Monday, December 31, 2012
The insanely detailed macro photo of my wife's hand that graces the cover of Merciless was included in Redefine Magazine's album art of the year list.
While inclusion in musical lists is always appreciated, this nod for the artwork is even more so. Three years of work went into finalizing every last detail of Sufferers and Merciless and I'm honored to see other aspects of the album(s) - they will always be a linked pair in my mind - get some attention.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
With more and more people are getting their music digitally, I realize liner notes aren't always making the trip with the audio. With that in mind, I'd like share the credits for The Choir, The Army and ensure these gentlemen (myself excluded for these purposes) are recognized for their awesome contributions to the album:
Monday, December 17, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I am not exceptionally familiar with any of these, but figured I'd offer up the links to anyone who does use them. Of the three, I am pretty sure Grooveshark is the only one that doesn't require a subscription of any sort.
And if you like what you hear, please consider picking up the new LP. Copies will be available stateside this week from both myself and the good folks at Experimedia.
A year and a half since I posted the last mixtape? Three LPs and a dozen other releases later, I guess I should get around to posting some more free tracks. The majority of the mix is material from my 2012 output, the rest is a collection of layered hard drive errata. (Some of those contain elements of larger works recontextualized, others are composed of unreleased odds and ends.) A couple collaborative efforts round everything out. Enjoy.
01. Omicron Meditation
02. Omicron Serenade
04. Baby, It's Cold Outside
07. Stalemate (collaboration with Daniel Menche)
08. Live Collage
11. Bedside (Coda)
12. Live Duo with Jeff Chenault
14. Omicron Meditation
The previous mixtapes: 07, 06, 05, 04, 03, 02, 01.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
So as is prone to happen these days, my new album recently popped up on some download sites of ill repute. It doesn't make me the happiest person in the world, but no big deal, it's to be expected these days. What I wasn't expecting, however, were the bizarre adlib-esque text files accompanying the links. Their mix of broken english and extreme hyperbole is ridiculous, perplexing, and hilarious at once. Some of my favorite clips:
Mike Shiflet will certainly be leaving the Pitchfork awards with a lot of rewards. Their audio sounds fantastic and many tracks have already become hits on stereo plus in night clubs around the globe.
...you will be one step nearer to listening to the new rhythm of the MP3 songs created by your favorite musician, Mike Shiflet.
As you know, we've all been waiting for ?The Choir, The Army? Digital Download version.
You will certainly take pleasure in listening to the Disc, exactly like countless other fans are already doing. Those tunes are great for any special event plus your mates will frantically party to the groove of the song.
You will find numerous temptations online such as irrelevant leaks which might debase any artist, inclusive Mike Shiflet. However, The Choir, The Army by Mike Shiflet promises to make hysteria among listeners.
Almost all music artists are accustomed to these leaks. Still Mike Shiflet said that is quite exasperating to let pass the introduction of an project due to a simple leak.
And so on and so on. I don't even know what to say. It's a weird world.
Actual copies of the record can be bought here.
See you at the Grammys.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Two new releases:
Volume M of the Zelphabet series, in which the mighty G.X. Jupitter-Larsen is compiling noise artists and lumping them together zelphabetically, is out now. It features the fully realized version of Corrugated, which you may recall from this or this or this. It is a completely different beast than the versions presented on the Banned cassette. I'm honored to have it presented alongside a number of great tracks including two by my favorite Japanoise 'M' artists (nope, not those two): Koji Tano aka MSBR, who was a huge influence on and kind soul to me from the very beginning of my interest and involvement in this scene and Mayuko Hino, whose Mne-Mic album I consider to be the most criminally overlooked works in the genre. To share a disc with them is truly an honor.
Available now on the Zelphabet site.
Nature Seen is a new tape I worked on over the summer focusing on raw and processed field recordings. If you caught any live performances in the past few months, odds are you heard one of these two tracks worked into the set. (A live performance of Waxwing can even be found on the Free Music Archive.) That track is inspired by the song of a favorite new bird, the cedar waxwing, and the other attempts to emulate the bustling insect activity around the popular (with them anyways) milkweed plant.
Available now from 905 Tapes
I'll have a few of each of these available soon, but am waiting until I have all the new releases, including copies of The Choir, The Army, to offer them all up at once.
Monday, November 19, 2012
I have it on good authority that the phyiscal copies of The Choir, The Army are now in hand at Under The Spire headquarters and that preorders are turning into orders are turning into deliveries.
I should have some myself very shortly as should several fine North American distribution outlets.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe...
...the fine gentlemen of Australia's The Antidote podcast devoted several minutes of their most recent episode to a discussion of myself and the new record. Also discussed are Pete Swanson's new 12" and the new Pelt. A rather fine forty minutes if I do say so myself.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Speaking of the The Choir, The Army, a few write-ups have already trickled in:
Brendon Moore from Fluid Radio:
"Is this an ambient record for some post-industrial, post-human age? It certainly seems the sound of a thousand electronic devices turning in on themselves to create digital chaos. What’s scary is how calming it can all be. But that seems to be part of Shiflet’s point."
Read the full review here.
