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Ukuphambana – Discogs Update

Just completed a series of updates to the Ukuphambana page at discogs.com, along with tweaks and updates to several Zero Times Infinity releases and other related entries. Amazing to see how much music I’ve actually put out there over the years! Hopefully this is still just the beginning :

https://www.discogs.com/artist/163244-Ukuphambana

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

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.

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]

Archive Track: VideoDrome

It’s amazing what a little ego-search can dredge up. Apparently a file sharing / streaming service called Grooveshark has a copy of an ukuphambana track that is so rare that I don’t even have it.

So, some context: this track was made as part of a live on-air performance at WJUL’s High Voltage Circumcision show. Possibly the first time I’d attempted doing anything live as ukuphambana? My personal recollection of the timing is hazy, but the performance log has two such events, in February of 1999 and 2000, so it would have been one of those. In either case, it’s been easily a decade since I last heard this track.

Technical notes: most of the track was constructed from samples of Atari 2600 games, loaded into an Akai S950 sampler. The sampler was sequenced from a TR505 drum machine’s MIDI outs. Some of the Akai’s outputs are run through various guitar pedals for effects. HR16 drum machine might be in there too, low in the mix? But I’m not sure.

It goes on long — if I had a clean copy of the original, I would edit it mercilessly — but I love that beat! And it has a rawness that I find endearing rather than embarrassing, now that some time has gotten between me and it. Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.

Enjoy: Ukuphambana – Videodrome

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