September 18th, 2016

Letter from the Editor

The Internet, Hyperobjects, and the Artifice of Me
Gabriel Chad Boyer

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In this age of cultural criticism, punditry, general micro-blogging and endless gaffes, shock, and outrage on the internet and beyond—although mostly on the internet, perhaps in part because it’s a place that exists nowhere, like the Na-koja-abad of muslim mysticism, the Persian term for utopia, which literally means, “the place that exists nowhere”—but also because it is currently the primary means through which we interact with our society and also the average American’s primary means for self-expression in general. This bodiless heaven, where we can instantly and immediately be gratified of any unbodily need we have while our actual bodies fester in the increasing hell of our actual room, is an interiority exposed and the internal uploaded into the closest our technology has come to mind, with servers as stand-ins for the more mundane ganglia of people and people as stand-ins for the more mundane mind of the masses.


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September 5th, 2016

Thalatta Twice

Sorry, Kale Drinkers: Trump’s Rampage Isn’t a Resurgence of American Bigotry or a Reichstag Fire—The Problem’s Less Sexy, More Fundamental


[Thalatta Twice is a website dedicated to comparing contemporary events to antiquity. The below is one of their posts. You can follow Mutable's own Gabriel Boyer for more Trump coverage here.]


The Praetorians, apprehensive that, in this private contract, they should not obtain a just price for so valuable a commodity, ran out upon the ramparts; and, with a loud voice, proclaimed that the Roman world was to be disposed of to the best bidder by public auction.


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December 8th, 2015


Outside the Lines Summer Music Project

Falling Boxes

20 Tracks | Digital Download | $5 | Now Available


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Falling Boxes is the product of a summer spent in a circle making sounds with drums and boom sticks and piano and keyboard and recorder and harmonica and meshing all these sounds together into a single larger hodge podge of sound. It is a collaboration of very different hands and a chaos only barely twisted into a variety of shapes. Mutable’s own Gabriel Boyer worked with the men and woman at Outside the Lines Studio to record covers from the distant past and the recent present, as well as extended freak-outs that sometimes went nowhere, but every once in a while went somewhere amazing! This is a sound collage of raw material and it is yet another unusual weird-o masterpiece, with all proceeds going to the Outside the Lines Studio!


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December 6th, 2015

My Asinine Life

Tongues are for Drinking
Gabriel Chad Boyer

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So here’s a person without cares within the larger care-riddled world, and this person then takes on certain responsibilities. This person is known to have a very irresponsible outlook on life, and this person readily accepts a situation in which being careful and watchful are necessary requirements. This person moves a person they care most about in the world from her familiar environment and off to another less familiar environment. This person has the best of intentions, and we know how those can be paved to build roads that lead to places far from heaven. This is where we are now. It’s called Boston.


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November 22nd, 2015

The Making it Free Project

MUT014: Other Occasions Not Minded

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As we continue with our project to convert all audio product to free download, we have chosen a truly revolutionary synthesis of experimental electronica and noise art. Other Occasions Not Minded is the product of a collaboration between Lineland’s Malcolm Felder and Crank Sturgeon. “I wanted something that breaks from the peaceful, wordless universe of Lineland, something more meandering and experimental.” Felder says, “Collaborating with Matt seemed like an exciting way to do that. Though it seems our approach is at opposite ends of the spectrum, there is a humanness to his brand of noise that I love, and working with his material was immense fun.” The album they’ve crafted bridges noise, melody, spoken word, and electronica, creating a world of music that can be at times infectious, at times challenging, at times funny, and at times sublime.


And now, this album is available for free download here. Be sure to keep checking in as we continue to make each and every one of our Mutable albums free!

November 13th, 2015

The Untitled Michael Lewy
Luther Phillips

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Michael Lewy’s art exists in spaces that are often bare of even desolation, and utilizes common usually office-related objects to then re-interpret or re-examine them in an abstractified way. There is something very etherealized and conceptualizing about his CGI interpretations of office environments and other equally meaningless spaces, and something appealing too, but my favorite of Lewy’s works always have some sort of story to them—a simple image that suggests some larger story we are missing or a video project that is much about the back-story of his trapped minuscule double for example. (I am thinking of the video projection piece in the City of Work series, that gives us a glimpse of a minuscule Lewy in a CGI workplace dealing with his solitude poorly.)


But my favorite example of Lewy’s abilities as a filmmaker is a newer piece, Bigfoot Island—featured below—in which the striking juxtaposition of virtual space invading real space is then flopped on its head when that ubiquitous tiny Lewy slips inside a hole in his floor to go exploring in a world that can at times be bright and almost psychedelic and at times has a very Edward Gorey feel.


Lewy’s filmwork reminds me a little bit of all kinds of different directors—the purposeful artificiality of Wes Anderson, the slow-mo shots at the beginning of Melancholia, the blatant artifice in films like Eyes Wide Shut and The Ninth Gate, and the supernatural emptiness so characteristic of David Lynch. What these films share, and what is true of Lewy’s work specifically, is a black comedy / lighthearted horror with at its core this very blatant artifice—when the characters in Twin Peaks begin suddenly shaking, when in Eyes Wide Shut, Tom Cruise picks up a newspaper and the headline, after a very near run-in with death, says, “LUCKY TO BE ALIVE”. It’s a joke where no one is laughing not even the artist, but one in which we all sit back and calmly appreciate the profound beauty of this horrific gag.


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November 11th, 2015

The Lit Pub

The Lit Pub reviews Welcome to Weltschmerz
Matt Ampleman

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I wanted to walk away from this book as if a newly single man from a conflict-wrought relationship. I wanted to forego any sense of duty to the protagonist and his attendant world. But I had to see things through.


Friends, to read Gabriel Chad Boyer’s book, Welcome to Weltschmerz, is to enter into a conversation with an interlocutor that will break all the rules of polite authorship, but you find you cannot leave for niceties sake, for interest, then for sheer incredulity and inspiration at the arc of the story before you. It is like talking to a homeless man, at whom you are nodding out of politeness until you realize that he knows every line of John Berryman’s Dream Songs and can recite them backwards.


Boyer’s memoir follows a younger version of himself around the perimeter of the U.S. on a failing quest to perform bedroom theater in the homes of strangers and friends in a few keystone cities. The result is a journey fraught with engine failure, interpersonal conflict, and many empty, cold nights in a VW minibus without his side-kick Jill.


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February 27th, 2015

the Making it Free Project

MUT001: A Journey to Happiness Island

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For our next conversion to free download in our on-going project to make every audio product we’ve ever put out free, we’ve chosen the first album Mutable ever released. A Journey to Happiness Island is a children’s album that’s not for kids, a darkly comic journey from the mediocre Ing-land to the fantastical Happiness Island. Mister Tadpole takes Billy and his friends on a journey to the bottom of the ocean and into outer space and to the outskirts of Jupiter, while all the while singing educational songs about quantum mechanics and not setting your sights too high. Lots of fun for the whole family of adult arthropods!


A Journey to Happiness Island came about one weekend when Malcolm and myself got together with a bunch of other musical troublemakers. We spent three days improvising our way from one side of madness to the other. And now, this story album is available for free download here. Be sure to keep checking in every month as we continue to make each and every one of our Mutable albums free!