Ghostship Memorial Digital Mixtape
On December 2nd, 2016, a fire engulfed the Ghostship warehouse, and 36 incredible people were stolen from the Bay Area. Among them was a friend, Ben Runnels. We weren't close, but I knew him well enough to love and respect him, and to regret not knowing him better. As I mourned the tragedy and took a deep dive into his music, I started branching out and listening to the music of all of the musicians who were lost. The community that was most affected by the fire was an adjacent electronic scene to the ones that I'm a part of. This stuff was all dark electro and techno; not usually my thing. But as I explored these projects more, the texture of the aesthetic started to emerge, and I felt myself appreciating the tonalities and the risk taking, the discordance and the infectious abrasiveness, not to mention the touching voices, melodies, and poignant lyrics.
Below is a link mixtape of my favorite tracks that I've found. It's a small, small portion of the music that they've produced, but hopefully each link can also serve as a jumping off point for you as well. I'd like to mention that I found that Barrett Clark's label, Katabatik has many compilations that are free to download which include work from many of the artists below. Check out the compilations here.
To donate to the fire relief effort, please make a contribution here.
Peace, love, and art you guys,