Even though this blog has been quiet for a while now, it's certainly not for lack of activity. The music I've been working on has evolved quite a bit, and gone slightly further off course than I even imagined.
At Optimo's 10th Birthday event towards the end of 2007, Twitch and Johnny kindly invited me to do a midnight set of the new afro noise sounds to several hundred unsuspecting revellers, plus the chance for me to experience the music through a big industrial strength sound system and note the response. It was a revelation.
What I quickly learnt was that the most effective material involved types of polyrhythms that were eminently danceable yet would become increasingly too complex for the brain to identify or predict how the patterns would develop. So effectively - when this works - we get to a state where we have no parts of the body left to move, the music becomes internalised, and then the mad insane nature of the infused electronics creates an extraordinarily shocking (to the neophyte) trancelike almost frothing-at-the-mouth altered state. Much like you may have witnessed at voodoo ceremonies.
Buckle up. We're really onto something here.
The degree of complexity of the compositions though is clearly much greater than originally envisaged, and getting it all ready for the final recorded output is by no means a straightforward task. There are about a dozen compositions so far in rough mix state, all still requiring a fair amount of laborious fine tuning, intricate moulding and crafting to fulfil the desired intent.