** 2002-2015 - Wishing I'd never started doing this in the first place, and had a proper life instead... **

I can be contacted by email if you type 'soundhog' followed by '@gmail' and then '.com'...
I actually have a Twitter account - I don't 'say' a lot, though...

Listen to some of my mixes in one handy place : Mixcloud
Listen to some of my tracks in another place : Soundcloud
Listen to more of my tracks in yet another place : Soundcloud
Watch my videos, don't leave any comments : YouTube
'Like this', ignore my postings, 'unlike this' : Facebook (artist page)
Spam me about your m@$hups, bitch about me when I delete you : Facebook (personal)
The proper high art stuff - The Freelance Hairdresser page : Soundcloud

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Don't let the changes / a-get y'down / man...

...as Donovan sang in 1970.

Okay, well I've found an alternative place to host my more 'legally-dubious' productions.  I've no idea how long it'll last, as people seem to be flocking to it in the wake of S*undcl*ud's sudden get-tough policies.  But for the meantime, you can find stuff like the Steve Miller remix (hi Richard!), Traffic/Zep, the McCartney remixes and others there.  I may re-upload things like Mansun/Marvin, Beatles/Zeppelin and Edwyn/Goldfrapp as well.  Downloads are available for the moment, it would seem.

So, you'll be wanting the link?  Okay - https://hearthis.at/qk3lfgdp/ - not very catchy but it'll have to do for now.  Let me know if I've missed out anything important.

In other news, the much-worried about live debut of my synthpop project 'Loose Capacitor' did indeed pass off without too many incidents the other week.  I was helped out by my friend David Harper and his Micromoog on bassline duties, while I concentrated on pressing the right lead keys and making sure the ReVox tape machine didn't go haywire.  Everyone on the night was excellent, especially The Twelve Hour Foundation, Revbjelde and Robin Lee.  I may do more music in this mould, should anyone give a stuff.  Video evidence follows below.

I may write more before Xmas.  I may not.  Toodle-pip for now.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Normal service will (maybe) be resumed...?

Just in case anyone was wondering (and just in case anyone still reads this blog, which is unlikely as I can't be bothered updating it recently).  Soundcloud's recent failure to strike a deal with PRS in the UK (and probably other performing rights organisations elsewhere) has resulted in them suddenly 'caring' about people's copyright, and as such they've started letting automated content matching systems run riot over people's uploads.  They'd done this a bit in the past, but now have decided to implement a 'three strikes' policy, which applies to new uploads as well as stuff which has been online for years.  They recently deleted a 'bootleg' track of mine (despite it being uploaded with the permission of one of the artists involved - hardly worth contesting under the circumstances) and made the first strike.  Two and I can't upload anymore, three and my account gets nuked. 

So reluctantly I've removed a lot of my stuff (Traffic/Led Zep, the Steve Miller extended mix etc.) from Soundcloud.  I might look for an alternative means of making them available, hopefully without resorting to YouTube, but don't hold your breath as it's not a priority for me at the moment.  I hope you downloaded them all already, 'cos you can't now.  Something tells me SC are unwittingly (or maybe unavoidably) plotting their own demise here, big style.  Fuck 'em.

In other news, I feature on a new CD alongside some other rather excellent talents.  I contributed two pieces under my 'Loose Capacitor' alias, and you can hear them (and maybe even download/buy the ludicrously cheap CD) here: http://buriedtreasure.bandcamp.com/album/the-delaware-road  There's also a live show on Saturday 14th November at South Street Arts Centre in Reading (UK), where I will be performing the two tracks live, with help from a friend and a ReVox tape recorder.  This will be the first time I've played anything in public other than a record/CD player.  It could be interesting.  http://readingarts.com/southstreet/event.asp?id=SX8C71-A7826C72  Tickets on the door or in advance - do come if you can. 

That's about it, probably for 2015.  A great end to it all, eh?  Wankers...

Saturday, January 03, 2015

2015? What the chuff happened to 2014?!

Hello.  Well, I didn't do/say a lot last year, did I?  Nope.  Anyway, just to say that I'm still here.  Still buying records.  Still not making any mixes.  Still moaning about everything under the sun.  Yeah, well...

News for 2015?   Just a little.  There will be a 7" single containing a track I did with friends a few years ago, along with a new remix I've done of it on the b-side.  There will also be an LP out with a couple of my analogue electronics excursions on it, and there may be some more stuff to come.  Perhaps these things might lead on to other things... unlikely, but who can say?

Oh, and I've signed up to that 'Ello' thing.  I doubt you have.  However, on the off chance that I'm wrong about that, I now have a page at https://ello.co/soundhog
  Not that I know what to do with it.  I'll probably just post pictures and videos of things I'm interested in.  Synths and records, basically.  Still, it's free at the moment, so you won't be losing anything much by having a look.  Apart from valuable seconds of your diminishing lifespan...   T'ra for now.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Maybe I'm (not) Amazed this hasn't had one million listens... McCartney Rearranged.

