'Inane Living Conditions' is the final result of after more-or-less 4 years of creative strife, constant reboots and many personal struggles that occurred outside the project.
In the salad days of this one-man-show endeavour (which back then the album was going to be titled "Inhumane"), 20+ song ideas were drafted out and worked and edited on over time. Of course, by ideas I mean really silly and admittedly immature song/segue titles such as; "Steel-Fisted Donkeypunch" , "Ovarian Pus Conspiracy", "Are You Offended, Mr. Fantano?", "Random Acts Of Cosmetic Violence", "Negrossing" (which was, by better judgement, re-titled "Engrossing" later on),"The Soothing Sounds Of A Schoolboy's Defenestration", "Doxabix", "Ulcerior Cysticism", "Borivoj Boogie (Ode To Band Dissolutions), "Pan-Kisser" et cetera.
Ever since 'Keratoconus' first became a thing to occupy myself intermittently with in 2010, the project itself ended up going through many re-evaluations. Guitar tuning and equipment leanings, musical tastes, the themes/ideas I felt inclined to express or implement into the project had shaped over time as I grew older (and subsequently more self-aware and on-edge). All that and I was also jumping back and forth with other endeavours I engaged myself with i.e. developing an art portfolio (which is and has been an ongoing thing officially since 2009) and a variety of perhaps more obtusely ambitious projects which may or may not be continued on in the future.
In February of 2014, after making the decision that I had to purchase a baritone guitar to move forward, I had finally began demoing 11 songs (along with ideas for 'Dukkha!') for 'Inane Living Conditions'. Only (what I deemed) the strongest material from those demos survived pre-production and were recorded, ultimately turning this into somewhat of a Mini-Album (Though you're more than welcome, if you're inclined to think otherwise, to call it an EP, Full-Length, Pretentious Bullshit, A Solid Reason Why Someone With Autism And A Handful Of Grudges On His Mind Shouldn't Make A Record By Themselves et cetera et cetera).
The opening track '13.01.2014', which is essentiality a full-blown Youtube and/or Adobe Flash glitch recorded on a whim through my phone just before I rebooted my PC, was added to the tracklist a bit later on during the recording process. Also, 'Dead Petal Ribbon' was originally one of the songs that I had cut from pre-production, but after a mild-confidence boost in what I had recorded so far and a feeling of disservice for not including that particular song, I decided to bring it back to the fold and record it for 'Inane..'. The other 3 tracks that were demoed and cut during pre-production were respectively deemed unjust filler, aesthetically unsalvageable and too ambitious to attempt to track. The drum programming and recording all took place from March to June of 2014, and that was that!
To be frank, I'm very much taken aback by myself for actually getting something concrete done out of this considering everything that I've had to deal/come to terms with in my own life. I don't even know if I will do anything else musically with this.. at least for now anyway. Nevertheless, I hope you can gain some form of enjoyment from this (just under) 22-minute display of mental anguish.
Many Thanks for reading/listening/sharing/caring (if you went out of your way to do such things anyway).
FUN IS FOR CHILDREN,
S.A. Mudd. - June 2014
released June 20, 2014
S.A. Mudd - The whole thing (for lack of a more ego-neutral term).