Record Store Day is an exciting time for music geeks. What better way to celebrate than to get some free tunes? Local sci-fi electronic group Episodes is releasing Partir Kaylan as a cassette available at Stinkweeds and online at Bandcamp today.
"Episodes is a science fiction comic group, so to speak, featuring Hideo 8 - an android [David Marquez], Yojimbo Billions [Zach Vogt] - the last of the line of a slave species of engineering super geniuses, & NDGT - a sentient spacecraft with it's own agenda," according to Hideo.
Learn more about Episodes and listen to "Spreads" after the jump.
Up on the Sun: Why did you decide to release Partir Kaylan as a cassette?
Yojimbo: EPISODES is about versions: of stories, of songs, of sounds. We wanted to do something for RSD, and Yojimbo Billions had a few dozen cassettes lying around, so we took them to a guy who does a thing and voila. PARTIR KAYLAN was created with a heavy digital influence, but a majority of it started out on real instruments in real time; so although the release will be mostly digital (aren't most releases digital these days? ba-dum dum), we want physical objects out among the populace as well. We are told these sounds are good for driving in automobiles, so we recommend that, if you need to burn it on a CD, do that. And: who ever was given a cassette in their life they didn't appreciate?
Hideo: Cassettes are an older media that is resurfacing as valid, and being used by independents in such a way as to bring the music to more directly to the listener from the artist. We use various forms of media every day without thought. We are interested in challenging the listener to go back to a time when this technology was used more commonly, or to a brand new experience. Humans should listen to these sounds however they may.
Yojimbo: Starting in the [summer], we're going to start the EPISODES onliney comic strip. Each strip will feature a specific track on the album, and the individual songs will be downloadable with the strip. That will be a bi-weekly thing, perhaps weekly.
UOTS: Why did you decide to make your music available for free?
Yojimbo: As for why, that is a constant subject of debate between us and the various AIs on the ship. The internet makes it possible for transmedia projects like Episodes Limited to exist, we can create and disseminate our ideas as far as they will travel. The downside is that the internet has created a musical culture where there is infinite variety and infinite competition, so until we build a valid following where we can charge for music but not feel like we're ripping people off, we'll do it. We want to share with our friends. Once you make a big enough splash in the culture-at-large then you start to get negative reactions from people, and that's when it will probably become something that need some sort of accounting infrastructure.
Hideo: Free is good. Sounds can touch people, take them away for just a minute, distract them from a negative thought or feeling. They can also destroy. Perhaps we'll put a price on it someday. UOTS: Millnnia came out recently as part of the RPM challenge. Why release another album so quickly?
Yojimbo: If you have something finished, why hold onto it? You just annoy the people who want to hear it by posting "album out next fall". Radiohead have it right, they say "it's out end of the week" and bam, it's out. We're just more prolific. Yojimbo would kill himself if he worked on the same 38 minutes of material for how many years. Not to compare ourselves, we speak here of quantity and not (necessarily) quality.
Hideo: We aim to be making music for many different adaptations: film, television, radio. Developing a swift production process is something we are progressing with.
UOTS: Will you have another album out soon?
Yojimbo: We have been interpreting transmissions of the circadian cycle of Kaylan (you call Kepler 22-b) for a few months now. We've already done a version of "Dusk" but that music is constantly evolving. That will probably be finished and out in June, hopefully. In June, Yojmbo will attempt to hibernate and, in failing to do so, will bring out the villains. By year's end we're hoping to convince Damon Albarn into letting us co-produce the FINAL final Gorillaz album.
UOTS: How does Episodes perform their music live?
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Yojimbo: We played some of the RPM material, along with some of Yojimbo's previous material, at a show in March at Rogue Bar. Just as the music constantly evolves, so does the presentation. Future shows will feature much more improvisation and experimentation, but you can still expect a lot of bass, big beats and interstellar neon tones.
Hideo: Don't forget: bass guitars. Two of them from time to time. And usually without a drummer or guitarist, which could change depending on venue.