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collaborations Live Bootlegs

Bananahat – Live From Stafford 20 December 2008

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Title: Live from Stafford 20 December 2008
Artist: Bananahat
Album: Live from Bryan, TX
Date: 2008

When all three members of Bananahat happened to convene in Bryan, Texas around the Christmas of 08, good things happened. SkullF*cker had a show booked at Stafford, and along with Bryce Clayton Eiman, Bananahat was around to pull the electro-noise-house vibes out of the winter downtown air.
Technically, this was Bananahat plus, as we had two at-large members join us on stage in masks and stuff. There’s laptops, live vocals, a feedbacker modded-sp303, akai mpc, korg er-1, tuning forks, contact mics, more feedback loops, and most importantly the magic of the season and weariness of the road.
The actual performance was about 30 minutes, but the recordings got started a short ways into it. Major props to Houston for hitting that record button…I don’t know how I could ever remember much less describe Bananahat at their finest hour.
Chappy Chanukah to all yall.
Download: 01 Live at Stafford 20081220 (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Bananahat ca. 2008

Homework

Noggin – Family Choir / Family Organ

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Title: Family Choir / Family Organ
Artist: Noggin
Album: Homework
Date: 2008

This piece is a combination of two other pieces of algorithmic music written in 3 lines each of chuck code – deemed ‘chuckus’ for their relationship to 3 line poem styles. My first homework assignment when I came back to school after a trip back home in 2008.
The first piece can be summed up as cancerous, as follows:
SndBuf a=>dac;"special:dope"=>a.read;SndBuf b=>dac;"special:peksblnk"=>b.read;
float c;float d;while(true){Math.cos((c::ms=>now)/15::ms)=>a.rate;
Math.tan((d::ms=>now)/11::ms)=>b.rate;Math.sin(1333)=>c;Math.sin(-400)=>d;}

The second piece can be summed up as lament, as follows:
SinOsc q=>NRev r=>dac;SqrOsc w=>r;[63,61,56,65,60]@=>int x[];.5=>q.gain;303=>int
m;0=>float e=>w.gain;while(m::ms=>now){if(e<.1)e+.0003=>e=>w.gain;maybe*m::ms=>
now;Std.mtof(x[Std.rand2(0,4)])=>q.freq;Std.mtof(x[Std.rand2(0,4)]+5)=>w.freq;}

Again, these are algorithmic pieces, and so they kind of write themselves. Each time they are played, they will be slightly different. The challenge for me was to still give them a consistent enough character that ties them together on multiple plays. Also, using simple math functions to simulate ‘song structure’ puts forth its own challenges.
These two pieces also definitely represent the place my head and heart were at in January of 2008. We miss you, Mom.
Download: Family Choir _ Family Organ (right click and choose ‘save as’)

collaborations Nueget Jams

Nueget – Elvis is dead, deal with it

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Title: Elvis is dead, deal with it
Artist: Nueget
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 1998


We were really good in Nueget / Megaspore Mothercell about getting an idea and then taking it to completion. We didn’t really have a song per se when we started here, but we sure did at the end of it. It’s definitely got that Sonic Youth garage vibe we were heading towards. This is just Steve and I while we were in-between bassists (which was quite often).
Props Steve.
And as a bonus, here’s the overdub version of White Rainbow complete with guitar shreds.
Download: Nueget – Elvis is dead, deal with it (right click and choose ‘save as’)
Download: Nueget – White Rainbow 2 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Sober October

Noggin – Jouges

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Title: Jouges
Artist: Noggin
Album: Sober October
Date: 2011

Definition of Love-Hate here.
This track was originally a favorite of mine, though I figured it might not appeal to a wide range. However the first few listeners loved it.
It went through many permutations and edits.
I eventually started to despise it because it’s so nasty to begin with, its not easy to tame.
It almost got scrapped, but held on as being the first reviewers’ favorite – how could I let it get relegated to b-side-land?
It’s an ER-1 feeding back on itself and pressed really hard to tape in the garage with Jon.
ER-1 straight to 1/4″ reels.
Chuck originally called this one “Dirty”.
Full album available at http://soundcloud.com/djnoggin/sets/sober-october
Download: Noggin – 04 – Jouges (right click and choose ‘save as’)

