Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Any Questions? - GB+VX (1991)

In January 1991, shortly after the start of the first Gulf War, we were very prolific with our musical output.  The deluge of 24/7 war footage and chemically-fueled all night recording sessions garnered many new song ideas.

Though many of those ideas never progressed further than the cassettes they were recorded on, a few like this one, GB+VX, ended up being produced more and recorded on our Tascam 38 1/2" 8-track reel-to-reel machine.

This one started out simply with a very repetitive drum beat and synth parts.  After adding a round of Gulf War audio samples, MC2P4 delivered his apocalyptic vocals and then I spent the rest of the night (and into the morning) recording multiple effected, electric bass parts before mixing the final song that we share with you now.

Enjoy...



P.S.  This photo was taken on 11/24/90 at the very first Any Questions? live performance.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Is that Geddy Lee (Rush)?


Obviously influenced by Geddy Lee (Rush) in more ways than one, I should have known better than to follow his fashion.  This photo was taken at the Shippensburg Area Senior High School (SASHS) Mid Winter Concert on 02/02/87.

Featured in this photo are (L-R) Donny Ernakovich - Percussion and Matt Norcross - Electric Bass.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Imbued Vagary - Rehearsal


On 06/02/12, Imbued Vagary gathered at Floating Fish Studios to begin preparing for our performance at SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival 2012.  We weren't entirely sure what we were going to do for the show so we set up our gear and started improvising.  

Special thanks to Kimberly Scott for capturing this 4+ minute raw, unedited video excerpt from our rehearsal.

Friday, December 7, 2012

FFS Synth Jam 2012 - The Sprawling TR-2

In our second foray into the electronic plasma pool during FFS Synth Jam 2012 on 11/24/12 came this sprawling 16+ minute audio sculpture titled TR-2.  It has been said that we like to do things "over and over, again and again".  This track exemplifies that to the fullest.  Oh well, it was fun and we weren't ready to stop!

The ensemble for this track included Tim Harrell (aka LTJTHC) - electronic drums, Dave Chandler (aka Thee Sub One Genius) - rhythmic architectures and synthetics, Matt Norcross (aka Ttam Troll) - synthesizers, Stephen Saputelli (aka Steve O Klock) - synthesizers, and, at about the 10 minute mark, M Scott McConnell (aka MC2P4) - synthesizers joins us.

Enjoy!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live at SHAPE Gallery


After taking the stage at the SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival, Imbued Vagary invaded the gallery scene with a performance at SHAPE Gallery's 10th Annual Abstract Exhibit opening reception in Shippensburg, PA on 09.07.12. The band line up for this performance included Ttam Troll - Synthesizers, MC2P4 - Synthesizers, and Thee Sub One Genius - Beat Architecture and Synthesizers.

This raw, unedited live excerpt is titled LV-1.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

FFS Synth Jam 2012 - The Reunion

This was the first time since 02/20/10 where all original FFS Synth Jam members convened and we wasted no time diving deep into the electronic plasma pool.

The ensemble gathered for this session included (from L to R) Tim Harrell (aka LTJTHC), Dave Chandler (aka Thee Sub One Genius), Matt Norcross (aka Ttam Troll), Stephen Saputelli (aka Steve O Klock), and, not shown, M Scott McConnell (aka MC2P4).

The first audio to surface from the inaugural FFS Synth Jam 2012 is this improvisation titled TR-1.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live at SHAPE Gallery

After taking the stage at the SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival, Imbued Vagary invaded the gallery scene with a performance at SHAPE Gallery's 10th Annual Abstract Exhibit opening reception in Shippensburg, PA on 09.07.12. The band line up for this performance included Ttam Troll - Synthesizers, MC2P4 - Synthesizers, and Thee Sub One Genius - Beat Architecture and Synthesizers.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary, Kimberly!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live at SHAPE Gallery

After taking the stage at the SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival 2012, Imbued Vagary now invades the gallery scene with a performance at SHAPE Gallery's 10th Annual Abstract Exhibit opening reception in Shippensburg, PA on 09.07.12 at 6PM. The band line up for this performance will include Ttam Troll - Synthesizers, MC2P4 - Synthesizers, and Thee Sub One Genius - Beat Architecture and Synthesizers.

If you're a fan of electronic music and abstract art, be sure not to miss this performance and exhibit. Join us as we transport you from the abstract art of SHAPE Gallery to the cold vacuum of deep-space and beyond with our improvised synthetic tapestry of pure synthesizer soundscapes.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live Performance Rumors

Rumors abound that Imbued Vagary may perform at the opening reception for SHAPE Gallery's 10th Annual Abstract Exhibit in September. Official announcement coming soon.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

MIDI Wiring Complete!

