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Steve Bates
All The Things That Happen
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September 23, 2022


Press Release

Steve Bates is an artist and musician known for his work with post-rock ensemble Black Seas Ensemble, duos with Timothy Herzog and Sophie Trudeau of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, amongst others, as well as a series of digital-only sonic explorations on his own label, The Dim Coast. All The Things That Happen is his first full-length album for Constellation. For this album, Bates pursued a more stripped down exploration of the noisier terrain of the cheap timbre and tonality of the much-loved Casio SK-1 keyboard sampler. These sounds were fed through a variety of electronics, effects, amps, cassettes recorders to shift into their current form heard on these tracks. Steve notes that all the tracks started off as ambient, "but I always kept reaching for more texture and noise." Getting reacquainted with the Casio SK-1 was the initial focus on developing the music here. Processed and manipulated during the recording and mixing stages, these initial SK-1 sessions became the foundation of this body of music. Working within the rich world of experimental electronics, these tracks have a core melodicism to them and maybe even a melancholy, as distortion and overtones saturate and spray the music in various directions, while feeling whole and integrated as a body of sound. A fixture of Winnipeg's burgeoning anarcho-punk and social justice community in the 80s-90s, Bates played in hardcore and indie rock bands (XOXO, Bulletproof Nothing) while contemporaneously continuing to fiddle obsessively with the shortwave radio his father bought him as a child — sensibilities that continue to meld and inform his sound work to this day. Bates founded the Send + Receive Festival in 1998, a crucial development in putting Winnipeg on the map for avant music and experimental sound art, which he helmed for seven years. Moving to Tiohti:áke/Montréal in 2005 he took on the Sound Coordinator position at Hexagram (Concordia University), released solo and duo work on ORAL_records and two albums with his Black Seas Ensemble on The Dim Coast, while pursuing myriad other ongoing audio research, installation and collaborative projects. His exhibition and site-specific works have been presented throughout North America and Europe, Chile and Senegal.

RIYL: William Basinski, Wolf Eyes, Gas, Tim Hecker, Emeralds, Yellow Swans, Flying Saucer Attack

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Groves of....everything! 3:28 Buy

    Groves of....everything!

  2. 2 These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder 3:27 Buy

    These problems are multiplied by the difficulty I have in front of a tape recorder

  3. 3 Glistening 6:13 Buy
  4. 4 Covered in silt and weed 6:37 Buy

    Covered in silt and weed

  5. 5 Destroy the palace 3:58 Buy

    Destroy the palace

  6. 6 Glimpse an end 5:44 Buy

    Glimpse an end

  7. 7 Bring on black flames 3:54 Buy

    Bring on black flames

  8. 8 We do not, nor to hide 3:15 Buy

    We do not, nor to hide

  9. 9 September through September 2:02 Buy

    September through September

Steve Bates


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