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Dear friends (yeah really, one of those) I have become a women's wear designer for VIDA! http://shopvida.com/collections/voices/mi...

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Retrograde Reviews: Reinier Van Houdt - Paths Of The Errant Gaze LP

Reinier Van Houdt - Paths Of The Errant Gaze LP
Your only enemy is atrocity.

The only enemy in your life is your imagination...

But then, heck, it was mine for many years when it came to creating ambient music. And as an empath thing, the piano is a solid beginner's point that can, for one, cause a lot of inspiration, and second, in a see, saw, fashion, formulate a lot of writer's block. While it is difficult to believe in yourself, believing in your own music is the biggest factor, for me in my own experience, in whether me and my acquaintances succeed or not. For most of us, the guitar and piano are the main two instruments one starts with, after all...and the piano is exactly what Reinier Van Houdt does best on this new promo from Hallow Ground label. "Paths Of The Errant Gaze" is a portentuous meditation on the 81-note instrument, and a album that presents many twists and turns in the pianistic repertoire.

It's not all flurries of furore by a long shot, though. Opening the album is a dark Murcof-like set of atmospheres that are positively disconcerting in a Demdike Stare catalogue kind of way. Sonic Pieces is a touchstone in theatrical menace. This isn't dark ambient however; there is something sinister but it's more deep and chilled, a strange foreboding chill without the fright at the end of it. The music is deeply transcendental, like the hum of a ghost ship, or the echoes of bat sonic supersound from a cave exit. Maybe it's time to get out? No, let us wallow in these atmospheres a little longer, for we are dreamers who at one point are on our own memorising elephant and next we're in the shallows like a hippopotamus, resting in uncandid serenity. These resonances are heavy on pastoral drone without the irritable hum. They start to fissure and rattle like bones in a dementia fit on second piece "The Fabric Of Loss". Sounds from a torture chamber set into an unpleasant - but strangely comforting - catharsis. It is frightening and gravitates to a dislocated navigation of the spices of life.

By this third track, we need a certain peace. The violins, high pitched in their operatic stalagtite status, create a fair come down period, where the mood irons out any turbulence. Turbulent is a good word to describe this album. If you've ever heard the dissonance of Kevin Drumm or Merzbow you'll get an idea of exactly what this album is going for. Scary, gripping stuff, but not stuff to keep the kids on your side. It is nightmarish at points, but never evil. It sounds like the contents of a troubled mind fighting with a demon that keeps prodding a scythe in the subject's back. For that only you get the feeling this music is from some other dimension, a place where angels are in purgatory (13 minutes into track 2) and the subject is trying desperately to find his or her way out.

When we get past the crackling trail of "Transfinite" there is a vignette to close us out. Impending doom, and all the light goes out on a truly remarkable release.

By track five, "Gaussian Veils", which I've no idea what it means but sounds like some Greek linguistic variant on gossamer, a crepuscular rhythm is held together by stalking piano and the introduction of a ghostly choral voice. This is the stuff of legends. Pure transcendence, "springs of light, I chase upon your reach, this situ, a path of ideas I lose". The sound of it, just the sound of it! It is utterly doueur and utterly fantastic. The minor and augmented aeolian modes of the piano paint a haunted mid section to the record, and the spectral tones of the voice in question is like a magisterial tormented soul doing naked cabaret for the pleasure of Satan and his little elves.

Mick Buckingham

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams

Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams

by VA (Various Artists: FL; K3Bee; Shiva; FRight; Dredge; Naphta; RST; Keiretsu)

  • Naphta - Are U Ready? 00:00 / 07:12
    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    The disc is not a vinyl, but I like to think of it as such, because it is a collection of long form recordings. It will work on hifis with MP3 function.
    The download only includes the 16 tracks, the unique MP3 disc includes one exclusive mix per customer.

     £5 GBP


  • Edit

    Limited Edition MP3 Disc (20 copies happy to be hand-pressed and labelled individually with inserts. Also includes bonus outtakes from huge mix catalogue by Muttley, Foci's Left producer. Each unique copy has a unique bonus mix featuring a track or more on this comp!!

