#ChurArdern

Jacinda Ardern

Given the shattering deluge of violent misogynistic abuse levelled at her by the ‘right wing’ I totally understand why she’s stepping back, but…

 I’m still totally GUTTED!

She’s been brilliant as a PM of New Zealand, and led the world on how to respond to catastrophic  events, while right wing govts and media globally have been been, by their actions and inaction,  directly responsible for thousands of deaths, so of course, the same have spent all their toxic energy trying to undermine her.

She was prime minister through the country’s darkest times. “She did so with absolute dignity while managing to keep our country’s economic status in line with the most successful OECD countries in the world.”

“Prime Minister @JacindaArdern has guided New Zealand through crises and seized opportunities by leading with foresight, integrity and empathy. Her country is better off because of her remarkable leadership—and the rest of us are too.”

A quick look back at … The State Of Things………

Kirke Godfrey: Original Idea Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Arrange, Produce, Mix, Master.

Dan Brownridge: Vox Guitar solo.

Nathan Young: Vox

Hill Ryder Vox

Patrick Higgins Flugel(ish)

Peter Miller assisted with the AI Artwork prompts

Week one of night classes level Video created by Kirke Godfrey :+)

 

The current state of the world is incomprehensible to me as what seemed like accepting scientific facts, and expectations of common decency fell away as billionaires, selfishness and disease continue to tear the world apart.

Obvious tip of the hat to Gil Scott Herron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’

The State Of Things

The current state of the world is incomprehensible to me as what seemed like accepting scientific facts, and expectations of common decency fell away as billionaires, selfishness and disease continue to tear the world apart.

Remembering the first time I heard Gil Scott Herron’s ‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’ and what an impression that track made on me, and looking back at the last few years, and conversations with fellow musicians it seemed reasonable to voice our discontent. I was noodling around and made a groove to try to relax one afternoon, then asked a few people to add to it expressing their views of…

The State Of Things…

I’m responsible for the banging and booming and clanging noises, Production and Mix…

Dan Brownbridge wrote and sang his vocals, and  played the guitar  that’s under his vocal.
Nathan Young wrote and sang his vocal
Hill Ryder wrote and sang his vocal
Patrick Higgins provides the mellifluous top line.


Dan Brownridge:

Listen to the speaker claim to Cut a little deeper Same people still ain’t equal Promises they’ll be a sequel
But what’s a promise from a criminal And the righteous subliminal It’s only political
There’s gotta be a reason that it rhymes with hypocritical
The water rising, women’s rights flicker like lighting
Children in cages, militias are frightening
The lawnmower trims the blood from the grass leaves And spits out the sins for another school funeral
There’s much too much blood to get blessed
How’s a man to hydrate with all these bullets in his chest
An overhead bowling ball hanging from a string That’s the state of things
Who can marry who What should we do It ain’t nobodys business To judge or to choose Classified emails lock her up Classified documents fuggetaboutit Get wise, inflated chicken thighs Bitcoin highs, Nuclear skies, Ukranian cries
Slip another ship of oil through the embargo
An overhead bowling ball hanging from a string That’s the state of things


Nathan Young:

The revolution will not be televised, it will be livestreamed, tweeted, and viral-ized, caught crooked corporations close door underhanded lies shared and discussed On every social media platform device. a grassroots movement, demanding some improvement from a system formed against us, the disillusioned but now the will of the people will not be denied organized online plugged in and amplified The revolution will not be controlled, By those who seek to keep us from being in the know. toned down freedom of reach This is the state of things, a call to action reduced to hashtags and memes The algorithm schemes to keep some certain things unseen just keep dumbing them down with the next big thing untouchable elite dance their way out of mind with their catchy choreography and throw away lines Times up tik tok, social credit score, ready or not hope you’re up to date with acceptable thought Big tech may try to censor and suppress, But the people will find a way to express the truth.


Hill Ryder:

If you’re talking from prejudice Shut your mouth
If you’re speaking without listening Shut your mouth
If you’re coming from hatred Shut your mouth
If you only got opinions Shut your mouth
If you haven’t done the research Shut your mouth
If you’re shouting over others Shhhh….
If you’re quoting out of context Shut your mouth
If you don’t have the knowledge or experience Shut your mouth


Kirke Godfrey:

Racism!

Human Trafficing
Endemic Corruption
Alternative Truth
Science Denial
Crypto Ponzi
Toxic Positivity
Fascism
Climate Denial
Billionaires
Opiated Masses
Mindless Social Media
Sock Puppet Journalism


Credits:
Released December 23, 2022
Kirke Godfrey: Drums, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Keys, Brass, Arrange, Produce, Mix, Master.
Dan Brownridge: Vox Guitar solo.
Nathan Young: Vox
Hill Ryder: Vox
Patrick Higgins: Flugel(ish)
Peter Miller: Assisted with the skilful AI art work prompts!

Terminal 9

(wallpaper to drink to)

A noodle turned into a track¬
Bass, Gtr, Keys by Kirke Godfrey
Flugelhorn by Patrick Higgins.
Drums by “Levi’
Produced and Mixed by Kirke Godfrey

with some welcome input from Neil Aldridge and David Rolfe

Incredibly proud to have been involved with this #2!

So I said…

It would be great if you guys made a virtual version of your µFreak, since you make such great sounding virtual filters, and the rest is all digital anyway! 

They went me one better!

The miniFREAK-V  killer feature you ask?

