"Gray" was recorded in a few weeks in late 2014 with the intention of creating a series of related but unique pieces which evoke feelings from the titular color palette. The underlying concept was to capture the feeling of drab, rough, nearly monotone paintings in miniature sound pieces using two elements: found tape loops of classical music and artist-generated tape loops containing static noise. Loops were processed and organized digitally, but nearly all sonic elements and artifacts were subject to stages of organic growth and decay in their lives as listened-to home cassettes as well as in repurposed form after being discarded by their original owners.
Composition of the pieces largely consisted in cutting random loops from hours of cassettes found on 3rd Ave and Cornwall in the Inner Richmond district of San Francisco and deciding which warranted further processing and possible inclusion in the album. The album is chronologically organized as the series of finished pieces emerged, which reflects many of the instinctful and seemingly arbitrary decisions experimental artists are faced with constantly: for how long should this loop run? which textures and equalization/compression settings are appropriate? and so forth.
Knowing ahead of time that I would release the series chronologically impacted decisions in atmosphere and composition length as I worked. In most cases, I opted for vignettes to present a taste of each sound environment, but nothing more, leaving the listener to move from one "painting" to the next as one might in a gallery and to present a variety of varying scales and levels of immersion.
Thanks is due to Soun Records for offering to release this series, and to Danny Clay for inspiration and feedback during the making of the piece.