November 10, 2011

Night Of The Earth Men, Parts 1 & 2

"Complete and evening of disorientation"

A marvellous spectacle of unusual and genre-defying music to entertain the Glasgow populace - our motto: "comforting the disturbed, disturbing the comfortable"

Part 1:

Tut Vu Vu (live)
Williwaw (live)
tedthetrumpet (live)

Tut Vu Vu:
Describing themselves as "the love child of Anaïs Nin and David Lynch" seems as deliberately obtuse and slyly humorous as it is helpful. Mutating out of the sludge left by Uncle John & Whitelock, Tut Vu Vu's unique sound is a far more well-developed, sophisticated creature than its predecessor's. Yet at the same time it is decidedly freer, looser and even more chaotic. With influences in jazz, kraut-rock, swamp blues, mutant swing and sinister alien-sounding lounge and with some members deeply involved in the arts the overall essence the band exudes is one steeped in such highly creative juices that they smell as experimental and, dare I say, avant-garde, as they do of rock 'n' roll. Often inter-changing instruments mid-show, the group can be seen to play clarinet, organs and two drum kits one minute to bass, synths and oscillators the next.
Arguably the best band in Glasgow for some time now, they are a definite must-see.

"The finest in amplified ukulele mayhem".
Illinois-born williwaw's layered loops and effects turns his ukelele into a multi-faceted beast which when accompanied by his usual smorgasbord of rare found video results in a multimedia performance comparable, perhaps, to some sort of warped Steve Reich on acid.
If you're going to push me, I'd say Williwaw is a blend of shoegaze and post-rock, but to try and pin down his style is probably missing the point. His music is supposed to be an enigma, an intriguing fusion of electronic and acoustic sound, which bemuses yet beguiles.
With an amplifier and some complex time signatures, his ukulele can generate a cauldron of noise, but it is also capable of transcending the chaos with a blissful melody. It can be heavy, while also ambient. Basically, no song is at all like the last.

"Edward 'Teddy' Edwards is one of the great unsung heros of British
light music electronica. His achievements would seem to place him as a key figure in the evolution of analog and digital sound - his application of the linear feedback shift register (LFSR) to music in the 1970s is referred to (uncredited!) in both Curtis Roads' 'The Computer Music Tutorial' (1996) and Hal Chamberlin's 'Musical Applications of Microprocessors' (1980), and it was his home-brew ring-modulator circuit which was used by Desmond Briscoe and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to produce the infamous Goon Show effect 'Major Bloodnock's Stomach'; yet, despite that, his current stature lies somewhere between cult figure and complete unknown. In some ways this may be due to his taste – or perhaps lack of taste – in music. Had he turned his talents to serialism or the acousmatic he might today be hailed as a British Stockhausen or Boulez; instead his career is marked by a series of semi-doomed attempts at 'Electronic Light Music', including such projects as 'The Ted Edwards Electr-O-Matic Orchestra' (1961), 'Dancing Diodes' (1974), and 'ET Edwards and the Magnetic Moments' (1981)."
None of this is true, incidentally, but should give you an idea of what might happen.
And for any of you still interested, tedthetrumpet is the brainchild of composer, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher J. Simon van der Walt.


Part 2:

Taperecorder (NYC - live)
Skizzwang (live)
GK Machine (DJ)
Mr Spudd (DJ)

Hailing from the more indie-centric side of electronic music, Marc Francis was the mastermind behind legendary house music collective Intergalactic Faerie Funk and the folkier Mossyrock. Now, this restless soul has been reincarnated under the name Taperecorder; creating swingy-swag dreamy-dirty dancefloor shoegaze rife with tales of odysseys, chance encounters, detours, and epiphanies.

With his ramshackle, bargain basement, punk rock approach to technology, taperecorder's improv-heavy live shows are characterized by his signature squelchy beats infused with found sounds, acoustic doodlings, and the occasional singalong.

"The secret bastard child of Delia Derbyshire and Klaus Wunderlich playing freestyle knee-bending toe-bop with a mild touch of swonk."
Using a microphone, a variety of drum machines/keyboards, some additional nonsense and an echo/delay box Skizzwang creates off-kilter acidic wonk by adding sounds, on by one (sometimes even two by two) into a loop pedal. The result is often a bizzare and wholly unanticipated sonic bewilderment that builds periodically with every repetition of the original loop until at one point, one sound/note/noise is added that puts the rhythm and/or melody into perspective and a coherent arrangement is produced.

GK Machine
"Sexmusic for the modern dancer"
Leftfield DJ / producer playing freely with African wild style, Gothic disco, turbo-tech, psych / sleaze, computer and Martian swamp funk plus more additional extra bonus plus extremes for the discerning gourmandizer.

Mr Spuddleybot
"alternative glam swing"



100 Early Bird Discount tickets (£5 for both parts of the evening) can be bought via the Paypal link below. Number of tickets can be specified at checkout.

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