18.8.19

Radio Airtime - Blog Updates

Radio Airtime

So first up a massive thanks to Steve Cammack from the legendary Dieter Müh. If you don't know him, alongside Dieter Muh, he has a excellent Blog "MuhMur" now ReMuhMuration and a regular radio show down in Devon. Steve has been kindly supportive of my work for I guess about 10 years now and asked me to do a session for him ages ago. Finally I've got round to sending him something!

If you've read the previous blog update I have a forthcomming EP Divorse (Proceedings) From Reality which I'm hoping will be complete before the end of the year. Steve's show plays the rough MuhMur mix of this ep in full alongside some other BBBlood cuts from the last ten years.

Please feel free to check it out.

https://remuhmuration.blogspot.com/2019/08/muhmur-radio-broadcast-15-august-2019.html

And a direct link to the broadcast

https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-broadcast-15-august-2019/



HAPPY 7 YEARS MUHMUR RADIO!

Blog Update

In addition I've made some time to update the blog, this includes a biography detailing the early years of BBBlood, future plans and some of the highlights. Have a read if you have time.

More news soon!

Paul

1.8.19

Divorce (Proceedings) From Reality

New EP v soon. Roughly 20mins of chopped tape music, loops, odd sounds, field recordings, live recordings. Standard stuff.

Preview on MuhMur Radio soon, full release to follow after.

No gigs currently planned, more releases planned (finally).




Enjoy the summer!

17.4.19

BARLOW INDEX #6

Sunday 21st april 2019

PHEROMOANS (ALBUM LAUNCH) + ASHLEY PAUL & TOM JAMES SCOTT + BBBLOOD + THE BOHMAN BROTHERS + DESIGN A WAVE + CHILDS POSE + HP SORCERY + MAD HEADED OCTOGRAM

@ Cafe Oto




23.12.18

2018 Review

Hello. I was mulling it over the weekend whether I should do an end of year review or not. However it's a tradition that I'm going to stick with regardless of whoever reads this. Here is a brief summary of what 2018 has meant for me.

Recorded

So 2018, A couple eps came out, the 3 way live CDr and the Split with Claus (mentioned previously in this blog). However both were live recordings and also recorded over the last couple years. So yeah quite unproductive on the recorded front. Yeah I did record stuff, quite a lot but none if it is ready for release in my opinion.

Shows

Gigs front, nope, nothing here.

So you may ask, what have you been doing? Good question: Not much, working, travelling, and probably more working.

Which is a bit disapointing since the last end of year review I spoke about renewed energy to do things, however it doesn't always work out like that. And I'm not taking it too much to heart.

Next Up
So do you have anything lined up? Actually yes, I've started to look to new means to record perform and hopefully invest some time into actually getting something released, first new recordings since 2017. And gigs... yes I do, I have a show lined up in April as BBBlood! I'll post more about this when all the details are online.

Best of 2018

Well, to be honest I've not even really listened to much this year either (Yeah you always say that!). But some records I enjoyed (Including the ones I downloaded from other peoples eoy lists and places to find them) are:

Acolytes - bus-final2-tFZqV8QQR34 
Darksmith - Hatred Of Sound LP 
Lolina - The Smoke 
Graham Dunning & Tom White - You Are A New Creature 
Hum of the Druid - A Strange Export
Kevin Drumm - Frozen Pipes
Kevin Drumm - Inexplicable Hours
Apostille - Choose Life 
Chris Goudreau ‎– Brief Sensuality
Blood Stereo - Tape Loop Meditations
Translucent Envelope - A Slight Remove
Slow Listener - Live At Fort Process
Red Brut - S/T

Xi'an Impression
Lisbon
Tough guys in Tokyo - The Nightingale
Visiting Japan
Monk Fest @ Cafe Oto
Budapest
Haringey Borough FC ten game undefeated run and being top of the league at Christmas / Promotion / Beating Heybridge Swifts in the play-off semi final

As per tradition I'll probably review / add to this list when I think of more records. 

Also it's strange that I've finished this post before the end of the year and Christmas, so if you are reading this. Have a great holiday!

Paul

13.7.18

Updates - Recent Reviews, Old News

The long summer has not yielded any new news here, however things are moving at their own pace. I anticipate a new release to come out in the next couple months.

In the meantime here is a review of the recently issued split cassette with Claus Poulsen on Sound Holes.

Many thanks to Andy from TQ Zine, please check his excellent fanzine for a real reflection on what is going on in the UK experimental underground. Recommended.

http://tqzine.blogspot.com/



As always the best way to keep up with my activity is via Twitter, but I also forgot to mention the release of the now sold out live album with Stuart Chalmers and Posset recorded at the Fuse art space in Bradford last year. Which now seems like ages ago!

https://crowversuscrow.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-fuse-art-space-bradford

Also reviewed here...

http://idwalfisher.blogspot.com/2017/06/stuart-chalmers-posset-bbblood-bbblood.html




5.2.18

New Cassette Release - Split with Claus Poulsen


Out now I believe (or soonish) on Sound Holes.

My side is a live recording from February 2016 @ The Montague Arms in London.

Claus' side I believe is new recorded material from 2017.

