sunnuntaina, elokuuta 09, 2015

Mixtape & music for film

I am happy to announce that Salakapakka Sound System appears widely on a Finnish short film "Toinen" directed by Sakari Partanen. First screening will be at 28th of August in Kuopio as part of Kuopio Juhlii -happening.
To celebrate the first public screening I was asked to create a mixtape of Salakapakka Sound System music (some of the tracks appearing in a film, some not).
I am happy to present this mixtape here. Feel like downloading it? Go to archive.org where you can get it also uncompressed - which I strongly suggest.

maanantaina, kesäkuuta 08, 2015

eastern flavours

Not everything at my trip to Poland was so gloomy. I also found some groovy Polish and other  East-European vintage (or re-released) disco/psych/prog/beat records.


Auschwitz-Birkenau

Back from a little trip to Poland. I visited the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps. Quite depressing but at the same time very interesting places. Without any further commentary here are a few pictures from both of them. Pics are small and far from being perfect. They are taken by old Lumia phone with Soviet Kam application which in my opinion fits perfectly the mood of both places.

AUSCHWITZ















BIRKENAU (= Auschwitz II)



















And finally few extra pics from Jewish ghetto area in Krakow.



tiistaina, maaliskuuta 31, 2015

nothing new

Uhhuh. It has been a looong time since I last posted something. Not much to tell except that I am not dead yet. Just recently got back from Isle Maurice (or Mauritius if you want it that way) with a small amount of some local music field recordings. Expect to hear some tribal noise in future, maybe.
Just recently went through a dark period when I thought that this whole noise making shit would be over. No passion, no ideas, no time, no contacts to anyone. I actually thought of selling my equipment away and quitting it all... Fortunately I got over it somehow even though it still seems like a waste of time every now and then. Right now I am happier listening to music other people make.

lauantaina, marraskuuta 15, 2014

SALAKAPAKKA SOUND SYSTEM vs. THE DAY OF THE ANTLER - II

Oh happy day. This time I present You a sequel to SSS collaboration with The Day of The Antler called... simply... "II". Three tracks of grinding, pulsing & howling 'post-industrial soundtrack for post-industrial people'.
Enjoy it @ archive (multiple download formats and/or streaming) or download 320kbps MP3 from Mediafire, also available at Free Music Archive.

new remix

New CD by Spurious Transients is out. It is called "Portraits of a Landscape" and there is a Salakapakka Sound System remix of the opening track Baglan Bay included.
You can get the physical or immaterial copy at ST bandcamp site or you can contact Gavin via his website.

keskiviikkona, marraskuuta 12, 2014

Gear-a-holic part 14

This time I present you a nice little gadget called Olegtron*4060. Here's what the Olegtron Mechatronics website says about their product:
"The Olegtron* 4060 is a compact oscillator/divider box capable of creating unique signals and sequences through a revolutionary programming method of sticking components to it’s patchboard! The device can be used as a standalone sound generator that connects with a 3.5mm stereo jack output or to control a wide variety of machines, such as toys or synths with control voltage, clock or gate input."
Included with the package is a collection of electronic components which you can stick to the patch board. Watch out, the space for patch board is very small leaving you accidentally pushing some components off while trying to insert new ones. Once you get the idea how it works, it is easy to play and try (well, that is what it is all about) with it for hours. Basically, if you are familiar with circuit bending and basics of audio electronics, this is nothing new under radar, but for people like me who have not much knowledge about electronics and being not comfortable with soldering shit together, this comes as a welcome household piece. I actually found it to be very useful attached to cv inputs of my Doepfer Dark Energy. I've also attached some external dead circuits to it's patch board for some extra surprises.

This time I actually have some test files for you to share, a small collection of me testing new and new-ish audio gear (Olegtron 4060, Doepfer Dark Energy, Boss ME-50, Alesis SR-16 drum machine, Electro Harmonix Ravish Sitar). These are not composed pieces, rather a quick improvisations with minimum editing or mastering just to give you idea of what Olegtron is cabable of doing attached to another gear. Track 5 does not use Olegtron but I decided to include it to this package because of my latest gear purchases.

Tracks 1 and 4 have been made by driving Olegtron 4060 through Boss ME-50 multieffect pedal (distortion and small amount of delay) for some noisy results.
Track 2 was made by Olegtron used as cv output to Dark Energy which works quite nice.
Track 3 uses the same connection as track 2 except that there is a small circuit with three potentiometers attached to control Olegtron cv output. Track is composed of two droning files overlapping each other.
Track 5 is made of two signal chains: Alesis drum machine output 1 connected to Ravish Sitar and output 2 connected to Boss ME-50 distortion. In the first half there is also a barely audible sound of metal scratching just to spice it a little.

Get zipped mp3 folder at Mediafire
Stream or get individual WAV/mp3/Flac/ogg -files at Archive

tiistaina, syyskuuta 16, 2014

Buy-own-smile

You can also buy "Accident Worship" CDr from Japanese Gravity Swarm online shop (filed under DARK/DEATH/HORROR... yeah!).
Few copies of "Abandoned Factories..." is available from Portuguese New Approach Records distro.

UPDATE: "Abandoned Factories..." tape is sold out from me. Get it from some other places I just mentioned above. Few copies of that tape and "Accident Worship" are available from Freak Animal.

torstaina, heinäkuuta 10, 2014

update

First a long silence and then suddenly three posts in one day.
I've done a remix for Spurious Transients but I don't really know where and when will that come up. Gavin from ST had some plans but unfortunately there was some issues with the record company.
Some tracks have been sent back and forth with The Day of The Antler and maybe one of these days a sequel to SSS/TDOTA collaboration will see a day.

Gear-a-holic part 13

A small update about the gear I've got my hands on in a past half year or so.

http://www.ehx.com/products/ravish
Electro-Harmonix Ravish Sitar. "Turns your guitar into sitar", not quite. Sometimes it works fine, creating a droning sound but sometimes that sitar sound just buggers me big time. Found out that it works nice with some percussion sounds.

http://www.ehx.com/products/8-step-program
Electro-Harmonix 8-step program analog expression/cv sequencer. Functionality of this little piece depends on what it is attached to. It does not make any sound on it's own. It only controls the certain parameters of the effect pedal it is connected to. It also takes in midi commands and sends out CV information (which I find quite useful when attached to analog synth). If you feel like getting one, check closely the compatibility list first.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/rocktron-heart-attack-dynamic-filter-effects-pedal
Rocktron Heart Attack dynamic filter. I got that for a cheap price but haven't used it much so cannot really say nothing sensible about it. Certainly not one of those things that make you go "w-o-w" at a very first try.

http://www.vintagesynth.com/misc/sr16.php
Alesis SR-16 drum machine. Vintagesynth.com tells that "SR-16 is a powerful drum machine, but ultimately it also sounds like a drum machine". I have always loved the mechanical machine-like unhuman drum sounds on Godflesh records and I found out that they were (still are???) using Alesis SR-16. It is affordable, slightly clumsy and if you are in a bad mood, creating patterns and fills may feel like pain in the ass... but I still like it, a lot. Generally I am not a big fan of MIDI technology but I like the way you can sync SR-16 with analog synth/sequencer (or with the EH 8-step sequencer I mentioned above).

Kinetik Laboratories Xmatrix passive matrix mixer with three inputs/outputs. Very nice gadget for routing input signal(s) to multiple outputs and/or for feedback insanity. Some will regard the limited inputs/outputs as downside, but so far I have made it quite well with only three ins & outs.

Sorry, no soundfiles this time. Maybe one of these days...