You’re For Me (Featuring JC Cassis)

Here’s a new groove for #MusicMonday: an updated version of the Hepnova track You’re For Me with vocals by the fierce and fabulous Ms. JC Cassis.   The original version of You’re For Me was on our eponymous 2009 album and featured vocals by Hepnova co-founder Nicholas Dibiase.

The electric guitar solo (you know, the part where you wonder, “who invited The Edge to this Silk Road hoe down?”) was played by the brilliant Dr. Bob Devine.  And the crazy synth sounds you hear near the end come from the legendary Swedish SidStation.

Here are some reviews we have been getting:

JC calls You’re For me “a down-and-dirty country banger in the style of Johnny Cash.”

Mediocre Student says, “I like JC’s voice. and the pipa at the beginning. it’s like Detroit Chinatown. Your music has kind of a limping, offbeat rhythm which is a nice contrast to the incessant and calculated thrust of the bullshit Gaga house music I’ve been hearing in the Castro.” (*Actually the “pipa” sound is just a really cheap toy nylon string guitar, but also probably made in China, so I guess we are on the right track.)

Prestonism: “RAD to the MAX”

@ToniaMBartz: “GORGEOUS”

@KrysVS: “i would give it a “wow” to a “very wow”

@ClowerPower: “I could picture this on the soundtrack for a Tarantino film!!! ”

@AlexBerger: “A very fun retro feel!”

@JackAlert : “Can’t wait for #MusicMonday! Awesome new @Hepnova mix:… I think I might be in love with @JCCassis

Can’t Stop Remix


I just finished the dance remix of Can’t Stop Myself From Loving You by JC Cassis and Tom Lowe.

Here is the original track and the new HEPNOVA remix, an exclusive version featuring Nicholas DiBiase on guitar, only available here.


LS & Kris Remix the Building

Playing the Building: An Installation by David Byrne

Last summer, Kris and I went to David Byrne’s Playing the Building installation in Lower Manhattan, which consisted of an old organ rewired to trigger various mechanisms that play sounds off of architectural elements in the building. We recorded audio of us playing the building, which we remixed into a new musical composition for Day 1 of 4-in-4.

Remixing the Building, our reinterpretation of Byrne’s installation, is less a piece of music and more a soundscape portrait that at once scoffs at traditional notions of tonality and probes the turbid depths of human experience; those who experience it will never be the same. Roughly fashioned into three micromovements, the opening unrolls an atmospheric audio-palate onto which is grafted a slowly evolving series of events, each representing both the manifestation of a physical structure, and the emotional reaction of one’s lived experience within it. The second part introduces an unsettled urgency whose rhythmic kernel is the nonsensical babbling of a young child, conveying innocent, redemptive purity juxtaposed against a decrepit physical structure which had long been used but recently abandoned. With this musical patchwork having been established, a series of lyrical melodies based on an F-B-C progression strives upward in a representation of humankind’s elemental ambition to become god. A limping offbeat invokes the image of Wilford Brimley-esque geriatric exhaustion, ultimately giving way to a dissatisfied sigh of resignation. Silence is abruptly shattered by an angry cacophany, in what listeners will recognize as a rudely conceived false ending. This coda is short lived, however, as even the last gasps of strength mustered by humanity have failed to forestall the ultimate outcome of existential failure. The final stab of sound is less a dying breath, and more the lifeless noise of a flinching corpse. This score leads us to consider the brevity and meaningless of life, and the futility of our naive attempts to assert ourselves against the cruel machinations of an indifferent cosmos.

4-in-4 is a group event based on the New York University ITP resident researchers’ project 7 in Seven and the ITP student project 5-in-5, both of which took place in 2008. The premise goes something like this:

Do a creative project every day for four straight days, starting Monday, January 12th, 2009.

Projects must be completed in a day, so they need to be as compact as they are creative.

Each project needs a name and documentation posted by the end of the day. It should be a stand-alone accomplishment.