Monday, 8 December 2008

'08 / '09 Prospects

The end of 2008 is drawing near and it's been a pretty great year in terms of music. I decided to list my favourite albums, but could not decide on something solid so I scrapped that idea. Instead, I decided to do what I do best: a mixtape! It's difficult to sum up the past 365 days of music in a one-hour mixtape, but I think I've done it justice. So here is The Music of 2008: A Mixtape




Sigur Rós - Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
Nobunny - Chuck Berry Holiday
Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure
The Notwist - Boneless (Panda Bear Remix)
Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
Why? - Fatalist Palmistry
Atlas Sound - Quarantined
Gang Gang Dance - House Jam
Foals - Red Sock Pugie
Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others (Live on KCRW)
Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
Portishead - The Rip
Vampire Weekend - Walcott
Animal Collective - Water Curses
Karl Blau - Before Telling Dragons
Grouper - Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping
Bon Iver - re: Stacks

Running time:
1 hour, 10 minutes and 20 seconds





In terms of my own music, I've been getting lots of practice in; both singing and guitar are improving respectively. A good friend of mine, Louis T (Panda Pop), has been playing a number of local gigs.



We've decided to get a band together and we've had one band practice so far. However, in that one practice, we've already managed to write a song that is truly fuckin' brilliant! Hopefully we'll start playing a few gigs in the New Year and I'll no longer be confined to recording shitty lo-fi covers in my bedroom. Prospects are good!

CLICK HERE TO SEE PANDA POP'S MYSPACE


As for other music, 2009 is shaping up more than nicely! January alone has the arrival of two highly anticipated albums from Animal Collective and Andrew Bird, and Grizzly Bear's new album should also be making an appearance at some point.

It's going to be a great year!

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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Doggy

Not updated this in a while.

My love for Nick Drake tunings has cost me dearly. I have broken so many strings lately that my 12-string has gone through a real battering. It's currently only a 9-string. Having no top E strings and the lack of a G string; and no that's not a fashion statement.

Instead I've taken to something less harmful for my guitar. I've gone back to basics, sort of. I cannot get enough of the band Animal Collective at the moment, and I've needed something to keep me sane as I count down the days (74 to go) until their new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is released here in the UK on January 20th. A lot of stuff from their earlier catalogue has kept me busy, mostly their acoustic stuff.

Their album Sung Tongs is a modern day classic, but there's so much more to those years than that one album. My current favourite song is infact two that are seemlessly seuged together as part of a live set they did for the BBC back in 2005. The songs are Sleeper Factory and Doggy.

Doggy, as a song, has seen numerous reincarnations in the past. It was first released on the band's third album, Campfire Songs. Their first four album were not released under the name Animal Collective and so they are mostly overlooked (they only started using the Animal Collective moniker on their fifth album, Here Comes The Indian). It was then changed ever so slightly and played live numerous times. After disappearing from setlists, it made a comeback in 2006 / 2007 reworked into a more electronic style to suit the bands live instrument set up.

On the album it first appeared on, Wikipedia tells us this:

"The album is comprised of five individual songs played back to back and recorded in one take. The recording was made on a screen porch in Maryland using three Sony MiniDisc players with Sony ECM-MS907 microphones placed strategically around the band. Ambient sound from the surrounding area was also captured and added later. The album was mixed at Avey Tare's apartment and later mastered with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room.

The three members of Animal Collective performing on this album are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin, who makes his debut appearance here. Although member Geologist does not perform on the album, he was present for the recording to operate the MiniDisc players. At this point in time, despite the presence of all four original members, there was still no Animal Collective proper; the name Campfire Songs was intended to be the name of the band performing the album, as well as the name of the album itself."

The second song on the album is one I have chosen to cover. It is a very simple song and feels almost ambient in nature. It uses three chords and for my cover I strum only three strings. It is back to basics.

But despite its simplicity, it is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard.

I'm sure when most people think of the most distressing points in their childhood, they think of the loss of a pet. My two cats died only recently and it's a horrible feeling. As you get older, these things come into perspective and I have lost people of much more importance than pets. But as a child, it's devastating. There's also the notion that some parents buy pets so that children can understand death and loss. A certain scene from Kill Bill Vol. 2 comes to mind actually.

But I'm drifting ...

