Sunday, December 16, 2012

NB - R-435X

Thursday, December 6, 2012

RE: Christmastime Comp

So, if you check this blog, and you're going to be in Johnstown around Christmas, you've likely been invited to a party on the 22nd of December.  If this is the case, you are likely attending that party.  The initial post about doing a comp wasn't mine, but I like that idea and want to share a unique, creative, and realistic way to make it achieve compilationism. So, here's how I think we should do the comp...

We're gonna set up a room at the party for recording. Come ready to record one song, story, or poem of your choosing.  It can be new or old, yours or someone else's, a Christmas song or not.  Whatever you want.  (Do know, though, that if it's a traditional Christmas song, I'll be unchecking that shit on my iTunes, ha!) At some point during the party, go play it in the recording room.  No overdubs (the technology just isn't there yet), so collaborate with others if your piece needs more than you can do live. At the end of the night, we should have enough songs for a compilation to put on the site. Sound good?

If you're not attending the party and want to have a song on the comp, or if you already have something recorded for it, or you've worked sooooo hard this year you couldn't possibly express yourself artistically at a party, ha, send your recording to and we'll put it with the songs recorded on the 22nd.  You got 17 days from when this post was posted to get your shit together, which I know you can do.  I love you and want you to continue to be the wonderful artist you are, and I can't wait to see you and hear you on the 22nd.  Spread the word and the love!!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

NB - Rind

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmastime comp?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NB - Malformation Median

Compiled some older tunes that yinz may have already heard.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Jacob Koestler shot and directed this music video of The Meets ensemble. "Disorient" is from Even When The Time Comes EP, out 10/16 on My Idea of Fun!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Even When The Time Comes

An Extra Thing to Dust

Olivia & Brandon Locher premier a new collaboration called An Extra Thing to Dust. View the entire series at:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

iGNANT features photographs by Olivia Locher!

Foxy Digitalis!

Foxy Digitalis features the title track from the forthcoming free EP "Even When The Time Comes" by the Meets! Out 10/16 on My Idea of Fun!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

sb happy whip rx b

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

1. Waves against rocks
2. Rain against the windows
3. Treading on snow
4. Baby laughing
5. Birds chirping
6. Crackling open fire
7. People laughing
8. Leaves crunching beneath your feet
9. Cat purring
10. Church bells in the distance
11. Thunder
12. Wind passing through leaves of a tree
13. Piano playing
14. Owl hooting
15. Bacon sizzling
16. Sound of the sea in a conch shell
17. Pouring wine
18. Pebbles thrown into water
19. Fireworks
20. Choir singing
21. Steam train whistle
22. Popping a cork
23. Electric guitar
24. Bubble wrap popping
25. Whale calling
26. Fizzy drink poured on ice
27. People laughing/screaming on rollercoasters
28. Roar of a Ferrari engine
29. Cricket bat hitting a cricket ball
30. Bumblebee buzzing
31. Piercing foil on a new jar of coffee
32. Popping popcorn
33. Violin
34. Seagulls calling
35. Crickets
36. Fairground music
37. Formula one car engine
38. Arcade/amusement games
39. Crunch of biting an apple
40. Lawn mowers in the summer
41. Clock ticking
42. Opening of a fizzy can
43. Cockerel calling
44. Airplane taking off
45. Underground train approaching
46. Kettle boiling
47. Crowds chanting at a football match
48. Clatter of coins
49. Tea spoon clinking
50. Clapping

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Matthew Dear by Olivia Locher (2012)

While I listen to my current soundscape I generally try to first establish hearing the keynote sound. This being the anchor or fundamental tone and although the material may modulate around it, it is in reference to this point that everything else takes on its meaning. The psychologist of visual perception speaks of "figure" and "ground," the figure being that which is looked at while the ground exists only to give the figure its outline and mass. But the figure cannot exist without its ground; subtract it and the figure becomes shapeless, nonexistent. The keynote sounds of a landscape are those created by its geography and climate: water, wind, forests, birds, insects and animals. I always think of water as the main keynote of life. Water never dies. It lives forever reincarnated as rain, as waterfalls, and swirling rives. The rhythms of the sea are many: infra-biological--for the water changes pitch and timbre faster than the ear's resolving power to catch its changes. No two raindrops sound alike, as the attentive ear will detect. In parts of Australia it does not rain for two or more years. When it does, young children are sometimes frightened by the sound. On the Pacific coast of North America it rains gently but continuously on an average of 148 days each year.

