Iridium Flare

by James Vitz-Wong

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Iridium Flare - light from something natural, reflected from something artificial. The green picture with the cats has nothing to do with this.

Recorded November 2012 - February 2013 in a dorm room, practice room, and storage room in Oberlin, OH.
James Vitz-Wong - bass guitar, contrabass, flute, beatboxing, and electronics (all tracks)

Thanks to Mark Morritz-Rabson for letting me try out his Line6 PODxtPro (3, 6)
Prof. Dan Stinebring taught me about the phenomena that is Gravitational Lensing.
Rebecca Lawrence helped me find the story of the Dreams That Have Us.
Kevin Vitz-Wong helped me write the official status report with regards to The Derelict.
Toni McFall helped me figure out how They've Come to Take You.

Everything you hear was improvised and live-looped and mixed using Mobius ( and captured using Soundleech ( and Audacity ( All of the titles and stories were conceived a long time after the recording.

Some minimally invasive editing was performed on Track 1 so as to fold over some of the empty space (when the drone loops kept droning, but I wasn't playing).
Track 3 was not recorded live - only the three individual loops from a solo jam had been saved, in their most developed state. What you hear is the gradual fading between those synchronized loops, without the layering of each loop.
Track 7 had a little bit of volume leveling to try to give a good shape to the dynamics.

Besides what is mentioned above, every note, every sound, every texture, every echo, every loop was performed live and improvised, one take, one person, one instrument, one computer, without very much elbow room.


released February 17, 2013



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James Vitz-Wong Oberlin, Ohio

Bassist, improviser, electroacoustic artist, dancer, sound-designer

from Seattle, WA, currently living in Oberln, OH

contact: jambotvw [at] gmail [dot] com

Also check out my bluegrass/folk roots band!
Going on tour summer 2016
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Track Name: Gravitational Lensing - Where Light Bends
From our perspective, the light of very distant galaxies gets distorted by the gravity of masses in between our eyes and the source of light. The result is a circular splattering of the image that is the distant galaxy.
Track Name: Gravitational Lensing - So Far, So Far
Everything we can see in space is so far away. We can only look so far into the skies. So far, we are incapable of travelling to almost anything we observe.
Track Name: Backlit Shores
The somnambulant beach. Waves crash quietly, but not gently. The moon in the sky somehow does not illuminate the surface, rather the opposite; the ocean lights up the moon. A glowing black, it reveals the wire structures beneath the façade of the mountains.
Track Name: The Dreams You Don't Have
The room is dark. The rain is slow.
The dreams walk around you, but the sleep hasn't arrived yet.
Which one will take you tonight?
Track Name: The Dreams That Have You
is hard to tell
whether you exist in this space
or just perceive it.

Is that rain?
Track Name: The Derelict
Status: abandoned
Last Activity: c100yrs
Size: TBD
Notes: This vessel does not appear in any of our database records, though the designs seem to be of I.G.S. make. So far, visual inspection has found the hull completely breached in many locations and decayed beyond salvage-ability. There is still much of the vessel to be discovered.

Update: The main chassis is of an extremely developed design, more intricate than any technology used to-date, yet an analysis of the hull decay has dated this derelict to pre-warp travel.
Track Name: They've Come to Take You
In the shadows and the sand, you are spotted.
They fly in with their metallic wings, abduct and soar over the poisoned city.
Gathered with the other collections, you are processed first as a group, then restrained individually.
In each chamber you learn everything you never wanted to know, everything you will never forget.

When our eyes open again,

we slowly unlock our own cuffs,

shakily walk out of our cells,

spread our new wings,

and fly.