KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2011-03-05-DJSet.mp3|titles=KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05|artists=chaircrusner]
http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2011-03-05-DJSet.mp3

A little different than the last few sets I’ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn’t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It’s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album North has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music.

Of course, for some of us, Radiohead’s new album King Of Limbs has been a recent obsession. It’s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has — inventive sound design & production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song “Fail Forever” is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the Earlham College Radio Station. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I’d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I’m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but “Fail Forever” is haunted by him.

And then there’s Anika, who I was turned onto by Peter Kirn’s interview with her. The eponymous Anika is produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Greta Ann’s “Sadness Hides The Sun.” Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now.

And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there’s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, “Hallucinogens in the Nescafe” which I wrote about earlier. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He’s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can’t be denied.

But I couldn’t resist last night during my show when I tweeted “Thom Yorke doesn’t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.”

On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance — I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn’t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.

SYNKROOpen Arms
DarkStarSP
AnikaYang Yang
ChaircrusherPete 1
DarkStarSeparator
Just A BandExtra
DirtbombsShari Vari (Omar S Remxi)
ChaircrusherPete 2
West Norwood Cassette LibraryBlonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)
King slaFFOne
RadioheadLotus Flower
T WilliamsHeartbeat
When Saints Go MachineFail Forever
RooflightBirds Outside The Window
ChaircrusherHallucinogens In The Nescafe
DarkstarAidys Girl Is A Computer
SepalcureFleur
RoofLightAll Day Breakfast
TMSVSignal
Freeze & LX OneForeseen
Orphan 101Propa
AnikaSadness Hides The Sun
RadioheadMorning Mr. Magpie
Urban TribeOrbitals
Morgan ZaretHookid
AnikaMasters Of War
Instra:Mental + DBridgeFrom The Start
Instra:Mental + DBridgeDetuned Heart
Derek PiotrCleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
LHFCandy Rain

New Track: Hallucinogens In The Nescafé


In the Herzog film Strozek Bruno S shows a small sculpture of twisted wire and says “this is a schematic model of how it looks inside Bruno. They’re closing all the doors on him.”

So this track goes out to my boy Muammar Gaddafi; it’s a schematic diagram of how it looks inside Muammar. Thug Life 4Ever, Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya!

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-HallucinogensInTheNescafe.mp3]http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-HallucinogensInTheNescafe.mp3

For those who give a shit about such things:

Drums: Battery3 with tweaked percussion presets.
Funny noises: 2 instances of Reaktor.
High synth: Jupiter6
Bass: FM8
Effects: Audiodamage Dubstation delay, Audiodamage Eos reverb, UAD EMT140 Reverb (on filtered snares), a Reaktor BBD delay simulator, UAD LA2 Compressor on some tracks, Audiodamage RoughRider Compressor on others. UAD Pultec EQ on some percussion sounds.

Sequenced in Live, several passes of live recording of effects tweaks. This was actually a track that came together when I was actually focusing on something else — i.e. it was a scratch track to test something.

KRUI Noise Radio — DJ Mix

There’s some overlap in tracks played with my September DJ Mix, but this mix is longer, and starts out with a sampling of the many amazing tracks by the recently-departed and deeply missed Aaron Carl Ragland.

The funny thing about Aaron Carl is that I knew him as a person first and as a fan of his music second. When he came out with his WARMTH compilation last year I did a mix using its tracks, and I began chatting with AC on line, and spoke with him a few times on the phone. It was only after that that I started exploring his catalog and began to realize what a rare, original talent he was. It’s sad when anyone dies, but in AC’s case, he was really coming into his own as a producer and label head, and he was full of great plans both for his own music and of ways to give back to his beloved city of Detroit. When he got sick he had to cancel a European tour that I’m sure would have been a triumph. I really loved the guy, and he will be truly missed.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2010-10-09-KRUI-Mix.mp3|titles=2010/10/10 KRUI Noise Radio Show|artists=Chaircrusher]
http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-2010-10-09-KRUI-Mix.mp3

