Forever Sucking Dry: Desert Surf Films Ambience


Forever Sucking Dry, my cetacean-mind-communion soundtrack to Ballroom Marfa’s Desert Surf Films series from August is now streaming. Many thanks to Travis Bubenik and Gory Smelley for help recording and editing the mix for broadcast. The setlist includes songs from Aloha Spirit, Emeralds, Former Selves, These Trails, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more, underscored by surf ambience, whalesongs, and a cameo from Magaret Howe and her dolphin lover, Peter.

“Hello Peter!”
[dolphin voice] “Hello Margaret!”

You can find an 11” x 17” print of the Forever Sucking Dry image as the centerfold ofStay Golden, a desert surf films ‘zine designed and edited for Ballroom Marfa by Hilary duPont, Liz Janoff and Ian Lewis. Available for $10 (cheap!) from Ballroom Marfa. The ‘zine also includes prose, poetry and artwork from Joshua Edwards, Tim Johnson, Eileen Myles and Brandon Shimoda.

Inter-Dimensional Music News: October 2015

Chambo relaxes with friends in the Adirondacks

Inter-Dimensional Music returns to the airwaves of the Big Bend on Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 9-11pm (CT). As always, you can hear us the first Sunday of every month on air at Marfa Public Radio, broadcasting across the Trans-Pecos at KRTS 93.5 FM in Marfa, KRTP 91.7 FM in Alpine and KDKY 91.5 FM in Marathon. You can stream the show live at, follow along @CosmicChambo, and find intermittent updates at

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Tonight’s show is inspired in part by the Barred Owls of Owl Pond, and the Adirondacks camp where your host spent the early part of September in communion with his family of cousins, aunts, uncles, mosses, ferns, mushrooms, trout, ospreys, damned cormorants and the aforementioned birds. Listen for Barred Owl calls throughout the broadcast. ID Music will also feature some new field recordings from Pinto Canyon Road by People & Sounds podcaster Katherine Rae Mondo.

In the first hour, new music from Matthewdavid’s Mindflight and Sun An, some (allegedly) old music from Kon Teifi, and classic ‘80s New Age from David Casper and William Linton.

In the cosmic metal hour we’ve got some thoughts on loneliness, desolation and love from Marissa Nadler, Windhand and Chongyam Trungpa, along with fresh jams from Black Breath, Deafheaven and Vanum.

The Last Marriage of Space and Time, my show featuring linen-cotton canvases inspired in equal parts by J.G. Ballard’s The Crystal World, the tapestries of William Morris, and the back-patch art of the metal and punk communities, came down last week. Exhibition documentation is now online at Into the Green.

The 56” x 38” works are printed in an unlimited edition on linen-cotton canvas, and are available from Marfa Book Company for $200 plus shipping. Contact them here.

Wildflower Sigils and Mantras is still on view at the bookstore; these unframed, unlimited-edition prints are available for $100 and $150. Works are printed with archival inks on Hahnemühle Bamboo paper by our friends at Color Wheel Digital. Contact the good people at the store for ordering information.

There’s also a new show at the squat gallery (aka the South Plateau Adobe Ruin) including works in concrete and bone by Tyler Spurgin, and an installation of my lichen canvases. Contact either one of us to schedule a visit. The gallery is hosted in an abandoned building at the south end of Plateau street in Marfa. If you visit independently, please use an inside voice, don’t bother the wasps, and enter at your own risk.

In other news …

  • Listen to Tom Michael’s Desert Surf Films interview with Ballroom Executive Director Susan Sutton, Desert Surf filmmaker Ian Lewis and yours truly on Marfa Public Radio.

  • Katherine Rae Mondo’s “West Texas Talk” interview with me and other Far West Texas EMTs about the existential and tactical challenges of life as a medic can be streamed and downloaded from Marfa Public Radio, or as a People and Sounds podcast.

  • Stay tuned to Marfa Public Radio and listen later this month for my interview with Lannan poet and NCAA basketball champ Natalie Diaz as we talk about her Marfa residency, her work with the last speakers of her people’s Mojave language, and her first collection of poetry, When My Brother Was an Aztec.

Thanks for reading.

Dream well, friends,
Cosmic Chambo

ID Music for May, Plant-Mind Wallpaper + South Plateau Adobe Ruin Updates

Inter-Dimensional Music will once again waft through the air of the Big Bend this Sunday, May 3, 2015.  If you’re out here in Far West Texas tune in from 9-11p (CST) on the first Sunday of each month at KRTS 93.5 FM in Marfa, KRTP 91.7 FM in Alpine and KDKY 91.5 FM in Marathon. You can also stream the show live at Streaming archives on Soundcloud.

