The latest EP, Spectrum, is out now! I have less time than I would like to work on music at home so most of this was created on mobile devices during my daily commute from Maryland to downtown Washington DC via metrorail.
I used the android apps Caustic and RD4 Groovebox and a few iPad apps such as Tabletop and Rhythm Studio to generate loops that I later arranged in Reaper.
I also threw in loops from basement jams with The Window Shoppers and live performances by Lisa Moscatiello.
Thankfully I cleaned out my spam filter and found a message from remixer extraordinaire Larry Poulton asking if I had stems. Do I have stems!! And I *love* being deconstructed. The results are stunning:
The next gig is Saturday 27 February 2016 at Electric Maid in Takoma Park. Details to follow. I hope everyone has a safe and happy 2016!
Spring has finally sprung!! Winter provided enough snow days for me to finish another EP. This one, Drag-On, features sampled loops from Lisa Moscatiello and the Window Shoppers, plus a lot of doodles created on Caustic and various iPad apps.
I am no longer releasing physical CDs but the digital download is available at Amazon, CDBaby, and Google Play, and iTunes.
I am having a release party April 25th at the Montgomery College Planetarium at 8pm. Hope you can make it!
Here is a sampler of what ALP was doing in the 90s while you all were wearing flannel.
By Lisa Moscatiello
Lisa Moscatiello is the lead singer for the electronica project Arthur Loves Plastic (ALP). On April 6 ALP will be celebrating the release of a new CD called Strings with a video screening and laser light show at the Montgomery College Planetarium, 7651 Fenton St., Takoma Park, MD at 8:00 P.M.
Moscatiello interviewed ALP songwriter Bev Stanton about electronic music, the superb sound in the planetarium, and receiving spontaneous astronomy lessons from Professor Harold Williams. Continue reading
My new release Strings has been uploaded to the duplicators and will be available soon at all the usual places. I thought I would stop putting out CDs after i quit drinking. Oddly enough I felt inspired when I stopped being miserable and my first sober album happened in spite of the pink cloud. It is much darker than expected, though I guess this is what happens when you stop drinking to forget and have to deal with life head on. Incidentally, this is the first cd since Klondyke 5 to include lyrics. Yes, and I am the person who used to say “if you want to read lyrics just buy a book of f*cking poetry!” Continue reading
It is that time of year again!! I have a new CD, “Special When Lit.” it is influenced by the usual suspects: women, booze, and ennui, and is the first CD I have recorded in my new studio, which used to be a baby’s crib room.
Back in the day when I was using the on-board sequencer of an M1 keyboard and recording samples from a portable CD player to a 12-bit Roland hardware sampler it would take weeks for a track to come to fruition. However now that everything is self-contained on my PC the lapse between inspiration and execution has diminished to about the time it takes for me to blurt out something inappropriate at a staff meeting. So this CD pretty much captures the trials and tribulations of the past year almost in real time.
One of my favourite points in the process was when I was hunkered down for a couple of days in the path of hurricane Irene, alone with my two cats and a fridge full of beer. Despite the heavy winds my power miraculously stayed on while I maintained an online correspondence with VST plug-in developer extraordinaire Rurik from xoxos. He sent me inspiring synths that helped me move beyond the fear of creative erectile dysfunction brought on by staring at a blank project file.
I am also thrilled to have contributions by a team of talented people: Cystem, who brought a CD of guitar loops to one of my gigs; Upright bass player Jon Nazdin, who let me go over to his house to record his bass; Lisa Moscatiello who braved bathtub glazing fumes to record vocals at my apartment; and Heather Heimbuch who phoned in her vocals from Minnesota via google voice. This release would not have been possible were it not for the selfless, inspired contributions of music shareware developers such as H.G. Fortune, De La Mancha, and xoxos. You can get the release on CD or mp3 at cdbaby, and it is also available at itunes. Enjoy!
Pink Noises is an engaging book that profiles 24 female electronica artists. Arthur Loves Plastic is interviewed, along with Le Tigre and DJ Rekha. Read the review at After Ellen here. It is available at Amazon.com.
I love my iPod Touch! Instead of killing time reading true crime and self-help books on the metro, I can now play with music apps and indulge my creative side before spending the day in a windowless beige cubicle. I later develop the rough ideas by connecting the Touch to my Line 6 Toneport and recording the tracks into REAPER so I can refine the arrangement and add effects. The apps I have used so far are FingerBeat, NESynth, iSyn, iDrum, Mega Synth, and Wave Synth and the result is the ALP release “Touch”.
This has not been a good week for me on the digital discography front. First of all, an artist I remixed a few years ago has requested I taker her remixes down from iTunes, which has led to the unfortunate discovery that it is harder to remove tracks than it is to submit them. And even more difficult is trying to sell stuff at a discount! I see that iTunes is listing my new release Touch as an album and not a single which means the price is 10x what I intended. I have written e-mails to two vendors to sort this stuff out. In the meantime, you can get Touch, a 30 minute mp3 file created on iPhone apps, for $1 at tradebit. Read more here. Promo video excerpt below. i am hoping to do a release party in March. Stay tuned for details.
UPDATE: Apparently iTunes prices any track longer than 10 minutes as an album. And I have to take down Pursuit of Happiness and re-release it as opposed to just being able to remove the remixes. I’ve added a bonus track and it is being remastered as I type.
Give it is the latest full-length release from Arthur Loves Plastic. It is available via CD and digital download at CDBaby and Amazon.com, and is also on iTunes.
Click here for samples.