Wednesday, September 28, 2011

VBS TV - Curtis Roads

Here is a programme on Curtis Roads (inventor of granular synthesis).

There is a free smartphone app called "Curtis Lite" - it's fun.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

3x3 Feedback Matrix

Thanks to Handmade Electronic Music I made a 3x3 Feedback Matrix.
The inputs to the matrix are:
3x oscillator 40106 bleep box
Sovtek big muff, Boss PS-3
4ms mini noise swash, Boss DD-6
Output to Sessionette 75 2x10
Boss TU-3 for power.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Just Intonation

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Singing Snare

I was playing with an old snare drum. I added a piezo inside, attached to the skin. I placed it near an amp; it started to feedback. The pitch of the feedback could be changed by putting pressure on the drum skin.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

RESET 170911

RESET returns (MENAGERIE) to deliver that LIVE ENERGY and those SPACE VIBES.

Brian Greene and Kab Driver will be warming things up with a laid back mini live jam at approx 10pm.

4-way Live beat down to follow, featuring:

Kaidi Tatham: Keys / Flute / Wizardry
Brian Greene: Vocals / Loop Station
Kab Driver: Beats / Samples / Electronixx
Defcon: Beats / Samples / Dub FX

Party Sounds after.

Funk, hiphop, psych, house, bass, vibes, space is the place.

Live visuals by BEW

£5 before 11pm, £7 after

All welcome, get down early, join the party.

For an idea of what to expect, CHECK DIS PROMO VIDEO:

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bew - Drifting Mix

i.s.o -
Beck - Aphid Manure Heist
Simon Fischer Turner - Sleepthru
Victor Gamma - Ressonancia de Laplace
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Stereo Music for Hi-Hat
Four Tet - Watching Wavelength
Nanko - Avalanche
Daniel Biro & Rob Palmer - The Long Journey home Part 2 (extract)
Andrew Pekler - Wait
Christan Renou - Ex-Voto (Wire-FM mix)
Minima Moralia - Chihei Hatakeyama
Aoki Takamasa - they've been waiting
MIra Calix - A Cereus Night
The Books - A Dead Fish Gains The Power of Observation
Devonian - Path
Beck - Jagermeister Pie
Tunng - Hanged
Victor Gamma - A Batalha de Nolok-Nolok
Simon Fischer Turner - No Weight Tonight
William Basinski - 92982.3 1
Magali Babin - Natura Sonoris
Aki Onda - Flickering Lights
Beck - 8.6.82

This was made to unwind after watching a difficult film.

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bew - Demolition Mix

Here is one of the mixes I put together to be played on set of a film about demolishing a house along with live oscillators through a dirty portable soundsystem.

I made noise.
Crew shot film.
The building was demolished.

Nothing sounds quite like a bath being thrown through a door.


eden Final
Track 3 dufond
Track 1 Aln Vs Cln
Track 2 Aln Vs Cln
Track 3 Aln Vs Cln
Fashion 500 Brainiac
For My Beloved Brainiac
Ilaf Tsmu Poo
Track 13 dufond
Kyoro Xinli Supreme
Jabpunplusone Sagan
Mandolin Work (edit) Leafcutter John
The Disappearing Act Gerritt & John Weisse
Densités Alma Fury
Plus De Lumieres Alma Fury
Live at Emoson (Bourges) 23.oct.99
Alma Fury, Otomo Yoshihide, Otani Yasuhiro
X for O No.1 Xavier Charles
X for O No.2 Xavier Charles
X.O.O.X Xavier Charles & Otomo Yoshihide
Radio Brabant No.7 Xavier Charles
Radio Brabant No.8 Xavier Charles
Track 1-6 The Lost Cocks
Track 7-9 Nuclear Night
a1 animals with wheels bew remix
a2 animals with wheels bew remix

+ Various sound effects records

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Video Bending VEC1060

Here's a short compilation of me playing with the VEC1060. Shot using my phone camera to capture + FCP to edit. Again, you can see reflections on the screen.

The sound is from the VHS creating feedback in the VEC + a DJ mix that was recorded for a film about demolishing a house being played with some DIY oscillators. I also dropped in a bit of noise from a cassette recorded at my last show at SARC.

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Sunday, September 04, 2011

The Wheels of Chance - Soundtrack Recipe

Bass guitar (5-string)
Electric guitar (x2 = AXE ATTACK)
Korg X5
Novation Bass Station
Pioneer DJM800
Synare (DIY kit + DIY trigger)
Tenor Saxophone
Pocket Trumpet
Laptop (x2 = sound effect centre)
Boite d'Oiseaux
Effects units
Contact Microphone (DIY)

Place all the above in a pressure filled environment along with three keen folk for approx. three weeks: Steam, broil, smoke, grill and beat until bubbling with energy and serve on a bed of enthusiasm in front of a live studio audience.

For best results, consume whilst hot and fresh from the pressure cooker.

Making a soundtrack is a lot of work. Composing melodies that work with the movement on screen, keeping the mood correct by selecting appropriate instrumental voices, ensuring that the tempo is right, ensuring that the transitions between scenes flow...

Imagine trying to do this with a tight deadline, and adding the challenge of making the resulting composition ready for live performance.

After just under three weeks of work it's ready.

Thanks to BFF / QFT / BFI / WB

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Thursday, September 01, 2011

Free Music Archive

Does what it says on the tin. I love the fact it has Experimental and Novelty as categories to search through. It also has a list of curators (EG: WFMU) Go there.

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