as a 15-page digital album booklet and a hi-res cover image.
Part of the idea behind the extreme length of "Pedestrians" was to create an ambient musical work long enough that you could start it before going to sleep and it would still be playing when you wake up. Try it sometime.
Download the album for free here:
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"Pedestrians" is recommended for fans of Brian Eno, Cliff Martinez, Dilate, Steve Roach, Sigur Rós, Tycho, Patrick O'Hearn, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, and David Lynch and Dean Hurley.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
I listen to and am inspired by a lot of music, but the album that has most directly influenced Autohypnosis over the past few years is Portishead's self-titled release from 1997.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Post-Everything by Autohypnosis
One of the most experimental songs I've ever recorded is "Post-Everything," the closing track on Conversation (in) Pieces. It also turned out to be one of my favorites.
Of particular note is the first two and a half minutes of the song, which features a collage of voices speaking over a swelling wall of sound.
I had the album just about wrapped up in terms of recording and editing, but the last remaining puzzle piece was the "Post-Everything" intro. I had recorded several other ideas for it, but none of what I'd come up with felt satisfying.
Then it hit me what the song -- and the album -- needed: other people's voices. When the idea came, it seemed so obvious, especially considering the tone, theme and lyrics of the rest of the album.
So I solicited help from friends and fans who had the ability to record their voices on their computers. A handful of folks signed up, and I sent them each a few lines to read, encouraging them to record each line several times and read them slightly differently each time. I'll be forever grateful to those awesome people who contributed.
It was a detailed and time-consuming but very fun process to edit them all together, and I'm still blown away by the great readings I got. I think the cumulative effect of all those voices coupled with the background sounds is pretty powerful, and I'd be curious to hear what others think.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
|Autohypnosis performing live in Greensboro, N.C., in 2005.|
A bit of Autohypnosis trivia: Some of the songs on Conversation (in) Pieces date back as far as 2003. In fact, more than half of the album was written at the time The Surface was released in March 2006.
A few examples:
- I wrote the oldest of the songs, "The Blame," in the spring or summer of 2003. At the time, I was the singer in a rock band called The Big Secret, and we played "The Blame" at a few gigs that summer.
- "Recurring Dream" was also written in 2003. That fall, my friend Jason and I traveled from North Carolina to Louisiana to catch a Radiohead concert. The day of the show, I played a stripped-down version of that song for Jason on the piano at my parents' house, which was the first time anyone heard it.
- "Thanks a Million," "Sleeper Down" and "Fake It" were all written in 2004, when I was working toward finding a sound that lived somewhere between electronic and rock music.
- I wrote both "Electricity" (from The Surface) and "In the Loop" during the summer of 2005. I briefly considered including "In the Loop" on The Surface but ultimately decided it was better suited for a different project (which, of course, turned out to be Conversation (in) Pieces).
In 2005 and 2006, I did solo Autohypnosis live performances in North Carolina. In addition to songs from The Surface, I played "In the Loop," "Sleeper Down," "Fake It" and "Razor-Sharp and Paper-Thin" at various times. I kept a meticulous log of my live set lists, which you can read here.
It's been five years (where did the time go?) since I've performed live. Will there be more Autohypnosis shows? I honestly don't know. One of the hardest decisions I have to make is whether to devote most of my all-too-scant free time to working on new recordings or preparing a live set and trying to book gigs.
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Listen to every Autohypnosis song and get a free mp3: autohypnosis.net
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
First, during that five-year period, I moved halfway across the country twice -- first from Greensboro, North Carolina (where I wrote 95 percent of the album) to my hometown of Thibodaux, Louisiana (where I recorded the bulk of the album); then from Thibodaux to Los Angeles (where I wrapped up the recording, went through the grueling process of editing all the tracks, and got the album mixed). Moving and settling into a new city is always time-consuming, but it can also be inspiring creatively, and that was the case with both of my moves.
Second, during the time I spent recording and editing Conversation, I was also working on lots of other music (which I continue to refine) that I plan to gradually put out over the next few years. So while I was not happy about having a five-year gap between the first two Autohypnosis releases, I'm planning on making up for that by releasing new material more often.
Listen to every Autohypnosis song and get a free mp3: autohypnosis.net
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Visit the official Autohypnosis site at www.autohypnosis.net to listen to the entire album and download a free mp3 of the single "In the Loop."
And here is the brand-new music video for "In the Loop":
Monday, July 25, 2011
Hi, everyone. I am very excited to announce that the new Autohypnosis album, Conversation (in) Pieces, is finally finished. It has 15 songs, is more than an hour long and is quite musically diverse.
You can listen to clips of all the songs and learn more about it here:
The official release date for it is August 9, but this week only (July 25-29), I am having a special pre-sale in which you can buy the CD very inexpensively (and I'll ship CDs anywhere in the world).
Here's where you can get more details on the pre-sale and place an order:
It's taken me a long time to finish this album, but I'm very happy with it, and I hope you all enjoy it.
Thanks a million for your patience,
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Friday, December 31, 2010
It should go without saying that when Duran Duran releases a new album, it's the highlight of the year for me in terms of music. Their new release, "All You Need Is Now," is no exception. I love it even more than I expected to -- it's an instant classic.
The non-Duran music-release high points of 2010 for me are the dreamy-yet-dirty brilliance of "Transit Transit" by Autolux, and "Dark Night of the Soul," an experimental modern blues-rock album by Dangermouse & Sparklehorse (featuring numerous excellent guest musicians, including David Lynch and Nina Persson).
Other notable music releases include the self-titled debut by Chicanery (which I've already written about here), "Metallic Spheres" by The Orb featuring David Gilmour, "Record Collection" by Mark Ronson & The Business Int'l, and self-titled albums by Stone Temple Pilots and Interpol.
In terms of concerts, the unquestionable highlight of the year was seeing Roger Waters perform Pink Floyd's "The Wall" at the Staples Center. Other great shows I saw were unsung rock geniuses Codeseven (opening for Circa Survive), Autolux, Imogen Heap, Spleen United and Thom Yorke (with Autolux as an opener, no less).
I haven't had a whole lot of interest in new movies lately and didn't see many this year. I also missed one or two that I did want to see (notably "Black Swan"). The two worth mentioning that I did catch are "The Social Network," which deserves every accolade it has received and more, and "Inception," which despite its flaws is still an ambitious and fun ride.
The two novels published in 2010 that I'd been highly anticipating -- Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" and Bret Easton Ellis' "Imperial Bedrooms" -- both turned out to be incredibly enjoyable reads. "Imperial Bedrooms" has its flaws but still has a strong impact, and "Freedom" proves that the big social novel is far from dead.
The true literary highlight of my year, though, was meeting Bret Easton Ellis (my favorite writer) after attending a panel where he was interviewed at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I don't have a release date nailed down yet, since the audio has to be completely finished before I can determine that. But one of these days, I really will have some new music out.
To those of you who've been listeners for years, thanks for your patience.
What I've been listening to lately:
-- Transit Transit by Autolux
-- Dark Night of the Soul by Dangermouse and Sparklehorse (featuring many great guest musicians)
-- Miles Fisher by Miles Fisher (which is a free download)
-- Past is Prologue by Tycho
-- Wicker Park soundtrack by Cliff Martinez
-- ( ) by Sigur Ros
-- Stone Temple Pilots by Stone Temple Pilots
What I've been reading lately:
-- Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis (twice, actually)
-- Reunion by Alan Lightman (reread)
-- Jealousy by Alain Robbe-Grillet
-- 60 Stories by Donald Barthleme
-- Pricksongs & Descants by Robert Coover
-- Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis (reread)
What I've been watching lately:
-- World's Greatest Dad
-- The Wire (halfway through Season 3)
-- Stella: Live in Boston
-- Following (an older favorite)
-- Anchorman (an older favorite)
-- Inception (only movie I saw in the theater this summer)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
The adjective that won't leave my mind when trying to describe the music of Chicanery is "swirling." Perhaps it's the blades on the "Solid Gold Helicopter" (the title of one of their tracks) that conjure this circular vision. More likely, though, it's the head-spinning combination of the often heavily effected guitar by former Duran Duran, Missing Persons and Frank Zappa guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and the bizarre (but in a good way) vocals by singer-songwriter Neil Carlill of Delicatessen.
