Sunday, December 5, 2010

Music for an Aerial Performance

These are a set of songs i put together meant to accompany an aerial silks performance.  We performed this at eyedrum at the 1st annual earball!

download the album here:

about the record:

all songs were composed and recorded by nathan brown at the holy amalgamation of his majesty's kingdom on earth using synthesizers, live percussion, violin, vocals, and a slew of field recordings taken from lyra class and the georgia aquarium. final mastering was done by the talented and industrious mr. christopher white (aka magicicada). keeping fairly true to the enead, the songs alone add up to 18 minutes. The intermissions put the whole thing at a whopping 20 minutes, however, so we're straying here just a bit :)

1. 01 (5:06)
2. intermission 1 (0:45)
3. 02 (4:21)
4. intermission 2 (0:47)
5. 03 (4:05)
6. intermission 3 (0:41)
7. 04 (4:37)

trt: 20:20

below are some pics from our live collaboration at eyedrum last month. i am playing synths, piano, violin, and drums. sadie is utilizing the double hammock. click on the images to enlarge.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Hopi Torvald/ Bryan Lewis Saunders Split

I'm happy to present to you collaboration #3, this time a joint effort between myself and Mr. Bryan Lewis Saunders from sunny Johnson City, Tennessee. Bryan's portion is a result of what he calls "stream of unconsciousness", rambling rivers of verbiage penned under the spell of hypnogogic haziness...sleep talking, friends....My portion on track one is a blend of field recordings and manipulated portions of sonic goodness already existing in Bryan's tracks..with a smidge of violin. On track two, i also threw in some recorder and synth for good measure.

Here is the transcribed text from what Bryan calls "Replicate":

You can bark
And replicate yourself
Or replicate what you
Whatever you want
Just not
In one oil park
For 50 cent
For everyone to see it

I eagerly want to be involved with me
But I just end up
Getting in the way

They probably just put zero in the computer
In the machine
Loaded everything up that they need
To start

He's fighting his cue
In about a month or two
Start shopping for opponents

It's a self-loading mechanism
Doesn't need humans anymore
Except to put in input and drive it around
Made Twitter
Has all the stuff for shooting electronic gods
And made Twitter's revenge
As a way
To queet sending
Of your great th
People are being too modest
Too revealed
Too kind
Spaced out
Too obnoxious with the mouth
Too uh

Right the Captain did it
So funny

Is a safety tool
A way of protecting the self
From things it can't explain
Things in the outside world
That's why I'm not protected anymore
Not really
Because in the fashion model book
I did everything
Makes sense and comes together
With who I am
And I don't need
To help fill in that picture

Get it here:

Hope you dig. And if you do, be sure to check out Bryan's live performances and recorded material, all of which is absolutely phenomenal.

The cover art is a picture taken at the edge of the cemetery at Tubb's Church of Christ, on King's Mill Road in Oakman,'s one of those civil war landmark cemeteries and my grandparents Erskine and Flora are buried there. Matthew and i once pushed this bully kid into one of the freshly dug graves.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hopi Torvald Mix 4

So here's yet another mixtape for your handsome little ears. Once again, just stuff i've been listening to lately. quite a few "long" songs on this one, but relax, gentle listener...chill out and dig. these are all nice tunes for sure.

get it here:


1. gary numan - m.e. (i can't stop listening to this 1979 opus...brilliant)
2. brenda lee - if you love me (really love me)
3. two gospel keys - i don't feel at home in this world anymore
4. able talismans - what was that thing (makes me want to do a new zealand mix..maybe next time)
5. sun city girls - space prophet dogon
6. jacques loussier - generique fin
7. sun ra - satellites are spinning
8. pierre bastien - omajosafir
9. tara jane oneil - howl (first lesbian crush i ever had...she's so amazing. anytime i've chatted with her, i've turned into a blushing blabbering idiot..haha)
10. the homosexuals - neutron lover
11. wire - ex-lion tamer
12. the who - tattoo (been sorta entertaining getting one...had to put this song on here)
13. lo borges - nao foi nada
14. francoise hardy - voila
15. guided by voices - i am a tree
16. tinirawan - oualiha ar tesninam
17. jimmy scott - how deep is the ocean (if you don't know who jimmy scott is, YES, that's a male singing..awesome)
18. the high llamas - track goes by

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hopi Torvald/Single Mothers Split

Here's collaboration #2! This time around, it's a joint effort between myself and my friend Woodruff, aka Single Mothers. He gave me a haunting whispery guitar and vocal track which i HT'd into a bleary racket (track 1) and i sent him a dark synth dirge which he turned into something really beautifully sinister indeed (track 2). i think the songs make for a neat little couplet.

get it here:

thanks, woody!

enjoy! and you cat's keep those tracks coming my way for more collabs!


