noncompetitive music contains 12 experiments in sound design and intuitive melodic figures. The record combines ideas I pulled together from my archive of recordings from the past several years. Throughout, you can also hear the sounds of bike rides I took and gardening I did in the first half of 2021.
Inspired by a patreon post Jogging House made, while I was compiling this record, I was thinking a lot about trying to focus on staying present in the creative process, staying away from the compulsion to “one-up” myself and the previous music I’ve released. This feeling that each subsequent thing needed to be “better” than the last had unconsciously made its way into my head, causing a lot of creative fatigue and uncertainty. Creating this record was an experiment in tackling this head on, feeling things out and intuitively pulling things together, piece by piece, until each track felt fully realized...listening for what things are, rather than trying to decide too far in advance what they should be. I would often feel some hesitation and anxiety during this process, but I would try to actively work through it...sometimes I hit dead ends, but more often than not, the results were surprisingly pleasant.
My hope is that this record can help you feel confident in your creative impulses, and act as a springboard to push past any feelings that are preventing you from realizing something cool :).
released July 9, 2021
Performed, recorded, mixed, mastered and marker art/layout by John Mitchell
Electric piano tape loops on “where was I (all the time)” by Nathan Price
Special thanks to the people and animals whose voices you can hear on these tracks, Nathan Price for the tape loops, Taufique Rahman for his help with some design questions and Nick Turner (Tyresta)/Fallen Moon Recordings for all of the support!
Also sincere thanks to the other artists who provided thoughts, suggestions, and feedback--I encourage you to check out their work. You can find their music (most of which is here on bandcamp) under the names : Kurodama, Samuel Edmund, S. Leidig, field collage, mudlogger/Hoan Kiem Chess Team, Jogging House, Dennis von Tillburg, Brian Cook, Sunbeamer, takeout (Earth Tones), Stray Wool, The Lifted Index, and couleurves. Also thanks to others from the Jogging House discord community and llllllll.co
for all the creative inspiration and encouragement!
And finally, thank you to Nathan, Toby and all my friends and family.
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