In advance of starting work in earnest on the Berlin project, here is a new track recorded at the recent Gateways Festival and the first piece I've ever done to feature field recordings from Ireland. The recordings were made at various times at the Back Strand, Tramore, County Waterford, Ireland and the music is based around those recordings. The festival performance included an hour of new material that I'll eventually mix but for now here's the opening track. Click the download link to take it away free of charge if you wish. Enjoy and feedback welcome.
In other news, I now have my initial set of Berlin field recordings sorted and tagged and am starting to work through them with a view to sorting out what might go where and when. Only a matter of days before recording work starts.
I'm just back from a few days field recording in Berlin and had a wonderful time. Many thanks to the good folks of Berlin for helping to make it such a productive and enjoyable trip. I'll now be concentrating on those recordings for a forthcoming release. Further details when I know more.
Last month's performances at Gateways festival and Soma, Waterford went well. It was interesting to work with new material after nearly six months performing music from the recent album. It was also a liberating to be taking a break from Australian themes after a four year focus. I'm hoping to listen back to the two performances and perhaps upload the audio files for folks who were there or are interested. It's likely that this material will not be performed again as I'd like to move on to the Berlin project.
I'll be playing the Gateway Festival on the 25th September at 13:00 on the most excellent 4 theye stage. I will be using this as an opportunity to try out some completely new music and have been busy writing and rehearsing for the past month. Very much looking forward to this and it's nice to be working on something a little different.
Also this month I'll be playing 'Beats,Tea,Cake,Boardgames,Eat,WOMP,Sit' an event in SOMA Waterford on the 26th and will also be trying out some new material for that little gathering.
Finally, below is a recording of my 'Live at KnockanStockan Festival' performance. Also available as a high quality free download (click the down arrow). Enjoy and feedback welcome as ever.
This month I'm taking time out to mix some performances from Knockanstockan and Bump from last month. Both performances were based around the Noosa Sunrise material but whereas I wanted Knockanstockan to be a little bit psychedelic the Bump performance was intended to be more abstract and an experiment in randomness. Hopefully, I'll have these completed this month and upped here.
I'm also considering the direction the next project will take. I'm thinking of taking a break from the Australian series and either concentrating on some European travel concepts or maybe an abstract project that's not travel focused at all. Then again, listening to Robert Henke's 'Intersection' while typing this and I feel a whole new desire to dip into some of my field recordings that I've not even heard yet or maybe even spend a week in a new city somewhere in Europe just strolling around with a microphone. Decisions, decisions. What do you think?
Also, I have some pretty cool new photographs taken by Bamian Byrne at the recent Vineyard show that I need to upload as well as some arty pics by Christine O'Brien Shanahan taken at Knockanstockan and Bump.
The Munster Express have given the new album a great review, many thanks Liam Murphy!
Read it here: Noosa Sunrise review
Still a bit sketchy but I'll be playing both the Bump Music Festival, Co. Clare and the Knockanstockan Festival, Co. Wicklow this month, in fact I'll be playing both festivals on the same weekend.
Many thanks to all who came to the Vineyard in Cork and as usual to the Live Beats folks in Dublin 'cos we had a great time.
And on the subject of live at the Vineyard ... here is a live performance of the new album which you can hear and even download in high bitrate mp3 for free. It will give an idea as to how the music has evolved through performance since release. Enjoy!!!!!!
This month I'll be doing an improvised jam session with Flynn and Mirolo as part of Live Beats III in Space 54, Dublin on the 18th. This should be a pretty interesting experience all round and I'm looking forward to it.
On the 25th, I'll be playing The Vineyard in Cork. I'll be trying out some new approaches to the Noosa Sunrise material and building on what has already evolved from the album.
Many thanks to all who attended the album launch last month and to Christine, Rich, Gav & Paul who helped turn it into a memorable evening for all who attended.
I'll be performing in Waterford on the 21st May at 20:00 in SOMA Contemporary Art Space. This will be the official album launch. We are currently working on some custom UV visuals and video to work with the music on the night.
I'm also happy to welcome special guests Rich Flynn & Gav T who will be providing some tasty original music before and after my performance.
It's going to be a colourful and chilled evening with great music.
All welcome and admission is free. BYOB.
So I played twice in Dublin last month. The IGNITE event at The Science Gallery in Trinity College was so much fun. Down below here you can see a HD quality video of the performance with accompanying photographs by Chris O'Brien Shanahan.
I also had a great night with the Ableton Live User Group from Dublin and performed music from the new album and enjoyed some sweet sounds from some of the other folks in the group.
So, the album is now available on CD with very tasty artwork in Digipak format.