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Hopi Torvald Mix 3

this time, it's a metal mix.

get it here:


1. gnaw their tongues - knife...martyr...despair
2. horna - wikinger
3. volahn - uno con kaos
4. de magia veterum - lifting the bridal veil from misantrophy
5. underjordiska - perished in tragic emotion
6. code - the rattle of black teeth
7. leviathan - massive conspiracy against all life
8. mouth of the architect - buried hopes
9. ophiuchus - fallen statues of virtue
10. coldworld - hymn to eternal frost
11. aderlating - rope, pig's blood, dead flesh and two candles
12. alcest - ecailes de lune (part II)
13. necrofrost - steel forests of my deserted dreams
14. enslaved - ground
15. ayat - the fine art of arroganc, pt. 1 (the icon and the cattle)
16. book of sand - crawling through sand, crawling through earth
17. fen - a witness to the passing of aeons
18. lurker of chalice - this blood falls as mortal pt. III

let me know what's been in YOUR ears lately.
again, if anyone has an issue with any of these songs being up, let me know and i'll take them down.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hopi Torvald / Magicicada Split

This is the result of a collaboration between myself and the dashing Mr. Chris White. He sent me a track and i added my two cents (song 1). I sent him a track and he fudded it silly (track 2). Download it here:

Thanks, Magicicada. I love what you do!



Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hopi Torvald Mix 2

Here is yet another mix of some stuff that's been filling my ears with happy times lately...this one was compiled under sleeeeeepy conditions late last night so it may tend to ramble a bit. regardless, it's all good stuff for sure.

get it here:

1. alice coltrane - journey In satchidananda
2. bailter space - the w
3. skeleton crew - dead sleep
4. dara puspita - burung kaga tua
5. nath family - sounds of the indian snake charmer
6. thinking fellers union local 282 - hurricane
7. bobby hutcherson - west 22nd street theme
8. jacula - soul satan
9. the bats - made up in blue
10. vinicius de moraes and baden powell - bocoche
11. bark psychosis - absent friend
12. xtc - roads girdle the globe
13. the better automatic - lunch money
14. kopernik - man, myth and magic
15. dna - not moving
16. uz jme doma - pot
17. terry callier - dancing girl
18. charles mingus - the shoes of the fisherman's wife

again, if anyone has any issues with any of this being posted, let me know and i'll delete.

let me know what's been in YOUR ears!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Collaboration Project

so i have a new party planned and everyone's invited! i want to do 9 minute collaborations with whoever has the gumption. the deal is, i'll send you a 4 1/2 minute track and you provide me with the same. i'll add to yours and you to mine and i'll post the resulting 2 song opus right here. and you can do whatever you want to with it. the point is to collaborate and bathe in the resulting serendipitous sonic pool! so send me your tracks or send me your contact info and i'll send one to YOU. or simply post a link as a comment on this page.

i look forward to whatever comes out of this!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hopi Torvald Mix 1

So i decided to make start making some mix tape kinda things on here...just to share...and hopefully you'll share some music with me, too! please do...let me know what you've been listening to.

this is a snippet of some stuff i've been listening to lately. it's just in alphabetical order and is pretty all over the place.. download the .zip file and enjoy! it's all good stuff!

get it here:

1. asa chang and junray - senaka
2. astrud gilberto with walter wendalay - tristeza (goodbye sadness)
3. babe ruth - the mexican
4. bill fay - omega day
5. celso murilo - look for star
6. chant of the magic healer, recorded in the amazon, 1912
7. cybe - kupu, kupu, kupu
8. delia derbyshire - sea
9. dwaram venkataswa - Raghuvamsa Sudha
10. fanzine - llegas tarde
11. graeme revell - the sleeping sickness
12. haitian vodou (from spirits of life) - erzulie - ti jean
13. lars hollmer - inga pengar
14. milton nascimento - faixa
15. roberto cacciapaglia with anne steel - find your way
16. space art - juares
17. sven libaek - music for eels
18. xex - st. vitus' dance

if you want to know more or whatever, just ask. also, if anyone has an issue with any of this being here for download, let me know and i'll take it down.

