Tracks Recorded, Engineered and Produced in Hackney. (Elderfield Studios)

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Ahmad Sham Sufi Group: Zekra to Che Sheven Ast

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Lead Belly was born in Louisiana somewhere around 1888. Living the often violent life of an itinerate musician he found himself twice imprisoned for murder. In 1933 his reputation reached the Lomax family, who, after no small personal tragedy of their own, were traveling the Southern states, recording American work songs, ballads and blues in prisons, penitentiaries, and brothels. Moving around the country in their Ford sedan, John, and his sons John Jr. and Alan, set about recording such artists as Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters and Jelly Roll Morton. They came across Lead Belly in the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, and with their state-of-the-art acetate disc recorder they cut several sides together over the next few months. They soon parted ways; Lead Belly to a fifteen year career as a solo artist, and the Lomax’s continuing their collection of folk musics for the archives of the Library of Congress, and the Works Progress Administration. Despite the difficult relationship between the academic Lomax’s and the hard-living blues artist, it is through this short-lived collaboration that Lead Belly’s work reached a wider audience, of which I count myself a part. My father, following a period of time working in the Caribbean after leaving school in 1964, had become interested in what was still at that time called ‘negro music’. A Presto vinyl record (PRE 689, 1965) containing a selection of Lead Belly’s early Lomax recordings, is one of the earliest artifacts of any kind that I remember from my childhood. For this project, I was interested in engaging with a populist folk tradition, in the hope such a strategy would enable me to think about electroacoustic composition in a new way. The sound material selected, was by necessity, lo-fidelity (A short promotional film made by Lomax and Lead Belly, found on YouTube). The surface noise in the piece, the glitches, and crackles, are inherent to the source material, and are intended to reference the sounds of old blues records, and to address issues of the value of distribution of heavily compressed audio on the internet, thought of here, as a repository of cultural memory. The piece was entirely constructed from Lead Belly’s voice and signature 12-string guitar.






Year: 2005-2006
Location : Morocco
Worktype : Laptop Improvisation Group
Materials: Tape Machine, PureData, Electric Guitar, MaxMSP, Ableton, FX, Field Recordings
Info : Laptop Performances, Tour of Morocco

Work Details
For the summer months of 2005 and 2006 I took part in a number of interdisciplinary art festivals in Morocco. These recordings, made in Marrakech, are examples of context-responsive electro-acoustic improvisations made by an ensemble of 4 players assembled for the project. A strategy based upon genetic algorithms, that is to say, a collaborative process of selection and modification of sounds was developed, prior to performance, in order to create cohesion and a group identity in, at times, quite difficult circumstances.

7000dhs (2006) Step 1 Export

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7000dhs (2006) Flute ou Chien

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7000dhs (2006) Le vegetable le moins cher

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7000dhs (2006) Ritual

7000dhs (2006) Le vrai gnaui blues

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7000dhs (2006) Taforalght 1

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7000dhs (2006) Taforalght 2

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7000dhs (2006) Marrakash

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7000dhs (2006) Tous les Portes sont fermees

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Genetic Algorithms: Rules of Evolution

1 each directory represents the gene pool for that 15 min section of performance. contribute as many specimens as you see fit (15 max?) =a lot of genetic material to become familiar with

naming conventions: ritual001-01.wav

means ritual sound file 001 – first generation

after a generation of evolution it would become
ritual001-02.wav

a further evolutionary step would result in
ritual001-03.wav

and so on
ritual001-04.wav
ritual001-05.wav
….

3 it would be interesting for each dna strand (sound file) to go thru a minimum of 4 steps

i.e to pass thru each of the ‘fitness selectors’ following the original entry into the gene pool.

adam
cate
ed
joel
milo

4 process
once you have downloaded the all the material, have a listen and assess the sample’s fitness for selection or rejection.

material selected is to be subjected to one of two processess

genetic splicing – dna from two selected samples is exchanged
mutation – dna is subjected to audio processing, and mutated into the next generation

nb/ neither of these processes should be applied to the entire strand, only sections of the strand may be processed, leaving some of the previous generation’s dna intact.

upload the next generation, with their new tag – e.g ritual001-01.wav, after modification, will be renamed, ritual001-02.wav

kill the parents (we should leave the originals online, but they are now unfit, and should be rejected)

by the end of this first stage of the process we should end up with a number of files:

ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav
ritualxxx-05.wav

these will serve as our genetic base for the improvisations in marrakesh

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Year: 2006
Location: Coldstorage Exhibition, Kühlhaus am Gleisdreieck, Luckenwalderstr. 3, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Worktype: Soundwork
Materials: ice, vinyl test tones, baritone guitar, misery box, granulation, voice

Material Investigation 7 – Part 1

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Material Investigation 7 – Part 4

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Material Investigation 7 – Part 5

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Uniform
Kawaii
Fleapit Orchestra
Fred Caiou
Ugen
Saca Punta
Anal Garden
Sweets
Z Black Poodle
White Rabbit
Return to Netley
Adaadat
Club of Rome

// 001 sweets …………………………………………………………………… garbageman
// 002 uniform …………………………………………………you idiot, that’s a girl’s bike
// 003 kema keur ……………………………………………………….waiting for the train
// 004 Z black Oodle …………………………………………………………………….nordic
// 005 the immortal johnny dance ………………………………………………….move it
// 006 club of rome……………………………………………………. magnets have souls
// 007 kawaii communique air france…………………………………… no communique
// 008 saca punta ………………………………………………………………….krausenitia
longitude 35minutes:35seconds – copyright control
all belongs to the artists, most of whom are unsigned
cd compiled by jason@suborg.com
.this is phase 5 in an ongoing series of collaboration we call “audio/visual welding tm ” we aim to bring you an “U.L.E (unique lisening experience) tm ” .join us in phase 6 for the 1st year anniversary and CRE8

Evil Art 4

Z’ot
Gobsausage
Semeionaside
Prophane
Dancon
Immortal Johnny Dance
Dire Strauss
Luna Nera
Z Black Poodle
White Rabbit
Return to Netley
19-t
Club of Rome

// 001 dire strauss ……………………………………………………….dj brian wilson (2:26)
// 002 z’ot …………………………………………………………four filter percolator (4:14)
// 003 haarlem ………………………………………………………bludbox rode west (5:03)
// 004 sweets ……………………………………………………………. isleep.udream (5:02)
// 005 club of rome ………………………………………. painted-on k-on kult eyes (6:56)
// 006 spax ………………………………………………………………salsa instructor (2:54)
// 007 kawaii ………………………………………………………………….intergrated (7:27)
// 008 return to netley ……………………………………………………….. manners (2:15)
// 009 z black Oodle …………………………………………………………….the bone (6:12)
// 010 semeionaside……………………………………………………………………………….

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Uniform
3play
Germseed
Crowdformation
Ugen
Lo Slung Autopsy
Jerico One
Ananim
Z Black Poodle
White Rabbit
Luna Nera
Natasha Mayran
Club of Rome

// 001 coRohm ………………………………. club of rome exposes the kFyon cult 6:33
// 002 kawai …………………………………………………………………. byotdhfool 6:56
// 003 the rebel ……………………………………………………….. I like the cock *1:48
// 004 z black Oodle ………………………………………………………… demonitor 7:20
//005 semeionaside ……………………………………………………………………… 3:58
// 006 germseed ………………………………………………………………….. my dj 2:43
// 007 the immortal johnny dance ………………………………………. hound dog 2:26
// 008 thrmn ………………………………………………………….. martha’s dance 4:03
// 009 j. cahen j. gleeson ……………………………… 2 trumpets 1gtr/ excl.evil 6:66
// 010 kawai ………………………………………………………………………. scarla 7:14

longitude 48minutes:48seconds

Uniform
3play
Germseed
Crowdformation
Ugen
Lo Slung Autopsy
Jerico One
Ananim
Z Black Poodle
White Rabbit
Luna Nera
Natasha Mayran
Club of Rome

001 kawai ………………………………………………. breakbeat full automated mix 3:43
002 now …………………………………………………………………………… calanized 4:25
003 lo slung autopsy ………………………………………………………………… razor 4:27
004 club of rome ………………………………………………….. a part ment (sy mix) 4:32
005 kawai ……………………………………………………………………… yellow light 4:45
006 the immortal johnny dance …………………………………… arriverderci roma 3:00
007 dual ……………………………………………………………………………..eyedog 4:22
008 the immortal johnny dance ………………………. everybody loves somebody 3:02
009 now …………………………………………………………………………….. ne? un! 2:20
010 anan …………………………………………………………………………….. watair 5:00