I think of our sonic environments using two terms: hi-fi and lo-fi. A hi-fi system being one possessing a favorable signal-to-noise ratio. The hi-fi soundscape is one in which discrete sounds can be heard clearly because of the low ambient noise level. The quiet ambience of the hi-fi soundscape allows the listener to hear farther into the distance just as the countryside exercises long-range-viewing. In a lo-fi soundscape individual acoustic signals are obscured in an over dense population of sounds. On a downtown street corner there is very little distance; there is only presence. There is cross-talk on all the channels, and in order for the most ordinary sounds to be heard they have to be increasingly amplified. After the city settled down for the night, the soundscape, even of a big city like Cleveland, became hi-fi. I find it important to stop making sounds for a while and eavesdrop on those made by others.

When I'm recording in the field I enjoy taking mental notes and cue markers on my recorder of interesting sounds that may have happened by chance or strike my ear. I also take physical notes on my setting. I find it helpful to document and notate single sounds in the soundscape in order to get a better impression of their frequency and patterns of occurrence. This system is useful for the detailed analysis of isolated sound objects. Estimated distance from observer, its strength, whether it rises clearly out of the ambiance or is barely perceptible, whether the sound under consideration is isolable or is part of a larger context or message, and whether environmental conditions produce reverberation, echo or other effects. I find it useful to establish and document this information while recording because later when I'm in the editing process I have a much clearer understanding of the sounds that I've captured and how I can work with them.

If I'm interested in recording a large bell, my recording and samples would function best if the sound is isolable, and rises clearly out of the ambiance of the environment. While I'm recording I listen deeply to the distance, and always consider the amount of space between the source of the sound and my microphones. I'll often wear headphones while listening and making recordings. I am no longer surrounded by a sphere of moving elements, but become this sphere. By monitoring my recording I can clearly hear how these sounds are being captured and if the perspective and distance from these sounds seems correct for my intentions.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BLACK FAG covers Higher Fives

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pittsburgh City Paper reviews "Conversations, 2012"

Thank you Pittsburgh City Paper for the kind words and support of Brandon Locher's newest "not music" release "Conversations, 2012":

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Chestnut Tree

The Chestnut Tree programs via KPFT and ∃ radio features a mix of conceptual field recordings and electronic music of Brandon Locher from his albums: Conversations, 2012, Sleeping Music, Six Prepared Meditations, and more! Check out the archives here:

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Here We Are...

Over a year later, and this review finally came in two days ago. The Deflated Generation on Literary R&R

I take the editing comments in stride as I am but one man lost in inevitable existence wearing prescription glasses.

- Bell

Sunday, May 27, 2012

WFMU plays Conversations, 2012!

Imaginary Radio on WFMU played Conversations, 2012 by Brandon Locher over the lovely Windy & Carl Instrumentals EP. Listen to this show now!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Blooming Plants

Hey Yinz,

MIF's sister BP is soliciting submissions, ideas, collaboration.

Much like the game we played in our youth, anything goes.

Send things that aren't precious because you won't get them back intact.

USPS preferred over digital.

Blooming Plants
PO Box 2122
Longmont, CO 80502

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Hey, everyone!  In case you didn't hear, it's time for yet another Travelin' Javelin' Band.  That's where everybody throws their name into a name receptacle and starts a random band.  The song is written, performed for the other bands, and recorded all in the same night, and there have been some really great songs come out of it. 
The next one is on June 9th, a Saturday, at the Barn.  The plan is to have most bands outside - each around its own campfire - and then we move from camp to camp to hear what each other came up with!  But there'll be an electric band in the Barn as well so everyone can do whatever they need to, power-wise.  If you have Facebook, you can RSVP here:
If not, let someone going know you're coming.  I'm going. 
Bring your instruments and whatever else, and this'll be great.  You know it will.  So come.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yarn features...

poems by Eric Schwerer and P.K. Harmon! Read here.

Monday, April 23, 2012

pincushion, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

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Mariel Confetti, Olivia Locher 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mighty Still Posters

‎11x17, printed on vellum, 5 different color schemes, art work by Me. Comes with a digital download for 2 whole songs!!! Email if you're interested.

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Johnstown — Award-winning poet PK Harmon and avant-garde fiction writer Halvor Aakhus will be reading from their new and forthcoming books at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 at Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center.

The event is free. Donations are encouraged and books will be available for sale and signing after the readings.

Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center is located on 411 Third Avenue in Cambria City.

Harmon, a former Johnstown resident and Pitt-Johnstown professor, is a writing professor for the University of Guam. He has taught, published and worked as a director and actor in theater world-wide.

Esteemed poets Claire Bateman and Mark Halliday have praised Harmon’s new book, “What Island,” as “rendered in exquisite lyric tones”; “marvelous”; and “alert, humorous, and ever-ready to discover hope.”

Current Pitt-Johnstown professor Halvor Aakhus’s imaginative debut novel, “Book of Knut,” contains musical scores and oil paintings, as well as homework problems. Author David Leavitt has praised Aakhus as “the smartest and most wildly inventive young writer to come around since David Foster Wallace.”