There's a great diversity to Chicanery's self-titled debut album -- a blending of the organic and the synthesized -- yet it feels cohesive. This is modern psychedelia that actually works, the textures and lyrics as wonderfully askew as the house on the album cover.
Like "Medazzaland" (Duran Duran's most experimental -- and in my opinion, best -- album), the 13-track release draws you into a world that's much like our own, but a bit more dark, twisted and unpredictable. What's more, it doesn't shy away from being funny at times, something that's often lacking in even the best pop music.
Standout tracks for me: "Alien Chant," "Gold Pavilions," "Solid Gold Helicopter."
Have a listen with the music player below.
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Tuesday, March 02, 2010
Autolux – "Future Perfect"
Brookville – "Wonderfully Nothing"
The Dial. – "The Dial." [EP]
East Hundred – "East Hundred" [EP]
East Hundred – "Passenger"
Elliott – "Song in the Air"
Engine Down – "Engine Down"
Heavens – "Patent Pending"
Lovedrug – "Pretend You’re Alive"
Slipdisk – "Ruckus"
Monday, January 25, 2010
This is a great way to support the crucial efforts there and get something for yourself in return.
You can buy the debut Autohypnosis CD, "The Surface," through CD Baby here: http://www.cdbaby.com/autohypnosis
I also recommend the following bands and artists who sell their music through CD Baby:
Songs of Water
Viva la Venus!
Serious Vanity Records (compilations)
You can get the "Glue" Duran Duran tribute album that I contributed a cover of "Girls on Film" to here:
And you can also get my old CD "Shooting the Decoy" (which I released under my own name in good ol' 2002) here:
Thursday, January 14, 2010
In the meantime, here are a few Autohypnosis-related things going on that I wanted to bring to people's attention:
- For one of the songs on the forthcoming album, I'm inviting fans to literally be a part of the music (although no musical ability is required). It's a spoken word experiment that I'm hoping will add an interesting dimension to my music. I've already received some great submissions from people, but I'd love to have a few more. To get more details about this project and for information on how to be a part of it, read this.
- Releasing music is, unfortunately, an expensive endeavor. To help fund the release of the next album, I'm having a sale on the first Autohypnosis release, The Surface. Click here to get it at the best prices ever (and the more copies you buy, the better the price gets).
- With us starting a new decade, it was a good time to look back at the previous decade. To read lists of my top albums, films and books of 2000-2009, check out the three posts on this blog that precede this post.
- Finally, it's always nice to have fans' help in spreading the word about my music, and that can be done with little time or effort expended. So if you're interested in helping out, here are some quick and easy suggestions:
- Add Autohypnosis as a fan/friend/etc. on MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, iLike and Purevolume.
- Follow/subscribe to Autohypnosis on this blog, Twitter, my MySpace blog and YouTube. You can also join the official Yahoo Group/mailing list.
- If you own The Surface, consider adding a brief review of it on CD Baby, Amazon or iTunes.
I wish you all the best for 2010.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
The following are my top 100 albums of 2000-2009. The albums are not ranked as a whole (I just wasn't up to that task with a list this long); rather, the list is alphabetized by artist. However, for cases in which an artist has multiple albums listed, I've ranked that artist's releases in descending order (with my favorite first).
I've included genre information with each listing for anyone who's not familiar with these artists or records and might want to check them out. Also, most of them link to pages where you can listen to clips from the albums. There are only three compilations on the list, and I've counted EPs as albums for the purpose of this list because there were some exceptionally good EPs this decade.
I haven't yet gotten to listen to all the music from the '00s that I'd like to, but from what I have heard, these are my favorites. One more disclaimer: The list doesn't take into account many of the great individual songs from the decade aren't on my favorite albums. (That includes, for example, almost all the hip-hop I listened to during the past 10 years.)
This is a big list, and I recognize that most people won't take the time to sift through it all and check out the music they haven't heard. (And, if I haven't made it obvious, the main point of the list is, in fact, to encourage people to explore these albums.) So if you're interested in checking out some music but would prefer a smaller list with more specific recommendations, I encourage you to get in touch with me and tell me the kinds of music you're into/looking for. I'll be more than happy to customize a list for you.
- 2 Skinnee J's - Volumizer (hip-hop/rock/pop - male vocals)
- 2 Skinnee J's - Sexy Karate (hip-hop/rock/pop - male vocals)
- 30 Seconds to Mars - 30 Seconds to Mars (rock - male vocals)
- The Album Leaf - Seal Beach EP (ambient - instrumental)
- Ambulette - The Lottery [EP] (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Autolux - Future Perfect (rock - mostly male vocals, some female vocals)
- Angelo Badalamenti - Mulholland Dr. soundtrack (orchestral/jazz/ambient - instrumental)
- Angelo Badalamenti - Twin Peaks Season Two Music and More [compilation] (orchestral/jazz/ambient - instrumental)
- Bitter:Sweet - The Mating Game (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Björk - Vespertine (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- bond - Born (orchestral/classical/electronic - instrumental)
- Brookville - Wonderfully Nothing (pop/electronic/rock - male vocals, some instrumentals)
- Brookville - Broken Lights (pop/electronic/rock - male vocals)
- Brookville - Life in the Shade (pop/rock - male vocals)
- BT - This Binary Universe (electronic - instrumental)
- Buckethead - Electric Tears (mellow rock - instrumental)
- The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight (pop - female vocals)
- The Cardigans - Super Extra Gravity (pop - female vocals)
- Codeseven - Dancing Echoes/Dead Sounds (rock/ambient - male vocals)
- Copeland - Eat. Sleep. Repeat. (pop/rock - male vocals)
- Warren Cuccurullo - Trance Formed (ambient - instrumental)
- Tim Cullen - Fun Razor (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Death Cab for Cutie - Plans (pop/rock - male vocals)
- Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism (pop/rock - male vocals)
- Denali - Denali (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Denali - The Instinct (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Depeche Mode - Playing the Angel (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- The Devils - Dark Circles (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- The Dial. - The Dial. [EP] (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Duran Duran - Pop Trash (pop/electronic/rock - male vocals)
- Duran Duran - Red Carpet Massacre (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- Duran Duran - Astronaut (pop/electronic/rock - male vocals)
- East Hundred - East Hundred [EP] (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- East Hundred - Passenger (pop/rock - female vocals)
- East Hundred - Copper Street Performer [EP] (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Elliott - Song in the Air (rock - male vocals)
- Engine Down - Enginedown (rock - male vocals)
- Engine Down - Demure (rock - male vocals)
- Evoka - Cries from the Castlegate Empire (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Frou Frou - Details (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Nelly Furtado - Loose (pop/electronic/Latin - female vocals)
- Garbage - beautifulgarbage (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Garbage - Bleed Like Me (rock/pop/electronic - female vocals)
- David Gilmour - On an Island (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Glass Candy - Beat Box (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Juliana Hatfield - How to Walk Away (pop/rock - female vocals)
- Imogen Heap - Speak for Yourself (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Imogen Heap - Ellipse (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Heavens - Patent Pending (pop/rock - male vocals)
- Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (rock - male vocals)
