an amazing one off gig for the closing party of jamie reids ragged kingdom exhibition – were playing a 4 hour urban exploration set during which there will be collaboration with a classical opera singer, a spoken word poet, a singer songwriter, a hip hop mc, a modular synthesist and a navajo spirit dancer.
will be a totally unique experience in which were using a giant grade 1 listed hall as a reverb chamber and backdrop to the stage which is in a concert hall-like loading bay with a glass pyramid room, projections and 2 tipis.
unlike anything that has ever happened i think is fair to say…
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:
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
this is rob blakes entry for the film competition run by trinity leeds and left eye blind. there was 2 days given to make a 5 minute film fom start toi finish. i was given the idea – a man is alone on a spaceship which is broken down, spinning off to his inevitable death – and asked to make a soundtrack and some background sounds. a great project to be involved with an i also built the set. it was a crazy couple of days, the final edit had to chopped right down to the 5 mins that was allowed, which is a shame. there will be a longer edit eventually as it could easily be 10 maybe 15 mins to really get the feeling of isolation – this will have some other sections of music i wrote in it also and ill post that when it comes, but for now this is the film in its competition form:
please ‘like’ it on facebook as theres a people favourite prize up for grabs too as well as the main prize to have the film shown across the country as a short before the main feature at everyman cinemas.
in the coming months im going to be working with rob and the rest of the crew on some other shorts, we’re planning (rather ambitiously) to build a full scale stylised town centre in a warehouse, growing the set with each film – an ill be doing the soundtracks and incidental sound, set making an a bit of acting too.
maybe? i never heard this kind of thing anyway. please people correct me if im getting over excited…..
anyways been wondering how to do something with footwork, i like it but its irritating most of the time, the cut up, repeated pitched vocal thing, uurrrghhhh!!! rank. so short repetitive kinda itchy yes but different somehow. then i happened upon this idea:
so yeah kinda techno, kinda footwork but 3 step over 4 step basically
this ones 5 step over 4 step with a bit of 7 over 4. not as easy to get into but still working on the protracted techno theory. that being that you just need 4-4 and hang anything off it in any direction. so im stripping that further to be just 4 time for a snare (and kinda the hats) but keeping repetition as the focus.
im gonna do a load more in the 3 over 4 version cos i think thats got legs. im gonna try other off timings too as its something ive been into for ages, only did these tracks for the bleep filtered competition and wanted to do something “different”, and easy to work vocals to as timings not really an issue, you just lay anything on top an it kinda seems in time.
this is a project of improvised collaboration between an ever changing bunch of leeds artists. mainly to try an investigate what can be done with an enormous pile of gear! its great to get people in on my territory as these are all folk who use computers as their tool of trade. with the advent of ableton though they have been using jamming more as a part of the creative process and so this is a good progression into where i see electronic music going.
I know there are some about but i believe this is what will become more common place, and improvisation, from full out freeform jams to more working tweaking sessions is the key to keeping electronic music fresh. anyway enough of the rant, heres a little clip of our first session, headcleaner, kubex, micoland, naffdogg, dot 9 and IV bolus in the mix!
some obvious leftfield/orb influence/sound here, all good though as i think the orb had a great thing going for many years and their live act really stood out as better than their recorded material which i think is the key to keeping electronic music alive