New Free Randan Discotheque Song – “Weight Super Curly Fine”

January 20th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Here’s a relatively new Randan song you can download for free – it’s called “Weight Super Curly Fine” and was originally written as part of the Mosaic Music project. Otherwise I am writing new songs, and hopefully at some point this year will have a new album….

Mosaic Music 7 ( August 2011) – The Draw

July 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Anyone out there? Here’s August’s draw…..

TEMPO – 130-140bpm
LENGTH – 4-5 minutes
KEY – D major
NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – 3
INSTRUMENTS – Woodwind | Non-instrument | Piano/keys
NUMBER OF VOCALS – 1
LYRICS – From a newspaper
NUMBER OF GENRE INFLUENCES – 1
GENRE/S – Space Rock
OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – 1: Don’t stress one thing more than another

Here’s a wee bit space rock for ye

“The Bublight” – The Bluemen (Joe Meek)

Mosaic Music – Complete Collection by Mosaic Music

Mosaic Music 6 (July 2011) – The Results

July 31st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Well, its been a busy month, and it looks like there’s just the one entry this month – mine. Make of it what you will, I did it with little regard to the instructions, and don’t have much more to say about it….the title comes from the a film by Sergei Parajanov and you can watch the entire thing below ********LATE ENTRIES LATE ENTRIES******** Both Son of Portslade and Harlem Coconut Syncopater have pulled some last minute tracks out from under their sleeves…..
here’s what was instructed

TEMPO – 100-110 bpm
LENGTH – Between 1 & 2 minutes
KEY – C sharp/D flat
NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – Two
INSTRUMENTS – Percussion & Woodwind (plus drums, bass, etc)
NUMBER OF VOCALS – Two
LYRICS – From a film
NUMBER OF GENRE INFLUENCES – Three
GENRES – Interview (!) | Surf | Breakcore
OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – 2: “Give the Game Away” & “Look at the order in which you do things”

Craig Coulthard – Ashik Kerib (Mosaic Music 6) by Mosaic Music
As I say, the title comes from Sergei Parajanov’s film, please do watch it

Harlem Coconut Syncopater – I Do It [Rut Rut Rut] (Mosaic Music 6) by Mosaic Music
“It incorporates the surf-rock classic ‘Wipeout’, an attempt at approximating the breakcore beats of the Venetian Snares classic ‘Mutant Cunt Sniffer’ and a looped sample of that interview that went viral of Matt Damon defending teachers” – H.C.S

Son of Portslade – Cauliflower Cheese Bake-Cake (Mosaic Music 6) by Mosaic Music
“I’m inspired by looking at Dick Dalepack frozen cheese items in iceland”

“Ashik Kerib” – Sergei Parajanov (1988)

Mosaic Music 6 – July 2011 – The Draw

June 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Well here we are, the midway draw…all you guys who said you were going to join in, this is your last chance to be involved in the majority of the draws…..what are you going to be working with?
TEMPO – 100-110 bpm
LENGTH – Between 1 & 2 minutes
KEY – C sharp/D flat
NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – Two
INSTRUMENTS – Percussion & Woodwind (plus drums, bass, etc)
NUMBER OF VOCALS – Two
LYRICS – From a film
NUMBER OF GENRE INFLUENCES – Three
GENRES – Interview (!) | Surf | Breakcore
OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – 2: “Give the Game Away” & “Look at the order in which you do things”

Oh yeah, another month of funfilled juxtapositions and soundcrashes…..here’s some related fun, the Chantays dancing is quite astonishing – bands are afraid to dance with organisation nowadays…

RANDY NEWMAN INTERVIEW ABOUT HIS SONGWRITING

THE CHANTAYS – “Pipeline”

KID 606 – “The Illness”

THE WINSTONS – “Amen, Brother” – The source of a lot of breakcore amongst other things….

Mosaic Music – Complete Collection by Mosaic Music

Mosaic Music 5 (May 2011) – The Results

June 30th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Three entries this month, as always, Son of Portslade is in early doors, with late entries from Harlem Coconut Syncopater and myself. No sign of Honeyfuzz, who were “all over this one”*…..

