Epic Cliff Sketch

This video is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph and then sets that story to music.

This video's photograph is named The Amfitheater mountain / Das Amphitheater Berg, was taken by Marco Verch, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0).

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Spaceship Sketch

A quick musical sketch of a photo that seems like it should be part of a spaceship:

This video is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph and then sets that story to music.

This video's photograph is named Star Trail, was taken by Toufique E Joarder, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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Film Score For A Photograph: Star Sketch 1

Star Sketch 1 is part of a series of videos called Film Scores For Photographs, which are musical sketches that explore the story of a single photograph.


This video's photograph is named Star Trail, was taken by Toufique E Joarder, and is licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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Epic Review of The Big Heavy from Sleepingbagstudios.ca

This is fun! The Big Heavy just got quite a favorable review from Sleepingbagstudios. Check this out:

It’s a sad yet perfect day to discuss the music of Dave Wirth…so that’s what I’m going with today.  If you’re Canadian…if you’re a fan of The Tragically Hip or if you’ve been lucky enough to hear any of the poetic words from the mind/mouth of Gord Downie…today has been a tough, tough day.  A true ambassador & champion of creativity and expression is no longer with us…and it’s just fuckin’ sad man; it’s been hard enough to navigate through the shock today, let alone write anything at all.  I did the standard tour through The Hip’s catalog and exhausted my tears as best I could…and then I suppose I did what I naturally always do in times of emotional-need – I searched for music that would help me through it all.  This entire day has been ‘The Big Heavy’…but as it turned out, The Big Heavy was also what began to pull me out of the despair of the day’s events and shine a light on a path to a way out.
So thank-you Dave…I’ve been saving this record for a day when I needed it most…and today is that day.
It’s more than just a suitable narrative by the way.  Downie was misunderstood by many for the somewhat bizarre approach he found in the melodies he wrote…Dave has some of that same artistic courage in his writing that creates a tangible strangeness in the beauty of the music.  Also much like Downie, Wirth can be intensely poetic…and after the release of the instrumental record Flutters earlier this year – it’s awesome to hear him back at the microphone with his unique approach combining highly vibrant imagery in his lyrics with genuinely soulful expressions that give the words weight through the way he sings them.  Is everyone going to ‘get it?’  Maybe…maybe not.  I’ve been down this road with Dave’s music before…my ears are absolutely convinced that he makes truly stunning, gorgeous music from the heart that completely connects…but I’ve also encountered contrasting opinions due to the amount of artistic expression he’s put into his music before.  Some people dig their music to be different – some don’t…doesn’t make anything bad or good, it just is what it is and we all hear things the way we hear them.  Even a band like The Tragically Hip can be relegated to just one continent more or less due to those kind of signature sounds and uniqueness…to me, it’ll always be much more important to pursue your art as you see it, no matter where you end up or how far it takes you…be true to yourself.
After listening to Dave’s music for several years now, I feel like he’s always stayed true to himself.  Years back, in his old band Sprightly Moans, he wrote one of my favorite tracks from the indie-scene still to this very day, a song called “Love Is Nothing Without Eternity” that showed a much different side of his music…a side that sounds much closer to this new EP, The Big Heavy.  Certainly makes me happy…there’s a real comforting sound in Dave’s vocals that’s organic and real as it gets; he takes chances in how he expresses himself that way, but with a more refined approach now in his current work – it’s all paying off in the results.  I’ll advocate on behalf of “Love Is Nothing Without Eternity” until I’m dead and gone…but I also can’t deny that Dave has certainly upped his game when it comes to his confidence, production and performance on these new tunes from The Big Heavy.  What makes it exceptionally interesting to listen to is the fact that he’s put out a two-song EP with vocals after so long without…alluding to the fact behind the scenes that something about these songs needed to come out, perhaps if only to break the walls down to allow the rest to continue afterwards, I’m not entirely sure…but I’ve certainly been there.  Sometimes it’s best to cut the cord before you potentially take an idea too far, or again, just to be able to separate one project from the next, say what you need to say, and move forward from there.  Whatever his reasoning was…he nailed it; these two songs truly shine together and are a brilliant return to the microphone for an artist that truly belongs in front of it.
