May is for mulling - musings from a post residency brain-melt... 

Tis the month of May and I'm in the midst of processing the several months I spent living and composing, recording, editing...in a haunted heritage house on Pleasant Valley Road in Vernon, B.C. The late Sveva Caetani, whose childhood room I resided in for nearly five months, donated this house to the city so that it could serve as a cultural beacon for both locals and guests.my workspace in Sveva's Sermoneta Room - magnolias in full April bloom

Sveva was "a visionary figure in the community with a deep belief in culture, education, knowledge and the importance of artistic endeavours to the well-being of society as a whole. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary year since the family immigrated from Italy to Canada. The patriarch, Leone Caetani, Duke of Sermoneta, was a parliamentarian and celebrated scholar. With the rise in fascism, out of all the places in the world he had travelled, he chose Vernon, having visited the Kootenays in the 1880s." (from www.caetani.org)

I arrived on December 6th and stayed in the Sermoneta Room, Sveva's childhood room, pictured here - top right corner windows on the 2nd floor.

 

My initial proposal was to get to know the community by serenading local residents at a safe distance/virtually but this proved more challenging than I'd anticipated. With the Caetani Centre focused on a new museum project and welcoming Sveva's "Recapitulation" back, I opened up to international commissioned pieces while performing virtually and recording new pieces. What did I do throughout the residency? Here's a glimpse into some of my wanderings and doings.

 

 

 

Wanderings? Vernon, Kal Park (pictured here), Ellison Park, Rail Trail, Rose Swanson, Kits Beach, Black Rock, Sovereign Lake, and Fintry Falls to name but a few...

Concrete Doings? Throughout my stay I gave three interactive virtual concerts that can be re-watched here: January at Dogwood, February at Dogwood (Mercury Retrogrrrrrade Edition), and March at Caetani (featuring ghost of double delay at 7:31).

I composed four private Chanson-O-Gramme commissions as well as El Gran Chocolate (ode to chocolate used to serenade several folks virtually during my stay), Bound To Be The One (Cover Contest for Holy Crap Records), Ode to Dogwood Records (I created both song and video!), and Ode to Zeli the Princess Dog (only experience'able at the end of the March Livestream). 

 

The last song I composed and recorded while at Caetani - Curve of Time - was inspired, in part, by the Recapitulation series/writings by Sveva as well as the book Thought Forms by Besant/Leadbeater. The upcoming Les Chouettes single Idiomatiques (sneaky video premiere featured in the March livestream as well)/Curve of Time will be released at the end of this Month. 

During my stay I rediscovered my love of blazing through books thanks to the local library system. If you are looking for something random to dig into here are my top picks - poetry, nonfiction, fantasy, essays... Write the titles on pieces of paper and pick one out of a hat. 

The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World by David Malouf, Garden Time by W.S. Merrien, Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference by Greta Thunberg, I Am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzan, All About Love: New Beginnings by Bell Hooks, Our House Is On Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis by Greta Thunberg + Family, The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza, We Will Not Cancel Us: And Other Dreams of Transformative Justice by Adrienne Maree Brown, Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Our Malady: Lessons in liberty from a hospital diary by Timothy Snyder, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Kathleen K. Wilkinson, and Little Fortress by Laisha Rosnau.

Little Fortress was the first book I ordered and the last I received. It centers on the true story of Miss Juul who traveled to Canada with the Caetani's for whom she worked as a "personal secretary" but who was so much more. After the passing of Leone, the three women secluded themselves in the house for 25 years until Ofelia passed away and Sveva and Miss Juul stepped back out into the world. I visited the Pleasant Valley Cemetery with some wildflowers and dried grasses from the Caetani grounds and found the three buried together under five trees. Never did I feel a malevolent force in the house, but there was a darkness and melancholy there - a weight that was undeniable. Happy to arrive - happy to go. Ever moving clouds. Ciao!

Poisson d'avril...avec Les Idiomatiques! 

Bonjour les amis...

We're going into hermit-mode for the month of April after several months of video, chansons and custom commission activity. We'll be back soon with info about the brand new single "Idiomatiques" from Les Chouettes - Yé Yé! Want a sneak listen? It's hidden in the final Livestream show here. Till then voici the latest Chanson-O-Gramme creation from our custom song shop - "Ode to Dogwood Records" - featuring Vernon, B.C.'s hidden gem of a record shop! Merci Andy for welcoming us in and selling so many great records! Hypo vinyl/cd's soon to be in stock if you happen to be in the area...

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ZIP ZAP ZOP! Forward March... 

MARS = LIVESTREAM action and NEW MUSIC!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24th - A FEW HOURS LEFT TO BUY $6.00 RAFFLE TICKETS FOR THE KRISTA MUIR SHOW GRAND PRIZE DRAW! (private virtual zoom serenade!). OR simply Click here at 5pm for youtube fun...

