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Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: 10 Years of My Idea of Fun
Release #: MIF342
Release Date: 01/10/2017
Format: Digital



01. Brandon Locher - Medium Frequency (2016)
02. Brandon Locher - January 29, 2006 *
03. Nan Ding - World War II (2007)
04. Nan Ding - World War IV (2007)
05. The One and Only Matt Miller - Left, 2010 *
06. Stage Hands - #unabomber (feat. The One and Only Matt Miller) (2015)
07. Stage Hands - Regardless (Live Version) (04/07/2015)
08. Endless Mike and the Beagle Club - Mr. Miller's Opus (Live at Mike's) 2007 *
09. Brandon Locher - Audio Diary: 11/30/2007 *
10. Cody Wallat - Favorite Everything (Medley) 2007 *
11. Brandon Locher - Recording Instructions (2012)
12. Siamese Dream - 3-6 (2007)
13. Siamese Dream - 1-2 (Demo) 2007 *
14. Siamese Dream - 1-5 (2007)
15. Siamese Dream - Waiting For Our Mother, 2007 *
16. Siamese Dream - Arthur Ritus (2008)
17. Emmett and Mary - Clay's Lament, 2008 *
18. Emmett and Mary - Cult Answers II, 2008 *
19. The One and Only Matt Miller - Acoustic Guitar Sketch, 2010*
20. Bikini Test Go Ahead - Lucy On Your Telephone (Live at VOMA) 2010 *
21. Dallas Zimmerman - Thanks For Waking Me Up (2008)
22. John Thorell - "Track 4" (2007)
23. John Thorell - V (ergo propter hoc) (2007)
24. Adam Clayton Cullum - In The Past Few Months... (2008)
25. The Meets - Drums & Cello (2008)
26. The Meets - Some Other Harlot (2008)
27. Emmett and Mary - Fanatical Hunting Club (2010)
28. Technological Epidemic - Birthmark (2007)
29. Brandon Locher - Geometro (2010)
30. Brandon Locher - 2/4/07 *
31. Brandon Locher - High In Art, 2010 *
32. Emmett and Mary - Early Dismissal (Teenage Queen) (2008)
33. Brandon Locher - Date Created: 1-26-2007 *
34. Brandon Locher - You're Simply Beautiful, 2000 *
35. Emmett and Mary - To Absent Strangers (2010)
36. Emmett and Mary - The Book of Idols (2010)
37. Emmett and Mary - Spanish Blog Review, 2010 *
38. Emmett and Mary - Broadcast Fireworks Display, 2008 *
39. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 1) (2013)
40. The Meets - (closing thoughts), 2009 *
41. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 2) (2013)
42. The Meets - Knocking On The Ground (Album Version) (2013)
43. Brandon Locher - Conversations (Revisited) (2013)
44. The Meets - Knocking On The Ground (Live Version) (2013)
45. John Thorell - Unreleased Riff, 2008 *
46. Brandon Locher - Sleeping Music (pt. 2) / Walking Music (2007)
47. Brandon Locher - Popcorn, 2007 *
48. Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation (pt. 3) (2013)
49. The Wax Ensemble, 2014 *
50: Brandon Locher - Date Created: March 28, 2015 *
51. Emmett and Mary - Popular Invitation, 2009 *
52. Emmett and Mary - Surveying Revelations (Ash Road) (2010)
53. Brandon Locher - Date Created: March 5, 2008 *
54. Elementary Thought Process - December 31, 2010 *

* previously unreleased
All tracks recorded & produced by Brandon Locher (2000-2016)


This coming March 25th is My Idea of Fun's 10 year anniversary! MIoF co-founder, Brandon Locher, releases a free 3 hour digital compilation with over 50 selected tracks spanning the past decade and beyond. Mostly previously unreleased material from Locher's digital archives fills the space, alongside selections of his contributions to the Johnstown, PA based collective.

