There’s something about Marcus Fischer’s music that fits this season. Last year, a lot of listeners shared how the snowstorms they were homebound by were the perfect backdrop to Marcus’s reflections. As another year closes, I am so excited to share another conversation with this wonderful artist. This isn’t something I expected, but Marcus has been really giving of his time and it was his suggestion to do a follow-up. In the spirit of the season, I’m very thankful to have gotten to know him better.
Since episode 5, Marcus has been (for lack of a much better word) busy. He completed the Rauschenberg Residency and released the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Monocoastal’ — ‘Loss’, which is absolutely stunning. He established an experimental power trio with Paul Dickow and William Selman called Wild Card, which toured with High Plains at the end of this past summer. He’s been performing with Lisa Schonberg’s Secret Drum Band. He recorded another collaboration with 12k’s Taylor Deupree called ‘Lowlands’. And I’m sure I’m missing something.
This episode digs beyond his output as an artist to explore the internal processes that inform his approach, especially as an improviser.
As always, the music from each of these projects and partnerships weaves throughout the episode, which can all be purchased as digital or characteristically breathtaking physical objects on Bandcamp.
Grab a warm cup of tea and dive in.
‘Loss’ on 12k
‘Lowlands’ on IIKKI
Marcus Fischer’s back catalog
Secret Drum Band
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Marcus Fischer has been a staple figure in modern ambient and experimental music for the better part of the last decade. Characterized by his masterful use of tape loops, Fischer’s works also build space and emotion through layers of baritone guitar and modular synths. His solo debut, ‘Monocoastal’, was released on 12k in 2010 to international acclaim. Over the course of his career, he has partnered with several artists: Matt Jones (as Unrecognizable Now), Ted Laderas/The OO-Ray, Simon Scott, Devin Underwood. His collaborations with Taylor Deupree, with whom Fischer released ‘Twine’ in 2015, are masterclasses in shared voice and restraint.
Fischer is a longstanding member of lines, the online community that surrounds Eurorack module and instrument maker monome.
To explore and support Fischer’s work, please visit:
Special support for this episode came from:
Jason Wehmhoener, Evan Hartzell, Thorsten Vieth, Nick Sanborn, Rodrigo Constanzo, Brian Anderson, Robert Pitts, and Brian Crabtree
Photo credit: Brian Young www.instagram.com/losingtoday/
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This episode features the inimitable and joyful Nick Sanborn. Nick produces solo electroacoustic works under Made of Oak and is one half of Sylvan Esso. He also has spent extensive time touring with Chris Roseneau and is a member of the trio Cedar AV.
The works featured are from many of Nick’s projects, including a remix for Cedar AV member Erik (He Can Jog).
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This episode celebrates monome’s 10 year anniversary by exploring the work of Sean Hellfritsch (seanhellfritsch.com). Sean is an accomplished musician and filmmaker (encyclopediapictura.com), having recently released ‘Some Sort of Wave Portal’ on Leaving Records as Cool Maritime. He is as warm as the California sun.
Much of the featured music is from Sean’s 2012 self-released ‘Tea Time Travel’.
Lovingly crafted tapes of both works can be purchased here:
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