Still out here…

Posted: April 16, 2016 in General Stuff

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Yeah, I know it’s been a little while but I’m still here – still out here orbiting. There isn’t too much to report, at least not too much on the musical side anyway. I’m getting back to my old self on the health front, been back at work since the start of the year, but my stuff is still all over the place where I’m lodging right now so actually making music is very difficult. I even ducked out of the RPM Challenge this year for the first time since 2007, as there was virtually no way I could’ve done it. At least, not to my satisfaction anyway. All I have to make music on right now is my laptop which is ok but not really enough. But I’ve started trying again so we’ll see how it goes.

In addition, I’m going to do my best to get most of my unreleased stuff out there quite soon. Not exactly sure how that’s going to work right now but I’ll let you know on here when I do. As this is about the only place I can broadcast anything right now, as Digital Vomit has ceased operations and Braindance has disappeared totally. Although I’m not exactly wild about it, I’m thinking about joining up on Facebook (insert vomiting Emoticon) as there doesn’t seem to be another way of reaching anybody these days. I’ll think about it and see…

I also need to do some work on the Discography page on here (as well as the page on Discogs) as there seems to be a few dead links and stuff that has disappeared since the middle of last year. I’ve also got something to add as I did manage a track for the DIH Christmas compilation somehow. Not quite sure how as I was approaching the end of Radiotherapy when I did and felt like crap half the time. I’m still on pills for 5 days a month that tend to knock you out but I’m nearly done with them now.

The Xmas album can be found Here – I know it’s a bit late for Christmas (or even a bit early) but it’s there if you want to take a listen. My track’s called Deck the Halls (With Fearne and Holly), which shouldn’t need any explanation to anybody from the UK.

Anyway, I’ll be back soon with more news, as I get more stuff out there. I’m also looking at putting some Plot Of Knives stuff up too, most likely on their own (as-yet non-existent) Bandcamp page via Startled Okapi!

But I’m still here, still out there somewhere in the distant sky so keep an eye out for me as I pass over late at night :-)

October Update

Posted: October 29, 2015 in General Stuff

Yes, I know October is nearly over – but better late than never, eh?

Anyway, I’ll give you a little more detail about my recent medical problems as they’re about all that’s happening right now. It was discovered in August that I had a tumour in my brain, after I’d had some problems with things like walking, talking, sending coherent text messages and remembering things. Anyway, I went to hospital for a bit, had some scans and got put on some steroids that sorted the brain swelling out as well as causing some wonderful side effects. In September, I had the thing removed, and have been recovering from that ever since. The next thing is radiotherapy and then pills just to make sure that they’ve got everything sorted and it won’t be coming back. In addition to all that, I’ve had to move out of my flat during this time as well. That’s another story I won’t bore you with right now.

So, unsurprisingly, I haven’t been making any music. And not only because my gear is in pieces all over the place I’m lodging at right now. At some point I may come back and start making stuff again – but I think it might be a while yet.

If you want any music, go and get it from the Bandcamp page as I’m not in a position to find or mail anything right now. That goes for any Startled Okapi! stuff as well. I may well be back next year, but don’t be surprised if I’m not…

September Update

Posted: September 14, 2015 in General Stuff

Well, there is something happening musically in September – the same as last year I shalll have a track airing at this:

The Dark Outside

I did have a vague (very vague to be honest) idea about maybe getting up there and seeing what it’s all about. But that has gone completely out of the window now.

Basically, I’m quite ill right now. I won’t give out all the details until things are resolved a tad more but I’m now off-work and sitting about at my place all day long waiting to be called into hospital for an operation. As I’m on a waiting list I will literally be phoned up the previous day and told to report at 7AM the next day. After surgery – unless there are complications – I’ll be out the following morning.

Unsurprisingly, I don’t really feel like making much music right now – but I am thinking of maybe trying some lengthy mixes of my stuff at some point in the future. As and when I actually attempt this – and they end up getting posted online somewhere – I’ll post on here. Until then, there won’t be too much occcuring.

Not very well, right now

Posted: September 2, 2015 in General Stuff

So, just about everything is on hold regards Thee Crumb until I sort myself out – or actually felt I’ve got anything to say musically again after this…

Have fun people…

So…

Posted: June 7, 2015 in General Stuff, Music

Moomins

In this case, I’m meaning awful in the old context “Struck or filled with awe” rather than anything bad…

It’s been a couple of quiet months here – with usual RL stuff, including starting a new job, taking up a good deal of my time. I haven’t got very far with my idea of using the 2 RPM albums to produce a 3rd volume of remixes and alternative versions – in fact, I’ve completed exactly one track – which is posted below. Other musical stuff keeps pushing it to one side. Maybe soon…

Another Threshold

I’ve got enough tracks for another album – which I’m hoping to have up on Bandcamp by mid-July – and I’m looking at compiling some of the Asteroids tracks I’ve been working on in a fitful manner for a few years into an album as well quite soon. Right now, I’ve got internet problems too so any kind of sustained upload project is asking for trouble. Although, on the plus side, lack of internet means more time to work on tracks and less time looking at GIFs of cats falling off walls… Startled Okapi! is still alive too – there is a Bandcamp page in the works too, which is another project currently on the backburner – but I’m hoping for it to be live by the end of summer.

