NEW ALBUM "INVISIBLE SOUNDTRACKS" IS OUT NOW ON M-TRONIC!

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My new album "INVISIBLE SOUNDTRACKS" Is out now. You can get it on the M-Tronic Bandcamp page. 

I am so stupidly thrilled to be added to the M-Tronic roster. If you told me 35 years ago when I began playing with electronics and making music that one day I would release an album on a label in France I would have shrugged and hid from you. That it's a label that has already released some of my favorite music since I began reviewing music for Igloo Magazine is even more amazing. 

This album is a big step forward for me as it was entirely recorded in my new studio space Flow Control 8.0. I took on new strictures, ideas and theories as I set out to record these songs and I think it shows. There's a lot more dissionance, a lot more atmosphere and at the same time more focus on melody, harmony and a bit of a slide back to musicianship. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it.

BUNNYHEAD NEWS!

Hallo!

Here's a little status update on your bot Bunnyhead. Issue 1 is out there doing very nicely. People are getting it and loving it. Remember you can get yours either digitally OR print-on-demand via Indyplanet

 ISSUE 2: THE COMING STORM! Out soon!

ISSUE 2: THE COMING STORM! Out soon!

ISSUE 2 is done, off to the printers and will be available soon! Locally it'll be at the usual haunts such as The Complex, Coast City Comics and Zimmie's up in Lewiston (Casablanca Comics is forthcoming as they're still dealing with their move and the renovations happening above their store). It, too, will be available at Indyplanet soon. Keep your eyes peeled for that!

Both of these and all further issues will also be available at ComiXology soon, too!

If you've been so kind as to buy a copy would you please post it on social media and review it, too? I'd really like to get the word out to more and more people. It's a really cool story and it's only going to get better as it goes on. 

Piece out, space scout!

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BUNNYHEAD ISSUE 1 NOW AVAILABLE!

 Introducing BUNNYHEAD! " After awakening with its memory wiped a lone robot must fight for survival on a ruined world battling cyborg invaders from space while trying to piece together the mystery of its vanished memory and the Creators who made it. "

Introducing BUNNYHEAD! "After awakening with its memory wiped a lone robot must fight for survival on a ruined world battling cyborg invaders from space while trying to piece together the mystery of its vanished memory and the Creators who made it."

Interview with a Madman

Recently a friend (who has asked to be anonymous) asked me one of the most amazing questions anyone has ever asked about my music. The ensuing conversation fgascinated me so much I asked them if I could write about it and they agreed. I’ve redacted some sensitive and personal information but here it is almost in its entirety. We’ll call them CCD for obvious reasons.

CCD: Can you explain your music to me?  First off, I am tone deaf (this is literal as my ear bones are fused) so I'm trying to understand how the melody and harmony of your music works together.

CRT: Wow! Great question. So do you enjoy music in general or certain types or is it all just noise to you? Answer honestly as it will help me answer you better. And I won’t get offended. 😆

CCD: I do enjoy all types of music.  Actually, I really love music.  It's very emotional.  But the kind that you and {REDACTED} make seem chaotic to me.  I think I need a deeper understanding of what is going on so I can process it.  I may not be hearing it properly so my brain cannot interpret it as it was designed.

CRT: Ahhhhhh ok. No you’re hearing it just fine. Let me ask you this: what was your favorite music and who were your favorite bands when you were ages 13-16?

CCD: Well I’ve known {REDACTED} since college, so I have watched his music evolve. He introduced me to musician I hadn't heard before, Like Kate Bush and Lush. Ok. Um...  Well....  Do we have to back in time to the 80's? 

CRT: Yeah! Hahaha!

CCD: I grew up in New Orleans, so aside from the popular 80's music, I also liked Jazz, R&B, and zydeco.

CRT: Oh cool! I didn’t know that!

CCD: I didn't listen to Country/Western until I moved to Texas in 86'. I didn’t gravitate to that stuff until the last 5-7 years. Now I’m amazed by it. Always listened to classical.

CRT: Ok. Reason I ask is that musical tastes and inclination is formed around age 14 or so for most people. Definitely for me. I’ve been revisiting a lot of 80’s new wave and pop from when I was 14 and it’s still alive to me. But I’ve also gotten into newer stuff as it comes out.

CCD: Ah, so we should dive into the 80's deeper then?

