Category: Music News


The Big Hair Showdown at Crab Town

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I suppose this one warrants some explaining – What is CrabTown? It’s a place Sam, Jeremey (e.v.a.c.) and I went to three years ago and were blown away by the unbelievable nonsensicle creatures and coral the ocean vomited up on the tidal flats north of Makah Bay at the Photosynthesis festival in 2011. We were well impressed with all this and nicknamed this place Crab Town after an inside joke that began when we ran into either a dose of crabs – or a cast of crabs (depending on which obscure collective known you prefer). One of the crabs in the dose we nicknamed Emerald Tony owing to his bright green emerald coloring. and from there we started referring to the place as CrabTown.

This inside joke runs deep. Deeper than I have time to explain really (and frankly its too soon as the statute of limitations havent run out on some of the elements yet) but for now check out the photo of the flask that was created for those in the know.

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The Vitals
http://photosynthesisfestival.com/

our showcase listing
http://photosynthesisfestival.com/2012/news/new-this-year-beach-stage-crew-showcases/

our event facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/events/167659860068001/?fref=ts#

Photos facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/events/381904055238780/?fref=ts

Crab

 

OSC and Ableton

Perhaps there were clients to allow use of OSC in Ableton and I hadn’t heard of them. While I have used midi controllers before in processing, nothing beats the ease of use compared to abletons mapping.  Say hello to OSCGlue, the newest tool in your kit

http://vvvv.org/documentation/oscglue

Rollerdisco event in Portland

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Featuring rollerskating music by:

bluetech
cosmi-lectro lunar discopolis set

phidelity

space disco oddysey 2010

bitslap

the return! bluetech vs phidelity

jacaranda

balearic beats

c$

team awesome resident dj

ALL AGES!
This is a rollerdisco event
your $12 admission covers your skate rental

Friday July 9th
from 7pm – 11pm
SE Portland Directions on the webpage.

Tickets are pre-sale only!!
We will only be selling 75 tickets so get em’ sooner rather than later.



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Squiddhartha Album released!


From the creative depths arises a new collaboration called Squiddhartha featuring the talents of Rubin Elias (Dub-Spectrum) and Kris Northern (phidelity). Their first album, “West Coast Tentacles” is a collection of tastefully eclectic, genre-defying dj friendly jams. From laid back psychedelic bubble dub, to funky, electro-break speaker shredders, there is a lil’ somethin guaranteed to get all the tentacles writhing.
If you enjoy this music consider helping spread the love as we have independently released this CD. Share these tunes via the widgets and tell all your friends.


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Squiddhartha “West Coast Tentacles” by  Squiddhartha

NeuroSonic AudioMedical Lab

Heads ain’t ready for the real!


Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc. from Chris Cairns on Vimeo.

Artikulation with a visual score




In 1956 György Ligeti composed “Artikulation” after moving to Cologne into the same building as sound pioneers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Gottfried Michael Koenig. While its reported that he was highly influenced by the crazy electronic sounds he heard coming out of this building this is one of only two electronic pieces he composed before returning back to the intrumental medium.

The liner notes for the score provide an explanation for what’s going on in the music:

The piece is called ‘Artikulation’ because in this sense an artificial language is articulated: question and answer, high and low voices, polyglot speaking and interruptions, impulsive outbreaks and humor, charring and whispering.

This is classified in the “Discretization” class of Musical Analysis, where the  process of analysis often involves breaking the piece down into relatively simpler and smaller parts. Often, the way these parts fit together and interact with each other is then examined in different contexts.

24 years later (1970) Rainer Wehinger created a “Hörpartitur” or “score for listening” for the piece, representing different sonorous effects with specific graphic symbols much like a transcription. Which is shown below. While the piece already had a score – this visual score can be considered a more user friendly version which focuses on the main sonic charectaristics instead of traditional elements like discrete pitches and symbols.

To realize this in a score, Wehinger used a timeline measured in seconds, and used shapes and colors instead of notes on a staff. He used dots for impulses and combs for noise. He used different colors to represent variations in timbre and pitch.

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For a number of years this has existed on record and then later cd – and now finally on the internet as someone scanned the pages, synced it to the music and added a “current position” bar.


