summer music progress: lazy, but enjoyable

Summer arrived with much anticipation of working on lots of music, but it didn’t materialize quite to expectations yet.

working on beats
above: working on beats in full summer mode

Still, some music has been worked on, and a lot of guitar has been played (bringing with it a new appreciation for the instrument and its possibilities).

bill van loo - working on a guitar piece
above: Bill Van Loo working on a guitar piece

Here are a few recent bits to check out:

6-16-2008 snippet

8-1-2008 beat snippet

By the end of the summer, I should hopefully have a new chromedecay release available; still not sure whether that will be a digital-only release via iTunes and the other digital distributors, a CD + digital release, or a free chromedecay digital release.

Friday, March 14, 2008: Bill Van Loo & J. Schnable at sync08

On Friday, March 14, Bill Van Loo & J. Schnable will be playing a new music & video set entitled “memory, intention & evidence” at the Sync08 Festival in Ann Arbor, MI. The show starts at 7PM and is FREE! The show will feature new music from the duo and a brand-new visual set to accompany it, all on the gorgeous triple-screen setup in the Duderstadt Center’s Video Studio space.

bill van loo & j. schnable present: memory, intention & evidence

To whet your appetite, check out video of last year’s performance on the chromedecay vimeo channel, as well as photos of the video work-in-progress for this year’s show.

The Sync08 Festival is held at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. If you’re coming out, you might want to look at a map or directions to the Duderstad Center.


Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2094

new videos available

I’m please to present two new videos, now available on both Vimeo and YouTube. The first is a full 40-minute performance from bill van loo & j. schnable at the Sync07 festival last year. The second is a short piece of timelapsed footage, with an ambient guitar soundtrack.


bill van loo & j. schnable – live at sync07

Bill Van Loo & J. Schnable – live at sync07 from chromedecay on Vimeo.

forest ave timelapse:

forest ave timelapse from chromedecay on Vimeo.

update – 6 strings

A quick update on the recently recorded “winter guitar record”:

1. There’s now an official title for the record. It’s going to be called ‘6 strings for a winter’s day’, to reflect the two important pieces of the record’s inspiration (winter) and sound source (guitar).

2. It will be officially released on Tuesday, January 31 – just one short week from today. The final editing, mixing, and mastering is being finished tonight and possibly Thursday. Once that’s finished, the packaging can be finalized, printed, cut, stamped, and jewel cases stuffed.

There will be an official release announcement posted once the record is available for sale. Check back Tuesday, January 31 for that.

Saturday, February 4th, 2006: Bill Van Loo + J. Schnable (East Lansing, MI)

On Saturday, February 4th, the duo of Bill Van Loo + J. Schnable will team up once again to perform a set of live music. The theme for this night is “playing instruments”, and will feature more physical instrument-playing than the duo had often done in past live performances. Expect looped ambient guitar, lovely filtered Rhodes electric piano, and the intricate electronic underpinnings that the two are known for.

The show is at Scene Metrospace in East Lansing, MI. Doors are at 7pm.

303 Abbott Road
East Lansing, MI 48823

Also appearing will be other members of thinkbox, and bubblegone vs verazone.