This song is about the loss of a pet dog. It's simplistic and innocent in nature, but naively graphic in a very childish way. I've never heard a song like it or one so moving. So I have done my own cover.

Enjoy :-)

DOWNLOAD "Doggy" HERE

Dog of height in the trees
Won't you come down doggy
Such a sweet doggy
I brought you your dinner
My doggy i miss you kissing from my palm
I remember when i first got you doggy

But you lay there so still doggy
You lay there
So still

Dog who fell to the ground
Twisted your neck doggy
Don't look right doggy
The vet came with sutures
He said "Dave
Hey the doctor cannot save your dog"

But I remember when I first got you dog

You lay there so still dog
You lay there so still

Dog of depth in the dirt
They buried you deep doggy
You’re the best doggy
My friend has a doggy
She's real nice dog
I wish you could chase her round my yard

I remember when I first got you dog
Sweet doggy

But you lay there so still doggy
You lay there so still




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Thursday, 21 August 2008

Results Day Mixtape

Today I got my results for my GCSEs. It's been a great relief. To honour it, here's a mixtape.



Akron Family - How Do I Know
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Colorful Nickels
Mirah - Lion Tamer
Thanksgiving - The River
Fleet Foxes - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
The Microphones - The Moon
Sonic Youth - The Sprawl
My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
The Books - An Animated Description of Mr. Maps
Atlas Sound - S.S.C.
Animal Collective - Turn Into Something
Saul Williams - Black Stacey
{{{Sunset}}} - Zombies

DOWNLOAD 'RESULTS DAY MIXTAPE' HERE

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Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Mortigi Tempo Compilation



1: Cancer - Pignoah
2: varm sommer - krqluld
3: TerrorNeverClearer - enemyjavi
4: Queer Jimmy & The Pickle Kisser - Urge To Eat
5: D.R. - Mindwater
6: El Ocaso - Calcutec
7: Daydreamers - The Kitchen Club
8: To The People - Unitshifter
9: Aleatoric Loneliness - Pseudochild
10: rootseveredfromatree - spellcheck
11: Fire Rabbit - Elliot Mor
12: Bullhead - monologue
13: Rebel(Wah) - Pumpkinhead
14: Messy - Kafkadoodle
15: Ghetto Far - Thomas J & the L'antenneheads
16: Into The Sea - Sveinung
17: Sikey - Kyriakos Ioannou
18: Judith - Tyler Hansbrough
19: Flutter - Tristen

DOWNLOAD THE "MT COMPILATION" HERE

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Monday, 7 July 2008

Sharing : )

Wonsaponatime, a member of the Radiohead message board AtEase, interviewed Ed O'Brien earlier today in Berlin. He is set to upload his very insightful interview on Wednesday. He mentioned some very interesting things, in particular a DVD of Radiohead's 2006 Hammersmith performance. This got me very excited. The bootleg I have of that show is probably by favourite. Perfect setlist, perfect songs ... perfect! I have been listening to it all night and so, as a gesture of good will, here is the much loved bootleg!


01.Videotape
02.The National Anthem
03.2+2=5
04.Lucky
05.15 Step
06.Morning Bell
07.I Might Be Wrong
08.Nude
09.How To Disappear Completely
10.Airbag
11.Karma Police
12.House Of Cards
13.Arpeggi
14.My Iron Lung
15.Idioteque
16.Bodysnatchers
17.There There

Encore 1
18.Bangers'n'Mash
19.Pyramid Song
20.Let Down
21.Planet Telex

Encore 2
22.I Want None Of This
23.Everything In Its Right Place

DOWNLOAD "Radiohead: Hammersmith Apollo, London - 19/05/06" HERE

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Sunday, 6 July 2008

sundaysundaysunday



I went to see Radiohead with my Dad last Sunday. Just uploaded this video he filmed. You can see all my photos here if you like.

Today I am bored. I'm yet to record anything substantial this summer. However, Jemima is coming over tomorrow. Maybe it'll be the start of something musical. I have good feeling still about Black Dahlia and Lull Of The Sea. I'm trying to write a new song with the Nick Drake tuning - a variation of Drop-D - I have a little chord progression that sounds nice. Hopefully I can turn it into something and then I'll have three promising demos! It's not much, but it's a start. I have also recorded that cover of Place To Be. I'll put a link at the bottom, as usual.

