We finally have Multicast’s 2016 album Multicaster available for sale at our bandcamp site.
There is a limited number of hand stenciled Iron Feather Journal #21 magazines available with our CD. Don’t delay on this as this is a one-time run and no other magazines will be produced once these are gone.
Here are the videos associated with the new album (some soundtracks to my adventures, some music videos):
We got a great review of or first full length album, Rural Sessions, in an Italian webzine specializing in electronic music, Electronique.It. The timing was great as we are doing the final work in preparation for our new album to be released very soon! Special thanks to Ivo D’Antoni for the wonderful and kind words! I still listen to this album, a lot, and enjoy it after all these years. It was a fruitful time for Multicast and for electronic music in general. That said, our new album is likely my favorite so far…hard to judge, we’ll stand them up side-by-side in another 15 years and see what’s what!
We released 3 different versions of Rural Sessions. The limited run of 500 marbled vinyl as seen above, then 1000 150g 2LPs and finally 500 CDs. The CD has the extended version of Laura where the LP has a reprise version. The reprise LP version was played on the late John Peel’s Radio One radio show.
Well, it is official, our new album is released! July 18th, 2016! The initial release is limited to Japan as an insert to the Iron Feather Journal magazine for the opening of the Sapporo Zine Festival in Hokkaido. We will be receiving a limited amount of magazines and will have a USA/World release in early September, the exact date is still to be determined.
As you wait for the next 6 weeks, you can preview the entire album here…
Front covers, both multi-color stenciled artwork!
IFJ / Multicaster back covers!
As the typical Multicast / Obliq Recordings way, we created each of the covers by hand. They are hand stenciled with recycled spray paint in multicolor! The Iron Feather Journal inserts are limited edition to 200, all hand-numbered. 100 will be released in Japan, 100 outside of Japan.
Multicaster album sleeves drying on the manufacturing line, by the river!
Here is what a spindle of 170 looks like!
Stack of Multicaster CDs.
Luckily my partner in crime, Cryptographics, is well versed at silk-screening and has the mass production process down! He first created a registration piece that was offset for the thickness of the cover. Then he created multiple stencils out of plastic to handle the ink. This project requires many stencils, one for each image on the cover that will have its own separate color. Thus, multiple iterations of paint and wait are required for the final cover to be complete!
Stencil registered with the first cover ready to go, as you can see all we do is move the left registration to the right side and we’re ready for the next image and colors.
Tasty ultra limited black cover gettings its second image sprayed
I received an email from an old friend who nows lives in Northern Japan asking if my band Multicast would be interested in another collaboration project with the Iron Feather Journal cyberpunk zine. Rewind back to 1999, the year the late Prince sings about, where we did our first collaborative project with the Zine. We produced a 10″ 4-track EP vinyl, silk-screened cover and included the Iron Feather Journal #17 magazine. Not only was this a fun project, but it was successful selling a 1000 copies worldwide.
The magazine has a really old-school feel as the pages are laid out by hand and then photocopied. None of this modern computer layout stuff for this zine! Content varies, but is cyber-culture and music related.
Multicast’s Iron Feather Journal #17, limited colored vinyl
The entire Iron Feather Journal #17 package, with record, magazine and 2-color silkscreened cover.
The Iron Feather Journal has moved to northern Japan and is planning the next zine to premiere at the Sapporo Zine Festival in mid-July. This time we’ll do a CD, a 10-track full length Multicast project. The number of magazines will be limited with some available here in the USA from Obliq Recordings after the festival. We plan to do 4-color stenciled cover art, each one will be hand created so they will likely all be unique.
Track selection and sequencing was completed in late April 2016. Mastering is scheduled for May 10th and we’ll send to press shortly after. Then they will be shipped to Japan and incorporated with the magazine which will be created there.
I have received a couple of new really cool images in the last couple of days. First, is the cover to our new re-release of Bahian Coastal Hwy by Multicast. This is on Carpe Sonum records and should be mastered in a week or two. Then it goes to the pressing plant; hopefully we’ll see it by October?
Multicast – Bahian Coastal Hwy on Carpe Sonum Records
I also will be receiving a poster of this amazing artwork for the upcoming 2015 Full Moon Festival by M.E.S.S. The poster will be framed and on the wall for sure. This is going to be a great party and I’m looking forward to both our release and the party.
Been pulling records for this year’s Mother Earth Sound SystemFull Moon Festival, a 48-hours 2-stage music festival. It looks like I’ll have an extended set DJ/performing as Multicast (up to 6 hours!!) on the Earth stage Saturday afternoon/evening. The line-up looks incredible, and the venue is a rural outdoor ranch in the mountains near Silverthorne. I will bring many styles and change the music up playing dub, reggae, electro, acid, ambient and some 140-dubstep; mainly a more chill out stage providing balance to the main pounding techno Moon stage.
I will also bring some gear and add in some original stuff here and there. I’m opening up for the Normal Ones so very excited about that; and perhaps we’ll do some experimentation for a while between sets!
Carpe Sonum Records out of Colorado is digitally releasing for the first time our album Bahian Coastal Hwy. by Multicast. It will contain two bonus tracks that didn’t make it on the vinyl release and will be remastered by my favorite engineer Lupo @ Calyx (ex Dubplates & Mastering).
Been waiting for this day for a while.
I remember the day our original master came back from D+M, we were just floored on how wonderful these world-class mastering engineers could make us sound! Now, 10 years later, the technology has folded many times and I anxiously await the magic that Andreas will do.
Check out the preview, and enjoy! Thanks for your support!
Veni, Vidi Audivi ambient electronic music compilation on Carpe Sonum Records. Grab it now, it’s FREE!
For those unaware of Carpe Sonum Records, it is a Colorado-based ambient music label continuing the spirit of the late Pete Namlook‘s pioneering electronic music label Fax +49-69/450464. Here’s more information on Carpe Sonum Records.
House of Mutes Vol.1 Compilation – We’re the opening track!
We’re back after a short stretch of seasonal inertia with our first cassette compilation: House of Mutes Vol. 1 collects new material from Obsolete Future doyens WWC, Paradise, Dyad & Formant, in addition to a plethora of unearthed tracks from the likes of Denver’s Thug Entrancer, Rocky Mountain dub traffickers Freqmodif, Austin frequency-hackers Bodytronix, the Dallas/Ft. Worth electro crew of MKG Systems, Cygnus & Mannequinz, analog-acid from the Bay Area’s Headgear and a Dutch ambient oddity from BuzzzuwfarfewwW.
The tape is packaged in a putridly gorgeous neon-yellow case & specially designed by Kristen Koenig of Pull Trigger. The 15-track collection was compiled in Austin, TX by Conor Walker and mastered as a C44.5 by Jeremy Averitt in Denver, CO.
The cassette is limited to 150 // Preorder ships Friday June 20th Track List:
a1. Freqmodif – Mesocyclone
a2. Mannequinz – Shiyan36
a3. The Argus Effect – Anklebiter
a4. MKG Systems – SCR
a5. Thug Entrancer – Resolve
a6. Cygnus – Varaxis Networks
a7. Bodytronix – Live at Switched On (Guy Taylor Edit)