Aaron Carl Crucified(XDB Edit)
Aaron Carl Faces
ICan Si Se Puede (Aaaron Carl Remix)
Aaron Carl Simply (Extended Original Mix)
Aaron Carl I Refuse
Scan7 feat. Aaron Carl 4 Kinds Of People
Aaron Carl Tears
Aaron Carl Tears(Part 2)
Aaron Carl & Benjamin Hayes The Struggle
Aaron Carl Dance Naked
Aaron Carl Down
Urban Tribe Hostile Takeover
PTA African Sh*T (Unrelease Ruff Mix)
Mount Kimbie Before I Move Off
Falty DL Filthy Divinity
Kowton Hunger
The Godson Analog Love
Hall & Oates Can’t Go For That(Perkowitz Minimal Refix)
Kyle Hall + The Godson Microburst
Ron Hardy & Gene Hunt Indiana
Ultrasound Heavy Roll (Future Funky re-rub)
Midlan Head Down
Urban Tribe ECM
Cooly G Darn DB
Ill Blu Dragon Pop
KidKut I Love04
Kode Nine feat. SpaceApe U Don’t Wash(Martyn Vocal Scrub)
Derek Piotr Cleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
Ikonika Dckhdbtch
Svpreme Fervor
Sines Tortelli’s Slave
Scuba 3 Sided Shape
Kito LFO
XXXY Flew

Chaircrusher September Mix

This is what Google Image Search comes up with if you search for “UK Bass”
Sequenced live in Ableton Live — 45 tracks in 99 minutes. Starts at 100 BPM and ends at 142. I find it hard to stick with one particular beat so there are some hectic transitions.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-SeptemberMix.mp3|titles=Sepetember Mix|artists=Chaircrusher]
http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-SeptemberMix.mp3

Urban TribeHostile Takeover
Falty DLOdyssey
Falty DLFilty Divinity
KowtonBasic Music Knowledge
Hall & OatesCan’t Go For That (Perkowitz Minimal RMX)
UltrasoundHeavy Roll (Future Funky Re-Rub)
MidlandPlay The Game (Dexter RMX)
GreymatterRaw Root (Klik Remix)
Cooly GDarn DB
Cooly GFull Ah Sensi DB
Cooly GUp In My Head
Ill BluBellion
Kid KutLit
Kode 9 feat. The Space ApeYou Don’t Wash (Martyn Scrub Vocal)
IkonikaDckBtch
IkonikaIngredients
Donga BlakeDetroitus
Chaircrusher9 16 Beat
Al Tourettes/ApplblimMr Swishy
Donga BlakeSmall Hours (Geiom Mix)
Greymatter feat. Deize TigronaEu Fumo (Altered Natives RMX)
W1boDispension Omega
Falty DlBecause You
ErraGetting Happs
Al Tourettes/ApplblimLipsmacker
DJ RumEmerald The Antidote (chaircrusher edit)
AslopeClose
L-OwDiver
MaliloneLions And Pearls
MidlandPlay The Game
Mount KimbieBefore I Move Off
OriolMemories
PinchThe Boxer
QuestDeep Inside
SclistDubx
Sines DistalStuff Dreams Are Made OF
SvpremeKiller
SynkroEverybody Knows
SynkroJust Say
Throwing SnowUn Vingt
Truth & Dutty RanksBombay Sapphire
XXXYJust For Me
The OthersVertigo 909
Urban TribeEEG
Sines DistalTortellis Slave

New Track: Expemsible

All the hootenanny about PaulStretch got me playing with it again, and this is what I came up with. As my vrave buddies used to say ‘very ambient.’

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-Expemsible.mp3|titles=Expemsible|artists=Chaircrusher]

http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-Expemsible.mp3

The source material was a couple of samples downloaded from the Internet — a drumloop and a bassline. I added the phaser effect. So the original audio was on the order of 2 seconds long.

Summer 2010 DJ Mix

It’s been mad stupid hot in Iowa City this summer. I like it that way! There’s nothing wrong with sweating. Which is something you learn if you like to go dancing in a club. Somehow the hotter and sweatier it is, the better.

To satisfy this need for humidty I’ve assembled a mix out of things I’ve bought in the past few months. This comprises what I’m listening to when I’m walking the dogs late at night.

