From: United States
In order to figure out what my work is all about, it might be useful to watch my videos on YouTube and read my descriptions. Some of my videos are featured below, and my YouTube name is WonderfulEskamut.
Most of the recordings I have are just me, but there are three other guys who are featured here and there. My brother, Adam Beggs, appears prominently on synthesizer on the Cyborg Before Dawn track, which seems to be the one most people like. He composed and performed She's An Angel, all I did on that one was make the recordings and put them together. He was murdered in 2000, but I know he would want to be named because he appeared in a lot of my projects up until then. There's a track on my cd entitled Exploding Robot, which has me and my brother trading out on synthesizer and electric guitar. It's vaguely about the violent effects of industrialization and comes before Cyborg Before Dawn, one of the themes of which is a reconciliation between humans and technology. When I played back the finished edit for my brother, he said "Turn it off. It's bothering my ears." One of my cousins and an unrelated acquaintance also appear a lot. I'm not sure if they would want to be associated with my projects, unless I started to make a whole lot of money. The latter guy once told me that if he and I were in a group together, we would be superstars. I wasn't so confident because I couldn't play anything the same way twice and I never even tried to sound commercial, but I liked to experiment and had production and engineering skills. I am interested in music. You might notice heavy metal, baroque, psychedelic, avant garde, and 1920s hillbilly influences, but I've never cared that much if what I do fits into the music category. Imposing a conventional form is rarely one of my criteria, but Ghost Fugue: Infernal Square Dance is an example where I did that rigorously, though I didn't get or intend conventional results. Those who are hep to my jive may avail themselves of it. I'm not proselytizing for it or trying to seduce anybody. Everybody is welcome here and may also feel free to leave. This may or not apply to my work, but sometimes something that creates cognitive dissonance at first can become more palatable and cause you to revise your understanding of a category. So far, I haven't emailed anybody, but if people in the "fan" or "like" columns want a response, I can easily send one. If others leave comments requesting a response, I can probably put it in the "news" section.
Bob Dylan once said there was no great message in his songs, and George Martin said there was no grand design behind the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. I've got lots of intended messages and grand designs behind my recordings. My cd, Worm Holes and Secret Doors is available from Amazon.