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Fall 2017

Hi gang!

Hope all is well everywhere that you are.  Lots and lots going on here, so if that's alright with you, I shall tell you about it.

First off, and most pressingly:


embral, the duo of Charles Shriner (dRachEmUsiK) & myself, is hitting the road for a  10 day journey all over the Midwest starting next week.  We're treating this as sort of an R&D mission -- playing all new and/or improvised music as work in progress for our next studio release, which we plan to record over the winter.

We're coming back to some familiar towns, as well as having our first visits to several new ones.  Details below, or on the Facebook event page HERE.

Detroit, MI @ Trinosophes
w/ Devotional

Chicago, IL @ Slate Arts
w/ Rasplyn, Derek Allen, Curt Oren / Rose Bouboushian duo

St. Louis, MO @ Foam
w/ Moonrace, Eric Hall, Alex Cunningham

Lawrence, KS @ Percolator
w/ Tim Kaiser, Battalion of Cloudships, Tensor Sensellation

Kansas City, MO @ Awful House
w/ Tim Kaiser, Battalion of Cloudships, TBA

Lincoln, NE @ Toothblack House
w/ Tim Kaiser, The Mighty Vitamins

Des Moines, IA @ The Fremont
w/ Tim Kaiser, TBA

Minneapolis, MN @ Eagles 34
w/ Tim Kaiser, Dahlheimer, Mount Curve

La Crosse, WI @ Old Towne Strings

La Crosse, WI @ Cavalier Theater

Lafayette, IN @ Spot Tavern
w/ Health & Beauty, Matt Schneider, Wooden Highway

We're linking up with our pal Tim Kaiser for a little over half the dates, which is exciting.  And we'll have some new merch, including a new super-limited-edition tour EP, and some cool new shirts.  If you're in any of the places we're headed, we'd love to see you. 


Last fall's epic three-way onewayness / dRachEmUsiK / Modulator ESP tour produced tons and tons of new music. And there's been a lot of it that we've found exciting enough to release.  Early in the year, I put out a solo release called onewayness was here, and embral released one called Permute. We've talked about those before. And now, in the last month or two, we've done two more. Dig:

Orbital Transits is the second full-length duo collaboration between myself and Jez Creek (Modulator ESP).  From our hours of live recordings, we took our three favorite segments and some linky bits and stitched them together into a continuously flowing 65-minute space trip.  For those who heard (and hopefully enjoyed) our previous effort Astral Bridges, this is a definite continuation, without being more of the same.  Still rooted in a foundation of modern/retro space music, but stretching its limbs in heavier, stranger, and prettier directions.  It's available as a CD or digital download, and you can check it out HERE.

Chamber of Hours is the second in a pair of embral releases taken from this tour.  It's one long 33-minute slab of slow-moving 3am drones to get your head right.  Also available as a CD or download, you can find this one HERE.


The long-in-the-works next studio onewayness album Random Oracle is down to the last bits of mixing, mastering, and artwork.  For real.  Charles is doing the mastering (and made some other contributions as well), and my pal Andrew Todd (Battalion of Cloudships etc.) is working on the artwork as we speak.  So, you can expect that right around the end of the year or the first of next.

Speaking of Andrew, we've also got a onewayness/BoC split project in the works, which is gonna be very cool, and we're planning an outing together sometime in the spring, in a northeasterly direction.  Watch this space etc.

My electroFLUX experimental music series continues to host shows in Erie about monthlyish. We've had a bit of venue turnover over the last several months, which has been a thing to overcome, but we've been able to find a variety of good homes for our shows. Lately we've been doing a lot with Erie Movie House, which has been particularly fun as it allows us to do neat things with visuals and live streaming. Keep an eye on for all the latest.

Thanks as always for listening. Watch for updates, and feel free to give me a follow on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram to see where I'm at and what sort of tacos I'm eating. Hope to see you soon. 

Love & Oscillators, 


Spring 2017

Hiya friends.

Spring is here, a-suh-puh-ring is here.  Life is skittles and life is beer.  Etc etc.

Lots afoot in my world to tell you about, so let's get into it.



Charles Shriner (dRachEmUsiK) and I have been playing music together since 2012.  We've done three studio albums together, a handful of EPs, and dozens of live performances.  But we're not (and never have been) me in my solo bubble next to Charles in his, as our past naming conventions somewhat suggest.  We're a band of the two of us.  And going forward, we wanted a name that reflects that.  So, I'm still onewayness, and he's still dRachEmUsiK, but now together we are embral.

We're going to continue to do the thing we do, just under a new name and visual identity.  We've got a nice little website happening at, and have hung out our shingle on the various social media outposts.  So, do us a solid, and go like us on Facebook, and follow us at @embralmusic on Twitter and Instagram, if you're into that sort of thing.

We've reissued our previous releases with reworked artwork, which are all available now from, and our first NEW release is coming in a few days, just in time for our upcoming shows.


Permute is the first of a pair of planned releases of new music recorded live on the road last September, with extended improvisations from performances in Lakewood, OH, New Paltz, NY, and Princeton, NJ.  It will be available as a CD or download starting 3/31 on Bandcamp, or at the upcoming shows.  Which is a lovely segue.

Charles & I will hit the road for a long weekend Midwest mini-tour at the beginning of April, with shows in Ohio and Indiana.  Details below, or on the Facebook event page HERE:

FRI 4/7
Columbus, OH @ It Looks Like It's Open
Fuse Factory Frequency Fridays Series
w/ Lea Bertucci, Tactil Vision, Gerard Cox, Mike Khoury

SAT 4/8
Fort Wayne, IN @ Wunderkammer Gallery
w/ Refugia, urbster1

SUN 4/9
Cincinnati, OH @ Witler on the 8's
w/ WRISTS, Marsh Sound, more TBA

MON 4/10
Muncie, IN @ Be Here Now
w/ WRISTS, Marsh Sound, urbster1

Excited to have our pal & collaborator Aaron Urbanski (aka urbster1) out with us for a couple shows, and also to be hooking back up with WRISTS, who we met on the road last fall.  WRISTS & Marsh Sound will also be playing a show here in Erie with me the following Thursday 4/13, details on that one HERE.

Also, will be returning to Asheville, NC for the first time in a few years the weekend of May 5/6 for Electro-Music Asheville, which is always a great event with a great lineup.



I played lots of new and/or improvised solo music on our fall tour that I was pretty pleased with.  I've collected the best of it into a release called onewayness was here.  It's 55 minutes of modular drones, late night acoustic chill, and abstract rhythms, and it's out now either digitally or in a limited edition of 50 handmade/numbered CDr's.  Grab one at a show, or get one HERE.

I talked last time about the Hypogeum release Anticline -- it's now fully available, either digitally from Ethereal Live, or as a nifty screenprinted limited edition CDr from me at shows or on Bandcamp.


I'm sure many of you heard about the tragic fire in December that struck the Ghost Ship, an artists' community & DIY music venue in Oakland, California.  For those who didn't, you can read about it here

This incident struck pretty close to home for me.  I've played dozens of places like this, and these kinds of venues are a big part of what helps underground music communities to thrive.  So I wanted to do something to help.

Ghost Ship Love Letters is a compilation that I curated and assembled, as a message of sympathy and solidarity from alumni and friends of my electroFLUX experimental music series here in Erie.  All proceeds from this compilation go to the fire relief fund established by Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) arts nonprofit in the Bay Area.

It's a really special and very diverse compilation, 39 tracks spanning 3 discs, from local, regional and (inter)national artists connected with the shows we put on.  There's a very limited quantity of 3-CDr sets (of which about half a dozen remain), or it's also available electronically, and you can get it HERE.

John Chacona wrote a very cool article about the project for Erie Times-News, you can read more here.


Lots of cool stuff coming up here locally.  Next week, March 30 & 31 is Penn State Behrend's Digital Media Festival.  My fellow modular nerd / young padawan Modular Moose and I are collaborating for two perfomances, one each day, in the Yahn Planetarium, with longtime electro-music pal Steve Mokris of Project Ruori coming to town for the occasion to accompany us with live video art in the planetarium dome.  Should be quite a thing.  And then we're doing an afterparty situation at Urraro Gallery with lots more sounds and visuals and probably a DJ set from me.

And later that weekend on Sunday, April 2, I'll be curating (and playing) the Sunday Noise Lunch series in Cleveland, which is an awesome series of themed events which I've taken part in a handful of times before.  Our theme for this one is "Approaching Silence", and we'll be exploring silence, stillness and negative space.  Excited to have some longtime Cleveland scene friends involved, as well as some new faces to me.  Details on the Facebook event page HERE.

And lots and lots more in the pipeline, including more new music, some scattered live appearances in scattered places, more cool Erie gigs, and more extensive touring (and recording) for embral in the fall.  Watch the usual spaces.

