The Chapel Feralous

ArcanePerspectives.vs.MundaneTimes

Language of Love November 16, 2007

“In the rhythm of music a secret is hidden; If I were to divulge it, it would overturn the world.” -Jelaleddin Rumi

Music is my absolute, ultimate passion. This will more-than-likely be one of the most rapidly evolving pages. I have a massive variety of tastes, so I’m open to any suggestions!

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The Wonderland Experience

This is an absolutely classic cult feature film shot in Southern India at the end of the 20th century.

A boy, looking for his missing father in Southern India finds himself in a surreal and comic psychedelic world.

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MU+@+e T#3 $+@+e

All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff.
Frank Zappa

While I enjoy a massive variety of musical styles, for the last few years I have been extremely interested in where music can and will go from :here:…  I have come to the conclusion that, in a sense, there is nothing new under the sun…  With the exception of new synthesizer developments, I don’t think there will be much change in the patterns of human musical creativity.  In regards to synth developments, I’m not really sure much will change… sounds, maybe, but the musical structures used and themes put forward are still all variations on one theme or another…  Until they figure out how to make visi-sonors I’ll have to enjoy a more primitive method of musicality which focuses on and redirect this semi-stagnation…  Circuit bending and mashing it up…  Muzakill mis-re-appropriation.

“What is Circuit Bending?” from the Bent Festival DVD

Wikipedia says: Circuit bending is the creative short-circuiting of devices such as low voltage, battery-powered guitar effects, children’s toys and small synthesizers to create new musical instruments and sound generators. Emphasizing spontaneity and randomness, the techniques of circuit bending have been commonly associated with noise music, though many more conventional contemporary musicians and musical groups have been known to experiment with “bent” instruments.

When I was younger I used to be in a metal band and picked up this mad trick off of the Smashing PumpkinsSilverfuck/Silvercrank” performance on “Vieuphoria“, where James Iha holds this toy laser-gun against his pick-ups in that epic noisejam bit in the end…  I had recently got a similar gun at the Easter Show and started putting it to use… this spurred me on to screw around with various noise-making keyrings etc. and to further experiment with my effects pedals…

It was via this that I came across circuit-bending…  There are some pretty nifty things you can do to cheap (or expensive) stompbox…  from there, the “logical” progression was to experiment with putting outputs of things into other things and making all kindsa intricate electronic daisy-chains of audio-whackness.  Ultimate geetar experidelia was reached when I saved up for a Pandora and embedded it into a guitar so that I could pluck/strum, adjust effects through the Pandora and then further warp them via toys and stompboxes… Much fun was had…

Later, I became interested in amplifying some toys and gadgets, which is where I came across the humble contact mic…  perhaps one of the single-most important components in muzakill alteration…

…to be continued…

Here’s the bit where I pop up YouTubes of my favourite artists, songs and videos…

in no particular order.

The Prodigy (featuring PWEI) – Their Law (from “Music for the Jilted Generation”)

The Smashing Pumpkins – Rocket (from “Siamese Dream”)

Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy (from “Come To Daddy”)

Tool – AENIMA (from “AENIMA”)

Meshuggah – Shed (from “Catch33”)

White Zombie – More Human Than Human (from Astro-Creep 2000)

*still dredging the piles of crap on YouTube for the proper video*

 

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