    Includes unlimited streaming of Various Artists (Friends Of Foci's Left) - SlipStreamDreams via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    shipping out on or around October 5, 2016
    edition of 50 

     £10 GBP or more


  • Full Digital Discography Edit

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    A celebration of sounds themed on the nineties, but not made in the nineties. Jungle, breakbeat, ambient, weird, library music, all in a sound collage textured in a nature that slipstreams moods into one another.
    Hence, the name, "SlipStreamDreams".

    Slipstreams are stealing of speed in a car journey, where the elements are in force to act against us.

    Slipstreams can be quite awkward problems with malfunctioning intent.

    Slipstreams can be depressions or decompressions of the mind.

    Slipstreams can be resonances that seem impersonally illogical.


    released October 5, 2016

    "2nd", "Imprint", "Matter" and "Meringue" produced by Kevin Beegan, AKA K3Bee. Find some of his dubplates at www.soundcloud.com/k3bee. He is part of the NuKillaBeats Cru.

    "Gene Thief" produced by James Alexandre Pathan, AKA Shiva Lab Creation. James runs www.bitratemusic.com, where you'll find some of his tunes and others released. Reach him on FaceBook or Twitter.

    "Are U Ready?" and "Home" produced by Shane 'O Shea, AKA Naphta. Naphta contributes to 'shwontological' blog www.weareie.com - take a look. These two tracks are re-released from his digital download album on THE Fear Recordings, in 2007.

    "Telemetry (Original)" by Robert Scott Thompson, AKA RST of Aucourant Records A&R. Robert has a Bandcamp page with over 60 albums released, some on labels such as Relaxed Machinery. Check "Arcana" for a good example.

    "Addict" and "Only Forward" produced by Keiretsu. Thanks to Stephen Mercer from Keiretsu for entrusting me with these on the release. Originally released on D:ART Recordings in the 2000s. About 2006.

    All other work (artwork, compilation ordering, trimming, Artillery Software mastering) by Michael Robert Buckingham, AKA FL, FRight, Dredge, owner of Foci's Left label and operator of www.focisleft.bandcamp.com.




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    Retrograde Reviews: Bonnie Prince Billy & Bitchin' Bajas

    "Nature, makes us, for ourselves".

    The music on Bonnie Prince Billy's latest rustic folk outing starts melodically enough, before embracing woodwind and the suitably gentile lines "may life throw you a pleasant curve". It's on the second track that the rhythmic focus really kicks into gear, loosening the weight of a breathy introduction. "Nature, makes us, for ourselves".

    You see, with a track title aim to be storyteliing meets self-help-provoking, this album can be taken kindly to from the first listen. The meanings spread out like fireflies, meeting a warming destination, a natural concave. Bonnie Prince is ast as the governor of a hundred baritones; instruments serve his plans to assist us in becoming calmer, getting happier.

    Much of the sound palette is pure rustic folk, a Johnny Cash meets Joanna Newsome quirkiness abounds throughout. There are no female vocals though, only a journeyman's horn of plenty with guitar chops to match. I first heard about BPB, not so humbly around 10 years ago, so I know he's been about the field for a long time. But at the same time, it's as if he's trod a heavy path through folk and country, meaning he understands how to not complicate a tune.

    This is most evident on euphoric closing piece "Your Hard Work Is About To Pay Off. Keep On Keeping On". Incidentally the ending is abrupt, leaving the listener craving a second shot of the honey-whiskeyed atmosphere Bitchin Bajas and Billy create. That's how the record feels essentially, like whisky. It's so addictive I can drown in it, but for the luck of the draw, it's only my sorrows that are cleansed.

    Mick R. Buckingham

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016

    SC - Currently On Your Stereo at www.subvertcentral.com

    widzhit ...http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07sxfjj
    Thom Yorke guest hosting on Benji B's show.

    Muttley ... Genius discovery, widzhit. Should be interesting for the tonal rubbing of urban and avant.

