Three years’ worth of hard work on my new book To Hear The World With New Eyes is finally at an end. My preliminary batch of authors’ copies has arrived from Spain and I’m happy to say, holding the books in my hands, that a lot of work has gone into the presentation and layout - my good friend and collaborator Susana has put serious thought into making a design that reflected the book’s contents and yet wasn’t intrusive upon them.
The U.S. “launch party” will take place at Austin’s Farewell Books in the first week of October. I’m still working with the organizers on the exact date, so for everyone who is interested in attending the above event, please get in touch with me and I promise I’ll keep you posted. I believe there will also be an on-air interview about the book on local KOOP radio.
Because I am saving most of the books that are in my possession for upcoming live appearances (and waiting to see what the distribution scenario looks like for the rest of the books), I have a very limited number on hand that can be sold via my web shop. The good news is, if you purchase one, it will come autographed by me and dedicated if you choose that option. Again, I urge you to act quickly - a honestly have only a few copies to sell online, and am not creating a state of artificial scarcity.
With the blessing of hard-working local concert organizer Melissa Seely, I’ve also been given free rein to have an irregular DJ residency at Me Mer Mo, an intriguing Monday-night showcase of sonic eclecticism at Austin’s Volstead Lounge (I am thinking I will be here every 2-3 weeks or so; feel free to contact me for a more concrete schedule of appearances, though I know for a fact that I’ll be present on the 19th of this month from 6-11pm). Also know that I DJ under the alias DJ Foxbat (the NATO reporting name of a supersonic MiG fighter-interceptor that was originally adopted when my DJ sets were more heavily represented by tracks from the late Cold War).
I’m relishing this opportunity to introduce unsuspecting ears to sound and tonal music from all cultural and perceptual extremes. Compared with the smoothly beat-mixed, genre-specific nights associated with more “professional” club DJs, I set these sets up to reward those who like looking for the hidden consistencies between supposedly irreconcilable types of sound. While I generously spin work from my friends and influences in the ‘sound arts’ realm, I have also enjoyed sharing everything from the icy folk of Yanka Dyagileva to the mesmerizing naivete of the Langley Schools Music Project to lectures on neurology and the malleability of consciousness.
So, by all means, please join me some upcoming Monday for an intimate sonic journey (and, of course, stay for the actual performances - which often range from curiosity-provoking to outright excellent).