Sunday, 26 August 2012

Dead Wood - Arrival Transfer

This weekend I made a track for the latest Disquiet Junto project, Radius Joint. Click the photo above to listen / download. 

I've known about Junto since the start but have only really been getting into in the past few weeks. I like the community aspect and getting to hear what other artists have created with their contributions. Each week is a new project and the whole thing is hosted at Soundcloud. 

The Assignment for this week is to make a piece of music between 2-4 minutes long using the 14 second jingle from the Radius radio show as the sole sound source, with processing permitted. Tracks must also include the original jingle at the beginning. 

I've been wanting to do some computer creations for a while now and after having a go a few months back, my beloved original PC finally died, so I'm now learning about music things on the Mac. I made this by editing some loops from the jingle and jammed them with looping, effects and things in Reaktor. I wanted to make something rhythmical and had some fun trying.   


Signalvoid compilation is available now and features 4 hours of one minute noise tracks, all with no fade outs and designed to be listened on shuffle. I've always been interested in people's interpretations of 'noise' and with over 100 artists contributing to this, I knew it would be a project that would interest me. My friend Jack put this together and I'm really impressed with how it's all tuned out. My contributions include a harsh screeching solo Dead Wood track, plus three collaborations with Knifedoutofexistence. Signalvoid is available for free download and also physical copy including all the tracks on a neat wooden usb stick  

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Dead Wood - How The Tables

Today I made a track for Disquiet Junto project 0033: Turntable Played. Click the photo above to listen / download.

The Assignment: Make music with a turntable but without vinyl.

Firstly I recorded the sound of 4 separate unamplified turntables while interacting with the machines by knocking the arm, messing with the cue / cancel buttons and occasionally letting the needle fall onto the slip mat.

The sounds were captured with a contact mic, recorded straight to cassette, then later recorded into a laptop and processed using loopers in Reaktor 5 software. There are no other effects used, although the cassette itself was old and there were some moments where it had previously chewed and stretched.

Saturday, 18 August 2012


A photo of the Dead Wood / Phantom Heron Seas performance at We Are Collective at Chapel Arts in Andover last Sunday. It was a really nice afternoon and everyone was really lovely. Big thanks to Tom for asking us to play. 

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Patches / badges

Amps Against Trend patches and badges available now. Click on the image for more details. 

We Are Collective

Kicking off today We Are Collective are hosting a three day event in Andover. Tomorrow from 1-6pm I have a stall selling Dirty Demos and Amps Against Trend junk, and Dead Wood / Phantom Heron Seas will making practice amp noises at 2pm. Click on the flyer for more details. 

Friday, 3 August 2012

I made this a month or two ago. It was used (with typewriter text on it) for the insert of the Witch Cult floppy disk box set I released recently on my new label Amps Against Trend

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Exempt Through Distance C20

Dead Wood / Phantom Heron Seas - Exempt Through Distance cassette is out now on the awesome Hairdryer Excommunication label. Kevin did us proud with this release, big thanks for all the effort involved. Chuffed to bits I am. C20 cassette with hand stamped labels, in oversized cases and beautiful letterpress covers by The Print Project. The cassette comprises of two 10 minute collaboration tracks of practice amp drone and spangles. A review of the release can be read here, thanks to Steve for writing nice words about it. Edition of 30 copies, available from Hairdryer Excommunication£4 plus postage. 


A few pictures of the Dead Wood / Phantom Heron Seas set at Lushfest last month. The festival was amazing. A very well organized affair, and I thought the sound was really decent for our set. Big up Matthew Shaw for inviting us, and for taking the photos above.