Debut album by Phidelity – Twilight Audio

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Click to purchase at bandcamp

At long lost, Twilight Audio is complete. This is a collection of remixes, collaborations and original songs by yours truly.


Cover Artwork by Xavi
Mastering by Shawn Hatfield (Twerk) of Audible Oddities
Vocals on tracks 1 & 3 courtesy of Anahata

1) Phidelity – Twilight in your eyes – Featuring Anahata

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2) Phidelity – Cell Abrasion

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3) Brother – Biorhythms (Phidelity remix featuring Anahata)

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4) Phidelity – Symbol Minded

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5) Evan Marc - Silver – (Phidelity remix) courtesy of psy-booty records

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6) Phidelity – Fractal Disco

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7) Phidelity – In the details

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8) Rena Jones – Photosynthesis – (Phidelitys fractal woodlands remix)
additional on site field recordings in Yellowstone by Alisha Harrington

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9) Phidelity – Multi-dimensional Folds

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Thank yous: My family for everything they’ve done, Rena Jones for the encouragement,  Alisha for tolerating and encouraging the process, Michael Manahan for the unwavering support and belief, Evan Bartholomew for advice and showing the way, Rubin Elias for the massive inspiration to make tunes, Anahata for her lending her gracious voice, Brother for the humility,  Xavi for navigating the multidimensional flows, Richard Devine for raising the bar on the mad scientist thing a couple notches. Everyone who supports the continued growth and evolution of this thing we call a scene.

Shout outs : Joy, Jazz and Liz, Grig & Dean @ Addictech, Tipper,  2MD – 2 many daves,  Giani, Zak @ Bloodtribe, Kodish, Nina, Skoi, Lamb, Alisha, Manos, Manoj, Jack, Stephanie, Jeremie, Michelle, Beau, Shilo, Elana, Mark probe3, Pitch Black, Ryan & Chelsea, Matt Mr Projectile, Ryan Comma, Sander, Eric Dynowski, Ezra Free, Kim, Brenden eskmo, Luke Mandala, Christian BSM, Nalepa, OTT, Joe & Nicole, John & Nicole, Mike & Nicole and all other friends of mine with significant others named Nicole. Hell… Thanks to all Nicoles in the world.

All the people who support the crazy noises and malfunctioning robot love <3 If you like what you hear take a moment to sign up for the newsletter below – I’m planning on releasing a free few tracks as promo only to the newsletter subscribers

kris

Sneak peek at my upcoming album

Hi everyone,

So it should probably be news to just about everyone visiting this page that I’m working on an album and nearly done with it! It started off as an ep awhile ago and I ended up with a handful more songs that needed releasing so I figured an album would be the best route to have it all flow together. Since arriving back from my trip to London Ive done little other than work on this album – sometimes taking occasional breaks to set my studio up in surround sound and to play with my kyma capybara. ;)

So now onto the samples – I did samples for four songs – each is approx a minute long and I have to apologise since the songs are unmastered weird things happen when you convert to mp3 so it doesnt sound nearly as sharp as it should.

Eternal Twilight feat Anahata

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Phidelity – 2012 Space Disco (tentative title)

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Phidelity – Cell Abrasion

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Brother – Biorhythms phidelity remix – featuring Anahata

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On another note my first release after all these years will be coming out – It is a remix of Evan Marc and Steve Hillages – Resurfacing track from the "Dreamtime Submersible" album that came out on Somnia a while back. This will be coming out in Noah Preds’ and Bluetechs’ Tech-house label "Thoughtless"

Heres where im at so far: three of these tracks are still in progress – and Ill probably write one more for the album. But all told its an hour of music.

I can’t say honestly when the album will be done – Im hoping before the end of the year and to be released sometime in the spring. Sign up for the mailing list if you want to be informed.

 

Circuit Bent Pachinko Machines

As if they weren’t noisy enough already, here are some circuit bent Pachinko Machines. The second is essentially what a Pachinko Machine possesed by satan, on its last leg or running some Windows Operating system. Skip to 2:20 in if you have to.


Couldn’t have happened to a better song

A six piece no-man band playing Gnarls Barkley – Crazy. The robotic theremin is the sanest piece of gear in the ensemble, on the other end of the spectrum is a uhhhh a robotic box of stoned wheat thins?!?

Commence maniacal mad scientist laughter.
Bwuahahahahahaha!