And, Ian Maleney on Thumped:
"It is a testament to Shiflet's immense skill with sound that such a strong emotional arc presents itself over the course of the album, reeling in the listener and opening up a series of terrain to explore."
Read the full review here.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
A nice - if slighly blown out - room recording of my set in Hudson, NY is available here thanks to the fine folks at WGXC. It isn't the highest fidelity, but it gives a good idea of what the sets were like on the recent tour if you weren't able to make it out.
A few other recordings might find their way here or onto a release in the near future. I need a little more time to unwind, listen back and reevaluate everything.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
In an attempt to keep the needle closer to F than E on the road, all releases on my Bandcamp page are now available for half off. Just enter the code unleaded when purchasing. Check said page to see all of the titles available. At half price, you can get more than one for the price of a gallon. Thanks for the support.
Monday, September 17, 2012
AE is on the air from 9:00-12:00
Streaming online at wfmu.org
24 North Colony Road, Wallingford
New Haven, CT
with California X, Potty Mouth and Mope
[edit: date switched for Philly show]
[edit: added info for 10.1 and 10.5, added facebook events for several shows.]
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I recently sat down with James Davis of the blog Local Autonomy and he fired some questions my way. How do I feel about Columbus, noise, and historical context? To take a quote entirely out of context, "dissatisfaction is a deeply embedded character trait." What? You'll have to read the full interview to find out. Please do so here.
I also have a couple of performances this week for those of you in Central and Northeast Ohio. Both will be pretty unique.
solo 12-string guitar performance
It Looks Like It's Open
13 East Tulane, Columbus
with Joey Molinaro, Dead Turquoise, Mosses and more
Wandering Cave at Ingenuity Fest
Dock 32, Cleveland
(behind the Brown's Stadium, on the 2nd floor of the foreman's office area.)
with Skin Graft, Plague Mother, Spirits and more
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Cassette on Obsolete Units
Available at obsoleteunits.com
Required Wreckers Split with Pete Swanson
Split LP on Amish Records
Available at amishrecords.com
Blurred & Scorched
CDR on Wachsender Prozess
Wachsender Prozess has a limited web presence. Email wp666 -at- gmx.de for ordering info.
And the pre-order...
The Choir, The Army
LP on Under the Spire
Pre-order info at underthespire.co.uk
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Mike Shiflet – Forgotten Somewhere: It’s a daunting task to think of where to begin when it comes to offering up a succinct summation of Mike Shiflet’s copious and exquisite body of work. Over the past eleven years or so, the Columbus-based musician has investigated a breadth of approaches to sustained sound, from slow-burning microcosmic tones that gradually shift into distinctly unfamiliar forms to more carefully coordinated layers of melodious treatments of guitar, synth, and field recordings that actively extract unorthodox inflections from such familiar sources. Forgotten Somewhere has Shiflet mastering both of these attitudes, the title piece constructing a nebulous, dusky fuzz of subtly gorgeous vibration while “Omicron Meditation” is a textural excursion into crackling, jittering snaps, recalling a piece of warped blank vinyl spinning from damaged speakers. This cassette is a transcendent testimonial from one of the underground’s most celebrated talents, hinting both at territory investigated on 2010′s acclaimed Llanos CD and earlier works such as 2004′s Xenakis Youth CDR. Pro-dubbed/pro-printed edition of 100.
Ordering instructions over here: http://obsoleteunits.com/available/
Mike Shiflet - "Forgotten Somewhere" (excerpt) by Obsolete Units
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Apologies for the lack of posts lately. Between taking on a new job last month and holing up for some recording, I've been swamped lately. Fortunately the darkest of days are in the past and I'll be reemerging in the coming days and weeks. Here are a few upcoming performances, collaborations in town and solo sets on the road.
57 East Gay St., Columbus, OH
as a member of Central Ohio War Coaliton
with Dream Team Ensemble, Jocyln Hatch, and more
Facebook event page
82 South Front St., Columbus, OH
duo w/ Jeff Chenault
with Bryan Eubanks, Cat Lamb, Joe Panzner
Milwaukee Noise Fest
823 W National Ave, Milwaukee, WI
with Jon Mueller, Jim Schoemaker, Developer, and more
275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN
A crow with no mouth concert
with Jusin Meyers and Joe Panzner
Studio Z site
Full tour coming up at the end of September.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
MIKE SHIFLET - Bedside (excerpt) by amishrecords
Monday, June 25, 2012
The gents at the The Liminal asked me to throw together a mix and I used it as an excuse to break out my not-listened-to-nearly-enough 3"s.
As state in my introductory text on their site, the 3" format is/was absolutely perfect for experimental music and a couple of my favorite recordings ever were released in the format. I am exceptionally proud of this set. Please head over to The Liminal Mix 17 page to stream or download it.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
I've put a couple old releases up on the Bandcamp site: Last of the American Sessions, the final recordings made in the US before leaving for Japan in 2005, and Shiso Epilogues, the final recordings made in Japan before returning to the US in 2007.
Stream them below and if you are so inclined follow the links to purchase/download.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Someone at Pitchfork fucked up twice. First, he or she let Marc Masters review my latest Type LP. Second, they forgot to edit out all the nice things he said about it. Go read it for yourself.
