lundi 27 septembre 2010
the intro and beginning of "shiva only is god" are missing, then the setlist goes like that :
SHiva only is god
Suck My TV
Let's Build A Station In Space
Las Vegas 2060's
This is my body this is my gazoline
Gay Boys in bondage
No one to talk with
dimanche 26 septembre 2010
no, that's not me, that's Polo, I told you, stoopid
Being no specialist of shintoism, I can't tell you much about the ritual aspects that are sonically depicted here ; but anyway, that's probably the most interesting batch of documents I got from Japan.
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/asakusa_temple .wav files
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/asakusa_temple/asakusatemple.rar mp3 archive
Last day in Japan... I recorded most gigs yesterday night, maybe I'll upload these if I have some time left !
Whilewaiting in the backstages of Ell-Knot club in Toyohashi, I tried filtering a guitar played with my e-bow thru the nasty little filter of my monotron... Did three takes in three minutes, put them together, added some delay, and it's DRONE HELL !!!!! This is just a sound test, won't end up on an album, but well, this is a "music creation in process" blog after all.
here it is :
samedi 25 septembre 2010
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/akihabara_arcades .wav format
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/akihabara_arcades/akihabaraarcade.rar mp3 archive
vendredi 24 septembre 2010
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/slot_arcades_near_ueno .wav format
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/slot_arcades_near_ueno/slotarcadesueno.rar full mp3 archive
Later that day, or, more accurately, that night, I went to Shibuya Ruby Room to spin some records (along with StepH and Emmanuel of The Dead Sexy Inc and Kenzo A of Gabriels Stiletto), as part of the line-up of the Royal Cabaret Release afterparty. I entered the club just in time to see members of all the bands who had played previously (I missed the gigs) performing a quite chaotic jam session... I captured two songs out of this, can't say if these are covers or what, or exactly who played what ; but J-Rock amateurs could be interested...
(I was two songs later invited to perform "I wanna be your dog" with Kenzo on guitar, but, luckily, that wasn't taped.)
jeudi 23 septembre 2010
We spent two days on the road, driving from Tokyo to Osaka, doing a gig at King Cobra Club, then driving back to Tokyo under the rain. Osaka, from what I've seen, is an interesting city ; the streets around King Cobra are VERY animated, with only a few cars, so I captured some "street ambient" there (I know, I said I would stop street recordings, but Osaka has a strange sonic quality, really). There were also some big oil cans just outside the club, I did some (rather soft indeed) noise with these...
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/osaka/osaka.rar (full mp3 archive)
I also recorded the Punish Yourself and Dead Sexy Inc gigs. Both need a bit of mastering, and I'm not really sure if they are of any interest, really, except for rabid fans ; I'll think about it tomorrow... There was also quite a lot of filming which will eventually end up on youtube at some point.
mardi 21 septembre 2010
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/september22 : .wav
http://punishyourself.free.fr/fieldrecordingsjapan/september22/september22.rar : mp3 archive
PS : finding the Lost and Found office in a Tokyo subway station can be more difficult than finding where you left your bag, really.
lundi 20 septembre 2010
I just edited and uploaded some field recordings I did in Shinjuku while walking around (Shinjuku, Goldengai...) without specific goal. Street noises, conversations, cars, bikes, music from shops and arcades, a guitarist that played in the street, japanese crows, a temple bell... Not everything is interesting but some audio events were really nice. You can download individual tracks (.wav format) or the whole archive in mp3 format ; feel free to use as you like.
Shinjuku Streets Field Recordings (folder with separate .wav)
Shinjuku Streets Field Recordings (mp3 .rar archive)
The other bands were very cool, especially Gabriels Stiletto (http://www.myspace.com/gabrielsstiletto), they have a HUGE sound and a very high level of musicianship ; don't know how to categorize their sound, but it's definitely dark and psychedelic. In some ways, but I may be wrong, it reminded of a very old japanese band, Flowers Travellin Band, who were some kind of insane japanese response to Black Sabbath...
And we met some really nice people, especially Mikito and U-Tarou of Baal, I really hope we can play together at some point !
some live pictures :
dimanche 19 septembre 2010
vendredi 17 septembre 2010
From Toulouse to Amsterdam, then Amsterdam to Narita. A small plane then a big one ; airports of several size too. People, noises. I've been busy capturing ambient sounds with the Zoom, especially inside the planes. The roar of the motors, when filtered, will probably be a nice drone source... I'll keep you updated about that.
The hotel is not by any means what I would call a “luxury” place, but that’s not a problem ; I’ve been given a small single room where I’ve tried to organize my set-up as I could.Here's what it looks like :
By now I feel too tired to do anything else than organizing the files I've recorded and trying to free some free space on my main hard drive... Tomorrow will be noisier, I guess !
(by the way, another musical activity for today : been toying around with the monotron too. My bandmates already threatened several times to “kill me if I don’t fucking turn that fucking thing off”. As a conclusion : the Monotron DOES work. Imagine this on a big big big PA ? Sonic Attack, baby !)
mercredi 15 septembre 2010
- crappy low-cost headphones (always useful)
- Microkorg synth (don't much like that one, but it's kinda light-weit, which makes a difference when you travel to the other side of the planet. And it has that funny gritty vocoder, too, sounds like shit but very noisy shit)
- AKG C585 mic
- Tascam soundcard
- e-bow (I'll have to ask one of my bandmates to lend me a guitar)
- Dementia noisebox (pretty unpredictable nasty little monster !)
- 2 Korg Monotrons (yeah, the monotron is a toy... but what a hell of a toy ! Killer filter to use on external sources, so easy to make it screeaaaaam)
- zoom H4N recording device (the ultimate weapon for field recordings)
- basic laptop. Didn't take a picture, even though it's quite essential in my set-up ; everybody knows what a laptop looks like.
This is a very "basic" noise-making system, but maybe I'll buy some pedals there to add to it... We'll see.
mardi 14 septembre 2010
This is not a tourist blog, not even a musical tourist blog ; it's all about how we're gonna try to create something there, or maybe just work on some unfinished songs. I'm here with my band Punish Yourself and the 1969 Was Fine bass-player ; both projects are due to work on new material, so maybe it will be the occasion... The Dead Sexy Inc will also be here, will they step into my cave ? And japanese musicians, by the way, if I find some interested...