all vx // are we having fun yet

by Ben McCarthy

all vx 05:13


After the Pale Eyes project-- its pop poetry, its lo-fi burn of synths and samples-- I moved toward more obscure experimentation. Making deeply personal compositions, more coherent to me, in the history of field recordings, and sound experiments they represent, than to my handful of listeners who'd grown used to the touch points of beats, and recurring melodies and harmonies. While this challenging experimental music found a home in video games, sound installations, and theatrical scores, my primary interest has always been to make records for the headphone walkers and the bedroom readers.

These songs represent my return to some semblance of generic conceit. I've brought along the rescued phone recordings, the hastily-documented song-ideas, the soundbites appropriated from social media, but laid in heavy beats, builds, drops, and grounding melodies, that invite a listener in for repeated plays.


released May 22, 2020

Both tracks produced, etc. by Ben McCarthy.
Album artwork by Saira Sabri, with additional artwork by Cale Weir.
Headshot by Salvatore Antonio.

Thanks to Saira Sabri, Cale Weir, Romanne Walker, and Laura Dickens.

jean, judy, bernice, wench, holly, honey, meredith, and cale.




Ben McCarthy // Pale Eyes Toronto, Ontario

Ben McCarthy is a sound artist, and experimental electronic producer based in Toronto, Canada. His recent work ranges from thudding and beat-driven to textured and meditative.

Always underpinned by strong theoretical subtexts, sinking in to McCarthy’s music is to be immersed in his thoughts on and experiments with the sonics of sex, politics, violence, and raw emotion.
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