Video for the song “Onward” from Death Blues: 'Ensemble' LP/book + digital, released by Rhythmplex in September of 2014.
Video Director: Chris Hefner
Over the course of various releases, the self-titled debut Death Blues (Hometapes/Taiga), Here (Rhythmplex), Non-fiction (SIGE), as well as the text only Death Blues manifesto, drummer and percussionist Jon Mueller’s Death Blues project has used sound, performance, and concept to explore ideas around presence and experience. This work culminates in the release of Ensemble, an elaborate book/LP/digital release that features seven essays about our vulnerability, the rawness of our inner lives, and how we move forward in the face of it all. The audio is an elaborate orchestral soundtrack crafted by Mueller and composer/multi-instrumentalist William Ryan Fritch over the course of two years. Like the essays, the music exemplifies complex emotional and textural layers via strings, woodwinds, percussion, and wordless vocals, ranging from cinematic and dreamful to thundering and powerful over the course of its nine tracks. Late artist Lillian Rammel’s hand-made masks from the 1970s are featured throughout the package, symbolizing inward and outward perceptions. The combination of audio, text, and visual create an immersive and broad experience. This is work about people, for people.
Ensemble comes packaged as a deluxe 16pp hardback full color book with a 140 gm LP mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice at Peerless Mastering. The audio download that comes with the Ensemble book/LP also includes two exclusive tracks not available on the standard digital version. Essays by Stacy Blint, Faith Coloccia, Brent Gohde, Sally Haldorson, Chris Koelle, Tom Lecky, and David Ravel.
℗ 2014 Rhythmplex
© 2014 Warm Camera Grumpy Publishing (SESAC)
© 2014 William Ryan Fritch (ASCAP)
© 2014 Chris Hefner