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The Glove of Dub

Little Shadow

The following is shared from the Glove of Bones site which I hope you find in your heart to follow. I am of course utterly responsible for this, but also very pleased with the message on offer.

Information below…..

It has finally concluded. Whilst I’m very pleased to stand by and support the previous 50/50 and OST pieces, the ‘Glove of Dub’ really does feel like an arrival. Given the intuitive and chancy process this auditory content emerges from, this is the best dressed and most suitably prepared for public gaze to date.

It still whispers obscenities in the ear and has the embarrassing attitude of exposing the occasional slab of bare flesh in an inappropriate circumstance, but has enough personality to carry off its indiscretions.

I can’t thank the fun loving and diversely aware digitalDIZZY label enough for giving this project a virtual home.

If you have a thing for context, knock your self out with some Google fun on the titles. It really might help to explain this sprawling noise.

FREE downloads are available from the Bandcamp site.

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Re-Blog: Anniversary of the Glove of Bones

Re-posting this from the Glove of Bones site. I hope if you find it interesting you will pop over there and follow for updates.

The Silent Flute & the Cyprian Fountain

It goes like this: Last year I was 50, there…. I said it. Years ago as I may have mentioned elsewhere I used take some reflective time and do a self-portrait on my birthday. I had dozens of them from 17 to early 30’s. Then I got distracted and forgot how to draw. So, last year I though rather than doing a picture, and as it was ‘big one’ I’d do something a little more profound.

My wife & and I went a away for a weekend and ended up in Winchester where I went to art school. We also took a trip to Stonehenge and it was around then I was finishing what ended up as the NueChromeWave set of songs. So it occurred to make a kind of abstract musical biography, something that used events, people, places, influences and anything else to hand to mark each of my previous five decades from 1964 until 2014. Thats what the the Glove Of Bones was intended to be, five fingers to the world. In the end that became a broader name for the personality driving the hearse and the song set became 50/50, an homage to chance and small nod to a Frank Zappa song.

Well, a year on I managed to complete 50/50 and a book of images and clues to go with it, plus a 50min film with is here – the sound track of which was released on digitalDIZZY (which made me very happy) and following that I’ve started (and almost completed) what can loosely by described as a ‘dub’ album of new songs. Whilst originally this site was just intended to host the 50/50 project, its come alive as useful place to keep the idea alive – some odd thread seems to pass through it all in one way on another.

I’m not entirely sure whats next, certainly more films for the 50/50 songs, my a vinyl record of some new music, could be punk, could be dubstep, could be dark ambient. Definitely more still images, maybe even some rule breaking colour.

Playing below are the first four complete pieces in the Glove of Dub. They take their titles from a trip to Tintagel, Halloween and some rather poetic 16th century terms for …….sex and body parts. More to follow.

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NueChromeWaVe – Album4

Vague Wave II

A very brief post to advise that for interested parties I’ve completed a new series of songs.

Most have appeared here in earlier form over the last 3 or 4 months but they are now collated together and available for your listening delectation.

The series has a page of its own which you can enjoy here. This has lots of pictures and a brief summary of each song together with links to additional detail previously posted.

Should wish to own this item it’s free unless you wish to donate to the cause. To pursue this option please visit the Bandcamp site through the links below.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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The Rain in Space

Dub From Another Planet

 

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to sit down and indulge a little self promotion. In that time I’ve managed to finish two new songs. Both are in some way the result of finding new apps and web resources. So what follows is a brief explanation of the content and the process.

Dub From Another Planet.

This comes two new discoveries. The first is an iPad application called ‘Launchpad’ from Novation. The Company produce midi keyboards and pads to connect with your device (although I just used the standalone app). The app gives you a number of ‘genre’ styles (Drum & Bass, Hip-Hop, Trance etc) from which the one I’m most familiar with is ‘Reggae & Dub’. I have history with the music of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Dennis ‘Blackbeard’ Bovell and artist like Eek’A’Mouse, MackaB & Ini Kamoze. The app use a grid format with columns of tracks and within that numerous loops and effects which you can play live and record into the app.
Around the same time I started playing with that NASA made available some free to use sounds that have been recorded from electron telescopes and other sources. These include the sounds of Quasars and galaxies. They are quite fascinating and, like looking into the embers of a fire, its easy to find patterns in the chaotic static. The whops and squeaks are all in this case of extraterrestrial origin. Its incredibly fascinating stuff.

You can find more of those here: https://soundcloud.com/nasa

I’ve used sounds from NASA, the dub track and a fair amount of processing through Audacity & Garage Band. And this is the result.

Whilst I’m a little less ‘down’ with some of the other genres in Launchpad the flexibility of timing and adding different loops makes this an endlessly entertaining and creative tool. Whilst I’m more likely to investigate ‘Trance’ my son seems to think ‘Dubstep’ is the way to go.

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Shortly Before The Flood

The second song which came to fruition really quite quickly is a mass of rhythm & percussion loops. The main loop that acts as the foundation is a reverse of copied/constructed digital version of Led Zeppelin’s ‘When The Levee Breaks’. Its running a little faster and doesn’t include any of the lovely fills that a real drummer would use, and its backwards…. The other loops are all from GarageBand and also includes some ‘Rev’ freebies (I think i would enjoy Rev but its a bit rich for me).

The theme of course derives from the base loop but as this sequence as been in many ways informed by our Norfolk adventure earlier in the year I took into mind the sound of rain on a caravan roof. There’s nothing like being in a caravan in a serious storm. The rain fall is amplified and the only thing keeping you from lightening shock is a couple of rubber tyres.

The dripping rain sounds (like a leaking roof resolved by kitchen pots & pans) are from sampled and processed guitar noises. The electrical storm at end is feedback and stretched chords.

It sounds exactly like this and I’m still quite taken with it.

My feature image for this song is a Norfolk picture with a section of a Gustave Dore illustration for Noah’s Ark. Always had a fondness for a good engraving.
I was uncertain of the title for a while but it is what it is. Its a little close to ‘Here Comes The Flood’ and any other number of deluge (love that word) related tunes. I’m happy with it whatever the weather.

The one thing I’d like to add to this the on-line mastering application Landr. I’ve used a few device to try and balance & equalise tracks but as the input is often variable it’s been problematic to avoid those sonic shocks when sequential tunes leap around in volume. Landr seems to solve this and the (free) MP3 out put is really good. For a monthly fee they offer WAV files. In my view I think they should run accounts and charge per track. Their monthly fee for four WAV files is fair but you would need to be consistent to need this. And I’m anything but consistent.

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