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  • CD Release Party Our CD release show will be on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at Church - one of Boston's best indie music venues. GET TIX NOW
  • Crowdsourcing Experiment 1000+ tracks have been uploaded. Please join in


Rob Morris
Brian Skerratt
Mike Forrester


Vocals, Guitars
Bass, Vocals

Zac Taylor
Loren Bienvenu
Cristiano Castellitto

March 8, 2012 - SXSW Trip

We are headed to SXSW this week! We're going to check out some music, some awards parties, and explore the great city of Austin, Tx. We're also very excited, because our crowdsourced music video is up for a SXSW Interactive Award. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out HERE.

picture of Know Your Exit - SXSW Nominated Music Video Experiment

Feb 19, 2012 - Live Radio Performance

We were on WZLX recently for an on-air interview and performance. It was a blast, and we really enjoyed meeting Angelle Wood and her Boston Emissions crew. Check out the show on Sundays at 10pm (EST).

picture of Rob Morris in the WZLX studio

Jan 25, 2012 - SXSW Award Nomination

Holy Cow! Our first music video ever has just been nominated for a SXSW award!

This is pretty unbelievable! We're among four other finalists, including a short film by Robert Rodriguez (starring Kobe Bryant, Bruce Willis, and Kanye West, among others). We're very grateful to everyone that helped us put this project together. Being nominated for this is a great honor, and we're very excited!

picture of the SXSW 2012 logo

Jan 10, 2012 - Photos

In true DIY fashion, we took this picture ourselves, without a photographer. Its hard to tell from this picture, but this shot is a reflection. We found a giant mirror and we set it up outside to get this effect.

picture of the band Vivian Darkbloom, in front of a mirror

Dec 31, 2011 - CDs Have Arrived!

Its official, our record comes out on Feb 7, 2012. You can PRE-ORDER a copy now!

picture of the new Vivian Darkbloom CD

Nov 21, 2011 - New Media

As part of a SXSW submission, Vivian Darkbloom teamed up with the MIT Media Lab to create a dynamic, geo-spatial representation of the "Know Your Exit" crowdsourcing project. The project is nearly finished, and we should have a release date for this soon. We apologize for sitting on so many projects for so long, but grad school is a demanding mistress!

Oct 22, 2011 - Record Release!

Good news everyone! Our record is finally finished! Stay tuned for news about release dates and performances.

Aug 1, 2011 - 1100 Tracks Uploaded!

Our crowdsourcing music project is finished! We ended up compiling 1100+ contributions from over 36 different countries. The results sound AMAZING!

There are some truly amazing singers out there!

Head to our crowdsourcing page to listen to the results and explore the map.

May 1, 2011 - Crowdsourced VD

Our record is nearly finished! For the last track, we've been collecting hundreds of audio clips from people all over the world. We have contributions from the UK, Europe, India, Asia, and even Saudi Arabia! Please join the party - anyone can sing on a Vivian Darkbloom record. (You just need Flash 10 or higher, and a computer mic). Go HERE to check it out!

January 10, 2010 - Fan Vids

Why not put VD tracks in your YouTube videos? Turn your ordinary YouTube vids into masterpieces - just add a little post-punk indie-rock goodness! Some of our fans have taken this advice, and we're posting our favorites so far.

The first video, posted by CassieInTheSkyX, is an intriguing form of video text-messaging. I'm not sure I've ever seen this kind of communication technique. The second video was posted by MagicMattos2010, and uses "Cold War" as the backdrop to a time-lapse game of Risk. Yay imperialism!

October 15, 2010 - TechCrunch Feature!

VD's Rob Morris was videotaped at MIT today and, within a few hours, the video was picked up by TechCrunch - a prominent technology blog w/ approx 1.5 million followers. His prototype is still in the works, but he plans to do another video tutorial showing people how to get it to work. Its not that difficult, and its a lot of fun! Sign the mailing list to the right and he'll send you an update in a week or so.
Or, you can simply follow us on FACEBOOK and Rob will post updates there. Happy hacking!

October 7, 2010 - More Setbacks!

For those of you following our FACEBOOK page, you might have heard about our latest setback in the studio. Sadly, our mixing engineer, the man with the golden ears, is now the man with purulent, massively-infected ears. His infection was truly ghastly, forcing his doctors to puncture his ear-drum with a hypodermic needle.
Needless to say, he will not be working for a few weeks. He expects a full recovery soon enough, but until then the Darkbloom full-length will remain unmixed and unmastered.

September 10, 2010 - Drummers!

It seems like we've been recording this record for EVER! Official tracking sessions are now finally over. We are indebted to all the musicians that helped make this record possible. Most importantly, we'd like to thank our drummers. All four of them:

  • Loren Bienvenu
  • Cristiano Castellitto
  • Mike Forrester
  • Mike Levesque

August 25, 2010 - Piano Tracking

Tracking this Yamaha was no easy feat. In true DIY style, we managed to do this whole session for free. The catch? We had to record late into the evening and time each take in between fire alarm testing.

June 1, 2010 - Guitar Tracking

Rob Morris practices a lead line in the studio. We love the tone of this guitar! Scott's got some beatiful guitars, and this vintage Gretsch was one of our favorites.


April 21, 2010 - Studio Shots

Brian Skerratt's a man of many talents. When not laying down bass tracks at the studio this week, he took some nice photographs. Here's Rob playing on a gorgeous vintage strat (which, incidentally, used to be owned by that guy from The Black Crowes).

April 7, 2010 - Recap of our show with Airborne Toxic Event

We played a show w/ Airborne Toxic Event at the Roxy, err Royale, or whatever its called. It was super classy.

Ryan's Smashing Life Blog took some great photos, and Boston Musings wrote a STELLAR and Amazing review. Read it HERE!

April 1, 2010 - Our Website is Born! Maru rules!

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