_for the last two years I’ve been making a record. it’s to a place now where we are going to start talking about it openly and I wanted to preface that a bit before it happens.
in the coming weeks my friend Joey Ciccoline is going to announce that he’s making a film. we worked together on his previous film, 88:88. after 88, I wanted to keep working in science fiction themes and I started quietly working on new music. as that amount of music grew, I sent it to Joey along with the basic premise behind it.
a year and a half ago I watched someone very close to me die from cancer. while this was happening, I kept going over the last 48 months leading to that moment and I kept thinking about how the limitless feeling that technology gives us will never allow us to outsmart the technology of the human body. I thought about how my memories will endure with me but even they start to fade over time. no matter how hard we seek that, something infinite or eternal is always just beyond our grasp and even if we caught up to it, would we truly want it? could something artificial replace something real to satisfy our natural need for realism? that is the crucible of this record and the part of the album’s concept that became the basis for Joey’s film.
the title of the record is wilderness. you will know a lot more about that in the next week. we will attempt to fund the film and the record using kickstarter. for me, making records is really about whatever it is that I create and the means by which I can create it. the goal has always been to facilitate something new and real, that tells a story maybe, but something that speaks to a specific time and place- past, present or future. to do this, there is little overhead involved in that creation. I found a pretty accepted set of limitations and I use those limits as a threshold to control the canon of MAVS music. filmmaking is inversely proportional to how I make records; working with a larger concept requires Joey to work on a larger scale, and that requires a larger budget. the record itself is a lot of information to take in. the film will help expand that experience. in the end, I have a lot of fear and uncertainty about releasing this record and what it means and is and became. that fear is important to the process and keeps it going. the film is the most challenging thing i’ve ever been involved with. it is my hope that you will trust in that.