ambient guitar noises. soundscapes, drones and feedback.
m2 is unadorned expressions with the guitar, written, recorded and conceived exactly as it first spills out of the amp. never planned, always improvised. i cannot recreate these pieces. all music by eric san juan. sample these sounds at will.
First Breath After (2018)
- Almost Reached It (4:28)
- Sun Shimmer on Wave (12:24)
- Dagger (5:48)
- Getting Better Ideas (5:36)
- Killing Time (3:27)
- Seeking New Balance (14:23)
Recorded in a single session, late 2017, just a mic in a room.
Coming Up For Air (2018)
- Doc Brown’s Car Brought Down The Towers (7:43)
- Unborn Child (19:37)
- Giving Up The Test (4:01)
- Around Every Corner There Is A Lie (4:17)
- Taylor Swift Used To Sponge Me (9:37)
Recorded in 2015. Prepared in 2017. Released in 2018. Cover photo by Cary Christopher.
a burning orange sun you can’t forget (2016)
- Explain all the Loss of Pain
- Withered Flowers From Seeds Long Ago Planted
- The Abuse is Not Ended
- Putting Off Until Tomorrow
Recorded back in 2013, only brought together in 2016.
Comfortable Clarity (2015)
Recorded in pieces two years ago or more. Sat in a vault because I was, in fact, too comfortable to bother releasing it. Cover photo by Eric San Juan, taken at Cattus Island, Toms River, NJ.
We Finally Made It (2014)
I always wanted to record a single piece that was over an hour, but didn’t want to force it. It had to come naturally. This one did. So I kept it.
The Third Day (2014)
Recorded November 2013. Cover photo by Eric San Juan (but it’s of some classic piece of art at the MET). Done in a single day, in a single session.
Falling Back Into It (2012)
Recorded from 2009 to 2011, maybe. This is the first m2 double record. RSJ plays additional guitar on “Pangaea”. “Without Waking” was originally recorded for an abandoned collaboration with Carl Sagan’s Ghost and is presented here with only the m2 contributions. “Untitled” was recorded in 2008. Cover photo by Eric San Juan. Think this is my favorite m2 record, even though it lacks a feedback track.
The Endless Twelve (2011)
A collection of pieces recorded in 2010. This set of recordings is noisier and more abrasive than more recent m2 outings such as Six Stories and Dying Mother, but at times drifts into more peaceful drones. Mostly, though, it’s pretty blistering.
james fenimore cooper (2009)
1) james fenimore cooper (31:06)
Recorded summer 2009 in a single half-hour performance. Recorded to TASCAM 4-track recorder, post production in CoolEdit Pro. I think this might be my last ever four-track recording.
Recorded in late 2008. Cover photo by me. Sleep Paralysis is inspired by the experience described in Whispers of the Old Hag.
Six Stories (2009)
A quick narrative experiment that inadvertently turned into something I liked.
Dying Mother (2008)
Recorded in late 2008. Cover photo by me.
the dialogue of narrow sorrows (2008)
1) Morning With Coffee (2:03)
2) Creature Comforts – movement 1 (7:13)
3) Creature Comforts – movement 2 (2:55)
4) A Fine Time To Forget Your Friends (10:26)
5) Delays In The State of Marriage (2:43)
6) Ugly Dirty Angry Stares part 1 (4:52)
7) Ugly Dirty Angry Stares part 2 (7:47)
8) Ugly Dirty Angry Stares part 3 (1:29)
9) The Quiet Days of Solitude Roll Away (2:17)
10) A New State of Grace (10:46)
11) Out of My System on a Sunday (11:09)
12) Empty Again (3:06)
In my original website notes circa 2010-2012 or so, I wrote, “Let me be honest. This is a creative failure. I wish it wasn’t, but it was. It was a so-called ‘concept record,’ and that was a mistake. Not that I don’t think this is worthwhile – the ‘Ugly Dirty Angry Stares’ suite is really cool, for instance, and all I wanted it to be – but it is the one m2 record that, to me, does not hold together as a satisfying, cohesive whole.” As of 2016, I disagree with myself. On a recent headphones listen, I was surprised at this record. I’d probably cut out “Out of My System on a Sunday” if I were putting it together today, but otherwise, I’m down with it.
eight times alone (2007)
1) Preparing A Resume (6:43)
2) Creative Endeavors Abandoned (10:32)
3) Tea Leaves (4:55)
4) At Room Temperature They Leave, Don’t Call (6:28)
5) On Air (6:14)
6) Beast From Forbidden Planet (6:05)
7) It’s Lonely Here (2:42)
8) The Ramifications of Answering Machines (13:33)
Recorded here and there over the course of a year. Finalized in a great rush during 2007. “eight times alone” is a record about longing. All song recorded on the TASCAM Porta 7 except Preparing A Resume, At Room Temperature…, and The Ramification…, all recorded directly to desktop PC with CoolEdit pro. Very personal record. Cover image is a self-portrait. Distributed digitally, first time I ever did that. Once found it “bootlegged” on a German blog and FTP site. That’s pretty cool, actually.
from seven fields of vision (1998)
It all fell out of the guitar in 1998, during and after Slumbersigh. “Opus version” weaves all tracks together into one piece (but that version is not available here). Received airplay on college stations in the late 1990s, so that’s cool. Droning guitar and soundscapes. No drums, or bass, or songs, or solos, or any concept of melody or structure. It’s the sounds of space and background music and orbits and noise. When I first recorded this back in 1997, its unspoken subtitle was, “Music Inspired By Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001.” Still is. It would take me 10 years to record a follow-up. It remains one of my favorite recordings I’ve done. Recorded entirely on the Tascam Porta 7 four-track recorder in the spare bedroom.