I Am A Waterfall

by Apostrophe S

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about

I made the majority of this nearly a year ago, mostly after moving back to Albany from New Haven. In the time that has passed since then, I helped score 2 very good short films, chased a bat out of my apartment, grew a beard, shaved a beard, stayed sober, hung out with my lovely girlfriend, got a pug, co-produced a beat for a great rapper, co-wrote a jazzy intro to some web series that may or may not actually exist, did some string arrangements, watched a bunch of movies, drew some doodles, and got a job at a 4-star restaurant. I have received more inspiration and opportunity from my friends in these last months than I could ever have dreamed of getting, and I am forever grateful to them.
I thought a lot about not ever releasing this album. Mostly, this is because I played it for my dad, and his response was "what does it mean?" Well, after I thought about it I realized it didn't really mean anything at all. The album is just a sonic portrait of where I was at a year ago. I was really into trap, so I made my own twisted version of it, and then I dug through old files on a laptop and decided to put the good stuff from years back alongside this newer stuff I was feeling. And the fact that it doesn't mean anything doesn't bother me now as much as when I played it for my dad, sometime in the middle of the summer of 2013.
But it did make me realize that I should be striving for higher things. I haven't really made anything substantial since this batch, and I'm itching to release stuff despite this. I'm disillusioned, I'm finding myself, I'm having a good time being young and poor. And that's pretty much what this album is about. Just being a poor, young, sober white male ex-suburbanite college drop-out who thinks too hard about stupid things. Take it as it is, I guess.
I think it should be noted that the vast majority of the album was made without a midi-keyboard or drum pads. Just a mouse and a QWERTY keyboard.

Track descriptions:

1. brass fanfare that I definitely didn't write
2. really bad glitch-step something
3. neo-soul trap thing
4. the troof
5. trap I guess
6. folkie song recorded in my dorm room in 2010 with a laptop microphone
7. snippet of the infamous "Interstellar Hobo Band" sessions, done with a bass, trombone, guitar, ukelele, microKorg, some kind of sequencer thing, melodica (probably), a bong made out of a plastic seltzer bottle. and a drumset assembled from whatever bits of trash we could find around the empty house we were in (though this track features none of these instruments and is just a bit of conversation)
8. slightly weirder trap I guess
9. what is this actually, I have no idea
10. possibly the weirdest attempt at a footwork track anyone has ever made
11. some sunshine-y thing left over from the Pylon sessions and re-worked
12. really lo-fi piano noodling
13. re-worked version of the best thing I made after I first got Ableton (featuring an intro stolen from some basement session of the left-overs of Hollywood Funeral that got derailed when half of us decided to drop acid -- Sean played "Graceland" at some point during that and it was great)
14. a reworked version (read: different bass drum) of the only song I actually like from my first EP
15. huh, I don't know. I think I made this during the Superbowl, at the part where the lights went out at the stadium
16. wonky
17. time-signature experiment with Method Mad saying "woo" on top
18. I should never have sold my turntable
19. some Burial-sounding thing
20. some piano piece I wrote on this cool baby grand I had access to for a while in New Haven, transcribed into Sibelius 6, then pumped into Ableton and re-imagined as an underwater drum machine fighting with a sped-up new age song. inexplicable tempo change near the end.
21. another time-signature experiment with leanings towards aqua-crunk. at the end you can hear just a bit of the Hobo Band
22. I guess I wanted to make more polished, neo-garage-sounding stuff when I wrote this. I was playing a lot of Soul Calibur.
23. so my good friend Snakefoot and his friend in VT kept trying to work on some kind of juke project, and he invited me to remix something from it. I'm pretty sure this has never been released but I could be wrong.
24. a pretty neat leftover from my earlier endeavors // my first-ever (completely improvised) piece made specifically for film
25. trap if trap had existed during the era of Miami Vice and Oingo Boingo
26. I heard mr. carmack and then made this
27. something I made in '10 on Reason // chillwave I guess
28. so I wrote this song on a piano and I have since forgotten how the chord progression goes, which is a shame. This was the best take I could get, recorded with some weird residual echo on a Motorola Droid 2.

If you actually listen to this whole thing, congratulations because it's an hour and seven minutes long.

credits

released January 15, 2014

Mastered by MarkTheBeast

special thanks:

Wade Miller for inadvertently donating his arm for the artwork
Laura Stella for being actually the nicest person in the world and for being there while I cried really hard when "Fire & Rain" came on the radio
Mark! Always Mark.
J. Shanks Kindlon for asking me to make music for his movies
Andre Cofield for being the future
Enzo Paoletti and Snakefoot for critical feedback
Mike Wilcox for being wacky and bitter at the same time
Ushkow who got a copy of this a few months ago just because he asked nicely for one
Hoff who always lets me bounce my crazy ideas around with him
Zack Auron for always being a supporter
Dave Fieman for also always being a supporter
Whoever made the documentary "The Story of Film: An Odyssey"
Every therapist who has ever put up with me
Edgar Allen Pug
Kaela Bamberger for giving me back my favorite book after borrowing it for 6 or 7 years
The Party Shark guys for putting me on a couple comps
Rhiannon for the tats
Paul Lowenski for being just a great artist
Ken Evans for giving me work when I really needed it (and also a Bible, which I really didn't need)
Emily Kidd for all the sweet vintage clothes
Sunfilter oh yeah
Wills (another great artist)
Blake Praharaj for spiritual guidance
Esposito because he's hilarious
pre-sliced mangoes
Punk Rock (the man)
Punk Rock (the music)
Gmail for keeping academic papers I wrote years ago
Peter Clough (another great artist!) and his silent, judgy roommate, who let me live with them during the depths of my messy addiction)
Heather Schwartz for almost making art for this release
Eugene and Jim the Dons
ramen noodles and garlic powder
Natti Vogel who played me a great song one time

apologies to:

The Home Depot (no actually fuck you guys)
Best Buy (actually fuck you guys, too)
JC Penny (no fuck you too, honestly, who is not qualified to put your clothes on a rack?)
H&M (fuck you too because 1. who puts a button-up fly on a pair of men's jeans? and 2. why would you make men's underwear without a penis-opening? c'mon)
New York University and SUNY Albany
The Oxford House in Albany for leaving a big mess in my room
The New York State Department of Labor
the violin
the trombone
that awesome Fender P-Bass I had to sell
music/art
people who make terrible collage music but get attention from blogs anyway
Performance Artists for making the worst possible kind of art
people who are needlessly ironic
"American Horror Story" for having the worst 3rd season of any television show ever

inspirations:

Morton Feldman
The Slits
Subway
Pilot G-2 pens
Pere Ubu
poverty
Katy Perry
Dailon
Anthony Braxton
Macintosh +
Outkast
Joanna Newsom
Henry Cow
The Penguin Cafe Orchestra
The Beach Boys
people who post neo-feminist stuff on their Facebooks
that black guy dancing to Blink-182 at the dive bar the other night
Ween
C.Z.
Carlo Gesualdo
the Goodwill because the Salvation Army is evil
Need New Body
furniture
thumbtacks
Richard Brautigan
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
NOFX
"Louie"
crust punks and hobo kids
The Dead Milkmen
NPR and the BBC
whoever invented "name-dropping"
"Jackass"
Zappa
Piero Scaruffi's crazy website
Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon"
pineapples
honesty
art made on MS Paint
is it ok to say 4chan?
Kanye
EPROM
"The West Wing"
that fucking Blogotheque video where Dirty Projectors sing "Police Story" in front of a lady-cop
Electric Light Orchestra
The Roots (damn "Undun" was so good)
and the K-Mart going-out-of-business sale.

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