Ep. 4: Music For Tree Climbing (with commentary)
Ep. 4: Music For Tree Climbing (music only)
Wherein we discover a variety of songs to to accompany you on your next tree climb. This episode is brought to you by the sound of the letter P and B, which are very tricky to record. Tracks include “Curious Jungle”, “Squirrel Commotion”, “Dolce Beat (Light Filtered Through Leaves)”, “Pink Blossoms”, “Biplane”, “Uhhp”, “Nature Kid”, “Proliferate”, and “Ebullience”. Thanks to Stacey M. for the idea.
Ep. 3: Music for City Walking (with commentary)
Ep. 3: Music for City Walking (music only)
Wherein we discover a variety of songs to enhance urban ambulation. This episode is brought to you by the words “homage” and “enhance”. Tracks include “Floating Over The City” by Podington Bear, “Gnossiene 4” (composed by Erik Satie), “A Piece Of Me” (sung by Esperanza Spalding, written by Chad Crouch), “Morning Mist” by Chad Crouch, “Gruyere” & “The Speed Of Life” by Podington Bear, “As If It Mattered” and “Going Forward, Looking Back”, and lastly “Beat Creatures” and “Streetbeat Heat” by Podington Bear.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’m no candidate for pro radio host (even in the trademark casual style of Ira Glass), so you’ll have to bear with me as I begin to refine my narrative skills. Having been a recluse for so long it’s nice to open up a little, but I’m also aware I’m on a slippery slope toward detracting from my music.
The solution? Two versions of each podcast episode. Borrowing yet again from TV/DVD formatting (as with ‘seasons’) one version will feature commentary (good for context and illumination) and one will feature only the music (good for repeat listens).
Ep. 2: Music For Daydreaming (with commentary)
Ep. 2: Music For Daydreaming (music only)
Wherein we discover a variety of songs to enhance daydream activity. This episode is brought to you by the words “pretty” and “classic”. Tracks include “204”, “219”, “Kitty In The Window”, “226”, “Wonder Happens”, “Snowpack”, “Gnossiene 1”, “Hollow Gold” and “Sad Cyclops”. All by Podington Bear / Chad Crouch.
Ep. 1: An Amateur Pilot (with commentary)
Ep. 1: An Amateur Pilot (music only)
The season premiere! Wherein we are introduced to the new format. Tracks include “Breezin'”, “Herbie”, “205”, “Crystal Boom Persuasion”, “Face First, Feet First” by A Book About Elephants and “Weird Doily”.
The kids are back to school, the TV networks are premiering their fall lineups, and the leaves are starting to change. And so it goes, Podington Bear has put his paw in the ring with a podcast format change that would seem to say, if you can’t beat them, join ‘em. The bear–who savvy readers may know is actually typing this–debuted with a podcast format that consisted of one song per episode and over the past couple years racked up about 190 such episodes. No voiceovers, no ads, no jingles.
Well bring on the jingles, because it’s time for The Podington Bear Show: the radio DJ style show where P Bear makes it up as he goes, sharing some of his latest tracks/compositions/ditties in a a 20-30 minute mix, every Friday.
A couple months ago a made this batch of songs which I kinda liked. They are notable for being different from anything I’ve done before: Ambient. Now I’m thinking it’s time to set the audio free into the world, so voila, Sound of Picture Vol 3.
Download for free, or suggested donation in the HUSHshop.
I also made videos for them. Here’s one for the first track, “Sad Cyclops”.
They can be seen in a continuous playlist here.
For more instrumental music consider downloading Vol 1 & 2; short, simple, melodic compositions to accompany photographs
Total bargain alert! We’re having a special sale beginning today: That’s right: 3 albums (aged 3+ years) on sale for $3 each, for 3 weeks only! This will be a limited-time offer with rotating specials from the HUSH back catalog. Available in the HUSHshop.
I’m going to be the guinea pig and step up to the plate with a sampling from my own discography over the years. Beginning in 1997 we have my only canonical vocal solo release, entitled Portland, Or. Jumping ahead to 2004, my band Blanket Music released Cultural Norms, maybe the snappiest offering from Yours Truly, and has the footnote distinction of breaking into the CMJ top 20. Pitchfork spake thus:
Crouch understands the difference between getting in people’s faces, and inviting them to come to him… he easily could have erred in the other direction by pitching headlong into the cultural wars. Instead, he found a perfect balance, and this is his most compelling album.
Five years on, I’m not sure if I understand anything really, but I am inviting you to consider owning this artifact and judging for yourself.
Lastly, the short-lived Toothfairy mini album Formative is an interesting foray which looks back and forward simultaneously. The lyrics paint a detailed pastiche of adolescence while the electronic palette is certainly an antecedent to Podington Bear, my outlet for instrumental ditties.
So, have a listen and consider for your collection.
Some of you have noticed that I haven’t added new songs to the podcast for the last two weeks. Just to give you a little insight, I’ve decided recently that as much as the podcast has served me well, my programming concept is a bit flawed. I’ve come to the conclusion that one song per podcast episode is not ideal. The reasons are twofold:
1. The way iPods and iTunes software handle podcast episodes is much different than songs in a library–given that most podcasts are magazine-like in format (dj’ed mixes, talk programming, etc.)–so one song just doesn’t cut the mustard for me as an end-user. Too many stops and starts, and too complicated to figure out how to just play.
2. It offers little incentive for a podcast subscriber to pony up for the songs when bundled into a user-friendly, high quality album format.
If you can’t beat ’em join ’em? I’ve begun testing longer-format audio programming for when this train starts rollin’ again.
In the meantime, I’ve been having fun with my anti-viral videos for my Sound of Picture project. They are not that intersting, but I think they’re pretty. I do them mostly to encourage other to think about making better use of my compositions for their own work. Watch a few here and consider clicking “subscribe.”
ps. And keep an eye open for Sound of Picture Vol 3: Ambient to hit the free/donation shelf soon! I’m surprisingly proud of it.