Ghosting

Album under construction. We'll return shortly with announcements.

Pictures and mini update

It's been a while! I've been quite busy with all sorts of things, including beginning the pursuit of an MMus, some electroacoustic music, and working on a bunch of new, New Weather Machine songs. I will have a some news regarding the new album in the coming weeks (and ideally sooner rather than later!).

Thanks to everyone who made it down to the Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp fundraiser show. We had a great time, we hope you did as well! Some pictures from the night are below from my brother Andrew, who also played sax on a number of songs.

Jon

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Poster madness

The poster for our show coming up on October 2nd for your viewing pleasure. Bonus points for finding secrets!
You can check out the event page here.


oct 2nd 2015 poster new weather machine

New dates added

I have been away for too long! How was your summer? Mine was crazy and filled with all kinds adventures and life milestones. Now that I'm getting back in the swing of things and returning to real life, I've added a few new shows and have some exciting news to share in the coming weeks. For now, check out the new dates and check back shortly for a sizeable info update. And don't forget to keep the smoke out of your eyes, it's hazy out there.

Jon

Windy City 2

The new Windy City compilation is out (in digital form anyway)! Thanks to everyone that came out on Saturday for the fundraising show, we had a great time at what was our first proper performance at The Owl. The money raised will definitely help make sure the printed cassette copy of the album will turn out the best it can.

We were lucky enough to secure the opening track on the album, which you can check out here:

Landmarks, Windy City, New Video

Busy time of year! The February Mixtape was a little late coming together, but it’s officially out now. My song for this month is called Ocean Memory, which is available on the music page.


Another compilation song was on the blocks this week, for Norwegian Blue’s Windy City 2 comp. With the limited amount of time we had, it turned out to be a really fun song to record. We had set a session up for the middle of the week, so I put a song together on Tuesday and we banged the bed tracks out on Wednesday night in a couple hours. It’s strangely(and alarmingly) uncommon these days when a song actually gets recorded in room with a bunch of people all at the same time, no click, no headphones, PA on, etc., essentially a rehearsal situation with the recording mics set up. Given the nature of modern recording setups, people typically do songs bit by bit and piece everything together like a puzzle more than a snapshot of a moment. One isn’t inherently better than the other, and I’m definitely a fan of both ways of doing it, as the results are completely different, but this time we chose option A. The song is called Is This Tomorrow? and should be released by Norwegian Blue in the coming weeks on their Windy City 2 compilation.


Finally, I had an experiment I wanted to try with make a dynamics-controllable supporting instrument and gave it a spin yesterday. The idea was basically to generate new, useful, and related sounds from what is already being played by the guitar and vocal. It’s controlled by the volume and duration of certain frequencies, so it can be used somewhat like an additional supporting instrument that is manipulated in real time. I’m going to take a few more stabs at the idea and see what I can do with it, but here is the result of the experiment with a song called From The Outside.


Spring, where are you?

It’s been a while! The beginning of this year has been a little bit crazy, and this’ and thats are pulling me everywhere. I would always prefer to be busy than bored, so I’m going to take it as a win.

What’s new? While it has been a fairly mild winter, I am completely sick of being cold. It would be great if the weather gods would just stick with one temperature for more than a few days. As soon as one acclimatizes to the pleasantries of the sun, it gets covered up by horrible cold drops by 20 or 30 degrees and feels way colder than if it was a consistent temperature. But I digress….

The Mixtape Club has been going really well. Last month the song I wrote for it, Bombshelter Children, has been added to the music page. It’s a little bit of a departure from what I normally do, and is more in line with the electro-acoustic pieces I’ve done, like Crowded Spaces and Music for Stationary Trilobites (which you can also find on the site).

We will also be taking part in another compilation called Windy City Rock Volume II that will be released later in the year that features a slathering of great southern Alberta artist.

Will post a more comprehensive update soon!

Jon

Authors and Books! November Mixtape

Another great month for the Mixtape Club! The Authors and Books theme helped coax out what is possibly the most varied set of songs so far. It’s also kind of fun not really knowing what book (or author) is being referenced in the song. When I was mastering them, I wasn’t sure what the reference was, I just pretended it was something else and inserted my own. Kind of the same thing that happens when someone is telling you about a movie or tv show that you’ve never seen and while they’re telling you about it you are picturing whatever it is as something completely different. Think of Game of Thrones but in the world of the second Alien movie - much excite!


I was having a tough time choosing between a book I was reading and I book I had just read, and eventually opted to go for the book I was reading. I don’t want to ruin all the fun but I’ll narrow it down by saying the book I chose to work from is at least 50 years old and is awesome. My song is called Reflection of the Mother Sun.


Anyway, coming up at the end of the month we’ll be doing a show with The Moonrunners and Mormon Girls at the Slice. Looking forward to debuting a few new songs after a little bit of a live break. In the last bit I’ve also gone through and redone my pedal board and *finally* found a fuzz pedal that:
a)sounds awesome,
b)requires minimal fucking around to sound awesome, and
c)possesses a picture of the much heralded Fuzz God.

The show is on November 29th/$10 at the door and you can find more info here.


November 2014 - Authors and Books

1.Doug Hoyer - Chapters of a Life
2.Jon Martin - Reflections of the Mother Sun
3.Syd Gross - Sapper Kip
4.Mark Mills - Brother Heard the Trumpet
5.Jesse Northey - The Glass House
6.Bombproof the Horses - The Ground Where One Thousand Flowers Bloom
7.Aaron Trozzo -A Massacre? A Sex Orgy? A Joke?
8.Brenna Lowrie - Death in Venice
9.Joel Stretch - Words of my Roaring (for RK)
10.Jason Oakes - Shakespeare and Company

BONUS DIGITAL TRACK

Karimah - Peaches and Dreams

Artwork by Robyn Taylor-Neu
Mastering by Jon Martin
Layout by Iwona Fafarek


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