A precocious and hyper-prolific fanzine publisher, multi-instrumentalist, basement pop producer, sound recordist, and shortwave radio fanatic, the first 25 years of Myke Weiskopf's life were structured around an insular and obsessive drive to capture the world in sound. Weiskopf amassed thousands of hours of tape and released dozens of homebrew cassettes before moving to Boston in late 1995, where he recorded three acclaimed electronic pop albums under the pseudonym SCIENCE PARK.
On the occasion of his thirtieth birthday in 2006, Weiskopf resurfaced to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of his life in avant-garde pop with this 74-minute audio autobiography. Starting in 1991 and rubber-banding through the years in a ProTools-powered time machine, "30" offers an impressionistic portrait of a life lived solely for the love of sound. Containing highlights of the material that inspired publications from SPIN Magazine to the Boston Globe to herald Weiskopf's fast-blooming talent, the bulk of the disc is given over to the previously-unreleased work that privately defined his vision: found sound, shortwave interceptions, demos, alternate mixes, and other aural miscellany.
30 is a compelling, quixotic, melodic, entrancing, and singular body of work, recommended to fans of the Conet Project, Holger Czukay, Folk Implosion, Art of Noise, His Name Is Alive, NPR’s Lost and Found Sound, Magnetic Fields, the Tape-beatles, and They Might Be Giants.
released February 21, 2014
Recorded at home and away between 1991 and 2005
Remastered in Los Angeles, CA, February 2014
All songs written and produced by Myke D Weiskopf (BMI)
except 3 by Eschatfische / Weiskopf and 27 by Eschatfische
Myke D Weiskopf: Guitar, bass, drum machines, electronics, accordion, shortwave, tapes, & vocals
Eschatfische: Electronics and tapes on 3 + 27, trombone on 3
Mike Rubin: Bass on 2 + 19
Johanna Weller-Fahy: Vocals on 17 + 29
Engineers (1991-2005): Brian Charles, Peter Linnane, Myke D Weiskopf, and Pete Weiss
Remix Engineer (2006): Matt Jugenheimer
Remastering (2014): Myke D Weiskopf
Graphic design: Todd M. LeMieux [www.toddlemieux.com]
Artist photography by Kelly Davidson [www.kellydavidsonstudio.com]