It's now available also on Amazon in digital format.
Call me old-skool but I still think CD quality beats mp3s + you can always rip the CD for your portable listening :-)
I'll be playing a short but very special performance in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland on the 14 April as part of Ignite 4.
On Friday, 16 April I'll be back in Dublin to play the Live-beats@space54 event in Space 54 again.
26 March update:
The Dublin performance went really well. Brilliant night, cool music from everyone and a chance to party with some great new friends as well as catch up with those I've met at festivals & parties over the last few years. Wonderful time, and the Aural Light sessions are totally to be recommended as is Space 54 in Smithfield. Good people.
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Loads of news this month and hopefully it's all about to become busy for the rest of the year.
First off, the album is finished, artwork done and a digital release date set for the 15th March 2010. A physical CD release date will follow shortly afterwards. I'll be doing a number of performances over the coming months. The first takes place on the 19th March in Dublin as part of the most excellent Aural Light series at Space 54, Smithfield. I look forward to meeting up with friends old and new on the night. An official launch for the album will be in Waterford shortly.
The new album is called Noosa Sunrise. It is based around field recordings made in the South East Queensland region of Australia. There are 6 tracks:
01) Noosa National Park
02) Breakfast In Paradise
03) Noosa Sunrise
04) Rain Forest Aviary
05) Eumundi Markets
06) Alexandra Bay Track
Not much to report other than the new album is currently being mastered. An album launch and performance will likely take place at the new SOMA Gallery in Waterford in March/April.
O dear, a little behind at the moment mostly because things are quite busy of late.
The latest is that I'm currently in the late mixing stages for the next album. It will be out early 2010 though I don't have an exact date yet.
It's going to be based around travels in Southern Queensland, Australia so forms part of the 'Australian series' of albums. I'll hopefully be announcing a live date or two to coincide with the launch. Invites welcome as usual.
I'll be playing a short performance in the Sirius Gallery, Cobh, Co. Cork, Ireland on the 12 September so do come along if you're in the neighbourhood.
I'm just back from playing the Transylvania Calling Festival in, yes you guessed it, Transylvania. To say that it was a wonderful experience is an extreme understatement. It was amazing in every way and I'm so thankful to the organisers and folks of Transylvania for showing me a truly memorable time.
my performance went very well too. The performance was comprised on new workings on Australian travels in Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales to date as well as completely new compositions based on travels in Queensland including Magnetic Island and Noosa. The performance was recorded and may form part of a live album due of release in October.
I also recently played the KnockanStockan Festival in Co. Wicklow, Ireland and ended up doing one of the best performances I've ever put together. An hour of improvised electronic music that I put together at short notice and allowed to develop as the performance took place. Brilliant fun!
So, the Life Festival performance was a real buzz and many thanks to all the good folks who sat back in the sun and enjoyed my music in a perfect setting. Thanks also to the people who came along to chat about the performance and music in general after I'd finished. A wonderful way to enjoy a sunny Sunday afternoon. The performance was recorded for broadcast so when I've finished a little mixing just to get the levels right it will be ready to pass on to Fluid Radio.
The Life Festival performance was also a premier of a completely new show based around Sydney, Australia recordings ... and yes, the last track resulted from recordings made in the Sydney monorail.
Some photographs from the festival will appear shortly in the gallery but here's a taster for now :-)
It's now on to Transylvania and the concert I'm performing there in August. The concert will be recorded for a live album due for release some time around late September. It's early days yet but my plan is to create a performance that takes in all aspects of my Australian travels to date with an emphasis on Queensland (heavenly place that it is).
My performance at the Life Festival on the 31st May will be recorded and broadcast by Fluid Radio in the UK. I will be performing a completely new series of pieces composed especially for the event. It will be quite cool if I say so myself. Do say hello if you're around. Hoping for great weather!!!!
I've been invited back to play the Life Festival again in May, nice to know that the music was so well received last year and thanks to the organisers for bringing me back. I've opted to play the Sunday morning chill session so that will be 12:00 on the 31st. I'm currently working on a completely new set. See you there again for some ambient moshing :-)
I can confirm that I'll be playing the most excellent Transylvania Calling Festival in Romania in August. More details soon.
I've decided, for the time being place the 'Kraków' piece on hold mainly because I can't get a mix that I'm happy with. When time allows I'll revisit this again.
Queensland field recordings are being sorted and the first few synths have been laid down. And thus the cycle recommences.
Looking forward to some summer performances again this year and am happy to travel so invites welcome, do get in touch.
Now that the Nullarbor album is getting close to having paid for itself I've decided to drop the cost for the digital download version. You can now pick up the entire album in high bitrate mp3 with artwork for only $5.00 with immediate download. Pick it up here!
The current edition of the brilliant Space Music Podcast (S4.09) includes some of my Dubbo and Beyond track from the recent Nullarbor album. Many thanks TC for including my music!
I'm currently mixing the 'Kraków' piece of music that I performed for the plug4 festival in San Francisco. Listening back to the performance I started to realise that it's a cool piece of ambient music and worth taking a week or so to massage the frequency balance and other bits and bobs required to bring it to a place where it could stand on it's own as a release. Not quite a 'live album' but a live EP that will be free of charge.
On 06 December I will be performing a live streamed set for the [:] p l u g [:] 4 - San Francisco’s 4th Annual Global Headphone Festival in the USA. As a background, while in Kraków for the Unsound/Placard event I carried out field recordings around the city on the day of my performance. These recordings will be used as the basis for an entirely new piece of work to be performed live in San Francisco, USA for the [:] p l u g [:] 4 festival. More details to follow including news of a new miXile live album to be released in 2009!
Kraków went very well. In many ways it was possibly the most enjoyable performance I've ever given. Part of this was down to the fact that I'd spent several enjoyable weeks rehearsing for the event but also because it was just such a cool experience to have been a part of and knowing that the festival was being streamed live over the interweb was a real buzz. Then again, Kraków is such a wonderful city and I look forward to working there again.
Along the way I met with some great people, especially Eric who organised and ran Le Placard events. The photo on the right of Eric and I was taken on the night.
A live recording was made of my performance which will shortly be made available via this site.
I also took time to carry out some field recordings while in Krakow and am very pleased with the results. It remains to be seen whether these will find their way into an overall project or remain as stand alone recordings.
There are some more pics from Kraków on the gallery page.
The Unsound Festival in Kraków, Poland takes place towards the end of October and I've been invited to play a set as part of the Placard Headphone events. I'll be playing on the 24 Oct. at 15:00 in Klub RE. As usual it will be all new music but based on Australian travels. Looking forward to meeting new friends in Poland!
UK electronic music web site Fluid Radio have listed Nullarbor on their front page. Many thanks Daniel for selecting my work! In coming months I'm due to record a mix session for Fluid Radio so will post updates here along the way.
Field recordings I made in and around Sydney Australia are currently under the miXile microscope which means that work on the next project has commenced. With a working title 'Sydney Voices' the project looks like focusing on shorter pieces of mixed styles and may even take in some psytrance as well as the usual ambient/sound art/downtempo stuff. Far too early for me to be sure where it's all going but I'm back in the studio!!
The last few weeks have been quite hectic so there's a few things to mention. I've just returned from an excellent few days in London where I was taking part in a field recording workshop under the tutelage of the legendary Chris Watson. Brilliant!
Prior to that I spent a week recording in the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy.
The month started with my performance at the Life Festival in Ireland. All went perfectly with no technical hiccups and the feedback from folks attending was brilliant. Many thanks to all who came along and took part in my musical journey across Australia. The new work based on Magnetic Island recordings does need some refining so I'll get to that over the next few months. Many thanks to Christine who took the performance photographs and shot some short video sequences.
In advance of my performance on Sunday 06 July, here's a short preview as to what to expect.
I'll be performing a somewhat improvised version of the entire new album, Nullarbor. Two of these tracks - Broken Hill and Blue Mountains have never been performed in any format before.
I will also be previewing an entirely new piece of music based on recordings made while on Magnetic Island in Northern Queensland, Australia recently. This work has a loosely thought out structure but as with nearly all miXile live pieces will be largely improvised.
The overall performance should last for around 1.5 hours but I'll be around all weekend at the festival enjoying some of the tres cool music on offer so do say hello if you happen to run into me.
The recent Nullarbor album received am excellent review in a recent edition of Ireland's Munster Express newspaper by their Art/Music critic, Mr. Liam Murphy. Check it out here and thanks Liam for taking time to enjoy the music!
I'm now working towards the Life Festival performance in July so will be spending much time before then trying out some new ideas and ways of presenting my Australian journey. Very much looking forward to the event and a chance to meet up with some old friends from last year .... I'll bring my own guitar for late night Radiohead covers in the camp site this time :-)
I've also recently invested heavily in some new equipment so can move away from relying on a single laptop and keyboards. This will allow me to relax a little more about the technology knowing that there are a few more baskets for my eggs to go in, if you know what I mean .....
The summer project this year will take me to Tuscany for some field recording in the Apuan Alps.
The St. Fin Barres Cathedral performance went
quite well. Some technical glitches with an amp meant dropping the first piece, an improvised 'Southern Cross' from the new Nullarbor album.
