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Medicinema [Oct. 31st, 2013|07:37 am]
Howard
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[Current Music |Interlace - Eclosion | Powered by Last.fm]

Wow, time does fly. I've not even posted on here yet since leaving my old job and really should do some sort of an update about my life since then, but suffice to say it's been busy and I'm getting around to it.

For now, here is some self promotion instead:

Medicinema, the first release from Non-Bio's next album (due at some point next year) is now launched.

Watch the video!


Direct link to Youtube page: http://youtu.be/WVtsjm9oaoA

Download it free (inclusing X-KiN's wonderful B-side remix) from Bandcamp!

This song is not in any way related to anything else called Medicinema
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Lunch Thoughts # 61 [Sep. 18th, 2013|01:22 pm]
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Sixteen working days left (including today). It still feels incredibly odd to be leaving.

My study break ended a week ago but my first seven days back at Escape (entering my final 'term' of the year-long course) has not gone very smoothly. I was struggling to get a music video finished during my summer break, and I failed to get it all done in time due to technical problems. This meant that rendering time for my own project has now been interfering with my studying and yesterday morning things sort of came to a head; I came downstairs in the morning to inspect the results of an overnight render, but discovered my workstation blinking an unfamiliar red light at me and producing a burnt electrical smell, reminiscent of the Scalextric set I owned as a child. I panicked, thinking I might have worked the machine to a premature death, but I'm now reasonably sure it's just a faulty cooling unit and hopefully the damage hasn't spread to any other bits of the computer. It's still under warranty and tomorrow a Hewlet Packard engineer will visit the house and (I hope) replace the damaged components.

Computer or not, the coming weekend will not be a productive one for studying either, since I've volunteereed to join Marius's team for a 48 Hour Film Challenge. We are picking up our brief on Friday evenign and must produce a completed short film by the end of Sunday; I've volunteered my services as musical composer, VFX artist (circumstances, script and confidence permitting) and probably also extra and odd-jobs man around the shooting location(s). It will be fun and hopefully a good learning experience, although I am starting to wonder if I'm pushing myself to do too many things at once. We'll see.
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Lunch Thoughts #60 [Aug. 15th, 2013|12:57 pm]
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Since Amphi, life has slowed down to a pace almost approaching manageable. I was going to post a summary including lots of links and photos, but I ideally need to be sat in front of my home computer to organise things like that; I've spent plenty of time recently sat in front of my home computer but it's all been spent doing college work and little else.

On the 1st August X-KiN launched their new music video, which I appear in as an extra.



We were each asked to portray a different character for the filming and I got given "crazed," which resulted in the odd expression I'm wearing for most of my scenes! I suppose it got milked for a fair bit of comedy value but I'm happy with what's been done here and maybe it's introduced a few more people to the remix I did of the song!

On Saturday the 10th I went to Slimelight (only the second time I've done so this year - I'm getting old) to see some live bands. I was mainly interested in seeing Petrol Bastard live, as I'd heard of them through friends and wanted to check out their live act. I was also quite impressed with Be My Enemy though, who I'd not really been aware of - hearing Oxyacetylene performed live isn't to be sniffed at!

We've also been to a couple of barbecues and picnics in the last fortnight, which tend to make a nice child-friendly compromise with seeing friends socially; it's a real pity that winter doens't usually bring so many opportunities to mingle as a family.

After an eight month hiatus from live DJing I have another gig coming up; this will be the one-off Byte Back event taking place in the vault's bar at Dirty Dick's bar on Friday 6th September. There's a Facebook event page and what-have-you but I can't link to them from here. Anyway I'm looking forward immensely to doing this and might even be able to have a crack at VJing too if all goes to plan!

I'm officially on a four week studying break as of yesterday - however in practice I'm not on a break just yet, as I have almost a week's lectures and one assignment still to catch up on before I'm in the clear. I'm trying to rush those through at the moment so that I can actually enjoy some time off!
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A review in Side-Line [Jul. 30th, 2013|12:54 pm]
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Some excitement yesterday, as Side-Line webzine published a review of The Game:

http://www.side-line.com/reviews_comments.php?id=49929_0_17_0_C

They're not quite gushing with praise for it, but this review is a lot more positive than things they've previously said about my music! So some progress here.

In related news, The Game is now also available on Amazon and iTunes.

New material is slowly crawling closer, as is the new video I'm working on. College work is continuing to get in the way of everything though!
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Amphi 2013 [Jul. 25th, 2013|07:44 am]
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[Current Music |Die Form - Nocturnal Emotions]

This will have to be a very hurried write-up, as upon returning to England I'm swamped again with college work and other duties. But I can report that my visit to Cologne for the Amphi festival was a good one and that, despite having a small child with me, the festival was a big success.

