Jul 30, 2010

Dub Step Club! Bong Ra on Electronic Explorations

Linked by the friend Bong Ra dis week, a tastic mix of his last productions. Enjoy this podcast from electronic explorations!

117 – Bong-Ra

The Show July 26th, 2010
01. Megasaurus – Bong-Ra [Ruff 10]
02. Gargantuan! – Bong-Ra [Ruff 10]
03. Behemoth – Bong-Ra [Monster EP - Ad Noiseam]
04. Wormskull [Remix] – Bong-Ra [Dub]
05. Wormskull – Wormskull [Dub]
06. Woody Strode – Wormskull [Dub]
07. Nosebleed – Wormskull [Dub]
08. Yeti – Bong-Ra [Monster EP - Ad Noiseam]
09. Yeti [DJ Producer Remix] – Bong-Ra [Dub]
10. Charlie – Bong-Ra [Clash 013]
11. Ori Ede – Bong-Ra vs Deformer [Dub]
12. Ori Ede [Remix] – Wormskull [Dub]
13. Downers – Wormskull [Dub]
14. Droppin It Down – Bong-Ra vs Deformer vs Wormskull [Dub]

“Loads of new dubs, especially of my other new project WORMSKULL, and 3 piece metal/breaks project with Deformer and Balasz Pandi (drummer of Merzbow and Otto von Schirach).”

This mix is fucking mental, exactly what I want from electronic explorations   …… summer is here .. bring on the pummelling beats and high speed breaks

more @ electronicexplorations.org

Jul 16, 2010

New Job: Insect Vibration | Accelerometers | Mini Acoustic Chambers

>>BBB - Bay Bug Box<<
(Insect Stimulation & Recording System)

Insects are studied for many reasons including optimisation of their role in plant pollination e.g. Bees and in pest control e.g. Chrysoperla (Lacewing); In particular an understanding of their methods of communication is important if we wish to understand and eventually influence their behaviour.
The BBB enables researchers study the low frequency vibrations that some insects use. The BBB will stimulate a specimen insect using a recorded vibration or sound and then allow the researcher to record the insects response.
The system comprises: -
• Personal Computer (Windows based) - Typically user supplied
Control system
• Vibration sensing probe
• High gain low noise pre-amplifier
• Power amplifier
• 16 bit precision analogue to digital converter (ADC)
• Loudspeaker
Software system
• Control excitation through the loudspeaker
• Acquisition of the vibration
• analyse the signals
Time History recording of the Chrysoperla (Lacewing); this particular example was recorded by our customer in India within a few days of receiving their first BBB.
The frequency of these signals is extremely low; typically between 30 – 125Hz. The amplitude is also very low as the insect is small it has limited capability to generate noise and or vibrations at these low frequencies. The “sound” when played through a loudspeaker will only be audible when amplified by 100+ times i.e. 40dB. The sound when the insect e.g. a Lacewing is on a leaf or in our laboratory “studio” will be inaudible.

Sample recording of a Lace Wing made with the BBB (.wav)

Jul 7, 2010

BLU! BIG BANG BIG BOOM! The new wall painted animation

an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life ... and how it could probably end.

direction and animation by BLU
production and distribution by ARTSH.it

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Ryoichi KUROKAWA : Rheo | 3 HD projection + 5.1 | 0:30:00 | Japan | 2008-2009

Concept, Direction, Composition, Programming: Ryoichi Kurokawa
Production: Cimatics - Co-Production: Maison des Arts de Créteil, Le Manège - Support: Canon Europe

Ryoichi Kurokawa is a young audiovisual artist from Osaka (Japan). He declines vibrant and refined universes through clips, albums, installations, and performances, where glitch minimalism breaks up and re-assembles in more complex and vertiginous structures. Some people think he's a visionary and genial artist while others consider him to be formal and technicist. You're forced to confront with his work: the continuous concentration on synaesthesia, the ability to make imagination fly and the scrupulous attention to landscapes and definition made Kurosawa's works a sort of official standard for the ones who wants to get closer to audio-video world.

Kurokawa was born in 1978 in Osaka. In 1999, he started creating video and sound work and presented audiovisual work, installations and screenings in various art, music and film festivals. At the same time, started performing live with his audiovisual cross-media concerts and released CDs and DVDs. He also performed live-visual for musicians such as HUMAN AUDIO SPONGE (ex.YMO: Sketch Show + Ryuichi Sakamoto). Kurokawa is invited to numerous noted international festivals and museums in Europe, US and Asia including TATE MODERN [UK], ARS ELECTRONICA [AT], MUTEK [CA] and SONAR [ES] for exhibitions, screenings or audiovisual concerts, and he continues to be an active presence on the international stage.

