Sunday, May 15, 2011

Secret Codes is currently searching for a new keyboardist as we just lost 2 members. We are trying out drummers and trumpet players as well but I believe we have the postion filled. The new Secret Codes will be a bit different and I am excited to see where things will end up. I am finishing up the ep that we recorded a while ago and if will be available for download very soon.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Jan. 21 2011

Hey everyone. A few months back Secret Codes recorded a Demo of 5 songs that ended up sounding pretty amazing for a demo. So we've decided to turn it into a 3 song EP. The EP will be called "The Sun is a Microscope" and will include Worlds Tiniest Rainbow, Tragic Love, and King of the Mountain. Other good news is that we will be giving it away for free as a digital download! We are mixing the last song and finishing a music video for Tragic Love right now and hopefully everything should be done in the next couple of weeks.

We now also have a facebook (Please add us, like us, whatever, send us love) page that we are using more than the old myspace although there are new music tracks up on the myspace. Shortly we will also be started a kickstarter campaign to help us fund our full length record. Hopefully we will start the process of recording in the next couple of months. Okay hope everyone is doing well and I will try and post/share on here a little more often.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Secret Codes Full Band

Golly gosh it's been a long time and so much has happened. Secret Codes is now a full band though still missing a second guitarist. The band now includes Ian Ferguson on Trumpet/Rhodes/synthesizers/vocals, David Kyle on Vocals/guitar/taishokoto, Austin Amstutz on Bass, Jason Drost on drums, and Jessica Wright on flute/sax/vocals.

I have been very lucky in finding the perfect people to join this project and am working with a group of amazing musicians and artists. All the songs have been rewritten to be played live without any electronic elements. Its sounding really incredible and every practice puts a huge smile on my face.

We have been working hard to get the songs ready and now finally have 6 songs down. We will be performing our first show on Jan. 5th here in Portland, Oregon at the Woods where we will be joined by Mia Riddle from NYC and Themes from Portland. We go on at 9pm sharp so be sure to get there a little early.

I can't say much about our plans as a band yet, but am hoping for typical band stuff in the near future like a record, more shows, touring, etc. We are also still looking for a second guitar player. She or he would hopefully be able to play keys and sing or possibly some other instrument like horns or violin. If you know anybody who might be interested in trying out please direct them to

Ok hope to see everyone soon and I may start posting some tracks and videos on here soon.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

2 New Releases on Gypsypop Records

The old Ep Notes on Paper was sent off to Gypsypop today and will be available in the next couple of months. As well I started a new ambient noise project called The Shadow Grounds. The album is based off a Haruki Murakami book "A Hard Boiled Wonderland at the End of the World". I will add a music sample as soon as I figure out how to do so. By the time both albums are available I should be wrapping up things with my newest album for Secret Codes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Gypsypop Records

Today Secret Codes signed to Gypsypop Records, a small startup label based out of Oakland, CA. I will be rereleasing my first album "Notes on Paper" on this label under the name Secret Codes instead of David Kyle and the Invisibles. As well a new single/ep should be out in the near future that will consist of mainly Chinese/Japanese influenced songs written on the Ghu Zheng and Taishokoto. These albums will be available thru Gypsypop as well as other sites such as itunes. The new record should still hopefully come out early this year but it is taking me a lot longer than I had anticipated.

I decided to change my name to Secret Codes for many reasons. One being is that I really like the name Secret Codes and I like the idea of music being composed as a secret code of feelings. And language and music in a way is just a kind of secret code. It is our own personal language and it is up to the listener to interpret and decipher its code. And in that way it means something different for everyone. The art and music that I enjoy most are the ones that don't give away the answers. It has secrets and layers that unfold over time throughout my own human experience. For me this allows me to feel something unique and something undefinable. It allows me to grow and ponder ideas outside of the definable realm of reality.

The second major reason of changing the name is that I am scared of ego. It is so hard to make art/music and not have an ego. I think they go hand in hand. Anytime you try and gain recognition for something the ego has a heavy hand in it. I don't care how honest or pure you think you are, it does. I struggle with this daily as I don't want my ego to get big. I want to write music from the most honest place of my soul. I don't want to be better or worse than anyone else. I want to be an equal avenue of expression to every other living person on this planet. We are all made of art whether we define it as such or not. I hope that all you people that I connect with in this world will not only except my expression but be willing to share yours as well. Music should be a 2 way thing. If you can listen to me and support me then I can do the same for you.

Ok this is getting long so here is the last reason. It has to do with the ego as well. I want this project to be able to grow and mature and constantly evolve. Therefore It makes more sense for me to have a band name so that I can add members here and there without them feeling that it is just my band or that it is all about me. Although I do all the instrumentation and compositions myself I am hoping that it won't be this way in the future. I am hoping to bring in people with similar ideas but there own creative vision as well in order to add even more depth to everything I am trying to do.

Ok everyone thanks for reading and I am excited for all the new opportunities coming in the near future.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Y La Bamba tonight in Seattle

Tonight my band Y La Bamba will be playing at the High Dive in Seattle. The show is for the Origami Ghosts CD release. We will also be joined by Webelos and Serendipity Music. Origami Ghosts are a unique band who play catchy well thought out early 90's sounding indie rock with a hint of Eastern influence. Great band and good people. Serndipity Music is Cellist Serena Tideman who can be found touring with Mum and Rasputina. Her songs are really beautiful. I'm really excited to be playing with everyone tonight and to see all my Seattle friends. The show starts and 9pm and we are on first so be sure to get there early. Also call me if you want to hang out as we will be in Seattle at 5pm messing around.

And then tomorrow we will be at Backspace an all ages venue in downtown Portland. Again we go on first and the show starts at 9pm.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of my favorite piano players. I never really got into the Yellow Magic Orchestra much. Kind of the Danny Elfman of Japan. I'm sure it was cool in its day. I absolutely love his newer compositions. Here is a video of Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence from the album 1996

Also really wish I could have been here: