Silk Screens: Kyle Bobby Dunn – “The Milksop”
For our latest installment of Silk Screens, meet Kyle Bobby Dunn, an ambient drone composer who creates beautifully sullen works that thrive on their subtlety and patience. His latest, In Miserum Stercus, contains some of his most somber works to date and will be released by Komino Records this winter. Kyle was gracious enough to tell us about the album’s final piece, “The Milksop”.
The same sense of unfathomable sadness still seeps steadily into my daily life. It will probably never go away since its gotten increasingly worse since the beginning of my life. I went to Brooklyn to be with this one person who lived in the Bloomberg Tower, but of course that didn’t work out. But I did meet Jay Z in the elevator.
The song was composed and recorded at Bunce Cake Brooklyn one absolutely frigid evening before Christmas. I’d recorded it right before heading off to a drunken party by myself where I had too much wine and strange vegan cookies of some kind. I stayed way too late at this party and left around 3 or so when it was even more freezing outside.
I started with a simple motif stolen from Mark Isham’s 1986 Hitcher soundtrack, and with the use of a friends old loop pedal and a telecaster I just played some sad sack like strings over the sampled loops. I played it for some people at a frozen party in Brooklyn that night. One person quite liked it and my friend Thomas said it just sounded like everything else I’ve ever done.
Basically that there is a lot of confusion and impossibility these days and in my life especially just seems stuck in a miserum stercus like state that nobody probably wants to listen to or be around. I feel like C. Thomas Howell in the movie, just being constantly devastated and turned into something else.