For the past five years, my friend Chris and myself, have been sharing strange, beautiful, and often unheralded or forgotten sounds through streaming mixes and occasional writing. We released it under the moniker Echo Ocho. In November, we can officially consider Echo Ocho a record label, releasing music that we love and which is in keeping with Echo Ocho’s open-eared celebration of eccentric and deeply-personal music.
November 2nd was the official release date of our first reissue - I Saw You by Peter Kardas.
I Saw You is the distillation of Right Belief and Right Action, heretofore unknown private issue cassettes from 1986 and 1987 by Peter Thomas Kardas. A student of Guitar Craft and accredited member of The League of Crafty Guitarists, Kardas drew inspiration from Robert Fripp’s loop-based Frippertronics, but the expansive, introspective washes of synths and repeated phrases and vocalizations are utterly their own thing, conjuring the independence, awe and isolation of the remote Northern Californian landscapes in which they were created.
This record was produced in collaboration with Yoga Records.
You can also take a listen on Spotify, or right here:
In February I helped launch the Environments app for Numero Group. Environments is a historic catalog of long form field recordings by Irv Teibel that began as an unprecedented series of vinyl records, garnering widespread acclaim and selling millions of units.
This is the first proper iOS app that I had worked on and was a great learning experience. Working in Swift and xCode brought me back to some of early days working in Flash. I hope to get back to this space again soon.
This latest mix is called “Step Into Time” - Synth-pop for shut-ins, a planetarium for one.
My latest mix is called “Santa Fe” - An endless horizon of healing new age vibrations.
In December, Chris (my partner at echo ocho) and I made a mix for Rádio Quântica. And today, I'm finally got around to posting it.
It's called "Endless Pathway" - a heady melange of cozy psychedelia and international head-nodders.
My latest mix is called “Dream Theory” - Otherworldly ambience and spiritual invocations from the fourth world.
My latest mix is called “Endless Sleep” - moody rockabilly and country tracks perfect to soundtrack your next haunted drag race.
My latest mix is called “The Mechanical Man" - Ride the short bus to Rock n Roll High School!!
I know....I'm late. I have finally gotten around to posting about a trip Aleya & I took all the way way back in May when we went to Scotland and hiked the Isle of Skye.
Well, we tried to hike the Isle of Skye. The trail has 7 legs, but we only hiked five and half legs of it. While hiking the second leg, which follows the Trotternish Ridge, we were turned back half way into the route due to an incoming storm. This prevented us from getting a close look at the Old Man of Storr.
And the day we were to hike the last leg was the sunniest and warmest day of the entire trip. Rather than hike from Torrin to Broadford, we decided to drive around the island and make the most of the good weather - including finally hiking up to the Storr.
In total, we hiked 87 miles. Despite all the rain and sheep shit, I'd love to go back and do it again.
Check out more details and photos on the travel page.
My latest mix is called “The Greatest Name That Lives" - Your passport to dusty grooves from all corners of the globe.