CRT: Hah! I’d love to but that might be another interview in and of itself. Now, to finally answer your question. My wife views this type of music as very cerebral and masculine in a lot of ways. But she likes it. And the people who make stuff like this are 90% males. Now there are some women doing this but not a whole lot.

CCD: Wait, that is cool to know. I agree with your wife here.

CRT: Yeah she’s smart. Introduced me to Brian Eno, Leon Russell and Dr. John. See ultimately what I’m looking for in my music is a way to fuse my love of melody and harmony with the weird stuff.

CCD: Sweet!

CRT: I’d say a big factor in my music and your friend’s is the use of repetition, drone and cycling sounds to induce a semi-hypnotic state. Which is clear from that first song of his I played

CCD: He is very mathematical. Like genius.

CRT: Ok! Yeah! Now a lot of these cats who like this stuff are mathematically inclined unlike me. But they all come to programming and technical stuff easily. Which is why they can work in the musical programming langauges with ease. Whereas a lot of sequential logic has evaded me for a long time.

CCD: Yes, he is also a programmer.  Cool stuff.

CRT: So there you go.

CCD: Wait, to go back to sequential logic in music - 

CRT: Ok, Shoot.

CCD: What is it?

CRT: Well you need it for certain basic things like verse chorus structure, music theory and stuff like that.

CCD: This sounds very complex.

CRT: Well sequential logic is actually simple. You use it all the time without thinking. Cooking, dressing, etc. If things go out of order you have problems. But when you get into the more electronic stuff it gets very reliant on it.

CCD: I’m reading it for circuitry.  But now you are applying it to motor planning.

CRT: YES EXACTLY!!! Are you a PT? I learned it through doing yoga.

CCD: I have two sons with motor planning disorders.

CRT: Ah ok then. I learned about it through a pt working with my mom after her stroke. And yoga taught me motor planning I.e. sequential logic applied to human physiology. You dig? I really came to understand how to use and move my body outside of the regular things. It was no longer just a vehicle for walking to work or sex or whatever.

CCD: Yes, it's a lot like a stroke.   So I do kind of get what you are saying with the music. I may have to understand what the musician was thinking when making it then?

CRT: Wait have you done yoga? And if not you should. Might help your boys, too.

CCD: All inputs and outputs (historical) also help decide what is next in the song?

CRT: Whoa that’s a good question. Yes. Kinda. That’s my initial answer.

CCD: The boys do OT.  Yoga would totally be impossible because they can't stop moving for sensory input needs.

CRT: Ok. You said it was like motor planning. So what’s their overarching diagnosis? Autism? Or is that part of it?

CCD: My oldest son is global dyspraxia.   It affects his speech and movement.  But not his cognitive ability (but it does make it the cognitive process slower, but not inaccurate).  He is actually very good at math, but awful at reading. My youngest son is awaiting dx.  Not as bad at older son.  Has issue with crossing the midline and sensory integration.  Speech and cognitive processes intact. For us, it is genetic.  My brother and his children also have some form.  We also have Auditory Processing Disorder (notice I said we, because I have it too).  I have 3 out of 4 kids with it, plus 3 cousins.

CRT: Wow!

CCD: But, we all love music.  My youngest son loves ELO, REO Speedwagon.  My youngest daughter loves Electronica, like her dad. My oldest daughter liked this opera death rock in high school but has mellowed a bit now. I'll have to look more into the physiology of music.   My son's are listing to TLP.  Have you heard of it?  Music that helps the brain?

CRT: Wow! That’s fascinating! The human brain is a weird and wonderful landscape. So how does that APD manifest? I had an employee who couldn’t learn stuff verbally. Training her was a nightmare. Had to let her go when a mistake of hers cost me $1,600. Agony for her of course but for me as I felt such guilt firing her (Yeah my employee was also probably really high all the time). I’ve got ADD which was diagnosed midway through my post-graduate year. I’m a better auditory learner but also kinetic.

CCD: For APD, the person afflicted with it needs to get speech therapy or a home program where they can learn to isolate foreground sounds from background noises.   Some types of OTC hearing aids in work situations can help with this.

CRT: Ah ok. Interesting.

CCD: They also have to watch everything the speaker says. And write everything down.  And ask for all materials in advance so they can learn at home before being formally taught.