Since 2007 My Idea of Fun has released over 340+ physical and digital releases from musicians and artists with roots to Johnstown's DIY scene since the early 2000s. Like Alan Lomax, since 2007 Locher has collected days upon days of recordings from shows, parties, and everyday life in Johnstown, PA. Locher alone has contributed over 80 releases to the MIoF archives under various monikers and artistic mediums including audio recordings, visual art, multimedia art and sound art. About ten years ago on 03/25/2007 high school friends Ian Rummell, Jacob Koestler, and Brandon Locher resurrected My Idea of Fun with the Woods at Night cassette tape.
March 25, 2007 from Jacob Koestler's 'The Daily Camera' - thedailycamera.blogspot.com

Very quickly after other people involved with the Johnstown, Pennsylvania's DIY music scene started to archive and release via www.myideaoffun.org, and after the first year alone the art & music collective had over 40 archived releases by the year's end.


(Screenshot from: Archive.org, 12/26/2007)

Since these initial releases My Idea of Fun has always functioned as a completely open platform with physical and digital releases across all mediums and artistic practices. Nobody owns My Idea of Fun and there is no president, leaders, or board. There is also no curators, except the artist themselves who generally all have ties and roots to Johnstown's DIY scene for over a decade plus.

This free digital compilation 10 Years of My Idea of Fun shows Locher's artistic development and growth, musical conversations with himself and friends, as he often gives his friends the spotlight and center stage.

In order of appearance:

Brandon Locher (Tracks: 1-54)
Olivia Locher (Tracks: 2-4)
Matt Miller (Tracks: 5-6, 12, 18-19, 21, 35-36)
Gerald Mattis (Tracks: 6-7)
Mike Miller (Track: 8)
Cody Wallat (Tracks: 8-10)
Dane Adelman (Tracks: 12-17)
Chris Bell (Tracks: 18, 27, 32, 35-38, 52)
PK Harmon (Tracks: 18, 20)
Dallas Zimmerman (Track: 20-21)
John Thorell (Tracks: 22-23, 25-26, 45, 51-52)
Adam Clayton Cullum (Tracks: 24-26) ^
Brandon Volkman (Track: 25)
Rod Fisher (Tracks: 27, 36, 38, 51-52)
Sean Jackson (Track: 35)
Ian Rummell (Track: 49)
Jacob Koestler (Track: 54)

The album art is comprised of lifted photographs from Jacob Koestler's The Daily Camera (2007-2010) and is rearranged digitally by Locher to show himself followed by his friends and collaborators in a fading grid insinuating a structure and a sense of passing time.

^ Adam Clayton Cullum was not photographed.
Note: The photos below will be updated with the rest of the subjects in the next few days...



Selected My Idea of Fun Discography & Art Releases:
2016
Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI - XLVI-VI

2015
Stage Hands - Stage Hands LP

2014
Brandon Locher - Mazes to the Motherlode XVIII (I-VII)

2013

The Meets - It Happens Outside
Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin - In Conversation
Brandon Locher - Mazes to the Motherlode XIV-
Brandon Locher - New Paintings, 2013
Brandon Locher - Found Sounds
Various Artists - Music for Bad Weather
Brandon Locher - Conversations (Revisited)

2012
Brandon Locher - Mazes to the Motherlode I-XIII
The Meets - Even When The Time Comes
Brandon Locher - Conversations, 2012

2011
Brandon Locher - You Found My Shadow in a Grave (Looking West)
The Meets - Sketch/Tempo Map for LP2
Brandon Locher - Gallery 1

2010
Brandon Locher - Geo Metro
Emmett and Mary - S/T
Various Artists - House Party, Vol. 2
Emmett and Mary - The Summer's Pull

