Reserve Matinee's growing family of Chicago artists continues with our final release of 2018, and it's a truly weird one.
'Loud of Unknowing' is the debut release of 8i11, the previously secret sonic world of Bill Washburn. A passionate and devoted regular of the underground community in Chicago, you may recognize Bill's name from his many appearances as a guest-host DJ on WNUR, or his many DJ sets at parties throughout the city. I personally came to know Bill's character on a very dark and confusing night in the woods of Northern Illinois; a bad acid trip at a party that resulted in an anxiety attack. An escape from the party on a golf cart, and a simple reminder to look up at the starry sky cured my anxiety.
A long history of deep, thoughtful, well-informed experiments with psychedelics influenced much of these recordings, and you can hear Bill's uncanny sensitivity to sound throughout the album. Upon pressing play we are introduced to "On Yawn", an immediately strange and sensational recording of what sounds like cars passing overhead while you're under a bridge. Images of impossibly dark early mornings and hallucinations may come to mind as the sounds of Loud of Unknowing filter through your ears.
"Unprepared Piano" is an ambient break from the typically rhythmic parts of the album, offering fresh cold air like a Midwest winter. "Yikes" will throw you for a loop, a sharp turn into harsh territory. Merz-who?
The title track (not shown on Bandcamp) is included on the cassette version, a 57-minute foray into drone and concrète, specifically designed as an LSD come-up. Those who are able to grip the physical version of this release should simply flip to side B to experience the piece.
The titles, cover artwork and overall disposition of the release show us yet another side of Bill's character; honesty. Raw as an offering, these pieces are lone experiments that were never intended to leave the home desktop. Washburn puts up no fronts, and simply has agreed to my wishes of sharing his music with the world. I believe we're better off with it.
*Available as a free digital download, the cassette version includes an inside cover with art by Bill.*
released December 17, 2018
bill would like to thank [for getting and/or keeping him here]: Being; Lynn, Roger and Laura; Lex; Berti; Eric Peyer; Ryan Hall; Rebecca Morgan; Adam Dada; Pip Klibanow; Shawn Kawa; M50; Dreamlogicc; Gera; Lokua; Keter Darker; Ashina Hamilton; Claude Young; Phonaut; Podval; Diane's Hunting Camp; Jon Strout; Jim Ebersol; WNUR; Flavian Wallace; Eric Ricks; Albert Hofmann; Jiddu Krishnamurti; Terrance & Dennis McKenna; Sasha Shulgin; Leah & Linus; Bill Wilson; Dr. Bob; Freud; Jung; Albert Einstein; Dan Birk; Blue Mitchell; Eric Dolphy; Robert Johnson; Louis Armstrong; Kelan Phil Cohran; Drew Halley; Michael Collett; John Gorman; Anthony Dente; Plus Aziz; Dominic Mazzoni & Roger Dannenberg; Linus Torvalds; Daniel Dennett; Antonio Damasio; Alex Grey; Horkheimer and Adorno; Gutenberg; Edison; Graham Bell; Lao-Tze; Abraham; Moses; Christ; Muhammad; Siddhartha Gautama; Confucius; Mu-Mon; Paul of Tarsus; Crowley; Carlos Castaneda; Zach Corn; Dick Hwang; Nathaniel Parks; Bill Watterson; Charles Schultz; Richard Pryor; Socrates; Robin Williams; George Carlin; Lewis Black; Doug Stanhope; Damon Albarn; Buster Keaton; Forest Management; K-Rad; Valentine; Slowerson; Aaron & Molly; Elbe; Katya; Mmisha; Julia; Youliana; Kant; Dave Matthews; Berliner; Seal; Eyedea & Abilities; Less than Jake; Themselves; Atmosphere; Steven Phipps; Colin Miller; Kevin Cassell; Paula Shonsky; Terry Haag; Bobby McFerrin; Eli Whitney; Beef Martin; Steve Boop; Ben Fink; Zaq Tylwalk; Pat Webster; Matt Benedek; Shawn Witherow; Mrs. Cardoli; Barb Brinkley; Larry Schmaus; Mel McConnell; Ray Mandell; Mozart; Beethoven; Bach; Debussy; Aaron Copland; John Williams; Ray Kroc; Machiavelli; Marx; Mark Twain; Saul Bellow; Heidegger; C.S. Lewis; Joni Mitchell; Tool; Trent Reznor; Les Paul; Bob Moog; Orville & Wilbur Wright; Steve & Shannon Royer; Henry Ford; Augustine of Hippo; Thomas Aquinas; Howard Thurman; Houston Smith; Martin Luther; Martin Luther King Jr.; Harriet Tubman; Rosa Parks; Dick Gregory; Shakespeare; Gary Burton; Ray Brown; Sarah Dupuis; John McLaughlin; Ben Franklin; Miles Davis; Art Tatum; Gil Scott Heron; Wes Anderson; George Orwell; Marcel Marceau; Eddie Harris; Louis Pasteur; Oliver Hart; Michael Hedges; Bill Butler; Elton John; 5th Dimension; Mamas and the Papas; The Temptations; Eddie Murphy; Chris Scales; Timothy Leary; Richard Alpert; Aileen Hill; Pink Floyd; Nietzsche; Hegel; Rick Strassman; Maurice Sendak; Chris Van Allsburg; Rex Neiger; Gorn! Joe & Skip; George & Wyn; Raffi; The Rolling Stones; The Beatles; Sean Graves; The Who; Bob Dylan; DaVinci; Rembrandt; Picasso; Van Gogh; Lord Baden Powell; Fermi; Aldous Huxley; Fred Astaire; Jimmy Stewart; Herbert Marcuse; Jon Gainor; John Dewey; Susan Sontag; William James; David Lynch; David Hume; The Eames; Patton Oswalt; David Manos; Philip Roth; David Cross; Ray Bradbury; J.M. Barrie; Shel Silverstein; Lewis Carroll; A.A. Milne; Roald Dahl; Copernicus; Galileo; Pasteur; The American Heritage Dictionary; Wikipedia; Pizza and himself...
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Jeez. This is brilliant! It’s been a minute since I became totally engrossed in some music and had to just stop and sit my @$$ down to take it in. Skydrift Mode especially is … transportative. Is that a word? If not it needs to be added to MW just to describe this track. Amazing EP! wormgear