headcleaner and urban exploration tracks on new dead channel compilation

8 10 2012

Haikyo is the new compilation on dead channel records put together by micoland (also aka conflux) who i work with on on the urban exploration project. this release revolves around the idea of urban exploration and is a mix of live urban exploration sets and studio tunes by the members, giving an idea of where urban exploration comes from and how many parts make something very different in a whole.
download haikyo free and get more info here





Headcleaner track on jehm records compilation

6 08 2012

“they call it acid” – my unsurprisingly acid workout tune features on jehm records’ new compilation, showcasing a variety of artists and where they’re going with the label. great to get this tune out there, its been burning a hole in my musical pocket since i wrote it a year ago and also good to offset against what i was doing previously in ‘select archive’.

 
download free here:

jehm sounds like this!





Modularis 2 !

2 08 2012

next installment of modularis – modular synth meet up and gig showcasing some great and varied use of modular equipment…
lev kowalczwk coming over from ireland and bringing field processing to modularis for the first time – a great way to lead into urban exploration, also using field recordings cut into loops and journeying through into techno and experimental beats where tIB takes the reigns leading up into silent running’s experimental techno>>>

same great venue – full circle – with improved setup space, hearty and well priced food and drinks all day, free car parking on site.

come an check out whats happening synth-wise an meet like minded folk!!





Ragged Kingdom closing party

24 07 2012

great video here from conflux (micolands video output) of 4 hour epic collaborative ambient set at templeworks for the closing of Jamie Reids   Ragged Kingdom exhibition – i cant believe he managed to sort this while playing ….

alot of footage was taken by other folk, and so there will eventually be a more protracted version involving the other elements not seen here. it does give a feel of how immensly epic the night was and just how great jenny’s voice is!

 





worlds largest live echo chamber?

20 07 2012

this video was taken as we were setting up for Urban Exploration at Jamie Reids closing party for the ragged kingdom exhibition @ Temple Works. the room is 80,000 sq ft and when it was built in 1840 was the largest room in the world. it has fallen into disrepair to the point where nobody is allowed access to the room.

we put a speaker in the room and fired sounds across it, the echo coming back through the open doorway into the concert room making it possibly the worlds largest live use echo chamber…..

further footage of the gig to follow……..





‘select archive’ released

16 07 2012

many thanks to oli at www.jehmrecords.com – ‘select archive’ is a collection of tracks from back when i had a monomachine and a machinedrum and therefore the ability to write tunes in a normal structured fashion! i have a pile of unreleased tunes from then and this seemed a great opportunity to get some of these out there on a free release.

‘select archive’ is then oli’s pick of those tracks that i havent had earmarked already, remastered and available at his fledgling netlabel alongside some great mixes and albums, all downloadable for free.

 

download the album here   -

Select Archive





urban exploration update

27 04 2012

we’re in the midst of a bunch of ambient gigs now (first last night, at a comedy showcase oddly enough) and the format is really coming together. myself, naff dog, dot 9 and micoland have been working at the soundscape/ambient sets for the past few weeks, and tweaking the massive pile of equipment to get the best sound from it.

we’ve taken some extracts from these 2-3hr long jams, a couple have been put up and we will be putting more up and swopping round over time onto the urban exploration pages:

urban exploration – soundcloud

urban exploration -  facebook

permanent links ill put in my links section—

if the kids records have already released some techno tracks that were done partially off the back of ambient works and the idea currently is to do a concept ep , half  ambient jams and half beat driven tracks created out of those jams. we are currently a little stumped in this as we need an 8 channel soundcard to record all the parts seperately in order to best be able to remix the jams, as usual though, moneys too tight to mention.

however as the pure live jams are doing so well we’re also planning a whole soundscape album, something im particularly excited about, and theres talk of film rescores also… big times for ambience





headcleaner live gigs

27 03 2012

so quick update as ive been booked for a few…..

May 4th @ starwars theme event, Full Circle, Leeds

gonna play with Urban Exploration for this private event(contact venue for details), brief was ‘ futuristic synth soundscape’ so thats whats happening! fully ambient and analog, with so far micoland on lead synths, dot 9 on mix an analog effects (space echo, copycat, springs etc) naffdogg on a heap of twisted starwars samples – gonna be a one off piece of madness im sure…

May 5th @ Detached, beaverworks, leeds w/Joey Beltram, Neil Landstrumm

gonna be a great night this, always a good crowd down for this an i been waiting to see Landstrumm again for a while now, his live sets are something else !! im playing in the ‘non techno’ room so its gonna be syncopatien wig out for this one….

May 18th @ Tinnitus, Sheffield

just got on this one – tinnitus banging it out in their metal/hardcore cross over night for their birthday again and in remembrance of Sam Hillier, founder member, who was sadly lost to us all last week. Ill be pulling out all the hardcore stops on this with some heavy power acid…..

Sept 29th @ Modularis, Full Circle, Leeds

long way away, but get it on the list! probably gonna do 2 sets as its going all night this time, one more ambient urban exploration set and a later headcleaner dance set

 

 





string theory – first magnox module!

9 03 2012

yes at long last – i finally got off the bench and into the real world – well almost. its only on stripboard at the moment although i have a pcb design ready – just trying to gauge numbers before production. the panels are looking good though – a local engravers using aluminum clad plastic – nice way around the price, look great and no need for inking.

so string theory then is an expansion module for the AFG – its not a flux capacitor proper and livewire will eventually release that, but until then (which might be some time) this gives access to a great variety of timbres. 2 x 2 way switches give 4 ‘dimensions’ and a knob gives a sweep across the ‘field’ (the final panel will be changed to this) and also a level control for the 5v p-p cv input.

this is the first of many i hope – theres a dual synced filter (demo soon) i have a matrix style sequencer prototyped and theres calls for my slider sequencers, plus ive the radio oscillator and im just working on an asynchronous sequencer/lfo/envelope generator – magnox is born!





modularis review

7 03 2012

so ive just finished putting the video clips together and sending everyone their audio and ive even put some cables back in my modular! great day had by all and a great variety of folk there too. new faces and known faces, experts and amateurs, and a good few who just like the idea of it all! people came from as far as worcester, liverpool, oxford and newcastle and all left smiling – great sets by all really showcasing just how modular can be twisted into doing anything….

heres a clip video i did, audio (in order) dan p, umcorps, ian boddy/norman phay, diffuse, headcleaner

i also did some individual vids of the sets which can be easily found on my

youtube channel

certainly full circle is the venue for it, good food and drinks, comfortable and easy going, already got the next one booked for sept. 29th and its going on till 2am this time for those ravers in the room!








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