The future of synthesizers

I have seen the future of Synthesizers on this year’s Eurovision! And it’s round! Very round. And also, um, round. Basically round. 

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Musically, of course, the songs were generally awful, though less novelty than usual. (which is a shame, bad novelty music is much more entertaining that bad middle-of-the-road music).

Despite that, interesting to note the influence of drum’n’bass and dubstep on a couple of the tracks. London beats are leading the way, as ever!

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Fuck Buttons – Barbican Review 25/04/2014

 

Saw the Buttons of Fuck last Friday at the Barbican. Very fine indeed – first gig I’ve seen of theirs and I’d happily see ’em again.

Using the tactics of minimalism they deployed huge blocks of sound endlessly churning over. Despite the repetition it never settled down to a boring groove; the looping segments always yearning for something intangible and always starting afresh with a renewed urgency.

I’ve never seen an electronic act really give the Barbican Hall an atmosphere, but these guys managed it. Even thought it looked absurd in a seated auditorium, about a quarter of the circle rose to their feet and swayed / grooved to the physicality of the sound.

The simple device of projecting their silhouettes on the screen and overlaying it with various psychodelic nonsense also added up to the overall hypnotic effect.

I loved ’em.

Supporting were Mount Kimbie, who I wasn’t so impressed by. All the faff with a metallic (noisy) parachute above the stage and 1960’s era Pink Floyd reflected water ripples didn’t seem to warrant the effort of 15 (count ’em) stage hands to dissassemble the mess. And various other musicians trooping on and off stage during the gig didn’t seem to add much to the generally muddy, bass heavy sound.

And don’t get me started on the self-regarding be-hatted photographer who posed around the place ‘doing art’.

After the gig were noisy noise merchants Fenesz, who seemed quite good, but my chums & I wanted to have a conversation so we hid round the corner where we could hear ourselves speak.

Top evening all round, and top marks to http://bleep.com/ for organising it.

 

 

 

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New 5* ident

Lucy & I were asked to write the music to a new ident for Channel 5’s digital TV channel 5*. And here it is:

It’s a chilled and ‘Knife-like’ groove for introducting those late night movies!

 

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Fighta Pilot live – first gig!

Do come!

James Cook poster

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Flippers do Diesel

Sometime collaborators of Cassette Electrik and On Rails – making our cool vids – have just produced the latest ad for Diesel’s Spring Collection.

It is actually a work of art and transcends mere advertising:

Nice work, guys!

 

 

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Google Moogle

Loving Google’s Moog synth on their Google Doodle spot today, in honour of Robert Moog.

Here’s a quick challenge for you. Play this riff and let me know which classic 80’s song it’s from:

C C [ [ + + [ [
2 2 9 9 [
Q Q I I P

See it here: http://www.google.com/doodles/robert-moogs-78th-birthday
Official Google blog post: A tribute to Bob Moog, sonic doodler

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Sinatra remix – Come Fly With Me

Here’s a remix of Frank Sinatra’s ‘Come fly with me’ I did for choreographer Nikki O’Hara. The dance piece it accompanies featured in the final year show at Bird College in 2011, and at the recent Move It dance festival/expo at Olympia in April 2012.

Was an interesting challenge to work with a piece of music that wasn’t recorded to a click-track. Ask me about how awesome Logic’s time-stretch functionality “Flextime” is for the full story.

I can’t embed a SoundCloud style file due to copyright issues – BORING! – so here’s an mp3 instead:

http://olifreke.co.uk/Sinatra/SINATRA_COME_FLY.mp3

(It starts getting tasty around the 1:45 mark…)

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A nice Spotify app – Boil the frog

This is easily my favourite of the many Spotify apps out there: Boil the frog

Boil the Frog  is a Spotify App that will create playlists that gradually take you from one music style to another by analysing adjacent styles and creating an arbitrary path from one to the other.

Sadly not available to the public yet, but the creator of it, Paul, kindly did me one that went from Dubstep to Beethoven. Check it out: Dub-hoven

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Gigging with Sylver Tongue

Here I am playing keyboards for Charlotte Hatherley’s awesome new outfit Sylver Tongue on Sat 28th April, at The Waiting Room, Stoke Newington.

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More pics on Midnighta GoGo Facebook page.

Look out for the album later this year – it’s gonna be electrophonic!!

Sylver Tongue on Facebook & website.

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An ode to my defunct Casio A220 Digital Illuminator Watch

An ode to the Casio A220

 

A birthday gift from
The Lady Wife
Who said I could have
ANY watch I fancied in the whole
World.

Ooh, exciting!

And even though I could have
Had a fancy Diesel
watch
For  £180.99

They were all horrible.

But the shop assistant man in Diesel
Had the best
Watch on
Of                                      all…

A £19.50 Argos
Casio A220M

So I went to Elizabth Duke
And got that
Instead.

(you’re fired, ed)

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