Thursday, February 28, 2008

sounds all around



(in the studio with mamiffer/photo: kelly akashi)



it's been a while since i've made an mention of musical activities, and there has been an excess of that lately, so here are some updates:

ISIS - we have been steadily whacking away at songs for the next album. in october of last year we started toying with a few bits and pieces we had lying around, and continued to do so through parts of november and december. however, the floodgates seemed unwilling to truly open until we reconvened in january after our holiday excursions/adventures. since then we've managed to complete the skeletons of 4 songs, and it seems things are finally starting to take shape. i'm not sure how to assess our work so far, but things are certainly moving at the moment. we're going to keep our heads down for the time being and keep chiseling away til we feel we've accumulated a satisfactory amount of material before we even consider going into the studio. in the meantime we're working on correcting the recently recalled "holy tears" single as well as the companion single for "not in rivers, but in drops", amongst other things....

GREY MACHINE - not sure where justin and co are at with this, but i've nearly completed my tracking for this project - hopefully they're not just waiting on me! i have no idea what'll happen to it all once i pass it back to JKB for the mixing process, but i feel fairly certain the results will be monstrous. there is no definitive plan for this project as of yet (at least to my knowledge), but i suspect that it will see the light of day late this year or early next. there maybe further updates in the near future: avalanche inc

MAMIFFER - new band centering around the efforts of faith coloccia, otherwise known as 1/2 of the core of everlovely lightningheart. i recently contributed some guitar work and a lot of noise to 2 tracks on a forthcoming mamiffer album, which also featured contributions from chris common, ryan frederikson, and brian cook (aka 3/4ths of these arms are snakes), as well as annie and ben from helms alee (another new band, with forthcoming 7" and album on hydra head). there may have been some other folks involved as well, but i'm not entirely certain. in any event for those of you that are familiar with the work of everlovely, that might be a good place to start as far as what this band actually sounds like, but that is certainly not the totality of its personality....

PLOTKIN/TURNER/WYSKIDA: this still unnamed project is nearing completion. tracking is done and the pieces are now in the very adept hands of james plotkin for the mixing process. the sound of this project will likely take lot of people by surprise, which in my estimation is a very good thing. i won't give away too much, but there may already be some clips on james' site: plotkinworks if there isn't there should be soon. no fixed info on release date or label as of this precise moment.

PUSCIFER - also known as the solo project from maynard keenan (yes, the tool guy). i have been drafted as a remixer for an upcoming EP from puscifer, tackling the track "trekka", originally produced by mr. lustmord. i completed my track two days ago (i actually made it one day before the given deadline, sort of unbelievable), and sent it off to the puscifer camp. again, i have no idea when this thing will see the light of day, but i imagine there will be further info here: puscifer website

..and there's actually more, but i'll leave it at that for now since this has already become way longer than intended.....
oh, and for those of you that didn't catch it: OLD MAN GLOOM tour has been cancelled due to a family related matter concerning one of our members, that greatly surpassed the importance of doing a tour....

12 comments:

::Andre:: said...

Best post ever!!!
I don't even want to think in the next Isis record, I don't, cause if I do I'll think about it everyday till it comes out. Keep rocking, keep playing, we need it!!!

Ps: I really hope Grey Machine comes out earlier than that...

paolo said...

Great, great news Aaron!

Visit our ISIS Italian Forum:
http://swarmreigns.forumfree.net/

We are waiting for your return in Italy, 24 Aprile @ Brescia. Yeah!

Anonymous said...

hey aaron! i'm very excited about grey machine and the plotkin/turner/wyskida collaboration! thank you very much for the info!

greetings from berlin

Mohammad.../M\ said...

wow...good to leave comment for one of my fave. band's frontman...I recently drawn into your works-cross my heart you've done them best-and gonna get your full album...I am a real metalhead and exprienced all kind of it but recently found the so-called post-metal and really became a huge fan of it...I really love your works and the story and the theme behind it and also the intellectual view of your own...really cant wait for your next album and so much greater work you'll produce...by the way I am a persian...ofcourse you know the persia...because of hassan sabbah...lol...and I wanted to ask you if you can play live here for huge fanbase of metal music that their hunger for attending metal concerts never been satisfied...cause no metal band have ever visited iran...though we have real metal heads here that would fly to another contries just to see their fave. bands live...best wishes...your sincere fan...Mohammad.../M\

curran. said...

what kind of guitar is that?

Anonymous said...

The new projects sound amazing, glad to hear an update on Grey Machine aswell.

Bummed to hear about the OMG cancellation but I completely understand and my best wishes go out to the member and their family.


On some side notes:

-I really like the “Playlists”, "Recommended Readings”, etc. You should keep them coming! Maybe you could add a weekly "Classic CDs" we should check out!!

-I’m a big fan of the DeathWishInc message board and in a recent post about people's vinyl collections Jacob Bannon said:
“…Aaron Turner has more records than anyone I know, and I haven't seen it in 8 years.”
(http://deathwishinc.com/deathtalk/read.php?3,57842,57898#msg-57898)

I was just curious to see if you might list (if you ever get any free time) some of them, or post some of your personal favs or rarities you are proud of owning!

Thanks Again!

Anonymous said...

"that greatly surpassed the importance of doing a tour...."

Sounds so typical and moralistic - sorry.

SickSixSeth said...

awesome news about you guys back in the studio. Can't wait already. That's unhealthy for me. Can't wait to hear that Puscifer remix. I loved the original album. Upset about the recall on the new single and i missed both opportunities to grab that box set....bummed. But i did get ahold of a defective copy of the Holy Tears single and I'm glad i did. The cover art, the video, the remix, and the live track are amazing. Glad to have a live version cuz it's my favorite track on that album. Get that other single out! Not only am i looking forward to the music but I love what you had going for the cover!

Brad said...

How is the new Twilight album coming along?

Keeley said...

this post was incredibly exciting. looking very forward to all of your future projects/collaborations. thanks for always creating and being such an artistic inspiration.

Middlefinger said...

Hi !

First of all: keep on doing the music you made. It's great.

Second: i received my copy of "Holy Tears" and has it said on the official site the video is on CD-Rom part (bad quality). Do we have a chance to see it in HD quality some day ??

P.S.: i'm french, so my english is pretty awful ...

julia said...

"that greatly surpassed the importance of doing a tour...."

with a wry smile i have to say i'm glad it sounds typical and moralistic.

perspective is a truely wonderful thing.

i hope all turns out for the best and i hope to be able to experience old man gloom one day when the timing is right.