In other news, the track Aleatoric Loneliness is to be included on an online compilation. I'll no doubt link to it once it is finished! (The comp., that is. The track's been ready for a while.)

DOWNLOAD "Place To Be (Nick Drake Cover)" HERE

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Friday, 4 July 2008

You Have No Desire to Open Your Eyes

Yet another mixtape.
This is just a collection of my favourite songs at the moment. Please download and enjoy.



Flight of the Conchords - Bret, You've Got It Going On
The Beatles - She Said She Said
Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
Why? - Fatalist Palmistry
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Animal Collective - Brother Sport (Live in Melkweg, Amsterdam)
The Flashbulb - Lucid Bass II
Les Rallizes Dénudés - Enter The Mirror (Live in Paris)
Sunn O))) - It Took the Night to Believe
Radiohead - Dollars & Cents
Grouper - Stuck
Nick Drake - Place to Be
Sigur Rós - Festival
Devendra Banhart - My Dearest Friend

DOWNLOAD "You Have No Desire To Open Your Eyes" HERE

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Thursday, 3 July 2008

Lull of the Sea



I have a new song. I have recorded a demo of it which you can download at the bottom of this post. I quite like it : ) But it needs more, as do all of my demos. Blooming 'eck, I need to form a band now that it is summer. The main problem is that I forgot to write down the chords that I used. Hahaa. I think it's variations of an Em and a G. I just need to remember which ones.
I actually wrote and recorded this about two weeks ago in about two hours. Wrote it, recorded it in one take, went to bed ... Poof. Gone. Completely forgot about it. Thank God I remembered.
I've had a quite a lot of ideas for songs lately, but they've all been sad, lonely numbers. I fell in love again last week with the amazing Nick Drake and I've been playing his album, Pink Moon, over and over. One track in particular: Place To Be. I've been playing it all week, both the Nick Drake recording and on my own guitar. I may record it soon and post it here. It is a beautiful song. Anyway, here are the lyrics to Lull of the Sea. Please excuse the lonesome, angsty-teenager essence of them. It doesn't sound too bad when it's recorded.

I miss her more as days go by.
I fear that my heart may surely die.
The hope I have is like the lull of the sea,
It hurts to think that she does not miss me.

We’ve had good times, and we’ve had bad.
I loved her once - of that I am glad.
We drift apart like the lull of the sea,
It hurts to think that we may never be.

One more heartbreak added to the pot,
The thought of her puts my heart in a knot.
My ship was sunk by the lull of the sea;
Pain reminiscent of an evergreen tree.

A silent romance, out the window it flew,
It seems that I no longer interest you.
I am being drowned by the lull of the sea;
The lack of such sweet intimacy.

DOWNLOAD THE DEMO OF "Lull of the Sea" HERE

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Monday, 23 June 2008

I Know You're Out There - Mixtape / Dancing Skills

I have entered yet another mixtape exchange. I put this together this afternoon:



The Microphones - Solar System
1-Speed Bike - The Day That Mauro Ran Over Elwy Yost
Panda Bear - Inside A Great Stadium And A Running Race
The Books - Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
Midlake - Roscoe
Gal Costa - Cinema Olympia
Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure
Fujiya & Miyagi - Ankle Injuries
Why? - These Few Presidents
Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened
Daniel Johnston - Funeral Girl
Cat Power - I Don't Blame You
Francoiz Breut - Over All
Grouper - Stuck
Fionn Regan - Snowy Atlas Mountains
Mount Eerie - Wooly Mammoth's Mighty Absense
Bon Iver - re:Stacks
Atlas Sound - Children's Hospital
The Microphones - Get Off The Internet

DOWNLOAD "I KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE" HERE

Also, I finished my GCSEs on Friday. It is now the start of my summer holidays. So far they've not been very productive, but that will change gradually over the next two or so weeks.
One Friday night I went to a party at a friends' house where I showed off my impeccable dancing skills.



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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Playing the Building

"David Byrne gives Pitchfork.tv an exclusive walkthrough of the NYC art installation he's spent two years creating: Turning an abandoned ferry terminal into a giant musical instrument whose creaking pipes and beams are played with an archaic pump organ. The installation is open through August 10."