I’m not entirely sure which order these came out in…so I’m writing this in the order that I’ve heard’em, which I’d imagine is likely how it ended up.  I started with “Eyelids And Oil” and was instantly hooked; knowing where he’s come from in his past music, I knew immediately he was heading into a style and sound that truly works in his favor.  Again – Dave’s upped his game significantly from anything you’ve heard in the past through the amount of layering and work he’s put into this material…so while it might have a few sonic comparisons to what you know from his past music that make it comforting, inviting and welcoming to listen to – it’s also evolved into something that’s potentially going to last much longer.  If I had to take a guess as to the inspiration might have been on a musical-level here for “Eyelids And Oil,” I feel like it wouldn’t be a guess at all – there’s an incredible amount of Thom Yorke-like tendencies here…not the Radiohead stuff, the solo stuff…listen and you’ll hear it.  Particularly in the brilliant use of percussion that continually creeps into the mix of “Eyelids And Oil” – it sounds like rain on a hot tin-roof, changing, deepening and strengthening the sound as the rain continues to beat down as the roof begins to cool and changes the tone of each drop.  I obviously can’t vouch for that completely being the intention – but the overall result is bloody brilliant no matter what it reminds you of, it sounds amazing.  Listen to the layering at the very beginning!  It’s so damn subtle it hurts!  Right as the song begins, there are completely awesome things happening in the music that are threaded wonderfully underneath the vocals, and then “Eyelids And Oil” breaks to a simplified sweetness and brilliantly focused performance in the verse.  Punctuated by Dave’s vocals providing the main hooks without words and just allowing the music and melody to guide his singing, he sounds amazing in these moments…the lead is spectacular and the backing layers give it all such amazing personality, character, charisma and charm that by the end when everything is all combined together, Dave’s found himself right in the swirl of a real time-stopping, breath-taking moment in the emotionally intense atmosphere of “Eyelids And Oil.”  The way he makes this song develop, evolve, envelop and surround you is honestly one of the most beautiful moments I’ve experienced in music this year…everything is so immaculately subtle adding up to something so powerful…the progression of “Eyelids And Oil” and Dave’s choices here, the ideas, the execution…I think it led him directly to make the most stunning track I’ve heard from him in years.  Love the music, love the way he sings it – I love everything about it quite honestly…this is Dave at his best in his vocals and certainly in the lyricism…it’s minimalist music with maximum impact and real sincerity.
“Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth” takes a more traditional approach than perhaps “Eyelids And Oil” does…and I’ll admit it took me longer to get into this one by comparison as well…but by the end of several listens, I was pretty much just as hooked on this tune.  Pretty much!  I’m not going to take anything away from or tarnish the stunning awesomeness of “Eyelids And Oil” by pretending these two are completely neck-and-neck for me…close…but not quite.  “Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth” has a much more lethargic energy to it…not lazy by any stretch, that’s not what I mean; more like a comfortable droning, like being locked into an emotion, thought or moment in time.  Where “Eyelids And Oil” succeeds most wildly is in how it evolves and takes us on that adventure in sound as it develops, “Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth” takes the opposite approach by revealing nearly all of its cards at once in that sense.  Completely different approaches in the writing, both songs yield stunning results…just depends on what you’re looking for & what ya wanna listen to as to which method might connect to you more quickly than the other.  I’m still thinking I’m hearing the Yorke influence here on this track…I know that Dave and Thom have different tones, but listen to that mix of sweet haziness in his tone coupled with insightful, descriptive lyricism and try to tell me that there are comparisons to be made!  Beautiful use of the pedal-steel guitar drifting in and out of this mix…the music is almost all complementary here to what Dave’s doing vocally, which is the essential driving force in this entire melody.  “Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth” is the kind of song you have to hear instrumentally as well to truly appreciate just how much the vocals are bringing to this tune…which is fairly true of “Eyelids And Oil” as well…he does really well inside of a minimalist approach and finds the perfect level for his vocals to stand out just as they should when taking charge of the main melody-lines as they are.  His vocals have truly become an instrument in these new songs on The Big Heavy…and he’s really never sounded better on the microphone.  There’s a beautifully warm glow in the music and sound of “Open Mouth, Monstrous Teeth,” even while he details the melancholy and metaphorical imagery in his words…it’s all oddly comforting, creating a wonderful contrast between the sound of the music and the lyrics that brings about another highly memorable moment in time from Dave’s highly capable musical-mind.  He’s got the uniqueness in his approach and instincts that lead to authentically beautiful results…through songwriting that will truly last and music that always captures the heart & mind with equal strength.
I’ve got more to say about this…so you can expect that I will on the upcoming episode of the SBS Podcast, episode 035 coming out this week…check that out and I’ll tell ya some more details about The Big Heavy from Dave Wirth and play you one of these cuts on the show.
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Two folk songs that include choirs of background vocals, cellos, trombones, pedal steel guitar, and free jazz drums (yes, seriously). This record tells the stories of the self-destruction of a family after a loved one passes away as well as how two people willed the sun not to rise during a night of lovemaking.

