I contributed a mix to The Fader magazine's Fall 2014 series and spoke to them about some of my current projects. This marks the return of the Dro Carey project after some time spent focusing on Tuff Sherm and various other bits of music and video work. Also included in the interview is the announcement of a new Dro Carey EP, coming soon from London/Berlin outfit Greco Roman. Check out the Fader feature here.
Today Reckno announced a new limited cassette release comprising two projects of mine - Tuff Sherm and PMM. The 'Gracefully Force Consensus' C60 takes the form of a 'split' artist release between the projects, though instead of the typical 'one side each' setup, the tracks alternate back and forth between the two projects. I was very happy to supply Chris at Reckno with something on the video end of things for this release too. I decided to choose a less obvious track - the piano-driven PMM interlude 'Deal Season.' Reckno have also uploaded a stream of another PMM track from
Just over a week ago Software released a new mixtape spearheaded by my long-time collaborator Napolian. This follows his amazing LP this year which I was fortunate enough to contribute to musically. Road To Incursio is available as a free download or in a very limited physical cassette edition. Though this mixtape is mixed and sequenced by Ian, it is really about the group effort here, and introduces a production team - The Renaissance - that I am very excited to be a part of. A couple of collabs completed prior to the formation of that team are included here as
Today Noisey premiered the new video that I created for Melbourne duo GL, for their track Take Me Back. This video clip marks the first time I've extensively used Motion for a music video, as opposed to just using keyframes to create movement and automation within Final Cut. I was quite happy with the Atari-style game I came up with for this - something a bit like a super-primitive version of Dance Dance Revolution. A competitive 2-player round of this 'game' basically provides the narrative and impetus between all the other abstract visualisations in the video. It was also interesting
Here is a personal video that I created and scored some time ago that I only recently got around to uploading. The music is performed by a string sextet (two violins, two violas, two cellos) and was originally written as part of a composition task at AFTRS last year. I thought it might be interesting to attempt creating a video accompaniment, and I ended up with this: "Sleepers Afterpiece," a video that attempts to capture the sensation just prior to falling asleep and just prior to waking. I worked with simple blocks of colour, as well as video game objects
I'm very happy to announce that ImPulsTanz, the International Dance Festival based in Vienna, has used my Dro Carey track 'Libera Me' in their official trailer for the 2014 festival. The festival will run from July 17 - August 17 and features a wide range of contemporary dance and physical performance. The track was originally released via Bandcamp on the Vital Trails EP, where it is still available for purchase.
This remix for DFA came up at a good time as I'd been doing a number of Tuff Sherm productions around this slower sort of tempo, more influenced by Krautrock, motorik or weird disco than traditional house or techno tracks. The original single is the opening track from the album Years Not Living, released last year. Larry Gus had a really interesting approach to developing the record, which was influenced by the writer Georges Perec. As detailed in this Dummy Mag feature, he collected all of the samples and various song elements into a large library and then used an algorithmic
I spoke to Mark Smith of Gardland recently about some of the specific techniques I use in electronic music production. Even though I don't currently use the Ableton Live software in this process, the Liveschool was kind enough to host the exchange. Reading back through our Skype conversation I've noticed that I really jumped straight into it in terms of technical detail, so I'm warning you now, if the fine-tuned wetness level of reverb doesn't excite you then the interview may be a bit technical. But it does include some songs and videos too.