• LFO (Стив Бекетт и Роб Митчелл)

    Set 11 2010, 7:38 di Serb2012


    LFO — британский техно-коллектив. В 1989 году Стив Бекетт и Роб Митчелл, владельцы небольшого музыкального магазина Warp Records из Шеффилда, решили, что и -движение в Англии вполне достигло тех масштабов, когда его можно смело коммерциализировать. На базе магазина они открыли маленький независимый лейбл, где предполагалось издавать отечественных подражателей Детройту и Чикаго. Первой уорповской большой случайной удачей стал Джордж Эвелин (George Evelyn) из Nightmares on Wax, который забрел к ним в магазин продать свои демо-пластинки. Второй большой случайной удачей стали два подростка из соседнего Лидса, не имевшие, строго говоря, ни группы, ни названия, но ставшие известными как LFO.

    Подростки учились вместе в колледже, на курсах фотографии и графического дизайна и назывались Марк Белл и Гез Варли (Mark Bell, Gez Varley). У Геза Варли были деньги на аппаратуру, а у Марка Белла — идеи, что с этой аппаратурой можно делать. …
  • Last few gigs

    Ott 13 2007, 0:35 di w1bble

    A bit of a catchup for last month here. I started the month at the Connect Festival in Inveraray - set in my favourite part of the world, the West Highlands, I couldn't have asked for a better location. The line-up was pretty stunning as well, with the festival set up by DF Concerts, the folk behind T In The Park, but aimed at a more discerning audience altogether.

    Got there on the Friday at 12ish, it took me a while to find my mates, set up camp and build up the will to go into the main site, so I missed a couple of decent acts, but got there in time to catch a bit of Aereogramme's farewell to the world. I've always liked Aereogramme, but for some reason I couldn't get into them on the day; shame. Wandered round to the main stage in time to get bored by Jarvis Cocker - again, I loved Pulp and saw them every time I got the chance, but apart from The Cunts Are Still Running The World, his solo stuff leaves me cold, and monologues about dolphins aren't enough to make up for the gulf in quality. …
  • Rock en Seine 2007...

    Set 7 2007, 10:33 di aicfr

    Ven. 24 août – Rock en Seine

    Björk la Reactable et le Jazzmutant Lemur

    Sur la scène, les sons électroniques sont l'oeuvre de Mark Bell (qui travaille avec la chanteuse depuis Homogenic) et de Damian Taylor. Les deux utilisent des interfaces assez magiques, couplées à des Mac pro, pour lancer ou moduler ces sons. Pour le premier, il s'agit d'une sorte de grand pavé tactile affichant de grands diagrammes colorés, le Jazzmutant Lemur, et qui permet à celui qui le manipule d'appuyer à plusieurs endroits en même temps. Le dispositif de Damian Taylor est encore plus spectaculaire. Il s'agit de la Reactable, une table transparente d'un mètre de diamètre, sous laquelle est fixée une caméra. En faisant bouger et tourner manuellement des petits blocs (frappés de signes ésotériques) sur la surface de la table, on crée tout simplement des interactions entre les sons.

    La Reactable

  • Björk

    Lug 17 2007, 23:39 di robertitus

    Björk quiere ser “la versión sónica del posglobalismo”.

    Por Lourdes Gomez * desde Londres

    Björk se ha echado al agua. Literalmente. A los mares y a los océanos. En cuanto el calendario se lo permite, vive y trabaja en un barco que compró hace unos años. Es el hogar y medio de transporte preferido de la singular artista islandesa, madre de un joven adolescente y de una niña nacida en 2002. “Viajar en barco es complicado porque no avanzan muy rápido. Ahora mismo está anclado en aguas de Nueva York y, cuando paso temporadas en la ciudad, ahí está mi casa”, explica en tierra firme, en un hotel de Londres. “El año pasado –añade– estaba en Malta y cruzamos el norte de Africa y el Atlántico. Fue una gran experiencia.” Barco, estudio. Fue así como Björk compuso el último disco, Volta, que a medida que pasan los meses desde su publicación, adquiere una nueva maduración en el gusto de sus seguidores.

    Se trata de un trabajo que ciertamente tiene sabor a viaje oceánico e intercontinental. …
  • Bjork, Volta tour

    Lug 9 2007, 9:44 di aRj4n

    Sun 8 Jul – Björk, Jamie Lidell, DJ Wiekes

    Nice and in time to skip the DJ, but to see Jamie perform. It had been a few years, and he still does this live sampling of his voice thing. Sounds pretty cool, but as on "de Valkhofaffaire" two (?) years ago, only a couple of songs sound great, a.o. his Multiply. I had hoped for a band this time, but maybe that was too much to hope for.