Official Site



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Monday, 16 June 2008

Nude (Through the Ages)

"Nigel Godrich started out at RAK Studios, where he engineered Carnival of Light by Ride and The Bends by Radiohead. He has produced Radiohead's last four albums, and has also worked with Travis, Paul McCartney (Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard) and on Beck's last three albums. He remixed U2's Walk On and produced Band Aid 20's Do They Know It's Christmas?

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Thom's very prolific, he's always writing, and one time I made a list of songs that he had that they hadn't recorded. Radiohead have a little catalogue of songs that just never get done. It's almost because it's their best material and no version is ever quite good enough. It's too precious to them. I said, "You have to record them, because one day you're going to die and they'll go with you. It's criminal. And if you don't fucking record them, I'm going to fucking do it! I'll do a covers album!" And Nude was one of those songs.

After The Bends was all done and dusted, I'd seen them at a show and they said they'd been thinking about us all working together. We'd done a bunch of B-sides on The Bends and it had gone really well, so we hatched a plan to have a couple of little try-outs to see how it would work. We booked a weekend in the studio to start recording what would become OK Computer, although it took a long time to really get into that. We recorded two songs; one was called Big Boots - actually, it was called Man O'War at the time, which is another great lost Radiohead classic. The other thing we tried to record was a song called Nude. Thom had just written it and it was almost a different song to the version on In Rainbows. It's recognisable, but it had different lyrics and it was a lot straighter. The idea was for it to be like an Al Green track. It had a Hammond going through it on the version we recorded that weekend. They liked it, it was deemed a great success. But then for some reason everyone went off it. We tried to record it a couple more times for OK Computer, probably about three times for Kid A and another three times for Hail To The Thief. But somehow it had gone.

We had a little holiday from each other. The bad tried to record on their own, which - surprise, surprise - didn't work. Then they tried working with someone else, which also didn't work. During that time I went to see Colin, the bass player, and he played me a rough live version of Nude that they'd done in rehearsals. He'd written his new bassline, which transformed it from something very straight into something that had much more of a rhythmic flow. The chorus had been taken out - very Radiohead! - and there was this new vocal break and this new end section. It sounded like they were somehow terrified playing it, but it sounded OK. We recorded it three times and the final one - which we did in their house and then overdubbed in Covent Garden - is what you hear today.

Finally, for some inexplicable reason, it made it out! With Radiohead we always say, "It doesn't matter how we get there, as long as we end up at the right place," but actually I think the real skill is being able to recognise something that lands on your lap and is fully formed and wonderful. A big part of my job is trying to persuade Thom that just because this thing happened very quickly, it doesn't mean it's not great. He doesn't understand what it is about what he does that's great. He doesn't know or understand where it comes from.

Songs have a kind of window where they are really most alive - and you have to capture it. Nude missed its window, and it took a lot of reinvention to bring it back to the place where we could capture it again in a way that resonated for the people playing it. It was essentially the same song; nothing had really changed. What has changed are the people playing it."

- Nigel Godrich, The Word.

























Noice : )

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Sunday, 15 June 2008

Black Dahlia


" Pictured above is the mugshot of Elizabeth Short, better known as The Black Dahlia, arrested in 1943 for underage drinking in Santa Barbara. Born in Medford, MA, in 1924, Short spent her time after high school criss-crossing the country, eventually settling in Hollywood with predictably unrequited starlet-type aspirations. This aimless young lady came to national attention on 15 January 1947, after a stroller-pushing mother discovered her torn body in a vacant lot, torso cut in two and drained of its blood, a chunk of flesh taken from her leg and stuffed up her genitals, her hair freshly shampooed and still wet."


So I read this article, and saw some pretty astounding pictures. The story of the Black Dahlia has been the basis of many films and books and it's obvious why: the story has such mystery to it and it sounds like something out of a Western. It gave me this idea for a song much like the old songs that are sung in bars; like Rocky Raccoon or Desolation Row. I already had the continuous and simple chord progression or finger-picked melody and I started to manually loop with variation of an A minor arpeggio and started improvising lyrics over it. After about half an hour I had about 20 verses of just streaming consciousness. I cut them down to just eight verses and had a pretty decent song. At first, I had a capo on the 1st fret, but it sounded to monotonal. I changed to have a capo on the 4th fret and it just worked.

I'm really quite chuffed with this now: my first fully formed song. It's not bad if I do say so myself. Below is a link to a 256kpbs mp3. Enjoy!

