In addition to multi-disciplinary projects, Academy Records maintains a consistent musical performance and accompaniment practice. Lonely Are the Brave is a short series of musical acts wherein Academy Records' leader Stephen Lacy performs solo (sometimes under the moniker His Master's Voice) and continuously manipulates a selection of popular music ballads by the likes of Adelle, Christina Aguilera, and Madonna, among others.

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  • His Master's Voice

    a new track in an upcoming series exploring the 'new American songbook'. Gene Clark's With Tomorrow.

  • Lonely Are the Brave (the loneliest demos)

    His Master's Voice. Performance with stereo guitar and vocals at Panchos, Chicago, IL

  • Lonely Are The Brave (ode to Gus Grissom)

    His Master's Voice. Performance of Angel of the Morning on baritone guitar with vocals as part of Conrad Freiburg's exhibition at Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL.

  • Lonely Are the Brave (beautiful)

    His Master's Voice. Performance of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" with Conrad Freiburg on ukelele at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

  • Lonely Are the Brave (beautiful)

    His Master's Voice. Solo guitar and vocal performance with stage light at "Sexier" group exhibition, Zhou B Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

  • "Material Girl"

    Solo guitar and voice accompaniment to animation by Rebecca Shoenecker. At Threewalls' "Chasing 2 Rabbits" event, 2009.

  • His Master's Voice

    a new track in an upcoming series exploring the 'new American songbook'. Gene Clark's With Tomorrow.

  • Lonely Are the Brave (the loneliest demos)

    His Master's Voice. Performance with stereo guitar and vocals at Panchos, Chicago, IL

  • Lonely Are The Brave (ode to Gus Grissom)

    His Master's Voice. Performance of Angel of the Morning on baritone guitar with vocals as part of Conrad Freiburg's exhibition at Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL.

  • Lonely Are the Brave (beautiful)

    His Master's Voice. Performance of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" with Conrad Freiburg on ukelele at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

  • Lonely Are the Brave (beautiful)

    His Master's Voice. Solo guitar and vocal performance with stage light at "Sexier" group exhibition, Zhou B Fine Arts Center, Chicago, IL

  • "Material Girl"

    Solo guitar and voice accompaniment to animation by Rebecca Shoenecker. At Threewalls' "Chasing 2 Rabbits" event, 2009.