Casey Hallas Art

Production

I’m putting the wraps on my first full-length album – Creature Dances. I’ve got a least one other album in the bag and 9 electronic EP’s to drop. The goal is to capture my video art collection and make video mixes for all the content. I’ll get it up on Bandcamp which will push to Apple and Spotify – then for sale. You’ve got to support the artist, man. After that I’ll move through the poetry songs one at a time until I’ve exhausted the content, and then – it’s time to hang up the old hat on some of these dreamy dreams. I’m lonely – don’t want to go broke with nothing to show for it.

Event Flyers


I’ve done my best to compile flyers for the events I’ve participated in or produced. There are things that have been lost to history but I hope to demonstrate my commitment to producing and staying involved in the art and music community.

Is Pool Boy

This is a remix project for people who like to stay inside listening to Youtube music. Contemplate, as I have – the subtle and not so subtle changes about how I’ve taken Mighty Casey all the way through to Mighty Pool Boy (Bass Mix) Pt. 2 and ask yourself why? Why do this? It’s an exercise in computer music, state of the world 2022. It’s improvisation. The original Mighty Casey beat I mixed down on Virtual DJ sometime in 2011. That I created in Logic – the bass drum and hi-hat part, then added Tuvan throat singers and a slide guitar. This gave me the foundation to improvise bass and guitar for Call Me Casey. That session is what I’ve used to create the Is Pool Boy album. The most exciting thing ever is for me to mix all of these songs together with some rolls and special effects along with a fresh video mix…all from my personal collection. You will really enjoy it. I’m going to be nerding out on this a bit with another long format video on the changes I made during the remix process. For example -Mighty Pool Boy (Bass Mix) Pt. 2. What is more bassier? A 4th bass line, that’s what. So if you’re not satisfied with my work – you don’t like bass music as much as you say. For critics of the composition I will tell you both the bass line and the guitar part were improvised – one take! OK I did pick loops and remix in Ableton Live but that is improvised as well! In that way – I can say, this is jazz. Plus the piano stuff in general. But it’s the state of music, really that I’m communicating about here, not through this text but through the music itself. But, you should know – it’s computer-based other than the electric bass and electric guitar. I used a Peavey 5-string and a Behringer tube pre-amp for that and the guitar. The guitar is a Mexican Strat with surf pickups and a Germanium Fuzz with Supro tremolo. Otherwise this is all work in Logic and Abelton Live. Thank you for listening. Listen straight through from start to finish. I’m curious if it’s actually endurable or enjoyable this way. We’ll see! Ideally you nerds will be saying things to me like – in your set at Red Rocks – I liked that you mixed Mighty Casey Pt. 4 in with Mighty Pool Boy (Grampa Mix). I’ll say – you people have too much time on your hands. Then one of you will say – my favorite is Mighty Casey (Bass Mix) Pt. 1. For those of you just tuning in – it’s the one with the teapot solo. Yes, my other music has weird sounds in it too. This is garage music. I’ll say – do you mean you love me? And you’ll say yes. But that’s a long way down the road! Whatever. This is for bassheads and haterz and contemplating in college dorms and dancing to – really, dance to it. And yes – the artwork IS cheesy on purpose. I added clouds and a second lens flare to a sky that was cloudless and already had a lens flare. That’s so stupid. I really want to tell you about it. Fusion – jazz fusion with house music.

Respect

A great sign of respect for all we’ve been through together is your support of my work.

One Million Kisses

Roughed up like a mesa, a bone from my spine.
By now I am a man it’s happened a million times. 
You should think before you go
And learn to say the words. 

Rubbed down like a mesa, a flower from my spine.
By now I am a man it’s happened a million times. 
You should think before you go
And learn to say the words. 

All I had to give to you is all you left behind. 
You made it just one step in the longest line.
You should ask before you go
And learn to say the words.

All I had to give you is all you left behind. 
Red road leads to Paradise –
Not gonna get there but that’s life.
Get my dog go straight to hell –
Go get my dog not going there. Oh well.

One million kisses – that’s the way it ends.
Ten by ten and five by five. Would take a life.
Would take a flight.
Would take its life.
Would take a wife. Silent type.

Chipped paint on a millennial toad, easy baritone now hitting the road.
Nothing going down in the town – a dollar off gave someone Tao.
A magic card in my hand, got extra rocks got extra sand.

You think it’s him you think it’s me – it isn’t him it couldn’t be!
It isn’t you it isn’t me. I guess some birds just like the sea.
I guess some birds just like the sea. Oh well.

The Question

Lovers are fleeting – friends are for life. You’re lucky if you can find both at the same time.

Tomorrow

Realizing you can’t be what you wanted to be. Knowing you fought. Accepting the insignificance. You are only one person and can only fight so hard. Try to stay open. Love is the only thing that matters.

Creature Dances

My first unofficial official album! My music teacher tells me it’s a “head form.” I based it around jamming in a bebop style like we did in jazz camp. I’ve been hanging out at Atom Heart Music in Pullman and based this work around ideas we were tossing around up in the jam space. There is some thought paid to modality here – the basic chord changes set up mode changes between the solos and I think there are some great moments. I spent a lot of time mixing and mastered this myself. I found that I needed to do very little to finish it – pretty much just a limiter on the master channel once I equalized and ran through the mix in Ableton Live. I’ll be putting this out and launching through Infinite Tapestry Co. in 2022. The next step is a long format music video. More on that to come. I went to the same college as Herbie Hancock. That’s because Herbie Hancock went there. Did you kick Herbie Hancock in the face as well?

Process

It’s good to move beyond the idea that you need to be known for something. The spirituality is in the doing.