Download 'THE BLACK DAHLIA' here.

EDIT: I've already gone off the 'capo 4th fret' version already. I'm going to record a 'capo 1st fret' version in the morning and upload that too. Don't know what I was thinking. Sounds so much better lower down the octave.

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Friday, 6 June 2008

Big Ideas (Don't Get Any)

Ok, so I stole this off Radiohead's blog, Dead Air Space, but I love this. I think it's a brilliant idea and brilliantly executed.

"Check out this brilliant remix of Nude - Jonny and I had a spectrum flashback moment" says Colin Greenwood.

"Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition "for a laugh" and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX"


Big Ideas (Don't get any) from 1030 on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Chocolate Girl

So gutted they didn't play this when I went to see them. I got so into Spirit They've Gone, Spirit They've Vanished and then I heard they played it at their Philadelphia gig, and had a heartattack.

They didn't play it at Leeds. But this Coachella video and the BBC session are brilliant!



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Monday, 2 June 2008

Foux du Fafa

The new Flight of the Conchords album is hilarious and catchy! And today I can't get enough of it. Brilliant fun.



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Sunday, 1 June 2008

Solar System

As I mentioned in my last blog, I first heard The Microphones on a mixtape I recieved year or two ago. The song was The Moon. It became, and still is, one of my favourite songs. Not only by The Microphones, but period. This video emerged recently and it is of another fantastic Microphones song from the last conventional album under that moniker: Mount Eerie. After it's white noise beginning fades away, the song is typically Elverum-esque. Descriptive, seemingly "lo-fi" and strangely beautiful and catchy lyrics, hooks and overall sound.



Oh no! I am lacking
I want what I see.
You, fireball, have rolled away and shaded valleys.
So here I am the creekbed,
So here I feel my way in the dark
What wonder?
What treasure map?
What breaking of day?
What stream used to flow here, and now what dusty decay?
Let the flash flood begin.
Wash me down the canyon.
Quicksand pull me in!
Blow over me solar wind!
(La-da-da-da...)
I know you're out there
You're vultures in trees.
I know you're out there
You're Lanterns on Lakes.
I know you're out there
You're soccer balls on knees,
And through your skirt I see,
Your legs gracefully,
I know you're out there
You're swaying and pleased
I know you're out there
You're vultures in trees,
I know you're out there
Your mountainous peaks
Don't let gravity win
Blow over me solar wind
I know you're out there

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Friday, 30 May 2008

Mixtapes

Mixtapes are amazing. I love them. I make them all the time. There is nothing like a good mixtape. I've taken part in a number of mixtape exchanges on a variety of message boards (but mostly on the Radiohead forum, Mortigi Tempo). The first exchange I did on there was quite historical. The mixtape I recieved featured The Moon by The Microphones - It got me hooked on both making mixtapes and listening to The Microphones. Not bad going, really.

I have quite a reputation now, of making mixtapes. I do them quite often for whoever asks for one. I even make oragami CD cases for them! But it makes me sad that they just get couped up on my computer and only given to one person. So this is a first in a series of uploads. I'm going to start posting any random mixtapes I make here. They shall be called my Pick'n'Mixx Tapes. They will all run for an hour, give or take a few minutes, and have about 12 tracks.
Enjoy!


Tim & Eric - I Sit Down When I Pee
Avey Tare & Panda Bear - Chocolate Girl
Aphex Twin - Lornaderek
Sonic Youth - Schizophrenia
Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill
The Books - An Owl With Knees
Andrew Liles & Jean-Herve Peron - Sit Down & Shut Up
Paul Baribeau - Falling in Love with your Best Friend
Portishead - The Rip
Atlas Sound - Children's Hospital (Screaming in the Face of Death #2)
Pink Floyd - Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast
Animal Collective - People

Download 'PICK'N'MIXX TAPE 1' here.

Also, as a bonus to commemorate this joyous first mixtape post, I have upped a mixtape made by famous hands. A few months ago when I ordered Mount Eerie's No Flashlight from P.W. Elverum & Sun Ltd. I recieved a mixtape from Phil along with my order. I have no idea what any of the tracks are but there's a lot on there. 20 tracks, starting with a skit starring Jason Anderson as a magician and leading onto a variety of classical, country and world music - just to name a few.