I was however able to premier in full a new work based on recent recordings from Magnetic Island in Australia.
This piece worked very well and it was a nice experience to hear my music played in a large cathedral.
I'm due to play the 3rd annual 'Sonic Vigil' in St. Fin Barres Cathedral, Cork, Ireland in May. More details closer to the time. I'm currently in the early stages of mulling over whether to do a piece based around unheard Broken Hill recordings or some Blue Mountains sounds, neither of which I've performed live before.
Just back from 3 wonderful weeks recording in Australia. Along the way I spent some time up on Magnetic Island in Northern Queensland where I got to do some up-close wildlife recording. These recordings should surface in 2009 by which time I'll be finished the next Sydney and Queensland albums. Many thanks to all who were wonderfully hospitable and cool along the way! I'll update the gallery over the next few weeks.
The new Nullarbor album is selling well and the feedback has been brilliant so many thanks to all the folks who have picked up a copy directly from this site or who've grabbed theirs from CD Baby.
It's now official, I'll be playing the 2008 Life Festival in July!
Those of us who had the pleasure of enjoying the Life Festival last year will remember it as being the coolest festival in Ireland so it's a real buzz to get a chance to share my music alongside some of the biggest names in electronic music.
It's not every day you get to be on the same bill as Shpongle :-)
The CD launch went quite well and I took time to improvise a new work in progress track called 'Eels v Tigers' (Australian footy fans should catch the reference) as well as performing a few numbers from the new Nullarbor album.
An 'official' album launch for the new Nullarbor CD will take place in Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, Ireland on 28 February at 18:00. I will be playing a short set as part of the launch as well as enjoying a glass of wine with friends and folks who attend. Admission is free so if you are in the area then do drop by.
The new album is now available via CD BABY with worldwide shipping:
Digital distribution via iTunes, Napster, etc is almost in place.
The return trip to Australia is shaping up nicely and will now include a few days recording on Magnetic Island in Northern Queensland.
It's too early to disclose specifics at this stage but some summer 2008 festival dates are possible.
Full steam ahead and all that good stuff!
Lots happening at the moment .... the new album is released this month through Spaced Records .... I should have CDs available for purchase on the site and through CD Baby by the end of the month .... regular visitors will notice that I've not made the new album available for free download, it's under consideration at the moment but in the interim you can listen the whole thing streamed.
I will be traveling to Australia again in March to carry out some more field recordings and hopefully to play 1 or 2 performances (invites welcome) .... very much looking forward to this and the start of the 2008 NRL season which I'll catch in Sydney .... more recording on the Parramatta river methinks.
I've finally caved and started a myspace page thing (thanks to evilzombiemonkey for setting it up) ....... have put this off for years ....... ok, it's just started, still looks vanilla but here you go: http://www.myspace.com/mixilemusic
I am very pleased to announce that the new album 'Nullarbor' has returned from being mastered by Colin Bennun (and a brilliant job he did too, thanks Colin) . A number of friends and folks who've bought CDs in the past have heard the new album and the feedback has been brilliantly positive.
Over the next few weeks I'll be arranging for artwork and CD pressing to take place but in the interim, here is a quick link to the Nullarbor page where I've posted preliminary sleeve notes to accompany the streamed album above.
I trust you enjoy the new work, I feel it's the best yet and I'm very proud of it. Feedback is always appreciated. Along the way, why not pick up a CD if you like it (even high res. mp3s are still lossy).
It's my plan to do some live work over the next few months to promote the new album so invites are always welcome.
All has been quiet on the web front of late. The main reason for this is that I have been putting the finishing touches to the second part of the Australian journey series of albums. The album which will be called 'Nullarbor' (after the legendary Nullarbor Plain in Australia where many of the field recordings for the album took place) is currently being mastered by Colin Bennun of OOOD.
Tentative release date for Nullarbor is 19 October 2007.
Work has now commenced on sorting through field recordings made while in Sydney, Australia and these will form the basis of the third part of the project.
I've spent some time recently working on a track called 'Extended Blue' which is part of a series of works planned for the next few months. The works form part of an ongoing dialogue with visual artist Christine O'Brien Shanahan.
Anyway, the Extended Blue work is complete and is further enhanced in that it has been mastered by Colin Bennun of legendary PsyTrance group OOOD. Colin has done a great job on the sound!
A download with background information and credits will be available shortly.
Work on the Nullarbor recordings goes on and has taken a little longer than originally planned. This is mostly due to having taken time on a collaborative side project with partner Christine Shanahan which will be ongoing. More details on the 'Extended Blue' music shortly.