The city itself felt a little odd for me; I suppose I am far more used to German cities belonging to the former East and there is still a noticeable cultural divide. We got a few funny looks there for the way we were dressed; I'm more used to the residents of Leipzig not batting an eyelid at a yearly invasion of gothic-types, but of course Amphi is ring-fenced in a single location and not spread all over the city like WGT is. English seemed to be a bit less widely spoken there as well, which surprised me a bit, although it provided a great opportunity to practice my rusty Deutsche, so that was fine by me. The city is very beautiful, with its skyline dominated by the twin spires of the Cathedral and numerous bridges over the Rheine. We did rather love the Lindt chocolate museum too!

We saw (in approximate order):
Grendel
De/Vision
VNV Nation
[X]-RX
Icon of Coil
Diary of Dreams
Die Form
Fields of the Nephilim
Peter Heppner

Admittedly for some of the (outdoor) acts above, we were forced to hide underneath a bush for some of the set in order to avoid sunburn! Shade was in short supply until mid evening.

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Would I do it again? Absolutely!
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From Russia with 'meh' [Jul. 16th, 2013|01:38 pm]
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Lots of Non-Bio news all of a sudden today:

The first review of The Game EP is now online at goths.ru. However I'm a bit disappointed the two reviewers only gave it 4 and 4.5 stars out of ten. I ran the article through Google translation tool, but much of it came out as gibberish so I'm not entirely sure what they disliked about my music. Oh well. I know there are definitely some Russians who enjoy my music and I'm still waiting to see how it fares with English speaking reviewers; I'll keep my fingers crossed they like it better.

I got some much better news a couple of hours later: a track I recently made called "Placenta of the Universe" is being included on a compilation album, released by Brownian (e)Motion. This track's a foray back into the rhythmic noise genre; a style which I embraced in my early days of making music but have mostly neglected since 2010. It was quite nice to work in that style again! I haven't yet had a chance to download the compilation but it's here on Bandcamp - hopefully I will be able to listen to most of it tonight when I get home.

And finally: a new toy!

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Generic summer whinging [Jul. 15th, 2013|12:19 pm]
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That wasn’t the most enjoyable of weekends. I picked up a bad cold which further hampered my efforts to sleep, along with temperatures reaching as high as 30° and a son who kept waking up in his hot room and crying. We had no plans to go out over the weekend and I tried to keep it that way, since Amphi is now looming close and I need to be up to date on all my studies before we go… so most of Saturday and Sunday were spent in a small, unventilated room with two hot-air spewing PCs, battling an endless string of IT problems. I don’t know why so many things crashed, corrupted or had to be re-installed; maybe the computers didn’t feel like doing work either. While they were re-starting or downloading patches and updates I sat by the paddling pool in the garden with the rest of the family (we got a rigid-walled paddling pool this summer so that the cats don’t puncture it with their claws).

The main positive to come from the weekend was that the 3D modelling and texturing for the new Non-Bio music video (and also, I hope my VFX show-reel) is now mostly finished. I still haven’t rendered a single frame of the sequences I storyboarded, but at least I’m inching closer to starting that!


Fing I made


So yes, Amphi is almost here. With the exception of Castle Party, this is the last European gothic festival which I still want to attend but haven’t. Icon of Coil! Diary of Dreams! Peter Hepner! All the other ones (must read the line-up again)! Lande, Zachary and I leave from Gatwick early on Friday morning. I would probably feel excited about this, had I more time to do so! I bought a tourist guide book to Cologne but have only scanned through it so far – we’re only there for two nights after all. I might throw a few T-shirts, combat trousers, nappies etc. into a rucksack this evening.
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Another animation test [Jun. 3rd, 2013|08:53 am]
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Not course work again - going off-piste for an afternoon and animating something just because 1) I felt like it and 2) I can sort of justify it as practice with using the various tools Escape has given me.

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General update [May. 23rd, 2013|12:55 pm]
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Other stuff I should make mention of in Livejournal:

  • After more than five and a half years together, three cats, one child and one house Lande and I finally decided to throw caution to the wind earlier this month and get engaged. The date for our wedding is not yet set although it's likely to be in 2017.
  • I'm still busy with college. Very busy. Going away to Germany for five days has only exacerbated matters and I'm in a panic to keep up with things.
  • Zachary is well. He makes simple sentances and now frequently tells me off when he's displeased about something I've done.
  • Things are fairly quiet with Non-Bio, but this is primarily because of my studying. I did at least ahrrass a few German DJs at the weekend with copies of our recent EP. Seeing so many bands at Wave Gotik Treffen has made me think a lot about how to perform live, as has reading How Music Works by David Byrne.
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Wave Gotik treffen 2013 [May. 23rd, 2013|07:55 am]
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I've been lazy with updating (or indeed using) Livejournal for a few weeks. I'll do my best to rectify this soon, as I have much to say, but for now here's a quick updatye on WGT, from which we've recently returned.

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