This Friendship Friday post is about a British buddy of mine by the name of James Silas.
He’s an experimental folk artist from Newcastle-via-Manchester, England. I’ve known him since he was in his previous band Watercolour and enjoyed his music since then. His first solo album The Man in the Snow White Cell is quite good and it was recorded with James in a makeshift sensory-depriving “prison” where he recorded all the instruments.
Check out his stuff at http://jamessilas.com.
Week 4 already? Well…time for me to bust out the omnichord that I’ve used in a few songs.
This is one of the saddest katauta that I’ve written, but I had to get it out there.
Meet Connor Eck AKA Fafhrd.
He’s an experimental musician from my home state of Illinois. I’ve known him for years ever since he told me about his band Suzy LaRue & The Ruthless Ooze when they were starting out as a band. Fafhrd does a lot of synthesizer, dark ambient, and even some avant-pop based pieces across his discography. Most of his albums are free or pay-what-you-want on his Bandcamp page.
I thought I would mix it up a bit with this katauta. I busted out my cajon for this one since most of my stuff didn’t have percussion or beats. Time to change that.
Welcome to another installment of Friendship Friday.
Meet Kevin Schlereth. He’s an acoustic artist from St. Louis, MO whom I’ve known for roughly 6 years now. We met at Cornerstone Festival back then and I’ve seen some of his shows. I like how he has an atypical appraoch to folk music with more technical playing and with meaningful lyrics.
You can get his music for free or pay-what-you-want at https://kevinschlereth.bandcamp.com/
This is week 2 in my little katauta project. This time, I used some synth sounds for this piece. Maybe I wanted to be like Joy Electric from a musical standpoint, I don’t know.
Hey, everybody. I found out that Dave from The Antidote radio did an article about Ospreyshire and my other projects.
I thought it was very kind of him to do so, and I appreciated it.
Feel free to check out The Antidote Radio. They do a lot of great interviews and podcasts on that site.
Meet this week’s entry to Friendship Friday: Korisa Madayag!
She’s been a friend of mine since we met at college and she does some great video work as you can see right on this page.
Thank you, Korisa. Keep on being creative!
Checkout her Vimeo channel at https://vimeo.com/kmad.
This is the big announcement. I’m going to do a year long project called Katauta 52. A katauta is a type of Japanese poetry style that uses 3 verses with a 5-7-7 syllabic form. Kind of like a haiku with two extra syllables.
Here are the rules of my project:
1: each song must have a katauta lyrics
2: there must be both spoken and sung lyrics
3: the song must be able to be played live should I have concerts
4: there is one song per week and it must be uploaded on Wednesday
5: no more than 5 notes in the instrumentation
Hope this works.
I figured out a way to be active weekly on my blog besides my Friendship Friday posts.
This will be something I’ll do on Wednesdays that will provide some good content on here. I’m not going to say what it is just yet, but it will be something uniquely Ospreyshire and use the spirit of innovation in spite of restraints.