Weekly Beats 2018: February (first half)

Guitar is the flavour of choice this month for my Weekly Beats submissions. Check out the first half of the month via the links below:

2-1 “Mouth Canyon Blues”

So, something completely different for this month. I thought it would be a good idea to focus primarily on guitar work for the next four weeks. 

This one’s an impulsive attempt to amalgamate the guitar styles of Jim O’Rourke, William Tyler and Ry Cooder into a hyper compressed two minutes of imagined road movie soundtracking. Technically speaking, it’s pretty much a basic guitar fingerpicking pattern which evolves to a point where several kitchen sinks begin attaching themselves to it through the miracle of endless multi tracking.

Here’s a list of the instruments used:

– Degrucy 6-string acoustic. Tuned to CGDGBE [capo’d at IV with the E-string ‘un-capoed’ – a neat trick I’ve used for a while] (main fingerpicking pattern and counterpoints) 
– Tama 6-string acoustic. Tuned to C# G# C# F A# C# (slide guitar) 
– Fender Telecaster (electric guitar parts) 
– Fender Precision Bass 
– Kick drum sample 
– Shaker 
– Hohner glockenspiel 
– Microkorg systhesiser 
– Korg monotribe

2-2 “The Colouring of Memory”

I’ve been reading way too much Geoff Dyer and John Berger lately. This one’s a sort of Eno/Cluster-esque reverie to feelings of homesickness, estrangement and a confused state of mind.

– an iphone field recording made in a Brisbane airport bar 
– field recording of vehicle turntable on Goolwa barrage. 
– chord progression on electric guitar (looped via EHX Memory Man) 
  — Fender Telecaster run through EHX Pog 2, vintage Ibanez phaser and EHX holy grail reverb. 
– electric guitar slide (left and right) 
  — same as above. 
– Synth pads played on Microkorg. 
– Percussion 
– Additional glitchy treatments in Ableton Live using Soundhack VST modules.

 

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FLEURIEU: Nodes/Old Waters

Another new realease. “Nodes/Old Waters” is a meeting of sorts – a studio improvised amalgam of live instruments, Fleurieu field recordings and samples from old red_robin tracks. Listen/purchase below.

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red_robin redux

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An abundance of posts today!

Many years ago, when it came to writing and performing electronic music I used to call myself red_robin.

For a while I’d been keen to make the early red_robin albums and eps available – TiefurtStaub and Oslo. Previously, I’d had a conflicting relationship with these releases since in many respects they scream, overproductivity vs actual quality. These three releases were produced within the space of a year. Whilst there’s definitely merit and a surfeit of ideas going on, my approach to editing releases hadn’t yet been refined.

On a couple of occasions these releases had been unceremoniously removed from the web, and at worst – deleted from my computer altogether. In order to find any trace of Oslo locally I had to exhume my 2007 MacBook and scour iTunes for a copy. Miraculously, it was still there and hadn’t been sent to the trash many years ago!

On the downside, only mp3s of these releases remain so therefore they can’t go onto Bandcamp and instead have found a home over at Soundcloud. For free! I had pretty shabby standards when it came to preserving my own music in the past, and more often than not the original lossless copies were deleted. I don’t know exactly why; I can only presume I was being stupid and flippant about it.

But anyway – the albums:

Tiefurt (2008)

The only proper album of the bunch and upon reflection it should have probably been contained to probably 7-8 tracks. It’s a travelogue of sorts since the bulk of the material was composed and recorded in Germany during the latter half of 2008 – specifically around Weimar where I was undertaking a mentorship with Robin Minard at the time. Some additional work was done back in Australia. The material is fairly heavy on lo-fi approaches, blended with Plogue Bidule and Max-based processes.

Staub (2009)

This EP has a considerably more loose and improvised feel to Tiefurt. If my memory serves, I think I recorded the entire set in one day using a combination of electric guitar, turntable, Roland synth and Soundhack plugins. Very lo-fi, but a nice spatial and minimal quality to these pieces.

Oslo (2009)

I hadn’t listened to this in many years and I was pleasantly suprised by what I heard. I’d completely forgotten that recordings of my teapot work, Infuser had been employed as segues for a selection of grungy, dark drone textures and a couple of pieces which seem to have been heavily influenced by Rolf Julius. A strange work, this one.

Cheerio,

TLR

 

ANNO: 2017 remix

Back in 2015 I recorded an EP as a special release for Christmas. I’m quite fond of this release, but I always thought that the four tracks comprising the EP should have been presented as one continuous track.

I’ve now gone back and remixed this release as one continuous track. It’s now available as a free download over at soundcloud.

Original 2015 liner notes:

As of last year, I reinstated my earlier tradition of issuing aChristmas or End of Year single/EP. This occurred in 2008 (“Enlaced”), 2009 (“Spool”), 2010 (“Parlour”) and last year (“Red Eyes”).

This year I’ve decided to expand the offering to an exclusive four-track suite which has been composed at my studio during November 2015.

Recorded at Maurilia Sound Studio: November 2015.
TLR: Synthesisers, turntable, bass guitar, samples and effects modules.

“Invisible al cuore” contains a sample from Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film, “L’Avventura”.

Flashback 2014: Mulberry Farm dam recording with hydrophones

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Back in September 2014, L and I spent a weekend at a family friends farm near Yankalilla. One morning a went out to make some recordings across the property – exploring the surrounding scrub, hills, gullies and creeks. Near the homestead there’s a dam where I made some hydrophone recordings. Though I’d listened back to some of my above-grond recordings made around the farm, I never got around to properly examining these hydrophone recordings.

I was going through some Fleurieu-centric recordings, scouring my archive for some material to put on the Fleurieu Sound Map when this one came up and it piqued my interest. I imported it into RX, tweaked the EQ and gain slightly and it came to life. What is revealed is an underwater environment teeming with life and activity – everywhere. The spatial quality that I captured in this recording is very impressive. I thought I’d mislabelled this with one of Rolf Julius’ dense polytextured installation pieces. There’s a lot going on here.

The recording consists of three primary sound elements:

  1. A high-pitched cloud of incessant activity – micro-gestures, metallic flutters, sibilent voices and crackles.
  2. Distinctive scratching and rhythmic activity of (what I presume are) yabbies. There’s some really nice foregrounded polyrhythmic activity that can be heard distinctly on the left and right channels.
  3. A myriad of other voices – some weaved into the texture of dense sonic clouds, others emerging occasionally into the foreground. A variety of squeaks, flutters, gurgles and other related verbs and adjectives that currently elude me.

Enjoy!

Discreet Concert for Onkaparinga – Live at Sauerbier House, Pt Noarlunga 10/12/2016(excerpt)

Had such a great time down south this afternoon performing an extended three-hour set of discrete electro-acoustic ambience for the art opening at Sauerbier House. Here’s a small excerpt from the performance (desk > recorder). When I find the time (obv. in the new year) I’ll compile a longer version for the Bandcamp page.

Great opportunity to rock out the new Earthquaker Transmisser pedal too!