Today, Second Land has released their first, eponymous album. Second Land is an audio/visual collective whose revolving membership currently includes Luke Hazard, Curt Seiss, Dani Seiss and me, Dylan Kinnett. We use a vast array of vintage tape machines, acoustic instruments and electronic devices to perform an improvisational live set.
The album Second Land was made in 2006 by the two founding members, Luke Hazard and Curt Seiss. Most of the recording was done in one night with a photo Theremin, a NAB cartridge machine, and some effects pedals. While the album is very much an ambient experience, it is layered with sampled sounds to create something that is as easy to listen to as it is difficult to exactly describe.
The album was produced in a limited and oddly-numbered first edition of 29. Each CD is packaged with photographs cut from an old textbook and pasted on paper from a record book, making each one unique. If you aren't lucky enough to have one of the only 29 copies of this album in existence, fear not, because you can listen to samples of the album online. If you like what you hear, you can buy a copy of Second Land from Earstroke Records for only 9 dollars.
Sonic Circuits Performance
In addition to the album release today, we performed at the pre-festival event for Sonic Circuits, a week-long festival of experimental music in Washington D.C.. The Sonic Circuits festival has been a cornerstone of the region's experimental music scene for nine years now, prompting the Washington Post to ask: "Washington has an experimental music scene?" , Second Land played their first headlining event tonight in Silver Spring, MD to celebrate a CD release party for the Sonic Circuits District of Noise Vol. 2 compilation on which Second Land appears, along with the many of D.C.'s experimental artists.
We'll be performing next Saturday as well, at a location to be announced.