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World 1-1.

(Originally posted on my personal blog, 27/06/07)

Koji Kondo deserves recognition as a legendary electronic composer, up there with Brian Eno and Delia Derbyshire. His music is instantly recognisable to anyone born in the late seventies/early eighties. Certainly everyone recognises this piece of music?

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Linkspost Two.

Alchemists of Sound. Excellent documentary on the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. (WMV, not hosted by me, but the only link for this I can get.)
Stand Still. Stand Steady. Stand Clear.
Production Music from Ren & Stimpy. “109 vintage instrumental tracks”.
February Album Writing Month.
Jonathan Coulton: Thing a Week feed.

I hope to have some work-in-progress mp3s up on here over the next couple of days.

Linkspost One

The Conet Project – recordings of numbers stations.
The 4am 9: Poptometry
Justice Fabriclive mix

And finally, Mute have put up the promo clip for A&E by Goldfrapp. I love it, and wanted to post it before, but they’ve been overzealous about pulling it until they’ve got their “official” post up.


Five years ago, I answered an ad in the NME and ended up recording some demos with a young woman named Lucy Castro. She had some songs written and a couple of demos, but was looking for a different approach and some new ideas. We worked on a few things, recorded a bit, and eventually went our separate ways. I’m not sure what she’s doing now. She might be in coldharbourstores. It sounds like Lucy, but it’s hard to tell from years not seeing her if that’s her in the photo.

Anyway, here’s one of her songs that we worked on. It’s a copy of a copy, so poor quality (and my technical skills anyway were then even worse than they are now), and the arrangement is incredibly fussy; there’s far too much going on in the background, totally distracting from the vocals. But there are some good ideas there, so I like to find these things to kickstart new ideas in the future.

Let Me Loose (Tincanphone 2003) – Lucy Castro

From about the same period, two instrumental pieces. I can date the first back to September 2003, but I can’t recall writing it for the life of me. The second I worked on around January 2004. I’m pretty pleased with both of them. Both pieces predate We’ll Write by some months, and are the last things I wrote before teaming up with the Tom. I’m keen to recreate and revamp them, or at the very least cannibalise them for future use.

Untitled One

Untitled Two

We Are All Pan’s People.

Essential listening: We Are All Pan’s People by The Focus Group.

Sort of a mad cocophony of psychedelic nostalgia, the sound of homegrown BBC sci-fi and fantasy scores filtered through someone elses memories and dreams. The sounds and melodies are fleeting, but gnaw at the ears and brain long since they’ve passed, demanded to be heard again. Definitely one for fans of the Radiophonic Workshop, The Wicker Man and anything issued on Trunk Records.

The Sixtyone

I’m quite enthusiastic about The Sixtyone, on account of it being awesome. I am reminded of it because Shiny Dot Bulletin actually went and quoted me (from a post on the We’ll Write blog) on it, which is quite nice of them. Mmmm, Web 2.0!

Old Moon Face

Because it’s important: We’ll Write have made the Old Moon Face EP available to download for free.