Morgan Craft – The Living Mythology

cover copy

No software was used for the generation of any sound.
All sounds made by, on, or through solo electric guitar.
Improvised and recorded live.

There is a part on this record that I ‘doubted’ the above sentence, but knowing the Rough Americana crew as I do, I believe in them and any statements that make.  “How the hell did he create that jungle break only with his guitar?” is another way of putting it. Hours, days, months of picking up his stringed instrument to delve into the vibrations that exist between one and two.  150 continuous days in the studio to be exact.

RA, Morgan Craft and Mutamassik always present their respective theories with their music, no change here, you can depend on them to be thorough, consistent and honest. If they were ever presented with a rule book but was burnt upon receipt.

“Science relies on precise mathematics to produce vibratory phenomena that is not seen as music, per se. Never trust anyone who claims that music is mathematics. I think we’ve all heard that before, time and time again, that music is mathematics, to the point where it becomes taken for granted, that music is mathematics. It’s not true. Music is not mathematics. Music can be approximated using mathematics, but will always fall short of the truth.”

Morgan Craft – The Living Mythology Bandcamp

Cover painting: Mutamassik

Rough Americana website

Update: Mutamassik will be doing a set in Berlin this Saturday.  See here for more juice


Apologies to RA for saddling them with my 666th post.

Ear Con 36 – Stealth Movements

The Bug being monitored

It started with me looking for a sample from the DJ Food album, ‘Recipe for Disaster’ to chuck into the set at Rollercoaster last weekend.

Then in conversation with Studio Rockers man, Tony Thorpe, he said “Chocolate Weasel, what you don’t have the album Spaghettification?  It’s on Ninja, came out about 12 years ago, surely….”  Chocolate Weasel is/was T-Power, (always remember him for the 12″ featuring  ‘Cuba’ that was on Botchit & Scarper, I think, its a white label after all) and a partner, whose name is not presently to hand. Spaghettification is a weird ahead of it’s time sample-laden beat album, that is not out of place now at all.  On a similar path at times, or at least it made me think of Prince Charming on Wordsound.

So getting  back to Ninja Tune, it didn’t stop there. The weekly free downloads promoting the massive Ninja Tune XX release, to commemorating the labels 20 years of beats and pieces came to mind – we are talking Amon Tobin, Coldcut, DJ Vadim, Squarepusher, Speech Debelle, AntiPop Consortium, Roots Manuva, Jaga Jazzist, Poirier, Mr. Scruff, and so on.  If that weren’t enough, The Bug sent a couple tracks from his new EP, soon to come via Ninja.

Around the time I was getting into Ninja Tune back in the day,   I was also coming across the work of Bryn Jones, aka Muslimgauze. Who is this cat that releases albums with titles like Vote Hizbollah? His reworkings of ‘Babylon’ by Unitone HiFi always crushed dancefloor residents.  When in Tokyo we  went record shopping and the selection of albums of his that they had,  tons of his releases instore, like a proper section dedicated to him.  Bryn could knock out five albums in a day easily, no joke.  That is why, many years after he prematurely passed away, you can still find new things you never knew about.  Which brings me to Babylon iz Iraq.  It’s an album of remixes of UniTone HiFi, this time, an albums worth, when I think he may have been asked to do one, but he sent nuff nuff.

This week I was able to take a break from getting seared while painting the roof, and I chose to listen to Morgan Craft’s latest work, Absence of Day and Night.  As with his partner’s productions, it’s available for free at RoughAmericana.  All the sounds on the album are made by Morgan and his guitar.  It’s layered, or gives the impression of being so, it’s works day or night, you can hear yourself think, hear the blood moving through your body, you can sense how your mind comes to decisions, it’s perfect to have as you walk across canyons, forests, taking in view, swallowing meteorites.