Cass and Sindre are on tour this February and will no doubt have copies of this cassette.

I have limited copies, so if you want one direct from me please let me know.






3.1.18

2017 Review

2017 was probably the least productive year I've had for some time, yet at the same time probably the most hectic too personally, so this and a barely functioning internet connected laptop has led to a lack of time I've had to commit to recording or playing live.

Rather than dwelling on that fact that I did very little recording/performing, I'm feeling pretty optimistic about 2018 and will be making moves to get more records out there, playing more shows, and just being more active.

Recordings

With regards to recorded output besides the aforementioned split with Stuart Chalmers and Posset on Crow Vs Crow no new recordings have been produced this year. This split CD has sold out now, yet still available as digital download. 



Also a limited run live recording of my set from November 2016 was released on Andy Bolus' (Evil Moisture) Royal Sperm tape label. Ultra Crude, strangely trippy, gloopy, documentation of a good gig. I think copies might still be available, I have none left but check the Royal Sperm website. See BBBlood 'El fin de semana me dejó fatal'. At the time of release I forgot to mention this, a recurring theme of 2017.

Live



Earlier in March I shared the bill with Anla Courtis, Posset, Duncan Harrison & Yoni Silver in London, Cafe Oto Project Space. It was a great night, again looking back I forgot to mention this fact on the blog (oops) but here is the link to the event.



Following this I played a second show on the same line up as Posset, this time in Bradford in support of the three way split CD.

In 2018 a CD release Stuart's, Joe's, and my live sets from this night should be released so stay tuned for more information about that here.



To end the year on Friday 15th of December I did a live collaboration with Sharon Gal for John Macedo's successful Solo, Duo, Trio night #7 at Cafe Oto. This line up also featured the trio of  Áine O'Dwyer, Steve Beresford and Crystabel Riley, and  Leslie Deere playing solo.

Playing this night I felt was really successful and I think has given me the much needed shot of vitamin B12 to see through the forthcoming winter nights and my musical output. Massive thanks to John and Sharon for making this night so. Hopefully the recording of the duo will surface some time over the coming year. As always I'll mention it here (or forget about doing so and then mention it in my 2018 review blog post).

After that nothing else is due for a while, but I'd like to get a brand new full length record out in 2018.

Next Up

Finally a live recording of my set from the Montague Arms on Valentine's Day 2016 coming out as a split cassette with Cass Poulsen on Sound Holes.Again more information here, I'll let you know.

Best of 2017

This year I don't feel I've really listened to many new releases*, some I own I've not even made time to listen to yet. But a nod to all of the following (music / non) as always including the usual suspects...

  • Duncan Harrison - Preamble to Nihil
  • Sewer Election - Malign
  • Aaron Dilloway - Gag File
  • Pigs Ear 2017, esp Kees Wee Heavy 9.5%
  • The Slowest Lift - S/T
  • London - Gibraltar - Madrid celebrations October / November
  • Jaap Vink - GRM
  • Performing Live With Sharon Gal @ Cafe Oto
  • Phil Julian - Relay
  • Of Habit - Extended Technique
  • Grit - Night Pudding
  • Croatian Amor - Love Means Taking Action
  • Bomber Jackets - Kudos to the Bomber Jackets
  • Harringey Borough lads, esp the 4-1 Bideford Town, FA Cup Qualifying Round, and a nod to 1-1 vs Heybridge Swifts match abandoned
  • Cycling to the QEII Bridge and back
  • Recovery - May 2017
  • Aqua Dentata ‎- One Day, You Will Be A Painter
  • Solar Flump - Tape Vomit
  • RLW & Dylan Nyoukis - Gukuruguh
  • Spoils & Relics - Threadbare Adult Life
  • Aaron Dilloway and Genesis P-Orridge @ Cafe Oto
  • Lasse Marhaug / John Wiese ‎- Continuous Loop Sheep 1997-2017
  • T.Mikawa - Rising Sunset
  • D. Glare 4 - Oscillators & 130 Samples At 130 BPM
  • Simon Whetham - InTolerance
  • Micheal Muennich - Klamm/Heimelig
  • Stuart Chalmers - Loop Phantasy No.4
  • Stefan Roigk - Sprachmusik
  • Chalmers/Campbell - Mazes and Labyrinths

* Something now looking back on this list is not true

Recommended reading the 2017 Zelleby Awards on Radio Free Midwich as always a really in depth account of  what they call the no-audience underground.

29.11.17

Live December 2017

News
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Performing on Friday 15th December

SOLO:DUO:TRIO #7

OTO Project Space
Ashwin St, Dalston, London, E8 3DL
7.30pm | £7 on the door (£5 for OTO members)




SOLO:DUO:TRIO #7 – ÁINE O'DWYER / STEVE BERESFORD / CRYSTABEL RILEY (TRIO) + SHARON GAL / PAUL WATSON (DUO) + LESLIE DEERE (SOLO)



SOLO:DUO:TRIO is a monthly night of improvised performances bringing together a wide variety of musicians and artists. Each show features a solo, a duo, and a trio performance where performers are invited to present something new or play with a person they haven’t played with before in an intimate and open environment.

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.