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I <3 Noise

Awesome.

Daniel Clough is a sound artist/electroacoustic composer living in London. He explores subjects such as noise, vocal manipulation, field recordings, drones, algorithmic compositional techniques and computer synthesis to create his work.”

He’s also a good friend of mine and is working on a compositional language of his own design for noise (an example of which you can see above). He’s finally using his blog again (I know, I’ve been a bit crap the past few days too) and has put some sweet sound clips up, as well as a bit of artwork and some links to free EPs. You should check it out, even if you wouldn’t normally listen to anything experimental, noisy, droney, whatever. Big up.

Dan and I (quite) a few years ago doing an improv noise session. Lots of Amen breaks that night...

Crime Never Pays

Another project for 2011! Awesome! This time round, I’m supplying some music and ambient noise for a video game level that Binky is making as part of his degree. The game itself has been described to me as being like “28 Days Later but with werewolves and set in neo-China”. This quite clearly being the best exposition that I have ever heard. I can visualise a full theatrical trailer even better than the recent one for Dead Island (if you haven’t watched it then, well… do so!). The preview above clearly shows off some of the setting and stylistic decisions for the level – now imagine it with some creepy, droney, glitchy, horrific ambient noise behind it all. That’s my job:

Just after everything went tits up.

This is just a little snapshot of one of the setups that I was using to create some sounds last weekend, and as the caption and my post from Friday alluded to, things went a little awry. My adaptor decided to stop working (no idea whatsoever why that should be the case) and so I didn’t get a whole lot done, but it’s fine again now. I’m hoping to start recording the music for this project, or demos at least, throughout March. As soon as I have something to show, I’ll post it here.

P.s. for any tech-heads out there, the equipment in the above photo (L-R) is:
Top Row: Dwarfcraft Devices Shiva, Audible Disease Convulsion CN-2, Devi Ever Bit Mangler
Middle Row: Behringer Xenyx 1002, FM3 buddha Machine, Ibanez CS5, Audible Disease Rupture RP-2, Ibanez AD-9, Behringer FD300, Audible Disease Junk-Fi JF-2, M.A.S.F. SCM
Bottom Row: Korg Electribe EA-1 Mkii, BugBrand μCrusher, Korg Electribe ER-1 Mkii

Day 21

Grimm like this.

Another Moment

This was an enjoyable one: The Wound Man recording sessions, way back when, and specifically the recording of track 5 a.k.a. Undulating Pulse. The track is very simply Neil playing guitar a couple of octaves down, and me playing around with my (at the time) microKORG mini-synthesizer through a handful of pedals – one track each. G-Rock (the engineer) then added a couple of sweet glitchy/ambient samples sparsely throughout the piece and Dan did some wordless, kind of haunting screams. None of Mark on this one, unfortunately.

The actual process of recording these parts involved turning off all of the lights pretty much in the entire studio and setting up a couple of multi-coloured disco lights. How very grim and kvlt were we? This, plus the lack of any chatter in the cans throughout the recording meant that the thing that happens every time I play/record any sort of largely formless music – lost track of time completely and had to be asked whether I really wanted this one track to be twice the length of the other tracks combined.

The whole Ascetics recording session was enormous fun, and here’s a little bit for you now. Enjoy.

The Wound Man – Undulating Pulse

Elitism and its Many Guises.

In a world where no one’s really sure about Die Antwoord and whether the joke is funny or the music is good, there’s a popular song where the only lyrics appear to be ‘Are you gunna bang doe?’ despite being performed by a man who looks like he’s never held hands with a female, and my interest in music as a whole is waning – something needs to stir things up. I’ve listened to more Cyndi Lauper in the last few weeks than anything else.

I play in a post-rock band, and I like a lot of post-rock and post-metal music, in fact at one point I would have classed it as my favourite style of music. Some of the albums I see as key to the success of that genre will always rank amongst my favourite (Jesu’s self-titled album, for example, is pretty much untouchable). However, so many of the bands within this genre seem to have stagnated, and even at a glorious peak stagnation just isn’t good enough.

So, whilst I wait out the next 10 years until Cult of Luna have enough AMAZING songs to fill a ‘Best Of…’ I suggest we all take a listen to this and think about all the music we love that’s slow, glacial, epic, moving, haunting, ethereal (whatever the sticky phrase is in the music press currently) and think about whether Justin Bieber is in fact the best post-rock band of our time:


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