Wednesday, January 5, 2022

aboombong - apophenia (2022)

A new album for 2022. 

This one collects recordings from the last 7 or so years 

and weaves them together for your cortical pattern recognition system. 

Percussion & noise for fighting off the corrosion. 

artist: aboombong
album: apophenia
release: 2022
style: noise, field recordings, beats
players: me -drumkit, darbuka, dumbek, double sanza, tongue drum, field drum, tenor pan, guitar, piano, sequencer, treatments, feedback, field recording

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Boom Dispenser - Boom Dispenser (2021)


11 years since the last Boom Dispenser release, a 2-song ep.

All proceeds from this e.p. will support RAICES:
(Refugee And Immigrant Center for Education and legal Services).
You can donate directly at

Picture a lost 1980s James Caan movie where he plays that lonely schmuck that can't get a break. This plays in the montage where his girlfriend is headed to the airport and he’s stuck in a warehouse by the docks getting his ass kicked  - and she never knows why he didn't show up.


Some help with guitars from a guy I know.
My son composed the sequencer loop back when he was in 3rd grade. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Easy access

Working on the next aboombong album, but it is taking longer than expected, so I thought I would update with a reminder of the music already posted here. 

You can, of course, browse through the pages for artists - or look to the links below. 

aboombong: apophenia
aboombong: asynartetic
aboombong: AGNOSIS
ABOOMBONG: articulations
ABOOMBONG: adumbral
ABOOMBONG: anaphora
ABOOMBONG: atrophic
ABOOMBONG: admixture
ABOOMBONG: amnemonic
ABOOMBONG: aboombong

Boom Dispenser: A Chronic Groove Feeder

dustdevil & crow: accidental music

AZWARM: shelter
 a morning's work

¡para!helion: Midaq Alley
para!helion: 3 Miles From Mecca
¡para!helion: >3
¡para!helion: When Technology Fails
¡para!helion: Harpers Bizarre Film Festival
Icastico: The-ambient-Sundae bar
Étude for Six Mirrored Hands

Psychic Enemies Network:
 Valis (with bonus tracks)
Psychic Enemies Network: P.E.N. (with bonus tracks)

Punk; No-wave; Post-punk, etc.
Thorn: solace of noise

The Jonny Cats: Last- Ode to Sergio
The Johnny Cats: Burns Rubber 7"
Outer Space Tonight

Friday, November 20, 2020

2020 suggestions from here at Pen & Mallet


Some folks are putting together their end of the year lists. Lots to talk about as usual. I am sure a ton of great records will come out before the end of the year, but I thought I would help out the compilers with some titles that may not have gotten noticed. Since the latest aboombong album, asynartetic was the only official release from me this year, I guess it gets the local call. Some others to pay attention to this year include a string of releases from Sister Black Lagoon who are selling their whole discography for a tune. Also worth your notice are the releases from Hive Mind Records this year - including Jaipongan Music of West Java and "Aicha" from Maalem Mahmoud Gania. Another one to check out is Rabbit Hole Variations from Greg Nieuwsma of SawakAnd I would be remiss not to mention the work from Pen & Mallet regulars Dynamo Stairs album Nickel Chrome, or Kanawha's best yet

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday, September 3, 2020

aboombong on bandcamp


My latest release is still available for the next Bandcamp Friday (starting 12am PDT on 8/4/2020). For 24 hours Bandcamp waives their fees to help out artists. Last month ya'll helped me raise $350 for who provides frontline relief to Beirut

artist: aboombong
release: 2020
style: jazz, ambient, piano
players: me - piano, trap set, double sanza, wooden-headed dumbek, taganing, elephant bell, temple bell.
artwork/photography: me
Design consultation: Random

Thursday, August 6, 2020

aboombong - asynartetic

My latest release is out on time for the latest Bandcamp Friday (starting 12am PDT on 8/7/2020). For 24 hours Bandcamp waives their fees to help out artists. I will be using that as a way to raise money to help the victims of the recent blast in Beirut. All proceeds raised this month from any aboombong purchase will go to who provides frontline relief to victims.
Most (not all, but most) aboombong songs involve improvisation at some level. I frequently use improvisations as source material and then editing and post-production manipulations to combine them into something coherent. On this album the improvisations themselves, the performances, are the focus. Taking cues from jazz - where the interplay between musicians is the substance of the performance -these songs were constructed "live" - with each performance played in direct response to the tracks laid down previously. Treatments and manipulations were applied (essentially) live as well (play, treat, playback while improvising the next track) for the most part. Enjoy and spread the word so I can raise some money for those in need. Thanks.

artist: aboombong
release: 2020
style: jazz, ambient, piano
players: me - piano, trap set, double sanza, wooden-headed dumbek, taganing, elephant bell, temple bell.
artwork/photography: me
Design consultation: Random

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Old music and new

Dave from Choke (and Dynamo Stairs, and splayfeet) posts a newly uncovered Choke rehearsal tape. 

Also, out for #BandcampFriday (approaching 24 hours). aboombong will be donating all proceeds to to help victims of the #BeirutBlast: improvisations for piano and other percussion - ambient free jazz? 

Details soon. 

Friday, May 1, 2020

Psychic Enemies Network Updates

Just updated the Psychic Enemies Network page to include a link to our song that was released by Oddeo Netwerx

Pen & Mallet · Page psychic enemies Posting as icastico All psychic enemies network releases are available (name your price) at bandcamp.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

aboombong - AGNOSIS (2019)

artist: aboombong
album: AGNOSIS
release: 2019
style: 4th World Post-punk Goth, Kosmische Musik, ambient piano, liturgy
players: me - drum kit, percussion, piano, sequencer, treatments; Lana Van Boven -  vocals on track 1 & 3 (; David Liso - vocals on track 1 (; Brian Shaw - flugalhorn and recording engineer on track 3 (
artwork/photography: me

Side One: 

Side Two

After nearly a decade of going it alone, this is the second release completed in collaboration with musical friends in so many years. Lana came to me with the desire to do some singing outside of her usual frame, and things snowballed from there - with contributions from David and Brian bringing it all together. As always, available via bandcamp pay what you like. 

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