Cassette Tape and Evolving MKS-80 Pad Driven by GMS

After a few hiccups we have finally finished producing our limited run of cassettes. We only have 25 instead of the 50 we had planned, but all the j-cards and labels are printed so we can produce more quickly if need be. Each cassette contains a unique download code for multi-platform listening. A big thanks goes out to Unearthed Music designer Benjamin Montag for his design work and assembly. Also, major thanks to Wes without whom it would have never happened. Finally, thanks to Chris for the inspiration. For now, to get a cassette you will have to show up to the release show tomorrow night. Later on we may consign a few at local stores, but this media is for local consumption only.

Unauthorized Modifications was written and produced by John Keston (that’s me) and Graham O’Brien. The album was recorded, engineered and mixed by Adam Krinsky and mastered by Tom Garneau. For the release show performance I have opted to christen my Super Jupiter Roland MKS-80 for it’s first live show since I have owned it. Here’s an example of what I have been getting out of it and the GMS during my practice sessions.

Evolving MKS-80 Pad Driven by GMS

3 thoughts on “Cassette Tape and Evolving MKS-80 Pad Driven by GMS

  1. Oh, I found it in a previous post that I had missed. “Don’t miss our live performance celebrating the release at the Honey Lounge in Minneapolis on June 24, 2011. Artists performing with us at the event include Dosh, Smyth, and Ghostband. Rogue Citizen will be doing live painting during the performance.”

  2. Sorry, Rob! I’m glad you found the details. Here’s the entire press release:

    ***********************
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
    UNEARTHED MUSIC Presents UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS by OSTRACON

    ALBUM RELEASE SHOW FEATURING:
    DOSH, OSTRACON, SMYTH, GHOSTBAND, and ROGUE CITIZEN

    DATE: June 24, 2011 9:00pm to 2:00am
    VENUE: Honey Lounge, Minneapolis

    Please join us to celebrate OSTRACON’s debut release, UNAUTHORIZED
    MODIFICATIONS, with live music from DOSH, OSTRACON, SMYTH, GHOSTBAND,
    and live painting by ROGUE CITIZEN.

    OSTRACON:
    Ostracon is producer John Keston (AudioCookbook.org) on electronics
    and drummer Graham O’Brien (No Bird Sing). No keyboards are used in
    their music. Instead, Keston uses his custom sequencing software and
    hand manipulated light controllers to convert projected video signals
    into a stream of generative melodic structures. During their
    performances and recording sessions the visuals, electronics, and
    synchronized drumming are interwoven creating ephemeral structures
    that are familiar yet never repeated outside of each composition.
    O’Brien’s percussive statements firmly place the work into a
    non-linear landscape, grounded in an impossible to categorize igneous
    crust. UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS includes six pieces recorded and
    mixed at the former Flyte Tyme studios by Adam Krinsky. The the
    tracks, interspersed with angular melodic passages, sound mysterious,
    organic, and periodically invoke dystopian imagery.

    KESTON:
    Keston’s work involves performance, composition, experimental software
    design, and sound art. He founded the sound design resource,
    AudioCookbook.org, where he documents his ongoing projects and
    research. He has performed around the US and internationally at the
    Montreal Jazz Festival in 2004, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music
    and Art in 2009, and New York’s In/Out Festival of Digital Performance
    in 2010. Following the performance, John will be speaking and
    demonstrating his software at the Eyeo Festival of art, music, and
    technology interaction (http://eyeofestival.com/) on June 29, 2011.

    O’BRIEN:
    Graham O’Brien is a drummer, producer and composer hailing from St.
    Paul, Minnesota. He is most noted for his writing, production and
    performance in various Alternative Hip-Hop bands in the Twin Cities,
    which have drawn local and national recognition. Aside from drumming
    in No Bird Sing, he has recorded and performed with the likes of
    Eyedea, Kill The Vultures, and Kristoff Krane. A beat maker since
    1997, Graham has recently released his well received solo debut album
    on experimental/hip hop/ambient London based label, NoEcho Records.

    MORE INFORMATION:
    http://www.unearthedmusic.com
    http://www.audiocookbook.org
    http://grahamobrien.bandcamp.com/
    http://www.eyeofestival.com
    http://www.honeympls.com
    http://inoutfest.org
    http://www.doshfamily.com
    http://www.jredsmyth.com
    http://ghostband.bandcamp.com
    http://www.facebook.com/roguecitizen.art

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