As Yet Unknown

Noggin – Grglbst

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Title: Grglbst
Artist: Noggin
Album: As Yet Unknown
Date: 2004

Aaaah, a true Noggin gem of a classic right here.
Urban legend says that this works great on an music-device on shuffle, as the mix might be fortunate enough to get these ~14 seconds of speaker-terror in the midst of oh say a soothing new age indie set. In the words of my good friend Freddy, “Just wait….it’ll be over soon”.
This was created by running effects in Cool Edit with ungodly values in the parameters…if the chorus lets you type in 120000000000000 voices, just do it. If you can catch the output and record it before your computer totally crashes to its knees, you’ll have a nice little nugget of glitchdom to feed yer hungry little samplers with.
It’s my birthday homeys so I’m gonna take this moment to point out a couple of my personal favorites from the archives…
Noggin – Emergence
Noggin – Disassembly
Noggin – Cup Feet / Chamber
CNCTR – Corrosion
Noggin – I Swear To You My Friend It Will Be Alright
Noggin – KEOS 29 July 2011
Noggin – Flotation Device (full mix)
Noggin – Island Love (demo)
Noggin + Spratt – Trampled
Avec Mere – New York
Download: Grglbst (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Live 8 bit Rancho Relaxo

Noggin – Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 1

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Title: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 1
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo
Date: 2008

This is the first part of my set at Rancho Relaxo precluding an AMODA showcase. Highlights of this show include meeting Captain Sievert and Yatagarasu aka Hexcrusher. The Cap’n has the gameboys down, and Hexcrusher was rocking a Nintendo and a distortion pedal.
Love those guys.
Still noisy, albeit maybe a bit more focused than the encore that I’ve already posted.
Download: Live 8bit set at Rancho Relaxo (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Live 8 bit Rancho Relaxo

Noggin – 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 00000010

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Title: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo part 00000010
Artist: Noggin
Album: Live 8 bit set at Rancho Relaxo
Date: 2008

When I moved back to Texas in 2008, having spent the previous year doing nothing but producing music (and doing lots of math in the process), I had sound exploding out of me. Ethan Master of the Hawaiian Ukulele, Steward of Rancho Relaxo, asked me to participate in a pre-AMODA “8-bit” show. Now, I’ve never considered myself strictly 8-bit, but I jumped at the opportunity to basically drone out in a dark basement and maybe make people expand their understanding of what things like 8-bit are really about. Recent experiments into feedback loops through the ER-1, music written for gameboy (had to meet the criteria), and a custom-built distortion box (think of it as analog 8-bit sound) all came together to produce a swath or digital crustiness reverberating off the graffiti’d stone walls of the Rancho Basement. The wonderful visuals provided by no less than three video artists of course helped the ambiance.
There are some re-worked Noggin classics in here, and part 1 will be up at some point.
This is Noggin doing noise, if that aint your thing, open your ears and mind or please, move on.
Download: noggin-8bit-set2 (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Classic Trash

Noggin – Japan

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Title: Japan
Artist: Noggin
Album: Classic Trash
Date: 2002

Gotta give these short-but-not-forgotten tracks some love.
This one is pretty glitchy noise rhythms – wholly unrelated to japan.
It’s all Buzz again, going for that hi-fi sound for yer lo-fi earbuds.
Download: japan (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Buzz Exports

Noggin – hardex

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Title: hardex
Artist: Noggin
Album: Buzz Exports
Date: 2002

The companion track to ‘softex’ (which isn’t up yet). I made this one as a beat to have running while I synced the synth to it, sort of as an exercise in tweakdom. I don’t think a merged copy of the two got recorded, cause I ended up liking both on their own, actually.
Now to find the companion tracks…
Straight up buzz techno.
Download: hardex (right click and choose ‘save as’)

Pictures of Clouds

Pictures of Clouds – Nematode

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Title: Nematode
Artist: Pictures of Clouds
Album: Pictures of Clouds
Date: 2010

Not having a good day.
This is an amen break on auto-repeat, spit forth from a schizophrenic mpc, fed through an auto-tune and then feeding back on itself with careful application of the aux knob. Not really POC style, but came from those same sessions, so they can claim it.
Download: 16 – Pictures Of Clouds – Tapedeck16 (right click and choose ‘save as’)