Friday, 8 July 2011

Natural Habitat

Me and Foxx were in the studio yesterday working on stuff. We spent most of the day finishing ideas for the track we started with Tara Busch, adding some backing vocals and synth parts. Heres he is laying down a part on the Juno 60, with its arpeggiator synced up via a midi - cv & gate converter

Man with a Van

Its always nice to get home from a hard day at the office to find theres a surprise parcel waiting for you, especially when it has a Static Caravan sticker on it. My friend Geoff who runs it sent me a recent selection of his ever eclectic releases - the unifying factor this time being that they were all mastered by me. But what was also interesting was the other bits and bobs and trinkets that he put in the box. For a start there was a tiny reel of metallic masking tape. Then a small bag of pure metal samples, including brass, copper, bronze, zinc, aluminium, steel and silver. Geoff is a scientist. Here is a film that Hannah Peel made, it explains everything (note: me at 5.38 balancing on synths)

Static Caravan from Tim Brunsden on Vimeo.

Anyway the releases are all exemplary, including singles from Tula, Laura J Martin (who came by the studio on monday as I am about to master her debut album) and a compilation CD of the Steve Moore vinyl that Geoff has been releasing. Here is a sample from the last track track from Vaalbara

Monday, 4 July 2011

Shock Announcement

I hereby announce the existence of the upcoming Maths tour. Yes John Foxx and The Maths will be taking our album Interplay on the road in October. I don't know all the exact dates yet but will post them as soon as I do

One particular Gig that I am really looking forward to is at the Unsound Festival in Krakow Poland. The line up looks great and not the usual festival stalwarts, but people I really like like Chris & Cosey and Morton Subotnick (who has made a few appearances on this very blog). I am so happy about that

The Festival has a theme this year (a good idea) which is 'Future Shock', as in the 1970 book by Alvin Toffler. The book is a cautionary vision of the future (from a very 1970-perspective) warning against "too much change in too short a period of time". In 1972 a fantastic documentary was made based on the book, featuring a doomy Orson Welles and music by Gil Melle. You can watch it on youtube - below is the 1st 10 minute segment, there are 5 in total. Some of it is very funny because it is so out of date, like the idea, for example, of people being able to genetically change the colour of their skin. Thats mental

More info on the festival here

There is also a Future Shock tumblr page here; below are some animated gifs I found there:

Sid Has Entered The Building

I have just finished a weekend session recording some new rock and roll songs by my friend Sid. Its not my usual field, rock and roll, but we did have some fun!

It meant sorting out quite a few things at the studio such as setting up the drum kit and vintage guitar and bass amps, setting up the mics (I bought some lovely new ribbons - SE R1's) and feeding them into the Studer console preamps for tracking. We wanted to capture a really open live performance so we did it (me on drums, Dave on bass and Sid on guitar) together with no headphones and 7 mics. big Al engineered

Then on Sunday Sid's backing singers arrived and we did a day of vocals. The whole thing will end up going on to tape and I am looking at it as a big experiment, to try and capture some of the sound of my favorite records