2009
Brandon Locher - Brandon Locher
Emmett and Mary - Surveying Revelations

2008
Brandon Locher - Six Prepaired Meditations
The Meets - 1

2007
Siamese Dream - V
Various Artists - Things We Lost In The Fire
Brandon Locher - Quartet For Explosive Motor, Wind, Heartbeat, And Landslide
John Thorell
Siamese Dream - IIII
Siamese Dream - III
Brandon Locher - Sleeping Music
Brandon Locher - Walking Music
Siamese Dream - II
Nan Ding
Various Artists - House Party, Vol. 1
Siamese Dream - I
The Woods at Night - MAR 2 5 2007

2006
Brandon Locher - Conversations
Brandon Locher - Bodies

E-mail:
brandon at myideaoffun dot org

Links:
Bandcamp: brandonlocher.bandcamp.com
Instagram: @brandonlocher
SoundCloud: soundcloud.com/brandonlocher
Twitter: @mediumfrequency
Official Website: www.brandon-locher.com

Mazes to the Motherlode XLVI, XLVI-II, XLVI-III, XLVI-IV, XLVI-V, XLVI-VI
Commissions for VIA Festival 2016, October 6-9, Pittsburgh, PA

MIF328

Brandon Locher - Lord RAJA, Ink and Graphite on Paper, 12" x 12", 2015
Click here to listen to GhostlyCast#: 61 by Lord RAJA

MIF312


 
Artist: Brandon Locher & Andy Mulkerin
Title: In Conversation
Release #: MIF263
Release Date: 10/09/2013
Format: Digital



01. In Conversation (37:35)

This telephone interview was recorded on September 26, 2013 by Andy Mulkerin for a feature music article in Pittsburgh City Paper. To read the article "Artist Brandon Locher builds a band with The Meets" please visit: 

Pittsburgh City Paper - Artist Brandon Locher builds a band with The Meets
 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Conversations (Revisited)
Release #: MIF242
Release Date: 01/08/2013
Format: Digital



01. Conversations (Revisited)

This newly revisited and extended sound piece consists of a serial chain of phone calls. The first without a response on the other side is recorded. The confused answerer repeating, “Hello? Hello?” is then used to playback in a new call to another randomized receiver. That person’s response is then taped and played back for another confused recipient, over and over again... The role of the music is to reveal the life that invisibly flows in and through us at all moments. That music is continuous; it is only we who turn away.
 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Conversations, 2012
Release #: MIF221
Release Date: 05/08/2012
Format: Digital



01. Conversations, 2012 (19:34)
02. Conversations, 2006 (06:11)

Conversations, 2012 [MIF221] was recorded between 3:00 PM, April 27, 2012 till 7:00 PM, May 07, 2012 by Brandon Locher in NYC.

Conversations, 2006 [MIF007] was the process of building conversations and response by calling and recording random people in the Johnstown Area Phone Book, recorded on November 21st, 2006.

"After the first conversation "Person 001: Hello. Hello?" was recorded and documented I then proceeded to call another random person with a playback recording of the previous persons' response. The person that is being called and recorded is fooled into thinking they are talking to an actual person when only they are responding to a recording of the previous conversation. As I move through the same process for each conversation, more information develops, and the concrete themes and ideas start to form more complex exchanges between the people and the recording." - Brandon Locher

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: The First Singing Bird
Release #: MIF219
Release Date:: 03/22/2012
Format: Digital (Coming Soon)

01. The First Singing Bird (06:37)

The first singing bird was noted at 5:30 AM, Johnstown, PA - MAR 22 2012 by Brandon Locher: field-recording with live processing and looping. Photograph by Olivia Locher.





