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[aired] Spin Dizzy Fall Goes The Sky

My track There Goes The Sky (freemusicarchive | bandcamp | soundcloud) goes on a Creative Commons adventure with a group of instagrammers and pro photographers in New South Wales, Australia, testing the Panasonic Lumix GX8. Beautiful people, dream-state locations, fog-shrouded wild horses and frenzied pelicans make this vid quadruple-xclnt.

Spin Dizzy Fall is 24yr old Sydney blogger, Emma Lucey. “Step into my world,” she entreats in her description. “Stay young, stay free.”

Lucey’s YouTube Liner Notes:

Published on Oct 20, 2015
A bunch of Instagrammers & professional photographers hit the road to test run the new Lumix GX8. Thanks for the fun trip Panasonic!

SPIN DIZZY FALL: http://spindizzyfall.blogspot.com.au/
INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/emmalucey
Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmSpinDizzyFall
snapchat: spindizzyfall

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored video! However we were able to keep the Lumix GX8 from the trip which I continue to film on (see my video from Vanuatu as an example!).

MUSIC:
There Goes The Sky – Westy Reflector

Source Track:


[remix.reflector] Noncompliance by Tuonela

I’ve been graced by a Tuonela remix before, and this time around it’s another (inter)stellar reinvention. He’s put me into a Cuisinart alongside a track by the sublime German sound artist Analoc, and the results are a blippy glitchy trippy heaven.

Tuonela’s track notes:

For Disquiet Junto Project 0190: Missed Connections

Noncompliance [disquiet0190-missedconnections]

I hadn’t listened to any of last week’s Junto works, so I chose two tracks quickly without listening to any, based solely on what I already knew of the work of their creators:

WestyReflector – C-swells

and

Analoc – 0815-disquiet-junto-189-fripps

I looped an excerpt of about 18 seconds from the first (runs from 1:15 to 2:45) and one of about 1.5 seconds from the second (runs from 0:07 to 2:10) Both of these are fairly primitive, with annoying clicks which I tried to disguise. (I was working in a hurry).

I mixed both original complete tracks together and fed the result into ambient v.0.3 This runs from beginning to end.

I also processed the mixed track in an Audacity plugin called Convoluter. This was used twice, once forward and once in reverse. It provides the blips and bloops, beginning at 0:17 and ending at 2:37)

Not sure if both loop layers were supposed to run throughout (they don’t) and I added two layers in step 5 instead of one, so I haven’t obeyed the instructions to the letter – hence the tongue-in-cheek title.


[a few words on] Tuonela: Blue Mountain Ice Reflections

Tuonela (soundcloud, bandcamp), a sound artist and self-described “primitive musician” out of Katoomba, Australia makes sounds using “very basic software.” With no synthesizers and “no idea how Ableton works,” he produces and processes wonderful sounds, and for someone so prolific, his work still exhibits no sameness, jumping across modes and always somehow making the “epic” look, well, effortless. At the same time, Tuonela has a singular style, one that offers transcendence and earthiness all at once.

Tuonela created and yesterday alerted me to the remix posted above of my January 2015 Disquiet Junto ice challenge contribution, and as expected, he found hidden spaces and mysteries and narrative in my track that I never thought existed.

We connected a couple years ago through the Disquiet Junto, from whence have come many of my most interesting musical nodes these days. The sheer volume and unwavering quality of his output have become welcome additions to my feed. I can’t keep up, but that’s ok, because fate has intervened often enough to create a bond. Early on in our interactions, Tuonela’s heartfelt enthusiasm for my stock-and-trade rock ‘n roll was a catalyst for me to continue experimenting with the challenges in the Junto and exploring my nascent fluxus-driven ambitions.

No doubt his eschewing of Abelton and, for that matter, most of the emerging tools of sampling-era electronica, contribute to the accessibility of his work (at least to this 20th century relic author). Make no mistake, this is digital art, but of the type that peels itself back to reveal some of the human hand. No algorithms (or any number of monkeys at typewriters) left to their own devices would take us on his journeys or arrive us at his destinations.

Tuonela less writes “songs” and more creates “landscapes.” Valley Suite, a July 2014 release “sonically inspired by the majesty and mystery” of his Katoomba, Australia home and the surrounding Blue Mountain Range, is ancestral, modern, celebratory, cerebral and expansive all at once. The closing track, Megalong Morning, is 15-minutes of restrained and meditative drone, a wonderful reflection of the peace found at the summit of a rock climb, perhaps, or that sense of awe at the edge of your own land’s Grand Canyon:

The Valley Suite record falls in with my own predilection for Tuonela’s quieter side. His contribution to the Junto’s sonicvoid challenge to soundtrack a silent film was a highlight for me in that collection of contributions:

And the titles of his tracks are their own font of inspiration.

