Chris Weeks Music & Misc

Featuring links to the music of Chris Weeks, aka Kingbastard aka Myheadisaballoon.

An experimental soundscape piece using electric guitar.

My new sounds:

Chris Weeks & the Sadmachine Orchestra - Conductor on Bleep — Download

A track found on ‘Conductor’; the forthcoming album from ‘Chris Weeks & The Sadmachine Orchestra’.

Officially released by Odd John Records on March 13th 2014.

Press Release:

“Electricity - Putting the ‘Hum’ in Humanity”

Due to over-consumption, electricity supplies are running out. Rationing is commonplace, with rolling blackouts being the order of the day. Soon, the equipment we have come to depend upon in the ‘developed world’ will systematically start to fail.

Chris takes this premonition into consideration, gathering an array of electrical appliances to form an ‘orchestra’ for one last performance; the static-infused swansong of the ‘sad-machines’.

This is the ‘death-rattle’ of the generators, a glimpse of a dystopian future; the last-gasp of the electrical age…

Embracing the ‘sounds behind the sounds’: Conductor utilises the latent background buzz, drone, feedback, hum and static produced by all electrical equipment. These are the sounds which many go out of their way to completely omit from their recordings; Conductor celebrates them!

With a characteristic ‘lightness-of-touch’ and meticulous attention to detail, Chris allows the eight pieces found on Conductor to capture and positively radiate ‘found frequencies from failing equipment’. In the wrong hands these sounds may destroy one’s ears, but they are never allowed to fully take control. Harnessing this harsh sonic palette, he puts it centre-stage, balancing it beautifully with kinetic, evolving arrangements and layered washes of plaintive textures.

The result is an experimental, electrically-charged, symphonic-drone opus; an immersive, noise-rich exploration of fading frequencies.

Conductor’s overarching tone is one of darkness and foreboding; enveloping soundscapes are swathed in ominous noise and laced with a threatening timbre, but there is an underlying current of hope, a sense of reverie; a flickering candle burning brightly; a beacon of light amidst the impending black.

Released 13th March 2014
Music & Art by Chris Weeks
Released by: Odd John Records
Distributed by: The state51 Conspiracy Ltd
CAT No: ODD004
All Music & Artwork © 2014 Odd John Records

Kingbastard - A Sudden Instance of Malfunctioning or Irregularity In an Electronic System on Bleep — Download MP3, WAV & FLAC — Buy Vinyl, CD & Merchandise

This is a 10 minute live mix/arrangement, performed using Maschine, KORG Volca Bass, KORG MS-20 Mini, Roland GAIA, KORG Kaoss Pad 3 & a few fx plugins. It was made in early 2014, but didn’t find its way onto an official Kingbastard release. Mainly because I think the mastering is a bit ‘over-egged’, but the tune is nice enough.

It’s a free download, & it sounds better once downloaded than it does streaming on here;)