CRT. Ok that makes sense. CRT: Is the issue that certain sounds can’t be isolated?

CCD: Yeah if I don’t have my meds I’m easily distracted especially by sound. There is actually several kinds of APD. 31 flavors do to speak.

  1. Sounds drop out from words.
  2. The person can't hear spaces and everything runs together
  3. Both ears won't work together
  4. Both ears can't work separately.

My son has 3 out of 4.  My daughter and I only have 1. It's really fucked up. But like I said, Dx'ed early and you get the therapy so you learn to deal with it when you become an adult. When you were dx'ed with ADD what did they do for you? I'm learning a lot about ADD just with my kids in OT.   Like the fact, that ADD is Dx'ed when the real issue was APD or VPD. Or was SPD.

CRT: I was given Ritalin and a little instruction on how to learn and cope with it. Afterwards I went to a place called Learning Strategies where they actually re-taught me how to learn using my skills. Very helpful.

CCD: Ok so music?

CRT. Hah! How to make sense of what me and your friend make?Hmmm...

CCD: Wait, tell me how your music affects you.

CRT: Good question!

CCD: Like, what does it do for you emotionally?   Does it sedate you?  Get you ramped up?

CRT: It depends. I’m weird because I listen to my own music more than most musicians do. I use it to zone out to or as background noise sometimes. I think it’s best suited to soundtrack, TV or film scores. It’s hard because I think it works best when people don’t listen to it directly.

CCD: {REDACTED} also is bipolar, and uses music as therapy.

CRT: Interesting. Me, too.

CCD: So you mean put it on and vacuum or do the laundry a few times? Like not pay attention, just have it in the background?

CRT: Yes exactly! You must have a little laundry with 3-4 kids right? Hah! Though it does bear up to direct examination I think.

CCD: My whole house is laundry. It’s easier when the kids can do it on their own. Already training #2 for that. I just want them all driving a car by 5th grade.

CRT: Hah!

CCD: Well, thanks for explaining the music to me. {REDACTED} is neat, but he has a genius complex that can sometimes make it hard for him to  compassionately explain something to the uneducated. And if you ever get another employee with APD, let me know.  I'll help you work with them.

CRT: Lol cool. I don’t think I answered you at all though.

CCD: I do think I understood it better.  The motorplanning analogy was a big help.

CRT: Oh good!

 

~END~

Been a long time since I blogged and rolled oh ohoh!

Whoa. Hey. Where you been?

A lot of stuff happening here at CHizzle Rizzle Tizzle HQ. To wit:

BUNNYHEAD: I'm hard at work on my first ever comic book/graphic novel whatever you want to call it. As I'm writing and drawing/inking/coloring it on my own time and dime it's double duty. I love it! I'm aiming to release it in early June. "Bunnyhead: A Tale of The Corrupted Age" is the story of a lone robot, scouring the wastes of his desolate world in search of others like him. All this while fighting off invaders from the sky. It's a pretty dope tale as afar as I'm concerned and I think you'll agree. Here's the most action packed panel so far. It contains 0.00% spoilers.

 Ooohh! In yo face, Hogbot!

Ooohh! In yo face, Hogbot!

CATHODE RAY TUBE: I've been busy musically. Yeah you know it. Recently Component Recordings has released my latest album The Void And Other Structures. Not to be a braggart but it's my thirty-first album. I think. Anyway I think it's pretty badass and I bet you will, too. Check it:

Other than that I'm a walk the dog, play Fallout and watch TV type of guy. Hope all is well with you.

NEW BRITTNEY SPARSE EP

It's here!!! The new Brittney Sparse EP "TRIUMPH OF A HORSE CALLED RADIOMAN" is a mix of drones, ambience and dancefloor grooves. Previous releases by BS include the Birdy EP and the deliriously crisp and weird "UNCOMFORTABLE."

Introducing... Bunnyhead: The Graphic Novel

 Bunnyhead, defender of the wastes!

Bunnyhead, defender of the wastes!

So I guess I’m participating in NaNoWriMo after all.

After the awesomeness of Inktober I’ve become creatively inspired. During October I drew at least one image every day but for the 31st when we lost power for a week. I used the prompt list created by Jake Parker. It was an amazing exercise in drawing both in working from the boundary of that single word as a prompt and in how it challenged me to do study my art. Drawing every day for a month stepped my game up a few notches. I saw my technique improve, my style diversify and my skillset broaden and expand (imagine if I exercised like this or did something else for 31 days in a row? Shaddup!).

