Justin Landers is a Portland-based artist and musician. Currently available for freelance illustrations, weird film scores, pixel art + sound design for games, acrylic portraits... Get in touch! NO JOB IS TOO BIG, NO FEE IS TOO BIG.

Email wjustinlanders@gmail.com

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PAINT MISBEHAVIN'

PUTTING PEN TO PAPER

The DJT Ubiquity Horror Series - Since January of 2017, I've spent a lot of Sharpie time exploring a cartoon nightmare in which Donald Trump's essence has spread to every corner of culture, including my record collection (the more obscure or personal the title is to me, the "better?")...

Commissions For Print / Digital

Wedding Invitations

Concert Flyers

Album Artwork

HE MUST GO BY ANOTHER WAY... 

These are images from the big SLs album/book project that's been in the works since about 2010. (Ink, paint, collage, and charcoal, on mylar, photocopies, plexiglass, and found paper.)

Other Scribbles

As part of the development of Warrior General Games' MIGHTY BRAWLERS, I created pixel art sprites for CPU opponents to populate an area of the game that unfortunately ended up on the cutting room floor. Still, the best of those six dozen or so sprites are collected here, with demonstrations of their unique "attacks".

SPRAYPAINT AND STENCILS 

 2016 Christmas Stencil

2016 Christmas Stencil

Guitar pedals - spray paint on aluminum enclosures, splattered over hand-cut mylar stencils:

I've been composing/producing/releasing music as KRUDLER since the beginning of 2015. So far, KRUDLER has been a solo recording project in a similar vein as THE STEVEN LASOMBRAS (but not as thematically specific). I'm venturing a little further out to explore texture and song construction, often using the modular synthesizer as a composition tool. KRUDLER releases have featured indulgent electronics, attempted metal, sloppy math, suspicious drones, pseudo-industrial baloney, and always way too many synth layers. 

We're working on the best way to present some of these songs in a live setting. For now, enjoy these quality recordings:

  

KRUDLER 12: HERMIT

When my daughter was very small, one of the most reliable ways of getting her to sleep at naptime was to take her downstairs and patch up a repetitive modular synthesizer sequence. Bouncing gently to pulsing sounds and blinking lights would knock her out. I’d leave everything set up, then return at night to record.

Most of these minimal modular synth pieces based on those naptime patches. The title of this collection refers to the drawing I did for her (she likes crabs), the solitary process of recording this music, and settling into the role of Weird Suburban Stay-At-Home Dad.

As with KRUDLER 6, all sounds were recorded live and edited later.

KRUDLER 11: DREAD Score

Another short for a local filmmaker (and, as it turned out, some of the same people worked on DREAD and RUINER). It was fun to work (relatively) quickly on a (relatively) more minimal score. While only some of the drones made it into the film, the full score I recorded is available HERE.

KRUDLER 10: RUINER Score

This was my time composing for film. I responded to a local filmmaker’s call for submissions and it ended up being a great fit. Since it’s a silent short, the music was able to demand more attention than a typical score. In the end, they isolated just a few layers at a time for a more minimal sound, but the full composition is available HERE, presented along with bits and pieces from my first drafts.

You can watch the film here.

KRUDLER 9: K-9

K-9 is a short sampler of the kind of noise textures I normally incorporate into a heavily-layered recording. When isolated, the particular quality of these sounds can really stand out.

Each piece was created with assorted pedals in a Death By Audio Total Sonic Annihilation feedback loop, or with a noise-based modular synth patch. 

KRUDLER 8: PRE-CHEWED

This collection of instrumental pieces plays as the soundtrack to an old movie you watched too late at night. You vaguely recall the protagonist fleeing across a city, emerging from queasy darkness into hideous light with the fanfare of ambulance sirens announces their arrival to the crowds of leering ghouls. It's unclear now whether the final scenes of post-apocalyptic stillness were part of the film or something you dreamed. 

KRUDLER 7: IMBECILE 

IMBECILE ended up taking two years to complete. Changing jobs, moving, other projects, AND impending fatherhood all contributed to the delay... 

I started out aiming for a stripped-down, earnest affair indebted to Seaweed and old Albini-recorded Touch & Go albums. Of course, one thing led to another, and here it is.

I'm proud of these songs.

 

KRUDLER 6: ACCESS 

My goofy idea of a "more accessible" KRUDLER release was a collection of improvisational synthesizer pieces. 

All sounds were created with Eurorack modular synthesizer and MOOG Sub37, recorded live - plenty of edits, but no overdubs.

 

"Their Teeth Danced" was originally intended for a compilation that Klint Finley was putting together. (Much later, I learned I was the only one who'd actually submitted a song. Oh well!)

Most of the sounds here were made with the EasyBeats iPhone app running through a bunch of fuzz pedals, and a circuit-bent Casio SK-1. 

 

 

 

 

 

  

All of the music I composed and produced for Warrior General Games is collected in this Bandcamp album. These pieces were all created using Propellorhead Reason and Cakewalk Sonar.

 

GLB2's replay music was crafted to match the Tecmo-influenced look of the replays. You can view a GLB2 replay HERE (replay video requires Flash) or stream the background tune below:

Mighty Brawlers

MIGHTY BRAWLERS

The MIGHTY BRAWLERS themes were more of a remix project, taking tracks from a piece of 8-bit music ( Karl Johnson's "Kung Fu Street Brawl Circa 1982"), and reconstructing it six different ways, to match the game's character classes.

Most of the sound effects for MIGHTY BRAWLERS were created (or edited) in my studio. Video of those battles unfortunately can't be embedded, but you can view a good one HERE (replay requires Flash).

For Neon Trax, I created four different versions of each theme (a full version, a simplified version, a more simplified version in a minor key, and a dissonant you're-about-to-lose version). As you play, the four energy bars fluctuate, fading between the different versions. Depending on how you do, that means you could end up hearing the full drum beat alongside the simple bass line, with synth tracks bleating your imminent death, all while dodging obstacles. 

Neon Trax is available in the iTunes app store.  

Atomic Squeeze

Atomic Squeeze was designed to feel like a swanky cocktail party, with a jazz combo playing in the corner. (In the game, these fake jazz tunes were layered with crowd noise, clinking glass, and room ambiance to complete the 'party' vibe.)  

Atomic Squeeze is available in the iTunes app store.

RATES

Negotiable, depending on the job. If you have a project in mind, email me ( wjustinlanders@gmail.com ) and I’ll be happy to provide a quote.