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#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone…

It’s time for some music on the #atozchallenge, because I couldn’t do a B to Z of Twin Peaks without including Angelo Badalamenti, the multi-instrumentalist composer whose soundtrack gives the show it’s distinctive atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the B post was already taken by King Tuck himself, Billy Zane, so I’ve had to include Angelo by way of one his trademark sounds, the Vibraphone.

To this end, I bring you something of an exclusive; I have tracked down (pun intended, obviously) a vibraphone only version of Audrey Horne‘s languorous and “too dreamy” theme, Freshly Squeezed, from an extensive archive of Badalamenti/Lynch tunes from Twin Peaks and other projects.

To enable me to share it with you, I have uploaded it to YouTube, as the soundtrack to an Audrey photo montage.

So here, for your viewing and listening pleasure, is one minute forty two seconds of cool jazz, with Angelo on vibes and Audrey on virginal smouldering.

Niiiiice.

#atozchallenge: V is for Vibraphone.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in A - Z challenge, Music, TV, Twin Peaks, Video

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty five: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part lots…

Time for your final (for now) weekend dose of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, my semi-regular lucky dip into the musical gems that live in their little plastic boxes under the stairs.

Today’s selection brings together early sampling, rough edged 1970’s pub rock and ’90s dance superstars, all from the UK.

First up, something from the Crew Cuts compilation, a 1984 collection of breakthrough hip hop pioneers which includes this classic cut and paste masterpiece, Beat Box by Trevor Horn’s Art of Noise

…then we go back to 1978 for an entire album of raw rock and roll from Johnny Kidd‘s former backing band, The Pirates, here’s Skull Wars

…and we finish up with arguably one of the most important bands from the ’90s dance scene; Underworld and Pearl’s Girl.


Hope you enjoyed that, stick around, there’s another quick bonus post coming up soon…

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Melodic Randomiser, Music

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day eighteen: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part many…

As I predicted last weekend, a Melodic Randomiser Unspooled post is the easiest way to fulfill my daily blogging duties on a Saturday, so join with me in enjoying some more nostalgic musical treasures from the boxes of cassettes under the stairs.

Today we have another eclectic selection that spans the decade when music was going through a paradigm shift, due to the increasing use of electronically created music. Everyone from prog rock stalwarts to ex-punks were experimenting with the huge range and variety of music that could be achieved using synthesizers, incorporating exciting new textures and sounds into their existing oeuvre, enabling them to stay relevant in this brave new world of musical exploration.

The first of today’s cryptic triptych is from one of those prog bands who narrowly avoided being eclipsed by the new wave of cutting edge electronic bands by embracing new sounds into a back catalogue already rife with elaborate synthesizer noodling; Yes.

Drama was released as the decade began and was the album when production genius and keyboard whiz Trevor Horn came onboard, after founder member Rick Wakeman departed the band, blending their trademark flamboyant style with shinier production and a sleeker, more modern sound.

And here you can enjoy the full album in all its dramatic glory.


Then we have a band who grew from the ashes of proto-goth punks, Bauhaus and honed their sound into a mellower, more melodic style as Love and Rockets and this is their Seventh Dream of Teenage Heaven album, released slap bang in the middle of the ’80s.

Here is The Dog-end of a Day Gone By.

Lastly and not at all leastly, one of the pioneers of UK electronic music in ’80s, Depeche Mode, who were making sparse, bleepy pop when Yes released Drama but by 1990 had matured into an edgy and decidedly darker band, Violator being a massive critical and commercial success for them, beginning a debauched and reckless few years during which frontman Dave Gahan actually died twice.

This is their huge worldwide hit, Enjoy the Silence.

Well I don’t know about you, but that certainly brought back some memories.
Tune in for this month’s final edition of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled next weekend.

There’s a bonus post coming up later, so watch out for that and I’ll see you tomorrow for SoCS and whatever I think of to do on my day off.

Cheerio.

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day eleven: And another thing…

Since I’m on the subject of music and as I’m on a posting binge anyway, I thought I’d share a new music recommendation with you.

I downloaded this album ridiculously early this morning whilst working overtime (during a break, obviously, health and safety fans) and have only just finished listening to it now.

If you like a bit of well executed modern space rock, with vocal harmonies, bursts of playful bounciness and a track that could be a distant cousin to Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan, then this might be for you.

This self-titled release is the first full length outing from Holy Monitor, who hail from Athens in Greece, following two EPs in the last couple of years. If you have even a passing interest in new psychedelic rock, then you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t check them out, which you can do in full, right here.