About midway through - October 13th to be exact - I hit upon the prompt word “Teeming.” I was inspired to draw a groups of robots, a teeming horde of them if you will.

 

Right in the center of that lot is an angry looking cat with a pair of ears or horns or veins of paddles or whatever you want to call them. Well call them what you will they took obsessed me for the remainder of the month. 

 

Every day after whatever the prompt I did something with that guy in it. After a few days he got a name: Bunnyhead. Should be obvious as to why. But he began to grow in my mind as a scrabbling, hard living hard working robot in a strange, broken, unforgiving world. In this world robots battle robots for survival. But where are their builders? Were they built by humans? Did they kill them?

I don’t know. But bit and pieces began to form as I drew more and more. Eventually a story came to mind. A rough outline anyway. It’s got legs from what I can tell so I’m going for it.

Initially I approached it from a prose angle but quickly found it was lacking in something from the telling. Then I suppose it was from all the art I was consuming that I thought how it might work well as a graphic novel. But then who would draw it?

I could, I suppose, I thought to myself.

Get the fuck out of here, I said to myself. You? You’ve been drawing regularly for a year or so maybe. Before that you drew a little bit for your kid? Before that? Art classes in high school and a lot of kid stuff before then.

Well who else is going to draw it then? I asked myself.

Don’t ask me, I answered back. I’m just your negative inner critical monologue.

Then fuck off or get out of the way, I said.

And it did.

I’ve toyed with writing graphic novels in the past. I had the idea for a superhero story in my senior year of college. I was reading a lot of the late 80’s - 90’s classics then: Sandman, Dark Knight, The Watchmen, V for Vendetta. Neil Gaiman included a portion of a script in the back of one of the Sandman trades which I read closely, analyzed and devoured. I followed his script format and began to write but found the process tedious. Soon I abandoned it in favor of a traditional prose fiction novel (that’s never been finished either though ideas for it are always rolling around in my head about it). I felt somewhat vindicated when I got to meet the master Jonathan Lethem who told me how much he hated writing comics when he did a few issues of Omega.

But the idea of writing a graphic novel stuck with me lo these past twenty some odd years. 

Fast forward to the end of October 2017. When I wasn’t sure how to tell the story or continue with Bunnyhead then I had the strange thought to tell it as a comic. It seemed like a ridiculous idea given how I hated writing them once. Somehow the idea persevered. So I cracked open Scrivener and opened the graphic novel script template and began to write.

It wasn’t as hard as I’d thought it would be. Nor was it like when I did it before. In fact it went smooth and easily. Not surprising, though, given that I’ve been writing steadily for the last thirteen years and have improved since college. The words came and they stuck and didn’t suck the next day. So I kept writing.

As for the art I’ve been working and study the artwork of my favorite artists (Simon Stalenhag, Ed Piskor, Jeff Lemire, Charles Burns, Jack Kirby, Mike Mignola, Justin Oakford, and Simon Roy to name a few) with a keen eye. I’m not a great artist but I’ve gotten better and I’ve got a certain style which has developed and even improved. Which is really all you need, isn’t it?

So I’ll give it a go, write the words and draw the pictures, and see how it all pans out. Maybe it’ll get published some day?

Stranger things have happened.

ATLAS OF MIGRAINE IGLOO REVIEW + Videos!

 "Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) returns with a new full-length titled  Atlas Of Migraine  for Oregon-based  Heterodox " - Igloo Magazine

"Cathode Ray Tube (aka Chang Terhune) returns with a new full-length titled Atlas Of Migraine for Oregon-based Heterodox" - Igloo Magazine

Igloo Magazine has reviewed Atlas of Migraine:

As a whole, Atlas Of Migraine details an expansive foray through the ventricles of intelligent dub music, mustering up hundreds of ideas that disperse evenly upon its technoid infused landscape. Deserving further accolades for his prolific work, Cathode Ray Tube explores multiple genres of the exp-electronic music scene as Atlas Of Migraine summarizes his signature exquisitely.

Atlas of Migraine is of course available on Heterodox Recordings.

And two new videos have surfaced for tracks from Atlas of Migraine!

Here's the video for First Thing On Land:

And here's the video for Florence: