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Last night I did a gig with Navaro at an amazing venue, deep in the Essex countryside.

Called The High Barn, it’s an 800 year old grain barn that has been lovingly restored into a high class venue, whilst also incorporating a recording/graphic design/IT consultancy studio complex – and all in the tiny Essex village of Great Bardfield.

Here’s a shot of what the inside of the main barn looks like, and below that a rather dark/grainy shot of us on the stage. The acoustics and atmosphere there are really amazing, the staff were great, and the facilities for the artists were extremely comfortable – I’d recommend it to anyone, both as a place to play and listen/watch.

The High Barn

The High Barn

Navaro on stage at The High Barn

Navaro on stage at The High Barn

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So, (as you may remember from an earlier post) I got interviewed a little while ago about my steampunk stuff, for inclusion in a new online magazine called MADE.

Issue 1 is now out, and can be seen online here. The full steampunk article is on page 6 where there is an interesting montage of shots, including one of The Optimus!

MADE, Issue 1

MADE, Issue 1

It’s a really nicely put together magazine, and there is a website/blog site to support it here.

Hoorah!

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My friend and sometime guitar playing partner Gerald Roberts has just had
a really nice review of some of his music on the Jazz Mann blog.

acoustic-jazz-implosion

Gerald’s main gig is with his jazz trio, Acoustic Jazz Implosion, which
features a really unusual yet interesting mix of nylon string acoustic guitar, fretless
bass and violin. Their CD ‘Vorrei la Luna?’ is the album being reviewed,
and you can check out more of their details and some sound clips here.

Gerald and I have played together a few times of the last couple of years, and are
even working on a recording ourselves – as ever, stay tuned for more
information…

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Viral music project update…

After only a few days, there have already been two iterations of the tune circulated by Dré for his MA project…

He’s posted these up, along with a few new things, on his blog – tune in and check them out!

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Angle Iron Man!

For ages now I’ve been looking for something I could use to add ‘feet’ to the bottom of my living room speakers. Such ‘feet’ needed to be quite sturdy, not too tall / not too short and fit with the new aesthetic of my freshy-decorated / themed room.

Lo and behold, passing a skip on my way home for the pub the other day, I came across these offcuts of angle iron (every house in my vicinity seems to be having some sort of loft conversion done at the moment!)

Just the right size/shape and, when upturned into an upside down ‘U’ arrangement, they proved to be just the ticket! I was going to paint them black, but actually I quite like the natural red colour – seems to work for the moment at least.

Angle Iron found in a skip

Angle Iron found in a skip

And here’s a view of the supports in place – splendid!

Speaker supports in place

Speaker supports in place

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My colleague/friend AK is in his final year of a MA in Design Studies at Central St Martin’s, and is working on his dissertation entitled ‘The Campfire Project’ (details as per his blurb below). This is basically a ‘viral’ music project, to see how a piece of music can be developed/evolved/changed by a succession of musicians doing one thing to it, taking in their own direction, and then passing it on – he’s now looking for people to get involved/comment on the idea…!!       

The initial/test piece is a 40 second or so drum track programmed by André himself. So far he’s passed this to one person (me!) and I’ve added a single guitar track (not my usual tinkly acoustic guitar/mandolin fare this time – I was ‘getting down with my bad self’ at that particular moment)… It now needs to pass on to someone else…

Anyone interested??

If so, an mp3 of the track so far can be found on his blog – feel free to do anything to it as he suggests below… if anyone participating can write to him to keep him informed of progress/where the track stands, that would be great! (campfire@andreknott.com) or comment on the blog. 

If anyone wants the original drum track to do start their own separate version, that works too – again it’s on his blog.

AK himself says:

The Campfire Project

My idea – The Campfire Project – is about finding ways to create interesting new music. I want to see how a sound can developed in different new ways. 

The idea is to take a humble beginning and see what happens by letting things develop with a variety of input.

Attached is a mp3, please, do anything you like…

  • add something (ideally just one track then pass it on)
  • rewrite it;
  • filter it;
  • effect it;
  • add a little as 1 thing
  • its totally up to you…
  • …when you are done can you pass it on, (you only need to pass on the final mp3).
When some one down the line feels like it is in a good place, send it back to me at: campfire@andreknott.com
I would also appreciate any thoughts you have had about doing this project, could it be done in a better way, did you enjoy participating, do you think that this process has resulted in something good or do you think that it was not that successful… or anything else you want to say.
Just a quick footnote, this is college project and a collaborative effort. I do not intend to release it or profit from it, however I may get radio play and present it in exhibitions and as part of a website about my work, so please only take part if you are happy to let your ideas be used and shared randomly. I will probably post the results online in the future, so return the files with your email  so I can let you know when it happens.
Thanks for your help in advance, and happy music making.

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Just typical!

I took this photo today whilst walking down my local high street…

Just typical!

Just typical!

Not only did I really like the colours, but I thought it just about summed up how I feel about things most days – namely that the bright, shiny dreams of our youth invariably end up stranded in a tree somewhere, tantalisingly out of reach and just about to deflate any minute…!

Think I need to cheer up a bit!

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