Floating Glasses is a solo ambient, noise, drone, doom, post-rock project. I mainly improvise my pieces and layer parts together in my home studios in Alameda and west Oakland. Most compositions are guitar through an extensive amount of effect pedals. I also use analog and software synths, bass and samples. I played guitar in the stoner/doom project The Worship of Silence for over 10 years. I've also collaborated with a number of other musicians over the years in The Maid of Orleans and City of Heracleion as well as a few currently unreleased projects waiting to be finished.
My goal with the production of this album was to make something that sounded better the louder you turned it up. I love dynamics and many modern albums sacrifice dynamics for the so-called "loudness wars" which not only give you a solidly loud album all the way through but tend to sound worse the louder you turn them up. I wanted my album to be subtle at low volumes and roar when cranked up.
Gear: for the recording of this album I used my custom Electrical Guitar Company double neck. The first song was tuned to B standard and the second song to A standard. For amps I used a Sunn Concert Lead into a Sunn 2x15BH. For effects I relied heavily on my Eventide H9 and Space reverb as well as my Moog ring-mod, MuRF, ClusterFlux and Delay. The Toneczar Vault was my main fuzz and I used the Hexe Revolver II and Red Panda Particle for the chopped up bits at the beginning and ending of Not a Through Street along with a Boomerang Looper. Everything you hear in this song is a guitar...some synths were used in Pockets of Silence but not in Not a Through Street.
Pockets of Silence is based on the painter Mark Rothko and contains a sample of a quote of his. “When I was a younger man, art was a lonely thing. No galleries, no collectors, no critics, no money. Yet, it was a golden age, for we all had nothing to lose and a vision to gain. Today it is not quite the same. It is a time of tons of verbiage, activity, consumption. Which condition is better for the world at large I shall not venture to discuss. But I do know, that many of those who are driven to this life are desperately searching for those pockets of silence where we can root and grow. We must all hope we find them.”