    Me: Chick Corea 5CD. Five original albums, not including 'Return Of Forever'. I've got so sick of hearing the "what game shall we play today" line in my head. These records are equally important, quality findings from the 1970s as such, showing progressive jazz at creative epitome. What Corea is to psychedelia Miles Davis was to jazz. Both greats in an epicentric tonality cauldron, drawing on their own cultural home brew.

    ...In terms of closcrate - drawing on modern classical and soundtrack music, the week's arrival of Angelo Badalamenti's Twin Peaks Original Remastered Score hits the spot. Chucking out impure embers of saccharine, "Laura Palmer Theme" is a delight that was chordally repeated by fans VUM on their "Solid Waves" (Psychotropic Jukebox LP, 2014). The vinyl sounds very earthy and perfectly represents the nineties era of dusty back street New York record emporiums.

    I'm also a big fan of the shared project Mike & Rich - Expert Knob Twiddlers 2CD on Planet Mu right now. Representative of the 'Selective Ambient Works' in www.soma.fm's 'Groove Salad' channel, and the timbral 'Hasty Boom Alert' on Soma's 'Space Station Soma', Aphex Twin and u-ZIQ blow the covers off my noughties library electronic music obsession for formulating progressive beats with a knack for snapback and pop structure. The rhythmic angles the music on these discs thrusts is typical of their intelligent sound design, warm gourmet nuggets, tasty to the delicate touch, not rough round the edges at all, and indispensable as such. I got my CDs from eBay.

    Wednesday, 31 August 2016

    Foci's Left Futurepast Fanzine Interview (2014)

    Foci's Left Interview – Futurepast Zine Issue 6 – September 2013

    Mick (Foci's Left) has recently released an album called 'Grumpy Love', he also runs a very interesting blog (http://www.subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk) and was one of the backers for this issue of Futurepast Zine. I'd interviewed Mick a couple of years ago and this was a good opportunity to find out what was happening right now...

    1. You recently released your debut album 'Grumpy Love'. What's the album about, why give it that title?

    “Grumpy Love” is about a few things really. First and foremost it's a dedication album to my sister Jo, in the form of dialectically epic-with-longevity music that I tried to conjure to me most affecting over the longest period of time. The second transitive is a soundtrack to my life so far. Now aged 25, I have been many things in life: a cheerful infant; a reclusive teenager; a full contact kickboxer; a freelance published writer in over 10 zines; a music producer. With “Grumpy Love” I wanted to encapsulate all the passionate moments as an epicentric part and counterpoint to aurally channelled “grumpy music”. When we are grumpy, we're usually brooding over something, some hardship which makes us feel a certain negative way, or cuts us off from bearing our soul. I have constantly had this theme of not bearing my soul too much over the course of my life, so the music on “Grumpy Love” takes on a certain, sullen tone. Whether that helps the end product is open to interpretation, but as you said yourself, “it's pretty amazing”, and I take that as a huge compliment.

    2. Why dedicate the album to your sister?

    My sister Jo is a driving reason why I've made a lot of moves in my life, from how long I went training, to how long I stayed living with her until middle 2011. “Silence Is Golden”, a 345 sample, 3 hour collage – and still the best piece of 'music' I've ever heard – lead to a loss of stability. I realised after that I needed to move on to my own accommodation, and a trip through mental hospital a year later lead to buying a keyboard to produce to help produce the album. I still don't consciously know why I wanted to do an LP, besides having “Regurgitated Impulses (Original)” produced since the age of 17, when Jo was experiencing a tough time. But I know I had her in mind when channelling my emotions, as she means a lot to me, yet we are still quite distant from each other at times. I guess as I'd done a few EPs, (the first on Audio Gourmet, the second self-released, the third on Omni Music) I wanted to express to a greater extent what I'm about, what sort of music I want to hear that I don't hear anyone else making quite the same way.