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The Big Heavy To Be Released on October 10th, 2017

Two folk songs that include choirs of background vocals, cellos, trombones, pedal steel guitar, and free jazz drums (yes, seriously). This record tells the stories of the self-destruction of a family after a loved one passes away as well as how two people willed the sun not to rise during a night of lovemaking.

Release Date: Tuesday October 10th, 2017

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Two New Albums by Evil Gima and Field Spectra

Evil Gima — AES

This album consists of five songs without any rhythm but roll by like thunderstorms. I managed to capture a cloud formation in Santa Fe, NM that naturally fit the mood of this particular song on the record:

All five songs on AES are roughly the same: Ambient, without rhythm, and exactly what it feels like to lazily watch thunderstorms:

Evil Gima: AES
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Field Spectra — Austin, TX

Austin, TX by Field Spectra consists of five field recordings of nature in Austin. Recording locations included Shoal Creek in downtown Austin (the audio is posted below) and various spots in South Austin including the Golden Dome of Pure Knowledge. That's a really neat building.

If you're an Austin expatriot, this is the album to get:

Field Spectra: Austin, TX
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The End of an Era: Sprightly Moans Drum Set To Be Sold

It's time to let go of the Sprightly Moans drum set. Making this drum set was a huge process. I basically took a toy and turned it into a massive sounding, thunderous kit. I was super happy with how it turned out:

The drums were given to me years ago by my good friend Saba. She asked me to keep the hi-hats because they belonged to her father. Otherwise, I could do whatever I wished with the drums. I practiced them intermittently for a decade, and when the time came for me to create the image for Sprightly Moans, I decided to re-vamp it and make it into something a lot more intense.

I stripped the drums down to the wood; There was an awful cover that was hindering the sounds of the drums. I then sanded it to a smooth finish. Next, I whitewashed (not the urban dictionary definition, but it has to do with painting) the wood. Finally, I sealed it with one coating of tung oil. To help beautify it and improve the sound, I polished all of the casings and replaced all the heads with Evans clear drums heads of various makes.

From that point on, it was time to record. Jeff Olson played it on I Wanna Be Afraid, and all of the other SM songs. I used three microphones on the recordings. I have to say, we made that toy drum set sound like a motherfucker! Loud and unapologetic.

As time marches on, I realize that in order to embrace the future I need to let go of the past. This is difficult. I don't like the idea of letting go of such a beautiful, meaningful instrument. That being said, I don't play it and someone else could put it to great use. It's a fantastic drumset.

Goodbye Sprightly Moans drum set, may you find yourself played more often and heard on more recordings.

Dave Wirth Interview on Middle Tennessee Music

This is pretty fun! Just got interviewed by Joshua at midtnmusic.com. We talked about Flutters, music, creativity, and more:

Let’s dive a little deeper into You, the artist and your music. What attracted you to this genre(s) or style(s)?

I feel happy to write in a lot of different genres, but this record in particular was written over the course of a year, simply just hanging out and playing guitar. Sometimes a sound would catch my ear, sometimes a theme would come around. I was surprised because I’ve never really played something so accessible, so simple and pleasing. It felt extremely natural to do it.

What led you into this journey with music? And further, what drives you to push it out to the public?

I have no idea. I kinda think that the best music comes by surprise. I’ve noticed there’s a huge amount of time that I think about and compose music in my head before it comes around, but these songs in comparison were so simple. They came like flashes of lightning. I was quite happy about how fast they came along.

As far as the public, I don’t entirely know either. I won’t lie about it. I’d enjoy a bit of recognition, but it’d be just as satisfying if there were 10 people who dug the shit out of the record, listened to it a lot, enjoyed it, and hung out with it like they hang out with a good friend.

Who or what influences your creativity? Have your tastes in music changed over time?

Just about everything, everyone, influences creativity. I haven’t ever seen creativity as all that special really. It’s a part of my life, and the better I live my life the more flow I get. Creativity and living? Well, that’s just me living my life, being a crazy weirdo about music, art, and finding the beauty in picking up dog poo. It’s odd, but living a good life enhances my creativity. Living a good life also includes expressing creativity, expressing music, sharpening my pencils and practicing. It’s all related in some weird, backwards way. I’ll practice, I’ll write, I’ll study more music. It just won’t end. It’s a thread that is wound through every part of my life.

Anyhow, my listening tastes have totally changed over time. In high school: progressive rock and metal. College: indie rock and jazz. Grad school: slo-core, way more obscure indie rock, and modern classical. It always changes. Lately, free jazz, ECM records, Kraftwerk, and lots of Berlioz.

