The Rumba Kings at the Triple Door

Please join me for an evening of Mediterranean music at the Triple Door. Two nights! This is quite a unique an expansive production, featuring dancers, a string quintet, guest singers, and other surprises. I will be performing on doumbek and tapan.

November 19 and 20, 2021 at the Triple Door

More info about the show, and tickets.

More info about The Rumba Kings.

I hope to see you there! Note: booths are about sold out, so grab those tix now to get the full experience.

Pi

Pi is at the very center of the human experience. It’s the number intrinsic to cycles. The rising and setting of the sun? Pi. The cycle of the moon? Pi. The seasons? Pi. The tides? Pi. The motions of the stars and the planets? Pi. Eclipses? Pi.

On a 2d axis, a point on the circle is represented by the horizontal distance (x) and the vertical distance ( y ). And there is an angle represented by how far you’ve traveled around the circle. There is a connection to this angle and the coordinates. If the angle is t, then your location on the circle is (cosine t, sine t). When you travel half way around the circle, you’ve traveled pi radians, and a full circle is 2pi radians. Then, the cycle repeats again as you travel around again.

I think we’re all familiar with the sine wave. It’s the vertical component of your location as you move around a circle. If you graph just that motion, you see a beautiful periodic wave that cycles forever, every distance of 2pi.

You can transform the sine wave to fit different kinds of periodic data. The stock market? Pi. Infection rates? Pi. Roller coaster paths? Pi. The length of a river? Pi. Biological mechanisms defining stripes on a zebra? Pi. A swing set? Pi. Your car’s transmission? Pi. The shocks on your car? Pi. Your steering wheel? Pi. The famous Euler probabilistic curve? Pi. Sound waves? Pi. Square waves used in synthesizers? Pi. Anything and everything cyclical involves Pi. Happy Pi Day!

New Stereo Creeps just dropped – “Goat Sounds”

My band Stereo Creeps just dropped another track as part of a split video release with Suitcase. These were both recorded by Don Farwell at Earwig, and the double video was done by Lance Hofstad at Don’s house.

Part 1 is Goat Sounds: a medley of Dumb Prayer (composed by myself), Faded (featuring yours truly on theremin), and closing with the psych-punk Talking to Brian. Yeah, we were going through a Brian Wilson phase.

Part 2 is Brothers of the Deep, by Suitcase. This is probably the heaviest thing I’ve ever heard from these song writing geniuses.

The video is now live over at Second & Montana. Check it out!

Trading cards

This is weird, but Sean Moe from Stereo Creeps put together a deck of trading cards including myself plus the rest of the band, plus all the bands and friends in our scene. I never expected to be a trading card. They were very careful to get a really bad photo of me where I’m scowling, just to kind of make the situation perfect. The cards come with gum. And a download code for a compilation of music from all the bands. And then all 150 of them sold out in a week. So, I guess I’m just documenting this here because the whole situation is unexpected and surreal and I needed to share.

You can go and download the compilation without the deck. It’s actually a really good set of music, and the song order was carefully curated like a mixtape, so enjoyable to play all the way through.

Check it out!

Iktsaurpok – Alone Forever In An Empty Universe

Okay folks, here’s an update to the demo version of Iktsaurpok. I got some great feedback on the demo, and I spent some time cleaning things up and tweaking the mix, and here is the finished version! Thanks for following along on this journey. I hope you enjoy seeing the process as I post multiple versions of music on SoundCloud as I progress through the production process. I don’t know when this will get released broadly, but I suspect that this will get rolled into the next Robort release. Click on the link to go to soundcloud and read the full details. Thanks again for listening!