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▶ Dakota Slim – Night Thief

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by DEVIN W. MILLER

Here’s a brand new song from the long slumbering Slim as he continues the construction of a new e.p. (CACTUS CROWN) and progress on the comic book/record remains steady!

Please visit THE REVEL REVIVAL for all projects concerning Revel Rosz (Travis Keats Ross) henceforth!

And of course, be sure to leer at WE THE HALLOWED for major news on the art collective/ religion Slim cotton’s to.

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SPARE ∴ SPELLS “NEON/NOIR”

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The new project of Travis Keats Ross (Dakota Slim), Justin Shelp (Elegant Bachelor) and Rén Rosz (We, The Hallowed) released their debut double E.P. on Halloween 2015.  You can buy/stream SPARE SPELLS‘ “NEON/NOIR” via every major digital music site. 
Or check it out here: 

NEON / NOIR on BANDCAMP

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SPARE∆SPELLS Debut HALLOWEEN 2014

My new project, SPARE ∆ SPELLS, is debuting at an epic hootenanny we’ve arduously concocted on Halloween Night (2014) here in PORTLAND, OREGON.  Here’s a “promo” with a snippet of “live” audio as well as a preview of my set-specific edit of the 1945 Film-Noir, “DETOUR,” that will provide the visuals for our unveiling…

and Here’s a flyer for the FREE debut designed by yours truly…

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PRAGMAGIK #3 (IT BEGINS)

PRAGMAGIK started principle tracking with co-producer RYAN STIVELY at his SAUCESOME STUDIOS here in Portland, OR.

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

Ryan Stively @ SAUCESOME STUDIOS

We began by making a library of junk percussion.  Recording small samples of STIVELY and I hitting various found items.  I then took those samples and sequenced the album’s accompanying rhythms using RECYCLE and REASON. Taking a track of sequenced percussion, we re-amped through a MARANTZ PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDER to utilize the tape’s saturation and adjustable speed.

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SAUCESOME STUDIOS (re-amping digitally sequencing through cassette)

I then went on to track some fuzz bass.

FUZZ BASS

FUZZ BASS

I laid down a soft electric, accompanied by a bright acoustic:

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Saucesome Studios GTRS

Followed by minimal drums to accompany the sequencing

The found tape I was using for saturation provided some ghostly samples

SOMNAMBULIST VIDEO JOURNAL #1

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PRAGMAGIK #2 (Halloween)

HERE IS A DEMO FOR THE NEW ALBUM “PRAGMAGIK”. IT IS WITHOUT VOCALS.  THIS IS AN INSTRUMENTAL PREVIEW.

HALLOWEEN:

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Performing Halloween Night At Good Neighbor in NE PORTLAND, 2013

 

The Halloween show was wrought with technical difficulties.  Mainly my live sequencing with a 4-track cassette player. The night conjured epic weirdness.  It caused me to go back to the drawing board and invest in some new musical artifacts.  I picked up a MARANTZ PORTABLE CASSETTE RECORDER (seen below) to perform my sequenced junk percussion live.  The process of found sound samples that are sequenced digitally, yet, performed through cassette has finally been manifested:

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I was able to give the new set-up some performance practice at The Habesha Lounge, here, in Portland, Oregon, a couple weeks later.  It was not as exercised as I would’ve liked, but was a success all around. Much adoration for my old OAKLAND wizards, SAFEWORD, for performing with me for a second time on their second tour of PDX.

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11/10/12

 

“PRAGMAGICK” has now become PRAGMAGIK” to customize the title borrowed from Marilyn Ferguson’s Book.  It is emphasized that these songs correlate to autobiographical revelations rather than topics from the text.

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