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New song and lastest news from Walt in Texas

Member news Posted on 20 May, 2014 12:50

Member Walter Ehresman sent out his latest News-letter and here it is for your reading pleasure.

Good Afternoon, Everybody:

Walter here, with a new song for you as well as news about the monthly “2nd Friday” residency at New World Deli.

–Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: James and I want to apologize sincerely to those of you who showed up at New World Deli on the 9th, only to see someone else on the stage. Here’s what happened……After I had loaded all my stuff onto the stage that night and started to set up, an employee approached with a telephone and the said the owner wanted to talk to me. Seems the place had double-booked that night, and James and I were unceremoniously bumped. They weren’t particularly nice or apologetic about it, either. As you know, we’ve been playing the 2nd Friday of every month there since last July, but we won’t be playing there anymore. I have a feeler out for a new place to have a monthly Friday night gig, and I’ll let y’all know as soon as I know anything more. I know your time is valuable, and Friday nights especially so after a tough work week, so we’re sure sorry that happened and hope that you found something else good to do that night. As I said in the e-mail I sent out as soon as I got home from New World Deli that night, I’d like to offer a free CD to anyone who went down there that night. Please just take one off the table at the next gig we have.

–and for much better news: I have a new song recorded for y’all to check out! I just mixed it down in the studio earlier today, and I’m pretty happy with how it came out. It’s called “Blue Eyed Devils,” and will be title track to the new album. It’s about how American foreign policy is used to further giant corporate interests, and the cultural damage that steamroller causes in other countries. Musically, it’s akin to the heavier Fripp/Eno/Bowie period, and has a couple of segments featuring Austin’s own Nigel Jacobs throat-singing. You can listen to the song here:

Since the song hasn’t been digitally mastered yet, you’ll have to crank your speakers up to hear it (plus, it’s just that kind of song……). Hope you enjoy it! It’s one of the most complex recording challenges I’ve ever taken on.

–As many of you know, the biggest news for me these days is that I’m moving to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico at the end of this year. So these 2014 gigs will be my last shows in the U.S.. It’s been a gas living and playing in Austin for the last 34 years, but it’s time to shake things up, and so all these last Austin gigs will also serve as fundraisers to help me get myself moved down South. My goal is to sell out my inventory of solo CDs, as well as all the Snipe Hunt and Delphi Rising discs that I have. A high target…..but do-able, I think. The discs will be on the merch table at the shows, marked with a price, but if you want a disc or two (or three or……) just put in the bowl whatever amount feels right to you. I won’t peek from the stage, I promise. This is the most direct way to help the cause, because it cuts out the middleman when buying the music online or at Antone’s Records. Every little bit helps.

You can also get digital downloads at all the usual websites, but my best cut of download and album sales comes if you use CD Baby: Yeah, they make you register first, which is a drag, but it’s no more onerous than Amazon and they have a vast array of great artists on there who are doing independent, interesting work far from the homogenizing influence of the record companies. I think you’ll find lots of artists there that you like.

–Videos: I’m now up to 102 videos that I’ve made and put on YouTube to go with my past solo material as well as with songs I wrote while in Snipe Hunt and later in Delphi Rising. That’s all I’ll be doing for the time being…….time to focus more on recording again.

Here’s the link to my YouTube channel:

NOTE: I saved these videos at a high resolution (HD) so, for best viewing,
I recommend clicking on the little gear icon at the bottom right of
the video screen for the particular video you’re watching, and select
the highest quality setting. Just takes a second, and will improve the visuals.
And, of course, hit the little “x” at the upper right-hand corner to nuke the
obnoxious ad that pops up at the beginning.

A word from member Lidbo

Member news Posted on 18 Jan, 2014 13:32

Here is a new project I’m involved with, that I think you might
find interesting. It’s about improving the driver’s emotional experience
in demanding situations – using specially composed music. I’m doing
this with sound researcher Martin Ljungdahl Eriksson and when the music
is ready, it will be released on an album that you get if you rent a car
from Europcar Sweden. This is music not only to listen to, but music
that effects your emotions, that improves your chemical balance.

Hakan Lidbo

has, as the first actor in the car-rental industry, started the unique
project “Sounds for Driving”. The goal is to provide Europcar’s
customers with a truly one of a kind driving experience. In order to
achieve this, sound expert Martin Ljungdahl Eriksson and the famous
artist and produces Håkan Lidbo was brought onboard. Together, these two are creating music that will enhance and amplify the driving experience.

with Europcar, Martin and Håkan has identified a number of different
situations where the driver might feel tired, stressed or irritated.For a
long drive, the driver needs to feel alert and sharp, hence, uplifting
music is created. Follow the project right here, and be sure to check
back for more sound snippet and findings from the study.

Here is the web:

Presentation video:

More info:

Yule Blog

Member news Posted on 10 Jan, 2014 09:56

Don’t miss the updates at the Ministry Yuleblog! Cause ´Tis the season!

Ok, so they misspelled Yule Blog.

Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

Sundry Posted on 08 Jan, 2014 16:43

As the new year picks up speed it’s time to say goodbye to Christmas. But still as an old Swedish Christmas carol goes: “Christmas goes on until the fast”.

Member news Posted on 08 Jan, 2014 16:38

The Ministry of Art & Jump has got their website online again and it is also updating in a fashion. Go to to see more. Read the Newsblog to stay tuned.

Disabled site!

Breaking News Posted on 03 Sep, 2013 21:13

Regrettably some sort of malware attack has stopped the usual service at the official website of Ministry of Art. We are working on the problem and are keeping our fingers crossed…

Cultural mercenary

Member news Posted on 03 Sep, 2013 21:05

After almost a year as a cultural mercenary driving other peoples projects there is a new Culture Night project coming up. The ancient ring wall of Eslöv is to be uncovered and recreated! The Ministry of Art & Jump have found out where the old ring wall was situated and how it looked. Friday the 13th is the date for the grand opening!

Have a happy one!

Sundry Posted on 30 Dec, 2012 13:54

It’s that time of year, the end of it, and time to say Happy New Year. We wish you all had a good one and a better one in store for you. And remember, we are now half-way through the darkness – unless you don’t live down under. In that case you are in the midst of summer and are now awaiting darker times and sending us the light. Thank you very much.

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