After a very protracted install process, I'm pleased to announce that all, that's right "all", MIDI wiring has been run at Floating Fish Studios and the new studio is finally ready and open for business! This is definitely cause for celebration. Perhaps an inaugural Synth Jam is called for.

Special thanks to Kim Scott for helping me finish this portion of the full install.

Monday, July 16, 2012

This Mistress 2013 Reunion???

2013 marks both the 25th Anniversary of This Mistress (shown here with original line up) and my graduation from Shippensburg Area Senior High School. In honor of both of these events, I'm contemplating the idea of a This Mistress reunion show at the 2013 SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival and, if it happens, maybe even the possibility of a performance at the SASHS Class of 1988 reunion.

If you are interested in either of these events becoming a reality, post a comment.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live at SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival

In our first live performance, Imbued Vagary will take the stage at SHAPE Solstice Arts Festival in Shippensburg, PA on 06.16.12 at 2PM. The band line up for this performance will include Ttam Troll - Synthesizers, MC2P4 - Synthesizers, and Thee Sub One Genius - Beat Architecture and Synthesizers.

If you're a fan of electronic music, be sure not to miss this show. Join us as we transport you from the lush green fields of Britton Park to the cold vacuum of deep-space and beyond with our improvised synthetic tapestry of pure synthesizer soundscapes.

Floating Fish Studios will have a booth at the festival so drop by, say hi, and pick up some of our latest releases. Also in our booth, you'll be able to purchase paintings from M Scott McConnell and James Hepfer along with photography prints by Kimberly Scott and Rhiannah Hepfer.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Imbued Vagary Live Performance Rumors

Rumors abound that Imbued Vagary will perform their first live show at a Festival this summer. Official announcement coming soon.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The "New" Floating Fish Studios Turns 3

The "new" Floating Fish Studios turns 3 years old. Only 27 more years of payments on it!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Audio Wiring Complete!

After a very protracted install process, I'm pleased to announce that all, that's right "all", audio wiring has been run at Floating Fish Studios. This is definitely cause for celebration. Perhaps an inaugural Synth Jam is called for.

Special thanks to MC2P4 and Kim Scott for helping me finally finish this portion of the full install. Next up... MIDI.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

FFS III Opens in South Central PA

South Central PA is now the home of a new Floating Fish Studios project studio. Dubbed FFS III, this studio is set up solely for "Laptop Terrorism". Audio warfare commences now!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Any Questions? - Prey for Death turns 20

It was 20 years ago today that Any Questions? released the first of three consecutive Leap Year CDs. Prey For Death (1992) was the first of our "Unholy Trilogy" which also included Death (1996) and Mutation (2000). To celebrate this landmark, we welcome you to listen to Prey for Death (Special Edition) in it's entirety on Spotify.

Enjoy this and know that new Any Questions? music will be coming soon. Be sure to check out www.floatingfish.com and the FFS Blog at floatingfishstudios.blogspot.com for the latest info about Any Questions? and Floating Fish Studios.

Click here to listen.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Travelling"


Floating Fish Studios held its ninth in a series of Synth Jam Sessions at FFS II on 08/06/11. The ensemble gathered included Dave Chandler (aka Thee Sub One Genius), M Scott McConnell (aka MC2P4), and Matt Norcross (aka Ttam Troll).

This raw unedited video footage captured part of the audio warfare. The quality is questionable but it gives you a chance to see how an improv transforms into a song. You also get to see Jackey and Mazie. Fun for everyone!

This improv was titled TR-4.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Any Questions? 2011 Radio Interview

Right before Halloween 2011, we were interviewed on MCCC Radio on the Jeff Snyder Show. Our 20+ minute interview covered everything Any Questions? and Floating Fish. You can hear the full interview here...


P.S. Special thanks to Kim Scott for recording the interview for us.

New Equipment at FFS

After almost 3 years in the new studio, Floating Fish Studios adds a washer and dryer to it's equipment list. No more trips to Solar Wash, my parents' house, or having my wonderful fiancé, Kimberly Scott, help me with laundry.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Remembering Miranda

Today would have been my littlest friend's 20th birthday. Though she plays at Rainbow Bridge now, I know she'd still love to hear me sing her favorite little song...

It's February number two
Happy Birthday from me to you
Happy Birthday Miranda!