Jul 4, 2010

So Good: The Ex + Brass Unbound UK Tour 2010


UK Tour * February 2010

A selection of reviews from the tour
Glasgow | Birmingham | London | Manchester | Liverpool

Here is extract from the Ethiopia Tour, in addis abeba, with Getatchew Mekuri, 2007

Support Them and buy their records! >>>> www.theex.nl <<<<

You can read a first post about The Ex & Tom Cora

Vladimír Václavek & Iva Bittová: Bílé inferno - White Inferno (1997)

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Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek: 1997 White Inferno - Bílé 
Inverno (Cover Booklet 4)Iva Bittová & Vladimír Václavek: 1997 White Inferno - Bílé 
Inverno (Cover Booklet 3)
Tom Cora, Iva Bittová, and Vladimír Václavek in booklet
Indies Scope Records MAM055-2 | 1997 | Selected APE | 168 MB
Genre: avant-pop, folk, etno, postrock, czech language
Czech singer/violinist Iva Bittová and guitarist Vladimír Václavek join forces in a sparse exploration of voice and sound. Joined occasionally by Tom Cora on cello, Frantisek Kucera on trumpet, or children's sing-song voices, this is primarily duets both stark and expressive.

After a few years passed collaborating with drummer Pavel Fajt, Iva Bittová teamed up with Rale guitarist Vladimír Václavek to write and record the beautiful two-CD set Bílé Inferno (White Inferno). The singer remains true to her stripped-down aesthetics, keeping arrangements sparse, letting the songs show their power with as little embellishments as possible. Václavek's acoustic guitar and vocals are often enough to accompany Bittová's sensual (and very creative) vocals and violin playing. Tom Cora may add a bit of cello, Frantisek Kucera a touch of trumpet, or children some singalong lines. The songs are long, repetitive in a way similar to nursery rhymes. The mood is kept quiet, Bittová often whispering in our ears the words of lyricist Bohuslav Reynek. The childlike playfulness of "Kdoule" and "Moucha," the more defiant "Vzpominka," the overdubbed vocals at the end of "Zvon" -- all constitute highlights. Each song seems to be the result of a labor of love between the two protagonists, no detail having been left to chance. And yet, spontaneity permeates the album, mostly thanks to Bittová's many groans, shouts, yelps, and other strange exclamations and techniques she derives from Eastern European cultures and the playground. For a double album, Bílé Inferno is short. The total duration of 77 minutes and 14 seconds would have fit on a single CD, but -- and even though the price of this Czech import gets beefed up because of the two-CD status -- the idea to split the set in two works wonderfully. Listened to as one big chunk, Bílé Inferno would sound a bit linear, become tiresome, and lose part of its appeal. Taken in two helpings, it is one stunning piece of art. The label Indies made up for the short duration with lavish artwork and photographs. This is the Iva Bittová record, timeless and essential to any fan of Czech alternative pop/rock.

Jul 1, 2010

Sound Design: Raymond Scott - Soothing Sounds for baby (1963)

Raymond Scott (born Harry Warnow, 10 September 1908 — 8 February 1994),was an American composer, band leader, pianist, engineer, recording studio maverick, and electronic instrument inventor. He was born in Brooklyn to a family of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His older brother, Mark Warnow, a conductor, violinist, and musical director for the CBS radio program Your Hit Parade, encouraged his musical career. Though Scott never scored cartoon soundtracks, his music is familiar to millions because of its adaptation by Carl Stalling in over 120 classic Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and other Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies animated features. Scott's melodies have also been heard in twelve Ren & Stimpy episodes (which used the original Scott recordings), while making cameos in The Simpsons, Duckman, Animaniacs, The Oblongs, and Batfink. The only music Scott actually composed to accompany animation were three 20-second electronic commercial jingles for County Fair Bread in 1962.

Despite its title, Soothing Sounds for Baby isn't just for infants. When it was recorded, it was intended for babies -- but history has endowed this deceptively simple work with a broader significance. Had Scott known that this elemental music's appeal would continue as its target audience grew up, he might have entitled the series Sophisticated Sounds for Baby...

- - Released on three long-playing records in conjunction with the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Inc., Soothing Sounds... was intended to serve as an "aural toy" during the "feeding, teething, play, sleep and fretful periods" of infants in three distinct age groups. The original album notes stressed that a young child's sense of hearing is better developed than many people realize. Besides soothing infants, these recordings were intended to be "pleasantly stimulating." Babies like "new sights and new sounds," explained a booklet slipped inside the LPs. Music consists of vibrations, which babies also like -- "just vibrate baby's bed gently," the booklet noted, and "crying often stops." By approximating "the rhythmic tinkle of a music box" and "a ticking watch held close to [the] ear," Soothing Sounds for Baby provided a "quieting" atmosphere of relaxation, warmth, and contentment. 

(1963) Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 1 (0 - 6 Months)
Raymond Scott - (1963) 
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 1 (0 - 6 Months)
(1963) Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 2 (6 - 12 Months)Raymond Scott - (1963) 
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 2 (6 - 12 Months)
(1963) Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 3 (12 - 18 Months)Raymond Scott - (1963) 
Soothing Sounds For Baby Vol. 3 (12 - 18 Months)

So Relax. Listen closely, as a baby Or don't. In a world fraught with tension and insecurity, we trust you'll find Raymond Scott's gentle melodies and childlike rhythms to be soothing companions.

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