You are, once again, welcome.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2017 in Blogging, Music, Video

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day eleven: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part somethingorother…

For today’s daily post I’m going with the ever faithful standby of grabbing a handful of cassettes out of a box and bringing you another in my recently resurrected series of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled.

The triumphant triumvirate of tapes that graces my blog juke box today are a pretty eclectic selection, so there’s a chance you might find something that piques your interest, whatever your musical taste (well, maybe not, but you don’t know until you try, do you?). There’s the terrifyingly, deliriously heavy thunder of metal, spiky alternative new wave pop and wryly humorous, percussion laden ska, which is enough for anyone to digest in one sitting. Not only that; you get not one, but two full albums and a host of bonus tracks.

You’re welcome.

Firstly a band fronted by one of the many great artists to have shuffled off stage for the final time in the last couple of years; here’s Lemmy and Motörhead with the entire expanded album of Orgasmatron.

Once you’ve got your hearing back after that, soothe your ears with the harmonious tones of the Fun Boy Three and their 1981, post-Specials debut single, The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

…then to round off this musical mystery tour here’s another complete album (courtesy of a YouTube playlist) by an artist whose career has spanned as many musical styles as you care to mention; from virtuoso guitar solos in ’70s rock musos Be Bop Deluxe, to experimenting with electronic and ambient music, to his more recent, laid back material, Bill Nelson has always been a musical innovator.

He was on the second stylistic phase of his career by this point; from 1979, this is Bill Nelson’s Red Noise and Sound On Sound.

*****

I suspect the Randomiser will become a weekend fixture for the remainder of March, so stay tuned for more of not-the-same soon.

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day three: Melodic Randomiser unspooled, part whatever…

Day three of my daily, month-long attempt to post something every day for a month and I haven’t even started repeating myself yet and it’s already day three of my monthly attempt to post something every day. 

It’s going well so far, I think.

Today is music day and I have once again unearthed a box of rattling plastic cases and fragile spools of magnetic ribbon from under the stairs for your listening pleasure.

Yes, it’s time for another of my occasional Melodic Randomiser Unspooled posts; wherein I ferret around in a plywood box filled with dozens of cassettes, relics from the hazy days of my youth, to bring you a trio of tunes to tickle your terpsichorean tendencies.

The trilogy of tapes making up today’s random selection of rectangular nostalgia are as fine an example of eclectic juxtaposition as you could possibly hope to fill your aural receptors with, so sit back and let it wash over you.

First up, a man once described as looking like “a sexy dolphin” by Radio 1’s Jo Wiley, Evan Dando and his band, with a track from Come on feel The Lemonheads; here’s Big gay heart

…followed by the breakthrough track from Sheffield’s hardest working band of the ’90s, Pulp, with the brilliantly observed and ferociously cynical Common People

…finishing off with a track from one of the most enduring and accomplished guitar players of all time, Carlos Santana and his eponymous band, with a true classic, Samba Pa Ti.


And if you can’t find something there to please your audio sensory apparatus, then I’ll just have to try extra hard next time, so stay tuned.

Up next, the Cosmic Photo prompt, then another post tomorrow, see you soon…

 
 

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March of the Internet Nobody…

Because, ummm, well, just because, I’ve decided to post something every day in March.

Yeah, I know, it’s obtuse, everyone else does Just Jot it January or The A-Z Challenge and I choose, at nine o’clock at night on the first of March, to inflict a month’s worth of posts on myself (and you) for no good reason whatsoever. 

Or any plan, either, as per usual.

So there’s no telling what you’ll get, knowing me you’ll end up getting some random weird photo each day, but I’ll try to keep it more varied than that.

Although not today, today is audio visual day, partly made up of weird photos, most of which you may recall seeing recently in my Twin Peaks related post and now complied, to music, in a fancy video.

Followed by the rather more frenetic, yet somehow hypnotic creation that is the video I made for the last tune that came out when I noodled with Oscilab, my loop making/oscillator app.
I made the video using the “visualization” mode on my Poweramp music player, installed on my old tablet. Placing my phone on a sheet of glass above the tablet, which sat at the bottom of a black box, I filmed the wave patterns that resulted from playing Thudd through it. I treated the raw footage with a couple of filters, re-synched the edited video with the original tune and, voilà, my eye-scrambling masterpiece is complete.

First off, then, is; Wool, Knit With Me by The Woolhouse Boys.
The music is Diane Dreams (The nightingale remix) and is performed by The Deathless.

And now, brace yourselves, it’s time for Thudd, by me.

See you tomorrow, for, eerrr, something else.

 

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