I'm now working with a new Yamaha keyboard setup which is allowing me more scope and should contribute nicely to current and future projects.
The summer project for this year will be 10 days recording in Sicily. The long term goal is to finish the Australian project so as to commence a series of works based on Sicilian recordings in the Autumn. That's the plan anyway.
A minor facelift for the site is underway. It must be summer!!!!!
Coming quickly on the release of the Bibbulmun album last month I can confirm that work is well under way to mix and complete the 2nd part of the Australia project. The tracks I'm working on are based on field recordings made while traveling across Australia from Perth to the Blue Mountains via the Nullarbor plain. Again, I'll be mixing in sections recorded during the live performance of 'Nullarbor' last November. I'm hoping to have this part of the project completed by the end of March 2007 so that I can commence work on the next section - 'The Blue Mountains' recordings!
I'm also looking at some live performances during the year. Again these will probably be one-off performances (each work performed once only). Invites welcome!
Another major summer project will be taking place this year. More news to come.
The performance on Saturday went very well and feedback was great. Overall the entire event was a wonderful experience, no negatives and all huge positives. It was also a chance to hear some great music from other folks which is always a bonus. When time allows I'll get some photographs up into the gallery.
The day also saw the launch of the new album by miXile!
The album is called 'Bibbulmun' and features the first series of works to result from my Australian recordings. I'll organise the usual sleeve notes and downloads shortly.
The cover was designed by Christine O'Brien Shanahan based on a photograph she took while we walked the Bibbulmun track.
I will be playing the Sonic Vigil 2 in Cork, Ireland on the 17th February.
The official blurb reads:
Next Saturday 17th Feb. sees one of the most exciting events in Ireland's growing Sonic Arts calendar take place in the Unitarian Church in Cork. Sonic Vigil organised by Cork Artists Collective made its hugely successful debut in 2005 with a twelve hour non stop performance in St Finbarr’s Cathedral returns for a six hour show in the Unitarian Church, Prince’s Streeet, Cork City. Saturday.With artists coming from as far afield as Germany, France and America to take part alongside Irish artists from Dublin, Waterford,Limerick and Cork the line up promises to be very exciting. A difference this time round is that each act will perform separately for around half an hour culminating in a mixed improvisation at the end. A new video collective called The Yo Yo Club organised by Irene Murphy and Collette Nolan will also make its debut. The line up is
Tony Langlois,James Ojeie + Declan O'Meara, Giordai ua Laoghaire,The Quiet Club (Mick O’Shea, Danny Mc Carthy +Guest Harry Moore), miXile, Christian Carley + Jesse Ronneau, Séamus O'Donnell, Mathias Forge + Cyril Epinat + Leo Dumont
Work on the Bibbulmun recordings continues. At this point I am about ready to start mixing.
Studio work is currently progressing on the 'Bibbulmun' soundtrack recordings.
Since completing the two recent concerts I have been in
the studio fine tuning the Bibbulmun and Nullarbor works. It's my plan
to have these ready for release for early in 2007.
Along the way I will also be working on the next part of
the Australian series of concerts which is based on recordings made while
hiking/staying in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales.
recent concerts went very well and both were well attended. Many thanks
to all the folks who helped out along the way and who offered encouragement
and support and bought CDs. When time allows I'll pop some photographs
up into the gallery. Recordings were made of both concerts so I'll be
working these into something along the way.
this month (October) and early November I will be performing two major
new live works as part of the 'Imagine
Art Festival' in Waterford, Ireland.
In June 2006, I commenced a seven week journey that took
me from Perth in Western Australia across the Nullarbor Plain and on to
Sydney before traveling north to Noosa in Queensland and back to Sydney.
Along the way several hundred hours of audio field recordings were made
to be used as part of a series of electronic music events and other sound
Description: The first part of the series is titled Bibbulmun
(named after the 964km track that runs from Kalamunda, east of Perth to
Albany in Western Australia. The work will be based on field recordings
made while walking sections of the Bibbulmun
Track as well as sounds captured in and around Perth (WA).
Description: The second part of the series is titled
Nullarbor. The work will be based on field recordings made while traveling
across the legendary 1208km Nullarbor plain which stretches along the
Eyre Highway from Norseman (WA) to Ceduna (SA) at the foot of the Great
Victoria Desert. The work will also incorporate recordings made while
traveling between Ceduna and the Blue Mountains (NSW).
As such it is a recording of the journey across the Australian continent
from west to east.
Minor Note: I've updated the photo gallery pages 10/10/06
It may seem like a lull since returning from Australia
but there has been a huge amount of background activity taking place with
the music. As well as working towards some major live events later in
the year, there is the small matter of the "Bend It Like Beckett"
CD featuring some of the world's top Electronic musicians and Sound Artists
who were invited to take part in the event.
