simple box construction ::: small winter update

::: a small winter update for simple box construction. the last of the DEADMEN books are getting finished up and will be available shortly in the simple box web store. only a handful of copies will be available.

::: a ton of new stuff is coming up, promise.

::: i made the following video for a sketch i recorded live into an iPhone. it is a single track/ single take recording and it is based on the live show i did in november. this will be a very limited release and i'll be posting more details as it gets closer to completion. until next time, enjoy and thank you all for the support.

the title of the track is:

and all this,
i did
while you slept

i sheared the mountains
i ignited the oceans

i filled your soul
with sorrow

i did this
i did this all
i am

the broken
arrow shaft,
poisoned tipped,

in your heart


simple box construction ::: a death cinematic live ::: autumn update

::: the second A DEATH CINEMATIC live show will be 11.15.14 at the trumbullplex in detriot. you can read all about it and preview the other artists here. i'll be opening the show so get in early.

::: in preparation for the show there has been a a lot of practicing and experimenting. here is a short video of a practice. the audio was captured by the video recording device so its not the best sound but you get the idea.

::: some other things happening at the simple box HQ worthy of note. the interview with diy conspiracy has been posted. you can head over and read the lengthy piece here. the DEADMEN books are crawling to completion. right after this book is released all focus will be shifted to finishing the next full length. the details for the murmur ring split are being worked out and that should be here relatively soon. some A DEATH CINEMATIC tracks have recently been featured on the earl times broadcast. lastly, i am working on putting together a mailing list for all things SIMPLE BOX CONSTRUCTION and A DEATH CINEMATIC. that is it for now. as always, thank you for checking in.


SBC - 021 ::: beneath that grand usurper (t shirt)

::: SBC - 021 another official A DEATH CINEMATIC t shirt from simple box construction, BENEATH THAT GRAND USURPER. design and artwork by simple box construction. the drawing/ image is part of the artwork for the next A DEATH CINEMATIC full length album due out later this year.

::: this shirt is a limited run. it is professionally printed with the help of sage from heathen harvest. printed in white on black gildan ultra cotton shirts. order from the simple box construction online store or from this site via paypal. thank you for your support. when ordering please select your size from the drop down menu. sizes available are S, M, L, and XL.

t shirt w/ shipping

available in limited quantities.


simple box construction ::: summer ending 2014 update

::: well it's the dog days of summer and about time to fill in on all the going ons here at simple box construction. and of course things here couldn't be more hectic so lets start with a bit of bad news. the FREAK festival in ohio that was supposed to have happened in mid august was cancelled! too bad since i was looking forward to getting out and playing live but i hope to get out and do some live shows locally before the summer is out and in early fall.

::: spring and so far this summer has been real busy and finding time to do all the things i had in mind is proving to be a real challenge. this includes the t shirt pre orders from early summer which have been delayed as i am working to finish up the DEADMEN books which are to ship with all the pre ordered the shirts. to all those waiting still, my sincerest apologies. (more on both items below.)

::: i have finished several new tracks while working on the new album, which is on going and with any luck will be released before the year is out. at the moment simple box construction/ a death cinematic is being interviewed for diy conspiracy, this should be posted sometime in the next few weeks or so. it's turning into a lengthy, and hopefully interesting, interview. in addition to this i've been finishing up older editions and slowly starting work on a few odd things that were put on the back burner for a long while now. these include non musical releases and editions from simple box construction and a death cinematic which include art card suites, collections of photos and hand bound books. if interested, you might find some info about these projects digging through the archive of posts on this site. it should also be mentioned that there is a new simple box construction you tube channel.

::: a death cinematic has completed 4 new tracks. two for the amongst epilogues compilation on AOsmosis records and two for a split with murmur ring due out later this year as a joint release with geweih ritual documents and simple box construction. the amongst epilogues tracks are titled HOMELAND! HOMELAND! and RESISTANCE IS YOUR SOUND! which are the last two lines from a poem write telepathically through dr. treznok by lasse-marc riek.

here is a short preview of RESISTANCE IS YOUR SOUND.


preview the last two minutes of each track.