The hardware acts as a perfect control surface for the software version so you get all the realtime hands on control of a hardware synth, but the multiple instances of a plugin.

Normally, you buy a hardware synth and have only 1 ‘Instance’ as its atoms!, but… This one…

Buy a very VERY fun poly synth with an incredible array of oscillator types, and a CRAZY useful arpeggator / sequencer, and get a software version you can use in your DAW, giving you as many ‘COPIES’ as your cpu can handle.

 

R.I.P a Gtr hero

Levene said in 2012: “People thought I was classically trained, which was bollocks. I knew the E chord, and ventured into E minor.

In 2021, the website the Quietus described him as “one of the architects of the post-punk sound, his guitar style occupying a space between angular abrasion and pop opulence”.

 

Interview: Keith Levene – the founding member of The Clash and PiL talks about his new book

THIS is a HORROR STORY

I have had quite a few experiences similar to this, but NEVER on anything even close to THIS scale!

Mick Gorden has been through the ringer…

AND A FUCKING HERO FOR STEPPING UP ! 

https://medium.com/@mickgordon/my-full-statement-regarding-doom-eternal-5f98266b27ce

Locals seem pretty smart here!

New Zealanders are known for their ingenuity and many local musicians have taken novel musical approaches to achieve international success. This creative attitude extends to local inventors and entrepreneurs, who have come up with some innovative gadgets to aid and inspire music makers in their creative process. This list attempts to capture some of the broad range of musical products that are designed, and often built, here in Aotearoa.

 

Incredibly proud to have been involved with this:

More than two years ago,  I bought a µFreak, it is easily the most fun synth I’ve had in 30 years… but I had a few thoughts…

So, I had a conversation with the brilliant welcoming people at Arturia.

That ended up with me being quite deeply involved in the development of this absolutely superb instrument.

The Arturia miniFreak,  If your a synth geek, I definitely recommend checking it out.

Arturia's MiniFreak is a 6-voice hybrid synth with analogue filters

 

And the lovely Loopop seems to like it !

 

 

 

 

 

A Slam Edit…  then the Exhausting version… 

A Review!  from the ever inquisitive sonic explorer Marc Weidenbaum who runs  https://disquiet.com/ an essential site and mail list for anyone interested in sonics.

“Thanks. I dig this. It’s spacious and succinct at the same time, It’s got a Bill Laswell vibe a bit.”


Just very VERY poorly edited (NeedleDrop) set of moments from a 2 and a half hour improvisational session with Patrick Higgins, aka…   Badrico.

We are both contributing synthetics, and percussion etc…  Patrick via a wind controller and keys, (I think), im playing Bass, El guitar, µFreak and percussion and sound effects.

Mix is a mess because its a live performance and we have to manage as we go…

Just Hit Play:  and trance out for 23 mins.

 

Or… if your a sucker for punishment, or need a longer time out…

The 90 min version, Still some bad edits…

Panama 1989

So back in1989 a friend (C Giles) and i did a STEINSKY inspired track, all done on a Tascam 4 track cassette, Ensoniq, SQ80, a DX7 and an Akai S900. We created a beat track, then performed the rest in live to tape then sampled bits of the radio news reports as it was coming in live.

The way the reporter was expressing totally justifiable fear, (understandable) but also some indignation that he was not ‘TOLD’ really spoke volumes about US entitlement!

We finished the track 45 mins after the news report had ended ran off a normal cassette and walked down to the national radio station, 2JJ.

We told the on air DJ what we had done, and he playefd it (unlistend) to Australia 10 mins later. One of the best experiences of my musical production life.

THIS WAS IT:

A Certain Throb… 

Sometimes things REALLY come together fast…

HUGE UPS to the always TOTALLY ON  @Badrico

How it Started…

Where we went…

Where we ended up.

More Binaural messing around.

I’ve been using a couple of old mixes as test benches for LogicX’s new ATMOS PlugIn. I only have a quadraphonic setup, and obviously, most people are NOT set up in 7.1.4, so I’m rendering these out on Binaural.

First go, so pretty clunky and Not to spec, but quite interesting to play in.

(Headphones required)

Composed and performed by Trevor Richards and Kirke Godfrey.

Lyrics by Trevor Richards.

Production by Kirke Godfrey.

Messing with the ATMOS. Smoke (in the wind). HEADPHONES NEEDED

I’ve been using a couple of old mixes as test benches for LogicX’s new ATMOS PlugIn. I only have a quadraphonic setup, and obviously, most people are NOT set up in 7.1.4, so I’m rendering these out on Binaural.

First go, so pretty clunky and Not to spec, but quite interesting to play in.

HEADPHONES Essential.

Composed by Trevor Richards and Kirke Godfrey

Lyrics by Trevor Richards

Sung by Trevor Richards

Played by Trevor Richards and Kirke Godfrey, feedback guitar solo by Tony King.

Produced by Kirke Godfrey

Badly ATMOS mixed by Kirke Godfrey

 

This mix is a very hasty port from a Stereo mix…

into Binaural output of ATMOS as compared to a 5.1 or 7.1.4 etc.

 

Original Stereo mix is… https://www.shapednoise.com/site/archives/5857

 

Im sure I’ve been here before…..

Back in 1987 I bought one of these.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensoniq_SQ-80

Its internal sequencer,  timbral range and the fact it was 8 part multi timbral made it incredibly powerful and amazing value for money for the time.

All these years later I got to be glancingly involved in the design and testing of this recreation.

It sounds GREAT. and gave me a HUGE sense of DejaVue.