Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Livin' in the Bulb ep 2

Part two of a four part post-apocalyptic mini-series, shot and set in the Bay Area. This episode our hero's find themselves in a harrowing situation, held captive in their meager shelter by an invader, and facing ejection into the wild.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cardboard Transmissions ep 6

Episode 6  features three artists from the San Francisco Bay Area and one from Philadelphia. It starts off with some high-society breakcore, goes into a punk-rock noise track, followed by an electro/IDM song, digresses into experimental spoken word weirdness, and ends with a meditative piece of electronic music.  Produced by Adam Harms, and updated sporadically.

Total Running Time - 20 mins

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Play Order:
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1. Nero's Day at Disne(Y)land - Civilizing People

2. Mincemeat Or Tenspeed - Infinite Girlfriend

3. City of the Asleep - Electrodarks

4. John Staedler - In the Stomach and You Will Like It

5. Max Foreman - Ride Tide

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Livin' in the Bulb ep. 1

Part one of a four part post-apocalyptic mini-series, shot and set in the Bay Area. A cataclysmic change happens, a rift in reality, and survival becomes the focus of our humanity's existence. Long, long after the rift, our heroes struggle to navigate a mysterious and dangerous world. The series is a mix of comedy and drama. You may remember "the bulb" from the 2007 pilot episode, which gives some back story of our heroes' meeting but otherwise doesn't match up significantly.

This is also the debut of the the Official Inc. Youtube channel, more to come there.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Roy Gover: Our Message in a Bottle

Part I: Analog Discovery

Roy Henry Alexander Gover was born in London in 1929. In 1959 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue a career in art. In 2003 he passed away at age seventy-four.

To many, Roy was a dear friend and colleague. To the rest of us, he is an echo; reverb-laced words traveling to us from the past like radiation from a distant star long since burned-out. Roy has left this world, but his legacy survives in a plethora of homemade albums recorded on audio cassette during the 1980's, chronicling his personal experiences in song and spoken word. These tapes are modern archeological relics recovered from a bygone period in the Bay Area's amateur art and music scene when digital distribution and reproduction did not exist. Surviving copies of his work are therefore extremely precious, as Roy only produced them for his own circle of friends and acquaintances. It is only through imperfect analog copies and re-gifting that Roy’s work has traveled outside its intended audience – a mimetic labor of love that has long since been obviated and automated in the age of the Internet where original content can be reproduced and transmitted infinitely with little for the original object.

I therefore consider it an honor to have acquired some of these tapes from my dad, who in turn acquired them from one of Roy’s old co-workers. It feels like a privilege, being privy to the intimate thoughts and musings confided in Roy’s albums. In many ways, it’s like the classic trope of finding a message in a bottle washed up on the shore: there's a common spiritual experience in discovering the trace of another soul in the void, a strong feeling of solidarity with this fellow human being the delineated within a text happened upon by sheer circumstance.

A typical Roy Gover album goes like this: Roy comes home, sets the radio to some easy listening orchestra music, has more than a few drinks of "scotchy-wotchy," and then starts sing-talking into the microphone about whatever's on his mind. It's a sort of musical diary/therapy session. He often talks to himself in multiple voices, creating the illusion of two characters named Tommy and Danny (his fictional recording engineer and band leader, respectively). If Roy doesn't like the music playing on the radio, or if there's a technical difficulty, he will often blame Tommy and stage a verbal argument with his alter ego

Many of Roy’s songs revolve around his troubles in life. He alludes to suffering from alcoholism and depression. He laments that people no longer smile at you when you pass them on the street, which is why he chooses to stay home (apparently he was living in a basement in Novato a the time when most of these albums were recorded). His alienation seems to have been compounded by failed attempts to socialize outside of the office with his co-workers from Bonsfield Associates, whom Roy characterizes as a bunch of lame squares who don't understand his genius (this is the subject of the first two tracks from his session on February 14th, 1987). Another common theme in Roy’s work is food and cooking: on certain tracks he sings about going to a place in Novato called "Red Cart Market" and preparing delicious meals such as a "nice rack of lamb on Saturday night." Roy has been known to divulge some of his favorite recipes during songs.

