I recently put this mix together for Words On Tracks, featuring some of my musical influences, acknowledging key moments of my formative years, as well as some general favourites. Additionally, I wrote a commentary for each track, which you can read either on Words On Tracks’ Facebook page, or here below the fold. Thanks to Fred for kindly inviting me. Be sure to give Words On Tracks a ‘like’ if you’re on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it!
Words On Tracks /68 feat. Ochre by Words On Tracks on Mixcloud
Roel Funcken and I recently collaborated on this remix for electronic duo Lamb. They’re currently running a remix competition for ‘Heaven’, with first prize being inclusion on the vinyl re-issue of their 2001 album What Sound.
Wish us luck!
Here’s a fun little project for which I handled the audio. It’s a set of three World Cup-themed mini games, comprising Infinite Dribble, Space Kick, and Shootout. You use your phone/tablet as a controller, linked with a Chrome browser session to play (though you can use the phone/tablet as the sole screen, too). You can read a little more about the technical showcase on the Chrome Blog.
A new track of mine, Zome City, was released yesterday on Barcelona’s Lapsus Records, featuring on their DEU compilation, available on red vinyl and download. The compilation contains 17 tracks, from artists such as Plaid (vinyl-exclusive, sadly), Kelpe, Vector Lovers, and many more.
I’ve been playing a tweaked version of Zome City in my latest live set (skip to 08:50 in the Utrecht recording posted a week or so ago if you’re curious to compare the two), and find having a track on vinyl to be a satisfying closure to the production process—something I’ve really missed with the download releases, as it’s been a while since my last vinyl release. Looking forward to seeing some more new music on vinyl this year!
Here’s a new remix I produced for Min-Y-Llan, out now for download on Touched. As with their previous compilation release, the entire proceeds from this album go to Macmillan Cancer Support. £3 for 38 tracks, including remixes from Plaid, Christ., Roel Funcken, Tim Koch, Keef Baker, and many more.
Here’s a recording of last Sunday’s live set, performed at the seventh Mindcamp event at the Tivoli Spiegelbar in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Ochre @ MINDCAMP 7.0 23.03.2014 Tivoli Spiegelbar Utrecht by Mindcamp on Mixcloud
It’s been almost six years since I last did a gig, so it’s not without a little trepidation that I’m announcing a couple of gigs over the next week in the Netherlands. Both shows are Mindcamp events, organised by Dutch IDM veterans Funckarma. I’ll be playing alongside the Raster Noton artist Grischa Lichtenberger, with visual support from Videotroopers, plus tunes from the Mindcamp DJs. Tickets for both events are an extremely reasonable €5. Should be a moderately chilled affair. I’ve been told there’ll be tasty vegan food on offer, too!
The first takes place late on Friday 21st March (2200-0200) at the Merleyn venue in Nijmegen (tickets). Here’s the event page on Facebook.
The second will be on Sunday 23rd, during the afternoon (1500+) at Tivoli Spiegelbar in Utrecht (tickets). Event page.
I’ll be putting my new live rig through its paces, which should be interesting. It’s primarily Ableton and a Push controller, plus a little Faderfox sidecar for when I want to switch effects without having to switch modes on the Push. So far it seems quite flexible, allowing me to tap out synth melodies, trigger clips and adjust effects, all without having to keep my eyes constantly planted on the laptop screen. This time around I’ve managed to run a lot more of the synth elements live (some of the tracks are entirely live-generated), so hopefully it’ll sound and feel pretty live. There’ll be plenty of errant notes to reassure you that I’m actually playing live, is what I’m saying.
On the 24th of Feb I’ll be taking part in ‘Telepath‘, an online event on Plug.dj (a service which appears to have risen from the ashes of Turntable.fm). It looks to be an all day event, running from 9am to 9pm PST in the States, so hopefully it’ll mean wherever you’re located globally, you’ll be able to catch some of it.
One of the definite advantages of Plug.dj over Turntable is that foreigners like me no longer need some sort of US-proxy to get on the site. By the look of things you can pull music from SoundCloud and Youtube too, rather than either upload or select from an existing database of music, which makes it pretty flexible (and hopefully puts more control over the music in the hands of the artist — here’s hoping. I didn’t like the way your uploads used to remain on Turntable’s servers even after you deleted it).
Anyway, expect some new material to be aired. I’ll update this with more info on precise set times. It’ll probably be late in the evening here in the UK when I start my half-hour.
In other news, I’m getting back on the live circuit this year after my little PhD hiatus, with the first gig lined in Utrecht, NL. I’ll post properly about it soon, but you can see I’ve already added a Songkick tour widget to the site sidebar, which you can use to track gigs.
Netlabelism Magazine kindly featured ‘National Ignition’ in their Best of 2013 feature. Very nice of them. Good to see the Planet Boelex EP in there too, as it’s a beauty.
122 123 tracks of music (over 11 hours!) from a mix of electronica veterans and newcomers, ‘Touched’ is a massive charity compilation set up by Martin Boulton, whose mother was recently diagnosed with cancer.
All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, which is a charity providing essential palliative care and support for cancer sufferers. After hearing friends describe just how valuable Macmillan were to them and their loved ones, it’s clear to me just how important and worthy a cause this is. So, needless to say, I was more than happy to contribute a new track: ‘Ark of Comfort’.
The album has already raised over £500 in its first day of release, and given it’s offering so much music for as little as £6, I anticipate that it’ll raise a whole lot more. Still, if electronic music’s not your thing, but you’d still like to donate, you can do so directly via the ‘Touched’ Just Giving page instead.