The above video documents the production of a very unique set of musical artefacts, created
initially as part of my PhD submission. The inaugural set of these 'Auratic Artefacts' comprises
three transparent, single-sided vinyl dubplates, with a double-sided, laser-etched wooden veneer,
bonded to the non-audio side of each dubplate. Further variations include sleek, laser-etched
aluminium plates, contrasting nicely with the warm, almost rustic character of the wooden veneers.
As you can see, each set comes with a hand-sprayed, custom sleeve, too!
This all came about through a gnawing dissatisfaction with my largely dematerialised music
practice and its subsequent dematerialised output. Feels good to be able to physically see, touch
and feel the fruits of my musical labour again in a non-CD format -- to have something tangible to
show once the computer shuts down.
But as you might expect, being able to offer these for sale would be quite a challenge; cutting
dubplates and laser etching could get expensive very quickly. Then there's the time costs incurred
by all the parties involved in crafting these artefacts. Still, it'd be nice to present a few more
sets at some point. :)
A huge thanks goes to nkurence for his design and crafting
skills, in addition to his laser-etching expertise. Thanks also to Frank at The Carvery for
cutting my tunes to transparent vinyl.
I realise I haven't posted for quite a while, so rather than simply ignore my blog until my current undertaking is complete, I thought I'd quickly let you know what I've been doing all this time.
Hi folks. I've recently started work on a film soundtrack for Dolls, and currently have three pieces written to date, posted below. Feels nice to take off my Ochre hat from time to time, writing music tailored to the requirements of a specific project.
I'll be posting more news as and when it trickles through, but if you'd like to actively stay in the loop with Dolls, we have a Facebook group to join, as well as a dedicated film blog for your bookmarks. If you're on Twitter, you can also follow the Dolls team on there, too.
Meanwhile, I'm feverishly trying to complete my uni work over the summer, as well as sorting out the next Ochre project. :)
Yesterday, The Setup kindly published a short interview with me, detailing the gear I use in my daily musical exploits. It's a frank run-down of my minimal setup, what I love and loathe about the various software and equipment I use, plus some wish-list musings. Be sure to check out some of their other interviews, as there are quite a few big-hitters of the geek world on there too.
A prototype 12" of 2003's ill-fated EAT001 EP has been added to the shop. More test pressing and compilation items to follow.
Initial findings are promising, though we hope to carry out further research in order to fully ascertain the origin of the artefacts uncovered so far. These appear to be cultural goods, most likely primitive digital commodities as were commonly available during the late 20th century (i.e. just prior to the so-called 'Blackout' period of dematerialisation). Initial theories of these artefacts as being part of a votive deposit have now largely been ruled out.
It seems Benbecula are having a bit of a clear out, and are currently selling all their physical releases for a quid or two; £1.99 for albums, and 99p for EPs. If you fancy picking up Lemodie and Like Dust for just four quid, then you're in luck. Why not pick up some Christ. double vinyl for a couple of quid too? Talk about a sale. Wow.
Last year San Diego-based games developer Psyonix got in touch about licensing a couple of tracks in a tech demo/game called Whizzle, showcasing the Unreal Development Kit. Being a demo, it's just a single level (for now, at least), but I'm glad it came to fruition nonetheless. Here's a short vid of Whizzle in action:
If you're interested in learning more about the UDK and fancy dipping your toes into the world of game development, then this video of Dave at Psyonix gives you a quick intro to the platform. The UDK is free to download too, so given a little free time there's nothing stopping you from crafting your own titles.
Nothing quite like opening your front door, wearing your dressing gown and slippers, to be met with disdain by a burly delivery man already four hours into his working day. Nice. Shortly after he'd finished looking me up and down with barely-disguised contempt, and informing me of eight boxes with my name on it, I was proudly standing in my hallway wondering where I could store 800 CDs.
I've already annoyed the staff and patrons in the local Post Office by shipping the dozen or so pre-orders, so they are now well on their way to their new homes! A big thanks is in order to everyone who pre-ordered -- I hope you received your instant downloads trouble-free (you've got to love Bandcamp!).
As usual, I've also sent a bundle of Lemodies to CD Baby, to make the postal fees a little easier on the pocket for US fans. I've added them to my Amazon seller account too, so if you'd prefer to order through Amazon's checkout you're free to do that (though you'll have to put up with a slightly higher price and no download). Speaking of Amazon, if anyone wouldn't mind dropping a quick review there, I'd hugely appreciate it (for any of my releases, not just Lemodie).
Anyway, I've ceremoniously updated the html in my shop to mark this momentous occasion, and hereby declare Lemodie in stock and on sale. :)
No doubt you're all recovering from your festive excesses, possibly even suffering from some post-holiday blues. Well, some good news---Lemodie CDs will soon be back on the shelf.
At long last, after being out of print for over two years, I've finally managed to scrape together enough cash to organise a re-press of my 2006 sophomore album. It's being manufactured as I type by DMS, and shouldn't be longer than two or three weeks away, fingers crossed.
In preparation of its arrival, I'm taking pre-orders via Bandcamp here, which also covers an instant download in a variety of formats (I've also thrown in the CD hidden track as a bonus).
Now, I'm under no illusions as to how the market has changed in the past three/four years, and so have set the price at £6 plus P&P, which seems to me like the sweet-spot for CDs sans middleman.