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Video Premiere: Tiger Mendoza & Ally Craig – Until Tomorrow

As you may know I got back in to film photography a few years ago. I was looking back through some of my film photography scans from the past couple of years pre-pandemic and started pulling out pictures Going of various pre-lockdown travels, gigs and other adventures. For me, no matter when the picture was actually taken, film photography always has an air of nostalgia about it and for a few different reasons I haven’t really felt like using my film cameras for a while so coupled with that, looking through these pictures was a bit of a nostalgia overload but a fun trip down memory lane which I’m hoping we can get back to soon. All of the pictures were taken between 2018 and 2020 although exact dates are a bit fuzzy.

Until Tomorrow is a track that I created about a year ago based on a bass line set to me by the frankly brilliant Ally Craig. It’s probably the closest I’ve gotten so far to Mogwai-esque post-rock track or at least a teen TV drama version of a post-rock track. The dialogue is borrowed from a BBC World Service broadcast I came across when putting the track together discussing the then relatively new pandemic and confusion within India around the advice the government was giving to it’s people. Listening back to the audio now and alongside the pictures from our last trip to Goa, where I still have a lot of friends and family, it’s an interesting glimpse in to what has lead to the current situation.

You can still download the track from my Bandcamp page. Any profits will be donated to the amazing Oxford Food Hub who do great work educating people on food waste and redistributing food to charities and organisations that can use it. The track is still available to stream on all on Spotify and all of the usual services.

Italy via Oxford – Making music with found sound

A little while back I was asked by the lovely people at citiesandmemory.com if I wanted to create a track with some of the field recordings that have been uploaded to the site. The result was this track which used samples recorded in Italy and on Cornmarket Street in Oxford to create all of the instruments used.

I also made a couple of videos on how I made put the track together in (I know, the voice over is too quiet but it’s my first tutorial video. Go with it.)

And if you want to have a go at creating your own version, you can download the Ableton Live set from here. Enjoy.

Dinosaurs, Boxes and Riots!

Hello! I don’t want this to be one of those blogs were the poster just apologises repeatedly for not posting for ages but, erm…sorry…

Anyway, a fair bit has happened so let me fill you in. First of all a downsized Tiger Mendoza consisting of Dan and I played a couple of gigs last month with a kind of best of Tiger Mendoza type set with me on controls and vocals and and Mr. O’Driscoll on guitar. To be honest we weren’t sure if it was going to work but it seemed to go down really well. The idea was a king of Amon Tobin / Soulwax type set with lots of TM tracks mixed together in to a continuous 30min mix with Dan playing guitar on top. I suppose it was like trying to convince people to mosh to a DJ set. Which they did. Which was nice. Cheers to Oxbox.tv for having us @ Fat Lil’s in Witney and to Fred Toon for letting play the 2nd and last Psychotechnic League night at The Wheatsheaf, Oxford. You can see some footage and an interview we did at Fat Lil’s by going to the video page. And talking of Mr. Toon…

I’ve been helping Fred and Jo and Tim from Space Heroes of the People (aka The Modernist Disco) put together a compilation of some our favourite Oxfordshire electronic acts which is coming out MONDAY 2ND MAY (with CDs to follow a week later). Here’s the cover:

We Do Not Have A Dinosaur

And here’s a list of the acts involved:
Death Of Hifi
King Of Beggars
Space Heroes Of The People
The Evenings
The Grudle Bay Riots
The Keyboard Choir
The Kinetic Wardrobe
The Manacles Of Acid
Tiger Mendoza
We Are Ugly….

There will be some CDs available too from Rapture Records and Truck Store. All profits from sales of the album will be going to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami appeal. Go to via http://plmd.bandcamp.com for more info.

Oh and the Riots? More on that soon…

New Keyboard Choir ep

Just thought I’d let you all know that the pretty god damn brilliant Keyboard Choir have a new e.p which you can download for free from last.fm. If you haven’t heard anything by them before, they’re a big swirling mist of screeching, squeliching synths. Brilliant to hear live if you get the chance. Here’s the video for ‘Bugs’:

Hang Drum remixed [Update]

There’s a video that’s been around on video sites like youtube that’s been around for a while now which I’ve been slightly obsessed with ever since the first time I saw it. Manu Delago posted a video of a solo piece he did on an instrument called a Hang which I’d seen before but never heard played properly. I just LOVED the sound the things were making. When I heard it I really wanted to do something with it. Not too much but just……enhance it maybe? Re-edit it? I dunno. But I found out I could do video editing in good old ableton so I thought I’d give it a go. Here’s the result:

Here’s an mp3 of the audio: Manu Delago – Hand Drum Solo (Mono Desire) [TM Remix]
Here’s a downloadable version of the audio:

A big Thank you to Manu for posting the original video (which you can see here) and for letting me post the remix.