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If you’re into synths and happen to be in Melbourne, catch me speaking about ‘Digital Affordances of iOS-based Synthesisers’ at the 2nd Annual Synthposium on Monday the 14th of November. Click on the poster below for further info.

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The story of ‘Whispers’ goes back quite a few years, all the way to 2006 when Martin K composed the track with Ceri Hale, who played with him in KOshowKO at that time. Lyrically the song represents concern for the affairs of the world, and yet offers some hopeful consolation as well as a call for action.
Martin invited Arnie Chelvendra to perform the soulful vocals for the track. Arnie subsequently became KOshowKO’s vocalist for two years, and played a series of live gigs in Germany and Australia for the act. In 2007 the first version of the track was released, titled ‘Whispers And Stories’ as a B-side on KOshowKO’s debut single ‘Promise’. One year later the track was re-arranged and re-titled as ‘Whispers’ and in a new version appeared on KOshowKO’s first EP ‘Anarchy Monarchy’ in 2008: https://philosophyofsound.bandcamp.com/album/anarchy-monarchy

Fast-forward to 2015 and a group of young Australian producers are busy remixing the track, which became the premise of this ‘Whispers – Remixes’ single. The opener by Luca Baci can be described as a deep melodic dance groove derived from the producer’s love for a laid back progressive style of music. Next we have Joseph Moorhouse, who delivers a sleek, contemporary production inspired by the likes of Chet Faker. The third offering on the release is an epic, guitar driven remix by Nick Rakers bringing to the fore Arnie’s emotive vocal talent. The fourth remix is by Josh Walker, who fuses the horn section with an infectious hip-hop inspired groove. The closing touch belongs to Coyle, who delivers perhaps the most unusual take on the track, embracing the original undertone of the reggae track while adding flavors of raw instrumentation.

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Remote Music Collaboration is a big topic. What’s the best platform? How do you connect with people locally and internationally in a meaningful way?
To find out more, catch my talk at the Ableton User Group Melbourne on March 16. See this Facebook event for more info.

I am currently adding final touches to my practice-based PhD project, which is a first in the world in-depth study of the impact of remote music collaboration software on collaborative music production. This project involved collaborating on over a dozen musical compositions with over forty participants located in various geographical locations on three continents: Europe, North America and Australia.

The user group is a chance to meet with other producers, share our knowledge, get feedback, meet and hang out with other like minded enthusiasts.

Ableton User Group Melbourne is thrilled to be partnered with “The Channel” in Arts Centre Melbourne, for these events. If you have never been to the Channel before, it is right on the Yarra above Hamer Hall.

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It was nice to end 2015 and start 2016 with gigs at a great Melbourne venue, featuring outdoor video and sound broadcasts on the city’s main square and live online streaming.

December 29th – KOshowKO‘s live set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

KOshowKO live at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

 

January 2nd 2016 – Philosophy Of Sound DJ set at Deakin Edge, Federation Square

P.O.S DJ set at Federation Square, Melbourne

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Ableton Link is a new technology that keeps devices in time over a wireless network. Given that it’s also more or less Xmas time, what better way to test Link than making a quick Xmas tune? I used a bunch of Link enabled iPad apps such as Korg Gadget, iKaossilator and Patterning as well as the current beta version of Ableton Live featuring the Link protocol. The Link idea is so simple yet so effective …and yes, everything stays in time. Have a great festive season!

 

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In the last months KOshowKO’s tracks have been released on 3 excellent compilation albums.

First is the double vinyl from Emerald & Doreen featuring ‘It’s Time Now (Marbeya Sound Remix)‘. It’s the first vinyl release from the German imprint and their 100th so far! The album is limited to only 100 copies on marbled pink and green wax and you can get it via Discogs.

Various Artists – Emerald & Doreen 100. 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Stereo, Double Album On Colored Vinyl

Various Artists – Emerald & Doreen 100. 2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Stereo, Double Album On Colored Vinyl

The same track got also picked by Jerry Bouthier, the man behind Continental records, long-time Kitsuné collaborator and half of baleariscopop act JBAG among other things. Emerald & Doreen released the “Mystery Tour” album featuring Jerry’s favorite tracks & remixes from the label’s extensive catalogue (500+ titles in three years). The compilation took form of an over 1 hour long idiosyncratic mix taking listeners on a magic ride. Click on the album artwork below for more info…

MYSTERY TOUR – JERRY BOUTHIER SELECTS & MIXES EMERALD & DOREEN’S CATALOGUE

MYSTERY TOUR – JERRY BOUTHIER SELECTS & MIXES EMERALD & DOREEN’S CATALOGUE

The third release is from the Australian label Clan Analogue and their long awaited experimental compilation album Intone: Voice Abstractions which showcases new experimental and electronic treatments of the human voice. KOshowKO’s track ‘Now You’re Talking Baby‘ has been made entirely on an iPad using the Yellofier app created by Yello’s Boris Blank. The track evokes the purity of the untrained baby voice and you can stream it via SoundCloud below…

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In January 2015, I had the enormous pleasure of playing a very special retrospective DJ mix featuring my various music projects and remixes on the Polish radio show called Kluboteka, which airs on the national Czwórka radio.
Bert, who is the host, was very generous to give me half of his two hour long show and I was able to include a lot of rarities there, including one track with me singing in Polish. Enjoy!

PHILOSOPHY OF SOUND – Retrospective Mix For Kluboteka (January 2015) by Philosophy Of Sound on Mixcloud

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