your site for all things preteritewelcome to the official home for jim campbell's activities as the preterite & beyond.
re-release of debut solo double cassette currently in the works
with a beautifully packaged double cd version to follow soon as well...
my two records with tape measure kid (vinyl EPs + live CDs) are still available from denovali records. see here to preview and order...
this video of a short tape measure kid set from this past winter provides a nice bird’s eye view of me & hellmut at work. it also really captures the kind of rapport and telepathy we’ve built through playing together for seven years. the new record is shaping up nicely!
and here for your home viewing pleasure is a full video of my set at noiseberg the other night (you can still grab the audio at the link in the post below). don’t be alarmed: there are brief rolling blackouts between changes in camera perspective but the audio keeps rolling. thanks a lot to regis at noiseberg for the chance to play & for documenting the show. at first i thought this performance was unfocused but it turns out that it was just mental 😉
in all seriousness, it feels very good to be in a place as an improvisor where the music can go where it wants or needs to go & where things can be expressed that may be more important than my occasionally timid notion of how things have to be. that’s what it’s all about. hope you enjoy it too.
here is an endearingly lo-fi room recording of my show in berlin last night, available for streaming or free download courtesy of noiseberg:
a rusty vibraphone quickly becomes a forlorn flock of emo seagulls in this dense little live excerpt from a concert in boulder’s atlas theater, recorded by michael theodore on april 10th, 2010. a big thanks to michael & his crew for a wonderful day. enjoy!
more exclusive shit!
more exclusive polish shit!
bardziej ekskluzywne polskie gówno!
these two tracks were made to accompany the book, mentioned in the previous post, documenting my 2011 tour of poland with hartware medienkunstverein. the first track is a sort of medley of live recordings from the concerts & some field recordings of dear friends & total strangers. the main speaker is michal libera. the second track is a kind of free techno jam that i recorded in the museum in the train station in turnow, warming up before my show. i edited it to incorporate field recordings from the van & my walks.
dedicated with much love to inke arns, thibaut de ruyter, daniel muzyczuk & michal libera & to all our wonderful hosts & guides in poland: you were beautiful.
i wrote a damn short story, yes it is true, the first one in eighteen years.
how the fuck did that happen?
well, i was asked by inke arns of hartware medienkunstverein to write something for a publication to document our tour of poland this last fall (hmkv presents “industrial on tour”). i was invited to contribute whatever i wanted to this book that would include articles from tour comrades & curators inke, thibaut de ruyter, daniel muzyczuk & michal libera.
i don’t want to jinx this one before it’s done, but i am really excited to be able to give you guys a little taste of a long distance filesharing kind of collaboration i’ve been working on these past months with a guy who clearly makes up in passion what he lacks in clothing for his upper body.