Michael Theophan Kinoian Lujan

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I’ve been making music in some form or another since the mid-90s, when I lived in Richmond, Virginia. At that time I owned a synth, acoustic and electric guitars, a bass guitar, a trumpet, and an 8-track Tascam recording console. With the exception of the trumpet (which I learned to play in school), I’d taught myself how to play all these instruments and was beginning to write and record my own songs.

At that time I was working as a pizza delivery driver. My habit was to buy a six-pack of some craft beer or another after my shift, and then proceed to drink it all while recording music into the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say by the end of each session my performances were somewhat less than precise.

While none of those recordings survive (and that may be a blessing), two of the songs I’d written during this period (The Last Dandelion and Shining in Silence) ended up being transcribed to software sequencer when I began experimenting with that method of music-making in the early 00s. Fifteen years later I finally got around to giving these twelve instrumental tracks a proper release.

As of this writing (February 2020), I’ve begun laying down tracks for my second album, tentatively titled Love, Nemesis.

Album: Last Light (Soundtrack for an Imaginary Film)

Liner Notes:

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night: and the evening and the morning were the first day.”

The best spiritual literature often turns our everyday experience on its head, and Genesis is no exception when it tells us that the first day began at sunset. Last Light, we’re told, lies squarely at the beginning of the world. Last Light isn’t therefore just a time of day, it’s a place whose echoes stamp eternity, always and never existent, some rarefied location where the immensities of being and non-being, person and nemesis, are free to collide until the consummation of the cosmos, until First Light…

Welcome to Last Light. Bring your existential dread, and some popcorn, and relax here for awhile.

Genre: Instrumental/ Experimental/ Neo-Classical Electronica

These tracks comprise the best of what I recorded circa 2002-2004 using sequencing software while living in a double-wide trailer home on a cattle ranch about 30 minutes northeast of Memphis. These were formative years for me: I first began recording electronica, I first started taking photographs with an eye to making art, and I first “got” the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, whose work has come to inform an inestimable amount of my creative output ever since.

In the intervening years I’ve shared these pieces with very few people, and they generally sat around collecting virtual dust while I concentrated on other things. Fifteen years is a long time for ripening, so I finally decided it was high time to do something proper with them. I distilled their predominant musical themes into a (very) loose narrative, leaving plenty of room for playful individual interpretation. I do hope you enjoy them.

Album Release Date:

June 21, 2018