Recorded in a single take at a private backyard concert on Thanksgiving 2012, this 33:33 of improvised "cyberacoustic" instrumentals is my most spacious and poignant yet – evoking big autumn skies, far horizons, and the crunch of fallen leaves by bonfire light – but it defies expectations, remixing the familiar conventions of acoustic music with a fifty-pound pedalboard of beat slicers, filters, delays, and multi-channel loopers, welding fingerstyle technique into a cybernetic bed of live hardware production.
Picking (or often bowing, with an electromagnet) while twisting knobs and DJ'ing live samples with my toes, I perform as an embodiment of my training as an evolutionary biologist and futurist – liberating the organic into the digital, and the idioms of Americana into a new species of transcendental trance.
Yellow Leaves is a definitive take on the adventurous and visionary musical attitude that earned my tenure as ReverbNation's #1 Experimental Artist in the World.
"Quite the masterpiece I must say. So curious and searching, but also very accepting of the ways of the world. Knowing, but still seeking. And so light! It is very beautiful..."
- Clementine Kruczynski, Director of Operations at fb.com/rawpawzine
"I listened to it three times in a row at first and got totally mesmerized."
- Skytree, Electronic Music Producer at skytree-music.com
"Here is my frank review of the album, Michael: I think you love babies. And you want everyone making them so you go around giving people this music. You're like the Johnny Appleseed of a whole new crop of children."
- Rebekah Armstrong