Ukuphambana – Radio Free Camazotz

Proud to have a new album now available for pre-order via Voidstar Productions. Many years in the writing and many months in the assemblage, I think this is my best work to date!  I will probably have some more to say about this in the near future, but for now you can check it out here :

Radio Free Camazotz

THANK YOU FOR LISTENING

Compilation: Transmissions From The Red Side

Christian D., who previously interviewed Ukuphambana for the Red Side interview series, has released a new compilation featuring artists from the first ten installations!  Very happy to have Ukuphambana track Bathed In All Flavors appearing on this alongside contributions by Snowbeasts, Cathode Ray Tube, Albino 9 and many other friends old and new.

Hit the link to check it out

For any who missed the earlier announcement, the entire Red Side series including my interview is still available on Soundcloud.

As always, thank you for listening!

ACLU Benefit Compilation: We Are Not Trump

Now available: new Ukuphambana track, one of many on a sprawling, 45 track compilation featuring a diverse sampling of artists from across the artistic spectrum. Many friends and collaborators are also featured. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, to help them in their mission to safeguard our liberties in these dark times. Share and enjoy, citizens!

Auto Chaos Memory Timer

Also featured : Nau-Zee-auN, Pattern Behavior, Cathode Ray Tube, and loads of other friends I haven’t met yet.  The main page for the compilation is here, check it out:

We Are Not Trump

Red Side Interviews #9 : Ukuphambana

I spent some time recently catching up with Christian D (of Technology Scum & Red Side) for his interview series, talking about old times and early days, as well as schemes and plans for the future.  Many head-thoughts were thunk and mouth-words were said and yours truly.  You can hear them here :

The rest of the Red Side Interview series is great, too!  Check it out.

NoDAPL Noise Compilation

I contributed a new Ukuphambana track, Under The River to the NoDAPL Noise compilation being distributed by Chthonic Streams. All proceeds to benefit the efforts of the Sioux tribe at Standing Rock in their ongoing resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.

You can buy the compilation at its bandcamp page. 50 tracks, 3.5 hours of Noise, Power Electronics, Rhythmic Noise, Noiseambient, and HNW.

Online web zine Heathen Harvest has reviewed the compilation here, and the review also includes a brief summary of the resistance movement and what’s behind it all.

Some links with additional background:
https://nodaplsolidarity.org/
https://action.aclu.org/secure/Standing-Rock
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/protesters-standing-rock-photos_us_5835dc32e4b01ba68ac3ec9f

If you like noise, or clean water, or don’t like militarized police brutality, or do support native rights, you might enjoy this compilation. I highly recommend picking it up.

Voidstar Festival + Future Endeavors

So, the Voidstar 25th Anniversary Festival has come and gone. I’m mostly happy with how both my ukuphambana set and the Zero Times Infinity performance turned out (though the latter was cut a little short). It was a fantastic time and I’m very happy to have met some new friends and enjoyed the work of my fellow festival artists. Wish I could get it together to do more of this kind of thing.

As far as what’s coming next: I’d like to create studio versions / mixdowns of the tracks I created for the festival set, and I’ve also been doing some rapid development of older ukuphambana sketches into more fleshed-out (but still not quite finished) in progress work. I expect one or both of these efforts to be well underway if not done by the end of the year. I might try to shop around some more albums to other distributors / labels. And I’ve just started work on a remix project that I’m pretty excited about.

Ukuphambana – Sonic Sunrise Synaesthesia EP

Sonic Sunrise Synaesthesia is out and available as a pay-your-own-price download!

A five-track release spanning dark noise collage, acid-infused exuberance, floating algorithmic composition, and tracker-driven power noise written before I knew the term existed, this release is the latest in an ongoing series of releases celebrating the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Voidstar Productions:

Enjoy!

Repurposing Soundcloud

So … with the release of the new EP and the schedule of future releases secured for the moment, I have decided to take down all release-ready material from the ukuphambana Soundcloud page. In its place, I have started posting oddities, outtakes, and excerpts of live jam sessions.

I haven’t listened to a lot of this stuff in years, and listening back to it now, I’m surprised how good it sounds to me. I’d accustomed myself to the idea that in between the release of Gritware Composite and Brennschluss in about 2003, and starting the ukuXXX catalog system I’ve been using for about the last ten years, there was a dead zone during which I didn’t do much. But that’s not the case at all. My output from 2003-2005 is a little slower and more scattered, but also a lot weirder — and that’s not entirely a bad thing.

So expect a lot of noise jams, granular synthesis and micro-resampling experiments, and surreal soundscapes over the next few weeks while I clear the decks a bit. Coming soon after that will be the next “proper” ukuphambana release on Bandcamp. More here as things develop!

Ukuphambana – Neuroplasticity EP

I’ve been putting on a big promo push through my Facebook and Soundcloud pages — well, as big as I ever go — and I just realized that I haven’t posted anything on this, ostensibly my main web page. So here it is: first, there are several new tracks in the Soundcloud player. These won’t be up for long, though, because I’m backing off from using Soundcloud as my main presence on the web. I’ll probably post either prohibitively long and weird things there, or outtakes and snippets of work in progress, but I think Bandcamp is going to be my main home going forward.

Speaking of which: to help drum up interest and make sure I have some wares to hawk at the Voidstar Festival, I’ve put together a release schedule of new EPs and albums, which I’ll be announcing on Bandcamp over the coming months. The first to be released, and tentatively scheduled for July 15th, is Neuroplasticity, featuring downloadable versions of five ukuphambana tracks and artwork created by Deftly-D. Very excited about this! More in this space as events transpire.

Update: Neuroplasticity is out and available as a pay-your-own-price download:

Also (still) available is my 2012 release 60 Ways To Love Your Lever:

Curiouser and Curiouser

Haven’t written anything here in a while, but things have been very busy. The biggest news is that ukuphambana will be performing at the Voidstar Productions 25th Anniversary Festival! Hit the link for more info and to purchase tickets and/or contribute to the advance crowdfunding campaign.

The fact that Voidstar Productions (co-founded by close friend, long time collaborator, and like-minded artist Deftly-D) has been producing uncompromising art and performances for nearly a quarter century now blows my mind. To be involved in celebrating that is an honor and a privilege. I’m also very excited about the lineup … nobody else puts together events like this, and this one is going to be the biggest and best yet.

In connection with the festival and long-overdue are some other ukuphambana activities that I am going to keep hush hush for now, but I’m also very pleased about. More news on that as events transpire.

2015 is going to be an amazing year, though.

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