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.

New Tracks: Zebulon Micro Simplex, Ordinary Time

Been busy lately, but terrible about updating this blog. There are two as-yet unmentioned tracks in the player. Other things have been happening too, of course, but I haven’t found the time to write about any of it coherently. So, about the new tracks …

The first one, Zebulon Micro Simplex, is the most complex algorithmic piece I’ve done so far in Nodal: everything other than a few effects tweaks and final mastering were written in Nodal, then captured and rendered in Live, including the beats. I’m particularly proud of the beats, because they don’t sound algorithmic to me … they’re complex and a bit weird, but I could have written them by hand. I probably wouldn’t have spent the time (that’s what algorithms are for), but there’s nothing about them that particularly screams out “automated.”

At least, not to me. But I have weird ears that way, too. Who knows?

The second track, Ordinary Time, is the most straight-forward and listener friendly thing I’ve written in a long while. No odd time signatures, no algorithmic stuff, not even any seriously noisy bits. Just a tune I enjoyed writing and hope a few folks will enjoy listening to.

Going just to link to my soundcloud page here rather than deep-link to the tracks, because lazy:

Click here for auditory stimulation

New Track: Dissipate Solidity

New track in the player on Soundcloud. I have a few other things in the pipeline that are more melodic, but I had a day off this week and decided to bang together a music concrete / collage thing instead.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Track: Doxastic Charge

Nearly eight years in the making, the latest track is now finished and up for listening. Relentless hypnotic glitch bassline, chunky beats and aleatoric bleeps serve as the backdrop for sub, super, and transliminal sounds.

This track samples Milgram compliance experiment, Penn & Teller, and Elton John. It all seemed to make sense at the time. It was a bit of a throw-everything-and-see-what sticks effort, but I’m really pleased with the way it turned out in the end.

[Note: track no longer on Soundcloud]

New Tracks: Nif Ithin Abo Ithin, Bolshy Slovos

After a bit of a winter break, I recently uploaded two new tracks to my featured playlist on SoundCloud. Hit the link to bring the noise.

[Note: tracks no longer on Soundcloud]

Two Videos: Electronic Music For Kids

Recently had the pleasure of stumbling across two separate, intensely weird videos demonstrating just how much weirder and more wonderful childhood was in the late 60’s. First there is this fantastic video of Mr. Rogers paying a visit to Bruce Haack and children’s dance teacher Esther Nelson:

“It’s warming up.”
“It surely is!”

Then there was this amazing documentary about an experimental music program for children, in Shoreditch UK, where children compose “a sound picture based on ideas associated with heat, radiation, relentlessness, intensity, stillness …”:

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