I hope you are doing well. There’s a lot going on in the world with the viral/economic apocalypse & I’ll talk about that in a bit, but first I’ll give you the Silber news.
We finally finished Droneuary 2020 with it going all the way until March 31. 91 tracks & over 16 hours of music. You can hear most of it on Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/user/silberspy/playlist/45NXvsMgDQ2c9a0rB7LK0G (a few tracks are missing for various reasons) or it’s available for free download on Bandcamp – http://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/album/droneuary-2020 I know a lot of you these days don’t download at all & use the Bandcamp library feature & if you are in that group let me know & I’ll give you a free code if you agree to pass along a few free codes for your friends.
Meanwhile we started a daily free field recording series entitled April Fields. Varying from harsh industrial noise to ambient beauty, it is quite a diverse collection. It already looks like it will be spilling into May & people wanting to take part is a sign of success. You can check them out for free on Bandcamp – http://silbermedia.bandcamp.com/
We do have upcoming releases from Chvad SB/Sans Fixer, Whalt Thisney, Small Life Form, Space Sweeper, Luka Fisher, Grand Kali Ma, The Undermasks, Vlor, & Phillip Polk Palmer – all of which would be out if all the time for Silber hadn’t been taken up by the daily releases. So I apologize for the wait on those both to the artists & the fans. I have bitten off a little more than I can chew in the past year, but I think I’m generally pleased with the results of having done these massive daily projects.
I also started this thing on YouTube where I read kids’ books as crime novels called Storytime Noir – https://tinyurl.com/storytimenoir
So on the apocalypse bit… everyone I have been personally in touch with seems fine. I know a couple folks who seem to have gotten it, but not that have been ill enough to be hospitalized & that’s a real blessing. Meanwhile I know a couple hundred people (including myself) who’ve been hit pretty hard by it economically. This is not the apocalypse I was promised as a kid watching Battletruck & Dawn of the Dead & The Crazies. No action & adventure & hope, all dread & depression & fear for the future. Will loved ones in ill health eventually catch this & die? Will my daughter have to wear a mask whenever leaving the house when schools & parks re-open? What are you supposed to say to your 4-year-old child when she’s in tears because she wants to promise you’ll never die & it’s a promise you can’t make? Will I ever play another concert? Will the venues I used to play at regularly all close down? Will the music & comic industries that already have been teetering on unsustainability fully collapse? I don’t know & it all adds high anxiety to an already stressful life & makes it harder to get work done. But there’s still hope. I’m small enough to not have as far to fall & pick up to continue on.
Stay safe & thanks for your continued interest & support. If you want off the newsletter mailing list, just let me know.
Brian John Mitchell