Dependable Theater

by Johann Moon

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I've been sitting on most of these recordings since my friend Mikey passed away a year and a half ago. I've had reservations about sharing them for this time mostly rooted in my own insecurity but I guess they're a thing now so that's that.. (?) They're mostly amateur experiments with synthesizers and field recordings adorned with whacky stereo imaging and obsessive modulation. They're not the most pristine set of recordings with hiccups and recording errors all around but they are documents of me trying my best at the time they were made, to make something that might be provoking, meaningful, uplifting or emotionally stimulating in any capacity to a set of ears somewhere in the world. If that set of ears belongs to you, I'd like to thank you for listening.

Track 4 titled "Fakey's Putt Putt" refers to a mini golf course in Chicago that Mikey used to hang out at sometimes. It was recorded with an accordion and synthesizer in Pleasant Hill, Oregon shortly after he passed away. Mikey constantly had to deal with a lot of bullshit whether it was with the police or his studio flooding or his health, etc. etc. but he always managed to be one of the more positive people I knew. He was the one who taught me this amazing game where you try and draw cartoon characters from memory. It was such a lesson in vulnerability, in trying to do something at the edge of your brain even when you know its not coming out right just to see where it gets you. Often your brain's rendition of spongebob or bug's bunny or whoever would be totally fucked but sometimes it would be energizing in a way you only could have achieved by letting go.--- When I listen to this recording I like to imagine Mikey as the really chill dog on the cover of the Pauline Oliveros record 'Accordion and Voice'. I miss him and when I see his tags on the bricks of a show house in New York or on a sewer grate in Chicago I smile at how he managed to sprinkle his soul literally everywhere.


released January 18, 2019

All tracks recorded by Johann Moon
Mastered by Cory Hanson
Casettes dubbed by Greh Holger


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