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happy new year, all. sorry it's been a while since the last update, but it's not
because we haven't been busy in the last couple of months... quite the opposite.
i'm happy to report that another five original tracks have been developed, and
are each viable contendors for a spot on the upcoming Scorpio album, scheduled
for release this spring. in fact, we have something of a problem here... there
are now 33 (yes, thirty-three) tracks vying for spots on the album. of course,
they can't all make it. what's more, less than half of them are what i'd call
'finished'. not a bad problem to have, come to think of it, but there's still
lot's of work to be done. the 'planning session' track was shortened somewhat,
and tweaked a little with some more pace... i think what was kept is even
stronger.... have a listen and let me know your thoughts.
before christmas, we had johnny and andrew over for a great moon tunes session
full of ambient drones, synthesized screams, and neato mosquito jams. go check
out the moon tunes section to have a listen one of the tracks we recorded that
night from the recordings. there was some pretty interesting stuff there.
i am happy to report that max floatation paid jonestown studios a visit from
victoria last week, and we recorded some pretty fantastic stuff. again, you can
listen to the audio in the moon tunes section. i am always amazed at the amount
of noise that two people can compile in just one take. as ever, the soundscapes
are a little eclectic, but quite listenable with some moments of absolute wonder.
we'd love to hear your comments. go check it out.
there's also a track i threw into the moon tunes section that i recorded solo
(once in a while, i'll do a solo moon tune). i called it 'termite lullaby'
(thanks shona-awesome title).it's an eight minute exercise in ambient
experimentation that i really liked. one take. one person. fun stuff.
finally, here's a preliminary version of one the tracks in contention for the
upcoming album - it's called 'Separation Anxiety' - take a listen, and send me
your feedback. as always, it means a lot to me. chez.
here's to another happy march...
i saw a really great band play back on feb 17th that i wanted to share with you.
the guys name is harmish thomson, and his band/project is called The Hermit
(check it out at www.hermitmusic.com). he's got a great live show involving nice
drumming that he plays on a traditional kit, awesome sounding synth scapes, a
nice groovy bass player that never missed a beat, and a female vocalist who plays
guitars and has a voice reminicent of portishead. check them out if you have a
Sep 13th, 2005
This week has been pretty productive... Spent a fair amount of time on a cool
track for the next album. The working title of the album is 'Scorpio'. I think
it sounds kind of dark and mysterious, but i like it all the same. The track
i've been working on is called 'the death of me', and jumps all over the
place.... starts off slow, then pounds some serious hits into your eardrums.
hard to say what the final product will sound like, but i'll keep you posted.
Also, i thought i'd try to get an image gallery going so that you die hard fans
can really get your fix... :-) At any rate, there are bound to be some cool pics
that find their way inside, so stay tuned.
Sep 25th, 2005
lot's of things going on in Jonestown lately. we've got the albums up and
streaming now, so check it out. just go to the albums page, and click a "stream"
button. there's a different one for each album. i think we'll put a playlist
together that is a random mix of all the tunes for the next update...
last update, i told you about a new track called 'the death of me' that i was
working on. i made a preliminary mp3 for you to listen to. send me some
feedback... it's still very much a work in progress, but i like the way that it
is going (the end isn't even started, so don't get excited).
also got a new one called 'tack switch' that sounds cool. all in all, we've got
more than 20 tracks underway... the tough part is deciding which ones make the
in the next little while, we're going to try to get Paypal set up for ordering
copies of the albums. they'll be cheap, and of course you can always down load
them for free, but i know lot's of people like to have a cd to put in their hot
little hands, so this is for them.
in the Moon Tunes section, added the first mp3 for public listening ever. go
check it out here. scroll down to the bottom of the page. it's pretty crazy, and
has some great parts and some ok parts, but the overall experience is cool.
remember, as with all Moon Tunes, this recording was done in one take, all live.
this session involved two artists: max floatation, a long time friend and
experimental music legend, and myself. enjoy.
lastly, thanks to everyone who's been sending me feedback, advice, and hate
mail. keep it coming.
Oct 10, 2005
great rainy long weekend for sitting indoors and recording some tunes. been very
busy lately putting new material together, and have lots of new sounds and ideas
that will be finding their way onto the next ablum. at this point, the working
title has been tweaked to HELLO SCORPIO.
i'm really excited about a track that came together this weekend called PLANNING
SESSION. have a listen to it by clicking here. send me an email and let me know
how you like.
also, i've put another moon tune up for you fans of the genre. there are
literally hundreds of hours of recorded jams going back over the years. they
will be posted gradually as the site grows, but the tracks will only be posted
in their original forms without editing. them's the rules. go to the moon tunes
page to check out the new one.(or click here)
happy thanksgiving everyone.
February 10, 2006
Oct 29, 2005
well, it's nearly halloween, and time for another update. we've got a few more
tracks in development that will certainly make their way onto the upcoming Hello
Scorpio album. the sounds we've been playing with over the last few weeks are a
little more beat driven, with some definite dance potential. another track is
quite passive (probabally a subconscience push back against all this dancy
madness...) i'll post a track or two as they near completion.
i am very pleased to announce that the beloved max floatation joined me for a
farewell recording session. you see, max is moving to victoria, bc. the problem
with this move is that it makes jamming together rather difficult. in an attempt
to mitigate the loss associated with this transferance of talent to the island,
we decided to get together for a recording session.i am happy to share three
mp3's from this session with all of you. they are posted on the Moon Tunes
page... click here to have a listen.
i've set up a new page on the chez jonesy site - it's forum where we can have
discussions, share ideas, set up jam sessions, and any other kind of idea
sharing we come up with. go and visit it here, (or click on the FORUM link in
the menu bar on the left) and let me know what you think.
thanks again for all of the feedback that i've received. it means a lot to me,
so keep it coming.
hope you all had a great weekend.