Loops and Stuff

Besides some experiments with Ableton and some demo tracks; and with no new releases planned as such; I’ve been busy recording and uploading some loops to Soundcloud. Some of them have been sitting on my hard-drive for ages and rarely get used when I record. Some are new loops which I’ve recorded in order to learn Ableton. So I thought I’d share them.

So, anyway, to cut a long story short, I’m putting them ‘out there’ for anyone to download and use as they see fit. The loops are all copyright-free and have an open Creative Commons license. If people want to use them for CC or commercial releases, that’s fine; I don’t want credit and am happy for the loops to be in the public domain.

They cover a few genres I guess, though they’re mainly electronic, having been produced on an Alesis Fusion and Korg Monotrons. A few of the drumloops were made using Propellerhead Rebirth mods on my old Mac. Anyway, I’ll shut the hell up now.

The loops are at http://soundcloud.com/dementio-loops

Welcome To ‘Crash St’

A short one……here it is. Am so pleased that it’s now here for you to listen to in its entirety. If you like it and download it, please share it on your favourite social networking sites. Thanks.

February Mailout – ‘Crash St’ Imminent

Hello again. This is just a reminder to tell you that my new album ‘Crash St’ is available from Thursday 1st March (ie. next Thursday) at http://dementio13.com . I’m really pleased with it and hope you can share in the music.

It’s a pay-what-you-want download, with no minimum price, so you could have it for free. All I ask is that, if you decide to download it and like it, please share links on Twitter and/or Facebook; your recommendations help it reach a wider audience.

Bloggers/DJs have been very complimentary in their reviews:

“…electronic, programmed machine music, bursting at the seams with humanity and soul, imprinted with the traces of its creator…….Dementio13 has mastered the art of creating human music, organic music that breathes, while capitalising on the power and impact of the machine.” (Jan 26, 2012)
Oliver Arditi – oliverarditi.com

Full review at oliverarditi.com/2012/01/26/dementio-13-crash-st

“…his forthcoming Crash St album reveals him to be still moving forward in invigorating and never predictable directions, his exploratory electronica more varied in texture and mood than pretty much any of his contemporaries.” (Jan 31 2012)
Unwashed Territories – unwashedterritories.blogspot.com

Also, there’s a free album of my older stuff over at http://cutmatrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/alt-delete, so help yourself. You don’t even need to join a mailing list to download….no strings.

CRASH ST. PREVIEW:

Thanks,

Paul”

Free Compilation

Just one more thing before the weekend finishes. As a pre-new-album-release extra, here’s a collection of some previously deleted tracks (mostly off the now-gone albums ‘Shatterbrain’ and ‘Rebop’) which I’ve put together with a few unreleased tracks, including my entry into the Warp/Bleep song competition last year, “Trampoline”. Help yourself, it’s all free with no strings….

What’s Been Happening and What’s Coming Up

Yep….. time is marching on. I’ve been extra busy doing the dayjob, which I expected, it’s always a bit manic after Christmas. So I’m glad I got a bit obsessive, writing and recording new tracks between September and December. It seems like all the hard work is done on that front. The new album’s been uploaded to Bandcamp for quite a while. Preview links were sent to a few selected people; people who have supported and encouraged me over the past few years.

Over on Dementio13.com I’ve been experimenting with pre-orders, with mixed results. So, the experiment has paid-off in enabling me to realise that pre-orders are fairly pointless in my case. There’s no real benefit for listeners or for me. That’s not a universal truth though…… some bands/artists may find it works for them, particularly if they’re taking physical orders such as CDs or USB drives.

So, here’s where I repeat myself from previous posts. The album, ‘Crash St’ will be available on 1st March as a pay-what-you-want download (pre-orders are still available in the meantime for an ultra-low price). As way of celebration, I’ve got another live mix on Dandelion Radio, on Pete Jackson’s show throughout March from the 1st.

I’m also currently working (rather slowly) on a remix for Marie Craven’s project with Canadian DJ/producer Crimson Death.