It Like Beckett” is the title of the second CD released by Art Trail.
Shandon is a place of particular connection with Beckett who, on taking
leave of Ireland, made a final call to Cork, to visit Shandon and St Anne’s
Cemetery to pay homage at the grave of Francis Sylvester O’Mahony
aka Fr Prout, a writer Beckett greatly admired. It seemed appropriate
to mark the occasion of the centenary of Beckett’s birth by compiling
this CD of one hundred works by over eighty artists from twenty countries
spanning the globe.
It Like Beckett” was curated by Danny Mc Carthy one of Ireland leading
sound artists who last year co edited (with Julie Forrester) the publication
and CD “SOUNDWORKS For Those Who Have Ears” recently listed
as one of the Institute of Contempory Arts, London top10 publications
and last year he also co curated with David Toop the highly acclaimed
exhibition of outdoor sound art entitled “Sound Out” for Cork2005
European Capital of Culture as well as making several installations and
performances as an artist in his right..
new CD has works in a wide variety of forms ranging from electro acoustic,
electronic, acoustic and voice to glitch to noise etc., and includes some
leading internationally recognised sound artists including David Toop,
Scanner, and Stephen Vitiello (who also contributed the cover photo of
Beckett’s grave in Paris) plus some of the leading Irish practitioners
David Lacey & Paul Vogel, Sean Taylor, Fergus Kelly, Linda O Keefe, miXile , Anthony Kelly & David Stalling, Danny Mc
Carthy and many more. Containing one hundred works each sixty seconds
or less, combining together to form one of the most unique sonic experiences
of the year.
was by invitation and open submission and the call out received a huge
response both nationally and internationally with entries from as far
afield as New Zealand and South Korea proving that whilst based in Cork,
Art Trail is reaching out to a global audience and that Cork is recognised
a leading centre for Sound Art both nationally and internationally. The
CD is currently available from Plugg’D Records and the Glucksman
Gallery, Cork or direct from Art Trail (www.arttrail.ie) or can be purchased
online from http://www.aphasiarecordings.com
information from info @ arttrail.ieOr
soundworksunlimited @ ireland.com
Many thanks to Robbie Sinnott who featured my 'Morning
Glory' album on his very cool show on Dublin's NearFM on the 29th.
June - July - August 2006
On Tuesday 27 June I leave for Australia to spend the month
of July traveling from Perth to Sydney doing field recordings. In early
August I hope to do some recording in Sydney prior to returning to Ireland.
The field and studio works created over the six week period will form
the basis of recorded and live works later in the year. Roll on the Nullarbor
Some new works based on recent field recordings are currently
taking place. New tracks include: 'Birds In Orbit', 'In Space No One Can
Whip Cream' and a little thing that has the working title of 'A Few Pints'.
I recently purchased some new equipment to help with field
recordings prior to the 'big summer project', almost ready to whip the
lid off that one.
I composed and recorded two new tracks especially for 209Radio
Cambridge in England as part of their recent Sound Art event held
between the 11 and 17 of February. The two works - 'suburban
spacers on the lawn' and 'in
the beginning, there was Plato' are now available as free mp3 downloads
by clicking the links.
I don't yet have track info available but will try to have it up somewhat
Some background work is also taking place on new music.
Nothing dramatic, more a way to try out a few new ideas prior to the big
summer project, but more on that later.
It's been busy of late. On the 12 January I was interviewed
on Dublin NearFM by the most excellent Robbie Sinnott. The show also featured
tracks from the new Morning Glory album. You can grab a copy of the interview
I was a little unhappy with the sound levels on a few of
the tracks so pulled the Morning Glory CD so as to make a few changes.
Once I started then I decided to move around the track listings and add
an additional track that I had forgotten about. So, you may consider the
release date to be January 2006.
Free mp3 downloads of the entire album
are now available here and
the CD quality version may be bought in the shop here.
The 29th of December is always an important date in the
creative calendar for miXile. It was the date 4
years ago that I started the project that would grow into the White
December 29, 2005 is no exception as it marks the release
of the new album by miXile. The work which is entitled 'Morning Glory'
contains 12 tracks recorded over a period spanning September 2004 and
September 2005. From September to December the tracks were enhanced and
mixed and made ready for release.
Morning Glory is the fourth studio album by miXile and
marks the close of a chapter in my creative endeavors. I can state this
with some certainty in that 2006 will see a more regular return to live
work and the prospect of some planned collaborative projects.
