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Musical Advent Calendar + Let's Talk About Christmas
Posted on December 09, 2013 at 18:26

Hey guys! I'm in the midst of making an Advent Calendar of free music, mostly of the "sloppy folk songs recorded on any of several tape machines in varying states of disrepair" variety, kind of inspired by the cassette albums I used to make with my brothers when I was a kid. Some of the songs are happy, some of them are sad, all of them are a bit of a mess. These are the ones I've done so far:

Summoning Ritual
Regression Sickness, Parts I & II
The Landing
Pink Plastic Tree Song
Idyll No. 1 (Parking Lot Scene)
Regression Sickness, Part III

If you want to follow along, that'd be great. I'll be posting them to my SoundCloud each day: https://soundcloud.com/hlemke

While we're on the subject, I'd really like to know some things about you. Christmas is a time thick with memories for most people I know, and that's by turns beautiful and kind of oppressive. So: what about you?

Do you actually like Christmas? What are some of your strongest memories from this time of year? Does it mean anything in particular to you? What makes it hard/nice for you? etc.


Space Hymns (2013 Space Theodicy Edition)
Posted on October 27, 2013 at 01:36

So maybe some of you remember my first couple of music releases, which were released as ultra-low-bit-rate MP3s. I've significantly expanded those releases and reissued them as of tonight. So, happy Sunday morning (it's 12:30 where I am).

Stream/download (high bit rate): http://brotherandroid.bandcamp.com/album/space-hymns-2013-space-theodicy-edition
Download (low bit rate): dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6497403/space_hymns_complete_24kbps.zip

Brother Android's first two releases in all their original glory and then some. This quadruple EP contains all the tracks from Space Hymns and the Scientific Satellite EP, plus 16 new friends. Bursting at the bits with tunes & beats, blips & bleeps, squawks, squeaks, noise, & the occasional silence (for reflection). Stories of lonely voyages, desolation, mysterious sights, & the glory of God.

Tracks 1-8 are the "Tiny Spaceship EP."
Tracks 9-16 are the "Scientific Satellite EP."
Tracks 17-24 are the "Cold Planet EP."
Tracks 25-32 are the "Final Landing EP."

To obtain a sonically correct copy:
1. Download the Bandcamp release in the file format of your choice, and convert to 24 kbps MP3 format; or
2. Download the release here, already downsampled for maximum warmth & splendor: dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6497403/space_hymns_complete_24kbps.zip

This edition is fully backwards compatible with all previous editions. Alternate canons also supported.

Lift up your synthesizers and play.

Music, Twitter, Life
Posted on September 11, 2013 at 17:22

So my last two posts were all about my music, but I guess I wasn't quite finished.

This is the first full-length album of my folk music project. It's about some things I went through, mostly a couple of years ago, though some of it's the kind of stuff that doesn't really end. If you are into lyric-centered acoustic music with shouting and tape hiss and wow and flutter, you might like it.

Stream/download it for free here: http://harrisonlemke.bandcamp.com/album/what-ails-us

Also, are any of you guys on Twitter? I don't really do much in the way of social media, but I've kind of warmed up to Twitter because it's a lot less invasive of people's privacy and can kind of be whatever you want it to be. So I'm there; you can follow me if there aren't enough links and bad jokes on your feed already: https://twitter.com/hplemke

I'm also playing my first-ever chiptune show in Austin, TX tomorrow night. And by "playing" I mean something more like "pushing play." Chiptune shows are kind of weird like that. Hopefully it won't be a total bust, though. I'm assuming none of you live anywhere nearby, but if anyone does and wants to come, let me know.

Also, I'm starting a software QA job next week. So that's a thing. I have some loans to pay off and grad school to potentially prepare for, so... yeah. Here's to hoping the adult world isn't as bad as it sounds. Do any of you work "in industry," as they say? I figure I can't be the only person here who accidentally grew up sometime in the last five years.

Folk Tunes Upon Folk Tunes
Posted on August 28, 2013 at 15:39

So since I was last around here, the majority of my creative energy has actually gone to a lyrically-centered folk music project featuring sloppy harmonica playing, tape hiss, angst, and other instruments. I've written and recorded LOTS of stuff that still is not online for one reason or another but there are some songs you can check out on my SoundCloud page:


I also have a mini-album of mostly-depressing Christmas-themed songs that I made (mostly) last winter. I know it's not the time of year for it exactly, but you can get it for free here if you want:


Anyway, I have a couple of releases I'm working on finishing right now, so if you like this at all, stay tuned.

Other Stuff
I read through my old blog posts on this site. A sincere apology to everyone who was around for those days because I used to be a real brat. I'd delete them but it's good to remember where you came from once in a while.

So what's new with you? Does anyone else here do non-electronic music?

Chiptunes Upon Chiptunes
Posted on August 24, 2013 at 20:22

So I haven't posted here in a while, to say the least. But the last couple times I popped in out of nowhere to post music I made and then disappear, you guys actually listened to it, so it's time to do that again. But I might not disappear. But don't count on it.


This is my weird prog/metal/ambient album that I wrote in some kind of an att. One guy one time said it was a "tour-de-force"; what a nice thing to say. Anyway, you can listen to it up above on Bandcamp, and you can download it for free here:


This is my new EP from this summer. It's just one really long song. You can get it on a floppy disk if that sounds like a good idea to you. But you can also download it for free here: https://soundcloud.com/brother-android/black-gate

Lately I've been starting to make NES music instead of all this fake chiptune stuff, and it's really fun actually. I haven't put together much of consequence on that front, but there are a couple on my SoundCloud.

In other news, I finished college and now I'm at that part where I don't know what to do with my life but am pretty sure I don't want to program computers even though that's what I learned in school. Right now I'm torn between trying to make it in life as a musician or becoming an English teacher or both. So that's me. How about you?

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