In 9 days (20th Feb), Pinklogik releases her album of remixes of her track ‘Playing With Sticks’. My remix is track 12. Here’s a little preview of the whole album in bitesize chunks:

And here are four preview tracks from ‘Crash St’:

Musician/writer Oliver Arditi said this about the album:

“I listen to a lot of entirely electronic music, but most of it is either of a relatively superficial, energetic nature, or it deliberately exploits the coldness and impersonality of synthetic sound. Dementio 13 has mastered the art of creating human music, organic music that breathes, while capitalising on the power and impact of the machine. It’s not dance music, though it utilises a lot of dance music vocabulary, and it isn’t rock, although it likewise employs its language. It’s just what it is: music that challenges, stimulates and entertains, and while it’s like a lot of other things, there’s nothing else that’s quite like it.”

While Dandelion Radio DJ Mark Whitby writes:

“a sneak peak of his forthcoming Crash St album (due on 1 March) reveals him to be still moving forward in invigorating and never predictable directions, his exploratory electronica more varied in texture and mood than pretty much any of his contemporaries.”

So, there you are. Am excited, enthused and very happy about it all. That’s all that’s fit to print at the moment. Enjoy your weekend.

Soundcloud Cloudburst

I’ve posted a whole load of stuff on Soundcloud over the past few days…… much of which is free to download. Hope you can make some use of it…

More to come…

The Last Post – New News

Well, it’s the last post of this weekend, anyway. It’s been a productive two days, but my posting (somewhat fervent this weekend, I’ll admit) will go on hold as the trials and tribulations of the workplace take hold during the week.

Anyway, as I sip my wine in a most civilized way, I just want to tell you about a little pre-new-release present I have uploaded today. As you may know, I tend to delete older releases. But I deleted one album that is a personal favourite of mine, a favourite for sentimental reasons and because it sounds quite different to nearly all of my other releases. I also know that some regular listeners of mine really quite liked the album from their comments.

“Sub Urbian” was recorded in the Autumn of 2006 in my old house during a time when my old eMac was returned to Apple to fix a dodgy CRT screen. So, the album was recorded on an ancient Pentium PC with a Soundblaster Awe64 soundcard with home-made soundfonts, a Yamaha SU10 and a Bontempi reed organ using Cubase 3.5 to sequence everything. A minimal and lo-fi set-up, to say the least.

I’ve put it on Dementio13.com as a free download. It’s a straightforward album of sampladelic melodic instrumental stuff. Help yourself….go on, knock yerself out. Have a great week…..

What, How, Why: a written preview

As you have probably read in my previous posts (assuming you read this blog regularly, that is), I’ve got a new album out on 1st March. Now, this may not be a big deal to you; but to me, it’s earth-shattering. That’s the kind of self-deluding universe I live in. Actually, that’s the universe of the DIY independent musician. When I was on Twitter, I often read posts which, in rare cases, highlighted the release of new music which was truly revolutionary/reactionary/meaningful and entertaining (no names mentioned here). Though, in many cases there were also tweets about some releases which provoked a reaction which can be roughly summarised as “meh” (again, no names mentioned!). My tweets were no exception to this, I reckon. In my fairly haphazard way, I often posted about my own music, to which some people probably thought “who gives a fuck?”. However, to the artists who were releasing the music, that said music was all-important: their release; their labour; their ‘baby’.

So, in around 5 weeks’ time, I’ll be there; joining the expectant queue of muso technicians; attempting to (virtually) shout about the merits of my new release from the rooftops. At the moment, we are ‘ten-a-penny’; but we strive to stand out from the crowd.

Aaaanyway. The following will probably only interest the handful of you who are loyal listeners (and I am truly grateful for your presence!).

So, “Crash St”….an album, a voyage, a collection of musical tracks which are sequenced back-to-back. Available from 1st March (though I wish it was sooner as I really want to get it ‘out there’). Here’s a list of the tracks and a bit of information about their making.

Firstly, after a few releases which were relatively pedestrian, tempo-wise; I’ve decided to crank-up the speed of the new album. Most of the tracks fall between 150 and 170 bpm in order to develop a sense of momentum. There are some exceptions….but, as ‘ambient’ music seems to be about as common as real ambience in the natural world; I decided to steer clear of too much pure sonic mood and I opted for beats instead.

