When Moon Hooch‘s Wenzl McGowen, Mike Wilbur, and James Muschler decided to rent a house in the Mojave Desert to record new music, the natural symbiosis that was created from their days of hiking Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding landscape translated into the creation of eight brand new tracks. The Joshua Tree EP is now available for free download here.The band had this to say with regards to their entire experience at Joshua Tree:“We rented a house in the Mojave desert just outside of Joshua Tree National Park. We set up a little studio and tried to record an album, but we couldn’t come up with anything. After struggling for several days we decided to try a new approach. We got together in the same room with our instruments and said, “Let’s just hit it.” We started playing whatever came to our minds and somehow this process created 8 songs. Don’t ask us where they came from, but we certainly enjoyed bringing them to this planet.Joshua Tree National Park was an incredibly inspiring atmosphere which helped to open up our minds and ears. Every day we would hike the dead sandstone mountains and take in the dry desert air, allowing for a new type of musical expression we’ve never experienced before. After a few days of struggling to compose things individually we decided to get together and create spontaneously. Images of desert animals and Joshua Trees flashed before our eyes while new sounds emerged from our instruments. We hope you enjoy what we’ve come up with!”Download the EP at the following link. Feel free to make donations as well! Listen to the album below:
Read Full Story The Practice Platform at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (HGSD) presents “Talking Practice,” the first podcast series to feature in-depth interviews with leading design practitioners from around the world on the ways in which architects, landscape architects, designers, and planners articulate design imagination through practice.Hosted by Grace La, Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Practice Platform at HGSD, each 40-minute episode provides a rare glimpse into the work, experiences, and attitudes of design luminaries such as Reinier de Graaf, Shohei Shigematsu, Jeanne Gang, and others. Comprehensive, thought-provoking, and timely, “Talking Practice” tells the story of what designers do, why, and how they do it — exploring the key issues at stake in practice today.Listen to all available episodes and find program notes on our website, or subscribe to the series via one of these podcast providers: iTunes, Android, Google, Stitcher, and Spotify.