I know this got long, thanks for your time.  Keep an eye on for the latest and greatest, feel free to connect on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram (where I update far more often) for pictures of food and records and my kid being cute.  Hope to see you all soon.

Love & Oscillators,

Fall 2016

Hi guys, it's me.

The seasons are changing, so it must be time again for me to tell you about another new release and another tour.


Mirrors to the Bonfire, the latest collaboration from the critically acclaimed duo of onewayness (Adam Holquist/Erie, PA) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner/Indianapolis, IN), replaces the exuberance and emotional optimism of their last full-length, 2014’s Immeasurable, with emotional ambiguity and complexity, swapping comfort and joy for unsettling, but ultimately rewarding, drama and melancholy.

Mirrors to the Bonfire is a series of meditations on human feedback and the powers of interpersonal interaction. The three long tracks sculpt a polished narrative of conflict and resolution that cycles in and out of warm nostalgia and dark, uncharted territory. Dark analog drones and electroacoustic concrète clatter give way to extended melodic duo explorations for acoustic guitar & electronic wind instrument.

Charles (dRachEmUsiK) & I have a brand new album called Mirrors to the Bonfire.  You can read about it above, and check it out HERE.  We're really pleased with it.  A definite continuation of our previous efforts, but also a departure in some ways I think.  We found some new ways of working that created some really lovely results.  We're looking forward to people hearing it, and looking forward to getting out and playing some of this music.

The Hypogeum album I mentioned last time still isn't officially "out" via Ethereal Live, mainly due to them currently being based in the outback of Western Australia with limited internet access.  But I've got physical copies (and the other guys do too), which look super cool.  I'll have them at all upcoming shows, so come get one.  Or if you can't make it out, holla atcha boy and we'll work something out.  


Literally as I'm typing this, Charles has just released Tacopocalypse, a set of live improvisations we played with Aaron Urbanski and Jason Breitigan back in 2012 on the last night at bela dubby, a great Cleveland bar / cafe / noise venue, which closed the next day to become a taco joint.  Dig it HERE.  It's actually the first time Charles & I ever played together, and also about a block away from the venue where we'll play on Tuesday.  Which segues us nicely into...


Once again this year, I'll be hitting the road for some dates surrounding the electro-music festival in upstate New York.  This time, I'm going to be joined by both Charles Shriner (dRachEmUsiK) and Jez Creek (Modulator ESP).  Charles & I are doing a couple duo dates leading up to electro-music, and Jez has one solo date later on in the run.  But for the remainder of the shows, we're going to play in continuously varying solo/duo/trio configurations.  And we've got several epic radio sets happening as well, so even if you're not in the area, do try to tune in.  Details are below, or on the Facebook event HERE.

TUE 9/6 [onewayness + dRachEmUsiK only]
Lakewood, OH - Mahall's Locker Room
w/ Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Magic Murder Bag

WED 9/7 9PM [onewayness + dRachEmUsiK only]
Erie, PA - WERG-FM
'Fazed Cookies' radio show - live performance

WED 9/7 10PM [Human Flux + friends w/s/g Charles Shriner]
Erie, PA - Jekyll & Hyde's

THUR 9/8 [onewayness + dRachEmUsiK only]
Erie, PA - The Brewerie At Union Station
Arts & Drafts Festival

FRI-SUN 9/9-11
Huguenot, NY - Greenkill Events Center
Electro-music 2016
[Schedule includes solo sets from onewayness (Fri), dRachEmUsiK (Fri), Modulator ESP (Sun); duo sets from onewayness + Modulator ESP (Fri), onewayness + dRachEmUsiK (Sun); Adventures In Sound collaboration led by Jez (Sat), Hypogeum collaboration led by Adam (Sat), Touring seminar led by Adam (Sun)]

MON 9/12
New Paltz, NY - My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
w/ Andrew Sblendorio, Spreaders, Matt Luczak, Mahatmax

TUE 9/13
Pomona, NJ - WLFR-FM
Digital Dreams radio show - *5 HR* live performance 10PM-3AM EDT /

WED 9/14
Newburgh, NY - House Concert
'Wired Wednesday' series hosted by Neil Nail Alexander

THUR 9/15 6PM
Allentown, PA - Good Weeknd
w/ Tape Monster, Dialknight

THUR 9/15 11PM
Bethlehem, PA - WDIY-FM
Galactic Travels radio show - live performance

