SHLOHMO

“This is some ill new new. Brought to your speakers from LA via SF. Shlohmo, a 19 year old beat heat bringer. I first saw his name up on the XLR8R blog a few months back, this week they posted a pretty rad PODCAST that he made. Its got some unreleased exclusive of his own, as well as some tracks from his compatriots in the WEDIDIT collective, which he helps run. These young west coastians are inspiring with their drive and their sounds. And they are helping to push what now seems to be a legendary LA beat scene. Its good to see and hear these young voices!

Grab Shlohmo’s Free EP from Error Broadcast. Its a crunchy mess of hazy dust storm atmospherics, white noise snares , and pumped up thumpy compressed as hell kick drums. Im feeling it! This is some West Coast music. Head music for the heads.

Big knods to Shlomho.”

– gulls

BONGO FURY

stoked about this…

Especially about the Dub Battle.  We will be live mixing some heavy new beats courtesy of Tom Tom Thompson, a new riddem he calls “The Portland Step”. These mixes will be live straight off of 1/4inch 4 track tape to a mixer pumping full with aux sends. In the old style , if you will. 🙂

Here’s a raw 4 track version taste of the Portland Step…beats we will be mixing beats beast beast beats!

:the portland step:

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Oh.. and the elite beat is sounding so hot right now.. Drums, BASS, bongo fever, trombone, cornet, sum scratchy guitar… and the summer heat.

Strategy talks ‘The Process’

green: Dave Wright handmade tube over-driver, red: Electro-Harmonix deluxe memory man, yellow: Digitech  PDS series sampling delay (broken), blue: high-pass resonant filter in mini-Doepher modular, orange: Vermona spring reverb

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A While back we dropped a sneak peak of the new Strategy 7″ NOISE TAPE REGGAE

After I did that post, Paul (Strategy) and I were having a hard core nerd-sesh, talking about DUB style effects routing, and the details of a 4 track cassette deck as a loop player. I asked him if he would draw a blueprint of his set up and provide a sort of verbal road map to walk us all through this beautifully analog process.

Thus the idea to start a nerdy Gear Geek out style post tradition here at BOOMARMNATION.

Ill pass it over to Paul…. big ups for the great explanation and fantastic drawing!

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Strategy “Noise Tape Reggae”

“A four track is the heart of this setup, used with tape loops within a cassette. There are a lot of different cassette loop types, but this particular one was developed in the 1990s by my friend David Chandler (aka Solenoid, DJ Brokenwindow, Mr Pharmacist). He issued loop cassettes, a release on his Pharmacy label of 99 tapes, which came with his own sound on there but was intended in part as a tool for experimental musicians. David experimented with tape lengths until he figured out two lengths which provide a near-perfect tension without breaking or stretching the tape or impeding motion of the tape through the spindles of the cassette. He described his project in Thumb zine and that information is reproduced here:

http://www.cementimental.com/tapeloop.html

A four track is used for two reasons; variable speed (pitch knob) and being able to create four loops per cassette, greatly expands the musical potential. The four track that I use has 8 inputs and four independent outputs. For tape splicing, I obtained a new old stock Radio Shack brand tape cutting block, which has grooves not only for 1/4″ tape (such as you would find at your local studio supplies shop), but 1/8″ cassette tape as well.

For Noise Tape Reggae, part of the process was accidental. Friends have been giving me old cassettes to recycle into loop tape material. This tape had some reggae on it, Augustus Pablo but I’m not sure which songs/albums. Where I had been recording my own loops, in this case I used the material native to the splice of tape I had arbitrarily cut. This only occupied two tracks, so I bounced audio out to effects and back into tracks 3 and 4 to fill those tracks with more sound.

For “performance” of the loop material, I ran each track into a separate input of a portable mixer. Then I reproduced the “dub” methods inspired by the reggae on the tape (well, I work this way most of the time anyways…) by dedicating both auxiliary sends of the mixer to chains of effects which I could musically tweak in rhythm with the tape loops. The first chain features a Dave Wright (of Not Breathing) one-of-a-kind tube preamp/distortor, followed by Memory Man and old school Digitech delays. This is the dirty channel, extremely overdriven, with wobble provided by the Memor Man’s vibrato feature. The second channel is a clearer, the audio is highpass filtered using a Doepfer multi-mode filter, modulated by an LFO. This is then run through a Vermona spring reverb unit. The dry tracks are mixed with the effect tracks, although the effect tracks are the primary motion and interest in the tracks.

The followup to this is Noise Tape Deadheads, part two of a trilogy of 7″ singles for Entr’acte based on cassette loops. Inkeeping with the first, I used only “found” source material. In this case, my friends and bandmates Michael and Sarah Hamilton-Braun gave me a handful of Grateful Dead tapes they found in a free box on the street. These yielded a wide variety of sounds in spite of pretty degraded tape material. I’m not sure yet what the third will be; it really depends on what tapes I find or am given.”

-Strategy march 2009

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..AND HERE’S SOME EXCLUSIVE TRACKS FROM STRATEGY’S VAULTS WHICH UTILIZE THE CASSETE LOOP METHOD.  ENJOY!

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Strategy – “Awesome Piano”

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Strategy – “Ominous Lovely Piano”

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Strategy – “Hobogblin”

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SHAKEEL ANWAR SHAHEEDAN-E-KARBALA

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This is a tape I found at the lovely mississipi records last spring.

I did a bit of research on this music but came up empty handed as to origins, and players..

It was released in 1988 on the bollywood powerhouse WESTON COMPONENTS LTD.

My research did point me at ties to muslim devotional music.

..via the cassettes title – SHAHEEDEN-E-KARBALA. which is from what i gather a muslim devotional term.

The music reflects this devotional mood heavily. ……

This tape breathes and swoons, with heavy rythmic drops amist warm warm tape hiss.

The guitar playing is really REALLY something special! For me it was the clincher.

The melodies are  epic and…..You dont hear tones like that every day..!

…I think I hear some old school Crumar synths at work as well…?

find the right moment and give these tracks a jam through your speakers.

enjoy that tape hisssssssss.

………….and i’m out!

SIDE A:

Bhuke Pyase Karbala Men

Ran Men Nab Ki God Ke Pale

Rah-E-Haq Men Shaheed Hoke

SIDE B:

Nana Nabi Hum Loote

Lal Mera Mar Gaya