Were you trying to accomplish anything specific on this new project? Creatively or otherwise?

Again it was a surprise, but after like five of these songs were written, the theme of chill-ness became apparent. Just the experience of listening to a piece of music and not neccesarily being titillated by it… that seemed like it was how this record decided to present itself. I had no choice, I just followed orders. I felt like there were so many songs that instantly had that chill-ness about them right from the start. I know there’s people out there who want music to completely overwhelm them, and I am like that too sometimes. This record ended up having the feeling of a super-chill road trip, a lazy afternoon. I was delighted with how it turned out. Very happy.

What was the last song you listened to?

Uh oh… Mozart’s Piano Concerto #20. Yup. I’m a nerd.

Which do you prefer? Vinyl? CDs? MP3s?

They all seem good for something. Vinyl gives me the sound I prefer, CD’s are great for the car and used cds are a great way to pick up new music, and mp3’s are just for days when I don’t care to choose. They all have use. If I had my druthers, I’d have an entire room of the house dedicated to vinyl and cds and fuckloads of books, but that’s just not happening anytime soon.

How about this one…. Do you prefer Spotify? Apple Music? Bandcamp? Or something else? Why?

I can’t stomach using Spotify or Apple Music, but Bandcamp is great. Good, independent music can be found there, discovered there, and you can directly support the artist, which I do a lot of. I also like YouTube. Everything is on there, and I don’t mind the ads. I aint buying their shit and Google has no idea what I listen to because I care about my privacy.

Other than the digital era overwhelming us with access to an abundance of music, what is the biggest challenge you face when trying to connect with or find new fans?

The biggest challenge I face is simply to find and impress the gatekeepers to those fans. If Flutters ever got reviewed on Pitchfork (won’t happen, ha ha ha), I probably could pay the rent for the next month or two. They’re a hell of a gatekeeper. It’s hard to find anyone who actually wants to listen and give their heart to the music. I personally feel that all music deserves my heart, but not everyone feels that way. A lot of people feel attacked by the music they don’t care for, as if it were so horrible that a song we didn’t like ended up finding it’s way into our ears. Other gatekeepers are simply musicians who have their own different fan base. These days I’ve been making a point of collaborating with other musicians and artists, doing studio work, working on films, sending files back and forth online, etc. It’s been a lot of fun! Getting the music out there is cool, but I think there’s something to be said to just being really open to the people around me, what they are doing, and what I can add to their happiness. It’s more enjoyable, we all create music and post about it, and I don’t have to fight as much to get music out there.

Where is the best place to connect with you online? Discover more music?

www.davewirthmusic.com has pretty much everything I’m not totally embarrased about.

And tips for discovering more music? Try researching record labels. I spent years getting into Merge, Saddle Creek, Jagjaguar, KRS, etc. It seems like labels always have stuff buried that’s really cool, undiscovered, and totally unique.

Anything else you’d like to add before signing off?

Nothing at all! Thanks for the chance to get on my soapbox!

Flutters Featured on Middle Tennessee Music

Dave Wirth‘s newest album Flutters is a refreshing and much welcome change to the barrage of over-produced, over-packaged and typically over-thought-out music being released (and submitted to us).

A thirty-five minute journey with nothing but Dave and his guitar results in one of the most relaxing and “in-the-moment” records I have heard in quite some time.

For a more in-depth look into Dave and his music, be sure to check out our recent interview.

The visual accompaniment for the single Song For Hawley does an excellent job at setting the tone and giving us a glimpse into what we can expect for the rest of this sonically comforting journey.

Like a soothing Sunday drive or a breezy evening on the front porch, Dave Wirth takes us on a journey through simple, in-the-moment acoustic arrangements.

Consider me a fan!

…it was a surprise, but after like five of these songs were written, the theme of chill-ness became apparent. Just the experience of listening to a piece of music and not necessarily being titillated by it… that seemed like it was how this record decided to present itself… I know there’s people out there who want music to completely overwhelm them, and I am like that too sometimes. This record ended up having the feeling of a super-chill road trip, a lazy afternoon. I was delighted with how it turned out. Very happy.”

I’m delighted as well. Flutters is a great addition to your music collection.

Thanks to midtnmusic.com for reviewing the album!

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Flutters is 38 minutes of chilled out acoustic guitar.

Flutters was recorded by Jason Richards at ClockRight Studios, and Mastered by Eddy Hobizal. The photo on the cover of Flutters was taken at ClockRight studios, and is used with permission.

All Songs copyright 2017 Dave Wirth and Published 2017 Fire, Fire, Red Star Down! ASCAP. All Rights Reserved. Please support independent artists who refuse to put their music on streaming sites.