Thanks for promos to: Lenny Burden (Octave One) & Stefan Robbers (2Junxion). Drop me a line if you want to send me promos — chaircrusher at gmail dot com.

ALL OTHER TRACKS LEGALLY PURCHASED. Except for the Chaircrusher ones, which I produced.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-Summer2010-Mix.mp3|titles=Summer 2010 Mix|artists=Chaircrusher]
http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-Summer2010-Mix.mp3

Track List

Front Porch/Prairie Du Chien/Holiday Road 7/18Chaircrusher
ShakeSigha
BCN DubDeepchord Presents Echospace
Memories (Jake Slazenger RMX)Oriol
Serged (Falty DL RMX)Mount Kimbie
Self ControlLuke Hess
ZX81 (Ramadanman Refix)dBridge
The Greater Good (mix2)Octave One
Days pass, night creeps inJustin Berkovi
A Made Up SoundAlarm
Dreamer(mankind is only living a dream)2Junxion
Wot U GotMartin Kemp
The Family WatchesRob Hood
Carry The Weight (Bok Box Rmx)Machine Drum
I Might Be(Joy Orbison Rmx)Scion AV
Theme From RoxyT-Polar
Protected (Chaircrusher RMX)Derek Piotr
ClaptrapJoe
Dirty DirtyEl-B
GigaItal Tek
Good TimesSynkro
What Makes You So SpecialRooflight
Zarbak (Brackles RMX)Pacheko Pocz
HybridKryptic Mindz
DigestJoe
Dance 2Komonazmuk
Maroon ChantGemmy
When I Rust I RestAl Tourettes
Shades of BlueGuido
CYMKJames Blake
Acid RainKloke
Front Porch/Prairie Du Chien/Holiday Road 7/18Chaircrusher

My mini-live-set @ Dawn’s 2010-04-03

As Greg Davis pointed out to me last night, making music with just sine tones isn’t an original idea. But for me, the simple setup of 4 sine wave synths in Ableton Live, set up such that I could jam out live felt really good. In the context of live music in 2010 I’d have to say I heard a lot more raw sawtooths and white noise than sine waves. The purity of sine tones is seductive to me. Sines are a mathematic abstraction, a Platonic ideal, that you can perceive with your senses.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2010-04-03-ChaircrusherLive.mp3|titles=Live At Dawn’s 2010-04-02|artists=Chaircrusher] http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/2010-04-03-ChaircrusherLive.mp3
This was my original study for this project:
[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-SineStudy.mp3|titles=Sine Study 2010-01-23|artists=chaircrusher] http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-SineStudy.mp3

I originally was going to record the set in Live –i.e. record MIDI and fader actions, but instead I captured the performance along with room sound using my Zoom H4. Not to get all po-mo, but the people blabbing, cracking open beers, the dodgy PA, and even the sound of ventilation system give what I did a texture the ‘pure’ recording would never have had. There’s a moment about 3 minutes in that I love, where my friend John Schlotfelt shushed the audience. Apparently a fair number of people hadn’t recognized that a performance had begun. That I was cross-legged on the floor, facing the wall, might have had something to do that, but honestly, it would have been just fine with me if they’d carried on chatting all the way through.

Dawn's Back Room
Dawn's Back Room, Matt Steele & Stephanie on left, Zoom H4 on right

Sergeant Ridiculous EP — Update… Fehler Nach Fehler.

Somewhere in all the re-mixing and remastering, something screwy crept into my original version of the Sergeant Ridiculous track. So if you downloaded either the Zip or the original track, you can get the new improved version without the drums cutting out inexplicably. Sorry for the very unprofessional fuck up. As it happens, I am an unprofessional fuckup.

Thanks to Stefan Robbers, the sideways namesake for this release for letting me know about this.

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/sgtridiculous/Chaircrusher-SergeantRidiculous.mp3]
http://www.cornwarning.com/sgtridiculous/Chaircrusher-SergeantRidiculous.mp3

The zip of the entire release is updated as well. Go to the Sergeant Ridiculous Page to grab it… and tell your friends and enemies and frenemies.