ZIP ZOP ZAP POWWWWW!!! And we're back with Livestream Dream #3! A monthly all ages extravaganza featuring music, vegetation, prize draw, interactive improv and surprise guests! To participate during the live chat sign in to your youtube account. If you're on the mailing list (sign up at www.kristamuir.com) you'll receive an invitation to submit your song requests two weeks before we go live! Let's all TRA LA LAAAA!!! Each $6.00 ticket comes with a chance to win the prize draw! 

5pm (PST) so don't forget to check your timezone! 8pm (EST) 9pm (AST) 9:30pm (NST) 1:00am (GMT) 3:00am (GMT+2) ... 2pm Thursday March 25th for friends in New Zealand! ZAPPO!

Les Chouettes also have another single coming out soon...Idiotmatique! Why not? Let's CHANTE! And if you are looking for a serenade or custom song commission for a friend, family member, crush etc. in need of cheer drop us a line!

HOLY CRAP RECORDS - GOODBYE DONALD Anti-fascist compilation fundraiser album! Covers of All You Fascists Bound to Lose/We Are The One. Funds raised go to the 

 

February flying at you from the ether...  

Oh February, how you drag and zips by at the same time! It took me longer than expected to recover from the February 3rd Livestream Dream show. Mercury had us all round the retrograde but I'm back and finally took the time to rewatch the Livestream Dream show so I could enjoy all of your livechat action. LOVED the participation. Much love from the bottom of my omnichord heart to all who tuned in that night. SO SILLY and CATHARTIC to perform for the sweetest virtual crowd in North America. Many thanks fly to Gambletron for tech'ing and playing saw and Andy Moorhouse for letting us take over Dogwood Records outside regular hours. I'm at Caetani Centre doing a residency and Gabe who was recently hired to help with the Artists in Residence Program tuned in and sent me a few images. So happy with the way it translated to screens of all sizes! POLKA DOT TWISTER FUNTIME! Missed it? Hear Social Pariah and other sleeper hits LIVE here on youtube.

For those who might want to "play" our live collaboration - here it is. I misread a few things (reading glasses anyone?) so my interpretation was a bit skewed. If you end up doing a rendition of your own and post it somewhere let me know - I'd love to hear it. Also, I'm now wondering what everyone was reading...from whence did these solitary words spring forth? And shall we do it again in March?

SONG IN A COUNTRY STYLE (Lyrics and Chords by the Feb 3rd Livestream Dream Club)

C# B E C D D D G A A F# 

Quick - Spotlighted 

hesitant I 

Brisk Apartments 

Quick Mouse - resist touchdown 

Terrifying Astronaut 

resist Asparagus

Congrats again to Amanda Gullace who was the winner of the prize draw! We hope you enjoy your deluxe prize pack!

DREAMERS AND STREAMERS! Be a patron of the arts for $5! 

Buy your $5 tickets here for THE KRISTA MUIR SHOW @Dogwood Records! 

After the success of trial run on youtube/instagram last month we've decided to bring Krista back to the virtual sphere with an hour of songs (the lost 2020 hits that were to tour that n'eer did...Starting with NEW MATH!), stories and silliness. Instagram viewers (@kllmuir) will get the basic stream experience but those who tune into the YouTube edition will experience the sights and sounds of transmogrified friends, psychedelic imagery and optimal sound (headphones if you please). All from the comfort of your own abode! 5pm (PST). If you login to your youtube/gmail account you'll be able to communicate with us in the live chat during broadcast for shout outs, song requests, random prize draw (!!) and collective improv experiment (whaa?).

All for $5? Really? YES!!! If you'd rather support us more heartily, buy a few tickets! They are infinite. 100% of ticket sales go directly to the artists involved - Krista and Gambletron. Thanks for being a patron of the arts! 

Chocolate and music and salads...oh my! 

JANUARY 2021: Still trucking along in the quarantino lifestyle but hypo records is staying active making melodies and sending them out through the virtual ether for ears in search of something positive, harmonic...transportive!

CHOCOLATE: It's almost the 1st (month) anniversary of our new Dec 15th holiday El Gran Chocolate and Krista has done three private virtual performances (so far! you could be next?!) to bring good fortune to those who enjoy eating the dark, bittersweet stuff (or any varietal really). If you would like to order your very own ZOOM chocolate serenade or gift one to a friend, send a message to kristamuir@gmail.com and we'll book you in! (PWYC/By Donation) WORLDWIDE!

