July 2019:

Hello, Friends!

Aloha from Maui! Rakefet and I are visiting my mom and Kevin. Rakefet will be here until the beginning of August when she’ll head back to Austin to start graduate school for mental-health counseling. I will be in Maui through the end of August as I continue to work on music and look at some next steps in my own career.

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My next EP “Dudidodo” coming in August!

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My latest EP “Dudidodo” will be released on Ecstatic Wave Records officially on Aug. 23rd in all the stores. Early release on Beatport will be Aug. 9th.

I really enjoyed making these two tunes!

“With this latest EP, Joel takes us back to his Techno music roots. ‘Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep’ brings us squarely back to the acid-techno days but with a striking modern feel. Interweaving spoken word from the 1932 poem of the same name by Mary Elizabeth Frye, this dark piece takes us deep with its use of syncopated glitch lines and sequenced FM synths.

On the second track, ‘Dudidodo’, Joel sampled his daughter singing and then pitched it and glitched it-interweaving it with the exclusively modular synth creation. This track checks all the boxes and is destined to become a minimal techno classic.”

If you follow me on Spotify, you will be notified when the EP is released!

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Seis Manos

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I’m thrilled to be wrapping up this project that I have been working on over the last year with the incredibly talented composer Carl Thiel (From Dusk To Dawn, Spy Kids, and many more). Carl has been so gracious with his time and energy in teaching me the film composition process. It is such a thrill to sit by his side and see a master at work. I have had the honor of doing the Music Preparation for his music. It has been an amazing learning experience.

Seis Manos-created by the same people that brought us Castlevania-will be releasing on Netflix this fall. We are wrapping up the music for the last episode now. I can’t wait for everyone to see this awesome (and gory!) show! It’s a blast!

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Rattletree and Solo shows:

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Audio and video setup for Fall site installation at Luminaria SA

A lot of people have been asking me what is going on with Rattletree and whether the band is still together and playing. The short answer is “Yes, of course!”, but there is a longer answer.

For me personally, I have been really enjoying going deep into a lot of musical elements that the container of Rattletree can’t really hold. The boundary between sound, noise, and music has intrigued me since I was a little kid experimenting with recording loops of feedback from my guitar and playing the loops back at different speeds-finding the music in the chaos…or spending hours with an old TV set that would play white noise but when tweaked…just…so…there would be ghostly voices that would come through. So while Rattletree as a band has a set repertoire of music, (and a beautiful group of fans!) I have been increasingly interested in “coloring outside of the lines”. I’ve been mainly focusing on my live compositions and generative music and video making processes.

My near-term hope is twofold: 
1) to continue to dive deep in to working with Carl as an apprentice film composer – where those worlds of visuals, noise, and music merge. Where we are left with pure feeling and expression. 
2) to continue to refine my connection to the source through my live compositions, Ecstatic Dance DJ sets, and site installation work. I am especially excited about a big project with Luminaria in the fall where I will be incorporating live video projection-mapping onto the surface of a creek and ambient mics will capture the sound of participants. Those inputs will get tweaked in real-time by me and my modular synth and the music/ambience will then affect the video output that is on the water. This “feedback loop” will hopefully create a situation where the audience becomes an integrated part of the art making/experiencing process.

I can’t wait to share more about it as I go forward, AND I’m always interested in connecting with others that are intrigued by this field, so feel free to hit me up! If you or your organization are interested in working with me, don’t forget that I’m on the TCA touring roster. They are often able to help with tour support and their deadline for supporting us through the fall is August 1st, so if you want to work together-get with me soon and let’s make it happen!

I think this newsletter has gone on long enough, but I want to send a warm ALOHA to you all. I love you and I so appreciate your support over the years.

With love, 
Joel Laviolette

PS: I have a new personal Artist page over on facebook. Please come say hi!

Recent Articles and Press:
Austin American-Statesman
Austin Chronicle
Culturemap Austin
Austinot

Credits:
Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy (2019) (Music Preparation) 
Seis Manos (mid-2019 release) (Music Preparation)

Awards:
Austin Music Awards “Best World Music” band (Rattletree, 2015-2016 and 2016-2017)
Esme Barrera Award for Activism and Music
Four-time recipient of the Enjoy Texas Music Grant
Grant recipient from the State of Texas to build marimbas for the Texas School for the Blind

Memberships:
ASCAP Composer and Publisher
Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster Artist
Percussive Arts Society (PAS) World Music committee member
The Recording Academy (Grammy) member

Partial Client List:
The Long Center
NPR
SxSW
ACL Festival
Mr. Greenhearts Treehouse
Percussive Notes
Sound On Sound Magazine
Save Our Springs Alliance
The City of Austin
The Herb Bar
Fox 7 News
KUTX Radio
KOOP Radio
WWOZ New Orleans
Art Outside
Luminaria Festival
Waco Tribune Herald
KERA Dallas