Zak Freed of the enigmatic indie project Zunk has taken on a role beyond that of musician and producer with a narrative series published on Indie College, a music and art site that features independent artists in all genres and mediums.
Freed began 2011 with the impressively ambitious goal of recording an original song every single day, and thus far has upheld his goals with a weekly set available on SoundCloud. What started as a personal daily journal has been expanded and amplified by the availability of companion written pieces, available now to the public via Indie College’s Two Cents feature series.
Freed’s stories are provocative and intriguing. Each quasi-autobiographical piece accounts the minuscule and massive occurrences that may influence an artist on a daily basis, and discusses the raw impulse to create. Freed’s writing is vivid, though sometimes purposely vague as to what is true and what is not. However, the pieces are all the more interesting for their ambiguity.
The following is an excerpt from Listen, or I’ll Forget You: A Constructive Disadvantage by Zak Freed:
“Inspiration would saturate me on all fronts from every dynamistic movement made and I always knew exactly where it came from; her stories consistently meshed right into mine – with a flow heavier than the worst of any woman on earth – and I could taste that disgusting tension from miles away, like a hypersensitive apocalypse of a storm approaching the quaint shore at my side. A constant stream of lightning bolts striking while proper modes and theories behind them would melt around a spontaneously picked tempo, leaving my heart to vomit all over the gritty tape that was spinning in the background. What beauty! What luscious waves of light! She swallowed me whole and knew that she had.”
“He’s a few tracks on Bandcamp. He’s a disappearing and reappearing set on SoundCloud. He’s a zipped folder in a private, unmarked email. And he is rarely identifiable by ear alone, due to a zeal for multigenre exploration even within the space of one track.” – Indie College