As of writing (29/12/05 15:16), I don't yet have audio
downloads or sleeve notes available but will rectify this over the next
few days. A pic of the CD cover is included here just to add some colour
to the space.
26 was the occasion of the first live performance in 15 years by miXile!
The event took place in St. Fin Barres cathedral, Cork, Ireland as part
of the 'Sonic Vigil' electronic music/sound art event.
I performed an 8 hour long set of 45min compositions based
on the Phaedo by Plato. The works were a combination of live keyboards,
laptop and electric guitar. I was at times joined by son Peter on guitar
and daughter Jennifer on keyboards. Christine in usual fashion made sure
everything was arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner and took a
few photographs along the way.
A recording of the event was made and I'm currently looking
at working these into a 1 CD live release. If all goes according to plan
I should have this ready by January 2006.
The work is part of a series of planned live events which
will all have a literary/philosophical theme.
Preparations for the live show had the effect of slowing
down progress on works already in late mixing stages. These I'll get to
over the next few weeks and have them ready for release by mid December
Some new material is in the mixing stages and hopefully
will go live by the first week in November.
Also, important news to follow regarding a return to live
performance work due to take place in November.
A number of new tracks have been completed over the summer
period. I've been busy incorporating field recordings into synth and guitar
based pieces. A new track called 'From The Top Of The Hill, You Can
See The White Line' will be posted here over the next few days as
a taster for the next full length release due some time in October.
A slight lull in proceedings as far as finished material
is concerned. I do have some cool stuff completed and am waiting till
time allows me to deal with the volume of partly finished tracks and field
recordings as well as the 'Les Paul into the Marshal amp and out into
the wired up Tibetan meditation bowl' recordings made in April.
A newly finished work 'Off Record' did surface recently
on a Podcast by sometime-colaborator and partner in crime P W. Rather
than release this track on the web at the moment I'm holding it back till
the next full project completion.
A limited edition album of recent and unreleased tracks
is currently being made available to long time friends and supporters.
Hi Clodagh in London!
I'm hoping to do some field recordings in the UK in June
and hopefully will have something to show for all the effort by August.
p.s. Yea, I did notice that the White Horse album is being
torrented around the place.
The new mini-album (A Place Called Place) is available
for download in the discography section
and as a CD purchase in the shop.
Sleeve notes are also now in place.
Thanks to the folks who dropped by on the launch date last
week and sent in their comments after hearing the new work.
Work is now progressing on the next project which is likely
to include more drum n' bass as well as acoustic works. That's the plan
anyway with a few tracks down and a hankering for the old 'git-fiddle'.
There again, who knows what next few weeks will hold in store, it could
end up being a stadium rock extravaganza complete with a power chords,
hair extensions and spandex ;-)
Over the last few months I have been working on some larger
synth projects. It's hoped that at least 2 of these recordings will be
ready for release within the next few weeks.
Part of the work involved spending a few grueling days
in Kinsale, Co. Cork, writing music and being forced to eat the finest
food and swill down some choice red wine. The hardships of composing ;-)
I also spent some time recently (28/12/04) recording a short 2 hour walk
with a view to incorporating sounds from the walk into some synth tracks.
At time of writing this particular project is not standing up very well
and may be abandoned.
I'm also experimenting with some ideas for performing one-off works live
during the summer. Invitations welcome.
08 September 04
A major new project is now ready for release.
After spending some few months working with keyboards and
natural sounds culminating in the Strawberry EP I decided to 'hearken
back to the old days' and do some guitar based works.
to the generosity of David
Manser of The Real I was given the use of a rather excellent Marshal
amp and effects boards for a few days. The DL4 is the business for sure!
Anyway, over a period of around 24 hours I had recorded
and completed all the tracks that now appear on the Aftermath
EP. Most of these are one-off recordings with little or no post-live
The title track was recorded as a live improvised rhythm
track and then played back once while the live improvised lead track was
recorded. The two parts were then combined and I was finished. The whole
process took around 10 minutes!
One of the titles - QuarTrack is collaboration with my
son Peter who plays guitar while I just 'twiddle the dials'. The track
was recorded live and then broken into four parts that were each assigned
to various quadrants of the top hemisphere of the head.
During the next few days I'll make these available for
download as mp3 files and as usual will have full quality with artwork
and extras versions available on CD.
Some new works completed and ready to go.
As a background, I'd been working on some natural sounds
+ keyboards projects since January and these were completed in August.
These works were then paired down to my three favorite
tracks and released as 'The Strawberry EP'.
During the next few days I'll make these available for download as mp3
files. As usual I'll have full quality with artwork and extras versions
available on CD.
18 April 04
New work in progress uploaded.
