Despondence – Now Playing #5

An assortment of sounds before July approaches:

  • Neil Young – On The Beach
  • Aphex Twin – Pulsewidth
  • Lianne La Havas – Forget
  • San Fermin – Philosopher
  • Squarepusher – Exjag Nives
  • The Beatles – I’m Only Sleeping
  • Muse – The Handler
  • Thom Yorke – Truth Ray
  • Jaga Jazzist – Shinkansen
  • Death From Above 1979 – Gemini

 

    • A ray of shining light enters my life
    • I thought I knew everything
    • Now I know there’s even more to lose

 

Writing, Line After Line – Now Playing #4

after line after line after line after

 

There hasn’t been an update for a while, but that’s certainly not down to a lack of progress. On the contrary in fact; right now I’m in the thick of things, heavily concentrating on composition and recording for the past couple of months. The album is coming along nicely and the core of each track is there. It’s been nice getting friends and other musicians involved in the recording process, and the input and feedback of others is truly invaluable.

I’m certainly not going to rush the process during the final stages. So it’ll be ready when it’s ready I suppose.

For the time being….

  • Pink Floyd – Us and Them
  • Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Clue Two
  • Death Grips – Why A Bitch Gotta Lie
  • Tom Waits – Clap Hands
  • Nine Inch Nails – Closer
  • Shag – Ear To The Streets
  • U2 – Bullet The Blue Sky
  • The Kinks – Yes Sir No Sir
  • Muse – Showbiz

Gaudier-Brzeska – Now Playing #3

This month I contributed to GEEK 2015 in Margate, creating three tracks of an ambient nature for the Van Dyke exhibition. Here’s a full mix, combining each soundscape:

 

 

Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to see it in action, which I’m gutted about.

On a brighter note, the following tracks are shit hot. Enjoy.

  • Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
  • Moby – Sevastopol
  • Koji Kondo – Last End
  • The Kinks – Yes Sir, No Sir
  • The Chemical Brothers – The Private Psychedelic Ward
  • Pixies – All Over The World
  • Nine Inch Nails – Terrible Lie
  • David Bowie – Breaking Glass
  • Jamie Ryan – With Hopes Of Starting Over
  • David Wise – Stickerbrush Symphony

 

 

I Shall Consume Everything

Later this month, Nintendo is releasing a remaster of an extremely special video game; The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. As many people know, this is not your typical light-hearted Nintendo game. I could write forever about how wonderful it is from a design point of view, but for me the most interesting and absorbing aspect of the game is the bleak, sinister tone which is set throughout. Naturally, the audio plays a vital role in achieving this.

The game features a wonderful soundtrack which is composed and sculptured by Koji Kondo (who else?). Majora’s Mask was released in 2000, and at this point the gaming world was already well aware of how brilliant a composer Kondo was, but here he also showed his skills as a sound designer. The score has had a huge impact on me, both as a person and as a musician, and I can say with some confidence that it has definitely influenced my work – my musical ‘style’.

During my final year at University I created a piece of sound art which explored some of the sonic qualities hidden in Kondo’s score. I sampled two tracks, ‘Clock Tower’ and ‘Majora’s Theme’, and the end result is an ambient rework which reflects the sinister, yet reflective, tone of the game. It was a really interesting piece of work to create, and I loved getting inside Kondo’s tracks and dismantling them in subtle ways.

The Daze From The Clock Tower can be heard here:

A Bitter Tuesday – Now Playing #2

It’s fucking cold. There’s nothing else left to say.

Oh and lots of progress on the album this past week or so I guess.

Here’s some music for you:

  • David Bowie – Warszawa
  • Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis
  • C418 – Haggstrom
  • Radiohead – 4 Minute Warning
  • Blur – For Tomorrow
  • Theophany – Avien
  • Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Sugar Storm
  • Portishead – We Carry On
  • Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
  • Little Dragon – Only One

Hell is the impossibility of reason

There are times when I begin to feel more comfortable and confident in myself… but there’s always a come down. And then that’s it, over. Somebody, or something, always finds a way.

There’s no negotiation, no sensible logic. Oliver Stone defined these social situations beautifully: in war, there is seemingly no room for rationality. There’s no difference here – it’s just on a far smaller scale.

Stop taking shortcuts. Art without integrity isn’t art at all.

  • Underneath all we see
  • The unease, anxiety
  • The dirt that you find
  • Please take it from me

Caffeine & Further Agitation – Now Playing #1

Avoiding eye contact whilst trying not to react.

Here are some tracks I’ve been listening to recently:

  • Saul Williams – WTF!
  • Portishead – Mysterons
  • Flying Lotus – Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
  • Yob – In Our Blood
  • Nine Inch Nails – Where Is Everybody?
  • The Dust Brothers – Finding The Bomb
  • Aphex Twin – Ageispolis
  • Blue Daisy – Psychotic Love
  • Death Grips – System Blower
  • Boards of Canada – Cold Earth

 

We appreciate all the feedback for the site – we’re constantly looking to improve functionality, design and all that jazz.

André.

 

 

 

 

this is a blank space. alone, together.

Pleased to finally get this live. I’ll be writing regular posts here. Mostly thoughts… Mania. Repeated.

Thanks to Andrew Bridge and Samuel Simpson for the massive help with the website, AND their support in general, which keeps me going. Truly.

There’s a lot planned for vacantFunmachine this year which excites me greatly. Many friends are getting involved which makes it all the more sweeter.

Until next time,

André x

 

…and that was yesterday, my self-destruction