Sub Sub

Hello, it’s been a while. So now, with the summer ahead of me, here’s a missive for you to ponder, peruse and maybe ignore.

Been working on a few new tracks which will see the light of day in the next few months. Probably as a full length album (and some bonus stuff….more about which, anon).

I’ve changed some stuff around on my Bandcamp site and I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. As you know, my music has mostly been pay-what-you-want over the years and this seems to have worked quite well in getting new listeners and getting my stuff ‘out there’. People have paid for the music by choice and have shared, etc….. And I’m really grateful for this. I don’t really expect anything from my music: money or noteriety. So it’s really a bonus and very satisfying when people do download my work. I’m hoping to release actual physical albums, etc in the not-too-distant future and this will take cash. So I’ve started to try to make the Dementio13 project more sustainable (on a very limited scale, for that is my scope: I’m niche-er than niche!), thinking more in the long-term. 

Virtually all the money I make on music is ploughed back into future releases; whether that’s buying new kit, subscribing to web services, etc. My full-time job pays fairly well, but life often takes its financial toll so I’m finding it less easy to chuck cash around on bits and pieces of kit, promo, or whatever. Therefore, I’ve set all my releases as pay-what-you-want, but with a minimum of £1. This could either prove to be semi ( quarter?) – professional suicide or a good way of sustaining progress, development, ideas, whatever you want to call it. My thinking is that, a pound is pretty reasonable; £5 will buy you five albums. Whereas those loyal purchasers who buy every release, often pay in excess of £5 for one album.

However, there is an alternative too. Bandcamp have started a rather tidy new subscription service, whereby listeners/fans can subscribe to artists for a set fee and receive all future releases and back-catalogue items as part of the price. This is rather cool, I think. 

  
So, my new subscription service is up and running: pay £12 or more for a year’s subscription and you will receive all future releases for no extra cost. You will also get 8 of my back-catalogue albums/eps to download plus lots of extras: the first extras being two albums of my early, pre-internet, music. In future, there will be previously deleted albums such as the ‘Snackshack‘ ep, ‘Suburbian‘ album and lots of brand new live mixes and performances. You will have exclusive access to these as a subscriber. 

Hopefully, the income will be substantial enough to help fund merch and physical releases. Incidentally, subscribers will get 20% discount on these too. Subscribers would be solely responsible for making my music self-sustainable and enabling independence.

So, what do you think? I guess, my ultimate answer will be in the uptake. These things tend to be a bit trial and error, there being no definitive answer for any one musician/band; so, we’ll see. My musician friends may have ideas about this, or may have tried it or something similar; so may have some insights. Anyway, please take a look and subscribe if it appeals. Thanks.

The Shed Collective Radio Show – Dementio13 Special

 

Well, what can I say? Steve Kelly (aka. Douglas Deep and the Shed Collective),  a musician who’s work I’ve long admired, is performing a Dementio13 mix for his July show over on Boxfrequency.fm. Two hours of carefully selected tracks, mixed in Mr. Deep’s brilliantly cinematic style. I’m really honoured that he’s giving an entire show over to my music. Do check his old episodes over on Mixcloud and Soundcloud……always an interesting listen. 

Also check his own releases on his Bandcamp page. And, of course, my collaborations with him here and here

The show’s on at 10pm UK time on Monday 6th July. If you can’t listen then, catch-up later on his aforementioned Mixcloud/Soundcloud pages. It’s a good ‘un, I promise.

News, Interviews and Videoos

Hello again. After a protracted break from posting anything here, I thought it was about time I got the ball rolling again. I’m currently laid-up with knee ligament problems, so I’ve got a bit of time to kill to update you all with some news and stuff.

So, what’s been happening in the gleaming citadel of Dementio Towers?

Over the last few months I’ve released, in a very low-key fashion, two EPs and an album. The EPs, entitled ‘Vkhutemas Vol.1 and Vol.2‘ are collections of new tracks, recorded ‘as live’ on the fly. Sequencers were used of course, but sequences and sounds were manipulated and triggered as improvisations, of sorts. Not that you really needed to know that.