FRI 9/16 8PM
Titusville, NJ - UU Church at Washington Crossing
'Cosmic Crossings' series hosted by The Cosmic Crossings Concert Series

SAT 9/17 12AM (Friday late night)
Princeton, NJ - WPRB-FM
Music With Space radio show - live performance /

SAT 9/17 8PM [Modulator ESP only]
Philadelphia, PA - St. Marys Hamilton Village
'The Gatherings' concert series
w/ Jason. Sloan

SUN 9/18 1AM (Saturday late night)
Philadelphia, PA - WXPN-FM
Star's End Radio show - *5 HR* live performance 1AM - 6AM EDT


Finally, work continues to continue in fits and starts on the next solo record.  Shifting priorities are a thing.  It's coming, I promise.  

Thanks as always for listening.  Keep an eye on for the latest, feel free to stay in touch on Facebook / Twitter /Instagram (where I update far more often) to see where I am and what I'm up to.  Be safe.  Be sweet.  Goodnight, ladies.

Love & Oscillators,

The Road Ahead

Hi friends!

A solid New Year's resolution is to not apologize for getting behind on updates. I'm not so much late for the Year in Review, as I am just… VERY on top of summer.

So, let’s take 2015 as read, shall we? Good? Good.

Here are things you should know about.


Back around the first of the year, Charles (dRachEmUsiK) & I released A Picture of the Sky, the third and last of the EP’s of our 2014 live improvisations. A few remain of the super nifty handmade art edition CDr’s, or of course you can get it digitally. Check it out HERE.

Johnny James and the Indeterminates is a new collaboration between me and a bunch of veteran Erie underground scene friends, and the improv noise-rock alter ego/reincarnation of the sadly-defunct Johnny James and the Absolutes. We first got together last fall as a one-off for a local gig with some touring bands from Japan, and then in typical fashion, we decided to keep it. We’ve played four or five gigs, in Erie and Pittsburgh, and we also spent a couple nights in the studio. The highlights of which we’ve released as Cacophony Abstracto, which you can check out HERE.

A couple of cool things coming up…



For a few years at the electro-music festival, I had an ongoing collaboration called Sound of Listening, which each year gathered a different group of people I’d never played with, with the aim of being spontaneously minimal.  2014’s edition consisted of myself, John Morley (Lux Seeker), Aaron Todd (Genetique), and Joe Wall (Joe Wall), and…  we GOT it.  To such an extent that we decided we needed to name this thing and do it again next year.

(I sense a recurring theme in my life…)

We’ve called ourselves Hypogeum.  And at electro-music 2015, we tried it again, and got a very different result that we were (thankfully) equally pleased with.  So, we’re releasing a live document of these two performances, entitled Anticline.  Which is being released digitally by the Ethereal Live netlabel (who also released Astral Bridges last year for me and Jez), and also in a limited-run screenprinted CDr edition by my Onomastic label.  Real soon.  Any day now.  Watch this space.

Also… DC-area friend Jason Mullinax put out a very cool album last year called Home World.  He’s invited several artists to remix tracks from that record, including myself, Chester Hawkins, Chris Videll and lots of others, and is releasing the results as System Restore:  Home World Misremembered.  Jason is premiering the release this Sunday with our friends The Irrelevant Show on WMUC (College Park, MD).  Details on the radio release party are HERE.


Next week, I'll be heading out to Charles Shriner's studio in Indianapolis to work on the next onewayness + dRachEmUsiK collaboration.  This will be our third full-length collaboration, following The Sound of Thunder in 2012, and Immeasurable in 2014.  It’s now about a year after we’d initially planned to get together for this, but life’s intervened for both of us.  So, we’re very excited to get to work, and feeling positive about the initial directions things seem to be taking.

No major extended touring plans for the spring & early summer, but I’ve got a couple little micro-jaunts.  I’m heading back to Canada, for shows in Guelph and Toronto the weekend of April 30-May 1, and to Philadelphia to play the Event Horizon series at the Rotunda the first weekend in June.  (And still waiting on some additional possibilities for that trip.)

And of course, there are cool local things happening here in Erie.  My electroFLUX experimental music series has struck up a good relationship with Erie Ale Works to do interesting shows there, about monthlyish.  We’ve got Bonnie Kane and Dei Xhrist this Thursday 3/31, Chatoyant and Jack Wright on April 13, and An Atomic Whirl from Japan on May 7.  And always interesting local artists on those shows, which often, but not always, includes me in one  configuration or another.  And beer!  And food trucks.  It’s like your buddy’s super-awesome garage.  Come hang.  Oh, and stop by to see what’s up next.