MIF199 + 200 - You Found My Shadow in a Grave (Looking West)
Mixed Media on Canvas, 50" x 45", 2011 [MIF199]
Written & Produced by Brandon Locher, 2010-2011 [MIF200]


Variations in Symmetry, Pen on Paper, 32" x 32", 2010
MIF178 - Gallery 1



 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Geo Metro
Release #: MIF172
Year: 2010
Format: Digital (Coming Soon)

Written and Recorded by Brandon Locher
Mastered by TJ Lipple


 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Brandon Locher
Release #: MIF132
Year: 2009
Format: CD (Out of print)

01. Of Parades and Processions
02. Sons and Daughters
03. January and June
04. Surveying Revelations
05. The Summer's Pull
06. Broadcast Fireworks Display / Corruptible Minds

All songs written by Brandon Locher and Christopher S. Bell for the Emmett and Mary recording project. Recorded in an afternoon in Johnstown, PA while reheasing songs for shows at 709 Railroad Street and Dave D's Moxham Street Fair. Released Online and in CD Format in fear that Emmett and Mary will never be finnished, or released. Here is another docunment of these songs.

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Found Sounds
Release #: MIF092
Release Date: 02/06/2013
Format: Digital



Produced by Brandon Locher between 2000 and 2012
Compiled in 2013



 

Artists: Brandon Locher
Title: Six Prepaired Meditations
Release #: MIF085
Year: 2008
Format: Digital (Coming Soon)

01. Meditation A
02. Meditation A/B
03. Meditation C
04. Nocturne #1 in C Sharp Major
05. Meditation E
06. Meditation F

Visual Art by T.K. Mundok > Paper Thoughts 11/12.08


Nocturne #1 in C Sharp Major is a composition for two CD players [with pre-paired compact discs] programmed for random continuous playback. Each CD has exactly 100 tracks between the lengths of 4-10 seconds. 90% of the tones outline the C Sharp major triad [C#, F, G#]. The other 10% of the notes are the rest of the notes in the C Sharp major scale [D#, F#, A#, B] that are not a part of the major triad. By playing the CDs on a random continuous playback Nocturne #1 in C Sharp is constantly exploring new musical ideas based on the simple function of chance.

The playback volume of Nocturne #1 in C Sharp should co-exist with the natural changing soundscape of the selected performance space. As the piece plays back continuously the sonic structures & space will fluctuate with itself and also the natural environment.


 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Quartet For Explosive Motor, Wind, Heartbeat, And Landslide
Release #: MIF035
Year: 2007
Format: Digital (Coming Soon)

Brandon Locher
Heartbeat: 05:19:694 | Wind: 08:145

[Snore].
[Brush Hair].
[Blow noise];
[Sounds together [suffice it to say].]

MIF035 - 11/24/07 - www.myideaoffun.org | www.brandonlocher.com
[Cough] - [Laugh] - [Clap]? // Point: 34:13.174

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Sleeping Music
Release #: MIF026
Year: 2007
Format: Digital (Coming Soon)

01. Sleeping Music [Part I]
02. Sleeping Music [Part II]

A composition / field-recording designed as an audio sleeping aide.

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Walking Music
Release #: MIF025
Year: 2007
Format: CD (Out of print) / Digital (Coming Soon)

A composition / field-recording designed as an audio walking aide. Please wear headphones while walking.

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Conversations
Release #: MIF007
Year: 2006
Format: CD (Out of print) / Digital (Coming Soon)

Starting on November 21st, 2006 I started the process of building conversation and response by calling and recording random people in the Johnstown Area Phone Book.

After the first conversation "Person 001: Hello. Hello?" was recorded and documented I then proceeded to call another random person with a playback recording of the previous persons' response. The person that is being called and recorded is fooled into thinking they are talking to an actual person when only they are responding to a recording of the previous conversation. As I move through the same process for each conversation, more information develops, and the concrete themes and ideas start to form more complex exchanges between the people and the recording.

 
Artist: Brandon Locher
Title: Bodies
Release #: MIF006
Year: 2006
Format: CD (Out of print) / Digital (Coming Soon)

Bodies is based on the German research scientist W.O Schumann who identified the dominant vibration in our earth's atmosphere in the mid twentieth century. It's now known as the Schumann Resonance with the rather of 7.83 hertz, a very low and inaudible C# tone. The composition Bodies is in three parts and tries to bridge the connection and ideas between frequencies, earth & body.

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