Saturday, December 11, 2010

Gel-Sol: Plunder a Raging Moon

(album photo by Franklin Jenkins)

Happy Holidaze from yer pal, Gel-Sol!

Well, it's been a productive 2010, and I'm pleased as punch to present my latest release, Plunder a Raging Moon! Over an hour of Plunderphonic insanity, this album is a non-stop, stream of consciousness barrage of crappy movie samples and other audio snippets. It's fun to mess with people's heads, you know?

I must mention something important regarding this piece, and Plunderphonics in general. If you do not pay attention to what's going on, YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT. I'm not saying you will like it if you do pay attention, but chances are the piece will make more sense if you do. I know "paying attention" is particularly difficult in this fast-paced, A.D.D. world we live in, but I personally see this as a problem. As a result of people not listening "to" music, they listen "at" music, and in turn we have all this shitty music out there that overshadows more deserving music (I stole that first part from Robert Fripp, but he said it better than me). Of course there's other factors that contribute to shitty music, but I won't get into it…for now.

My point is that if you sit down with the sole purpose of listening to music, you will be rewarded more than if the music is there to compliment a more "important" purpose. Whichever path you decide to take, you will probably think I'm a jerk. I can assure you that I am not. With that said, share Plunder a Raging Moon with your friends and enemies! Share links of it on your Facebook page! Tweet about it, I don't fucking care! But most importantly, listen to it. If you can't make it through the whole thing, that's ok…there's already tons of pussies on this planet, so you should fit right in.

Oh yeah, this is VERY NSFW.

If you'd like to donate some money to yer pal, Gel-Sol, please click the PayPal link below or PayPal me at An incredible amount of time went into putting this thing together, and I am an unemployed sack of shit. I also have several other Gel-Sol freebies at, including Gel-Sol's Adventures Beyond the Plunderworld, and various Gel-Sol live shows I've recorded over the years.

Thanks and enjoy! Have a sooper holiday season and a fantastic new year!

Plunder a Raging Moon (mp3)

Yer Pal,

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

K8EMA now available digitally!

Gel-Sol's K8EMA now out digitally at these various online shops! Buy now before all the MP3s sell out!







Juno Records

Yer Pal,

KIDS FOR TOMORROW - NEQUA (new album from my other project)

I'm a little late on this one, but earlier in the year Upstairs Recordings released the second album from my Kids For Tomorrow side-project. The album is called Nequa, and is a continuous ambient/experimental journey sculpted out of improv sessions from the previous year. My main co-conspirator for this release was Nils Whitmont, who can rock the sandals/sock combination like no other. He left the city to go be responsible or something...hopefully he'll come to his senses and come back to Seattle someday. Other collaborators include William Mempa, who was on the first KFT release Deployer, Chris Haines aka Crispy aka Leave Trace, and Scott Johnson, all-around jack-of-all-medias.

I'm not really gonna try to describe the album. It's kinda weird. There's little sections that go into other little sections, but sometimes they go into bigger sections. It's definitely not yer typical pop song format, or long epic piece sort of thing. The album (like most of my releases) is meant to be listened to as a whole. So yeah, check it out!

Nequa was released digitally by the fine people at Upstairs Recordings in Vancouver. You can get Nequa through iTunes,, and

And feel free to check out a sample from Nequa here:

Chun Quoit (mp3)

Yer Pal,

K8EMA review from Textura

Gel-Sol: k8ema

Seattle-based Andrew Reichel describes k8ema, his follow-up to 2008's IZ, as the “newest planet in the Gel-Sol universe.” Spacey k8ema certainly turns out to be when it carves an explorative path through seventy minutes of psychedelic ambient soundscaping beamed in from the Vangelis and Tangerine Dream universes. Written (as was IZ) for Reichel's niece, the album is an unabashedly synthetic affair that stretches immense washes across softly pulsating skies. Occasional voice samples punctuate the material's lush, symphonic surfaces, and beats and choirs (celestial and children's) are heard in isolated instances. Micro-organisms and glissandi chirp amidst the music's layered tones, and each piece flows into the next, making the album feel like an epic, never-ending dreamscape. The album lifts off with eight galaxial minutes of New Age-styled whooshes, washes, and swirls (“Abyssinia”), before settling into a serenading, slow-motion drift through the cosmos (“k8ema”). Track titles such as “Spirit Guide” and “Halo of Stars” are consistent with the music's oft-soothing tone, but it's not all lightness and sparkle, however. Some welcome grit and grime gets under the fingernails of “Peacetime Fortress,” and brooding moments arise during "Panta Rhei" to offset the heavenly radiance. k8ema often plays like a sonic transmutation of 2001: A Space Odyssey and, during its darker moments especially, the dystopic visions of Blade Runner.

October 2010

Yer Pal,

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Gel-Sol's K8EMA drops September 6th!!!

Sup Fuckers!

You ready to Rock?!?!? Yeah, neither am I. I mean I am, but I got this new ambient album coming out. YOU READY TO CHILL?!?!?! Good.

So yeah, new album. It's called K8EMA and was written for my second niece, Katelyn Mae. She's a cutie. And what better way is there to mold and shape a young child's mind than some extremely tripped-out psychedelic music from yer pal, Gel-Sol? Cuz I don't know.

Check out the cover:

I made that shit! The music sounds like that too, which is of course BADASS. Ok, it might not be badass, but it's pretty cool. I'm trying to promote here!

Here's the tracklisting:

01. Abyssinia
02. K8EMA
03. Spirit Guide
04. Glade
05. Halo of Stars
06. Peacetime Fortress
07. The Mechanical Garden
08. Panta Rhei
09. Gel's Hole
10. Energy Pools
11. Last

K8EMA drops on September 6th, 2010 through Keith Downey and the fine people of Psychonavigation Records in Dublin. They have a hell of roster, so you should check them out!

K8EMA is also available for pre-order through Darla Records:

and Ear/Rational (currently the month's top seller!)

You can also check out the K8EMA album sampler via Soundcloud!
K8EMA album sampler by Gel-Sol

So yeah, buy K8EMA today and be the first on yer block to brag to all yer friends, family and neighbors that you have some ambient cd that nobody really listens to! K8EMA will also be available digitally through iTunes, Beatport, (Warp Records) and a few other online shops...

And I'll try to blog more in the future. I totally forgot to post the new Kids For Tomorrow album (Nequa) that we finished up in the spring. It's a crazy ambient album too!

Yer Pal,