Anyway, the tracks are probably more electronic than previously, so no bass guitar or vocals. Some of the tracks are melodic and ‘progressive’ and a bit soundtracky. There’s also quite a few squelchy syncopated bass-lines on there too; with a nod to some of the old acid-house that I used to play while DJ-ing back in the day (that day being a Tuesday).

In pretty much the same vein, but in a more extended form, there’s also the new album ‘This Is Civilisation‘.

This makes fairly heavy use of my new portable studio set-up powered by some great Elektron gear. Check it.

Music blogger John Lunny contacted me recently asking to do an interview with me. In it I talk about influences and gear (inevitably!). You can read it here, if these things interest you. I’m very grateful to John for taking an interest and his blog is full of useful recommendations of new independent music.

Also, in the coming months, I’ve got new track with Marie Craven appearing on a special compilation, which I’m really pleased about. Looking forward to the release of that.

Marie’s been branching out into making video poems and has been using my music on some, which is cool. She’s taken readings of various poems and created micro-visuals to accompany them. There’s some really good stuff and they’re worth investigating.

Anyway, that’s all for now. Be safe.

HealeyIsland – ‘On Ponzi Bridge’ Release on 26th March

‘Easy Listening’ and muzak is all around us, isn’t it? We often listen to music as a means of switching-off the world, of blanking out distraction. But music used in malls, supermarkets and hotels is designed to manipulate us, to placate us. As a means of control, it’s fairly innocuous and taken for granted…because it’s been around for decades. Muzak is often cited as shorthand for corporate insincerity and a passive form of mind-control. This shorthand has been used by musicians ever since Eno came up with the notion of ‘ambient music’. Before this, The BBC Radiophonic Workshop developed a form of experimental and reactionary muzak with their bizarre little radio and TV themes, often ‘offending’ more conservative listeners.

Aaanyway, I’m starting to witter. Greg Healey has been making electronic music as HealeyIsland, as far as I know, for as long as I have been making music as Dementio13. His latest offering, the album ‘On Ponzi Bridge’ is released on 26th March on the Flicknife label. However, it is presently streamable on Amazing Tunes, so you can have a proper listen over there.

The album is very, very good; it doesn’t pander to fashion and it contains a depth and imagination in its production and lyricism. Healey’s lyrics tend towards the impressionistic and non-linear, but taken in context of the album, they start to develop a bittersweet narrative; not of relationships (as in songs about love or hate), but of politics, capitalism, image and media. That these lyrics are not polemic, but contain subtle and occasionally surreal juxtapositions and ironies, is a testament to Healey’s fine instinct for wordplay; all delivered in a vocal style that falls somewhere between that of Vini Reilly’s fragile, intimate and understated tenor and that of a nightclub crooner (I know that sounds like a highly unusual mix, but it works very well). The titles of the songs often give an indication of their lyrical content, such as with “Entertainment” and “Ayn Rand Is My Mistress”.

And so, I come full circle, to the music itself. Healey has refined a difficult-to-achieve balance between tunefulness and experimentation over the years and, with On Ponzi Bridge, we find him taking this approach to a logical conclusion. On the opening track, ‘The End Of History’, the introduction sounds like the sort of lulling muzak that accompanies the start of a Wii game (for instance) and the production isn’t jarring for the listener. It lulls you in and then, coupled with the lyrics, starts to unsettle. There is a strong sense that Healey has aimed at an ironic use of muzak as a weapon. The album is quite dark in mood, though not overtly aggressive. At the risk of drawing comparisons, there are elements of Lemon Jelly’s use of ‘easy listening’ to evoke a time and relay a message. Though, as On Ponzi Bridge progresses, it gets inherently darker and the sound slightly more harsh. There are rich synth layers, lush orchestral strings, the occasional electronic squiggle and laid-back beats. The music production is luxurious for a reason, one feels, in order to reinforce the overlying themes of politics, economics and commerce which are suggested by the easy-listening influences and the lyrics.

