Posts Tagged 'music'

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...

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Centurion (2)

I completely missed the fact that yesterday’s post was in fact the 200th of this blog. Perhaps my doodling wasn’t the best way to mark that particular occasion. Here are some pictures to rectify the situation.

Wish I'd been as cool as this kid when I was small. Picture taken from Zaxy.com - "geek girls FTW" - check it out, I just discovered the site today.

Variation on an old classic.

Forget Adrianne Palicki, how about Sasha Grey as Wonder Woman?

And my personal favourite... Burger King in Yellow by Amazonne (brazenly stolen from DA). This is just plain awesome.

Sabbath, Slayer and Top Gear

Killer.

Yesterday in town I picked up, amongst other things, a copy of Hellfire Reign by Hang the Bastard – and it is excellent. As the band’s description on their record label website (more on this below) states: “You’ve heard all the individual elements (hardcore breakdowns, lumbering stoner riffs, fast thrash attacks) before, but you’ve never heard it combined like this.”

From the crushing instrumental doom intro Acid Bath Vampire, replete with psyched out synth courtesy of James of Rolo Tomassi fame all the way through to the Slayer- and Black Sabbath-fuelled riffs, all layered with throat-shredding confessional howls and defiant bellows, this release is truly brutal. Not in any kind of bullshit trendy beatdown sense, but real, raw brutality – this CD comes on like a hurricane of razor blades and leaves no survivors. The album also features guest vocals from Nick of Dead Swans and draped in gorgeously sinister artwork by Raf Wechterowicz (as you can see above).

GRIMM!

This release came out on the Holy Roar record label, home of such vital bands of the UK underground as Crocus and Maths (whom I have had the pleasure of playing with) as well as the legendary, now sadly defunct Cutting Pink With Knives, Throats and Tortuga. Aside from being mildly devastated to learn of the demise of these last few bands, the label really is going strong with more new releases all the time, all the absolute cream of the crop. Check them out:

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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

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Get low.

My blogging time this weekend is going to be severely impeded, what with working, back-to-back gigs, trying to spend some time with the girlfriend, attempting to prepare Call of Cthulhu for next week and job hunting. That being said, I will try my best. For today, however, I would just like to plug tonight’s gig one final time:

Hitchin’s infamous Club 85 from 7:45 the mighty BlackEye headline with support from Inner Hatred, Embers of Angels and Black Polaris who kindly thought of me when looking for someone to fill in their vacant bassist position. I”mma get low… (sorry for the picture guys!)

I get to use my full range of pedals tonight (always good for a laugh) as my daisy chain power adaptor decided that actually it wasn’t dead, just resting, as well as one of these bad boys:

Cheers JD!

Tethered to the Pole Star

Eclipse

A week today I will be filling in bass guitar for good friends of mine Black Polaris at Hitchin’s Club 85. They’re all lovely blokes, it’s a great line-up (we will be supporting the mighty BlackEye!) and I mean, come on, it’s Club 85! My especially good friend Sean is lending me his 5-string bass especially for the evening as the guys play in drop A# and my current bass strings will go nowhere near that low without losing all… well, all everything really. Again, this is pretty cool of him. Now just to learn an entire set, special pop cover included, and get used to playing a wider necked bass – in a week. You can check out Black Polaris here.

Lovely.

More B Flat

Here’s something excellent that was shown to me a few days ago. It started as an experiment in embedding multiple YouTube videos on one page, and the guy who started it recoding some music for it. He then sent out emails and put up an open call on the website for submissions, with instructions to follow as to the kind of tempo/style/mood of the videos he was looking for.

The resulting videos now comprise the main page of http://www.inbflat.net/ – you should really check it out! It reminds quite a lot of seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor live a little while back (they were amazing) because of the selection of instruments and use of spoken word, etc. It’s very cool.

The video below is a composite of the parts currently on http://www.inbflat.net/ and is obviously just one of many ways that the individual videos can be combined to create new sounds every time. Look out for some pretty sweet instrument choices…


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