“In The Orchard Of Osiris” (I.T.O.o.O.) is a 15-song compilation of some of the best independent music I’ve encountered over the last few years, while I was working in the mid-Michigan arts community. In an age of streaming media and compromised sound quality, I set out to create a physical artifact — an actual album that flows from song to song, and can be held in your hands – as opposed to the intangible realm of file-swapping, Google-harvested cover art and the diminishing engagement that people derive from 99-cent downloads and shuffled playlists.
Through booking concerts at various venues around town like SCENE Metrospace, Basement 414, Gone Wired and Magdalena’s Teahouse (R.I.P.), I got to know a diverse group of committed indie musicians, and it surprised me that quite a few of them weren’t aware of eachother. Playing musical matchmaker by designing bills with local and national acts that either shared aesthetic sensibilities or provided interesting contrasts was one of my most rewarding experiences. I was moved to bring it all together somehow, and thus the idea for this compilation germinated.
You can watch a short film about I.T.O.o.O., pre-order a copy, or support the project in other ways at the I.T.O.o.O Kickstarter Page.