My newest (and biggest!) project Egg Helmet Ensemble: Inner-world Music will be broadcast on December 20th at 8pm. Featuring Stop Motion Orchestra + members of Austin's creative music community (Bob Hoffnar, Henna Chou, Seetha Shivaswamy, Alan Retamozo, James Brinkley, Braedon Avants, and Ben DeGain) playing new music composed by yours truly. After the music there will be a Q&A where I will discuss the project and answer any questions.
This project is supported by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
I played guitar on this cover of the Cardiacs tune Fiery Gun Hand with some folks from bands I really like (Time of Orchids/Kayo Dot/Brown Whornet!). Trying to recreate the crazy guitar solo from the original (a studio creation made out of several takes) was a fun challenge.
Stop Motion Orchestra - Ugly Numbers EP (2012)
Here is the recently rediscovered first Stop Motion Orchestra recording from 2012 recorded at Nicholas Taplin's house. I decided to scrap it at the time and eventually recorded Instant Everything myself, but I found it enjoyable to revisit. We actually recorded a full album including several tunes which ended up on Instant Everything! but these tunes disappeared with the next lineup of the band.
Jibber & Twitch final show / Charlie Duncan farewell
Jul 20, 2019
Jibber & Twitch will play our final show 8/2/19 at The Lost Well. Come see our drummer off as he leaves for Puerto Rico! Here is a video from earlier this year
Terraformation’s NMASS video
Jul 19, 2017
Here is some very pretty footage of our entire set from NMASS:
You can support the wonderful organization that made this and countless other events in Austin possible here http://nmassfest.org/2017-donation-page/
Terraformation to play NMASS!
Jul 1, 2017
I’m very excited to announce that Terraformation, my longstanding project with Ben DeGain, will play Austin’s NMASS festival this year. We’ll be backed by Austin musicians Eric McFarlin (bass) and Braedon Avants (drums) for a full band set on July 15, and Ben and I will play as a duo July 16. This will be our first ever performance in Austin, and first time playing together since 2009! More info at http://nmassfest.org/
We’ve been rehearing with Ben long distance, as you can see in this video:
Nick Prol & The Proletarians - Loon Attic
May 14, 2017
I’m honored to appear alongside some of my favorite musicians on this great album. I just contributed a few guitar solos, but the whole thing is definitely worth checking out
I am on the latest episode of Austin music podcast Chasing Sound! I did a long interview sandwiched between some spacey improvisations with hosts Andrew Noble and Kirk Duval. You can check it out here: http://www.chasingsound.net/episodes/episode-46-mo-ha-dev
New Terraformation track
Terraformation (Mohadev & Ben DeGain) have a new album in the works, and we took a break to record this track. Its a cover of a 7shades tune, and is part of a compilation, the sales of which go to raise money to help cover medical expenses for Tim Smith (Cardiacs). We are proud of this track, the album and remix compilation are great, and I can’t imagine a better cause:
Announcing Jibber & Twitch!
I’m thrilled to announce the debut of my new project: a tribute to my favorite band, Cardiacs! Jibber & Twitch is myself and Charlie (Stop Motion Orchestra, Obnosticon) on guitar and drums, TJ (Foot Patrol) on keys, Pat (Pataphysics, Zoms Zoms) on vocals, and Julien (Brown Whornet, Churchwood) on bass. Our first show will be at Grizzly Hall July 1st (the weekend of Tim Smith’s birthday).
KOOP interview Jan 3rd
Members of Stop Motion Orchestra (including myself) will join members of Thinking Plague on Austin’s progressive rock radio show, Virtual Noise, Jan 3rd from 5:30 - 7:00. We’ll discuss our upcoming TX shows and more. 91.7 FM in Austin, or streaming on Koop.org
More Thinking Plague Tx dates Jan 2016Nov 25, 2015
More Thinking Plague dates have been confirmed:
Houston Jan 7
San Antonio Jan 8 (with Stop Motion Orchestra)
Austin Jan 9 (with Stop Motion Orchestra)
Dallas Jan 10
Thinking Plague in Austin 2016Aug 12, 2015
I’m very excited to have played a part in bringing one of my favorite bands to Austin. Thinking Plague will be playing their first Austin show at Salvage Vanguard Theater January 9th, sponsored by Church of the Friendly Ghost, with Stop Motion Orchestra!
Buy tickets here.
Animal Shelter ImprovJuly 15, 2015
I recently got the opportunity to improvise at Austin Animal Center with Henna Chou and Sarah Ann. I set up my guitar so the cats could play it too. It was a lot of fun! Thanks Henna for the invitation:
Stop Motion Orchestra rehearsal vidJune 1, 2015
Here is 4/5 of Stop Motion Orchestra rehearsing one of our new tunes:
Stop Motion Orchestra - Instant Everything! video
January 6, 2015
Stop Motion Orchestra has a new video:
Stop Motion Trio - News and Ice Cream Live at Slaughterhouse
October 30, 2014
Here’s a live, “unplugged” version of News and Ice Cream that Mohadev, Alden, and Louk recorded last year:
Stop Motion Orchestra - Mystery Grandma video
July 1, 2014
Here is a video by visual artist Steev Hise for Mystery Grandma, from Stop Motion Orchestra - Instant Everything!:
Mystery Grandma by Stop Motion Orchestra from steev hise on Vimeo.
Stop Motion Orchestra - Little Smiles video
June 15, 2014
Here is the first song/video from Stop Motion Orchestra - Instant Everything!:
Staying Up To Date
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Stop Motion Orchestra album preview
March 31, 2014
Stop Motion Orchestra is working on our debut album, which will hopefully be released some time this year. I tried to make this preview under a minute, but 1'30" isn't bad:
Terraformation - Drifting on Course
August 11, 2013
Here is a tune off the first (no longer available) Terraformation album from 2008:
Karda Estra - Mondo Profondo
July 18, 2013
In addition to the new Terraformation album (see 'Releases'), Benjamin DeGain and myself also made contributions to the new Karda Estra album, Mondo Profondo. We both played on 'Mondo Profondo 2,' but I can unreservedly recommend the whole album, and the CD comes coupled with the fantastic 2011 release 'New Worlds.'
Order a CD at http://www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/1139.htm
Earth Size Diamonds - Alien Science out now
June 29, 2012
The new Earth Size Diamonds album is now available:
June 26, 2012
Experimental rock band Impossible Map now has its own website, where I'll be posting audio, video, and images regularly. Impossible Map is Steve Smith - sampler/synth, David Beck - drums, Eric McFarlin - bass, Mohadev - guitar, plus various guests.
New Terraformation album finished!
Feb 12, 2012
The fourth Terraformation album is recorded and mixed, and we are currently working out the release details (hopefully it will be available as a CD and download before the summer). In addition to the core lineup of myself (Mohadev) and Ben DeGain, we have several of our favorite musicians contributing this time around. I'm not sure how objective I can be about the way this album sounds at this point, but I think it is simultaneously more subdued/introverted and more experimental. Here is unmastered track from the album:
Terraformation - New Song by Mohadev
New Earth Size Diamonds in the works
Feb 01, 2012
I'm currently working on a follow up to In A Shrinking Forest. It should be completed some time in
MarchApril, and will definitely be available before the summer. Ben DeGain (Terraformation) will be playing drums, and Eric McFarlin (Ugly Numbers) is on board to play bass! There will likely be a few other guests, and possibly vocals (a first for Egg Helmet).
Also, here is a short clip from the film I scored this past fall: