goodbye 2005, hello 2006

It’s that time again, when we look back at the past year and look forward to the new one. chromedecay has a lot of projects going on right now, and a number of things in the works for 2006. Here’s an update:

recording guitars in the winter

One project that’s just come together in the last month or so is a set of improvisational guitar-based recordings. I’m actually going to be heading to my parents’ house tomorrow, New Year’s Day, and holing up there for a couple of days, recording a bunch of quiet, ambient guitar pieces. I’ve wanted to do a record like this for several years, especially during the winter – there’s something about the quiet and peace of winter that pulls me toward the more contemplative guitar-based material that I often perform in intimate concert settings.

I’m planning to take some photos and possibly offer some snippets of audio over the course of the time recording the project, so check the chromedecay blog in the next few days to see that as it unfolds.

This record, which is as yet untitled, will be available via chromedecay at the end of January or beginning of February. I’ve been working on the packaging over the last few weeks, and I’m pretty excited about it; it will be a very handmade piece of art. The cover will be hand-stamped on a piece of translucent vellum paper, along with a printed paper insert. I’ll be selling these via my site and at shows, so definitely e-mail me if you’re interested and I’ll reserve one for you.

chromedecay tracks pt2: 2001-2005

Another music project coming up is the second chapter in the “chromedecay tracks” series. I’m finishing the mixing and mastering now, and so in about 2 months (I hope!) I’ll have copies ready to purchase. This record is a set of my instrumental electronic music from 2001-2005, and it’s all culled from various projects that never saw the light of day, for whatever reason.

Once it’s a little closer to being released, I’ll be putting up a free, downloadable mix set based on tracks from it, so look for that in the coming weeks. For now, you can check out one track from it, entitled “rain at the airport”, via the Bill Van Loo MySpace site:

songs in the night

I’m still working on my collaborative project entitled “songs in the night”. This is a record I’m really excited about, as it’s the first of mine both to feature other musicians (particularly singers and rappers) and to deal with my Christian faith. The contributions from artists like Listener, Double Helix, re:flex the architect, and others have really inspired me, so expect to hear more about this as it gets closer to being done.

In the meantime, you can check out one of the instrumental tracks from it here:

as she sleeps [mp3 from the forthcoming “songs in the night”]