Anyway, here’s what was what before what became became:
*late entry from Honeyfuzz…..

Between 70 & 80 bpm | Between 4 & 5 minutes long | in the key of Eminor | 4 Instruments (1 x Percussion, 3 x non-instruments) | 2 vocals | lyrics from a newspaper | 5 genre influences (Easy listening, Glitch, Harmonica Blues, Bayou Funk and Afrobeat) | “REVERSE”

 
Son of Portslade – The Metro (Mosaic Music 5) by Mosaic Music
Here’s what SoP has to say “no.5 is alive
this is inspired by bus journeys first thing in the morning when everyone is reading the metro. This piece is a cry for true pluralism in the face of an illusionary choice perpetuated by the advertising syndicates that control the metro and our early morning thoughts. Do you choose to sit on the metro or read it?”

Harlem Coconut Syncopater – Hard Graft (Mosaic Music 5) by Mosaic Music
This is a heavy heavy bird-song sound from Luke Healey and Matt Slade aka HCS – “The three ‘non-instruments’ are a Baby Penguin, a Lyre-Bird and a Kakapo respectively. The beat is inspired by Fela Kuti’s ‘Swegbe and Pako’ and there’s a strong Glitch presence, as you’ll no doubt notice. The title is taken from my favourite sandwich-board headline of all time, although I can’t remember it exactly since it’s not online. It was a Lancashire Evening Post sandwich board, and it read “Day of hard graft for North End'”

Craig Coulthard – Weight Super Curly Fine (Mosaic Music 5) by Mosaic Music
Well, I’m not really sure how this fits in, but the non instruments I used were a lamp, the top of my soundcard and hands. The words are about a font and a crime. Not strictly from a newspaper. I’m dissapointed with myself this month.

Honeyfuzz – Welfare (Mosaic Music 5) by Mosaic Music Lastly a late, but very welcome entry from Honeyfuzz. Casey was quoted thus: “Not entirely sure about the key but the percussion instrument is hammered dulcimer and the non instruments are a steel rule, my keys and a plastic wastepaper bin. The text is Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith banging on about welfare reform in the guardian. I was thinking about the bayou funk, afrobeat and glitch but I don’t know if any of it came across, it aint that easy listening and forget about the harmonica, incidentally I believe the reverse of whatever Iain Duncan Smith thinks”.

Here are some more relevant things followed by all the mosaic music songs so far…

LYRE BIRD

FELA KUTI – “Swegbe & Pako”

Here’s a link to something from Dexter Sinister, my font inspiration.

Mosaic Music – Complete Collection by Mosaic Music

Mosaic Music 5 – June 2011 – The Draw

June 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Welcome to Mosaic Music part 5, June 2011. I was thinking when doing the draw for this one that things are bound to get a bit samey after a while, but when I came to picking the instruments and genres for this, I realised its going to take a long time before things start repeating…here is the draw:

TEMPO – 70 – 80 bpm

LENGTH – Between 4 & 5 minutes

KEY – E Minor

NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – 4

INSTRUMENTS – 1 x Percussion | 3 x Non Instruments…..

NUMBER OF VOCALS – 2 (if desired)

LYRICS – From a newspaper

NUMBER OF GENRE INFLUENCES – 5

GENRES – Easy Listening | Glitch | Harmonica Blues | Bayou Funk | Afrobeat

OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – Just one; “Reverse”

Good luck getting a song in the key of E minor with 1 percussion and 3 non-instruments….

Here’s some examples of the genres

CHET ATKINS – “Yakety Axe”

OVAL – “Ah!” (2010)

TAJ MAHAL – “Leaving Trunk” (1968)

PROFESSOR LONGHAIR, DR. JOHN & THE METERS – “Big Chief”

DR.JOHN – “Zu Zu Mamou”

EARLY FELA KUTI (shot by Ginger Baker in 1971 apparently…)

