PhD in process

I have not posted much about my practice-based PhD at the School of Digital Arts (SODA) within the Manchester Metropolitan University on here although you can see some updates on my socials. After my Summer break I came back to Manchester and set up my new studio space in the old Cornerhouse building. I also laid out my plan for Year 2 in which I will focus on exploring sonic practices (soundwalks, field record and electronic music), think about how to present the results through a digital soundmap and reflect on how this creative process expresses my relationship to Manchester through sound. This will feed into my work as electronic music producer and will therefore intersect with forthcoming music releases and mixes, so watch this space.

alto radio Sonic Journey #007

This Sonic Journey will take you through a rare minimal techno and jazz collab from Berlin to some local talent, with the likes of Space Afrika, Howes and Clemency – DJ, and further dive into the adventurous territories of left-field electronica…

Shout out to Antoin Lindsay who let me record this mix at his (I messed up my laptop after almost a decade without accident, but I got a new one now) — it was fun mixing vinyl and mp3s!

Pretty sneaky: B1

Space Afrika: yyyyyy2222O

jerime: Mansur’s Interlude

Clemency: Drum Circles Against Lamentation

Holly Herndon: Chorus

Huerco S.: Ragtime U.S.A. (Warning) – Antoin’s choice

Shinichi Atobe: Regret

Hodge & Randomer: Slipping

Howes: Overveen

Klein: Claim It (Intro)

Clemency: The Crude Foyer

Space Afrika: you or me

alto radio Sonic Journey #006

My Sonic Journeys show from July can be listened to here.

Reverie. A daydream. Percussion. Synths. Jazz. Trip Hop. Beats. Drifting. An impulse.

Bela Emerson: I jumped but I didn’t scream

Palace of Pleasure: Release The Pleasure

Broadcast: Echo’s Answer

Rainer Veil: FM2

Four Tet: Daughter

Current 93: Love’s Young Dream

Jonny Greenwood: Phantom Thread II

Megaton Shotblast: Rodche Defects

DJ Unknown Face: Dat’s Cool

Ballistic Brothers: Come On

Samon Kawamura: Morioka Sunset (JS Love)

Nightmares On Wax: Morse

Run-D.M.C.: Bob Your Head

New mix for Sprechen

I made a mix for Sprechen — a sonic journey through left-field electronica, from ambient to experimental to techno. Thank you Chris Massey who called the mix “without a doubt one of the most unique and original curations we’ve had in a long time”. Listen to the mix here and see the tracklist below. Artwork by Volker Schütz.

Untitled: Untitled

Patrick Cowley: Sea of China

Howes: Overveen

Palace of Pleasure: Paprika

raaz: YR

Matmos: You

Akufen: In Dog we Trust

Cong Burn: Flutter

Shuttle: Bigeye

Objekt: Theme from Q

Means&3rd: Monark’s Dream

alto radio Sonic Journey #005

My latest mix for alto radio is now available here.

Expect an eerie blend of vocals, found sounds from my sister’s friend’s hard drive from over 10 years ago, random song selections around the same BPM, merging folk, jazz, left-field electronica, trip hop and noise in an explorative and adventurous fashion.

These are the tracks played:

Mim Davies: No World but Here

Boards of Canada: Eagle in your Mind

Cath Coffey: Walk (Score Version)

Money Mark: All the People

Chinese Man Records: More

Eels Shootenanny!: Love of the Loveless

Spaces: Stable

Badly Drawn Boy: S.P.A.T.

Helena: Île Amoureuse

Oil Thief: Death Sieve

Faultline: I Only Know Myself

Chocolate Elvis: Tosca

Cornershop: State Troopers (Part I)

Matmos: Teen Paranormal Romance

Spaces: Assembly

Ella Fitzgerald: I Love Paris

Angst4: In Gefahr (Industries Remix)

I made my first official remix for the great German post-punk band Angst4 and their song ‘In Gefahr’. I dissected all their stems and transformed them into an electromagnetic whirlwind of gloomy dangerous sounds. Enjoy the trip. Headphones recommended. Listen here. X

alto radio Sonic Journey #004

You can now listen back to my fourth mix for alto radio as part of my new Sonic Journeys show.

Voices, drones, beats, wild patterns, synthetic and organic instruments, electronica, jazz, lightness, melancholia, floating, longing, exploring…

Hope you enjoy.

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The are the tracks played:

Vashti Bunyan: Window Over the Bay

Boards of Canada: Hiscores

DJ Python: Pia

Doctor Rockit: How Do You Do?

Modeselektor: Concrete Jungle

Plaid: B Born Droid

Brian Eno and David Byrne: Come With Us

Rabit: Flesh Covers The Bone

Vessel: Drowned in Water and Light

Current 93: The Beautiful Dancing Dust

Afrodeutsche: The_Beginning

Matmos: Teen Paranormal Romance

Skee Mask: Cerroverb

Miles Davis: Le Petit Bal (Take 1)

Björk: I Dansi Med Per

Aphex Twin: ΔMi−1 = −αΣn=1NDi[n][Σj∈C{i}Fji[n − 1] + Fexti[[n−1]]

Marvin Gaye: Inner City Blues

Soundpaths

Soundpaths is a project by Manchester based music charity Brighter Sound as part of SICK Festival‘s MINDSCAPES programme. It is a digital soundmap in the form of a running and walking app for residents of Moston and Harpurhey. Greater Manchester artists were invited to contribute site specific sounds to the soundtrack of the app which was composed by composer Yoni Collier. I sonically represented the Blue Bell pub through combining field recordings of the surrounding areas and a sound recording of an old Facebook video that shows guests of the pub singing together, merging the sonic present and past, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Follow this link to take part

One off radio show for Reform Radio

I produced special one of show for Reform Radio  presenting Manchester’s experimental electronic music producers: listen back here.

I start presenting my project and my most recent collaborative EP with Hervé also known as Nevsky Perspective  – we conducted a sound walk interview in Alexandra Park which I will play to you. Other guests in this show are sound artist Gary Fisher, genre-bending electronic music producers PERiiSU, Iceboy Violet and Clay . This show will be a journey through field recordings, conversations, interviews, sounds, beats, ranging from abstract to danceable, from acoustic to synthetic. We will talk about sound art, electronic music, compositional and production strategies, the role of improvisation and all the exciting projects we are all involved in despite lockdown.

alto radio Sonic Journey #003

You can now listen back to my third mix for alto radio as part of my new Sonic Journeys show. This mix is all about patterns, structures and experimentation. Expect repetition, surprises. Noises, orchestras. Overlaps, crossfades. New sensations. Hope you enjoy!

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These are the tracks played:

Floating Points (feat. London Symphony Orchestra): Movement 1 / Gary Fisher: Listen The Birds / Iceboy Violet: I LUV YOU ghost edit

Blanck Mass: Phase 1 / David Hykes (feat. Harmonic Choir): Arc Descents / peb: Like a Semicircular Slash Across the Full-Glown Plum -Spivak / Gary Fisher: Listen The Birds

Floating Points (feat. London Symphony Orchestra): Movement 3 / peb: Round I -Aria- / Doctor Rockit: Photos and Pebbles / peb: Round II -Squeeze, Squeeze, Squeeze-

Floating Points (feat. London Symphony Orchestra): Movement / Gary Fisher: Listen The Birds