Heatwave

I wrote these words in 2001, a few days after the event in the USA we memorialize each year on this day.

HEATWAVE
(Jeff Sampson)

(whisper)

things are not what they seem.

(lightly)

your tranquility – there for all to see – it’s about to be disrupted.
you wait and see – it’ll come to be – destruction.

hollow meaning sends us reeling
our senses seem to lose all feeling.

your tranquility – there for all to see – it’s about to be disrupted.
you wait and see – it’ll come to be – destruction.

(with aggression)

five will get you ten your end feels close at hand.
I highly recommend
you gather things that keep you pleased
to get you through your time of need.

(very aggressive)

you can’t run anymore.
the heat rolls across in waves.
no use to grovel or implore,
what waits for you is a grave.

how could you know?
who could have seen?
you’re taught you reap what you sow –
get up! – take the heat.

(lightly)

torture – heavy
rapture – waiting
torture – heavy
rapture – waiting.

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Play Today

Why does today seem like a good day to tell you what I listened to? I’ve no idea, so I’ll do it.

Frank Zappa: Sleep Dirt
Eric Snelders: The Source of Scarlet Dreams
Gert Blokzijl: Frame of Reference
Keller and Schönwälder: Collectors Items
The Dur et Doux sampler “La fête de la musique” (while I watched the US destroy Chile in the FIBA U16 Americas Women’s Championship)

Also watched a video demo of the Chrysalid Arpeggiator, and a Kenny Gioia tutorial on layering reverbs.

Good stuff all around.

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Fruition

Some things just take a long while to reach fruition. Sara Ayers and I released a three song EP back in 2006 (Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be). A year later (maybe less), the label discontinued it without saying anything to us. We moved it to another online shop, which eventually (and quietly) closed its doors. Again, no notice given to us.

During those years in between we slowly and sporadically worked together on new songs. Life kept getting in the way. Then, life REALLY got in the way.

However, after individual despair and heartbreak, we found ourselves helping pick each other up. And we finished what we’d been working on, polished what was already “finished”, and ta-da! – a new album of mostly previously unheard material. (We’ve included the songs from the 2006 EP, remastered to fit sonically with the more recent work).

Some of the work is ethereal, some is more song oriented. It can all be heard at

https://jeffsampson.bandcamp.com/album/if-we-had-known

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Savage

What – already? Yup, a new piece of music sitting on Soundcloud. Titled “Silk Stocking”, it falls under the “Groove ‘n’ Spoke” umbrella. I like it a lot. What do you think?

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He’s Back!

Hello!

Admittedly, there hasn’t been much in the way of new music from me the past few years. That’s only because I hadn’t been putting many consecutive minutes into making any. 🙂 I got a decent nudge about a year ago though, and then a bit later in the year another nudge, and I’m slowly ramping up the processes, and now I feel it’s safe to say I’m back to working with sound.

As “proof” 🙂 I’ve made a mix of excerpts from some of what I’ve been working on the last several months. I’ve put it on Bandcamp and it’ll be there until there’s another mix of WIPs to replace it. Seasonally? Perhaps.

https://jeffsampson.bandcamp.com/track/newsie

In the order they appear in the mix:

“Exhaust”
A completed piece I haven’t figured out what to do with.

“Lost Room” (excerpt)
New work with Sara Ayers. This section will likely be noticeably different when the piece is finished.

“Blue Wood” (excerpt)
Very much a WIP with, currently, no particular place to go.

“Outpost” (excerpt)
A lengthy piece that was originally intended as a bed for a particular poet, but his interest wasn’t piqued so I’ll finish it myself. I’ve already reworked enough of it that he probably wouldn’t recognize it as something he’d already heard.

“Efem10” (excerpt)
A working title for another WIP. What I’m trying to accomplish here hasn’t quite made itself known.

“16 Spectres” (excerpt)
has been a WIP for so long, I may decide to never finish it. 🙂 I doubt I’ve revisited it more than once a year. Maybe not even that often. (I really should keep better notes – like Swamp Messiah does.)

“Caught Between Madness and Innocence” (excerpt)
A WIP designated for an album in progress titled Substantiating Nightmares.

“Lights Out, Pale Blue Dot”
A finished piece earmeaked for Substantiating Nightmares.

Plus! It had always been my intention to write English lyrics for “Sombre” (the Sampson – Carroll tune that appears on From Dust to Dusk) and then get the song re-recorded. Well, the re-recording isn’t going to happen but the lyrics finally did(!) and they’ve been added to the proper Bandcamp page. They fit real well with the vocal melody.

https://jeffsampson.bandcamp.com/album/from-dust-to-dusk

Ahh, well that’s all for now folks. Be well – stay well.

Jeff

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