- Ivy - Long Distance (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Ivy - In the Clear (pop - female vocals)
- Ivy - Guestroom (pop - female vocals)
- The Jealous Sound - Kill Them with Kindness (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Keane - Hopes and Fears (pop/rock/electronic - male vocals)
- Keane - Under the Iron Sea (pop/rock/electronic - male vocals)
- Keane - Perfect Symmetry (pop/rock/electronic - male vocals)
- The Killers - Hot Fuss (rock/pop/electronic - male vocals)
- Lady Gaga - The Fame (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Jens Lekman - Oh You're So Silent Jens [compilation] (pop/folk - male vocals)
- The Like - Are You Thinking What I'm Thinking? (pop/rock - female vocals)
- The Lonely Island - Incredibad (comedy/hip-hop/electronic/pop - male vocals)
- Lovedrug - Pretend You're Alive (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Madonna - Confessions on a Dance Floor (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Cliff Martinez - Traffic soundtrack (ambient/electronic - instrumental)
- Cliff Martinez - Solaris soundtrack (ambient/electronic - instrumental)
- Cliff Martinez - Wicker Park soundtrack (ambient/electronic - instrumental)
- Matinee Club - The Modern (electronic/pop - female and male vocals)
- George Michael - Patience (pop/electronic/R&B - male vocals)
- Paco - This Is Where We Live (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Paco - Paco [EP] (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Panic! at the Disco - A Fever You Can't Sweat Out (rock/pop/electronic - male vocals)
- A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms (rock - male vocals)
- Portishead - Third (electronic/experimental - female vocals)
- The Postal Service - Give Up (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- Radiohead - Kid A (electronic/experimental/rock - male vocals)
- Radiohead - In Rainbows (pop/rock/electronic - male vocals)
- Radiohead - Amnesiac (electronic/experimental/rock - male vocals)
- Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (pop/rock/electronic - male vocals)
- Saosin - Saosin (rock - male vocals)
- Saosin - In Search of Solid Ground (rock - male vocals)
- Sigur Rós - ( ) (pop/rock/experimental - male vocals)
- Sigur Rós - Takk (pop/rock/experimental - male vocals)
- Sigur Rós - Med sud I eyrum vid spilum endalaust (pop/rock/experimental - male vocals)
- Silversun Pickups - Swoon (rock - male vocals)
- Silversun Pickups - Carnavas (rock - male vocals)
- Sleepthief - The Dawnseeker (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Sleepthief - Labyrinthine Heart (electronic/pop - female vocals)
- Slipdisk - Ruckus (R&B/hip-hop/pop - male vocals)
- Britney Spears - Britney (pop - female vocals)
- Splender - To Whom It May Concern (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Gwen Stefani - Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (pop/electronic - female vocals)
- Tool - Lateralus (rock - male vocals)
- Weezer - The Green Album (rock/pop - male vocals)
- Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak (electronic/R&B/hip-hop/pop - male vocals)
- Thom Yorke - The Eraser (electronic/pop - male vocals)
- Your Vegas - A Town and Two Cities (rock/pop/electronic - male vocals)
- Zaemon - Collection [compilation] (rock/funk/pop - male vocals)
- Marek Zebrowski and David Lynch - Polish Night Music (ambient - instrumental)
My top single of the decade that's not on any of the above albums is "Nobody Knows" by Simon Le Bon and Nick Wood.
And, finally, here are some of my own personal awards:
Band of the decade: Radiohead
Solo artist of the decade: Imogen Heap
Unsigned* band/artist of the decade: East Hundred
*Meaning a band or artist who's never been signed.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
AI: Artificial Intelligence
Best in Show
Chuck & Buck
City of God
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
A History of Violence
I Heart Huckabees
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
In the Bedroom
Lions for Lambs
No Country for Old Men
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Reno 911!: Miami
Requiem for a Dream
Stranger Than Fiction
Synecdoche, New York
The Constant Gardener
The Dark Knight
Gangs of New York
The Piano Teacher
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Rules of Attraction
The Science of Sleep
The Tailor of Panama
The Way of the Gun
There Will Be Blood
Wet Hot American Summer