Mosaic Music 4 (May 2011) – The Results

June 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Well well well, just the one entry this month, from me. I think Son o Portslade’s got a late entry coming, he better if he wants to continue his 100% contribution record….Anyway, don’t ask me how I got to this track via the parameters, I can’t remember. The lyrics and title are from online random title/lyric generators though. I can’t even think of any reference points to show you videos of. I truly have no idea what this is….but here are the parameters I was meant to try and work with:
1. Between 130 & 140 bpm
2. Between 3 & 4 mintues long
3. In the key of A major
4. Ten instruments to use (1 x guitar | 2 x piano | 2 x synth | 2 x brass | 3 x non-instruments)
5. More than four vocals
6. Lyrics from the internet
7. Three genres to think about (Honky Tonk, Minimal, Delta Blues)
8. One other instruction, “Take a break”

Craig Coulthard – Implied Skeletons Under the Table by Mosaic Music

And here’s a late entry from Son of Portslade, 100% record intact! “inspired by everything on the internet + a healthy dose of guy debord- envisioned through a pair of William Burroughs spectacles”
Son of Portslade – Oh Oh (Mosaic Music 4) by Mosaic Music

Here’s a mildy rude video of “The Gong Show” – referenced in my lyrics…

Mosaic Music 4 – May 2011 – The Draw

May 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

And here we are, once more we stand on the verge of a new month, what will it bring? Well one thing is certain, it brings a new Mosaic Music Draw….what unexpected genre collisions have we in store this time?

Well, I tell you, its a bonanza this month – once again, I haven’t had time to make a video, but I assure you of the genuine randomness of these juxtapositions……good luck to all

TEMPO – 130 – 140 BPM

LENGTH – Between 3 – 4 minutes

KEY – A major

NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – 10!

INSTRUMENTS – 1 x guitar | 2 x piano | 2 x synth | 2 x brass | 3 x non-instruments!

NUMBER OF VOCALS – More than 4

LYRICS (if desired) – From the internet

NUMBER OF GENRES – 3

GENRES – Honky Tonk | Minimal | Delta Blues

NUMBER OF OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – 1

INSTRUCTIONS – “Take a break”

I think this month has great potential…..

ccx

ERNEST TUBBS – “I’M WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU” (1961)

STEPHEN HALES – GSCE MINIMALIST COMPOSITION” (2010) (

SON HOUSE – “DEATH LETTER BLUES” (1967)

Mosaic Music 3 (April 2011) – The Results

May 1st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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)

THE BOYLE FAMILY EXHIBITION AT SNGMA

Mosaic Music 3 – April 2011 – The Draw

April 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I haven’t had time to put a video together this month, but I promise it’ll be back next month, and also that this draw was genuine….

So, here are the parameters for April:

TEMPO – 70 – 80 bpm

LENGTH – Between 4 and 5 minutes

KEY – C Minor

NUMBER OF INSTRUMENTS – 2

INSTRUMENTS – 1 x Brass & 1 x Strings

NUMBERS OF VOCALS (if desired) – 2

LYRICAL CONTENT (if desired) – From a film

NUMBER OF GENRE INFLUENCES – 5

GENRES – Doom Metal | Schlager (??) | Art Rock | Gypsy Jazz (Yes!) |Reggae

NUMBER OF OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – 2

OTHER INSTRUCTIONS – “Intentions – credibility of/nobility of/humility of” & “Emphasise repititions”

So there you go, please take part, I promise I will this month.
Anyone wondering what “schlager” is, it seems to just mean “hit” music, a kind of northern european pop music, soft, harmless, brass heavy, sing alongs….kind of like this:

CHRIS ROBERTS – “Du kannst nicht immer 17 sein” ( You cannot always be 17)

As for Doom Metal, here’s Gallhammer, an all female japanese doom metal band – its not bad actually…

GALLHAMMER – “World to be Ashes”

Gypsy Jazz couldn’t really be anything other than Django Reinhardt and the hot club quintet….

DJANGO REINHARDT – “J’attendrai Swing”

Art Rock? well here’s a brilliant Talking Heads video

TALKING HEADS – “(Nothing but) Flowers”

Lastly, a very odd little clip of The Congo’s in a film called Jamdown from 1980 – there’s a great little bit of acoustic “Fisherman” on a beach……

THE CONGO’S

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