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  • What could happen if you sample voices of young kids playing & discovering the world?
  • What could happen if you remotely collaborate with previously unknown musicians to remix those recordings? How would those musicians respond?

Nowy means a ‘new one’ in Polish and this single is a celebration of kids’ voices and their approach to novelty. Those untrained voices are great at expressing the joy of discovering new things. Novelty is frequent in kids’ lives and kids are great at being fully absorbed in this newness.

This release is the fruit of remote music collaboration between musicians who had no face-to-face contact and were located on 2 continents and in 4 countries. The collaborative process took place in ‘the cloud’ with the use of the Blend platform which facilitated the remixing and exchanges of musical ideas.

Participants included Monochrome Echo from England, Brended James from Australia and Aammiioo from Croatia. Included is also a remix created by iubar’s Martin K under his KOshowKO moniker.

While the original guitar, field recordings and synth driven piece has been re-imaged quite differently by each of the collaborators, the recordings of kids voices (captured by Martin K in Australia and New Zealand) and guitar drones (recorded by Jarek B in Poland) provide a common sonic denominator to all of the tracks on offer.

The KOshowKO remix is a guitar riff driven and catchy affair with a strong electro element. Here the original atmospheric guitar takes have been resampled and transformed into a rockabilly-like lines. Brenden James’ remix takes the listener on an evocative tropical electro-pop-rock journey while Monochrome Echo explores the mesmerising jazzy-ambient and post-rock ground. Aammiioo closes the release with an expansive and groovy ambient remix.

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Looks like I’ve been featured on the 2018 Australian Composers Tote Bag made by Making Waves – a monthly series of curated playlists streaming one hour of quality, new composed music. You can get one for yourself and support the initiative through this link.

 

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There are only a few more weeks left to submit music to Clan Analogue‘s mobile music compilation album. More INFO HERE

If you need inspiration – check out my interview with Jakob Haq (of haQ attaQ YouTube channel) published in the Producer Interviews section of this blog earlier this year. In our chat, Jakob and I cover quite a lot of ground and discuss the present state as well as the future of mobile music making!

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I’m currently curating and producing a compilation album for Clan Analogue Recordings which celebrates music creation with mobile tools. Clan Analogue is an iconic record label and the longest running collective of electronic musicians in Australia.

We are looking for music made with small, battery-powered, portable gear. Examples of used equipment might include (but are not limited to): iOS music apps, Pocket Operators, OP-1, Volcas, grooveboxes such as Circuit, etc.

While we are not seeking submissions of sounds generated with software synths running on laptops, submitted music can be mixed in a computer-based DAW, as long as all sound sources in your track come from external, mobile music making tools. Music mixed exclusively with the use of mobile tools is of course also welcome. Other creative ways of interpreting the theme will be considered.

As a general rule, tracks should be shorter than 6 minutes, but if you create a really cool longer track that doesn’t get boring we would consider it.

For a reference on what style of music fits Clan Analogue, please listen to the past label releases following the links from the label’s Releases page.

Head over to Clan’s web site for instructions on how to submit your files.

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Thanks to the Making Waves New Music portal for including ‘Untold‘ by iubar project and Modus Op in their March playlist called ‘Radiophonic Waves’. The playlist features selected new works that inhabit and explore radiophonic composition.

I also had the privilege of my profile being added to Making Waves New Music’s showcase of Australian contemporary composers here.

The track ‘Untold‘ is one of my most personal compositions (it’s also a collab with Sydney based Modus Op). It has been released last year by the legendary collective Clan Analogue celebrating 25 years of independent Australian electronic music-making in 2017 with the release of their 50th record, the new compilation album Coordinate: Collaboration Beyond the Algorithm (CA050). You can read an in-depth description of how this album (on which I also worked as a project advisor) was created on Clan’s web site.

An here’s is a review of the album in the Cyclic Defrost magazine.

 

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Just before Xmas, I published an article in what appears to be the first ever special issue of a popular music journal presenting new musical creations as research, using sound to explore new research ideas.

In the article, I document and analyse my collaborative process of using Ohm Studio while producing the track titled ‘The Giver’. Aptly, it was also an Xmas tune like no other created with no face to face contact by 4 musicians located in Australia, Poland, Italy and the U.S.

The paper is available in the open access journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) and can be accessed for free here, alongside audio files documenting various stages of the song production.

Copies of the PDF are also available on my Research Gate and Academia profiles and the final outcome (a 2-track single) can be heard on Bandcamp and Spotify:

Screenshot of the collaborative session in Ohm Studio

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The 12th Art of Record Production Conference took place just over two weeks ago in Stockholm. At the event, I had the opportunity to deliver a presentation summarising my mobile music production and research titled ‘The Tactile Evolution – Mobile Electronic Music Production and Digital Affordances of Apps’.

The conference was hosted by the The Royal College of Music which has some fantastic facilities, including a 29:4 room called the Dome where I also had the pleasure to present my work. The Dome features 29 loudspeakers mounted in 3 concentric rings plus 4 sub-woofers. The room was used for some very interesting presentations of spatial and multi-channel sound design. Over 3 days there were 3 parallel sessions and several keynotes responding to this year’s conference theme: Mono: Stereo: Multi. See a complete list of abstracts and the program for more details. The conference also included multiple musical surprises, such as the visit from the local children’s choir singing traditional Swedish Xmas music and the interview with Benny Andersson of Abba, who played some of his work on the piano as well (see the Instagram video of Benny and a still from the Abba museum below).

For quite some time now there has been a wealth of music production-oriented innovation coming out of Sweden and it was fascinating to discover that some of the music apps that I use in my work were created by graduates of The Royal College of Music.

My trip to the conference was eventful in other ways too as I in a rush to the airport, I left my backpack with my iPad and wallet on a local train. After I left Sweden for Poland where I had another workshop to deliver, I found out that the train driver found my backpack intact. I promptly ordered the lost item to be couriered to my via UPS, but then UPS lost my backpack in transit! I’m now writing these words in Australia and UPS have since found the backpack which is now traveling to Poland because UPS refused to send it to me to Australia. So there are still some issues to be dealt with when it comes to UPS…

The conference was a resounding success though and while in Stockholm I also interviewed Jakob Haq (who is running the excellent haQ attaQ channel on YouTube) so stay tuned for this recording!

 

The Dome with the 29:4 height and position adjustable sound system

 

Setting up my iPad for the presentation

 

Talking about Animoog

 

Presenting the TC-11 app

 

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The Dome’s spatial sound mixing console

 

A surprise visit from the local children’s choir

 

Conference dinner with live music

 

ARP 2017 Live Music Program

 

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Benny Andersson of Abba at the piano and as a wax figure at the Abba museum (second slide)

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