30.8.17

BBBLOOD / Stuart Chalmers / Posset CDr. Blog post about a record that's already sold out.

Apologies to those who missed this but a couple of months back this three way split record surfaced with Stuart Chalmers and Posset.



However you can listen to some of it here.

Buy digital download from Crow Vs Crow

Proud to be part of record with these two excellent musicians. I got some real positive feedback from the record.

Review on We Need No Swords.

Oh yeah we also did a live gig, what was reported by Idwal Fisher here. I really should have said...

Anyway, no new updates.


5.1.17

2016 Summary - Preaching to NO ONE!

So it seems to be a trend at the moment in these end of year round ups to really moan and complain how bad 2016 was, I don't want to do this. Personally for me it was just like 2015, and probably the last few years... Constantly overworked, not creating physically enough time to concentrate on recording new records, oh and I got to travel around a little more than I previously did. A personal highlight for me was continuing my learning of the Spanish language, the culture, and visiting twice / exploring the country; this is something that will continue into 2017.

Yes a lot has changed in the world during 2016, there's been some horrible tragedies globally, deaths, bad political changes, and it's really yet to be seen what impact they will have on the world. But I'm an eternal optimist, I think you have to keep on going, keep on fighting. There's either this, burying your head in the sand, divorcing your self from reality, or worse becoming apathetic which can be very unhealthy.

Posting this feels like preaching to the converted (or to no one!!), and I know this is possibly not the reason why you came to this blog.

Live

So... 2016 didn't see many BBBlood (or billed as Paul Watson) shows, but those that I did play were enjoyed. Out of it there should be a BBBlood / Claus Poulson split cassette which is a live recording from my performance in February. I've found a good home for this recording now, so if all goes well I'll be posting more details here.

No gigs outside London this year,  hope to change this.

November straight after the excellent Colour Out of Space festival I supported Evil Moisture, Wall & Durgan at New River Studios. This was a fun night with some great sets, thanks again Aimmar.

The December last show at Electric Knife was emotional, drunken, and ended with a great set by the golden boy of North London Kostis Kilymis. Lovely day! It's the end of an era in Kentish Town, and I wish T all the best in Plymouth.

Going forwards I hope to announce a couple of shows for 2017 soon.

New releases (haha)

2017 another three way split CD should surface, I'm not going to say any more but it's a split with two other artists who have had in my opinion a great 2016 and it's a honor to work with them both. Again more details in due course. Watch this space!

The split box with Duncan Harrison is still happening, it's just taking me forever to get things moving. My own fault, maybe I should do a fundraising page to get the £££ to release the record. If I have the customers breathing down my neck it will get released in 2017!

Also a short C10 split with Child Friendly will come out, another project that I'm self-releasing just not getting finished.

Otherwise there are two other projects I'm working on but it's too early to give more details, things are drifting all over the place.

Best of 2016

Tough question, I was struggling to remember a lot of the records that stood out last year, how ever this always becomes a long list. But in no order these are some records I listened to and enjoyed...

Gerritt Wittmer - "Unknowns" C20 [No Rent]
Louie Rice - "33/45" 7" [Organized Music from Thessaloniki]
Richard Kamerman - "Music for glassblower's studio and broken toy piano" C31 [Organized Music from Thessaloniki]
Joe Colley “No Way In” LP (as mp3) [Glistening Examples]
MAAAA - "Abhorrence And Dismay" CD [Triangle Records]
Placid Tracktor - "The Great British Shopper" C30 [Bogged Down]
Aaron Dilloway & Dylan Nyoukis ‎- CS / CDR "Dropout Elements"[Chocolate Monk]
Marc Baron - "Un Salon Au Fond D'Un Lac" CD [Potlatch]
Anxiety ‎– "Self Titled" LP [La Vida Es Un Mus]
Wanda Group - "Central Heating" LP [Opal Tapes]
Stuart Chalmers / Z. Zsigo - "Untitled" C30 [Strange Rules]
Aqua Dentata - "An Equine Red" C30 [Strange Rules]
Posset ‎- "Double Jupiter" Cassette [Vitrine]
Tourette - "Proximité Du Murmure" C40 [Triangle Records]
Croatian Amor ‎- "Love Means Taking Action" CD [Alter]
The Pheromoans ‎- "I'm On Nights" LP [Alter]
Dale Cornish And Phil Julian ‎- "Laughing Out" 7" [The Wormhole]

Non 

Colour out of Space 2016, especially Kent Tankred + the Fylkingen Records curated night, superb festival overall.
This Heat @ Cafe Oto,
Pigs Ear 2016,
Digging up all my Prince tapes,
Duncan Harrison Live,
Madrid in August, Melque, Gijon,
Friends / loved ones,

Last day of Electric Knife,
Black Velvet,
La Pirata Black Bock BA

OK that's enough..

 
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22.11.16

Next show: A tearful farewell to Electric Knife records 10/12/2016


Saturday 10th of December
last day of the shop

Duncan Harrison
Paul Daniel Knowles
dsic
Paul Watson
Daniel Gregory & Alec McGrory
Kostis Kilymis 

I reckon it'll be a good afternoon of electronic music, drinking, and more...

So please come along and buy records.

Thanks

15.11.16

Next Show: Evil Moisture, Mark Durgan & John Wall, BBBlood + More...

Note about next BBBlood performance.

21.11.2016

£7 entry 

New River Studios

Ground Floor Unit E, 199 Eade Road, N4 1DN London,

Evil Moisture
Andy Bolus (Evil Moisture), whom one fan said he "almost preferred ...to Joseph Roemer", has worked since the early 90s in such fields as circuit bending (almost before this term really existed) and self-taught electronics allowing fabrication of basic synth building blocks, chaotic circuits, unusual ways of 'synchronizing' non-rhythmic sounds, alongside a use of magnetic tape (early evil moisture material was entirely edited by splicing tape) and electronics to produce a kind of low-fi musique concrete which would've no doubt been rejected by Ircams engineers as "technical fault, unlistenable", but it would've been rejected by Wattie of The Exploited as "fuckin shit" too, so whatever.. 

Recently he has been working more directly with tape 'live cutup', using multiple reel to reels, modified tape echos, and home made tapeloop delays, using as source material basic sounds such as oscillators, function generators ring modulated sounds, and home made microphone circuits such as ultrasonic (bat) detectors (http://evilmoisture.free.fr/bat/). In addition to many Evil Moisture releases he has also made exhibitions and books of his visual work, recently collaborating with the Danish artist Zven Balslev. He runs the label School Of Meat Cutting, releasing cassettes and also an ongoing series of "effects" and sound generators (examples here http://evilmoisture.free.fr/mangler/mashers.html). He also regularly does workshops where people can build such things as ghost detectors, optical theremins, noisy synths, and is teaching an ongoing project to make a haunted house in association with the Lycée Autogéré in Paris.

John Wall & Mark Durgan

It’s a pleasant surprise to discover how well-matched Wall and Durgan are as a duo. Considering their contrasting backgrounds and approaches, their respective vocabularies mesh very successfully, yet retain a healthy amount of contrast and tension. Durgan’s contributions, generated from modular and pressure-sensitive synthesizer, develop the vocabulary which began to emerge on his 2009 PAN album Ploughing Furrows From Rotten Burrows: thick, relatively slow-moving sounds concrete-style slaps, oscillating granular pitches and crude percussive blurts which hint at looping patterns.
Wall uses a computer, which presumably allows him to move and react more quickly. Consequently his playing is more volatile and diffuse, deploying fraying frequencies and jittery, sibilant textures, which evolve rapidly into detailed fractal-like clusters; or glassy surfaces ruptured by bursts of tonal splintering and structural disintegration. - The Wire

BBBlood 

Proper noise of the highest order: racket torn from a selection of table-top electronics and homemade devices (loose contact mic taped into tobacco tin being a live favourite). He has a wire-walker’s sense of balance – the balls-out noise is gonzo enough for nostrils flaring, meathead catharsis, the calmer moments clever and detailed enough to reward serious contemplation. Snatches of field and domestic recordings are dropped into the mix adding a very exciting sense of location. Thus, Paul does not present a free-floating, atemporal harsh noise wall. Instead this is very definitely happening Here and Now.” - Radio Free Midwich

Cementimental

Harsh noise - Circuit Bending - Rough Music - Since 2000AD

Pete Cann

Mangled electronics and decayed samples

21 November at 19:00–23:00
Next Week · 6–9° Rain£7 entry


17.8.16

Previous show.