If anyone can identify any of the tracks, I'd greatly appreciate it.

New Music MySpace


I have a new music MySpace. This is my second one. My previous one was used just for lo-fi covers recorded in my bedroom, but this new one will be where I put my new (mostly original) music.

http://www.myspace.com/musicalpseudochildren

The old MySpace was, of course:

http://www.myspace.com/colquhounismurderingtheclassics

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Thursday, 29 May 2008

Aleatoric Loneliness II / Tintinnabulation

I listened to my Aleatoric Loneliness EP this evening. It still astounds me how well it came out, but I knew it could be improved upon. So, this evening, I revisited it. A friend of mine, Jordan van Beam, gave me a copy of the music mixing software Reaper and so I have used that to remix my own EP. I have not simply remixed it so it is the same old EP that 'sounds better'; I have torn the EP apart and edited it down into one seamless track. I will use this track on a future release, but if you are intersted you can download it at the bottom of the page as usual. I've had a bit of bother with the track - it is a 115Mb WAV file. My converter just won't compress it down to 320kbps MP3 for me. I'll no doubt come back to this blog entry once I've figured out how to compress it and update it with a secondary link. But for now, this will do.

This is my first "single".

For the time being, it will be cover-less. The other day, I photographed some bells in the bottom of my bath for an album cover for Jordan van Beam. If he doesn't use that album cover, i shall use it for myself / for this single. This will mean a title change, but I think that the title below fits as well. But like I said, this is Jordan's idea. I will only use it if he chooses to scrap that album name.


Fireworks

I'll get back to posting my own stuff shortly. Promise.





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Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Brother Sport



This has been one of my favourite songs since last year when I downloaded Animal Collective's Melkweg, Amsterdam bootleg, and since seeing it live last wednesday that love has been rekindled. I cannot get enough of this song - the studio version is going to be incredible.

It's one of those songs that can just transport you. It takes you to another place. It's a feelgood song that, everytime i hear it, whisks me away to a beach in the south of France.

Let's show some love for Brother Sport!

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Music Creation



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Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Pumpkins

The first two electronic songs featured below were used as a soundtrack to a "skate vid" I made, along with Jemima Short and Niall Ransome, as part of Hull Film Festival. I've also thrown in two extra tracks I made around the same time.



In America It's Different

After my first EP was a minor success I tried experimenting with field recordings. I was heavily into Sunn O))) and many artists on the Southern Lord label. This collection of songs are mostly Drone and Dark Ambient.
At school in my Religious Studies class we were studying prison systems. And so the recording on the third track is a rant by my teacher about the flaws of the British prison systems and how, "in America, it's different."

The second track is, in a way, cheating. It is a recording of the Beverley Brass Band warming up and preparing to play recorded in an attic above the hall where they practice. This recording has then been slowed down, but some of the instruments are still distinguishable.

This album, if you want to call it that, is not an easy listen. It's not something you should pay attention to. If anything, it should be played in the background during a slow car journey through a rough part of town.


Aleatoric Loneliness

And so it begins ...

I live for music ... among other things. I love to create music and make things that I think sound pretty darn cool. So far, I've not had much success and apart from the odd Microphones cover I've not created anything that good or original.

In two or three weeks time I break up from school and my compulsory education ends. I have a long summer ahead of me, and during that summer I plan to be as creative as possible. Taking photographs, making music, etc. I plan to make a number of (hopefully, original) songs with my friend, Jemima. She is a musical genius, and I am not. But hopefully, together, we'll create some stuff that is worth listening to - but for the moment I shall continue to experiment on my own.

Bradford Cox, solo artist (Atlas Sound) and frontman of Deerhunter, runs a very successful blog that I have fallen head over heels in love with it. It's amazing, and the music he posts there that he creates in his free time is equally incredible. I plan to do something quite similar. This blog is a documentation of my musical progression, and a place to post anything I create that I feel is worth sharing - for free, of course.

During the winter 2007 I created a short EP entitled Aleatoric Loneliess.
I was lonely, and the majority of the songs here are down to chance (hence the title). Each song was recorded in one take. I would improvise a number of chord progressions. Over the top of that I improvised riffs and over the top of that I improvised vocals. They all gel together quite nicely and this EP is probably my biggest success. I hope in the future I can continually better myself, but for now here is my first EP. Enjoy.