Part II: Digital Rediscovery

One day I decided to put Roy’s name into the Google search bar. Certain that he represented the pinnacle of obscure vintage local music, I was almost positive that I wouldn’t find anything.

Roy Henry Alexander Gover also know as Roy Gover's official album- RHAG Life Goes OnMuch to my surprise, I found a great deal on Roy and his exploits. It turns out that Mr. Gover had made an album called "Life Goes On," which he produced in a real recording studio under a real record label. The album was printed on CD and is currently available for purchase on Ebay and Having known Roy solely through his tapes, learning of "Life Goes On" came to me as somewhat of a shock. The thing about the message in a bottle is that its recipient feels privileged in finding it: he fancies himself the sole heir of the knowledge contained within, the only person on earth aware of this other being who has entrusted him with his proof of existence, who has chosen him from across the abyss, like a spirit medium. Imagine then this person's shock at discovering that the message in a bottle was written by a published author! To finally see the face of the voice that he has confidentially known for years, and on the internet for everyone else to see, no less! And to discover that other tape-holders have written blogs about their own experiences with the man, as well as recorded and posted mp3s of his work… it turns one's world upside-down!

Much of the fun in listening to Roy’s work has been in the exclusivity of it. Analog media will always have a special value in its intimacy: cassettes and LPs wear and age like wine; copies become blurrier with each degree of removal from the original. Yet there is no value in a broken tape: it is only proper that after his death, Roy’s legacy should be immortalized in mp3 format and shared with this brave new wider world of the web. I have therefore been working with the wonderful people here at Official Incorporated to bring you two of Roy’s albums for download. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

"I have immensely enjoyed the 17 years of singing to other people's music. I never intended this to go out to the public, but if some people enjoy these songs, then who am I to complain? ... For me it's all been one long marvelous fantasy..." -- Roy Henry Alexander Gover

Sample Tracks:
Red Cart Market -

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Happy Birthday Christopher-

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I'll Be Raising My Sails Again

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Full Download of Exclusive Tapes:
1983 Roy Tape-

Side A
Side B

1985 Roy Tape-
Side A
Side B

Note: If you or someone you know has some of Roy's recordings, we encourage sharing them online with the rest of his fans. Official Inc will happily host the files and give you credit for your contribution.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

SXL Mixes - Fresh Tunes

Sonic Experimental Labs released 3 new mixes for your aural pleasure, featuring music by many different artists including Swanifant, Lil' Ben, and JaMile Jackson. Click the pic below to download these great mixes.

Direct Link to Mixes for archival purposes:
SXL Sound Exhibition Sample Vol. 0004
SXL Sound Exhibition Sample Vol. 0005
SXL Sound Exhibition Sample Vol. 0006

Friday, October 2, 2009

Altered Beats - A Noise Making Monster

I circuit bended an old Alesis HR 16 drum machine to make an entirely new instrument, "Altered Beats", named after the Sega game "Altered Beast." As you can see I did more than just change the inside, I transformed the exterior as well.

 Patch Bay (on the right) and the Patch Bay Combiner (on the left)
This is where all the magic happens and changes it into "Altered Beats"

Here is a demo video of "Altered Beats" so you can get an idea of how it works and what it can do. This is just a small sampling of the different songs it can make-

This instrument will be used in my new band, with Ben Sinclair and Jesse Elias "What Have the Unborn Done for Us?" Look out for us!

Circuit Bending is something that anyone can do! Click here to learn more about circuit bending and how to do it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Foot Village "Chicken and Cheese" Cover at Free Music Archive

Foot Village made an open call for musicians/friends to cover "Chicken and Cheese" to include on the CD, tape, and vinyl versions of their new album "Anti-Magic". My new band with Ben Sinclair of Lil Ben and Jesse Elias  participated in this by recording our first Single, a cover of “Chicken and Cheese”. Our new band is called “What Have the Unborn Done for Us?” Our song will be a part of a collage on the tape version. But you can listen now! All of these covers are available for free at the Free Music Archive. Our song is at the bottom near Lucky Dragons.

So give our first single a listen! Click here 

Also listen to "Anti-Magic" for free on