This blog hasn't really been updated much of recent what's a shame but I'll make greater effort to get this restarted. But as per the previous post there's not been much to report.

I forgot to post the details of this show last month. Thanks to those who came along.


More news soon.

17.5.16

What do you expect?

Just posting a blog post here to say yes things are still moving, no heavy barrage of new releases or gig dates on this front.

Hopefully if I'm productive enough and all goes well there's a new tape and a full length to arrive this year.

Also a handful of gigs to be announced in the near future.

For now watch this space.

2.2.16

BBBe my valentine - Next Show 14 February 2016



DISKETTE ETIKETTE presents A SOUTH LONDON ADVENTURE IN IMPROVISED MUSIC, ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTS AND SOUND ART

ADAM BOHMAN & SINDRE BJERGA
CLAUS POULSEN
TOM WHITE & ROB LYE
BBBLOOD


The Montague Arms,
289 Queens Road,
Peckham,
London.
SE15 2PA.

8 PM // £5 ON THE DOOR

ADAM BOHMAN has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation.

SINDRE BJERGA has been touring Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and Argentina for many years and his incredible long form isolationist and cavernous tape-drone meditation have been released on more than 150 records across the underground spectrum. He’s collaborated with many artists, like Anla Courtis, Lasse Marhaug, Robert Horton, Culver, Posset and countless others. "What remains consistent from one release to the next is a sense of personality. Whatever sub-sub-sub genre he happens to be working in – space-drone, gurglecore, dictaphonics, others of his own devising – he imbues it with an engaging, informing intelligence. Playful, unafraid to meander, yet always attentive, thought through and sharp when it needs to be." - Rob Hayler

CLAUS POULSEN is a danish musician and producer who works with laptop, turntables, guitars, synths, electronics, field recordings, broken stuff and other sound sources. His output can sit anywhere within the blurred boundaries between ambient, avantgarde, noise and pop.
Having played in many bands (most notably 8 years of free improvisation with Alarm112) he decided to make music on his own in 2005. His journey as an artist is very much an on-going process and he prefers to experiment with sound and texture in an improvised fashion, with a goal of gradually honing his craft and covering new and uncharted territory. He also runs the label Skrat Records and makes cover art.

TOM WHITE lives and works in London. His work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. He has exhibited and performed internationally and published many sound works since 2009 (Chocolate Monk, My Dance the Skull, Alien Passengers). In 2014 he won the British Composer Award in Sonic Art for his piece Public Address, commissioned by the South London Gallery. Performance credits include appearances at Colour out of Space Festival, Brighton; Ende Tymes Festival, New York; Poesia Carnosa Festival, Rome; Spoken Weird, Whitechapel Gallery (with Maya Dunietz); MK Gallery; South London Gallery & Spill Festival of Performance.

ROB LYE - Sound artist and member of improvised gonk / post-everything, gamelan-tinkered collective Chora

BBBlood - Proper noise of the highest order: racket torn from a selection of table-top electronics and homemade devices (loose contact mic taped into tobacco tin being a live favourite). He has a wire-walker’s sense of balance – the balls-out noise is gonzo enough for nostrils flaring, meathead catharsis, the calmer moments clever and detailed enough to reward serious contemplation. Snatches of field and domestic recordings are dropped into the mix adding a very exciting sense of location. Thus, Paul does not present a free-floating, atemporal harsh noise wall. Instead this is very definitely happening Here and Now.” (Radio Free Midwich)

2.1.16

2015 Summary

The annual tradition of summarising the past year is more for personal reasons than for readers of this blog. To be honest with you it's been a relatively quiet year for my recorded output. Not as slow as 2013 I guess but I would have liked to have released more records.

