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brand new everything

Posted by Chris on September 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm  

so, we up on the mountain right now, taking stock of what’s been happening at sea level. these mixes are three sisters, bound by attention to texture, attention to radio and attention to voice. <caveat>the last mix being from myself</caveat>

first up, Lamin Fofana’s pleasure mix. the mess giving the form more form. space and interruption. Lamin also has a really strong release (‘Africans are real’)forthcoming on Dutty Artz backed with remixes by DJ /rupture, Spoek Mathambo and Chief Boima (‘Africans are myth’ mix). You can hear the original here.

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next up Joe Ruckus who posted this rising and falling density, shimmering noise of folk kind of thing called World of Petrol.

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finally, i just left london. i’m here for a bit. this mix is my goodbye. no tracklist and absolutely no fucking around. lots of homemade specials, american boys and j-pop brightness. NO THEME ヘ(^_^ヘ)(ノ^_^)ノ NO SURRENDER /-/ (=^_^=) *にゃ*

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two eyes of wood

Posted by Chris on November 9, 2011 at 4:40 pm  

Anne Briggs, heavyweight vocalist of the 60s/70s English folk revival sings an acapella rendition of ‘young tambling’, a song about a woman who is ravaged by a mysterious man in the woods and left pregnant. Later, as she ventures out again to the woods to pick a herb which will abort the baby, the man reappears and reveals he has been trapped in the wood by the vicious and capricious queen of elves. However, tonight being Halloween the elfin horde will ride out across the countryside. If the lady can pass a test then she can win the mysterious man’s freedom.

Damp, mossy darkness in northwest Europe… The song shows a series of supernatural threats on the body. Whether it be Tambling (the man)’s sexual attack on Margaret (the lady), where “he never once asked her leave” or the queen’s imprisonment (and accompanying disembodiment) of Tambling and her final curse which concludes the song: “I should have torn out your eyes Tambling, and put in two eyes of wood”.

I gave the vocal a new body of signals in this remix, adding frequency and re-supporting it away from absence and air onto new shifting material. In other words, I took the vocal, reverbed it out and put a load of synth and bass elements underneath it.

Here are the original and remix:

Anne Briggs – Young Tambling (original)

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out of season

Posted by Chris on March 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm  

TwoMoreMixesMwoToreMixesMoMoreTwixes

MoMoreTwixes! Forwards!

the first twix is one that’s been in the oven for about 6 months. you know when you cook a moussaka and you leave it in the oven for ages and the lamb goes really soft? well this mix is tender. includes adesh samaroo singing about how cat meat tastes much better than dog meat. there is also an interview with myself and and man called hanu(man). he did half the mix. don’t believe the hype – it wasn’t a battle so much as a brokered ceasefire. big up abstractor and pacheko for pulling it together.

here. hare. here.

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the second thing is a live soundscape i did last week at the red gallery in ec2. it was for hackney hear, a gps-audio-triggering-smartphone-app based in hackney. poet-saturate. i took raw recordings from the hackney podcast (an excellent spoken word/field recording project – in particular check the ‘night‘ one) and ran them through ableton and effects. most fun of the evening was probably when some kids starting working out that if they touched this or that thing it made a noise. making noises is great.

wordthecat – hackney soundscape

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a great cold [mix]

Posted by Chris on January 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm  

one for january. creaking chairs. the tracklist looks like a liturgy…

“one can recognise a great cold, she explains to me, by the bright shining mist that hangs in the air. when a person walks, a corridor forms in this mist. the corridor has the shape of that person’s silhouette. the person passes but the corridor remains, immobile in the mist… here is a wide, low corridor with a distinct, resolute line – the sign that claudia matveyevna, the school principal, has already gone.

if in the morning there are no corridors that correspond to the stature of students from the elementary school, it means that the cold is so great that classes have been cancelled and the children are staying home.

sometimes one sees a corridor that is very crooked and then abruptly stops. it means – tanya lowers her voice – that some drunk was walking, tripped, and fell. in a great cold, drunks frequently freeze to death. then such a corridor looks like a dead end street.”

from ryszard kapuściński – imperium

whirringcat – a great cold [mix]

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seasonal drama

Posted by Chris on December 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm  

merry xxxmas. the shortest day and a menstral moon mark the end of a year of global slowdown. a screwtape for you and you alone. words from tom mccarthy whose new book is fattening stockings even as this robot types. cross posted to DuttyArtz

drama screwtape

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a BaleripostCarnivalNo2September

Posted by Chris on September 3, 2010 at 7:11 pm  

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september? september? who is september? here is a mix for people who are still summer.

several tracks from spooky [slew dem] and brenmar. mixed live on ableton.

wordthecat – summer 010 mix

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tracklist:

hard mix – alright
aqf – in the bull run
tanlines – iced coffee (club mix)
filip filipi feat. shanell – can you rock (nguzunguzu remix)
colours feat stephen emmanuel – hold on (se22 mix)
spooky – carnival hype
spooky – bad influence
sweet female attitude ft shado kane – flowers (sunship vs chunky mix)
el-b – i feel (ft. natasha)
diskjokke – flott flytt
blondes – spanish fly (brenmar remix)
ce ce rodgers – someday
dj cleo – goodbye
ikonika – dckhdbtch (loop) + crystal castles – suffocation (loop)
kingdom – that mystic
aaliyah – r u that somebody (brenmar windy city mix)
tama sumo – rarified (the oliverwho factory remix)
levon vincent – double jointed sex freak part 2
guido – mad sax
jeremiah – birthday sex (venom and damage remix)
roska – our father
ill blu – bellion (spooky’s re-bellion remix)

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