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nice words from sakamoto-san February 24, 2006

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the reissue of “Stil.” arrived… so it’s almost ready to ship, however we’re out of the plastic sleeves for the covers so i’ve ordered more. I need to hand-number the 500 copies then it’ll go up in the online shop.

also, was point to this today, a nice compliment from a very respected artist:

Ryuichi Sakamoto, from CMJ Magazine
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO’S 2005 PICK
TAYLOR DEUPREE + KENNETH KIRSCHNER, Post_Piano 2: “In these days I listen to Taylor and his label, 12k, a lot. Taylor’s what I would call a ‘lyrical’ electronica artist.”

yesterday was a day full of editing and mastering on “Northern”… and i may be finished. Richard helped me choose one of the many cover designs i had done, the cd may go into production next week.

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mexico February 21, 2006

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a few bits of news after spending a few days recovering from the flu.: we’re sad to announce that the OFFF Mexico festival, scheduled to take place on the first weekend of March in Mexico City has been cancelled. a few 12k artists were scheduled to play there. myself with kenneth kirschner (post_piano live) as well as richard chartier. there was also a fantastic lineup of artists over the whole weekend. Mexico City is a wonderful place and i’m disapointed i won’t be headed back there in a couple of weeks. on a more positive note, this week we’re expecting the shipment of Taylor Deupree “Stil.” reissue cd. once we get it, it will go up in the shop and be ready to order.

lastly, it seems like it’ll never be done because i keep going back and making tiny little edits, but i’m really a few days away from finishing “Northern”… so i should be on for an April release.

if you get a chance, listen to Cyne’s “octagon”… great track.

recommendations February 16, 2006

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recommended reading: Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence
recommended listening: Iron & Wine

12k live @ tonic recap February 14, 2006

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on sunday the 12th 12k hosted an event at Tonic in NYC. the concert was a release party of sorts for Sawako’s “Hum” cd (12k1035) with a live performance lineup that included Strategy, myself + kenneth kirschner, and sawako (with video artist Chika). the night took an interesting turn when that morning mother nature finished dumping 20+ inches of snow on New York. i, myself, barely made it to the show. living an hour outside of the city now i had to drive through unplowed roads and catch a very strained train system and the normal 2-hour trip ended up taking 5 hours. we expected maybe 5 people to brave the weather and come see the show but were happily surprised by around 30. thank you to everyone for making the trip. Strategy started the night with a set of improvised semi-ambient/semi-beat music with a lot of live playing of really interesting synth textures. i’ve never heard his music before tonight and really enjoyed it. very varied. ken and i performed next with our post_piano material which basically consists of kenneth on a grand piano with 4 microphones coming out of it, 2 of which feed my powerbook for realtime processing. when we do this it’s always improvised and all sounds are generated in realtime only sourced from kenneth’s playing. it went well, no technical glitches (as we had in Madrid last year). after that sawako and chika took the stage but i unfortunately only caught 5 minutes of the set as i had to run back to the still-strained train system and try to make my way home. the 5 minutes i heard from sawako were beautiful and gentle, i’m sorry i missed it. i also was pleased to meet musicians Billy Gomberg (again) and Andy Graydon, both of whom did remixes for the Post_Piano Open Remix Project. a hectic, wet, and stormy night, but all well worth it.

blog 000 February 13, 2006

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yesterday i made my decision to finally start a semi-regular 12k blog. i’ve been meaning to do this for a while for a few of reasons. one, i think many listeners may find interest in some of the behind-the-scenes workings of 12k, to see what goes right and what goes wrong as i push the label forward into its tenth year. secondly, the blog will serve as a source for upcoming news and information as it comes to me, before it hits 12k’s newsletter or front page. (for example, i just confirmed with Keiichi Sugimoto the other day for a new Fourcolor cd for May of this year). i’ll probably write about things as they happen; ideas for releases that may, or may not, ever see the light of day (don’t take everything you read in these pages to be set in stone). it will also serve as a place to report on live show or tours, and with pictures, too. (for those who are paying attention, the BLOG link has replaced the GALLERY link (which never came to be) in the main navigation bar on the website). lastly, and most important to me on a personal level, i’ve been meaning to keep a journal of my music career for over 12 years now, and these blog entries will somewhat serve to be just that. better late than never, i suppose.

i’ll try to keep the entries short and write them on a regular basis. i will also keep the information contained herein relating to things 12k, as a result, i can’t guarantee there will be an entry every day as every day does not always contain a newsworthy event and, quite frankly, as yet another thing to put on my to-do list there will be days i simply just don’t have time to write.

so, with that said… welcome, and please feel free to let us know what you think of the 12 kblog. oh, and one more bit of news. i have finished writing my upcoming solo cd, to be released in april (on 12k.. my first since Stil. in 2002). It is called Northern and i am in the final editing and mixing stages now. a big thank you to kenneth kirschner for allowing me to bounce rough mixes off of him. if all goes well, despite the flood in the studio, this album will only be one or two months later than planned.

blog 000 February 13, 2006

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yesterday i made my decision to finally start a semi-regular 12k blog. i’ve been meaning to do this for a while for a few of reasons. one, i think many listeners may find interest in some of the behind-the-scenes workings of 12k, to see what goes right and what goes wrong as i push the label forward into its tenth year. secondly, the blog will serve as a source for upcoming news and information as it comes to me, before it hits 12k’s newsletter or front page. (for example, i just confirmed with Keiichi Sugimoto the other day for a new Fourcolor cd for May of this year). i’ll probably write about things as they happen; ideas for releases that may, or may not, ever see the light of day (don’t take everything you read in these pages to be set in stone). it will also serve as a place to report on live show or tours, and with pictures, too. (for those who are paying attention, the BLOG link has replaced the GALLERY link (which never came to be) in the main navigation bar on the website). lastly, and most important to me on a personal level, i’ve been meaning to keep a journal of my music career for over 12 years now, and these blog entries will somewhat serve to be just that. better late than never, i suppose.

i’ll try to keep the entries short and write them on a regular basis. i will also keep the information contained herein relating to things 12k, as a result, i can’t guarantee there will be an entry every day as every day does not always contain a newsworthy event and, quite frankly, as yet another thing to put on my to-do list there will be days i simply just don’t have time to write.

so, with that said… welcome, and please feel free to let us know what you think of the 12k blog. oh, and one more bit of news. i have finished writing my upcoming solo cd, to be released in april (on 12k.. my first since Stil. in 2002). It is called Northern and i am in the final editing and mixing stages now. a big thank you to kenneth kirschner for allowing me to bounce rough mixes off of him. if all goes well, despite the flood in the studio, this album will only be one or two months later than planned.