14 May

Through a simple Tweet from V&R Tapes i came by 3 Thickly Painted Walls albums to download free. Thickly Painted Walls the one man experimental music project by Stefan F. Walz from New Jersey, is an improvisation where all kinds of folk, avant styles come together and clash in their own very distinct way.

Wichsen Vixen (when downloading, right click & Save Target in under the VBR MP3 column) Butterknife & Disconeck (Hit the Regular Download button after the figure Countdown)

 Butterknife, in his own words: “Originally the concept for “butterknife” was to make anti-climactic rock/pop songs, the idea was inspired by a cut on my hand from a butterknife. This was metaphor for a dullness that is still defined and noticeable. Though the album strayed from concept at some point. – I think this album is primarily about post-relationship feelings.” (Stefan F Walz; Thickly Painted Walls)

Disconeck, in his own words: “On disconeck I used every method of recording that I had used previously, this includes: 4 track, 2-track hi-end tape deck mixing, Garageband editing, digital multi tracking (Fostex), I also even used a VCR to record a part of “Independance Day”, I recorded right onto the VHS tape just using the L and R connections of the RCA connectors.
There is some reappropriations on the album, including some older recording mixed with newer recording, and a sample off some “Opera” tape…

The points raised within Disconeck, were meant to be vast; the old hi-fi vs. lo-fi debate, tests of patience, tolerance, and love are also meant to be endured. Tonality is also a very big issue for me, when people ask why sometimes they cant understand the vocals or why the vocals are low, I tell them because it is just another sound contributing. If I really want people to know what I’m saying I will push them up, like on “oh my god” (which was recorded with 3 tracks I think of overlayed one string acoustic guitar…)

I think the concept of Disconeck was to have many concepts. The ones I’m attempting to explain in this albeit scattered writing. Like another for instance was “go get a job” where all the sounds are made by rubbing the nylon strings of my guitar. Or “america” where the synthetic is set against the “organic”. Or the space sounds of the tale of rape in “midnight cowboy”. The pathos attempt at pop in “Buddha”. And finally ending with a dedication to the listener in “for you”. (S.F.W. – Thickly Painted Walls)


  1. nsfw May 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    also video here with a link to the cult classic album “fashionista” from 2008

    • ArthManual May 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

      Urgh! Yep Thanks SFW – Stefan F Walz? 😉

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