Here’s another new track to round things off:

Orphic Egg

…are now up for download on Bandcamp. The page is Here – so go and get them if you’re so inclined. The usual price structures apply of course.

RPM Challenge 15 – The End

Posted: February 27, 2015 in General Stuff

The whole thing is done and dusted and was posted this afternoon. Here are the covers and tracklistings – I’ve already posted a few tracks in the posts below:

Migrations

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1 – The Unquiet Garden – 3:23
2 – Analysis Paralysis – 2:54
3 – Crooked Spines – 2:42
4 – Kiss Of The Sphinx – 4:51
5 – The Unfamiliar – 4:20
6 – Writing In The Dark – 1:25
7 – Marauders – 4:16
8 – The Furthest Part – 2:16
9 – Argyria – 4:06
10 – Porcupine Dilemma – 4:07
11 – On The Threshold – 3:51
12 – Graveyard Shift At The Robot Factory – 3:52
13 – Just Remember, None Of This Ever Happened – 2:16
14 – Curtain – 3:00

Navigations

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1 – A Trophy, A Stolen Moment – 4:34
2 – Rupes Nigra – 2:52
3 – Through A Gap In The Clouds – 3:32
4 – Moving Backwards – 1:40
5 – The Floating City Part 1 – 3:23
6 – Passing Through – 1:19
7 – Zones Of Interference – 3:37
8 – Phantom Island – 3:07
9 – 17 Minutes Past – 2:22
10 – The Flying Machines – 3:31
11 – Switch Space – 2:37
12 – Sandstorms – 6:50
13 – On The Turning Globe – 3:46
14 – The Floating City Part 2 – 2:20

For the purposes of RPM, which makes it difficult to submit more than one album, it’s called Migrations & Navigations – but as far as I’m concerned it’s 2 discrete albums and will be posted to Bandcamp as that. That should happen in a week or two – but don’t quote me on that. I’m toying with the idea of doing a 3rd volume of remixes and alternative versions but I really haven’t got the energy to do more than consider the possibility right now. Maybe in a week or two.

Incidentally, RPM didn’t get any of this artwork as, true to form, my printer ran out of ink just as I was attempting to print it all out. This seems to happen every time I do RPM so it’s obviously a sign of some sort. Oh well…

RPM Challenge 15 – Day 26

Posted: February 26, 2015 in Music, RPM

Well, it’s virtually all over for another year – I managed to finish the entire thing yesterday morning. So I now have 2 completed 14-track albums, which amount to roughly 90 minutes of music made this month from scratch. Which is some kind of record for me I believe.

I’ve got titles for both albums and I still need to sort out artwork too (that will be done tomorrow) and I’m hoping to get the whole thing in the post on Saturday morning. Unless something emerges in the next day or so, there are no off-cuts all this time around – I’ve written 28 tracks and used them all, although there are still a few unfinished ones floating about. One or two of which I may well come back to in a bit. I’ll post the artwork and a full tracklisting once I’ve got it all together – most likely tomorrow I’d think.

Here are a couple more finished tracks:

On The Turning Globe

Zones Of Interference

RPM Challenge 15 – Day 20

Posted: February 20, 2015 in Music, RPM

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What the inside of my head has been feeling like this week…

Just over a week left now and I’ve got 18 finished tracks – more than enough for 1 album, but not enough for 2 just yet. So I shall have to press on for a bit it seems. There are another 2 that are virtually done and a number that are on the way. Getting myself over the finishing line this year is going to be a bit harder than usual – but that was the point of attempting to make 2 albums in the first place.

The way it’s going now, I feel that it will more likely be 1 long album (a double for those who still think of albums as being on black vinyl in 12-inch cardboard sleeves) than 2 discrete ones as otherwise the second one will run the risk of sounding like a pile of off-cuts and remixes. Which can have its charm – but sometimes that kind of stuff doesn’t get a public airing for a reason…

As usual with this, I have no title for the thing yet or any finished cover art. That will come this week as I should have some time to actually complete everything, as I’ve had very little free time at all this week and have been forced to snatch the odd half-hour here and there when I can. Hence the crows…

Here’s a couple more finished tracks:

Porcupine Dilemma

Marauders

…The very last (at least I think it is anyway) Digital Vomit compilation.

Rotten Fish Head – DVR129

RottenFishHead

Memory. Mechanical Memory. Malfunction. Bit Rot. Big Data. Lifelogging. Cloud Disorder.
Digital Dementia. Data Compression. Memory Distortion, Recording Technology…
Rotten Fish Heah is a compilation around the theme of memory, decay and entropy,
inspired by the mechanical failure of hard drives.

Get it at either Bandcamp or Archive.org

As for RPM… well, it’s coming along. I’ve got 9 finished tracks now which add up to a shade over 29 minutes in total. So, if I’m still looking at making 2 albums, that means I’m about a third of the way there. Which is a little troubling as tomorrow is the halfway point and I still need to make nearly another hour’s worth of music. And hardly any free time on any of the 3 Saturdays left? Hmm…

Oh well, at least it actually will be a challenge this year.

The finished tracks, I hear you ask? Well, here are 2 of them.

Analysis Paralysis

The Unfamiliar