    3. Why did you release it as digital only?

    The choice to release it digitally came about as a half-inconsequential decision. I hadn't really taken into account what sorts of funds I'd need to press CDs and get digipaks designed – so it's digital only for now. Heck, if I had a hundreth of the 33,000 "For The Ambient Lovers...review and mixtape archive 001” (my Subvert Central thread concerning Ambient reviews) audience exposed to and enjoying the album so they would support it I'd be able to sort out CD pressing. Alas it's not quite that simple – I'm still a very obscure artist with only 5 releases contributed to. In the Ambient and electroacoustic scene there is a surprisingly broad selection of records to choose from...naturally the more exposed the artist the greater their revenue share. I've never been about making money from music, but if I could sell enough to support funding of future projects I'd be happy.

    4. When I listened to your album it felt I would have to burn it to CD to listen in my car, you could always do it that way yourself...anyway, how does the artwork link in with the album?

    Yes I could always burn a few mastered Wav CDs to send to people, make it proper DIY and all that. The artwork and how it fits in...Niomi is Jo's current girlfriend and leopards have been with my parents as a means of comfort for decades – they have a cuddly leopard toy. So it seemed ideal to include the image, and plus I think it's ace, so it all worked out nicely.

    5. Have you got any more music coming out soon?

    I'm currently putting the finishing touches to my fourth solo EP, “Dumping The Rock”. It will be comprised of 5 tracks – the fifth a bonus for whoever purchases it on Bandcamp. Like “Grumpy Love” the EP will showcase a range of styles with a unifying theme – in this case music that disperses any of the aggression of past releases. I'll be selling it at the same price as the album – an inexpensive £5. I feel it's my most mature music to date but still retains a youthful edge.

    6. What do you use to make your music?

    I use various sources to make my music. The primary two sequencers I use are Mulab, a freeware tracker with kits of great VSTs built in. The second and essentially intermediary one I go to is Ableton Live 8 Suite. “Overdriven Terrain”, the synthesiser track you said was breathtaking was created solely there, with The Dream Machine and STS-21 freeware VSTs. But mainly I use hardware these days. My trusty Casio CTK-4200 AD 61 key keyboard produces over 600 tones on its own before I go in and edit. I then capture these sounds with an Olympus VN-713 voice recorder and resample them back into software.

    7. Also, I noticed your post about a 'Police State' on Subvert Central some time ago, I was wondering if any of that works its way into your music?

    As to the Police State situation, it depresses me for sure, however as my Mum says, if you're not doing anything wrong, wholesale, then you shouldn't have to worry about anything. The article in question was extremely leftist, discussing and condoning the organisation of police forces as to creating positive measures against criminals. But I like your analogy there that the police are little more than organised gangsters. I'm actually still surprised that the rules are being enforced, as it means the police might have to get off their arses and do some work.

    8. I asked you to put together a short mix. You called it 'Positive Congruence' – what does that mean and can you tell me a bit more about the mix?

    'Positive Congruence' arose from reading Carl Rogers' 'On Becoming A Person' psychotherapy doctrine when the British Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was on in 2012. The chapter concerning the phrase 'positive congruence' piqued me, in how to understand and open myself up to new experiences with individuals. It means transparency and honesty without being overbearing. Sounds that followed suit in their nature of being rousing only were added. There are up to ten tracks layered at once in 'Positive Congruence'. Therefore providing a track list would be impossible. I can give you some tunes and artists that were played. “Birthday Suit” by Chubby Wolf opens it; Hallock Hill's “A Burning Question (A Question Of Burning)” from “There He Unforeseen” not long after. Machinefabriek & Gareth Davis' “Oh, Doctor Jesus” post 15 minutes (the saxophone piece); Donato Wharton's “Ink Mountains” at 14:30. Barn Owl's epic “Devotion II” at closing. This amount of tracks layered at one time by me, has only been exceeded (16) in the timelesss “Silence Is Golden” 3 hour collage that I published on http://www.subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk this year. I'm very happy with this mix, the climax at the end by Jon Porras & Evan Caminiti giving anchorage into more powerful affectations, once the listening process is over. Since it's all about congruence with a certain type of thinking – powerful affectations that nurture knowingness and trust – that the person is being understood for what he or she is.

