A New Toy…

Earlier this week I bought myself a Novation Circuit (as a kind-of-belated-birthday present) since I’d read interesting things about it on CDM amongst other places. Anyway, here’s my first track recorded purely on the circuit. I will be sporadically updating the bandcamp album as an ongoing project (although not a full time one like my 365 project of 2015).

field memory recorder (1)

I’ve had the phrase field memory recorder running through my head ever since I saw an ebay item of the same name (it’s a solid-state field recorder from Fostex btw). Just that phrase conjures up sounds/images which I’ve been mulling over for a few months now.

Finally, over the last week or so, I’ve had a chance to make a start on the project (including writing various sound-mangling processes within Reaktor 5), and now here’s the first track under that pseudonym.

I made a video utilising some footage I found on my hard drive of the old sugar beet factory in York (long since disappeared) which you can see on the youtube clip above.

Enjoy!

back in the saddle…

Back in 2015, I embarked on a (possibly misjudged) project: produce a piece of music (aka organised sound) every day for a year. That’s 365 new pieces of sound in a year.

It felt like a good idea on January 1st, but it became more of a burden as the year progressed. Some days were easy, some not so easy, but I got to the end of the year having produced over 40 hours of organised sound in 2015…

Flatteringly, Radio Free Midwich declared it their album of 2015 and, as a prize, I got to have the sole 2016 release on the legendary Fencing Flatworm Recordings. My response was One Year; Two Days a four-track EP which was produced over the period of two days. It’s available for purchase and download on bandcamp and I also made a video for the lead track:

It’s been a long time…

After a long (long, long) while I’ve started doing a bit of music again. Initially re-inspired by Robert Hayler (over at Radio Free Midwich), I’m almost up and running again.

Anyway, two tracks over at SoundCloud:

  • Laid Waste the first ‘new’ track – overdubbed guitars and synth textures;
  • Bass/exp something long and rambling (20 minutes) – completely live, created using a bass guitar, drum machines and a little something I knocked up in Reaktor

Enjoy!

It’s gig time again…

Craig and I were chatting on new year’s eve, bemoaning the fact that we haven’t felt particularly musically-creative of late. So we decided that we’d do something together. I felt that a more loose, improvised thing would be good to do (in the past, my live performances have always had a certain improvised nature to them – tracks are broken down into their component parts, fed into some sort of sequencer and then ‘mashed up’ live).

So anyway, after two rehearsals (which ended up being pretty different in their musical output), we have our first gig.

March 14th, 9pm -> 10pm Thomas’s Bar (near York Library). We have a slot at BoomChik, a regular night put on by some friends of ours.

Excellent. Let’s see what happens ‘eh?