Burning Chrome by Haujobb (Mortimer T music)

January 15th, 2009


Here’s an Amiga demo from 1996 with one of my favourite .mod composers, Mortimer Twang. I like his Junglist/DnB/Dub/Jazz module better than his chips, but he seems to despise the fomer somehow. Maybe it’s true what they say, that the earliest works of any artist are the best since they happen during a discovery process.

  • Video from demoscene.tv: link me beautiful
  • Prod page on pouët.net: link me beautiful <Fuckings to ps!>
  • Download (almost) all of Mortima’s modules in one package: link me beautiful <The ones in the demo are closest dream.mod and burning chrome end.mod. jsyk.>

If you’re using glitchDS, also check out my Mortima T sample pack for it.

Lavos’ Cave v1 (Ambient/drone music piece) + some fail poetry

January 11th, 2009

Social Ice Social Ice
Here’s the first mixdown of this piece that I’ve dubbed Lavos’ Cave. The name, of course, is an hommage to one of the greatest RPG’s.

It’s an ambient/drone piece that I’ve made by layering several feedback loops. The result is a really moody and organic sound that slowly progresses as you meditate and travel through an imaginary cave.

This is just the first crude version. I will make a final mixdown later where I fix some of the nasty clipping and equalize the tracks a bit to make them stand out a bit more against each other. The clipping is due to the fact that this piece was recorded using feedback paths in analogue gear (except for the reverb which is technically not analogue but mechanical ;) ) so things went out of hand sometimes.

Download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=0K7HDFSS

Social Ice Social Ice

And some random thoughts that crossed my mind on my way home the other night. Some kind of failed emo poetry or something.

I could take a picture of the ice
Try to remember the endless perfection
With which it revealed itself.
A splendid crystalline structure, a comples cavity,
Leading to an infinite grid of tunnels.
Just like in my autistic childhood fantasies
Ever so cold, ever so distant, ever so near
The place where I want to rest my mind forever
Exploring new paths, new places
With no one interrupting me

^ That’s something I scribbled down in my notebook when waiting for the bus, too tired, too caffeinated. Fits the mood of the music perfectly.

Social Ice Social Ice

New song draft: Knarkkatt

December 9th, 2008

Thought I’d post this. It’s the first draft of a sort of chip+ambient song I’m working on.
The chip sounds are pretty melodic, described by some as “shimmering” Actually the melody is from “Belsebub Till Frukost” which can be heard on my myspace. (Skip to about 3 minutes into the song)
The pads are made with Reaktor and are somewhat detuned and played to color the chords of the chip melody. The result is a really moody feeling.
Sorry for building a suspense and then ending abruptly, but it’ll make you enjoy it even more when it’s finished. :)

Download Knarkkatt (Draft 1)

Blipfest 2008 livestream

December 7th, 2008

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Live stream from the 8-bit music festival Blip Festival in NYC, USA. Will hopefully be up until the end of Sunday night, when the festival ends. Sponsored by 8bitcollective.

MTVE fined for airing uncensored version of “Windowlicker”

November 24th, 2008

MTV Networks Europe was fined £255,000 (US$484,500 = €385,000 = 18,411,000,000 Zimbabwe Dollars) for playing the uncensored version of the 1999 video “Windowlicker” before the 9PM timeslot. It’s unknown how it happened, but I bet someone has or will get fired for it.
The video is a parody of pimped out hiphop videos and contains a high amount of profanity and possibly disturbing imagery. The video was directed by the genius Chris Cunningham and was nominated for the “Best Video” award at the BRIT Awards 2000. If you haven’t watched it before, do it right now!

Through watmm

If you’re completely unfamiliar with Aphex Twin, the cover art for the single should give you an idea about his twisted (and beautiful) mind:

J'aime faire de croquettes aux chiens

Oh, and if anyone knows where the phrase “J’aime faire de croquettes aux chiens” comes from originally, please tell me!

Download: Quarta330, live at Back To Chill, Tokyo

November 22nd, 2008

Quarta330, live at Back to Chill, Tokyo

Whether you honoured the nihilistic ritual No Music Day or not, you should check out this liveset by Japan’s Gameboy Dub warrior number one. He’s a genius, not only in composition, but sound design. He manages to get a sound that’s sooo crisp, yet so smooth.
The rest of the stuff on that page is pretty good too. It’s mostly livesets/dj mixes of tasteful electronic music like dubstep and other styles.

