Mindspawn is an artist, producer, and engineer, a.k.a. Gene Williams.
The posts on this site are opinions, not guides to live by or undeniable truths. Take from it what you will. The writings are sometimes rants, sometimes stories, sometimes they’re interesting things someone else has said (and as such is credited where pertinent). My goal is to share what’s on my mind and maybe stir something with my visitors that will change or enhance their perception of the world around them, to question, to look with fresh eyes and open heart. To feel…. As an artist, if you’re going to call yourself that, make your life art, your most grand work, yourself.
I was raised on a farm in a remote area of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. In my late teens, I left my homeland and lived in a variety of places both in the United States and abroad, doing a variety of things, including graphic art, construction work, bull-riding, archaeology, spelunking, and more. Around 1980 I began to experiment in music, playing in a few small bands, but eventually becoming enthralled with multitrack tape and field recordings. Over the next decade I gathered sounds from various caves, wells, cisterns, archaeological sites, and more, as well as continuing to hone my musical abilities with several instruments. Not saying I mastered any of these instruments, but I certainly improved over time. During the bulk of this era I was largely a solitary experimentalist and I had no public releases.
In the early 1990s, I relocated to the Boston area. At that time I first began to perform under the guise of Mindspawn. Eventually, I started my own record label, Dark Seeds, and began releasing my material and that of other similar minded artists. The first Mindspawn release was the album God Forgot, a collection of breakbeat based electronic instrumental tracks which was released on Halloween, 1998. Conversing With Zardoz followed a year later, in 1999. Darkness Weaves was released a year after that, in 2000, and Null Infinite was released in 2001. Mindspawn “singles” also appear on several compilations.
From 2001 to 2004, Mindspawn’s sounds found their way onto documentaries like “America’s Most Haunted Town,” various video games, and a wide variety of other artist releases. During this time I also did a ton of dance music, remixes and performed at events across New England, the UK and Europe. In 2005, Mindspawn and Coph Nia collaborated on the post industrial dark ambient album (e.g., we did what we do….), Erotomechaniks, which enjoyed critical success and was widely well received.
Between 2000 and 2008, I continued to perform and compose as Mindspawn, while operating a recording/sound design/mastering studio in Boston, MA. During this period, I engineered and produced a variety of artists and projects ranging from EDM, hip hop, rock, and jazz groups to video games and film. In 2006-2007 I produced and co-composed (with Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas) the theme for the “Standoff (TV series)” and scored the cult film “The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down” by Paul Sapiano. The “Standoff” theme song was nominated for an Emmy for Best Theme Song in 2007.
Between 2008-2011 the Mindspawn project was on hiatus while I explored other interests and recovered from some major surgeries. In late 2011, I once again began performing live and releasing sounds and music under the Mindspawn name. In September 2014, the Mindspawn album Parasite Theory was released.
2016 saw Mindspawn reunite with Coph Nia on the collaboration album, Erotomechaniks II. At the tail end of 2016, the album, The Long Night, was also released as a solo Mindspawn project. I continue to produce, compose, and perform live as Mindspawn.
In 2018 Glenda Benevides and I released the EP Revival and later the album Speaking Truth under the name Mirror Speaks the Truth. Glenda and I continue to collaborate on a wide variety of projects with several new releases planned for 2020 and beyond.
I also reunited with the artist Aztech Yi of Hybrid Thoughts in 2018/2019. Aztech Yi and Mindspawn released the album The South Gate in October 2019 on vinyl. Two singles from the album, Drift (feat. Relentless the Tangible & Canibus) and Try It Again (feat. Oblivious, Judge the Disciple, & Paranom), were released digitally on streaming platforms. Aztech Yi and I have more collaboration forthcoming that will be focusing on sound exploration, lo-fi melodics, as well as the underground hip-hop that Aztech Yi is known for.
The sound composed/created by Mindspawn crosses a lot of genres, including breakbeats, soundscapes, industrial ambience, dark ambient, claustrophobic film music, sound categorized as space music, plus a whole lot more, I love sound and music.
Mindspawn’s sound has been aptly referred to as sound sculptures or sonic tapestries. Like any ongoing artistic project it continues to evolve. I hope you enjoy what you find here….
Production, engineering and remix credits include CLOAQx DAGGER, Aztech Yi, Canibus, Fox Television, Paul Sapiano, Big Primpin Productions, Dirty Vegas, Steve Smith, Taylor Dayne, Paul Oakenfold, BT, Steve Porter, Hybrid Thoughts, Divine Rhyme Sounds, DJ Chris P, Ulysses, Mythopolis, Pat Hodges, Anthony Kern, Highway 51 Productions, Dream Long Dead, Directex, Lisa Gerrad, Matthew Florianz, Rob Childs, Bridging The Chasm, Worldbender Games, encomiast, DJ Manolo, Coph Nia, Jan Johnston, Ricki Erik, Terry Barber, CIA, Sister Lenore, Khan, Billion Dollar Baby, Bluebox Limited, Niobium, Oz, Jhanaka, Sorcerer, Mushroom, Joe Bermudez, erotomekaniks, the [law-rah] collective, Psychodream, TearSong, Stefan Koopmanschap, Haslam, LS-TTL, Nihil Est eXcellence, Defector Z, Steve Right, Mike Lavoie, Cold Play, Amee Jana, Turbo Tabla, Carlson, 5 Pounds Lighter, Band of Gypsies, KC Flightt, and many many more.