Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Gaul of it all: A stream of consciousness

Began the evening with tinkering about in the studio and ended up listening to the works of French composer/singer/poet/anarchist Léo Ferré.

Don't ask. There is no logic to this...

Posted below are a couple of his songs that seem to particularly resonate with me, though my grasp of the French language is next to nil. Music is a wonderful medium for transcending languages and cultures, indeed.

Les Fleurs du mal (1957)

Amour Anarchie (1970)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Joining the modern world

Finished recording vocals for the Brokegrove Lads tunes this past Sunday, after which I retired my ancient computer from service. Regardless of the various hardware and software "gremlins", I kept it in use to help expedite the recording project, as I had surmised that it would take a bit of time for me to become acquainted with the new audio and video programmes. Old dog/new tricks, etc. etc. ... The new rig seems to be working quite well, and I have begun the process of familiarizing myself with the newfangled (well... to me, at least) editors (ACID Music Studio 10, WaveLab Elements 8, and Lightworks 11.5). Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A "logical" follow-up (and the obvious continuation of bad puns utilized for post titles)

Finally getting around to transferring my collection of Essential Logic and Lora Logic vinyl to digital. Tonight: The twelve inch single, "Wonderful Offer" (1981). Uploaded a video onto YouTube for the second B-side track, "Rather Than Repeat", which, as one could conclude upon viewing, puts the works of Kubrick and Lucas to shame...

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sleepy Time Cinema

I had a dream that I was watching Aaron Neville perform "Belsen Was a Gas" in the cafeteria at the primary school that I attended as a wee nipper (Bruce Shulkey Elementary), who was donning an outfit that consisted of lunch trays while constantly tossing a hula hoop into the air. Perhaps it was a repressed memory that resurfaced. Sounds feasible, yes?

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sequel to the previous post: "The Definition of Cool"

Well, for me, at least.

The fascination with the work of Lora Logic began with the discovery of X-Ray Spex at the pimply age of fifteen (via the gateway known as the Sex Pistols), and it continues to this day. While most of my peers were getting their kicks from gangsta rap and/or grunge during the early to mid-Nineties, I was immersing myself into the music and culture of Seventies punk and post-punk (many a time behind the times, me). Her inspiration for me regarding my auditory creations (and my penchant for wool caps- well, her and Mike Nesmith on that accord) has been immense, to say the least. Now, if I only had a miniscule amount of her talent...

Here is a video for the B-side of "Wonderful Offer" that I had uploaded onto YouTube a while back. As one can tell, no expense was spared on the production of my visual creation:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A bit of "polylogical" listening for the past week

Uncovered a couple of gems on YouTube during the week. Video footage of Susan Whitby/Lora Logic/Syama Manjari and Poly Styrene performing with their Hare Krsna comrades at Glastonbury in 1983 (a tip o' the proverbial to krsnaoldschool for uploading these clips back in November!). "Got Me in a Nutshell" was new to me, and I prefer this version of "Trick of the Witch" to the one from the Gods and Goddesses EP (1986). Absolutely brill tunes, me thinks!

Arise from your slumber, Baldy

Yes, folks (anyone out there?), it's been nearly a year since my last entry on this blog. Things and stuff happen. During my absence from this blog, I have:

1. Began a new audio/visual project called Pop Clearinghouse, which is currently in development (though several audio tracks can be found here).

2. Resigned my commission with Hentai Improvising Orchestra due to obligatory personal reasons, none of which have anything to do with my former colleagues.

3. Recorded an album with Robert Kramer (ESP, Tabla Rasa), Terry Valderas (Toadies, The Gideons), and the bearded scribe (to keep with the theme, Stoogeaphilia and HIO) under the Brokegrove Lads moniker, which should be released sometime this year.

4. Fumbled my way through building a new computer and updating my recording setup in general.

So, back to the riveting posts that I am known for submitting...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Create and release

After being down and out in regards to health over the past several weeks, I finally finished the mixes for a couple of HIO recordings from April and May's Improvised Silence performances, and the audio artifact from this month's Big Orchestra "summit meeting" in Denton, last night.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Bits and bobs update (Warning: Some whinging below)

1. I have been ill for the last several days which has been a fecking annoyance, as it has caused me to miss a couple of events that I was looking forward to attending. Sleep has been my primary activity as of late, which is obviously a consequence of being fatigued (also leading to losing track of days, and also acting a right cow). Hoping to feel back on kilter soon.

2. Tonight, I'll be joining my Hentai Improvising Orchestra comrades at the Cellar for our monthly Improvised Silence hootenanny thingy.