Saturday, June 26, 2010


i just recently completed this, my first solo effort under the hopi torvald nomenclature. there are 9 songs and the whole thing is exactly 36 minutes long.

i did two links, one for wav files, the other for mp3s...just in case someone wants crisp versions that they can convert however they please.



below, i'm gonna actually dork out and walk you through the songs a little won't hurt my feelings if you skip over my candid ramblings... :)

1. thoughts of haiwasee - i created this song under the hazy influence of muddled romance. one of those "if you can't be with the one you love" situations...the person i was seeing was in love with another who she could not be with and during this time i had realized that i was trying to make it work because i was going through the same thing with someone else...of course things work out in wonderful, interesting ways, but those times were mos def pretty wacky...the crumbling synth washes with its barely-there melody are all about those hazy somnambulist ideals you can have when creating an image of someone in your head...all of it building up and vanishing in an instant, swapped out with an unexpected period of clarity, here represented by the happy little outro...

2. i hate you, the spectre - sometimes i feel like im being haunted by a grim spectre...a dark apparition who maintains vigil just behind me and over my shoulder...i'm ultimately responsible for my own actions, but i can't help feeling a dark influence, especially when i look back at certain times/behaviors and they seem like they belong to a completely different person. fresh off the heels of a nightmarish relationship, i wrote this song in anger...i was angry not at the trifling girl who caused me woe, but at myself and my spectre for allowing it to go on for as long as it did...this song was recorded very raw and i allowed it to stay in the red...just a warning to your pretty little ears...oh, and it has explicit lyrics.

3. from russian fields to cattle slope - this song is about nostalgia for place...i grew up in an area that essentially had no name. we had an Oakman, Alabama address, but the stretch of land our house was on had no official title...i've heard it called King's Mill, McCollum, and more archaically...Russian Fields...apparently, long ago, the land was occupied by a family with the last name Russian and they used it for farming. my friend matthew and i used to ride bikes to each other on the back roads behind my house...the place in the middle, where we'd invariably meet up...we called it Cattle Slope...where the one lane road dipped gently between two lovely cow pastures....anyway, though you may not sense the climes of backwoods alabama while hearing this song, i think that there is a pining in there, a sympathy for the past, punctuated by the sounds of my little nephew anderson..part of the next generation of youngins who will frolic through the russian fields...

4. dry flies barter for sleepy propaganda - this was my first foray into manipulated field recordings, done years ago...basically the sound of a washing machine recorded to tape and manipulated through a dictaphone machine i got at a thrift store that day. this reminds me of first moving to atlanta and, along with jason pratt and jennie, opening my mind up to new ideas in musical exploration. it kinda reminds me of the sounds of cicadas, also...they shed their exoskeletons and leave them clinging to trees early in their lifespans....back home we used to find them all over, hanging on to pine trees, and we would stick them on our clothes. my dad called them dry flies.

5. yours and mine - one of my many explorations using just a bass and vocals. a short song that really doesn't require a writeup, since it would most likely be longer than the song...

6. fortunes derived from a singular hearth anvil - this little ditty was concocted from a wide variety of source material...sounds from my parents house over christmas time, crowd sounds from karl kendrick's wedding reception, and house noises from chris white's, friends, and fraternity...i wanted to see how minimal i could actually work...few parts, few structural elements...ended up being a pleasant little mess i think...though it doesn't seem to go anywhere...

7. wolfmen bite - this song is about different types of changes...i wrote this song years ago, on the day that my nephew elijah was born to my youngest sister nicole. i remember being absolutely charmed to have a new critter in the family...anyway, yeah, the alterations due to innocence, the unexpected change of lunar induced shape-shifting, and the everyday changes that go unnoticed, often due to mundane distractions...i don't think i've ever done anything with this song before and figured i should include it here...

8. delusions of right on - this song is the one i kept having issues with. mixing issues...i was gonna just scrap it and do a new song but then i felt compelled to include it BASED on the merit of its flaws. the song is quite a mess, but then again, so was i the day that i put it together. partly inspired by seeing carnival of souls that morning and getting all yowsers over gene moore's delicious soundtrack, partly inspired by the newly awakened incarnation of the that time a product of libations and sleep deprivation...anyway, there's a little anger in this one...

9. wetland oracle makes good - another attempt at minimalism...there are two sounds on here...a dolly from work and an ambient room recording. i tried to play with the ambient sounds so that they shift and undulate in the full pan spectrum and really, once i started messing with that, i didn't really want to do much else to the can start to hear phantom sounds in the shifting white blur which can either be soothing or unsettling...headphones recommended for sure...

about the cover art: the photo was taken on the first night of our first big snow this year...i didn't have to do much to the photo because the colors were already so stunning...the sky seemingly on fire from the not-so-distant downtown atlanta lights...the view is from my backyard looking towards the street.

anyway, hope you enjoy.