After years of holding out, the mikroknytes have finally succumb to peer pressure by acquiring analog modular synthesizers. John was the first to bite, he picked up a custom built modular Norwegian synth guru Rob Hordijk. Severe Synth envy followed, which resulted in Derek filling up 2 shelves worth of Eurorack modules in a “trendy” Monorocket Skiff. Both have started recording and here is a little taste of mikroknytes to come!
Watch John’s epic drone in Hordijk Modular in Space
Thanks to Marc Masters we have documentation of an early mikroknytes collaboration with Trance and the Arcade (Chuck Bettis) and Lostless at Black Cat’s Backstage on December 6, 1999. This was most likely the first time Chuck and I performed together before our duo collaborations which eventually lead to Brown Wing Overdrive 6 years later. The visuals were provided by Marc Masters, Gus Kyriacou, and Allan Callandar. My introduction in the video explains the concept for the evening.
Thanks to Howard Stelzer the Mikroknytes headed up to Boston, Massachusetts with EBSK (John Rickman, Eric Bruns) to share a bill with Greg Davis and Teenbeat’s Mark Robinson. We recorded the set and looking back its nice to re-experience where we were musically over 10 years ago. Enjoy the sounds!
At times… e-bowy banjo feedback – beatboxed to teethy violin squeak bites into leftover chicken scrap however mostly a pleasant mellow drone meditation consistently of gentle violin loops and filtered sounds.
This was originally released at the Sonic Circuits Festival, Washington DC, in 2006 as a limited edition CDR run, about 10 made it into peoples hands. The recording was made in the studio while the Knytes were preparing for their upcoming show with Phill Niblock.
Yes, its a very weirdly named record. In 2005, we were beginning our transition from a band very influenced by the studio to a band that allowed our noise improvisations and various chaotic synth patches to take charge. This is not to say they we avoided slicing and dicing in the studio, however our focus was to allow more of the live set to enter the realm of our recordings. This record also marks the first time that I began employing my Ciat-Lonbarde Fourses into ‘Knytes material. Take a listen here:
Armed with a violin, a casio keyboard, and a bunch of guitar pedals; the mikroknytes recorded a group of tracks at Christian Quicks Stillness recording studio. This release was named Spinus 99 and never really saw the light of day. 14 years later here it is:
Here is some Mikroknytes footage shot by Marc Masters at the Sonic Circuits Festival on October 8, 2006. John Coursey is on violin and Derek Morton is abusing the banjo and guitar. The performance was held at the Warehouse Theater in Washington, DC and Phill Niblock headlined.