And finally, work continues in fits and starts on the next solo record.  Which, I’ll tell you is going to be called Random Oracle.  You heard it here first.  And the plan is to have it out before 2016 is through.  I mean it.

Thanks as always for listening.  Keep an eye on for the latest, feel free to stay in touch on Facebook / Twitter / Instagram to see where I am and what I'm up to, and hope to see you all soon.

Love & Oscillators,


Summer Plans

Hi everyone. 

Been quiet here on the blog, because I've been busy out in the world, I hope you understand. Made it home in one piece from last week's little Midwestern tour, which I think was a great success. Saw lots of old friends, made lots of new ones, had one of my favorite gigs ever in St. Louis, and played some nice sets all around. 

Lots in the works at the moment - I'm prepping a new piece for the Kutztown Univ. Computer Music & Visualization Conference next week.  This is a cool event being put on by electro-music friend Dale Parson in the Kutztown Planetarium, which will have video artists projecting on the big dome, and 5.1 surround sound. So, I'm trying to work up something that will make the most of the spatial capabilities of the place.

Also working on preparations for the next live film scoring event with my group Celluloid Liberation Orchestra, which is a week later on the 19th.  We played the first two installments of the 20s French crime serial Fantômas over the winter. This will be the third, with parts 4&5 to follow later in the summer. Trying to do the whole series with the same lineup before guitarist Jack Rys heads off to college in the fall. It's sort of a 'composed improv' process, with some recurring motifs, and text cues (written by me) indicating key and overall vibe of individual sections.

This week also, we're kicking things off at a new space for experimental shows in Erie, the Erie Ale Works.  They're the newest and tiniest of Erie's craft breweries, and they have a cool funky little raw industrial warehouse-type space that I think will be a lot of fun. Co-owner Steve is a fellow weirdo who's been supportive of the events I've been putting on, and came to me with the idea of using their space, and we're all pretty excited about it. Our first show is this Sunday the 7th, with touring friends Spreaders and Matt Luczak, myself, and local friends Wave Trails. And then later in the summer, we'll have my old pals Pas Musique there. Which will be extra nice, as they haven't been to Erie since the very first show I put on back in 2012.

And there's much more, but that'll do for now. Stay tuned!


'Blue Star Is Freezing' Clearance Offer

So, I've found myself with way too many copies on hand of my first cd Blue Star Is Freezing, so I'm putting them on sale. 


Through the end of the month, you can go to and use the code 'bluestar' at checkout to get it for 40% off the regular price, which comes out to just under 5 bucks, plus shipping. And I'll put it in an envelope and someone will bring it to your house. Ain't technology wonderful?

Live Archive

For those of you who didn't know or never noticed, I have a bunch of archival live recordings over at They're of varying quality, but all free to download.  Go nuts.

Here's one of my favorites, a recording of my set from the MEME festival in Indianapolis from August of last year.  

A new review...

A lovely review of Immeasurable is up now at Hypnagogue Reviews, which you can read in full here.


Many thanks as always to John Shanahan for his attentive ears and kind words.

In other Immeasurable news, the album was also selected by Star's End Ambient Radio as one of its "Significant Releases of 2014", so thanks also to Chuck Van Zyl for his continued support. You can peruse the full list here

This is a release Charles and I were really proud of, so we're pleased to see it resonating with people. We still have some more live recordings from last year to set loose, and then we're looking forward to getting back in the studio later in the spring to work on our next collaboration.

A new look...

Hi all, and welcome to the new and improved It's a work in progress, but looks nice for now I think.

Very excited to be heading out to the west coast in a few weeks with Charles Shriner (dRachEmUsiK). We'll be playing the inaugural San Francisco Fog Music Festival, which is being organized by our friend Jack Hertz.


Wednesday the 28th, Charles plays a solo set. Thursday the 29th, I play a solo set (and Charles has a separate gig at the Luggage Store Gallery). Friday the 30th, we play a duo set. Saturday the 31st, we're heading down the coast to Santa Cruz to play a very cool looking venue called the Art Bar, and then Sunday we're doing a live radio performance that I don't have all the details of yet. Will be my first time attempting to fly with gear, which is a little intimidating. But should be a fun trip. Watch this space for updates!