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)
Fit For Purpose (2008 LP, unreleased CD-R)
Backtrack (2007 LP, unreleased CD-R)
Recovery (2007, LP)