::: as mentioned above, the third a death cinematic t shirt - BENEATH THAT GRAND USURPER is now available. huge thanks go out to sage from heathen harvest for helping me get this done and printed. the details and paypal button for the shirts will be added to the product pages on this site soon but in the meantime they can always be ordered from the simple box construction online store. a few people have taken advantage of the t shirt pre order and i want to give extra special thanks for the support and again, apologize for the delayed shipping. as the pre orders came in i wanted do something extra for those fans. i decided that as a thank you, each pre ordered shirt will ship with a free copy of the next a death cinematic release, DEADMEN. however, this good intention has somewhat backfired and delayed my shipping of all the pre orders. so, for those who cannot wait any longer or do not want the DEADMEN book, please contact me and i will ship out your shirt asap.

::: and so a few words on this DEADMEN release. it is a small hand printed art book of 28 original images and 2 poems by a death cinematic. each book in the limited edition of 24 has an inset dried plant in the body of the book. the fabrication of this little book has proven to be a lot more involved and time consuming than i originally thought. (this underestimation of time is turning into a bad habit.) each book takes well over 4 hours to complete from start to finish. finding that much time to work on this edition each day is not quite possible. but they are getting done and will ship out as soon as each one is completed. those who follow simple box on instagram and a death cinematic on facebook can see all the production progress photos so far. there is a small quantity of these books that will be left over and will be available for purchase. details on ordering and a full description with new images will be posted here on the product page and in the simple box online store very soon.

here is a little promo video i made for DEADMEN. it includes the opening several minutes of THE MORNINGS THAW THE EMPTY FIELDS, OUR BONES ABLAZE IN THE SUN.

::: that's it for now. as always, thank you for your support, interest, and reading. till soon.


SBC - 021 ::: beneath that grand usurper (t shirt) pre order and spring 2014 update.

::: another official A DEATH CINEMATIC t shirt from simple box construction, BENEATH THAT GRAND USURPER (SBC - 021). design and artwork by simple box construction. the drawing/ image is part of the artwork for the next A DEATH CINEMATIC full length album due out later this year. this shirt will be a limited run. it will be professionally printed with the help of sage from heathen harvest. this pre order is to help raise funds for the t shirt run, which will start in a couple of weeks, and the next album. thank you for the support. order from the simple box construction online store. when ordering the shirt please specify in customer notes the size you need. sizes available are S, M, L, and XL

::: in other news. the next album is moving into production again. there was an unexpected hiatus that slowed down the process. the reasons and conditions for it are myriad and quite boring, the important thing is that it is moving again. production images will be posted in their usual on line places. the next step is building a prototype and working out all the design details. in addition to this, mastering of new sounds is also taking place. this includes tracks for the new album and some tracks for compilations and zines. and finally while working on the new album and some new visual art pieces simple box construction has also been updating/ upgrading the a death cinematic sound rig in anticipation of playing out live more. i've built a third pedal board case to match the other two and printed the lid with the new t shirt design image.


simple box construction ::: update spring 2014 + pcca art exhibition

::: so it is upon us again. time for another simple box update. since the left hand injury this morning this has to be typed single handedly. hopefully the recovery will be swift and without complication.

::: 2014 started off extremely busy for simple box and a death cinematic and it seems like this pace is just going to continue. there was the release of the THE NIGHT OF OUR SORROW HAS FALLEN... ep along with the screened shirt. there was an exhibition of all visual art at the beginning of march (more on that below). work on the new album has been ongoing and continuos. hopefully it will be ready by early august. work has also begun on other small editions of photo books, splits and collaborative tracks, recordings, reconfiguration the effects rig and board, and other artworks and surprises that will be revealed as the time comes. this spring and summer a death cinematic will be attempting to do more live performances with a confirmed appearance at the FREAK festival in august outside of columbus, ohio. you can get tickets here.

::: since there is only a week left for the exhibition at the pcca i thought it was high time to write about and show the work contributed by simple box construction. the weeks leading up to the show were, at once, exhilarating and terrifying. it has been more than a decade since i have shown work of this nature. going back to this methodology presented a challenge and a shift of the creative gears. traversing the tumult of of the emotional upheaval certain things started to become very clear. first i have realized that this type of visual art is very much part and parcel of the contextual construct i have attempted to build and maintain with the a death cinematic and simple box construction output. all of this is part of a grander vision and in order to get the broadest scope of this idea/ vision all works are necessary. the writing, the sound, the packaging, and now these singular pieces of visual art work together to illuminate the context for the world reflected through the previous a death cinematic releases.