Kidding aside, I am sincerely honored. I know how hard it is to get works like this onto the site and appreciate Marc's effort to do so in addition to his kind words.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I recently did a mix for the website Secret Thirteen entitled Thirteen Years. You can stream and read a bit about it here.
The mix highlights one track per year of each year I've been active in the noise/experimental music community (discounting a couple prior alone in hometown and our current spin around the sun), trying to keep the emphasis on tracks that were a.) influential to my work and b.) made an impact on me immediately upon release. (This was especially important for the earlier years with numerous highly influential releases discovered well after the fact.) I am exceptionally proud of it.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Live collaboration between Ryan Jewell & myself. Recorded bright and early on Record Store Day 2012. Soundcloud clip (I have a new Soundcloud account, btw) features a nice chunk from the middle of the set and the entire performance is downloadable underneath that.
Download (23:50, 192 kbs, 34.3MB)
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
I now have copies of the Merciless LP in hand. If you'd like one, all you have to do is paypal $16 to monumental.documents[at]gmail[dot]com.
I also have some bundle offers with my other in-stock releases if those interest you:
Merciless LP + Shiflet/Panzner CS or Llanos CD : $21
Merciless LP + Omnivores LP : $25
(I unfortunately do note have any more copies of Sufferers to bundle with the new LP.)
All prices include shipping in the US. Please email if you'd like a price for international shipping.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
It Looks Like It's Open, Columbus
Shiflet/Kahns Duo (see here)
Time and Temperature
RCN Cave, Akron
It Looks Like It's Open, Columbus
Used Kids Records, Columbus
Ryan Jewell/Mike Shiflet duo
+ many others
Part of the Used Kids Record Store Day festivities.
I believe we are playing around 12:00 noon.
Fairchild Chapel, Oberlin
+ openers TBA
(more info as it becomes available.)
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012
The first copies of the new Type LP are available at Boomkat.
Copies should wash up on American shores in a week or so and arrive here shortly thereafter. If you're a fan from outside the US, Boomkat is probably your best option. I'll update when I have my copies and as they become available elsewhere.
Friday, March 16, 2012
In February 2005, the (then) five ladies of 16 Bitch Pile-Up and the (then) four gentlemen of Sword Heaven came together to form a massive nine-piece behemoth. Figuring audio documentation alone would not do this justice, we then decided to put together a book/zine to accompany the recording.
Seven years on, with both groups in whittled down and in vague states of existence, here is evidence (in the form of two audio tracks and 32-page PDF) of the day we compounded our efforts in true nonet fashion.
GB71_Sword_Pile.zip (71.0 MB)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
I very much look forward to participating in and providing a soundtrack to the March installment of the Open Mediation Series at It Looks Like It's Open here in Columbus. I will meditate with the group during the first session and perform some resonant pieces during the second, feeding off of (and back into) the energy in the room. If you are interested, please stop by.
Sunday, March 11
1:00 - 3:00
It Looks Like It's Open
13 East Tulane, 43202
We will begin with one 25min silent session, a short walking, and a second 25min sit with live sonic accompaniment. The intention is to create an atmosphere unlike a typical musical performance. Here, the emphasis will be on the somatic and cognitive experience of the participants. It will also not be a typical group meditation session. New and practiced meditators can explore the spaces their attention uncovers as waves of full spectrum sound textures roll over their consciousness.
Click here for the Facebook Event.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I appear on a new free download compilation from the fine folks at futuresequence called SEQUENCE3. I pasted my track below, but recommend heading to the Bandcamp page and downloading the whole thing.
And apologies for not posting in a month. Lots going on behind the scenes while the blog was closet. Wheels are indeed turning.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
If for any reason you punched gmby.net into your browser in the past few years the above message is what you saw, along with a note redirecting you to the archived site, now hosted at monumentaldocuments.com. Soon you won't even see that banner. I've opted not to renew the domain and it will expire in March. The archive will remain and both monumentaldocuments.com and michaelshiflet.com will stay up.
I wanted to give advance notice as there are still a few people who use my old firstname.lastname@example.org email to contact me. That will obviously be disappearing along with the domain, so Gmail, Facebook, Twitter or this very blog will be the best ways to get in touch if you are one of those folks.
That is all. Dry your eyes and carry on.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Merciless LP (Type)
The Choir, The Army LP (Under the Spire)
Forgotten Somewhere CS (Obsolete Units)
Split 12” with Pete Swanson (finalizing label details now)
Split CS with Joe Panzner (Rubber City Noise)
I also have a couple collaborations in the works that aren’t quite ready to be discussed publicly (but I am very excited about, one in particularly is in some very new terrain) and will begin working on my next full length shortly.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Wild Goose Creative
Fuse Factory Frequency Fridays
with David Morneau (NYC), Tone Elevator (CMH), Liminal People (Cincy)
2491 Summit Street, 8:00
It Looks Like It's Open
Live collaboration with Envenomist
with Keroaän (Phi/NYC), Joe Panzner (CMH)
13 East Tulane, 8:00-10:00