Is there a connection between my schizophrenia and my music? There are many connections.
When I was struggling with my illness, and living in isolation, I stayed in a shabby, low-rent apartment in the South Side of Saint Louis.
A frequent thing was to record the sounds of that place, including the constantly leaking pipes. For some reason, I waited months to report the leaks, choosing instead to record the sounds and use them in music.
There were quite a few pieces that emerged from these pipes recordings. One, "Altercus" (Webbed Hand Records), combined heavily processed versions of the sounds (the tones you can hear) with slightly reverberated versions of the actual sounds.
"Altercus", incidentally, was a plant that was deemed to have hallucinatory qualities, that was known back in the days of the Roman Empire, but has been lost to history.
Can you hear the sounds of an isolated schizophrenic, living day to day in his gritty apartment?