Nothing to be Afraid Of
The Creeping Man's sixth independent release (April 2020) features heavy use of a new toy in TCM's knob-twiddling arsenal--the Elektron Digitakt. This is the first TCM release where parts of tracks were recorded on a digital audio workstation, namely for a pitch-shifting feature not found on the Tascam Portastudio standalone recorder. Nothing to be Afraid Of returns to TCM's love of atmospheric sound collage, drones, and electronic minimalism.
The full ten track release, clocking in at 33 minutes, can be downloaded for free at Bandcamp. Here's a taste of what Nothing to be Afraid Of has to offer--the last track, The Marks of Death.
This is the video for the track Betty
A Hit and Miss Proposition is a three track e.p. released the summer of 2019. While The Creeping Man is known for experimental, dark ambient sound collage, he also enjoys downtempo electronica. This is TCM's excursion into lazy, mellow grooves.
This e.p. is a DAWless recording that features the Korg Electribe Sampler 2, the Electribe, and the Monologue. The Strymon Big Sky reverb adds a little shimmer to the proceedings. As always, this can be downloaded for free on Bandcamp.
The following promotional video features snippets of the songs Glass Jaw, Haymaker, and Down and Out.
The summer of 2019 was a productive one for The Creeping Man. His most popular release to date, "Handbook" blends sound collage and musical aesthetics into a seven track, 22-minute sortie. Check out a couple of the tracks below and the Instagram promo video...
Don't forget, all tracks are free to download on my Bandcamp page
Metalworks is the most ambient TCM release to date. Recorded in the dead of winter 2018 at
a home studio in Minneapolis, this DAWless 4-track e.p. clocks in at just under 20 minutes.
Here is the entire album. Enjoy.
File Error is considered the first true Creeping Man release. This three track e.p. of dark atmospheres was recorded in the summer of 2018 using a batch of new hardware: Novation Circuit, Roland Scooper, Roland System-1, Bastle Kastle, Bastle Bitranger, Strymon Big Sky, and bits and pieces of ephemeral audio from the public domain. DAWless recording on a Tascam Portastudio.
Prior to File Error, The Creeping Man was more focused on minimal techno sounds, recording--and failing quite a bit--as he learned his way around drum machines and synths. This e.p. marked a shift in focus to more dark ambient soundscapes, although from time to time in later sound excursions you will hear some beats rise to the surface.
Seven Percent culls a few highlights between 2015 - 2018 that Chris Campbell recorded before deciding upon The Creeping Man identity. These eight tracks, with perhaps the exception of JBS, were more personal sound discoveries rather than fully formed and realized recordings. Nevertheless, they mark a desire to return to the experimental recording Campbell did back in the late 1980's to early 1990's. The aforementioned JBS track is an homage to the one-man Wisconsin recording artist Joy Before The Storm, who through two independent cassette only releases thirty years ago made an indelible mark in the future Creeping Man's psyche.
And the video for the track Crimson Executioner
Due to tepid demand, The Creeping Man is now offering cassettes from the back catalog. File Error and Metalworks, two e.p.'s from 2018, are combined onto one orange-tinted cassette, titled, interestingly enough, File Error / Metalworks.
The second cassette is the full release of 2019's The Complete Handbook of Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Both limited edition tapes come in handmade J-cards and are packaged with random paraphernalia culled from various Creeping Man art projects. Visit the merch page for more information.
Below are two Instagram videos created to promote Knobs: the first is an offer to receive a FREE Knobs cassette tape. Watch the video to see how to get yours.
The second is a general Knobs promotional video.
The seventh Creeping Man release is finally here. Knobs is a ten-track, 40 minute odyssey into experimental soundscapes. This was a fun project to pull together--many hours were spent poring through public domain movies and filmstrips to find suitably odd spoken word samples to complement each track. Shortened videos will be uploaded each Tuesday on the Creeping Man Instagram page. Full-length videos will appear on this page, uploaded about once per week. Knobs, like other Creeping Man releases, can be downloaded for free on my Bandcamp page.
This is the video for the track How to Say No