A little while back I did a gig at Berlin’s fabulous OHM for SLEEPERS, where I performed the tracks from my EP, but also a bunch more. 16 songs.
Here’s a recording of the performance. Live recording from Recovered Artefacts ’93 – ’97 launch party, Ohm Club Berlin. You can tell it’s all very live because the synths go sliiightly out of tune halfway through! Then back in again. That’s old technology for you.
The tracks sound good, even if I say so myself. Take a listen
To celebrate the upcoming release of my EP (Recovered Artefacts) on Sleepers Records I’m exploring each song in a live jam. This is song number #4 on that EP, titled StarBilliard.
This version is very different from the one which appears on the EP … which was recorded in the early 90s but using a lot of the same equipment.
As you are here there’s a good chance you are a synth nerd, so I’ll explain exactly where the noises come from. At the very start there’s a swooshing synth pad noise coming from an SY85 just out of the bottom of the shot, it’s not getting used much.
The first notes I play are on an Arturia MicroFreak.
The Drums are programmed on that white thing with all the buttons, that’s called a BeatStep Pro, the bassline is partly MIDI in Ableton live which is synced to the Beatstep, then it’s sent to that Synth just above the white slab. That’s where the bass noise comes from.
The Drum noises are samples, the sound and shape of which are modifed by the stack of boxes up to the top left. There are effect sends to sent the echoes, synths, drums and bass, as I decide it – to the Eurorack, and also to the MS20 synth. That’s all being sent the being sent out of a patchbay and routed to the stack of boxes up there.
Those boxes are also playing the dit-dit-dit- distorted echoey beep noises.
There’s a foot pedal on the floor which helps me switch sounds when my hands are full.
I play the same riff as I play at the start on my Korg MonoPoly, which is a bif old Analog synth.
A live performance of February’s Lost Child, quite different from the
one out soon on the EP from SLEEPERS. This version is jammed in real
time with a BeatStep Pro, an MS20 mk 2, a Boog, A MonoPoly, and some
eurorack stuff . It’s what happened, it got dark.
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Recovered Artifacts 93′ – 97′
on Sleepers Records … I decided to explore variations on each track
in a series of live jams.
Here’s track #1 – Holographic Fool – in a very different form than it
appears on vinyl. Hope you enjoy it!
A collection of 6 tracks rescued from the archives, over 25 years ago I wrote a lot of tracks which were at the same time I was touring and releasing with the band TimeShard . Some tracks I was asked to make for art projects and installations, or were explorations which somehow got buried.
SLEEPERS Records asked me to look through the archives and together we picked out our favourite 6 from the weird and disparate sounds on offer.
These tracks represent very well what I was creating for the early 90s free festival and party scene. Now you can have a taste of the weird and wonderful haphazard sounds I was making.
Here’s a track I’ve been performin live recently and I enjoyed the slightly wayward nature of the Live sound – so I recorded it as I performed it and added an intense video.
If you’d like to buy the track you can get it here
If you have photo-sensitive epilepsy or related neurological condition pleast don’t watch (just listen), as there are some parts which may overstimulate your visual cortex!
A glimpse of Steve Angstrom performing live at OHM club Berlin.
These tracks were all originally created way back in the 90s and were resurrected for the upcoming Sleepers Records vinyl-only release and this live performance.
Bringing these tracks back was tricky because the old equipment and the people involved are so temperamental!. So I spent a lot of time working out how to make the tracks similar but also give myself scope to play them and have fun with them. It’s not that easy to re-create something which happened spontaneously 25 years ago.
I used the original tracks as an inspiration and tried to stay as close to the ancient weird spirit as possible, and it worked and now I’m glad to say this live set is going on the road.