Here we have some exclusive writing from Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher, bringing you one step closer to the thought processes behind the new album Ufabulum.
All of the music on ‘Ufabulum’ has a visual accompaniment and has been developed both as a stand-alone album release and a live show. From the inception of the project, Squarepusher has worked simultaneously on sound and picture, and as such represents a departure from the now ubiquitous tendency for musicians to buy in third party visual components for their live performances.
The project features a development of a longstanding aspect of his live work since 2005, namely a bespoke “video-synthesiser” that generates imagery according to control data and audio input. The imagery for each piece has two components, one of which is represented on a large LED screen and the other on a smaller screen mounted on a helmet worn by Squarepusher.
Continue reading track by track description by the man at the Daily Swarm
Computer fuckries have wreaked havoc upon me, put after contributing to Mr. Jobs’ healthcare plan, the Ear Conditioning program is back on track. I see last week Apple announced some 6Billion dollars in profits. I paid over £1500 for this computer, two years later I have to pay €500 to get a new motherboard. Yes, the word mother came to mind, but ‘board’ did not come after it.
We cover plenty ground this week, new movements from DJ/rupture’s Nettle project, proper blues from RL Burnside, alt. blues from the Blues Explosion, contributions from William Burroughs, former engineer for Ryuichi Sakamoto, Seigen Ono and his runway music for Comme de Garcons, the lord of nasty Drum and bass, Nico remixing Endemic Void, Squarepusher, Homeboy Sandman guesting with Das Racist, upcoming material from the Eglo stable featuring Mizz Beats, with the fantatistically title 2 Bit Road..it does make sense.
Ear Conditioning 50 – The Puppet Show, ‘earable tonight at Sunhole dot net at 22h00 Tenerife/London time and Friday over at eFM Student Radio Sarejevo at 18h00 CET.
Put that in your pipe….
- DJ Food / Full Bleed (Ninja Tune)
- William S. Burroughs / Pay It All Back
- RL Burnside / Got Messed Up (Fat Possum/Epitaph)
- Jon Spencer Blues Explosion / Hold On (Mute)
- Seigen Ono / All Men Are Heels featuring Sussan Deyhim (Venture/Virgin)
- Endemic Void / Lionstone – Nico Remix (Language)
- Squarepusher / Deep Fried Pizza (Rephlex)
- Nettle / Nakhil (Soot White Label)
- J. Dilla / Sycamore (mpfree)
- Wagon Christ / Shadows (Ninja Tune)
- Sugar B / Authentic Dub Disco
- Atticus Blues / Contemplating Jazz (Mo Wax)
- Das Racist featuring Homeboy Sandman / I’m Up On That
- Mizz Beats / 2 Bit Road (Eglo)
- Andreya Triana / Far Closer – Tokimonsta Remix (Ninja Tune)
- Nettle / Red Masque Ticker (Soot White Label)
With this gig coming up on Friday at El Tanque Espacio Cultural en Santa Cruz, gotta figure out what works in a space with an apparent reverb of around 12 seconds. Regardless, it will be a space to experiment, play out somethings that don’t work it other venues. Namely it’s a speaker issue with many venues this way. As I may have mentioned here recently, El Guincho spoke about the lack of respect to the whole frequency spectrum in many venues. What we need is a Plastic People sound system. A place to experience and hear the fullest spectrum of the elements that producers / musicians put into what they do.
I’m still in a cloud of the Ninja Tune catalogue. Thrown in a couple more cuts from The Bug’s forthcoming Infected EP out in November. Also dug back into some future movements via Squarepusher‘s remix of Scratch Yer Head by DJ Food, with that toothbrush sample, my god. I recall being at the Blue Note in Hoxton Square, London when Coldcut’s Stealth club night took place for about a year. Squarepusher came loaded with just a drum machine and his bass. He tore new assholes in a pleasant way for all of us present. I think his programming was a source of inspiration not only for music heads, but also programmers and creators of music software, no doubt. He set a mark.
The Cinematic Orchestra’s ‘All That You Give’ features the voice of Fontella Bass, who I now know was also wife of the late great Lester Bowie of the Art Ensemble of Chicago fame. ‘All That You Give’ is her testament to her husband who passed away in 1999. It is beautiful tear.
The forthcoming album from The Creole Choir of Cuba was welcomed with open arms and ears. It sounds nothing like what is generally associated with music from Cuba. The creative pallet is much broader than assumptions. The work of the Mighty Zulu Nation or Umabatha, The Zulu Macbeth, soaring voices free of restrictions on mind body and soul. The Creole Choir have just been announced to perform at Womad Las Palmas. A wish has been answered.
Another contender for Womad could be Soil and ‘Pimp’ Sessions. Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label are preparing to drop a 4 to the floor, bass step stomper with frenzied horns sending you all over the place.
Tune in tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 GMT+1
Ear Conditioning 38 – Keroxen10 Toast
Crooklyn Dodgers ’95 / Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (40Acres and a mule/MCA)
Killer Mike / Swimming (prod. by Flying Lotus) (Adult Swim)
The Bug / Tune In featuring Roots Manuva (Ninja Tune)
The Cinematic Orchestra featuring Fontella Bass / All That You Give (Ninja Tune)
Mala / Return II Space (dmz)
Christian Parenti / War on Terror
Salem / Asia – oOoOO Remix
DJ Food / Stratch Yer Head – Squarepusher Remix (Ninja Tune)
Afronaught / Work It (Apollo)
Red Snapper featuring MC Det / The Sleepness – SUAD Remix (Warp)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Scratch DVA Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug featuring Warrior Queen / Poison Dart – Skream Remix (Ninja Tune)
Soil and Pimp Sessions / Pop Korn – WAFA Remix (Brownswood Recordings)
Los Destellos / Elsa featuring Fefe – Sonido Martines Remix
El Guincho / Ghetto Facil (Young Turks)
The Creole Choir of Cuba / Edem Chante (Real World)
Cauto / Despertar (Disboot)