In conclusion, it’s easy to get carried away with hypothesizing and (possibly) reading too much into the album; but the truth is that, musically, the album stands on its own two feet as a ‘damn good listen’. This is a very individual release from an interesting and adept artist and is thoroughly recommended.

New EP – ‘Vkhutemas Vol. 1′ Now Available

Just a quick post to bring to your attention my new little EP. Five tracks of analogue, bouncy and disjointed electronica. As usual, it’s free or pay-what-you-want over at Dementio13.com.

If you do download, please do let other people know about it on your favourite social networks. Thanks.

If streaming’s your thing, here’s the Soundcloud playlist.

Stay safe.

Disco Graphy

Here’s something which made me very happy the other day. Jeroen Klomp, a regular downloader of my music, has compiled a ‘completist’ discography of everything I’ve recorded and released into the wild (some of them escape of their own volition). It hadn’t struck me that, despite deleting some past releases, occasionally on a whim, other people may still be listening to those tracks, having downloaded them. Well, it seems Jeroen has and continues to do so.

Anyway, here’s the list in full….I’d forgotten about around 30% of them!

ALBUMS, EPs, COMPILATIONS, SINGLES:
1999-2002 Sal Boca (128kbps)
2000 – 1999-2000 (compilation)
2002 – 2001-2002 (compilation)
2005 – Anti Static (EP)
2006 – Sub Urbian
2009 – Nita Disaster (EP)
2009 – Blank (EP)
2010 – Plate One (Remastered)
2010 – Shatterbrain
2010 – Rebob
2011 – CutMat Recordings – Auteur-Amateur (compilation)
2011 – Snackshack (EP)
2011 – Vulcan Foundry (EP)
2011 Diebenkorn – Heroes of Scholes Ward (EP)
2011 – Malt (EP)
2011 Diebenkorn – Magnox
2011 – The Hobbyist
2011 – Recall: ‘So’ Remixed (EP)
2012 – Alt-Delete (compilation)
2012 – Themes (soundtrack, compilation)
2012 – Crash St
2012 Diebenkorn – Big Car (EP)
2012 – El Lissitzky
2012 The Reasonable People – Tôn (EP)
2013 – Waxed: Disposable Tracks (compilation, soundcloud)
2013 – Sound Wiped (EP)
2013 – Last Test
2013 – Short Circus
2013 – Know Your Place (single)
2013 – Imperial Decimal
2013 – A Quit Suburban Corner
2013 – Download & Throwaway (compilation, soundcloud)
2014 – VTOL
2014 – These Haunted Spaces (soundcloud, 320)
2014 – Here Come The Rejects (Tanzwuth Rejects, soundcloud)
2014 Wint & Kidd – wkep-I (EP)
Spacek Cadet (128kbps)
Archive: Selected Tracks 2003-2008 (not all tracks, because available on above mentioned releases, 128)
CWTCH:
2008 – Pixiegraf
2008 – Pixiegraf Reworked
2009 – Cwtch
2009 – City To City
2010 – be.ep
2010 – 04:10
2011 – Olive Walls
2011 – Beyond Transgression
2012 – Silver
2012 – Silver (Max Waves remix)
2013 – Song
OTHER:
Firesuite (original by Doves)
Sundex
Prick
Roseyglo (Revoiced)
Tarantula
Caliban (rough mix)
On The Beat Of A Breath (feat. Marie Craven) (rough mix)
Freestyle Style 1
FreeStyle Style 2
Laurence Made Me Cry – Intelligent Mister Toad
Laurence Made Me Cry – Intelligent Mister Toad V2 (Dementio13 Remix)
Laurence Made Me Cry – This Evening
REMIXES:
Colonics – Perspephone (Dementio13 Remix)
Matt Stevens – Big Sky (Dementio13 Remix)
Tara Busch – Motorcrash (Dementio13 Remix)
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool (Dementio13 Remix)
Dementio13 – Alcohol (with Snippet) Paul’s White Russian Mix
Decabastard – Decabastard (Dementio13’s Wall of Dementia Mix)
Paul Giovanni & Magnet – Willow’s Song (Dementio13 Reconstruction)
Pinklogik – Playing With Sticks (Dementio13 Remix)
Corrientes – Everything Feels So Right (Dementio13 mix)
Corrientes – Everything Feels So Right (with Dementio13) (EV mix)
Northcape – Red Panda (Dementio13 Remix)
Northcape – Arrive Ruttledge Col (Dementio13 Remix)
The Peach Tree – All This Is Real I Hope (Dementio13’s Paranoid Normal Mix)
MIXES, SESSIONS:
Sequenza Mix
Dandelion Radio Sessions: Oct. 2010, Feb. 2012, March 2012, Feb. 2014 (with Nita Disaster)
Dementio Live Mix 2008
MonoStereo Mix: 1. Eclectica, 3. WARP Records, 4. Mo’Wax Records

