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hirshhorn March 29, 2006

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getting ready to head down to washington dc tonight for tomorrow’s show at the Hirshhorn Museum with Richard Chartier for the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition. it’s a great honor to have been comissioned by the Hirshhorn to perform as Sugimoto is a huge influence of mine (he was responsible not only for inspiring my “Stil.” album but a huge inspiration towards the whole concept of stillness and frozen time in my music).

Richard and i will be recording and editing our performance for release on LINE in a couple of months. the title will be “specification.fifteen.”

studio renovation update: the room is done, the furniture and shelves are all in and the room is clean. when i’m back from DC i’ll start moving back in again. it took another week longer than i thought but i really hope that by the end of this coming weekend it’s done. done.

i’ll report after the Hirshhorn. oh, and today is Richard’s birthday. wish him a happy one.

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studio renovations March 17, 2006

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studio renovations are on their final stages now. the contracts have finished their work (new walls, new carpet).. and now it’s up to me: painting, acoustic treatment, then set up the furniture. today’s a big blitz. trying to have a completed studio by tonight…. we’ll see.

listening to SND while i work. reaffirming they’re one of my favorite artists of the last decade.

sakamoto remix March 5, 2006

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my remix for Ryuichi Sakamoto has been completed and submitted. It’s a huge honor to be a park of Sakamoto’s upcoming remix cd called “Bricolage.” it’s a collection of remixes from his latest cd “Chasm”… and the track i remixed is called “World Citizen” and features David Sylvian on vocals, which is another huge honor for me as i’m a long-time Sylvian and Japan fan. i’m really happy with the way the remix came out. it gave me a chance to utilize some of the techniques i learned from doing the “Every Still Day” cd with Eisi. i believe “Bricolage” will be released this spring on sakamoto’s KAB label.

stil. reissue March 3, 2006

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it’s been a while since the last entry. a combination of a quiet week for 12k and a busy week personally. today, however, a couple of exciting things happened. the “Stil.” reissue is now shipping. i was awaiting the plastic sleeves to put them in, which arrived today.

secondly, i finished the master and artwork for “northern” and it will begin production on monday. should see release in mid-april.

just in time, really, because on monday the studio walls are coming down as the repair work from the flood damage is FINALLY getting underway. i’m tired of living in a mess. hope it’s all over soon.

discovered a new band today, also.. called SHOULD. some shoegazer sort of stuff. distorted, yet dreamy. nice.