CHANSON-O-GRAMMES: Our custom song service! We've recently postered Vernon, B.C. as Krista is Artist-In-Residence at Caetani Centre for several months. The centre is dormant (zzzzzz) due to C19 (no live shows, artist talks etc. in the foreseeable future) so we're offering this service again in the hopes of meeting and singing to local folks (safely). We're also opening it back up to our global fanbase so message us for details about virtual serenades, custom commissioned songs for your beloved ones and a brand new a la carte virtual mini show! VERNON / WORLDWIDE 

THIS&THATTAPESOur latest addition to the hypo records family is Greek dreamscape band Ιάσονας. They reworked their inaugural Autumn song into a Winter song for the 2021 November Winter At Home compilation (This&ThatTapes). We met this DIY tape label through Joe Jack Talcum who recently released Word Salad with them. The love analog technologies like we do! Fun fact: Joe was the first "mask dancer" in Les Chouette's video Ha Ha Happiness! And Krista may have been a robot dancer in the Dead Milkmen's Why Do People Lie. WORLDWIDE 

LL, LES CHOUETTES et NACNAC: What are they up to? We're not really sure. But this is what we heard a few of them were eating lately. Winter Farro Salad and African Peanut Stew

 

 

MIAMMMMMMMMMM!!!!

 

 

It's a HOLIDAY! That's what they say... 

It's a lovely wintery Friday midday here in Vernon, B.C. where I've recently landed. I'll be adjusting to my new environs here at the Caetani house as I gear up for my upcoming Chanson-O-Gramme virtual troubadour for plague times serenade project. In the meantime I've written a few fun non denominational tunes. IT'S A HOLIDAY! by NACNAC is the perfect soundtrack for folks of all walks including the shamans, nihilists and sailors to name but a few.

Click HERE to stream or download NACNAC's festive offering...great for cleaning the kitchen to as part of the soundtrack to a brisk winter walk...come let's play! 

The El gran Chocolate tradition I started December 15th to honour the theobroma tree centers on serenading and then enjoying a few dark squares of the equitable, lovely stuff. Here's a song you can play (or sing a long with - lyrics provided!) to 'bless' your chocolate anytime anywhere!

More to come 

but until then...

I'll be stepping out

into the wintery

sun

YAY!

Happy festivus for the restofus! Feliz el gran chocolate!

 

Krista

 

El gran chocolate! 

When NACNAC wrote the song "It's A Holiday" for the Holy Crap records 2020 Holiday fundraiser compilation it inspired us all at hypo records to think about what we hold sacred during these plague times...music, friends, family, community, nature are foremost on our minds but also...dark CHOCOLATE! The treat that brings bodies, minds and spirits JOY throughout the year (unless you don't like it or are allergic or both).

Krista dreamt up a holiday a few weeks ago El gran chocolate (aka "Le Grand Chocolat"). It's inaugural celebration will be December 15th at 19h PT with a chocolate serenade and screening of a chocolate-centric doc/feature (most likely the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory...or Like Water for Chocolate...).

We invite you to celebrate this rich antioxidant ambrosia along with us from wherever you are! If you're signed up to our mailing list you'll receive a free download of the ode/theme song for El gran chocolate to commemorate this day of CACAO! What do you need to celebrate? Key ingredients are: yourself, chocolate, and the theme song. Additives? A chocolate themed movie such as the ORIGINAL Gene Wilder Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (rotten tomatoes calls it "Strange yet Comforting" - we highly agree). 

MUSIC RELEASES:

TODAY! EL GRAN CHOCOLATE (solemn and delicious hymnal ode to the great cacao). Best listened to with eyes closed while eating a few dark squares. Miam!

NACNAC's IT'S A HOLIDAY (pan-denominational disco) single OR enjoy Holy Crap's Holiday Songs to Remember or Forget* Compilation with 36 festive songs HERE! Funds go to the National Harm Reduction Coalition. *This is not recommended for children.

STEFANOS ROKOS' 10 Years of Horror & Romance limited edition Vinyl is NOW AVAILABLE here!  Music inspired by Stefanos Rokos’ exhibition in 2010...now remixed art along with remixed songs by three of the original contributors and one lost track revisited. Krista's Between Atoms was written for this project and we are so excited to hear it remastered and on vinyl! 

What's a holiday? NAC NAC let us know in their electro disco style... 

It's a full beaver moon (we're howling and building dams over here) and nearly December so why not invite you to listen to a new non-denominational (or pan-demoninational?) song by hypo records electro darlings NACNAC! They wrote and recorded it last week for the Holy Crap Podcast Holiday Song Contest! One day left to enter (Dec. 1st deadline!). It will be available exclusively on the Holy Crap Records fundraiser compilation - we'll keep you posted on how to get it!

In other news it's the 10th anniversary of Horror and Romance on Another Planet by Stefanos Rokos! Krista's Between Atoms was the last track on the compilation for this art/music installation that opened in Athens, Greece in 2010. Stefanos has remixed the art and invited 4 of the artists to remix their song for an exclusive vinyl/art release Dec 11th on United We Fly records! 

Krista also recently scored a short film by Marites Carino! More info about its release coming soon!