I’ve just finished a new album of music with a limited edition (SOLD OUT) CASSETTE TAPE published by AUTUMN SOUNDS a cool Bandcamp.com record label from Pittsburg PA! 24 tracks mostly from the year 2020 and mixed and finished in May 2021. One full hour of unique Rodney electronic music adventure.
The cassette was a limited edition of 40, sold out from AUTUMN SOUND Bandcamp page for $25. Each one is signed and hand numbered and includes a one-of-a-kind HAND DRAWING on the inside cover! It’s really a work of art in the form of a cassette tape that you can play and enjoy! Of course it seems that tape cassettes went out of style 40 years ago, but look out they are coming back! Who knew there is a market out there for the analog sound of tape? But let’s say you don’t have a cassette deck anymore, or maybe the deck in your 1977 Chevy Vega is not working. In that case you can listen right here:
On my BANDCAMP.COM page you can buy the digital album for only $5. The digital version was not created on tape, but there are a few warbles anyway and plenty of analog synth joy.
The idea behind 2JustB is pretty simple, to just be myself. Of course it’s impossible to be someone other than yourself, but it is easy to wonder “how can I fit in?” So it is when making music where categories seem so important. When people ask me what kind of music I am making I wish I could name an easy to understand category like “Electronic Dance Music” or “Punk Rock” or “Minimalist Classical” but none of those are me. As I was making all this music, wondering though loops, sound patches and titles with no direction, I had about 10 songs and began to self-criticize. “It doesn’t fit in anywhere! What kind of music is this? What am I doing?” In meditation I would feel the anxiety this was causing collecting in my shoulders and pushing me towards nothing. After a a while I decided to just be.
When I have to describe it or add “keywords” or “genre” to a listing, I say “experimental” which is true. It is an experiment. There is a lot of freedom there because experiments don’t have to work. That’s the whole idea of an experiment. I think for most artist’s the practice of making art is always experimental. One experiment leads to another, and if the desired outcome appears, great! – but if not, on with the experiment.
1 Make Shift Fruit Stand
2 Moving a Pile of Sand With a Tweezer
3 Welcome to Weirdo Island
4 Yuuka’s Groove
5 Elevator to the Second Floor
6 Hero of Termites
7 Farfisa Gnome Fish Chord
8 Jogging to Friendly Park
9 Truce Between Army Man
10 Far Flung Desire
11 Castle of Dark Basement
12 A Small Cycle
13 Traveler May Space Ride
Software: Ableton Live 11
Hardware Synths: Moog Little Phatty, Moog Subsequent 37, Teenage Engineering OP-1, Nord Lead 2
©2021 Rodney Alan Greenblat