Thanks Jeroen! I’m humbled and a little embarrassed that I’ve not been quite as fastidious keeping tabs on my own releases!

Also, here’s a really nice review of the Wint & Kidd ep……thanks to the ever erudite Oliver Arditi for that.

“it doesn’t really matter how you make the sounds, if they come out as deep and as immersive as these. Even the grinding overdriven bass in ‘three’ comes out as smooth as silk and as sweet as honey in these deft, masterful hands.”

(Click on text to read the full review)

Finally, here’s a little taster of some new stuff….it’s free to download as is most of the stuff on my Soundcloud.

Cheers.

Pixicast 14 – MonoStereo
Dandelion Radio Sessions: Oct. 2010, Feb. 2012, March 2012, Feb. 2014 (with Nita Disaster)
Dementio Live Mix 2008
MonoStereo Mix: 1. Eclectica, 3. WARP Records, 4. Mo’Wax Records
Pixicast 14 – MonoStereo

That’s The Sound Of Silence You Hear.

I’ll be honest, I’ve not got much to say. In fact I’ve been keeping a very low profile on social media overall recently. Just the occasional inconsequential tweet, or whatever, about banal stuff or supposed ‘new tracks’ which I’ve been inevitably unhappy with after living with them for a few days. I’ve mainly posted because I feel that I should occasionally touch base with those people who I befriended on various platforms, who I share interests with, who are funny and who have sometimes turned out to be collaborators and jolly decent people.

I originally joined Facebook and Twitter and laterly Ello ( hello?) to promote my music, but ended up engaging with people who I could happily have a pint with. Thus, the half-arsed electronic music cliche of being the aloof anonymous producer/mad scientist was eroded!

But with little music of any note being produced since the last album and a work schedule which is high-pressure and all-consuming; I literally don’t have much to say (except to say that I don’t have much to say!). I also seem to be returning my attention to past releases and occasional minor victories.

Anyway, I’ve decided to let music take more of a front seat again. Time-management and focus will see me making tunes again. It’s a need. And due to life commitments, I’ve let it slip; thus creating a gap, where I couldn’t vent my (limited) imagination. I should have more will-power, so now I’m gonna exert that and get on with it. I have the luxury of being so, er…. ‘niche’, that I can take as long as I want. But this is a bit of a handicap as well, as it means I also have more time to procrastinate. Having no deadline is the worst possible thing for me.

So, anyway, that’s why I’ve been quiet: work and ‘other stuff’.

I’m glad to say that my ever-growing and more refined studio is just about finished and ready for action. I’ve acquired some kit which I used to own in the early days which facilitated some intuitive ways of working, but I had to get rid of them when times were hard or I wanted to ‘upgrade’. These bits of kit (classified as being inbetween ‘vintage’ and ‘brand-new’) have given me new zest. It would be simple enough to knock out some tunes in Ableton, as I know that well. But I want to do things differently as I’ve been tending towards working to a formula. I need to shake it up.

So, if you’re interested….expect some new tracks, no proper previews until release time, a streamlined and rationalised Soundcloud profile and, yes, more silence on soc-net!

Soundcloud will be used for free downloads of session tracks, unreleased stuff, etc so I’ll be taking down all the old album tracks and remixes which are available for sale elsewhere.

Anyway, self-indulgent ramble over. Hope you’re all well and enjoying stuff.