Saturday, 25 April 2009

Currently feeling:

Reade Truth: Crimen Excepta (Planet E)

Contains more ideas in one EP than some producers have in a lifetime. A touch of eighties nu-wave, acid and modern post-mnml-ism.

Friday, 24 April 2009

Book Choice #10:

Stefan Merrill Block: The Story Of Forgetting

Simply breathtaking. A heart-breaking tale with a cruel disease at it's centre. Two narrators tell the tale - slowly converging as the novel reaches it's stunning climax. Isidora....

Monday, 13 April 2009

Book Choice #9:

Scarlett Thomas: PopCo

There was enough in The End of Mr. Y, for me to want to read this earlier novel by Scarlett Thomas - and I'm glad I did. 

I much preferred this story - filled with fascinating ideas ranging from complex mathematics, virtual worlds, the nature of reality, cryptanalysis, corporate marketing, homeopathy, vegan diets and comprehensive school memories. 

Gripping to the last page - one of those books you can't put down.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Forthcoming: JITTER WORLD

Kirk Degiorgio: Jitter World
(2009 Abstract Forms)

Label press release:

AFS 00.4
Kirk needs no introduction, as a long-serving electronic music devotee, a quick glance at Kirk's discography shows the scale this extraordinary talent has contributed to electronic music over the years. It is therefore with huge excitement that Abstract Forms brings you 'Jitter World'.

Featuring three tracks of deep techno business, 'Jitter' is a full-on, peak-time dance floor mover with extra drive, that will undoubtedly appeal to the DJs as well as the deep techno lovers amongst us; whilst 'Back In My Head' and 'Traject' lay focus more toward the deeper end of the techno spectrum.

It’s Kirk’s groove on the dance floor and his deeper experimental electronics that make this EP fit perfectly within the Abstract Forms ethos. Anyway don’t take my word for it, check the samples above!

Release date: 25th May 2009 - Limited vinyl release only.

Sunday, 5 April 2009

R-Solution: Civil Rights Show

Presented by myself and Sean P. Originally broadcast August 1999, on Kiss 100, UK. Studio guests include Francisco Mora, Craig Taborn, Carl Craig, Patrick Forge & Gilles Peterson.

Friday, 3 April 2009

Sound Obsession: The Birth Of Techno

The Birth of Techno
Part One: 1985-1988

  • Model 500 - No UFO's - Metroplex
  • Model 500 - The Future - Metroplex
  • Model 500 - Night Drive Thru Babylon - Metroplex
  • X Ray - Untitled - Transmat
  • X Ray - Let's Go (Remix) - Fantasy
  • Eddie 'Flashin' Fowlkes - Goodbye Kiss - Metroplex
  • Model 500 - Sound Of Stereo - Metroplex
  • Model 500 - Off To Battle - Metroplex
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Nude Photo - Transmat
  • Rythim Is Rythim - The Dance - Transmat
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Move It - Transmat
  • Suburban Knight - The Groove - Transmat
  • Keynotes - Let's Let's Let's Dance - Incognito
  • Intercity - Groovin' Without Doubt - KMS
  • Blake Baxter - When We Used To Play - KMS
  • Blake Baxter - Does Not Compute - KMS
  • Intercity - Out Of Control - KMS
  • Reese & Santonio - The Sound - KMS
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Strings Of Life - Transmat
  • Neal Howard - To Be Or Not... (Mayday Mix) - Future Sound 
  • Kevin Saunderson - Perpetual Motion - Future Sound
  • Separate Minds - You Ask For It - Express
  • Separate Minds - 1st Bass - Express
  • Model 500 - OK Corral - Metroplex
  • Mayday - Wiggin - Pheerce Citi

The Birth of Techno
Part Two: 1988-1990

  • Rythim Is Rythim - Nude Photo '88 - Kool Kat
  • Model 500 - Electronic - Metroplex
  • Model 500 - Interference - Metroplex
  • Tranzistor - The Force - KMS
  • Reese - The Groove That Won't Stop - KMS
  • Rythim Is Rythim - It Is What It Is - Transmat
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Feel Surreal - Transmat
  • Mayday - Sinister - Pheerce Citi
  • Mayday - Freestyle - Pheerce Citi
  • Model 500 - Techno Music - Virgin
  • Reese & Santonio - Force Field - KMS
  • Reese & Santonio - The Truth Of Self-Evidence - KMS
  • Reese - Rock To The Beat - KMS
  • Model 500 - The Chase - Metroplex
  • Symbols & Instruments - Mood - KMS
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Beyond The Dance - Transmat
  • R-Tyme - R-Theme - Transmat
  • Rythim Is Rythim - Emanon - Transmat
  • Model 500 - The Wanderer - Transmat
  • Model 500 - Info World - Transmat
  • Rhythim Is Rhythim - Drama - Transmat
  • Rhythim Is Rhythim - The Beginning - Transmat
  • BFC - Static Friendly - Fragile
  • Underground Resistance - The Theory - Retroactive

Book Choice #8:

Ross Raisin: God's Own Country

An uncomfortable read - and not just because of the deeply disturbing turn towards the end of the book. I found the book problematic because of the way the author pitches his main character Sam Marsdyke. 

It's obvious from the beginning that Marsdyke is a disturbed individual, but he comes across as being unaware or unconcerned about the consequences of his actions rather than having any insight or understanding. In this sense he seems to have a medical condition rather than being maliciously evil. But this is at odds with the thoroughly repulsive character he becomes by the books end.

Without a doubt the books strength lies in its language. At times Marsdyke's narration comes across as "Clockwork Orange-transported-to-North Yorkshire" and despite his twisted, delusional state of mind some of Marsdyke's observations are laugh-out-loud funny.

An interesting debut.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Wave Rider

Controlling dynamics in audio is a combination of musicianship or vocal mic technique and most commonly, compression and/or fader riding. Compression and riding faders however are very different techniques: fader riding usually considered as more natural. Your ear acts as a look-ahead compressor and if you are familiar with the material you can accurately ride the faders to lower and raise gain at key points. Compression can of course do this automatically but it is fundamentally less natural even with auto-release and auto-gain settings.

The side-effects of compression are often desirable, but riding faders is still commonly performed - particularly on vocal takes. But in this age of mixer-less project-studios if you don't have a hardware controller you are left struggling with a mouse to ride virtual faders in your DAW. This is quite tricky. Hence my excitement at the announcement of a new RTAS plug-in for Pro Tools called Wave Rider. It analyses audio and instead of controlling dynamics using compression, it will write volume data automation to your session. Great idea! This can of course then be fine-tuned. It also provides "ducking" - great for radio show voice-overs, and fader "parking" - which handily lowers faders when no audio is present to minimize mic bleed for example.

More info available at: Wave Rider

LOL: I've just noticed the date... no this isn't a lame April Fools joke!