Ryan Plaisted and I take organic samples and sequence beats. Every song is named after a word recently removed from the dictionary. Our first album was produced in 2009 in association with the RPM Challenge 09.
The Secret People, an experimental side project of The Man Who was Thursday Project, recorded an electronic literary hip hop album for the RPM Challenge 07. Band members included Teh Minty of Mexico, DJ Wise of Paris, VyVyVy of Seattle, and me.
Taking the original band concept to the next level, I used Craigslist and Myspace to attract twenty-five musicians from all over the world to collaborate secretly on an album. The project was featured in the “iArt” show at the AXIOM Gallery. The gallery focuses on new and experimental media, with an interest in technology based, innovative combinations of sculpture, installation and live performance. The show also featured audio and video works by new media artists Lynne Adams, Sean Arden, Bebe Beard, Ravi Jain, and Shawn Towne. Each artist utlized new forms of communication to explore concepts of identity, space, open source collaboration, and the building of online communities over the Internet.
The RPM Challenge was to record an album of 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material in 28 days. I created a band called The Man Who Was Thursday after the 1907 novel of the same name by G.K. Chesterton. With Joseph K Murphy of the band Murkadee as my partner, I devised a plan to use various musicians to record the album through challenges we posed to them through email. Sandro Schiena and Giuseppe la mar of the Italian band Turnpike Glow and Jon Briggs of the metal band The Sars recorded tracks based on beats per minute, key, and thematic words we gave them. W. Ryan Baker (of Robot Monkey Arm) provided the sound of the ocean. Songs were broadcast on WUNH 91.3 FM and at a community-wide listening party in March. Mp3′s can be streamed through the RPM jukebox found here. WMUR-TV did a nice piece about RPM on their show, NH Chronicle, combining original footage from the March celebration with material from the RPM Challenge video that was shown at The Music Hall, as well as using stills and music from RPM. That piece can be viewed here. The event was also covered by Pitchfork Media.
I produced a spoken word album called Bluesman in 2001. I also play trombone on the album. The rest of the instruments were played by Pat Boutwell of The Brother Kite. The album was inspired by the poets of the Harlem Rennaissance and the development of The Blues and jazz prior to the release of “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.