This is an ongoing collection of raw live recordings, mistakes, blemishes and all, from open mics and such; I will continue to add to it as I perform/accumulate recordings of performances. It will serve as a demo of sorts, representing stripped-down versions of the unfinished songs, while I work (slowly) on self-recording a set of proper multi-track analog versions, for eventual cassette release.
"Skeletons" -- recorded @ Hava Java, Allentown PA, 12/5/14. There's background noise of people talking and coffee being made in this song, but I don't mind it. I think it actually adds a certain pleasant ambiance.
"If I Linger" -- recorded @ the Noisegasm DIY music fest hosted by the Alternative Gallery, Allentown PA, 11/28/14.
"L'appel du Vide", "Stargazer", and "Lua" -- recorded @ Hava Java, Allentown PA, 1/2/15. This was my entire set for the night, and the same is true of these songs as "Skeletons" above; there's background noise, but it doesn't detract from the music. Obviously this is becoming a regular place where I can try out my new songs!
"Blue Ruin" -- recorded @ Hooka Turka, Bethlehem PA, 4/30/15. It was my first open mic night at H.T. after having heard of it often before. I waited too long to sign up on the sheet though, so I went right near the end, almost didn't get to play at all! Why am I telling you this?!? My own fault, right? But I am happy with how I did, considering I felt half-asleep, a little light-headed, and I slightly out of practice. It was my first open mic in a while, after a sequestered and mostly awful winter, which is why I felt compelled to record it. Also, it was my first time ever playing out with a banjo, so that felt noteworthy. Of course I broke a string earlier in the night, but it all worked out. However I could've done without the person who was attempting to snap along to "Blue Ruin"...
"Skeletons" -- recorded @ Allentown ArtsFest 2015, on the Tape Swap stage at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown PA, 9/13/15. My friend and I had just played a set as McGarnagle, and there was time for one more, so I was able to do an impromptu Artificer performance. Since it seemed so relevant to that particular day, and the first fall chill in the air, I played "Skeletons".
"IRO-Bot" -- recorded in my bedroom in Philadelphia, 10/25/15. While not a live performance, I did put some time into recording the few parts for this song, and it's one of my favorite songs to cover, so I included it here. Listen to the whole thing; I included a very cool clip at the end, which is what inspired me to do this cover in the first place! Coheed's early stuff was a huge influence on me, so I hope this cover is a proper salute
released December 7, 2014
Joshua Fosbenner -- Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Vocals
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