William Turnbull

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Alex Turnbull, champion skateboarder, DJ, a core member of the band 23 Skidoo, is the son of British artist William ‘Bill’ Turnbull. He made a film about his father and his work.  William Turnbull flew airplanes in the Second World War, and this experience among other things, came through in his work.

“Bill was a polymath at a time when that was a dirty word, shifting between sculpture and painting and putting both in a symbiotic relationship. Now crossing boundaries is everywhere: think of hip-hop. Johnny and I were in a band whose name referenced a William Burroughs short story. Burroughs used, as we did, cut-up techniques, collaging and sampling. We were oblivious to the fact that a lot of that aesthetic was in what Bill did until I made the film.”

Alex’s film, William Turnbull – Beyond Time will be screened in the UK on BBC4 very soon.  For all us non-UK residents, we will just have to bide our time, and home the film comes around our way soon.

The trailer is below, and you can find out more on William Turnbull and the trait inherited by Alex and Johnny in the Guardian article published today.

Ear Con 69 – Eat As Much As You Want

Ear Con69 – Eat As Much As You Want

Mutamassik / High Alert – Interlude for Grampa (Soundink)
Ras G / 14.303 Vs. Tell-lie-version (forthcoming on Ramp)
Teebs / Untitled 10 (Brainfeeder)
G.A.F. y La Estrella de la Muerte / Let’s Fuck (Foehn)
Prince Francis / Rockfort Shock
Jackie Opel / I Am What I Am (Rio)
The Bug feat. Cutty Ranks / Gun Disease (Rephlex)
DHS / The Forbidden (Hangman)
Hype Williams / Badmind (soon come from Hyperdub)
Flying Lotus / Zodiac Shift – Sonnymoon Remix
Company Flow / End to End Burners – The Lost Mix (therealelp)
Dub Gabriel feat. The Spaceape / Is This Revolution (coming soon via Destroy All Concepts)
Silkie / Head Butt Da Deck (Deep Medi)
Blackdown / Lata (Keysound)
Filastine / Hungry Ghosts (Soot/Jarring Effects)
Nuphlo / Atma (Meerkat)
23 Skidoo / Just Like Everybody (Fetish)
The The / The Sinking Feeling (Some Bizarre/CBS)
G.A.F. y La Estrella de la Muerte / Sky Before Us (Foehn)

This sixty-minute collection of sound will be transmitted today via Sunhole at 22hGMT+1, and via eFM/Radio Sarajevo, Saturday at 16hCET

Ear Conditioning: Attack Sustain Delay Release

Cumbia/work song/balkan mix-up from Thornato (courtesy of Gen Bass); the bass interrupted air of Kode 9; Pillow talk from Jose James and the appropriately named Jordana de Lovely; Iraqi Choubi Choubi from Ja’afar Hassan; Beats from Reso; Edgy funk from 23 Skidoo.
That and a little bit more comprises Ear Conditioning for this week.
‘earable at Sunhole tonight at 22h00.
(It maybe on Radio Norte at 20h30, but they seem not to pay their staff, so the staff can’t be arsed to upload the program)
Ear Conditioning – Attack Sustain Delay Release
  • Thornato – Rose Work Song (mpfree)
  • Mos Def – Casa Bey (Downtown)
  • John Baker – Decimal Currency (Trunk Recordings)
  • Ja’afar Hassan – They Taught Me (Sublime Frequencies)
  • 23 Skidoo – Vegas El Bandito (Illuminated)
  • King Midas Sound – Meltdown (Hyperdub)
  • José James – Love Conversation featuring Jordana de Lovely  (Brownswood)
  • Reso –  Channel Pressure
  • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
  • Kode 9 – Sinogrime Minimix (mpfree)
  • Kode 9 vs. LD – Bad (Hyperdub)
  • LD – The King of Kong (Dub Police)
  • Moondog – Bumbo (Astralwerks)

How to devalue music…

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Have been in contact with Fritz Catlin recently,  He be one of the founders of the legendary 23Skidoo.  

Legendary, a word that many say has been overused when applied to contemporary music.  I’ve checked, it’s definitely okay to use on this occasion.

Fritz sent two cd’s, one of his recent project with bassman Mike Joseph, called The Skintologists.  It’s pure straight-up dub.  The other cd, loaded with 147 tracks of all shapes, blends, and sizes.  The accompanying note read  “How to devalue music?  Give enormous amounts away at once.”  Reefer tunes, classic dub, dancehaul (sic), hip hop, Indo-jazz fusion, Alice Coltrane, Mutabaruka, Roland Alphonso, phew!

For this week’s program, some of Fritz’ selection is intertwined with the following –  Taslit – Laârbi Ihini from the Manouâat Amazighia Vol.2 that I copped in Agadir a couple weeks back.  Also joining in, we have  ‘lectro-synth bass frequency newness from the Hyderdub label, ‘Wind It Up’ from Mark Pritchard & Om’mas Keith;  Hackman, new on the scene from our friends at Studio Rockers, who will be releasing a three track EP from this 19 year-old producer.  

Cessa, of whom very little is known, except they produce music that embraces the goodness, roots and electronica. Listening to it now, the 4/4 beat reminds me of a tune by The Drum Club that I used to rinse.  That makes sense now, as music from 15-20 years past always seems to have a certain influence on a percentage of current producers.

Back to now, stepping up  is the sound recordist / mini-documentary maker,  the Sao Paolo based producer  Maga Bo.  His second album on Soot, Archipelagos is out now.  By the way, Maga is now booking dates for a European tour in November, and he’ll be doing his thing at Womex in Copenhagen, so any promoters reading this,  check him out, give him a shout if you need some of that Transnational Bass to warm up your cockles before winter sets in.

Anybody remember Culture Club’s ‘Murder Rap Trap‘? it’s on the b-side of ‘I’m Afraid of Me’ featuring Captain Crucial on the MIC. Love that tune yes, had to drop it last week at Txola.  When a guy asked me “What tune is this?” (in spanish of course) I produced the sleeve, and he thought I was taking the piss.  It happens every time.

This week’s program can be heard from tonight at 22h00 at Sunhole Radio, (then repeated weekday mornings at 11h00).

Thursday it’s the turn of Planet Radio, at 23h00, and next week Tuesday 20h30 at Radio Norte 89.4FM.  Radio Norte are a week behind when broadcasting the program, which means you can catch Taliesin vs. DJ Rodrigo tonight, if you missed it last week.

Thanks to all singers, players, listeners, readers, promoters, visitors, people dem in the crowd.