The Cosmic Photo Challenge.

Good grief, is it Monday already?
I’m sure I must have fallen through a wormhole from Friday afternoon.

But at least I have your contributions for The Cosmic Photo Challenge to look forward to, themed this week around; Shadowplay.

With no particular ideas in mind and not having been out anywhere over the last couple of days, I found inspiration for my shadowy offerings at home and in the garden.

First these dramatically lit plants in the living room caught my eye…

…and the shadows of forsythia stems which seem to be hanging from the Virginia creeper vine.

But it was when I noticed the possibilities of shadows cast by my two metal fish ornaments that I got really inspired. One hastily-wedged bamboo pole on top of the shed later and I captured these cheery portraits.

After which I created a little aquarium scene…

…and then got rather carried away and made this.

And finally, I have the perfect opportunity to play us out with this classic clip of Joy Division

What did you do in the shadows at the weekend, come on, it’s show and tell time…

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To get involved with the challenge; check out the Cosmic Photo Prompt each Friday, then post a photo (or photos) on your blog the following Monday, with a pingback link to my Monday post.

Tag your posts with #CosPhoChal.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages, animation, gifs, or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

DJ dc57 in the mix.

“Music”, John Miles once said, “was my first love and it will be my last”.

Well maybe I wouldn’t go as far as that, but music has always been a huge part of my life, despite my being about as naturally musical as a bucket of spanners falling down the stairs.

But as anyone who has been following my particular brand of nonsense for a while will be aware, that hasn’t stopped me from dabbling with Sound and Vision for a few years and my skills are gradually improving.

I’m always playing around with remixes for my own entertainment; forcing together tunes which are almost certainly not supposed be combined, foisting them on unsuspecting friends on Facebook and sending them all to my old friend, Ho, the inexplicably eager guinea pig for musical experimentation.

Obviously it’s gratifying when somebody likes the result of my sacrilegious sonic noodling, but I’ve never laboured under the misconception that any of my amateur offerings would get an official release by a proper record label.

Until now, that is.

Only the other day I told you about my cousin, Rich Thair, founder member of the globally successful Red Snapper and more recently side project, (with bandmate Ali Friend) Number. Well, when they released their single Face Down In Ecstacy, their label , Sunday Best Records decided to run a remix competition. It was to be judged “blind” so that the band would not know whose mix was whose and mine was of course submitted under the moniker dalecooper57.

The prize was the chance to have the winning mix released on an exclusive Bandcamp EP and I just could not resist entering.

I never expected to be in serious contention, competing as I was against people who knew what they were doing when it came to dealing with things called “stems”, for example.

These stem files were what I was sent by the record label (essentially, the component parts of the track to be remixed) and I had no idea what to do with them and nothing with which to, since as with everything else I do, I was using my phone for the entire process. So in the end I used the album version of the track, which I had purchased on its original release and informed the label that I just didn’t have the technology. They were very nice about it and basically said, do whatever you want, so I got to work.

This was about the time it occurred to me that all my previous attempts at mastering the remixer’s art had involved the aforementioned splicing together of songs, which I couldn’t do on this occasion because of copyright infringement issues.

But…wait a minute…that didn’t apply to using my own musical compositions, if you can call them that, for the additional mixing elements, did it?

Aha, the game was afoot.

So I sat down on a sunny afternoon a few weeks ago and, using one of the tunes I’d created with my Korg synth app during lockdown, I got to work on my remix of Face Down In Ecstacy

I submitted the completed mix a few days later, crossed my fingers that at the very least they wouldn’t reject it out of hand and waited…

To my amazement, the deadline for submissions arrived and I received an email saying my mix had indeed been entered into the competition and they liked the “spacey feel” I’d given the track.

Wow!

Like, WOW!

Ok, so I wasn’t going to win, but I’d had it accepted by a real record company for serious consideration, that’s pretty good, right?

And on Friday, I found this momentous message in my inbox;

“Hi Guy,

Thanks again for your remix entry.
The band have decided to release a remix EP exclusive to Bandcamp, which includes your remix. The release is a 7 track EP which consists of some of the entries from the competition and the original ‘Face Down in Ecstasy’ mix.
The release will be published on Number’s Bandcamp page on Monday 21st September. I’ll send over the release link once published!
Thanks so much again and hope you have a lovely weekend!
Cheers,
Sunday Best Recordings”

WOOHOO!

Yes, it’s official, dalecooper57 is now on the same record label as David Lynch, how cool is that?

I am, as I’m sure you can tell, extraordinarily chuffed about this turn of events and I would now like to suggest that you click on the image at the top of this post, or USE THIS REALLY OBVIOUS LINK to navigate your way to your listening pleasure.

Right, back to the turntables, who knows what’ll happen next…

Family matters.

It’s always good to meet new people and it’s doubly nice when those people turn out to be part of the family, even when the connection is a little tenuous.

So imagine my delight when, while chatting to my cousin Richard yesterday, (DJ, musician and founding member of Red Snapper) I discovered two other distant “cousins” I previously knew nothing about. One of them is another very talented musician who goes by the name of Garanuk and the other is a WordPress blogger!

So after you’ve taken in Richard and Will’s musical accomplishments, pop over, say hello and check out Nina’s extraordinary story on her blog, Chaos in Slow Motion.

