Last year was a terrible year for this blog. I hardly posted nothing. So i will try to do better this year.
So aims for 2020?
New guitar band, looping, little industrial little ambient noise, live drums ( maybe bit cop shots cop, metal percussion thing) with maybe added field recordings.
Animation, get studio space for stop motion up and running, do some tests, maybe start to finish “The Box” modeling (mini theatre sets) writing.
VR, working on multiplayer VR city, more info to come.
New Electricity album. New idea to improvise with Martin while recording, two big long sessions then divide it between us for editing and mixing.
Finish Studio. The new space is all i have ever dreamed of. Studios have always been very important to me, i’ve almost always had one (wish i had pics of them all, coming up, lust of all Marks studios) And this space has the potential to be the perfect one. With one major caveat. In the Summer, will the bugs ( millipedes) come back? and will i be able to kill them off? Other things still need doing. Roof painting and floor tiling to stop concrete dust getting into everything.
Moving into the new house in Nesodden 6 month ago, I finally got the studio space of my dreams, and nightmares… Its underground, and made of 2 rooms (one is the garage). My plan is to record there of course, but not your normal studio with live room and window and crap (ITS ONLY ME!!!) More like a nice cosy place to sit a noodle, but where all the various instruments are always plugged in and ready to go. Although not a drummer, I want to put together a kind of minimalist “industrial” kit, more for sampling (and guests) Made from Steve A´s old mini kit (love that kick drum). Another area in the space is the workbench tat will have 2 uses. Soldering, for modular synth stuff (but I admit, at the moment Im almost finished with that journey, I have about 10 more modules to finish and install, but ten Ill re-evaluate sell stuff, and see what I want to end up with. Alos I want to use tis are for small model making, for animations. Somwhere Im going to set up a home made animation desk, for tiny stop-frame animation. Using Dragon Frame on an additional computer, and making a kind of small re-usable “stage” not unlike the paper theatres we used to make. In the adjoining room is the workshop. CAn be used to working on house stuff, carving stuff, or making animation sets. At least… thats the plan.
Bloody ages ago, I used to write reviews on an experimental webzine called furthernoise.org. Those writings exist somewhere on this very site actually. Anyway, Roger Mills was the editor and he ran off to Australia for some reason, and started The Ethernet Orchestra. This was a art/music/phd thesis, about music that is played across networks. And for one performance I was a member, performing in my pyjamas from my bedroom, at an ungodly hour, while the rest of the group were on stage in the land down under. Well he seems to have written a book, made a film, or something, at least there’s a very nice poster… Although not mentioned, I’m pretty certain Im Oslo.
I’ve been getting the music magazine The Wire for about 25 years, and I still have most of them! Never have I felt the need to write to them, but after the editor Derek Walmsley told a little story about slightly wishing he had bothered to learn an instrument properly, I was driven I tell ya, to write. I have always been into more experimental ways of playing the guitar, with loads of fx, guitar synths and not to mention, looping. But never really got to be an expert guitar player, which I regret. And probably too late now. However, Hilde bought me a lapsteel guitar for christmas (and I bought another one a few weeks later- you kind of need a few to investigate different tunings)… And Im determined to learn. Anyway, cut a long story short.. my letter was printed, god-dammit! And here it is!
My second favorite looping guitarist, the amazing EDP expert, Andre la Fosse, has quite un-necessarily cited me at coining the term “unstacking” when referring to an obscure echoplex technique.
It’s not even a technique I use much, more of a side effect of Loop Windowing.
Loop Windowing is where you record a short loop, multiply it longer and add an overdub onto that, now longer loop. You then divide that loop back down to the original (not ness) and hit undo. Instead of peeling off that second layer, as you would expect, it actually starts scanning through the loop in chunks.
So Unstacking is the reverse.
First you record a short loop, then overdub multiple times into it, it gets noisy and full.
THEN you multiply out to multiple lengths of the original loop, then undo.
This has the effect of laying out one after another (as you played them?) all the short overdubs into one quieter loop with only one layer.
Andre produces a bunch of tutorial videos for the EDP. Here’s the latest about the aforementioned un-stacking (where he also over does his mentions of me.. no need Andre, no need!)
This album is recorded over a few years, many modular improvisations, probably intended as bits of a future Electricity album, but never becoming thus. I have edited and mixed them altogether to make one long playing track. I haven’t deleted errors or bits where things don’t always work, plus you can also hear places where Im tuning up synth modules, or tweaking the sounds before I use it. This is part of using a modular, and are normally not heard on an album, I like those bits, it shows process and give humanity to otherwise electronic sounds. What about the title? Well it suggests self illumination, the fact that a thing itself can itself reveal some truth about itself, or give light and visibility to other things. I am referring to the above working process, but also my wish to illuminate what Im doing (my self) to the world. A very current need we have, self publishing. Normally these recordings would be private, and be edited out of all recognition, micro-edited, like most (all?) music done on Ableton Live, just sounding perfect, over produced and lacking dynamics.
Anyway, buy it for whatever at bandcamp!
Or you can cheat and just play this… but no, go and buy from bandcamp, than you can put it on your phone and go jogging…