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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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cornstructure & indus trial

Posted by Chris on November 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm  

AGF and Gudrun Gut combine as Greie Gut Fraktion. in case you don’t know about AGF try the search bar or even, better, go to her website and get free things, like her cover of disturbia. Gudrun Gut has had a lot of records out over the years and runs monkia records/enterprises. the lead track on their album is a version of deutsch new wave band Palais Schaumburg’s “wir bauen eine neue stadt” (we build a new town). there’s a few different mixes floating about, but this alva noto one is my favourite. there’s a level of high-end digital clarity here that would probably have surprised Palais Schaumburg in 1980. we built a new town that sometimes hurts our eyes.

Greie Gut Fraktion – Wir Bauen Eine Neue Stadt Alva Noto Remodel

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new_goods

Posted by Chris on September 22, 2010 at 10:58 pm  

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dutty artz‘s Lamin Fofana has a new EP out. soundscapes, minimal atmospheres, success! you can hear and buy it over here (the title track is a recommended slow burner).

to mark the release Lamin’s done a broad based, dynamically epic mix by the name of calypso. (more mixes need found speech as a passageway). here it is:

Lamin Fofana – Calypso mix

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Kuedo – Shutter Light Girl
Lucky Dragons – Realistic Rhythm // Killah Priest – Crusades
The Big Pink – Tonight (oOoOO Remix)
Ikonika – Yoshimitshu
Scissors and Sellotape – Chapter 4
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated // Svpreme Fiend – Heartache VIP
Shed – Ostrich-Mountain-Square
Spoek Mathambo – Control
Oneohtrix Point Never – Preyouandi
Mike Ladd – Planet 10
Mark Pritchard – Heavy As Stone
Digital Mystikz – Unexpected

on a vaguely related, but completely different tip. vamanos and boima, who do the ghetto bassquake blog have started a label. their first release is from London highlife band the Hackney Empire. the full release is out on friday, but in advance here’s a mutant, multi-lingual remix by monterrey’s Erick Rincon. it’s not quite as unrelenting as Rincon’s other productions but a good vibe for a mutant day of 25 degree late summer heat and an onrushing autumn sniffle.

Hackney Empire – Fraudian Slip ft. Kastro (Erick Rincon’s Tribal Guarachero Remix)

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weather too hot for titles

Posted by Chris on July 21, 2010 at 7:28 am  

alphaville have been running an excellent series of podcasts for a while now. field recordings, rain, distant electronics.

greek sound artist manekinekod (named for the waving cat) studied music for film and builds herself a “dream machine” here.

Alpha-podcast presents Manekinekod by Alphaville

tba a.k.a. natalie beridze hails from georgia and builds a more gentle mix on her contribution. FACT are accompanying these podcasts with a series of interviews and you can read TBA’s here.

Alpha-podcast Presents TBA by Alphaville

and here’s a track off TBA’s album annulé on max ernst from 2005.

TBA – cheg

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empathy

Posted by Chris on May 25, 2010 at 8:00 am  

they’re quite famous, they’re also quite good and they have a new record out. don’t know about you but this is the sort of thing i hear behind my eyes as i’m falling asleep. amplified and with a hint of todd. crystal castles.

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and closer to sleep…

crystal castles – empathy (wordthecat screw)

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voice and noise

Posted by Chris on May 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm  

matthew herbert has a new record out. herbert is primarily an electronic composer, who previously built records out of sampling the human body and the food industry. this record (entitled one one) contains only sound produced by herbert and is the first part of a trilogy. the second part (one club) is built entirely from crowd sound in a club in hamburg. the third (one pig) returns to the food industry and charts the birth, life, slaughter and consumption of a single pig. on one one he sings. his voice is quite soft and heavily treated. so, using this as a diveboard, here’s a post about voices and electronics, or more loosely, a post about electronic music that people sing over…

first up, from one one

matthew herbert – tonbridge

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and second, staying in north kent, a track from 1974 by robert wyatt. for electronics substitute synthesizer.

robert wyatt – sea song

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third a track by zerkalo, named for Tarkovsky’s film, the title of which translates as mirror. zerkalo are heinrich mueller whose name is also gerald donald. gerald donald was in drexciya. he is joined in zerkalo by victoria lucas. there’s a strong visual theme (dare i say concept) to their production too with videos by julia pello & darlene lin. interview and more here.

zerkalo – last meeting from the experiment zero release

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and finally, a compressed banger. pj harvey from her 1998 is this desire? LP. always had a big soft spot for this record. this is the hardest thing on there.

pj harvey – my beautiful leah

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