Saturday, 27 March 2010

Answers to the Questions You Don't Know

Jesus. I don't think I've ever spent as much time on a track before. I possibly spent more time on it than Brian Wilson did on "Good Vibrations", only mine didn't cost millions of dollars to make or whatever.
I'm quite pleased with it, but I'm also sick of it by now, so I'm glad I can finally put it up on here and just forget about it forever.
Answers to the questions you don't know by memoguerra

Friday, 26 March 2010

Trip Mosaic 7

-"Another one? But I only just got the last one!" says you.
-"Well, I'm just trying to keep you well fed." says I.

Heldon kick thing off in a grand way, followed by music from the likes of Attila (Billy Joel's pre-fame - prog organ and drums duo), the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the theme to "Logan's Run", Black Moth Super Rainbow, Stockhausen, Eartha Kitt's brilliant version of "Hurdy Gurdy Man", Orange Juice, Aphex Twin and more repetitive drone passages!

On A Future In Noise

A bit more press courtesy of A Future In Noise. Thanks to Marilyn for the kind words!

Record of the Week: Vangelis: "Who Killed the Dragon?" (Finders Keepers)

Amazing music by progmaster Vangelis lovingly repackaged by the good people at Finders Keepers as a limited 12" EP containing some of the Alpha Beta Stuff and what was previously released on his album "The Dragon".
As far as I'm aware these are some of the first recordings he did after his Bible-themed masterpiece with Aphrodite's Child "666". Amazing synths, amazing musicianship (the dude who recorded that glorious bass on "Melody Nelson" is on here) and it's simply quite a trip.
I find myself flipping the record constantly, playing it on repeat and feeling better about myself for possessing such a gem. A must have. Thanks again to the ever-reliable folks at Finders Keepers!
Click below to listen to "Stuffed Tomato". I don't know why it says it's by me, Soundcloud does that and my computer illiteracy is to be blamed, as I don't know how to change it. It's obviously by Vangelis.
03 Stuffed Tomato by memoguerra

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Trip Mosaic 6

Hey all, a brand New Trip Mosaic for all you heads out there!
As always a mish and mash of different styles. Tunes and pieces from the likes of Rafael Toral, Indoor Life, The Knife, Liars, Boredoms, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Cabaret Voltaire and Loose Fur (to name a few) intermingle with the usual bursts of noise, ambient passages and library music.
The set closes with a marvelous tune by Los Mac's, whose 1967 album "Kaleidoscope Men" was rightfully described by my mate Paul as "the Chilean Sgt. Pepper's".
This is also perhaps the longest Mosaic I've done so far (clocking at around 84 minutes).
Trip out!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Exploding Head Syndrome / Imploding Head Syndrome

Hi. I've made a new track. It's in two parts, the first "Exploding Head Syndrome", the second, "Imploding Head Syndrome". It's a bit abstract and fragmented. But I'm assuming that's just the way you like things. Listen below, I believe you can download it as well from Soundcloud by clicking on the arrow.
Exploding head syndrome / Implodin head syndrome by memoguerra

Monday, 15 March 2010

Gaze Mosaic Vol. 2

As promised, I now unleash the second and probably final installment of the Gaze Mosaic. This one's longer and I think a bit more varied. No Dean & Britta on this one, I'm afraid, but definitely a lot of "gaze" permutations: classic 'gaze, nu-gaze, metal-gaze, shitgaze, maybe even chill-gaze and no-gaze, whatever those last two may be. Also some ambient passages mingle with the likes of Jesu, Ride and hey! "Cigarette In Your Bed"! A Sunny Day In Glasgow!
So light up a big fat one up (or two, because that is TWICE as NICE) and drift off to a hypnotic, hypnagogic state: that state in which you find yourself in limbo, somewhere between waking a dreaming. You do not know whether something happening in the environment around you, or indeed if what you are feeling, hearing and seeing is real or a dream. I think that's my favourite state to be in. I cherish those moments when I go to sleep.

Plexus, Solar

So I was working on this pretty long and complex tune. It was taking me ages to record each part, arrange it and mix it. I guess I got tired of it from working too much on said composition.
So I had to take a break on it and start something new. It had to be the complete opposite. So I produced this very noisy schizzo track. I finished it in a day, so I'm quite pleased with the spontaneity of it all. It turned out quite good I think.

Monday, 8 March 2010

R.I.P. Mark Linkous

First thing this morning, I learned the sad news that Mark Linkous had killed himself over the weekend. I was shocked in a way, only because his music has meant a lot to me over the years and it's always sad to hear news of this nature about someone who you felt you knew, if only through their records. But the other part of me wasn't as shocked, as anyone who is familiar with his history would understand.
Linkous recorded some of the most hauntingly beautiful music this writer has had the pleasure to hear under the name Sparklehorse. My introduction to him was his 2001 masterpiece "It's A Wonderful Life". As I digested the record, I was quick to pick up on a certain irony and cynicism in the title. It was such a moody album, perfect for a moody teenager such as myself back then.
What I learned (indirectly) from Mark was that it was OK to be a musical outcast. In artistic terms, you should do what you feel in your heart and hear in your head, no matter how complicated or fragmented it may seem to others. I also learned that if you have a strong vision or a very particular sense of a certain aesthetic, you should just go with it, even if it means going at it alone.
The time around 2001 and my introduction to Sparklehorse were my formative years as an artist. I was a curious listener, open to anything, and his music just made sense to me. It seemed very personal, so I wasn't too surprised to learn that for most of his output he had recorded every instrument, every little detail and all these tiny little nuances that only seemed to become more apparent with repeated listening. It wasn't surprising, but it was certainly very inspirational for me to do what I've been doing since. I think as an artist I owe a lot to Linkous and I know that I'm not alone in this.
I didn't know Mark Linkous personally, but he will be missed. Having said that, we've got all the great work that he did during his time on earth to hang on to. I'm sure it will continue to inspire new generations of young artists.
Thank you for the music Mr. Linkous. May you rest in peace.