Sergeant Ridiculous, Tumescent In Repose
Sergeant Ridiculous, Tumescent In Repose

The menacing sounds of my office

[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/ChairCrusher-TheOffice.mp3]
The Office

The percussion is all banging stuff in my office with a sharpie, a bottle opener, and my knuckles. Including banging on the Presonus preamp that I was using at the time, a can of compressed air, etc.

http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/OfficeSamples.zip

Nothing to do with the television show, though I do enjoy it. Unless you see it as an auditory representation of the soul-killing ennui of cubicle life.

The chaotic higher synth sound is the Mopho, bass sound is Ableton’s Analog….

Pluggo gratification

Well it took 4 days, but my shiny new Pluggo is authorized. In honor of this I put together a sort of fake techno jam:
[audio:http://cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/Chaircrusher-Pluggotest.mp3]
Pluggo Test

All sounds are from Pluggo Instruments — Analog Drums, Analog Percussion, Deep Bass, Additive Heaven. Pluggo FX are Feeback Network and Chamberverb. Other than that I used a limiter on the channel playing the Feedback Network.

Of course, Pluggo is wacky, and one unusual wackiness is that the instruments can stumble rhythmically. You can hear this happening at 1:16…

I can see why a lot of people don’t think very highly of Pluggo; compared to a lot of other plugins they’re kind of difficult to control and they can sound really raw, even ugly. Of course those are the things I like about them. They’re a nice compromise between the
low level monkeying you have to do with Reaktor or Max, and the limited sonic possibilities of more straightforward plugins.

Oh and ‘Pluggo’ is also, apparently, the manufacturer of of machines that put the rubber caps on sterile blood sample vials.

pluggo

SO FAR SO SO: Retrospective 1995-2005

I’ve been meaning to do this for some time, so here goes. This is a collection of unreleased songs from my back catalog. There’s all sorts of genres represented, but in choosing the tracks, I tried to pick songs that were the best example of I was doing at any given time. I haven’t dated them here, but some of them date themselves. For example, when was it a big deal to do an Amen break track? When were 90BPM hip hop instrumentals something people made a million of?

These tracks are lousy with uncleared samples; consequently if anyone actually recognizes a sample of their work and objects I’ll remove the file.

If someone takes a particular shine to a track and wants to remix it let me know. Most of these only exist as mixdowns of long-lost percursor files and sequences, but if I can provide individual sounds, I’d be happy to.

So Far So So — one zip file

1. NYE[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/01%20NYE.mp3]

2. Morton’s Shadow (samples from Morton Subotnick “Silver Apples of the Moon” and DJ Shadow) [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/02%20Morton%27s%20Shadow.mp3]

3. Lucas[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/03%20Lucas.mp3]

4. Noise Dub[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/04%20Noise%20Dub.mp3]

5. Grandiose (with Lucas Williams on Guitar)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/05%20Grandiose.mp3]

6. Sweetness (samples Lush)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/06%20Sweetness.mp3]

7. Windchime[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/07%20Windchime.mp3]

8. Monked (samples Theleonius Monk and Weather Report)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/08%20Monked.mp3]

9. The Wrong Trousers (with Axy Jeeb)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/09%20The%20Wrong%20Trousers.mp3]

10. Mayday[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/10%20Mayday.mp3]

11. Little Miss (samples Raymond Scott and Elaine Elias)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/11%20little%20miss.mp3]

12. Inna (samples Inna & the Farlanders)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/12%20Inna.mp3]

13. Hubert (samples Hubert Laws)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/13%20Hubert.mp3]

14. Honey (samples (samples Sweet Honey In The Rock)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/14%20Honey.mp3]

15. Gee Why[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/15%20Gee%20Why.mp3]

16. Busy Signal[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/16%20BusySignal.mp3]

17. AD Remix (based on samples from Andrew Duke)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/17%20AD%20Remix.mp3]

18. Labor Day[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/18%20Labor%20Day.mp3]

19. Nativity (samples some crazy bible story 7″ record)[audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/19%20Nativity.mp3]

20. Redux [audio:http://www.cornwarning.com/chaircrusher/SoFarSoSo/20%20Redux.mp3]

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Based on a work at www.cornwarning.com.