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An experimental soundscape piece using electric guitar.
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Chris Weeks is back with another ace sci-fi themed album for Odd John Records. The follow-up to 2013’s spacey ‘The Lost Cosmonaut’, ‘Conductor’ was envisioned by Weeks as a celebration of electronically created noise by-products, each composition built from layers of feedback, buzz, hum and distortion. The result is a cinematic sound that recalls Edward Artemiev’s strange, gripping score for Solaris, bringing to mind barren landscapes and impending dystopian disaster. Stark yet eerily beautiful pieces like ‘Electric Field’, ‘Fuse’ and ‘Strange Oscillations’ are balanced perfectly with more straightforwardly melodic tracks like the symphonic ‘Amber’ and the ghostly piano of closer ‘Lights Out’. - Buy and listen to Chris Weeks & the Sadmachine Orchestra - Conductor at Bleep
My new album ‘Conductor’ is released today on Odd John Records. Download it directly from my site or the Odd John Records Bandcamp to receive a free 15 minute bonus track. http://chrisweeksmusic.com/album/conductor
Listen/purchase: Conductor by Chris Weeks & The Sadmachine Orchestra
A track found on ‘Conductor’; the forthcoming album from ‘Chris Weeks & The Sadmachine Orchestra’.
Officially released by Odd John Records on March 13th 2014.
“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
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Kingbastard - A Sudden Instance of Malfunctioning or Irregularity In an Electronic System on Bleep — Download MP3, WAV & FLAC — Buy Vinyl, CD & Merchandise
"Prolific UK sound experimenter Kingbastard returns to Odd John Records with an exploratory EP, his second release for the label. The sounds here blur the line between music and error-laden noise, managing not only to bridge the gap between the extremes, but also sound quite human. Highlights include ‘0110011…’ which works like an aural photo mosaic, an array of percussive samples coalescing into a seemingly simple track you can nod your head to. The Alva Noto-esque title track is the most accessible of the bunch, and features a stuttering beat, buzz-saw bass and a serene, time-stretched sample that slowly comes into focus. - Buy and listen to Kingbastard - A Sudden Instance of Malfunctioning or Irregularity In an Electronic System at Bleep"
Also, thanks to Bleep for choosing to feature a track from the EP in their weekly Bleep Sampler, showcasing their “…picks of the best new music out this week…” https://bleep.com/stream/bleep%20sampler%2003.03.14Featuring alongside some cracking artists: Bass Clef, Inkke, Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Bolder, Donato Dozzy, Kassem Mosse, Five Times Of Dust &Dutch E Germ (aka Tim Dewit).
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;)