Happy first day of spring, everyone. Fitting that the first post of the year be on this date. Of course if it had been earlier, that would have been fine too... Lots to tell. It makes me happy to type that! The Blog Of The Phantom Airship is alive and well, or at least alive, and has had a couple of entries added since the first of the year.
Bret Hart, bless 'im, has done it again and managed to coax my ass out of its couch groove. He asked me to finish up a recording he and Bob Jordan did at the beginning of the year. I did so, and behold! A new "Building" recording was born! This one is called "Frank Idyll Growth", is quite wacky and at times jarring, and can be downloaded right here, from Bandcamp.
This activity with Building got me motivated to move "A Man Who Was Here" over to Bandcamp. When I went to do so, I discovered problems with the first two tracks. I also discovered my backups were not functional! Ack! Michelle Klein-Hass came to my rescue with some backups of her own. Since I had to rebuild the master, I used the opportunity to tweak the master one more time, and it now sounds the best it ever has. The Bandcamp download has full cover art (which is the cover the way it was actually meant to look since the album's conception), and all the production notes and lyrics from this site. I hope to keep adding the back catalog there. I'd like to continue in order, and that means "Night Circus" would be next.
During the sessions for the latest "Building", I recorded, but did not use, a lengthy drum truck on the currently-under-construction super kit. It was an interesting thing to do for documentation alone; the kit already has been changed and won't sound quite like that again. But beyond that, it turned out well enough that I thought I would share it. Now titled "This Is Not A Drum Solo", it is available from Bandcamp as part of the "New Music Mondays" collection, or on its own.
I have continued to have the occasional jam with Jeffrey Von Ragan. We always have fun, and have been recording to the H2. I will most likely try to assemble something from these recordings a la the partial digital concrete mode used in "Building".
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