Hi there, welcome back to the third and final part of my musical update of 2022, specifically; a series of collaborations with my Russian friend, Alexey, aka MakeUp.
Alexey is a talented photographer, filmmaker and musician from Russia, who I originally got to know as part of the global resurgence in Twin Peaks fandom a few years ago and who shares my interest in peculiar electronica soundscapes.
We were chatting on Facebook a few weeks ago and he sent me some of his back catalogue to listen to and I couldn’t resist trying a quick remix.
I wanted to create a whole new tune to combine with Alexey’s “Sexy Acid Track” and for no reason at all I chose one with a Zouk Bass kind of feel (a sub-genre of bass-heavy electronic dance music with its roots in African and Caribbean percussion) and you can sample the resulting, glitchy aural collage below.
This is the only video I’ve made so far but there is at least one more collaborative track completed, so I imagine that will also see the light of day before too long.
Hello, Happy New Year and welcome to part two of this roundup of recent audio visual output, this time focusing on music I made entirely by myself, as opposed to adding to/remixing existing material.
I created each of these compositions using dozens of samples, which I patiently assembled from the hundreds I’ve found by trawling the internet, then added extra layers of sound by mixing two or more of these initial sequences together.
The videos are made with a variety of pattern generating and editing apps, often using several different versions superimposed on top of each other, then multiple layers of effects are added (because I never did know when to stop) to achieve the sometimes retina-bothering results you see below.
I’m aware my sonic noodlings are sometimes rather long, which is a result of my preferred method of a “live jamming” recording process. I really only make the accompanying videos because YouTube links are the easiest to share, so if prolonged exposure is a bit much for you, I quite understand. ;~}
There is a whole load more music which is yet to be released into the wild, so my next project will be to compile some of that into my third Bandcamp album of original material. Watch this space for details.
Anyway, to the music.
This first one started out as a silent experiment in overlaying animations and I thought it needed a soundtrack, so I repurposed an old track of mine with some effects, just for fun.
After which, there’s this, the first result of the aforementioned experimentation. I started making the video one weekend and didn’t get round to finishing it, so it sat there in my editing app all week and every now and again I’d have an idea like; “Ooh, what this needs is loads of dancing robots…”
Then I’d think of another layer of effects to apply, then another, and another.
After the slightly creepy, pumpkin headed dancing men arrived, I figured it was time to stop
Here’s a slice of psychedelic disco for you, the video is a bit like being sucked into a funky wormhole.
Trance and techno more your sort of thing? Try this great big wall of sound production, it’s pretty damn anthemic, even if I do say so myself. (You could even check out the Extended Breakbeat Remix, should you so wish)
And finally there’s this, well, I’m not sure what you’d call it, but it certainly builds to a very satisfactory crescendo of interesting noises.
Another weekend of digital fiddling and multimedia mucking about has ended up with another new piece of genre-defying electronic music and an accompanying video which gives new meaning to the word “trippy”.
The video was made using only a single photo, which I was using to make some artwork for the track’s Bandcamp release. I got a bit carried away adding more and more extra layers of effects and, although the resulting visuals weren’t created by synching them with the music, they are still pretty awesome in their psychedelic trippiness.
And now for your viewing pleasure, my latest audio visual extravaganza; combining a video made using only footage of the 10 mile drive from Bideford to Barnstaple I took on Sunday afternoon, accompanying an extended and somewhat funked-up remix of Kate Bush‘s 1985 classic, Running Up That Hill.