Zeitgeist: Addendum

November 22nd, 2008

I watched Zeitgeist: Addendum not long after it was released, but I haven’t gotten around blogging about it until now. What made me do it was the blog post by Tim Exile, a music producer who’s using Reaktor to do wicked stuff, whom I respect and admire. He’s soon to release a new album which is different from his previous raw DnB/techno. I have yet to decide whether I like it or not.

Anyway, for those of you who don’t know, Zeitgeist: Addendum is an addendum to the documentary Zeitgeist, and where the original movie analyzed religion and human nature in general, the addendum analyzes modern economy and banking. It’s divided into four parts, and I will not go into detail what each part is about, but I recommend you to watch the movie, despite my criticism towards it.
I also recommend anyone who has watched or will watch it to read this blog post which talks about a number of things I thought about when watching ZG: A, but didn’t really know how to express. Do not just read the post, read the comments as well. A lot of great points are being made there.
The following can also serve as a summary of Point’s post.

  1. Currency is not the same thing as money. - Money is anything with value that can be traded. It’s simply another word for value. Currency is a concept for organizing value. No matter what political and financial system is in place, there will always be a market where people can buy what they want. Currency is certainly not the only kind of money; goods, services, gold, power and violence are other likely candidates in a system without currency. And even if today’s currency system is flawed, it’s not an argument why the general concept of money should be abolished. (In fact, it can’t, unless resources are completely abundant)
  2. Capitalism is not the same thing as imperialism. - Part 2 of the movie goes on to link economy with corruption by listening to the confessions of a so called “economic hitman”. The problem here is not the accuracy of his accounts - I’m sure each sory is accurate en ough - but the confusion between capitalism and imperialism. What causes large scale corruption is ultimately imperialism - concentration of power. It might true that capitalism implies imperialism, but so does just about any political system. The phrase “Even the Romans” might seem like a cliché but is in fact very relevant. Corruption has always existed and will always exist. By removing capitalism, we do not remove imperialism, we just make it change forms, since every political system implies imperialism.
  3. Human desire is unlimited. - I’ll copy and paste a quote from the comment section of the blog post I linked to above.

    Money is a concept, not an object. It is anything that can be exchanged for something you want, and human desire is unlimited. There will always be something people want beyond what they have, sometimes it’s a physical object and sometimes it’s not. There is no way all of those desires can be satisfied for all people so somebody will always be deprived of something and willing to trade to acquire it, and thus money will never go away. Making stuff abundant is technically the same as making money scarce, you will only make it more valuable by making it more difficult to find items or services that people are willing to accept in exchange for the stuff they trade. And the idea that resources on this planet are unlimited is absolute nonsense. Go watch Chris Martenson’s “Crash Course”. Google that.

My advice is to both watch the Zeitgeist: Addendum and read that blog post, and most importantly, approach both with caution and use your critical thinking.

New vinyls: Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir and Quarta330 - Sunset Dub

November 4th, 2008

Covers

Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir
Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir

Quarta330 - Sunset Dub / Kode9 - Samurai (Quarta 330 Remix)
Quarta330 - Sunset Dub / Kode9 - Samurai (Quarta 330 Remix)

Info

Cat#: WARP161LP
Side A: Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir.
Star Time 2, The Coathanger, Open Society, A Real Woman, Delta-V, Aqueduct, Potential Govaner
Side B: Planet Gear, Tensor In Green, The Glass Road, Fluxgate, Duotone Moonbeam, Quadrature, Yes Sequitur

Buy from Warpmart

Cat#: HDB007 (Hyperdub)
Artist: Quarta330
Side A: Sunset Dub
Side AA: Kode9 - 9 Samurai (Quarta 330 Remix)

Buy from Warpmart

Comments

Despite my quite cynical and widely misunderstood (Boohoo) review of this album, I knew from the start I just needed to get it on wax. And as promised in that post, I did. :) Sunset Dub is Gameboy dub by the Japanese virtuoso Quarta330. This one was actually cut so deep and loud that I almost didn’t need speakers, hehe.

Breaking the limits of the SID

October 31st, 2008

I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard this, but someone calling himself Fanta has managed to play a full 4 channel mod - along with 2 SID voices with filters on a standard C64 with a standard SID. The track is called Fanta in Space and apart from being technically impressive, it’s pretty catchy.

Listen:
Download

CSDb entry for Fanta in Space

Through True Chip Till Death

Identify this game tune for me, please

October 24th, 2008

I don’t have any information about it, but I need to know which game it’s from, and preferably which level. The winner is guaranteed free caek and epic win.

Download ID