Mindspawn is a soundscape, dark ambient, post industrial artist, 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 Conversing With Zardoz, in 1999. Darkness Weaves was released a year later 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. 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 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 co-composed, along with Steve Smith (house music vocalist) of Dirty Vegas, and produced the theme for the “Standoff (TV series)” and scored the cult film “The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down” by Paul Sapiano (again along with Steve Smith). 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 health issues. 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, as well as under the name Gene Therapy, and as part of the duo Mirror Speaks The Truth..
The sound composed/created by Mindspawn varies from soundscapes and industrial ambience to dark ambient, including claustrophobic film music and sound categorized as space music. Recent evolutions of what I’m willing to call Mindspawn music has included a lot more beat driven compositions. What can I say, I like riddums….
Mindspawn’s sound has been aptly referred to as sound sculptures or sonic tapestries. Like any artistic project it continues to evolve, and as I mention above, these days I incorporate a lot of beat driven material as well as other “once forbidden” sounds and imagery that I associate with the Mindspawn name. I hope you enjoy what you find here….