• experimental | ambient | soundscape | electro.

Mental Health Consumer productions began in 2006. Brian Ruskin had been creating electronic sounds as AViD|Advances in Obsolete Technology for a number of years, concentrating on producing one LP every 6 months as an audio signpost of that half-year. Come 2006, Brian had a Doctorate to write, and not a lot of time for much else. Still, the computer beckoned at 3 AM, so what's a boy to do but make tunes?

Mental Health Consumer began as a conscious effort to produce in a more fluid way. Over the years, the time expenditure has again increased, but with a few new tricks - greater dependence on live improvisation, found sounds/field recordings, and involving aspects of a lot of genres.

Just as prolific a series as AViD ever was/is, Mental Health Consumer is like therapy set to music - help me help you work through your problems, recover, defend, evaluate the value of new information in a way that's fit for purpose and free.

Mental Healh Consumer Discography (click the links for download/order info)

    • Selections (2008, EP Believe In Billy Records EP01)

    • Fit For Purpose (2008 LP, unreleased CD-R)

    • Backtrack (2007 LP, unreleased CD-R)

    • Recovery (2007, LP)

    • v.o.i. (2007 LP, unreleased CD-R)

    • Post-Defense (2006, LP)

    • Help Us Help You (2006, LP) (BIB-CD013)

    • Backyard Mysteries - early 2010 on test tube netlabel; ambient EDM

    • WYO - 2012 test tube; concept/ambient/field recordings

    • Same Places, Different Times (2012, archaic horizon)

    • Secret Treetop Studio (2013, Belive in Billy)