The 15,000 Day Boat Trip: now available!

posted: 10 January, 2010
I'd like to announce (with great pleasure) that The 15,000 Day Boat Trip is finally available! 8mm038lp

This is an LP that I recorded during my final year in Glasgow, in 2007.  It's one long piece split over two sides , and I have been describing it to people as "instrumental music".  To be a bit more detailed, Boat Trip contains similar concrète assemblages to what we did in Lied Music, but with a significantly less boisterous attitude.  I took a slow hand here and tried to focus on cohesiveness (despite the damaged/anti aesthetic) as well as providing delicate, slowly breathing spaces. If you know me, you won't be surprised to hear a lot of strings, though I believe this record is esraj-free. 

The LP is released in an edition of 300 by the lovely 8mm label of Italy/Portuguese operation (making this, strangely, the second consecutive solo release I've done on a Porto-based label [the first being the split CD with Spiral Joy Band from back in '07]).  Screened/handmade covers, hand-numbered editions, you know - the whole deal. 

This has been a long time in the works and represents a solid year of my musical life.  I'm really thrilled to have this on vinyl, and it sounds great (thanks in part to the wonderful premastering done by Rory Sanachan). 

I'm really sorry to any Americans who may balk at the high price of this.  Vinyl costs are rising, but even moreso are shipping rates, which almost seem designed to fuck over those of us who still love hearing music on wax. I have more thoughts on this (as well as the future of physical music replication for me personally) which I will spit out here some time in the future.

This should be obtainable from the usual suspects - I will edit this entry to include links to more stores as they become available. Mimaroglu Music has copies in stock and KFW has written a really thoughtful description that does a better job than I could ever do of describing my own soundworld.  Thanks!


Serious Introspection
with John W. Fail was a live show in Helsinki, Finland from 2015-2016. Each week, John along with hype man Justin Tyler Tate, interviewed people about their creative process and tried to deliver a direct, communicative experience about art and performance. We tried our best to entertain. No one is really sure why John hosted a talk show, but a lot of strange things have happened in the universe and this is ultimately pretty insignificant. You know, we did eight shows in the first season and it was pretty time-consuming, but we were excited to come back for eight more in 2016. It's all archived here. The show took place at Mad House Helsinki's Ihana Baari, and was free to attend. We've made videos available from all episodes of the show here for you to watch. The videos aren't always perfect and the audio even less so, but we hope you still enjoy them. We also will occasionally post audio podcasts when we get the time to go more in-depth with people, outside of the public show. The show is indefinitely on hiatus as Justin moved away and other projects took over. But wait, there's more! The for-profit arm of Serious Introspection is called SI Services and we're up for anything, really! Now that we all live in different places, it's probably going to be quite an ordeal just to have three white guys host your kid's birthday party. But please believe me when I say that we would really, really love to do this. We are still available, in theory to be booked for parties, wedding, bar mitzvahs and other events. We will come to your event and offer our services for hosting, hyping and media specialisation (live tweeting) for a variable fee. If you'd like to find out more about Serious Introspection, you can start by watching these episodes and seeing if it's your cup of tea. We have a Facebook page which we use to post info about the upcoming shows and videos as they are released. The hashtag #SeriousIntrospection contains the running stream of live tweets from our media specialist Ernest Truely (and anyone else who might contribute). We have made the show available as a podcast where people get Podcasts, generally iTunes or Stitcher. Try the Overcast app, it's really nice. So yeah, that's it, pretty much. We're trying to keep this page simple, if for no other reason than our cup runneth over with websites already. We will announce future events and SI-related matters here so feel free to check back any time.