Turn on, tune in, freak out.

I thought it was time to update my audio visual showcase, so I have added a plethora of YouTube videos to my Sound and Vision page, compiling all the best mixes and sonic experiments from the last few years.

I have also added a link to the folder containing these and dozens of other mp3 files, should you wish to download any of my peculiar ouevre, completely free of charge.

VISIT THE PAGE BY CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW.

Enjoy the vibes.

Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty three.

Good morning and thank you for joining me on our final audio excursion into the unknown archives of the Melodic Randomiser, at least for the meantime.

So let’s get the last Isolation Radio show on the go, with a tune from proto-Underworld Welsh oddballs Freur and, purely by coincidence, my epic remix of the title track and only “hit” from their 1983 album, this is “Doot Doot”

To follow that, we take a hard left on the musical superhighway and catch up with another poor relation of a more famous band, Love and Rockets, who started out as Bauhaus. This is “Holiday on the Moon” from 1986’s Express album.

And the closing track for this, the last show in the series, comes to you from one of the more bonkers UK pop outfits of the ’80s, The KLF; whose rampant and chaotic career spawned some of the most recognisable walls of sound in dance music.

Thank you once again for listening and I’ll leave you with the 12″mix of the monumental “Last Train to Trancentral” from 1991’s The White Room.

Stay safe, look out for each other and don’t let the bastards grind you down.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty two.

Enough Isolation Radio shows to air one a week for a year!

Another milestone made possible by the musical oracle that is the Melodic Randomiser, which today brings you a trilogy of tunage that starts with…

The Cure and a song originally from their 1982 Pornography album, but shuffled to you here from the ’86 singles collection, Standing on a Beach; this is Laughing Bob and boys with “The Hanging Garden”

I doubt it’s every day that the world’s favourite goth cheerleaders find themselves in the company of upbeat New Orleans jazz, but today is that day. Because the next track is another from the soundtrack of Treme; this time the show’s main theme song by John Boutte (with the bonus of getting DoMaJe‘s theme from the wire, “Way Down in the Hole” thrown in for good measure)

Last in this week’s Saturday listicle is Mrs Musk, or Grimes to her fans (or possibly “X Æ A-12’s mum”) and a song from 2012’s Visions album; this is “Oblivion”

Join me tomorrow for the final Sunday Service in this current run, before the march towards the New Normal continues.

Have a lovely rest of the day, live long and spritzer.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty one.

Time to ease yourselves into the weekend with the Isolation Radio show, bringing you all the crucial tunes the Melodic Randomiser has to spare on this sunny, Summer Friday afternoon.

We begin today’s micro countdown with more from Molly Hatchet and their blistering version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic, “Freebird”, from 1985’s “Double Trouble Live” album.

After which extreme riffery we have a touch of serenity from Beth Orton and the opening track to her Central Reservation album; this is “Stolen Car”

Where can we go from that unlikely segue? Well, into a song by the equally mis-matched, latex-clad, 80’s Swiss hair metal screamers, Krokus, that’s where. This is a track from their 1980 Metal Rendezvous album called “Heatstrokes”

That should set the tone for a decent Friday night so, whatever you’re up to this weekend, have a great time and stay safe, my friends.

Peace

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Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day fifty.

The Isolation Radio show hits the half century in style, as the Melodic Randomiser takes us one day closer to something approaching normality with today’s top three.

Starting with a fantastic track from Patti Smith‘s 1978 Easter album, this is the anthemic call to arms “Till Victory”

Thursday’s second tune is by David Bowie and comes from his album Heroes, released the year previously, this is “Joe the Lion”

We end this unlikely trio with a song from prog’s Mr Grumpy himself, Roger Waters; this is from his 2017 dystopian treatise on modern day civilisation, Is This the Life we Really Want? and it’s called “Wait for Her”

And on that cheery note, I’ll leave you until tomorrow, when I’ll bring you three more slices of musical ephemera to sort through.

Keep safe, stay happy, be good to each other.

Peace

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#1linerWeds*: Wednesday Weirdness.

Here we are again, for what is probably the final dose (for now, anyway) of Wednesday Weirdness, as the guest features for Lockdown 2020 come to an end.

I have once more been hard at work in the Return of the Internet Nobody video editing suite, (a chair in the garden) to splice together an even more FX-laden audio visual spectacular; using a greatest hits collection of my animated Instagram posts which are all, need I remind you, made using only this same single photo, soundtracked with one of my remixes.

With any luck, normal service will resume next week.

#1linerWeds

Pingback to Linda G Hill

*ok, so it was one very long line, I’ll give you that.

Melodic Randomiser: Isolation Radio, day forty nine.

Day 49 of our audio odyssey with the Melodic Randomiser and we’re on the downhill run of the Isolation Radio show.

Just a quick one, as I have two posts to fill today.

The first tune to grace your ears is by The Black Angels and comes from their Clear Lake Forest album. Here’s “An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street”

Next up, another bona fide pop classic from the ’80s and Soft Cell; this is their huge hit single “Tainted Love”, from the Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album

And we end with a bit of minimal techno from Lindstrom and “Gentle as a Giant”, from It’s a Feedelity Affair

Ok, gotta run, back tomorrow.

Do good, be good, stay safe.

Peace

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