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Ben Seretan

Guitar, songs, and long music
**ECSTATIC/ELECTRIC**
Super down to play weddings
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I’ve been in Sitka, Alaska for nearly a week. Most of that week was spent at a remote Forest Service cabin that we took a small motor boat out to. It’s about 5 miles off shore and completely cut off. We lost cell service before we even left the main island of Sitka, and I really felt the strangeness of being separate from the rest of the world - we realized that whole cities could have been leveled, the drinking water of New York poisoned, earthquakes, fires, etc and we wouldn’t have known otherwise.

It’s wetter and colder than it was when I arrived last year, and the plant life around here is deeply happy, radiating a low, dark hum of green happiness. I can feel the devil’s club plants vibrating as I job past them in the morning.

I visited my old studio from last year, where I played piano and wrote letters. It filled me with intense melancholy at first, though now the building is just familiar to me. The power plant in which I recorded “Double Alaska” is currently under heavy construction and will probably not be recognizable by the time summer’s out.

The top of Harbor Mountain this week was absolutely insane. The colors are not doctored or adjusted in any way. That’s real life.

I do things here - I read, I go for runs, I practice music, I drink a cup of coffee with purpose, I cook, and I call people on the phone. I walk and I look carefully at trees in the wind. I hear things. I sleep. I dream.

I have something like 50+ days left in this place. Looking to make the most of it. More posts to come.

From “Love Goes to Buildings on Fire”

Morrissey describes seeing the New York Dolls on Old Grey Whistle Test: “I was thirteen and it was my first real emotional experience.”

Day three.

Alaska continues being utterly, ridiculously beautiful.

Do you see those cars down there in the first photo? Those tiny squares? We hiked straight up that steep incline from the cars - this was taken about halfway there. My legs are happily burning.

My clothes smell like burning wood and sweat.

It is now my birthday. If the rest of my life is even half as good as it has been so far, I will be thankful.

This is a giant pink amphitheater built by artist Danny Crump out of reclaimed wood, cardboard, and pink flocking. It magnifies and directs sound in a startlingly present way - talking into it feels like listening to your own voice in headphones. It also emits an eerie, almost neon pink glow. He made it while in residence at Flux Factory in 2014.

I helped Danny out with the construction a little bit and had the chance to play inside of it during A Sun with Sunglasses On. He is phenomenally talented!

Sadly, this thing will probably have to be destroyed to be taken out of the gallery. But - you know - so it goes.

I’m in Alaska currently and it is very cool and quiet.

This is a giant pink amphitheater built by artist Danny Crump out of reclaimed wood, cardboard, and pink flocking. It magnifies and directs sound in a startlingly present way - talking into it feels like listening to your own voice in headphones. It also emits an eerie, almost neon pink glow. He made it while in residence at Flux Factory in 2014.

I helped Danny out with the construction a little bit and had the chance to play inside of it during A Sun with Sunglasses On. He is phenomenally talented!

Sadly, this thing will probably have to be destroyed to be taken out of the gallery. But - you know - so it goes.

I’m in Alaska currently and it is very cool and quiet.


From Neil Young’s “Waging Heavy Peace”

He wants to play. So we ride together, but we also ride alone. Crazy Horse is an animal into itself. Anyone who has witnessed a full-on barrage from the Horse knows that of which I speak.

This is the cover of my upcoming self-released glorious double LP, shot by the incredibly talented Sean Ryan Pierce. Cropped for album design by my #1 design bro Alex Tatusian.

This is the cover of my upcoming self-released glorious double LP, shot by the incredibly talented Sean Ryan Pierce. Cropped for album design by my #1 design bro Alex Tatusian.


A Sun with Sunglasses On

Part all-night concert, part birthday party, and part installation piece, A Sun With Sunglasses On is the final Flux Factory performance of artist-in-residence Ben Seretan culminating his 6-month residency. He will be performing a series of sets beginning at sunset on the 11th and finishing just after sunrise the morning of the 12th, with a variety of collaborators. Also featuring a small amphitheater built by fellow Fluxer Danny Crump.

A Sun With Sunglasses On coincides with the third Exquisite Contraption Party, which will be happening at around the same throughout the building. Attendees are encouraged to wander freely between both events.

Admission is free with a drawing of a sun wearing sunglasses. Paper and pens will be provided if you do not bring your own. RSVP here

Tentative schedule of events:

From the Rosanne Cash episode of WTF

On playing music with her husband:

"Sometimes I just don’t like him…he’s just…I’m mad at him. But we have to go do a show. And we go out on stage and he plays something…and I see his essence. And I go, ‘Everything else is just so petty - that’s who that human being is. That’s why he’s on the Earth. Look what he’s giving to an audience. I love him!’"

I ended up shooting a video at Flux Factory tonight, with a nice camera and a strobe light. The strobe causes all sorts of weird frequency things to happen in the footage - this is a nice screenshot of that happening.
Video to come out maybe in August…double LP to come out in October, I think.

I ended up shooting a video at Flux Factory tonight, with a nice camera and a strobe light. The strobe causes all sorts of weird frequency things to happen in the footage - this is a nice screenshot of that happening.

Video to come out maybe in August…double LP to come out in October, I think.


Nice ‘n’ weird promo video for the show at Cake Shop tonight

Criminally un-listened-to Sublime Frequencies release of Tuareg guitar music.

(side note: did not realize until today that Sun City Girls is responsible for this extremely bad ass label. That rules!)

issueprojectroom:

issueprojectroom is proud to present the return of Liturgy, in our summer concert series at pioneerworks. The infamous band returns from performing hiatus to headline on August 23rd, along with Wreck and Reference and White Suns.Click for the review of their last album, Aesthetica, by pitchfork.

Gnarly! Might have to come back from Alaska for this…

issueprojectroom:

issueprojectroom is proud to present the return of Liturgy, in our summer concert series at pioneerworks. The infamous band returns from performing hiatus to headline on August 23rd, along with Wreck and Reference and White Suns.
Click for the review of their last album, Aesthetica, by pitchfork.

Gnarly! Might have to come back from Alaska for this…