::: the second realization was that the thought that where i started out and would continue to create from; at the edge of an abyss, peering over the precipice and curiously inching ever closer, was no longer the case. i am now fully engulfed in this abyss and all the work are dispatches from here. it is my search and meticulous construction of a world reflected and parallel to the one i/ we inhabit. now the challenge becomes a way to showcase and make this work available in a coherent and cohesive way. below you can view images of the pieces in the show with titles and brief descriptions in an attempt to broaden the view. the show closes on april 4th. thank you for reading, your interest, and support. till the next post, enjoy.

the pining rain
and the hot
tar roofs

::: a charcoal and conte crayon drawing in a singed pine box under smoked glass. :::

now we build
towers for our
wilting hearts

::: japanese lantern suspended in singed wooden box. lined with a drawing and filled with earth and wood. :::

how we loved
the yearning
of the views

::: photo embedded in cast polyurethane and epoxy with painted wood. :::

...and from
the earth
into the
of the
extinct sky

::: monotype and intaglio print stitched to black cardboard in a bleached aspen box/frame. :::

the gift
of the six
golden kings
grows into
our empty

:::a seed pod embedded in cast polyurethane in a cardboard box mounted in a douglas fir box and birch tree drawing with six lights. :::

through the
black mists of
our feigned

::: light mounted in redwood box lined with copper strips and nails behind two smoked glass panes. :::

the embers
of hope
slain by
our enterprise
glow dimly
in the
choking night

::: coagulated axel grease mounted over a light in a six sided, smoked glass box on a mahogany pedestal. :::


::: burnt wood suspended in silicone and epoxy in a glass and maple veneer box with singed red cedar veneer on a maple pedestal. :::

through the days
of the golden
light we spoke
of salvations

::: brass nails in wood with xerox transfer, white paint, and butchers wax in a red cedar box with brass screws. :::

sturdy oaks
groan whispers
of hope

::: light mounted behind charcoal drawing with burnt oak sticks in a black waxed pine box. :::

those places of
your slumber
crackling with

::: manipulated photograph mounted in painted and singed cherry box with light. :::

when the
skies are
and oily,
and black
we shall
gather sunlight
the windows
of our dreams

::: photograph mounted behind cherry grid in a burnt wood with nails and drawing. :::

drowning in the rains
all the ghosts
achromatize into
the mountains
of my memory

::: drawing on wood filler and poplar mounted in oak box. :::

lumps in my throat
grow when the stars
revolve around my

::: drawing embedded in drilled and white filled epoxy in a felt lined hand stitched paper box. :::

the nightly pyre
all dressed up
in sweat melted fat

::: melted plastic box with cast polyurethane mounted in a burnt pine block in a mahogany box with brass nails. :::

::: thank you for looking more stuff is on the way. cheers!


SBC - 019 ::: the night of our sorrow has fallen, we remain without light in our eyes (cd)

::: SBC - 019 THE NIGHT OF OUR SORROW HAS FALLEN, WE REMAIN WITHOUT LIGHT IN OUR EYES is a 3 track ep. limited to a handmade edition of 25. includes DEATH FOR AERONAUT which was played and recorded on a single track in one take as preparation for the first A DEATH CINEMATIC live performance. track 2, THE BLACK CLOUD AND THE HERO'S HEART, is a remnant left over track from THE NEW WORLD/ YOUR FATE TWISTING... sessions and was meant as an impetus for the next full length release but was cut because it no longer fit thematically, so it found its home here. track 3, the title track, is a preview and a featured track that will be included on the next full length album coming soon from SIMPLE BOX CONSTRUCTION. the ep originated as a quick and a thank you for all those who ordered the THINE SAVING GRACE shirts but is quickly grew into something much bigger. the premium quality taiyo yuden cdr was printed in-house and features just forty minutes worth of music. preview the album in its entirety here. all sounds improvised from guitar, amp, and effects pedals.

::: each printed cd comes in a vellum, hand stamped and numbered envelope bound into a handmade booklet. the cover is hand printed chipboard hand bound with a white cloth spine. the inside front and back covers consist of two color photographs printed on acid free paper. the title and credit pages are also printed on acid free paper with a print of a crow drawing on the reverse sides. the center page is two original photographs laminated together. each copy of the ep comes with a unique piece of collage art bound into it. the artworks are made from vellum envelops, original 35mm negatives, graphite and shellac. it is best viewed with a strong light source behind it. all covers were cut and scored by hand and printed at the simple box construction studio. all art work, photos, design and layout by simple box construction/ a death cinematic. more detail images can be viewed in the simple box construction album for this release on facebook. since the edition for this release is limited to only 25 copies there were no promotional copies designated. get your copy from the simple box construction store.

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