    Mick has done an excellent mix for Futurepast Zine so be sure to check it at http://www.futurepastzine.blogspot.co.uk and check his music out at http://www.focisleft.bandcamp.com - it's breathtaking Smile

    Sunday, 28 August 2016

    30 Day Movie Challenge

    01 Fave movie - A Touch Of Chaos
    02 Last movie you watched - The Best Of Me (drama flick on Netflix, excellent)
    03 Fave action/adventure movie - The Jungle Book
    04 Fave horror movie - The Voices (Wuaki.tv broadcast, reviewed on http://www.subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk)
    05 Fave drama movie - The English Patient
    06 Fave comedy movie - Bottom: Guest House Paradiso
    07 Happy - Ruben Carter - The Hurricane
    08 Sad - Ghost
    09 Whole script - Philomena
    10 Director - Saiorse Ronan
    11 Fave childhood movie - Rocky II
    12 Animated movie - South Park: The Movie
    13 A movie that I used to love but now hate: Titanic
    14 Favourite movie quote: "Ditto" ~ Ghost leaving scene.
    15 First movie in a theatre - AI
    16 Last in a theatre - How I Live Now
    17 Best movie in the last year - Prime (starring Uma Thurman and Meryl Streep - a romcom)
    18 Most disappointing movie - The Iron Lady (completely lost me halfway through, just like depicted dementia)
    19 Favourite actor - Arnold Schwarzenneger
    20 Favourite actress - Judie Dench (for 'Philomena')
    21 Most overrated movie - The Graduate
    22 Most underrated - A Beautiful Mind
    23 Favourite movie character - Amelie
    24 Favourite documentary - People Just Do Nothing (TV mockumentary); or if we're talking DVD, Jakob Ullman - Sabulation sand dunes film with audio.
    25 A movie no-one would expect me to love - Rush Hour 2
    26 Guilty pleasure movie - Love, Rosie
    27 Classic movie - A Fish Called Wanda
    28 Best soundtrack movie - Blade Runner
    29 A movie that changed my opinion about something - Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
    30 Least favourite movie - American Pie (it's absolute shit)

    There you go, handed to you, on a plate - without the bother of having to watch any of them.



    Pepper Combos - Like Scotch Eggs, Only Healthier

    Michael Robert Buckingham - Personal Pepper Combos - September 2016 - Like Scotch Eggs, Only Healthier (#FN #Foodienoodling

    I am noting down a few pepper combos here, as i have not ordered from Curry Paradise, Oxfordshire, since 2014 (too far away mentally).

    Some thought that it is too far away is contrasted by the fact Ahmed's curry is also in Witney, but this is quicker send.

    OK - stuffed red green and yellow pepper (either or, they all taste the same), stuffed with pork and Hellman's mayo.

    Or mayo of any kind would work. This works as it is a binding agent with the insides of the pepper. It also increases flavour and enjoyment of the meat, basically being a marinade if spiced or not, and works equally with minced beef.

    Sweet pointed peppers also work, but these are more difficult to see a return on, because they are not round like eggs.

    Of course, the peppers, are hollowed out first, some seeds can remain, but the basic criterion is it is much healthier for me than scotch eggs, and much tastier. Stuffed peppers with chicken strips or warmed ham also works. Yes, warmed meat.

    This meat can be warmed up in the microwave oven, or in the case of pork or mincemeat, fried or oven cooked.

    Mushrooms? Mushrooms are an alternative for veggies, and qualify the addition of herb combos to mix, such as mixed spice, allspice.

    Another serving suggestion is using egg mayo filler in the stuffed peppers, or whatever you wish to use. Morrison's in UK, for instance, have a variety of fillers, including coronation chicken, seafood cocktail, cheese and onion (more savoury dish) etcetera etc. The dishes with any stuffed pepper are always more nourishing with properly cooked/heated through peppers, as the taste buds are heightened in sensation, because peppers are basically less strong chilli's that belong to the same family.

    Overall, the stuffed pepper is a type of cooking implementation with a lot more to give than you, and I too, may think.