    Then Bjork. I didn't entirely know what to expect; never seen her, but do know a lot of her songs. First off, the set list, as copied from Bjork.com. I didn't know all the songs (have only heard the new cd once), so this was way easier. ;)

    01. Earth Intruders
    02. Cover Me
    03. Pagan Poetry
    04. Hunter
    05. All Is Full Of Love
    06. Pleasure Is All Mine
    07. Jóga
    08. Hope
    09. Army Of Me
    10. Innocence
    11. I Miss You
    12. 5 Years
    13. Immature
    14. Wanderlust
    15. Hyperballad
    16. Pluto

    17. Oceania
    18. Declare Independence

  • Björk - Volta (***)

    Mag 28 2007, 20:40 di lostshadow

    First of all, let me give you three statements:

    i) I have always loved Björk's music. I got all of the studio albums, Debut, Post etc., Gling Glo, the B-sides... I even got the self-entitled album she made in the seventies. I personally think that her music peaks with the two albums Homogenic and Vespertine, and that Hyper-Ballad is one of the best songs ever recorded in any genre.

    ii) I have always disliked Antony Hegarty's (of Antony and the Johnsons) voice. I can't stand his vibrato, and this fact has made me uninterested in the band's music. This may be sad, I don't know, because I have never been curious of investigating them due to his voice. This got even worse with his appearance in the terrible Leonard Cohen celebration movie I'm Your Man. Sorry Antony, nothing personal, it's only a musical preference.

    iii) I had heard before I listened to Volta, that this would be Björk's next big commercial success in Europe, comparing it to the hit-filled Debut, and Post.

  • A list of Splendid Splendidness

    Apr 20 2007, 22:25 di Gnac

    This entry serves two main purposes: one is sort of useful and the other(s) is/are utterly stupid.

    First, the stupid reasons: to pimp this link in the artist pages of everyone I listen to, to shamelessly get people to click on it, and to annoy those who did.

    Second, to test a PHP script which automatically extracts data from Winamp generated HTML playlists - so I can honestly say that this DOES contain everything on my playlist at the time I made this entry.

    1300 Items

    1-Speed Bike (1-Speed Bike)
    13 & God (13 & God)

    3 Studies for a Crucifixion (3 Studies For A Crucifixion)
    324 (324)
    360° Positive Rockers (360° Positive Rockers)

    The 45 King + John Klemmer (The 45 King + John Klemmer)

    5th Garden (5th Garden)

    8-Bit Weapon (8-Bit Weapon)
    808 State (808 State)
    8up (8up)

    9 Lazy 9 (9 Lazy 9)

    µ-Ziq (µ-Ziq)

    A.P.E. (A.P.E.)
    Aavikko (Aavikko)
    Aavikko & Kabar (Aavikko & Kabar)
    Above the Law (Above the Law)
    Aceyalone (Aceyalone)
  • Tunes

    Apr 14 2007, 22:15 di askewben

    So far 2007 seems to have been a pretty good year for music. Been loving the new albums from Explosions in the Sky, Lcd Sound System and Bloc Party (their recent radio 1 live lounge session was a bit of a revelation too).

    And it looks like it's going to get even better, two of my favourite artists are releasing new albums in the Early Summer. Bjork's new album, Volta is released on May 7th. As well with working with her long-time collaborator Mark Bell, Bjork has also teamed up with Timbaland on a few tracks. The album is being talked about as a return to her more beat-driven earlier tunes. There is a taster track, Earth Intruders on iTunes; its a big, bouncy affair with Bjork's bonkers screeching over carnival beats. It sounds fantastic and I can't wait to hear the rest.

    The Cinematic Orchestra's new album Ma Fleur (also out in May) is completely different; laid back, folky, (sunkissed is probably the word), with a load of collaborations - including Fontella Bass and Lou Rhodes. …
  • Il nuovo album di Bjork: "Volta"

    Mar 7 2007, 22:01 di suzupearl

    Sul sito di Bjork è stato annunciato il titolo del nuovo album: Volta.
    Uscirà il 7 Maggio.
    E' interamente scritto e prodotto da lei, e tra le collaborazioni troveremo:
    Antony Hegarty (Antony and the Johnsons), Timbaland, Mark Bell (LFO), Chris Corsano, Brian Chippendale (lightening bolt), Toumani Diabate, Konono No1, Min Xiao-Fen.

    Prima intervista!
  • Review: Björk - The Music From Drawing Restraint 9

    Dic 1 2005, 0:18 di Fidgital

    I love Björk's fearlessness, her relentless inventiveness, her alienness, her sophisticated naïveté... And no album has been more full of these things than her soundtrack to husband Matthew Barney's new film, Drawing Restraint 9.

    This ain't Debut or Post - it's not a pop record. Most of the tracks are instrumental, with percussive bell and harpsichord tones, discordant brass, and glitchy electronic sounds. The first song isn't even sung by Björk, but by Will Oldham instead. But Björk's style and bizarre sensibility is all over this record, recognizable even without her unique voice.

    Highlights for me include the hypnotic bells and rhythms of Ambergris March, featuring production from Mark Bell of LFO. I also really enjoyed the very strange brass arrangements on Shimenawa.

    Here, Björk completes the transition from artsy pop star to ex-pop art star, which she's taken one step closer towards with each successive solo album. It's difficult to compare this to anyone…