Happy 2014.

I can't be arsed typing too much here, but I've reuploaded some old stuff on the Soundcloud page, and also uploaded something new as well...
I daresay you missed all of them.  Here's the new track, which is a reworking of McCartney's first post-Beatles ultra-classic.  Longer and subtly rearranged, basically.  If you want to see what else has been happening, click the link I posted a few lines up.  That's it.  See you in another year or something.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

7" out now - the 'legendary' psych edits...

Well I never thought I'd see the day, but the day's arrived.  Two re-edits I originally did in 2006-ish* have finally made it to vinyl thanks to the lovely chaps at the Spoke label.  The Dakotas edit might be familiar to anyone clever enough to listen to the Mix90 series, while the Open Mind edit has never seen the light of day until now (aside from one airing at a DJ night in Preston in 2007, played from a 10" dubplate.  Yes, I remember these things...)

So, if they float your vessel click on THIS LINK to be transported to the magical shop of Spoke, stick some details in and all that, and they'll send you one.  There aren't a limitless supply of 'em, and from what I hear, they're already finding new homes rather quickly.  Their other releases are well worth checking out, too.  Advert over.

I just thought I'd mention that to deflect any accusations of jumping on the already-heaving 'psychedelic' bandwagon, like so many other cynical chancers have done recently.  I've got a 25+ year history with this stuff...

Friday, September 27, 2013

Post summer update - lots of things...

Hello, adoring fans.  Oi, stop sniggering.

Just a brief round-up of goings on in my world, which you've probably missed.  Right, let's get the stuff to listen to out of the way.  First up, I bought myself a new synth a couple of months ago, so it only seemed right to make lots of atonal noises with it.  That's why I like synths.  If you fancy an improvised 20 minute soundscape, click the play button below...

Nice, eh?  Anyway, moving on...  I also found a cassette of some stuff I did sometime around 1994/5, using lots of gear that a friend had which I couldn't possibly have afforded.  It was an attempt to make dance music of a sort, possibly the kind of thing near the end of the night to calm people down.  Basically, that means the tracks are quite slow.  I only have the cassette left as far as I can work out, so they're sonically a bit challenged, but I like that.  I like cassettes, you see.  Not in an ironic hipster idiot way.


What else...?  Oh, yes.  I did an official (for a change) remix for Victoria & Jacob, which I was quite pleased with.  You can listen to it below, or buy it (yes, I said buy it... one of those 'pay what you want' jobs) over on Bandcamp, in a compilation of other mixes of the track - LINKY LINK - Please chuck them a few quid if you like it, and maybe leave a comment or two somewhere.  Go on, I dare you.

And finally, news just in about something I've been waiting to happen for a long, long time.  Soundhog psych-edits on seven inch?  Yes, you read right.  More news as and when I have any, and probably at the Spoke Records website as well, but here's some sticker artwork for you to be getting on with, which should give you an idea...

T'ra for now.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Soundhog does Spacelab...

Ok, so a fairly straight Kraftwerk cover isn't the most interesting thing to do in 2013, I agree.  However there is a good reason for it.  Some friends of mine up in Scotland put on a night where people were playing 'werk tracks totally live, which was set up as a response to a similar event in Cardiff, which was set up as a 'consolation' to the 99.99999% of fans who didn't get tickets for the concerts at the Tate Modern earlier in 2013.  Still with me?  I'd hoped to be able to attend and play something, but it didn't happen.  Therefore I decided to record a cover version to play out over the P.A. system instead.  Perhaps as people were leaving...   This is that cover version.

As the main ethos behind the performances was that they were to be done totally live, with no sequencing or backing tracks, all parts on this were recorded totally 'manually'.  Given my ultra-rudimentary keyboard prodding skills, this was no mean feat.  Anyway, I think it came out quite well.  Those bored already will probably have stopped reading ages ago.  Those who care about what I used can read on...

There are 8 audio tracks here.  The opening scale which turns into bleepy space noises was done on a Korg Monotribe, as was the drum track and little up/down octave line.  The note change is achieved by setting the LFO to a square wave, carefully tuning the 'INT.' control and flipping the 'target' lever from VCF to VCO when needed.  The drum hits were punched in and out in the process.  At the same time, I was using the sync-out to trigger a Roland SH2 which I played the main bassline on.  I really could have used some extra hands here, it took a few attempts to get through it without mistakes.

That was the 'machine assisted' part done.  The SH2 was also used to play the main melody line, and the resonated lowish noisy notes.  The pads are done on a Roland RS09 strings/organ unit, which was filtered slightly to make it sound a tad more interesting.  Topping it off are the little spangly high notes, done on my Korg M500 Micropreset (which you might recognise the sound of from its' extensive use on the first couple of OMD albums).  Final touch was to dig out my Commodore 64 and load up "Software Automatic Mouth" (or "SAM"), tell it what I wanted it to say and press return at the right moments.  Mix it all together roughly, and...