He spent a few years learning to play the guitar, but he grew dissatisfied with the instrument and became more interested in literature and writing. Ah, but then computers grew up and it became possible to not only create your own music using computers but also to record, edit, master, and distribute your own music. He started on this road in the mid-90s, while he was working on his dissertation. He recorded a few albums of fun little songs (Me, AC, and Pocket Monkey) under the name Aboo, and he sold them via mp3.com. At first, Aboo’s music emulated (or tried to) the more eclectic electronic music of Rephlex, Warp, and similar labels. Gradually, his music evolved to incorporate more experimental sounds (borrowing from the artists on labels like Mille Plateaux, 12k, Trente Oiseaux, Raster-Noton, and Touch).
To accompany this shift in focus from lighthearted, bouncy songs to weird, atmospheric stuff, Aboo decided to stop being Aboo and start being Michael Heumann. In 2003, Heumann produced a web-only release, The Island of Sleeping Chickens. It’s a concept album, provided that the sounds of an island filled with chickens sleeping is really a concept and not some deranged image. It is available at eMusic, Amazon and iTunes. His most recent project, Neolithic, was on iTunes, Amazon, and eMusic in March 2008. It incorporates a number of experiments he has been conducting utilizing shortwave radio, field recordings, and electric guitar and bass recordings.
Tracks are available here at Haunted Ink, and there’s even a video available for the song “Small Victory” at YouTube. Heumann’s interest in experimental electronic music (coupled with his career in writing) compelled him to create 25, a web site dedicated to providing recommendations for anyone interested in this type of music. 25 was begun in 2000. In 2003, an offshoot of the site was created, Almaty or Bust, focusing on the music of Central Asia. In addition to writing the reviews and maintaining these sites, Heumann wrote reviews for Stylus Magazine.
He’s also published an article on The Outer Limits at the site. Heumann is currently living with his wife and their cats in El Centro, California, where he teaches English and coordinates the distance education program at a nearby community college. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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