The KBD Sonic Cooperative

Est. 2006

2/8/2021: A Collaboration.

A few weeks ago our comrade, Matt Bahnsen, asked us to collaborate with him on a track for his ever shapeshifting project, Sacred Canopy. This was a no-brainer, and we immediately set to the task. Normally, we're a one take "whatever happens, happens" organization, allowing for all the variables to manifest in ways that challenge and ultimately undo any expectations of the piece that we may have had upon setting off.

Not this time. We did take after take, trying to complement the sense of space and openness of the track. Upon finally getting a take that did justice to the concept, we passed it back to Matt, who was kind enough to post it as part of his collaborative series here.

Thanks, Matt. It was an honor.

1/15/2021: Spinning Wheel Doctrine

Another Friday, another new KBD(uo) track.

In the midst of plague and fascist insurrection, it's hard to keep forward momentum. The constant stream of bad news that creeps in through the cracks is enough to slow the most optimistic of us to a crawl, if not a complete standstill. In such circumstances, it's okay to turn inward, and turn away for a while. This one is more patient than some of the previous attic sessions. It's got less bombast, and more balanced development of themes, that come and go in a circular array. Maybe it's a subconsious counterpoint to the news of the day, or maybe not; who's to say?

Here's a forty five minute sonic excursion to realign yourself with. "This wheel's on fire, rolling down the road... "

12/18/2020: Immersion/Escape

Another post, another new track.

So much of our playing after nearly fifteen years (!) moves between the poles of tension and release. We often end where we wish we had started, because it’s at the conclusion that we find balance and focus through the catharsis of playing. To start off a piece like this is difficult; the energy of the day and/or the week needs an outlet, and our instruments are such effective tools of liberation. It’s exhilarating to make sound, but to quiet ourselves is sometimes the better option, as difficult as it might be. This way, when it comes time to fill out the spaces in between the sounds, there’s a purpose to everything that happens.

9/25/2020: Alloys No. 6 [Metallurgy].

We've uploaded a new 30+ minute track from a particularly satisfying attic session last night. While our get togethers have been irregular since March (as with everything else, for that matter), we were happy with the playback and thought it worth sharing.

The session was all flow; we fell right into sonic conversation almost as if we were in the middle of a tour. From there, as is usual, things progress, regress, and digress before coming to a conclusion. The dynamics are particularly pronounced, and the course of sonic events unfolds pretty naturally.

In the absence of shows at present, click this link, sit down in front of your system, turn it up, and take a ride.

8/10/2020: Pandemic Overhaul.

Seeing as to how we aren't going on tour any time soon, it seemed a good time to get this site updated. Honestly, there were no plans to do this, but a notice from Google that our comfortable old site design was getting kicked to the curb in November prompted a revision. So, here it is. Essentially the same, but different.

We'll make some changes, adjustments, and improvements as we figure out the new options, but in the meantime this is a pretty good representation of our past and present. We're still at it, playing when the need to push sound through air overtakes our fear of the plague, and we look forward to a return to regularity, the road, seeing old friends and making new ones along the way.

In the meantime, stay healthy and look after each other. Thanks for stopping by.