back in stock as of
february 4th, 2009
first in stock on
september 15th, 2008
|melon expander (usa) #me 008 cd|
mitchell brown “celadonia” compact disc
- cherimoya zen (2:36)
- crustacean bike ride (2:01)
- kern rooms (3:43)
- untitled tree butoh score, region 2 (4:18)
- keymar (5:54)
- re-redundant (2:57)
- katrina’s friendlier sister (5:23)
- magnetic celadonia (17:12)
|september 2008 release ; first solo album by melon expander’s mitchell brown ...|
these pieces are anchored by mitchell’s synth-improvisations (listen to the sound-sample) ; song-length for the most part, save for the glacial closer “magnetic celadonia” ...
guests include petra haden, rick potts, leticia castaneda, bryan eubanks, and joe foster ...
|melon expander press release...|
melon expander 008
when los angeles native mitchell brown isn’t dj prof cantaloupe on radio stations kxlu or dublab, releasing albums of various sound artists on his melon expander imprint, organizing events or working with developmentally disabled children, he’s slowly nurturing many of his own sound experiments and projects.
selected from literally hundreds of hours of solo material and collaborations with fellow angelenos petra haden (that dog, decemberists, foo fighters), rick potts (solid eye, dinosaurs with horns, lafms) and leticia castaneda, bryan eubanks (ny) and joe foster (seoul, korea), this is the first substantial release of brown’s electronic and electro-acoustic music. working primarily with magnetic tape, analog synthesizers, organ, contact microphones, various resonant objects and signal processors, these extended improvisations were recorded and sculpted into compositions between 2002-2006.
at times the magnetic tape loop techniques employed seem to stem from seeds planted by pioneering tape manipulator and zen-humorist henry jacobs, terry riley and his time-lag-accumulator method or the one-man melon expander house-band, joseph hammer. fused with other electronic systems created to exist as sustainable yet pliable sound fields, these sprawling cinemas-for-the-ear can embody anything from ghostly distant memories to funhouse mirror refraction to enveloping shimmering cyclones.
since 1995, brown has studied the various behaviors relating to sensory stimulation present in the developmentally disabled children he’s assisted at a special education school. in some of the students the reduced capability to interact with others has them flourishing internally through self-stimulation of the senses in a solipsistic manner. resting alone in a dark room would be our suggestion for celadonia’s ideal listening environment.
paired with the equally analog-embracing brain sucking peanunanners’ “meta mega” cd that brown produced (released simultaneously on melon expander), these are the first 2 full-length releases from a very active yet slow-brewing bedroom studio.
brown has also recorded and/or performed with points of friction, paramecial wedding, joe potts, joseph hammer, g.e. stinson, tom recchion, albert ortega, loachfillet, john wiese / sissy spacek, johannes bergmark, smegma, ezra buchla, leticia castaneda, lionel marchetti, giussepe ielasi, jerome noetinger, barry conley, thomas dimuzio, kevin shields, los cincos/ syncopation, martian mellows and gasp among many others.