Probably the main highlight for myself was the short string of dates with Duncan Harrison and Aqua Dentata. I think the highlight of these shows was playing Newcastle on the first night. Met loads of great people, great nights out, and fantastic music.

We released a CD to coincide with the tour, I have no copies left, Duncan may have some? We may repress the record. This was my only release of 2015.

End of year list

Everyone has a end of year list these days, I'm no exception. However this year I don't think I've really listened to many new releases. You have to consider that I've listened to mostly records released or recorded by friends so there is a slight bias naturally.

So here's my list in no order...

  • Miguel Prado - Titubeo (Organized Music From Thessaloniki) - I could easily say this was my favourite record of 2015. His performance the other month at Café Oto was fantastic. This record and live is like nothing else I've heard this year, high recommendation and still available. Check it out here..    
  • Marc Baron - Carnets (Glistening Examples)
  • Heinz Hopf - IDS INTE (Vitrine)
  • Panos Alexiadis - Orphine (Thalamos.net)
  • Darksmith - Everyone Is Welcome In My Room (Vitrine)
  • Basic House & Metrist - The World Is Order. Incarnate (Opal Tapes)
  • G*Park - Gour (Tochnit Aleph)
  • Chris Goudreau - Odd Monsters & Ultranegative (Elm Recordings, Kitty Play Records)
  • Duncan Harrison - La Loi (From Ineluctable modality of the visible) and Live @ The Old Police House Newcastle. One of the best performances I've seen all year, so intense and relaxed. Hit all the spots.
  • AMM - Live at Café Oto 
  • Pigs Ear Beer Festival - Hackney December
  • John Wiese - Deviate From Balance (Gilgongo Records)
  • Stuart Chalmers – Loop Phantasy No.2 (Ono)
  • Louie Rice - Puxe (Porta)
  • Kostis Kilymis - Not Homesick (Pt. 1 & 2) ‎, Bethnal Greener (Strange Rules, Rekem)
  • Wanda Group - SON PROCESSEUR SA CARTE
  •  Astor - 'Lina in Nida' (Penultimate Press)
I could probably add more but that'll do.

Ten years of this blog

It's staggering how time can fly, and when I think about the earlier posts on this blog it feels completely alien to me.

Ten years ago I think most of us was in a different head space and in different situations. I feel like I had a very different take on music and noise. On a whole I've stuck to my original agenda for making electronic music that has excited and interested me.

So yeah thanks for the support for the last ten years, things take a little longer to record and put out but I'm hoping to make more time for this in 2016.Watch this space.


Happy new year

9.11.15

Tour split CD sold out


Just a quick note. My copies of the tour split CD with Aqua Dentata and Duncan Harrison are now sold out. Electric Knife should have a copy or two left and quite possibly Duncan / Eddie.

This may be issued as a digital release soon.

Thanks to those who have supported us.

19.9.15

Hit the North


Long overdue update but next week I'm playing a string of three dates in the North of England with Duncan Harrison and Aqua Dentata. We're playing Newcastle, Sheffield, and Leeds.



Should be fun, in conjunction with the dates we are releasing a limited edition CD for sale at these shows. Any left over copies will be divided up and sold individually.



Thursday 24th September
BBBlood
Aqua Dentata
Duncan Harrison
Depletion
The Old Police House, Swinburne Place, NE8 1AX, Gateshead
8:00pm, £6
941631219214216

Friday 25th September
Poot presents:

BBBlood
Luke Poot/Duncan Harrison
Aqua Dentata
Portland Works, Randall Street, S2 4SJ, Sheffield
8:30pm, £3/£4
1632766843668390

Sunday 27th September
Termite Club presents:

BBBlood
Aqua Dentata
Duncan Harrison/Kieron Piercy
Acrid Lactations
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
7:30pm, £5
399337873595949

Hope to see you there.