Kamis, 24 Mei 2012

Delighted in Isolation - Review

(Scan by Rob Hayler)

So, having been privy to an advance copy of the album, the delightful Rob (or, is that rob?) at the equally delightful Radio Free Midwich (or, is that radiofreemidwich?) has unleashed his thoughts on Delighted in Isolation in to the world...

"there is a dinosaur eating landfill"
Click on the quote for the full review...

(Scan by Rob Hayler)

Jumat, 18 Mei 2012

Daniel Thomas - Delighted in Isolation

I'm very happy to say that "Daniel Thomas - Delighted in Isolation" (S.C.48.) is now available direct from the wonderful folk of Striate Cortex by clicking "here!".

(Photo by Andy Robinson)

Kamis, 17 Mei 2012

.WAVs from various oldschool sound chips

It's a fact: there are no boundaries on the amount of samples one needs to own in order to compose electronic music. We're always hungry for samples. Lucky for us the Internet have no boundaries at all and today, during a hyperspace travel on the outer rim of the galaxy, I stumbled upon this great blog from SEBASTIAN TOMCZAK, full of samples of old soundchips.

I have created a set of samples that have been recorded directly from an Atari POKEY chip. I have created all of the sounds myself on the hardware (as in, these are not sounds or samples recorded from games or demo programs). The output from the sound chip has been recorded directly.

This sample pack contains the drum sounds from the YM2413 sound chip, when configured as recommend by Yamaha in the application manual. The audio has been recorded directly from hardware.

  1. Sega Master System YM2413 Preset Instruments
  2. Sega Master System YM2413 Drums
  3. Sega Master System SN76489
  4. Sega Mega Drive YM2612
  5. SPo256-AL2 Speech Chip Allophones
  6. Atari POKEY Noise
  7. Atari 2600 TIA

Rabu, 16 Mei 2012

Hagman Disco at Wharf Chambers

Thanks to all at the lovely Wharf Chambers for putting on the gig and to Nope / Gareth S Brown for playing aces too.

(Thanks to Richard Sykes for the photo)

And, through the wonders of modern technology, please enjoy Hagman Disco, as performed earlier this evening. Well, technically, yesterday evening...

Rabu, 02 Mei 2012

Hagman Gigs in May

As well as this Saturday's gig at the Ante-MUSIC event (more details on Facebook), there's another performance from the Sheepscar Light Industrial "house-band" on May 16th at Wharf Chambers.

The line up on the night is completed Icelandic group Stafrænn Hákon and Leeds' own Gareth S Brown. More details can be found on Facebook and below you can listen to the noise that Hagman made on their last trip to the chambres de wharf...

Selasa, 01 Mei 2012

Another Running Repairs Review

Hello all, the good people of the Vital Weekly podcast have chosen to include a track from midwich's running repairs, about which they have also said nice words in their review;

(Scan by Rob Hayler)

Although around for a considerable amount of time, Midwich has not always been the most prolific artist when it comes to 'commercial' releases, but on his blog you can these days download pretty much everything he ever did. For the last four years there wasn't much new music, but now its time to start again. Rob Hayler used to run his own CDR label, Fencing Flatworm but these days he mainly releases on other labels, such as Striate Cortex, who are now up to catalogue number 46 (which means I may have missed a few for review). From the vast amount of music I only heard a few, but drone like capacities they all seem to have. Here we have three pieces, two quite long and one very short, 'Pennine Interlude'. In the opening piece 'New Territories', which we could regard as a programmatic title, the drones are a bit louder and more forceful than before. Its recorded with one Daniel Thomas and it sounds like a bunch of toy organs being recorded with an open microphone in a small space. Lots of van/motor sounds and the organs filling up the small, confined space. The 'Pennine Interlude' sounds a like radio collage of voice and field recordings, driving you into 'Bosky', at just under twenty six minutes the highlight of the release. Here the organ drones are picked up from the mixing desk, being processed by some sound effects but to great minimal effect. With more variation than 'Opening Territories', but with an equally loud effect at some point, after a long and slow build up. The new territory is there, and its slightly different than the old one, but unmistakably its there. A fine return to a new form. (FdW)
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(Review by Frans de Waard for Vital Weekly)