31 Mar 04
huge gap and such is life in the bunker.
Introduced a new section to cover work in progress and
in particular lossless downloads for the fat-bandwidth-enabled viewers.
Edited: Received too many emails from
folks unable to understand what shn files were and how to play them that
I've decided to discontinue this feature for the time being. Sept 04
31 Dec 03
I've been laying down some acoustic guitar tracks to work
with recordings made while hiking during the last few months.
It's also my plan to spend a few days completing tracks
during the first few days of the new year. I'm on a roll now so it makes
sense to 'strike while the iron is hot' (never used that expression before).
Anyway, outside of my own musical endeavors this has been
a wonderful year for listening to new music, catching live bands and music
Personal live musical highlights of the year would include:
Rolling Stones at MSG - NYC, USA in Jan.
Radiohead at the Olympia - Dublin, Ireland in May (once) and at the Point
- Dublin in Dec (twice)
Red Hot Chili Peppers, P. J. Harvey, Queens Of The Stone Age at Slane
- Ireland in Aug.
Rolling Stones at the Cirkus - Stockholm, Sweden and at the Point - Dublin,
Ireland in Sept (twice)
18 Nov 03
An initial recording is in the bag. I'm not sure how much
of what has been laid down so far will make it to the next album but even
if it achieves nothing more than a jumping off point then I'll be happy.
The track has a working title of "You Know You Like
It" and is purely electronic.
update - 31/03/04 - I've removed the
download of this track because, well, it was 'up there' long enough.
09 Oct 03
I've started to examine some new software tools with a
view to begin assembling some sounds towards the end of the month.
Looks like I'm getting itchy :-)
If anyone has any suggestions for software prog's that
have worked for them then I'd be interested in hearing from you. What
I'm specifically interested in are Windows based prog's that either carry
out a specific audio task or amazing all-round software synths and Cool
Direction wise, I'm still figuring on moving a little less
structured than the last album. I have some extended natural sound recordings
that I may disassemble and generate some random beats for.
There's a bit of a struggle going on regarding the use
of acoustic guitar in the music. I bought a new guitar in London, England
recently that I'm in love with and am considering recording some tracks
with it. There again, I had planed on the next project being purely electronic
in nature. Ah, decisions, decisions.
30 Sep 03
Months later and I've finally gotten round to organising
the online payment thing for the album.
For the moment I'm working with Paypal so can dispatch
orders pretty quickly.
Work is slow on the new project. To a large degree I've
been taking it easy and spending loads of time going to gigs and listening
to new music. The summers' in Ireland are short enough so I figured on
getting out and using the time to plan and learn before getting down to
the grim task of recording again.
This year's excellent gigs so far have been brought to
me by Radiohead, Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters,
Queens Of The Stone Age, Free Association ..... and hardly any of this
(with the exception of Radiohead) will filter directly down into the music
I create, that's the beauty of it all.
I've loved all these bands and none of it will be noticeable in my own
26 May 03
Initial pre-recording work has begun on the next project.
Nothing has been laid down and at this point all I have are some mental
It's early days yet but I'm leaning towards including more
guitar and less obvious beats on the next album. I've been blessed with
the use of some cool mobile recording equipment (thanks John) that will
allow me to make more use of 'found' sounds' while out and about.
I happened to be at the 1st warm-up gig of the 2003 world
tour by Radiohead last week. Wow, the new music is so vital. I suppose
this had some influence on my decision to re-enter the frey so soon.
Copies of the White Horse album have been making their
way around the world and I'm very happy with the feedback.
28 Mar 03
A major site redesign to mirror the album colours.
I have the cases back from the printers and am so happy
with the results!
What's left to do? get them in the post.
05 Feb 03
I'm still working on the art stuff for the liner.
Most of the sleeve notes have been completed. I'm mulling
over whether to put these up live prior to sending them to the printer.
At this point I'm figuring on releasing the thing as a
limited edition of around 50 copies to be distributed to selected folks
around the world. If anyone has other thoughts on the thing please let
me know. I can't see a commercial way forward but maybe it's worth
setting a minimal price to cover postage to various places. None of this
has been thought through in any detail yet.
BTW, NYC was great and The Stones rocked for sure.
01 Jan 03
At long last, the album is finished!
I'm now working on the sleeve notes and getting ready to
At the end of the day I thinned the thing down to 16 tracks
with a total running time of 61 mins.
I'd left the guitar overlays till last and these opened
a whole barrel of creative worms in that once I started recording guitar
then I inevitably started to introduce additional tracks.
A point had to come when I said ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Anyway, to the folks waiting for a copy, it will be on
the way within the next few weeks probably after I get back from the USA.