Mosaic Music 3 (April 2011) – The Results

May 1st, 2011 § 0 comments

Ah, this is more like it, a whopping 4 entries to April’s Mosaic Music, and what a treat they are. Owen Catgibbon – Harvey ain’t no blood, sucker by Mosaic Music
Harlem Coconut Syncopater – Dzing by Mosaic Music
Craig Coulthard – Champagne For the Horses by Mosaic Music
Son of Portslade – Thankyou Mr and Mrs Boyle by Mosaic Music

The parameters for April were:

1. Between 70 & 80 BPM
2. Between 4 & 5 minutes long
3. Key of C Minor
4. 2 x instruments – 1 brass, 1 strings
5.  Genre Influences (5): Doom Metal | Schlager | Art Rock | Gypsy Jazz | Reggae
6. 2 Vocals (if desired)
7. Lyrics from a Film
8. Other instructions: “Intentions – credibility of/nobility of/humility of” & “Emphasise repititions”

1. OWEN CATGIBBON – “Harvey Ain’t No Blood, Sucker” – Firstly, a track which arrived within 4 days of the draw being made for April, by my favourite drummer, Owen Catgibbon. Inspired by the film “Bad Lieutenant” with Harvey Keitel, and a crack whore character in the film, Catgibbon had this to say: “The intro section has a Gypsy Jazz feel on the guitar (this is also a reference to Art Rock noodling) with a doom sludge string section, then the doom horns come in with a dub reverb. The German vocal and the crooner vocal refers to schlager music. The throat singing is reference to doom metal. (See the band “Stoner Witch“) Some of the precussion is associated with reggae and art rock and doom.The “Hear me now” vocal is a reference to reggae. The percussion and vocals “emphasise repetitions””

2. HARLEM COCONUT SYNCOPATER – “Dzing” – A debut entry from Harlem Coconut Syncopater from the exotic lands of Preston. H.C.S. consists of Luke Alexander Peter Healey, Matt Slade and Matt Wilby. The name apparently comes from the comic “Quick et Flupke” by Herge, though I don’t know what film the sample comes from. A detect a wee bit of a Neil Landstrumm thing in there perhaps.

3. CRAIG COULTHARD – “Champagne For the Horses” – The lyrics to this come from Fitzcarraldo, and I stole a wee bit from “Look A Boom” by I-Roy

4. SON OF PORTSLADE – “Thankyou Mr & Mrs Boyle” – Olly has been inspired by the Boyle Family, specifically their work “Barra Project – World Series 1992 – 2010” which was on exhibition at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art until the end of February this year.

Thanks once more to those who took part, hopefully we’ll have a record number of entries next month. Here’s some further studies for you:

BAD LIEUTENANT (1992) Directed by Abel Ferrera

QUICK et FLUPKE by Herge

FITZCARRALDO (1982) Directed by Werner Herzog

“LOOK A BOOM” – I-Roy (1972)


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