Making music is a Frankenstein process too: the sounds of human & embedded energy, tamed & crafted into a stunning, unified body of song.
So we enlisted four songsmiths to pair some of their strange instrumental creations with time lapse videos of Beasting contributions.
With an ever-expanding arsenal of pedals, instruments & ideas, Anne Sulikowski builds waves & whirlpools of atmospheric music. She calls herself an ambient scientist & composer. She's also an abstract visual artist. Most definitely Anne is a dream-weaver & we're stoked to pair artworks with her songs from a few records.
Sona Elango is a prolific, pioneering, powerhouse beat-maker better known as Elaquent. He's crafted an incredibly layered & vibrant sound over many self-produced albums, collaborations & remixes, making countless heads nod & butts move in the process. We licenced two jams from an older project & a few from his newer nocturnal EP series to make our beastly time lapses bounce!
We discovered Misha's mesmerizing music thanks to a random afternoon adventure in Bandcamp's cavernous genre tags. They've created generative experimental music by exploring emotional states using computer patches for a few years, gradually adding instruments like flute or piano to their compositions.
Eric Dimock makes & shares new songs as Acid Damage at a furious clip. So we picked six separately released tunes from his ever-morphing catalogue, including the first one below as the stunner/stomper for our first whiff of 2022 edition artworks. Eric is also paints flowers & conjures all sorts of trippy visuals.
2021 EDITION MUSICIANS
Deep forest fantasy dweller & shapeshifting siren sage Eiyn Sof (aka Melissa Boraski) is one of the region's underappreciated creative forces. Her recent collabs with NY-based artist Eulas Pizarro & Eric's Tripper extraordinaire Rick White added amazing new layers to two decades of enchanting musical and visual experiments. Eiyn Sof tracks featured in Beasting 2021 time lapses are from this 2017 release, which was improvised live using only voice with loop & reverb pedals. It rarely sounds like any of her other 15 records.
SPOKE AND MIRROR
Textural & glitchy techno, enigmatic ambient & intriguing wordplay are three of the sharpest arrows in the quiver of Spoke And Mirror, aka Jordan Mandel. The local composer, DJ, space-curating sound-scaper & lover of bass waves rattling his skeleton is readying a new, dub-licious summer record. We added a six-pack of killer tracks from two past releases to a half-dozen 2021 artist time lapses + The Beasting's launch vid.
Visual artist, graphic designer & prolific psychedelic songwriter Roan Bateman has made music as Dark Bird since the late-90s. Tricks up his sleeves include a super trippy library of pedal artwork for Greenhouse Effects, lava-lamped lyric videos for his new record, Out Of Line, & all sorts of album packaging & posters. Songs from Dark Bird's three instrumental albums gel well with six Beasting 2021 time lapses.
Bonus track: Roan will also create a beast body part (but we'll pair it with someone else's jam).
TRACK HOUSE STUDIO
An epic journey by way of Country Hills, Cameron Heights, MySpace & burned CDs, Diverse barber shop, Kitchener Youth Action Council, 3rd Degree studio & the legendary reverberations of Embassy's Northern Horde led Tait Garrett to eventually create Track House Studio. (Dig into Tait's tale on Sam Nabi's dope Tri-City Hip Hop.) Tait drops beats you ain't heard before on six Beasting 2021 time lapses too.