Archive for September, 2009


September 26, 2009

Here’s a track I made today. It’s another long experimental improv using loops/synth/guitar. It’s on the noisy/busy side of ambient.

Recorded in long two takes – I basically did all the synth and guitar in one go then went back and added some drums. Other than in capturing the audio, a computer wasn’t used, there are no pre-recorded parts and no post editing.

I think bits of it are good. Other bits less good. I’d like to get onstage and do something like this some time.

“judddr” download mp3 (24 min/33MB)

comments welcome.x


‘Music Pounds’?

September 17, 2009

Looking at this article today. Apparently Brixton has just introduced its own ‘Brixton Pound’ as a local currency – designed to keep money in the area. It’s not a new idea, it’s been done elsewhere, and it’s basically a kind of Scrip.

It got me thinking – could there be some form of non-localised ‘musicians currency’? Not directly linked to the pound – more like a sort of bartering system for music related favours. You lend me an amp, I give you one ‘music pound’. I do the sound at your gig, you give me ten ‘music pounds’. I need to record some drums but can’t afford the studio time so Oli Dreamtrak accepts 50 ‘music pounds’ which he can then pay to Laura Wolf to come and do backing vocals on the hot new Trademark tracks, which she then uses to get Ben from Hornby Pylons to fix her keyboard… etc

It could extend wider… You’re at a gig and the guitarist in the headline band isn’t keen to lend his amp – after all it’s his pride and joy. But you offer him a couple of ‘music pounds’ and suddenly he realises you’re a good soul who does his share of msuic related good deeds so he relents. You find yourself in a distant city with no sound guy to do the gig, the barman knows someone but will he want to make the trip for no money? Maybe he’ll do it for some ‘music pounds’ that he can use later.

Obviously it’d take a huge amount of goodwill to work more widely, and between groups of friends you might feel ‘what’s the point? I’m quite happy to mix the Silence at Sea recordings without getting ‘music pounds’. But it would build up a nice feeling of community – would give you something to talk about at gigs when chatting to your fellow performers:

“Give you a music pound to borrow your keyboard stand…”

“What’s a music pound?”

“Oh, you’ve not heard of them…”

It’d also be a mild rebuke to the sorts of tools who don’t like lending their precious gear. ”What? You want to use my drum kit!? Gadzooks, no! You might hit it with sticks or something!”

Whether they would take the form of printed currency or would be more like handwritten receipts that you tore up and re-wrote when passing on the pounds would be up for lively debate. (naturally as the founder of ‘music pounds’ my face should appear on the bills). I’m not saying the idea is fully developped but I could be on to something.

The name needs some work though…. ‘music pounds’ is clunky and a bit dull. How about… ‘notes’?

if FMBFM was a double vinyl record…

September 9, 2009

Then this would be the tracklisting:

Side One
Anger Management
The Gentlemen’s Game
Good Christian/Bad Christian
(You & Me and) Winston Churchill

Side Two
The Tree of Knowledge
2.0///The Bridge of Sighs
Stop Traveller! Stop and Read!
The Memorial Hall

Side Three
Simple Life/Repetition 4
Ten Cities is not a european tour
England Expects

Side Four
track 13
Pockets in Shrouds
Millionaires Need People Like You

Same songs, same order… but take it like that and I think it suddenly doesn’t seem as long.

I don’t want people thinking I’m really hung up about these ‘it’s a bit too long’ comments in all the reviews. This blog post took all of two minutes to write and wasn’t particularly pre-meditated. Just an idle, passing thought…

But I do think the ability to divide an album into four sides is one more small joy that’s been lost to the mp3 era.

New Brainlove Compilation

September 2, 2009

Those of you who enjoyed last year’s ‘Two Thousand And Ace’ will doubtless do a bit of excitement wee to hear that this year’s Brainlove compilation ‘Fear Of A Wack Planet’ is now on its way. It’ll be out on 18th October.

wack planet

It features all your usual Brainlove faves as well as some new faces including Mat Riviere who is, frankly, incredible.

It also includes a new track from me called ‘Nintendo Folk’ which is exclusive to the compilation – as it should be.

It’s quite different from my other stuff. I wanted to make something which fits the description in that old DiS review quote which described me as ‘Nintendo Folk’. So it’s an instrumental which uses a gameboy and an acoustic guitar for most of the sounds.

This is the rest of the tracklist:

1. Mat Riviere – ‘FYH’
2. Napoleon IIIrd – ‘Your God’
3. Stairs To Korea – ‘Boy Bear It In Mind’
4. Internet Forever – ‘Break Bones’
5. A Scholar & A Physician – ‘Stand Tall’
6. Penny Broadhurst & The Maffickers – ‘Comenzo’ (live)
7. Curly Hair – ‘Hully Gully’
8. We Aeronauts – ‘The House On Ash Tree Lane’
9. Christopher Alcxxk – ‘Halo’
10. The Bear Driver – ‘No Time To Speak’
11. Kippi Kaninus – ‘Sygyt With Me’
12. Thee Oracle – ‘A/I/M/Y’
13. Pagan Wanderer Lu – ‘Nintendo Folk’
14. Ratface – ‘Fruit An Veg’
15. Trademark – ‘At Loch Shiel’
16. Fidel Villeneuve – ‘Two Of The Beatles Have Died’
17. Ace Bushy Striptease – ‘Post Hummus’
18. Planet Earth – ‘4 23’
19. Sparky Deathcap – ‘Winter City’
20. Keyboard Choir – ‘Tachikoma’
21. Kid Carpet – ‘Go Get Yourself A Hammer’
22. Laura Wolf – ‘Love Was Dead’
23. gwEm – ‘Ancient Art Of Chiptune’
24. Braindead Collective – ‘Untitled #1’
25. Heartbeeps – ‘Glacial Valleys’
26. MRBLKRSHRRRR – ‘Jackie Collins’
27. Jam On Bread – ‘Wikipedia Says I’m Dying’