Discography

Several of the releases listed below can be found at Unearthed Music or online music retailers such as Amazon and iTunes. Alternatively, the music can be purchased from the Unearthed Music Bandcamp site. To listen to examples of unreleased material visit SoundCloud.

Isosceles

Artist: Ostraka (John C. S. Keston)
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Years in the making, this collection of tracks was carefully picked from dozens of compositions. Vintage and contemporary electronic instruments and processors were used alongside each other to create a unique yet familiar sound. The album is full of thick analog arpeggios, punchy bass lines, earthy beats, and ballistic leads. The anthology is interspersed with contemplative moments reminiscent of the promise of space exploration and discovery. It is a journey through light years of exploratory sound design, future thought, and galactic musical manifestations.


Isikles

Artist: Isikles (John C. S. Keston and Lister Rossell)
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2015
This album combines composition with sound design techniques to present soundscapes inspired by the physical evidence of the Anthropocene, our current geological era marked by human activities that significantly impact the planet’s ecosystems. The sound sources include field recordings from frigid environments mixed with sonic interpretations uncovered through sound synthesis and processing during the brittle Minnesota winter.


Unauthorized Modifications

Artist: Ostracon (John C. S. Keston and Graham O’Brien)
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, June 21, 2011
On this debut album from the duo, Ostracon, John C. S. Keston uses custom sequencing software to convert video signals into a stream of generative melodic structures. During their performances and recording sessions Keston captures, layers, loops, arranges and processes these phrases building spontaneous compositions. Graham O’Brien accompanies these angular, electronic structures, with dynamic drumming that flirts with the underworld. O’Brien’s percussive statements firmly place the compositions into a non-linear landscape, grounded in a familiar yet impossible to categorize igneous crust.


Precambrian Resonance

Artist: Ostraka (John C. S. Keston)
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
John C. S. Keston’s debut solo work emerged after eleven months of capturing random recordings and sound design experiments exhibited on audiocoobook.org. This led Keston in a new musical direction, harnessing the chaotic behaviors of natural sound recordings and digital processing into musical forms.


One Day to Save All Life

Artist: Keston and Westdal
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This is the third album produced by Keston and Westdal. “Every now and then, an act releases an album changing the way we listen to music. In my world, this album is one of them.” – CalmScape.com. SlacklineRadio.com calls it, “…the kind of stuff that will have a high value for travelers on future long voyages to Mars.”


Truth is Stranger

Artist: Keston and Westdal
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Keston and Westdal’s second full-length title on Unearthed Music features collaborations with Steven Ekoka, Estaire Godinez, Desdamona. The release has thirteen tracks including the recently produced bonus track, El Amanecer.


Super Structure Baby

Artist: Keston and Westdal
Label: Unearthed Music
Release Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2004
Originally released on Coup de Grace, New York, NY, this reissue includes the bonus track (Kinon’s Path f. Rajiah Johnson). “…these guys lay down highly polished sounds over intelligent morphing drums. [Super Structure] Baby is a thoroughly impressive outing, full of class and sophistication…” – Patrick Drexler, URB Magazine


Mad Props to the Universe (out of print)

Artist: Casino Royale
Label: Groove Garden Records
Release Date: 1999
“Minneapolis based Casino Royale came up with an enjoyable and varied set of original funky grooves for their Mad Props To The Universe album. Every cut features John C. S. Keston skilfully utilizing all sorts of vintage keyboards to great effect, including plenty of electric piano. In the following clips he uses a Wurlitzer for the solo on Intro To Elmar(1), while the Rhodes is chosen to create the atmospheric opening to Sustainiac(2).” – Cool Keys


Hank Mobley’s Sound of Love (out of print)

Artist: Casino Royale
Label: Anal Log Records
Release Date: 1996
Erik Fratzke (Bass), Erik Bolen (Drums), John C. S. Keston (Rhodes), Henry Weinbeck (Trumpet), Camron Wittig (Cover Photo), Steve Kaul (Engineer), Steve Kaul and John C. S. Keston (Mixing), Featuring Slug from Atmosphere on Pea King


examples of work in sound and electronic imagery