In any event, check out Tuonela here:
soundcloud
bandcamp


surfing the long road ahead

Though I’ve never surfed, I’m obsessed with surfing, so this is xclnt beyond words. Australian surfer Carel Olivier showcases his hometown beach and his incredible skills to the songs Britney Sea by Wolf Asylum and my Long Road Ahead [off Goodbye Monday Blue (2009) and Reflected.10×10 (2012)].

My Surf Reel // 2014 from Carel Olivier on Vimeo.

Welcome to my first surf reel. This is me doing what I love…
It's hard not having all the best equipment to do what I want to do, which makes it difficult to compete against all the other filmmakers and to make a name for yourself and get rewarded. But, people are seeing my videos from all over the world and getting people stoked. I love putting my hometown, Jeffreys Bay, out there, showing people what an amazing place this is.
All of it wouldn't be possible without the support of people in the J-bay community and the Victory family.

Special thanks to:
Victory Media – Jared Lenegan & Deborah Rajapakse for helping with the interview.
Surflife Jeffreys Bay
Shannon Ainslie
Brandon Watson
Jacques Crafford
Koffie Jacobs
Zach Smith
Zigzag Surfing Magazine
All surfers I've ever filmed
& everyone else for the support, help and advice

Most footage filmed with Canon 7D

Music:
Wolf Asylum – "Britney Sea"
http://wolfasylum.bandcamp.com/

Westy Reflector – "Long Road Ahead"
http://westyreflector.net/
http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Westy_Reflector/

You can follow me on Instagram: @careloli4
Go check out "Surflife" on Facebook to see more of what we do in J-Bay.


Bassling + Lee Rosevere + Nofi: Riding High Waves (remix of “riding waves”)

A 2nd remix by Bassling (Jason Richardson) of my riding waves. In it, Bassling adds his deft bass to Lee Rosevere‘s percussion and vibraphone, my guitar and nofi‘s original track. This rounded-out full-on quartet performance creates unexpected harmonic convergences and becomes a whole (and real) band – thankfully without van politics, ego mastications and “yellow-M&Ms-only” rider demands.

From the soundcloud track description:

Response to Happypuppy2 – Nofi-westy-lr-riding-high and Thereflectors – Riding-waves with a detour via Basslingsss – Unmistakeable-release

More on this 132nd Disquiet Junto project — “Collaborate with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton using a previous tribute track” — at:
disquiet.com/2014/07/10/disquie…osthumousnofitrio/


[a few words on] Bassling’s Visceral Frequencies



Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling (née,Jason Richardson) describes himself as “exploring the nether regions of the frequency spectrum and delighting in their visceral response.” Well, his nether regions are our visceral pleasure, too. Through the years, he’s cast a wide and adroit musical net, moving with ease from slash-and-burn low-frequency smolder, to anti-slash-and-burn environmental activist field recordings, to flash-and-turn dance mixes. These modes, in BasslingWorld, interchange and interact, often balancing high-concept and poignancy, as on his record For 100 Years (above), created from a series of field recordings at playgrounds around his Oz town of Wagga Wagga (Leeton). Liner notes vía bandcamp:

Imagine the stories they could tell
if playgrounds talked
or maybe sang?

He remixed my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi] for the 132nd junto challenge, which prompted this deep return to his catalog.

His virtuosity combined with entertaining, revelatory track descriptions at his blog (which take a tone of charming irascibility and often include kick-ass videos of his recording process) have resulted in some of my absolute fav junto pieces. His track for the 110th junto challenge, Of Leeton Yesterday Morn, sees Bassling celebrating the 100th birthday of William S. Burroughs in a “cut-up” track based on this story from his local newspaper, The Irrigator, about a series of botched break-ins:

And in Steady Boil, for the 131st junto challenge, Bassling conducted a tea kettle in a minimalist symphony that manages to be philosophical, mechanical and fun all at once:


Run around his cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
bassling
soundcloud
bandcamp
twitter


Bassling: Unmistakable Release (remix of riding waves)

Australian multi-instrumentalist Bassling layered a haunting bass line and Rust Cohle’s (Matthew McConaughey) equally chilling rumination on death from True Detective over my track riding waves [disquiet0066-nonofi].

I added a favourite monologue from True Detective where Rusty Cohle ruminates on death. My partner immediately called out that it worked, so I left it in.

Despite the somber nature of the 132nd junto project (which revisits collaborations with the late Jeffrey (Nofi) Melton, and which as of this writing I am still trying to take a stab at), I am thrilled that Bassling would see inspiration in my track. That Wagga Wagga (Leeton), Australia, is his home base adds to the thrill – irrefutable proof that my tracks have journeyed all the way around the world and back. That the track is riding a wave created by Nofi makes this even sweeter.

Run around Bassling’s cunning-as-a-dunny-rat universe at:
bassling
soundcloud
bandcamp
twitter