The May broadcast is shaping up to be a murky one, with Sun Araw, Sunburned Hand of the Man, and The Healing Music of Rana seeing heavy airplay here at the home studio. The metal hour is looking grim, with funereal long-form funeral doom from Bell Witch and some Morriconne-era Earth on deck.

Minor updates to the South Plateau Adobe Ruin (SPAR), our squat gallery here in Marfa, are underway. Some old and new work on the walls, along with native ferns recommended by botanist Michael Eason now installed in the kitchen sink. We also added a Westport Chair built by Sam Winks to further enable quiet contemplation. An untitled work in concrete and bone from Tyler Spurgin is also on view. For more information on visiting the SPAR or about the work contained inside its crumbling walls, drop us a line. SPAR is an abandoned house: Enter at your own risk, and please don’t disturb the neighbors.

Our Lichens show also remains on view at Etherington Art in Marfa. In addition to the full size installations, individual rolls of wallpaper (pictured above), suitable for customizing your personal plant-mind communication chamber, are also available. Contact Mary Etherington for more information.

$3.33, August 8, 2013. Photo by Alex Marks for Ballroom Marfa.

If you’re in Los Angeles, consider stopping by Various Small Fires to experience new work from friend of the show Celia Hollander. Longtime listeners of ID Music will recognize Celia’s $3.33 moniker from past broadcasts, the Backcountry Chillout mixtape and her guest host session. $3.33 (Celia Hollander): Live Streams will run through May 16, 2015. You can buy her music, including the helpful I need some good rap music for my car.? at Bandcamp.

Inter-Dimensional Music on Twitter, Soundcloud, and Bandcamp

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The Big Bend’s top-rated New Age/Cosmic Metal radio program is now on Twitter. Follow @CosmicChambo for show updates + jokes + Marfa gossip + moss and lichen photography.

You can also keep in touch by subscribing to our bi-monthly newsletter: Click here to view the archives.

And music from the show is readily available on our Bandcamp and Soundcloud pages. Thanks for listening!

Marfa Myths Festival


Mexican Summer & Ballroom Marfa Present
Marfa Myths
March 13-15th in Marfa, Texas

Featuring Grouper, Iceage, Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Suicideyear and more

Buy tickets | Read Ballroom Marfa’s guide

Residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties may purchase tickets at a discount in-person at Freda and the Ballroom Marfa gallery.


Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s West Texas Talk radio interview with Marfa Myths artists at 6:30pm on March 12 and 13. Tune in at KRTS 93.5FM or via their online stream.


Marfa Myths is a cultural program taking place March 13 – 15, 2015 in Marfa, Texas. Curated by New York based music label Mexican Summer and co-presented with Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths features artists from within and outside of the Mexican Summer and Software Recording Co. rosters working creatively and collaboratively across music, cinema and visual arts contexts.

2015 programming includes a recording residency with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, a sound bath created by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, a semi-permanent outdoor mural by Liz Harris (Grouper), a presentation of Gregg Kowalsky’s live installation Tape Chants, and a screening of short documentaries and Holy Cow Swami at the Crowley Theater presented by Cinemarfa and Anthology Recordings. Furthermore, live programming throughout the weekend will include sets from Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin Bajas, LBS. and Suicideyear.

Additionally, there will be an exclusive, limited edition 12″ documenting the Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin collaboration alongside a journal featuring contributions from local Marfa artists and participating festival artists.

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ID Music Meets Root Strata Inna Big Bend Style

Inter-Dimensional Music – the top-rated “New Age Talk” broadcast in the Big Bend since 2010! – returns to the airwaves tonight, Sunday March 1, 2015 from 9-11pm on Marfa Public Radio. Also always streaming live at, and *rarely* archived at

We’ll be joined in studio tonight by itinerant Root Stratan Maxwell August Croy, who’s returned to Far West Texas for self-imposed exile/residency. We hope to hear more of the music he’s been working on, including a soon-coming collaboration with another friend of the show, cosmic harpist Mary Lattimore. We’ll also be talking high desert mind expansion strategies while cycling through psychedelic folk music (watch for the obligatory Dead jam), and maybe some downpressing folk metal so as to make sure our silver linings have more than a touch of grey.

We’ll also get into some music from the Marfa Myths festival, which arrives in these high desert grasslands on March 13 for a weekend of sound bathing, tape chanting and other irie activities featuring New Age-allies well known to ID Music listeners, such as Bitchin Bajas, Grouper and Jefre-Cantu Ledesma. Keep an eye on Marfa Public Radio and Ballroom Marfa for more coverage.

We’ll be back later this March with more news about Chambo’s next installation, a collection of photo-based works informed in part by the writings of Victorian proto-ecologist (and erotophobe?) John Ruskin. Fresh lichen prints are making their way to Marfa from Color Wheel Digital in Baltimore, destined for the expanding plant-mind meditation zone already in progress at Etherington Art.

Watch and for updates.

Vaya con diosa …