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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


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!

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:


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:

Sound Design: Kids vs Goblins

Another one of my freesound uploads was used in an iphone game. This one actually happened a while back, and I’d forgotten about it until I found the original message digging through my email tonight.

Since I’ve been on a “sound design credits” kick lately, and don’t think I posted about it back when it originally happened, I figured I’d make note of it here. The original post on freesound listing the sound design credits is here.

Sound Design: Black Beauty Enhanced

So, not sure if this is a growing trend or just a nice coincidence, but I just received this message in my FreeSound email:

Your awesome recording was used in the restoration of a 1912 version of Black Beauty for the iPad and iPad Mini called Black Beauty Enhanced. A significant portion of the proceeds supports equine welfare causes and helps stop abuse. A full attribution is in the book, as well. Thanks!

The production in question is available through the iTunes Store.

The original sound that was used is still available through the FreeSound site, of course.

Sound Design: The Mask

So, one of my FreeSound uploads got used in some kind of art film. I’m guessing it’s a student production, but the video comment text is in German so I’m not sure. I am credited with “Atmosphäre Sounds,” which is pretty self-explanatory, I guess? A link to the video is here:


Recording: Construction Noise

New field recording up at Freesound. This one is of builders preparing a construction site near my house for new development by breaking up a parking lot with a large piledriver.


Recording: Yellow Jacket

Summertime insects are out, and with their advent I have my first field recording of the season. This weekend, a yellow jacket got trapped on the inside of my basement studio window. I grabbed my Zoom H2, and had a chat with my little friend before opening up the window and shooing it out. I’ve now posted the recording up on Freesound.

Buzz buzz buzz…


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