Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Have been working on some tunes for the new album. Have not really got a clue when it (The Album) will be done. I have 6 or 7 audio ideas at the mo. So thought it was time to put a couple of these ideas here on Soundcloud. All work in progress.
Monday, 19 December 2011
Well people its that festive time again, and this wonderful Christmas card I received was made by my friend Mr Palmer, and what a lovely picture it is. I am now currently working on new tunes for my next album plus sorting out Test Transmission Archive Reel 7 for Feb 2012. Also recording some new Seatman Separator tunes with Mr Heartfield and Mr Packer. So a tad busy. I thought I would leave you with some classic K-tel and Ronco ads. I hope you all have very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. TATA.
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Back in March 2011 I heard Spacedog for the 1st time on Phantom Circuit 66. I was fascinated by them. Spacedog are Sarah Angliss Jenny Angliss and Stephen Hiscock. "We create live music for theremin, vocals, saw, percussion and our famous uncanny musical robots. Our work reflects our obsessions with defunct machines, faded variety acts and the darkest English folk tales". If musically you like the weird the wonderful the odd and the eccentric, Tommy Cooper, Robots and Theremins. Then you really should get this album.
I have been informed by Sarah that CD copies of Juice for the baby will be available very soon. In the meantime you can download Juice for the baby from Bandcamp for just £7. I did.
Friday, 9 December 2011
I should have posted this a long time ago but forgot. This short film was made by the wonderful Bollops. What makes this so good??? Is it the motorbike sound?? Godzilla arriving on a bus??? is it the strings on Thunderbird 2??? Is it that it took 2 years to make. Whatever it is, it works for me every time I watch it.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Friday, 2 December 2011
I like the band Wire. Have liked them for decades, and have always been impressed with their approach to songwriting and performing their songs live. Wire's attitude is this. Once the song is written recorded etc, thats it for that version. Their reluctance to play certain songs live or in the stye that the audience anticipated or expected was always very interesting. You could never hear the same version of Pink Flag twice. As Graham Lewis said once when people were calling out for their favorite Wire songs to be played "we are not a Jukebox" Wire's knack of de-constructing their own songs has always led to some very interesting developments musically. One of my favorites is the Peel Session version of the 154 album track The Other Window. Listen to the Peel version then play the 154 version. Both versions good and both completely different. Finally the album was called 154 because it was said at the time that the band had played 154 gigs.
I have recently started work on some music which I hope will be the the basis for my next album. I also recently got a new camera, so I decided to head up to the loft and do that cheesy thing and take a picture of my Keyboards/Synths. At the back we have an SH101. In front of that is an old Yamaha SY1 with a Melos echo chamber on top followed by a Yamaha DX100. In front. of the DX 100 is my old Boss DR-220 and next to that is a Casio PT-1. To the right is a Yamaha CS01 and on the far left is an Oxygen 8 midi keyboard. Not forgetting my old Dynatron Headphones which I do love. So there you go thats the lot. Now back to work for me.