As usual, Ear Conditioning can be ‘eard tonight at Sunhole dot net, 22h00 GMT +1.  Repeated daily at 11h00 GMT+1

Ear Conditioning 36 – Stealth Movements

Chocolate Weasel / A Blue Furry Plughole (Ninja Tune)
Chocolate Weasel / Mientes with (Ninja Tune)
Amon Tobin / Eight Sum (Ninja Tune)
Letherete / Dance Brace (Ho Tep)
DJ Food / Scratch Yer Head (Ninja Tune)
El-P / Eat My Garbage 2 (Def Jux/Gold Dust)
El-P / He Hit Her, So She Left (Def Jux/Gold Dust)
Radiohead / The National Anthem (EMI)
The Bug featuring Flowdan / Skeng – Autechre Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Hitomi / Catch A Fire (Ninja Tune)
Chocolate Weasel / Coda (Ninja Tune)
Poirier featuring Burro Banton / Trust None a Dem (Ninja Tune)
Shafiq Husayn / Evil Man – Flying Lotus Remix (Plug Research)
African Head Charge – Throw It Away (On-U Sound)
UniTone HiFi – Babylon – Muslimguaze Remix (Muslimtapes)
Morgan Craft – Absence of Day and Night 9 (RoughAmericana)

Ear Conditioning 11 – Foreign Affairs


Surprises, don’t you just love ’em?  One of the joys of going to music festivals such as Womad Las Palmas for example, is the unknown.  Who are we going to see?  For the  majority of artists and festival go’ers it will be the first time encountering each other.  Chancing upon Trio Chemirani was a highpoint of going to Womad about three or four years ago.  They played early on the first day, a percussive trio, an Iranian family, a  father and his two sons, playing the zarb, a drum that isn’t technically a drum. Makes sense yes?  As the zarb is played with all ten fingers, this presents melody, as well as rhythm, dope let me tell say.

Been listening to the Gonjasufi album alot since it’s release last week.  Funkadelic, Chic, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Mustafa Ozkent and more  come to mind, and it’s still original get me?  It’s well worth the price of admission.

Last Friday I handed over my contribution to the Galdino 2010 release, which I wrote about in the previous post.  A little bit of tweaking to be done at Tuff Gong, and we are set.  Adrian Sherwood is on the case as well, so it should be a quality package, as well as a damn good cause to publicize.

Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry takes on Black Sabbath, then Pempi went an’ dark’d it up with a bass frenzied attack. Eh? yeah, I know.  When I dropped it at Txola last Friday, the one called Jose, was all WTF?! in my face.  Now if we can get some bass-bins in the joint, then there’s gonna be some serious trouble.  The newly-installed town-council enforced dB limiter as a right pain in the ass, so now we are only tickling people with the sound, and dat nah right.

On the subject of bass music, had to dig out Horsepower Productions, some quality pressure if I remember correctly.

The show as usual as it turns and twists, but not enough the throw you off the deep end, which maybe it should do actually.

In that case, I’ll try again next week, so for now….eat this.

Ear Conditioning (Week 11) – Foreign Affairs

  • Palestinian Radio
  • Trio Chemirani – Reng é Rāchel (émouvance)
  • Vilayat Khan – Morning Raga /Jalsaghar The Music Room
  • Portishead – Silence (Island)
  • Zinc – Faster (Bingo/Polydor)
  • Horsepower Productions – Special 131 (Tempa)
  • Maga Bo – Homeboys (Soot)
  • Reso – Channel Pressure (Civil Music)
  • Low Limit – Turf Day (Rush Hour)
  • I.R. featuring Deeder Zaman, Paxato Singers, the ghost,  Zumbi – Galdino 2010 D.WattsRiot Rmx (Indigenous Resistance)
  • Mutamassik – DounDoun (Rough Americana)
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Nochexxx – Smashing Your System featuring Sensational (Werk)
  • Other Weapons – Who You Be [Instrumental]  (Destroy All Concepts)
  • Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry – Iron Man Dub / Pembi Remix (On-U Sound)
  • S.U.A.D. – Epileptic – Martyn’s Remix (Z Audio)
  • Gonjasufi – Rebirth (Warp)

This transmission will be floating out there via Sunhole Radio from 22h00 GMT  tonight and maybe Radio Norte next week Tuesday at 20h00 GMT.  Sunhole also repeat the program every weekday morning at 11h00.

Update: The above program is now available to listen at your convenience via Pod-O-Matic.