1. Calibrate You – Game music is something I find fascinating. Not the contemporary music which accompanies the hyper-real games of modern consoles, but the rudimentary music of 8bit systems which accompanied computer games in the 80s and early 90s. I’m not an aficionado, you understand. But whereas new gaming seems to rely on the notion of putting the player in as real a situation as possible; early computer games were totally aware of their limitations and didn’t really attempt to place you in a ‘reality’. This made gaming a weird, other-worldly experience. The music heightened this sensation……it was a crude facsimile of ‘real’ sound and structure (again, due to its technical limitations) and, as such, became rather ethereal, especially when coupled with the pixelated imagery. I find the disconnected, slightly grainy footage of city CCTV cameras has a similar effect: real, but not real. But it is real people in real situations. Gaming meets Desmond Wilcox.

2. Delegation – not sure where the title came from for this. I sometimes come up with titles which seem entirely appropriate and narrative-based. But not this time….it’s just a nice word which has rhythm, like ‘inconsequential’. Anyway, it’s quite a ‘rich’ track, I guess. It’s got many layers of sound and a dominant melody. I like it (is it wrong of me to say that?)…..I’d describe it as “an ever-growing snowball rolling down a mountain towards a honey factory”.

3. Moonface – It started out as an semi-improvised groove I put together for a live mix I did; then ended up being 0% improvised and completely ‘programmed’. It’s the ‘Amen Break’ cut-up; but you knew that already. Along with a dirty synth bass and some live electric piano (which was tweeked and re-arranged afterwards).

4. Flume – this is one of the slower, more contemplative pieces. Piano and wobbly synths recorded live then filtered and fucked-up in Ableton.

5. NMAB – or ‘No More Ambient Bollocks’ as it was originally entitled. I tried to go fairly heavy on the synthetic and jerky. It kinda returns to the old-skool gaming theme, with a bit of dissonance and lots of crystalline saw-waves.

6. Calamatise – This was originally an improvised electric piano piece which developed when I imported it into Ableton and structured it differently. I love Lalo Schifrin’s music and Roy Budd and wanted to try to create a similar mood to them, without producing a pastiche of their music. Dunno whether I succeeded; but I quite like the overall vibe. It also acts as a bit of a counterpoint to the non-organic faster tracks which appear before it.

7. Wowflutter – These two words put together; well, if you’re a recording person, you’ll be aware what they mean. I used to own a Tascam PortaOne 4-track recorder. Wow and Flutter were two weird by-products of bass and treble-induced ‘crosstalk’ between audio tracks. If that means nothing to you, I wouldn’t be surprised, as I don’t fully understand it either. Anyway…I am a sucker for the sound of a 303 and acid-like stylings (this is a pseudo 303 I programmed meticulously into my Alesis Fusion, as you aficionados have no doubt worked out – Geeks!)  ; I came-of-age musically in the late 80s/early 90s and the sound of the 303 has stayed with me ever since.

8. Hard Memory – I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. I find repetition quite edifying. Then I like to finish it off with a little melodic section.

9. Monkeytron – This started out as the original version of ‘NMAB’; then I recorded something else. Plucked string-type improvised melody over cold synths and squeaky beats. It’s like a cold-war Russian techno glitch national anthem. Or not.

10. Snow Star – Now, this started out as something almost entirely different. In fact, a version of it appeared on Pete Jackson’s Dandelion Radio show in December 2011. But it moved on and became a colder, slightly more synthetic track. I remember a film called ‘Bear Island’, which was based on an Alastair MacLean book and starred Donald Sutherland. It was one of those action films which was made in the culturally arid late 70s/early 80s’ mainstream, but is really quite entertaining. Anyway, I kept thinking of that film when I was recording this.

11. Playing The Game – A track which basically consisted of synth strings and sine waves. It was quite a pleasant melodic piece which was shorter than this version and much more simplistic, sonically, originally. Then I introduced it to Ableton and added some pitch-shifted abstract vocals. Then I reversed the entire track for the second half. It’s perfectly symmetrical in that sense.

Do you really need to know all that? Probably not. But, you know me..I like to write stuff. If you download or buy the album, thanks in advance. If not; why are you reading this?!