Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Simfonica and Musique Concrète...

I’ve had a very interesting email, really appreciative of the “Mother Russia” sample from the new Simfonica “Song Of The Volcanoes” album but saying, and I quote, “I’m still trying to figure out what I could hear on the track”.

I’ve explained to her that on that particular piece, there’s 12-string, bass, keyboards, programmed percussion and voice; but in a sense that’s all a bit academic. It’s the mixing, editing and processing that defines the genre, thus rendering the actual instrumentation virtually unrecognisable.

Whilst I’m happy to go with The Sunday Supplement’s “Kathedral Kosmische” tag (thanks Mark!), the technique is well-recognised from way back, though obviously it’s made easier in the digital age. It has its origins in the Musique Concrète movement of the late 1930s.

OK, I’ve added an additional twist – what I’ve called “cue rhythms” – but in general these are sounds, and this is a music, that should wash over and around you.

My wife calls it “testing”; I think she’s being kind! But one thing’s certainly true; over-analysis of it can do weird things to your head!

Just sharing the thought…

Saturday, 22 October 2016

"Creation" - high prices you've no need to pay...

If you're a vinylaholic, please don't pay these sort of prices for "Creation"

Sommor Records' 2015 re-issue with full notes and bonus tracks is available at all good record shops the world over, or simply at the click of a button.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Simfonica on the web...

A new web page has miraculously appeared helping to answer the question, “What the hell is Simfonica if it’s not Beau and it’s not folk?”

Well, once upon a time…

"Song Of The Volcanoes" - so black, even light cannot escape...

I’ve just received advance copies of the Simfonica “Song OfThe Volcanoes” CD – and the playing side is BLACK

Très, très chic!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" - is "kathedral kosmiche" a new genre?

Someone's keenly anticipating the release of the Simfonica "Song Of The Volcanoes" CD

Grateful thanks to Mark Barton for posting (I must remember - "Kathedral Kosmische" is my métier...!)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" - sampler...

Cathedral Transmissions have posted a two-minute sampler from Simfonica's upcoming "Song Of The Volcanoes" on their Bandcamp site. 


Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" to be released on Cathedral Transmissions...

Excellent news, folks, particularly for those with a leaning towards electronica!

Two weeks today - on Saturday 29th October - "Song Of The Volcanoes", my alter ego Simfonica's first CD, will be released on the Cathedral Transmissions label! 

A couple of tunes have already appeared on Fruits de Mer's Dr. Sardonicus Festival CDs, but this is the full thing! It's not folk, it's not Beau, it's SIMFonic electoONICA! 

Much more info to come - watch this space...

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Scruff comes of age...

Scruff Update!! 

Scruff has today had his grown-up strings installed - the ultra-heavy gauges I use (14-68 for those in the know).

Pleased to say, he took it like a man!

Friday, 23 September 2016

"Twelve Strings To The Beau" and the NHS! - the story continues...

Hmm, my attention’s been drawn to the sleeve note of Salvation’s “Twelve Strings To The Beau” vinyl release.

About the song, “Why Do You Laugh?” written in 1974, the note says this:

10 Why Do You Laugh? (8.50)
‘Why Do You Laugh?’ is a collection of vignettes based around newspaper articles and news snippets from 1974. Opening with the Troubles in Northern Ireland, along the way we visit vandalism, social deprivation, the impoverished British National Health Service, post-traumatic stress and a whole bunch of other ills of the moment. The piece ends as it began; on an Irish connection. Someone at the time was loudly bemoaning his treatment by the critics, and I thought of Brendan Behan’s immortal line, “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.”
Initially the song was to be called ‘The Laughable Recluse’. Its slightly arch perceptions were after all mine, and mine alone. But in the event, these were not amusing times. The title was later broadened out beyond that simple phrase from verse seven.

The interesting bit is the comment about the NHS! Forty-odd years on, it seems the times they are not a’changin’!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Simfonica news! Watch this space...

For those who enjoy electronica, some very interesting news will be coming up shortly about my Simfonica alter ego! Watch this space! 

Meantime, here's a taster...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

The world just keeps on giving...

It’s a busy time, folks!

Who couldn’t be inspired to write, what with Brexit, Cameron’s Resignation Honours List, the refugee crisis, another accidental drone incident etc.

The world just keeps on giving!

Friday, 16 September 2016

"The Patriot" on Rommelpot...

Many thanks to Graham Rhodes for including "The Patriot" from "An Original Thought" in the latest Rommelpot Radio Show - now Mixclouded

Appreciated as always, Graham!

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Simfonica's "Hekla" on YouTube...

For those who didn’t make it to the recent 14th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus festival in Wales – and thus didn’t get a copy of the Day 2 CD! – I’m delighted to say Fruits de Mer have posted the full video of Simfonica’s “Hekla” on their YouTube channel. 

Great for a leisurely Sunday morning! Do try to see it on a big screen and with a good sub-woofer!