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Crab Telex Myth

 

 

 

Crab Telex Myth, from the album Project X.

Why is it called Crab Telex Myth ?  There’s probably a reason, but I haven’t thought of it yet.

It does kind of sound like a Captain Beefheart title, though, which on reflection is probably as good a reason as any.

PROJECT X page on the Malice In Sunderland website:

http://maliceinsunderland.weebly.com/project-x.html

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FRANKENSTEIN SOUND LAB – Elves & Flowers XII

 

An enthusiastic audience is most important and is essential to boosting the self-confidence of the performers.

That’s why we get ours from a sound effects album – satisfaction guaranteed every time.

For more infomation, see the Elves & Flowers web page – here

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FRANKENSTEIN SOUND LAB – Elves & Flowers XI

 

Just a quick burst of sound and voice…
From the album More Songs About Elves & Flowers. There are a lot of short tracks, so we took the easy way out and gave them numbers instead of names. This therefore is track 11. If you want to hear more, you can find them here

 
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FRANKENSTEIN SOUND LAB – Land Of Ghosts

 

Just to let you know that the entire Life Is Harsh In The Land Of Ghosts Theme Park album is now available for free listen and / or download from the Malice In Sunderland website-

http://maliceinsunderland.weebly.com/land-of-ghosts.html

This was the third FSL album, recorded on 4-track cassette and largely composed using chance operations – throwing dice mainly. It’s a kind of concept album, built around the idea of a weird and rather lethal theme park –

 

Handily situated just off of Junction 13 of the A666, The Land Of Ghosts Theme Park is the perfect day out for all the family.

The kids will love the antics of the Killer Clowns…but make sure they dont get too close. Although our Rapid Response Unit can usually recover bodies before they get too badly mutilated, there is an extra charge for this service.

Gasp at the Accidental Death Of A Vampire Hunter, impaled on his own stake, drop into the seance room and eavesdrop on The Unquiet Dead or thrill to the tales of the Brain In A Jar.

Then on for a meal at our Plague Pit restaurant, or perhaps a drink or two in the Hand Of Glory bar – you’ll probably need one !

You’ll have so much fun that you wont want to ever go home again.

And if you haven’t left the park by dusk, you may not be able to.

Ever.

We’ve actually had several requests for infomation about the location of the Land Of Ghosts….  listen up, folks – it’s not real. It doesn’t exist.

But maybe it will one day…

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SPIRIT OF PLACE 2 – Conversation Piece

Another from the ongoing Spirit Of Place project.

Conversation Piece is a group of 22 bronze figures by Spanish sculpter Juan Munoz, located on the sea front at South Shields, North-East England.

As with the other Spirit Of Place recordings, the music was created from photographs using the very useful i2sm programme.

More information on this project can be found at the Malice In Sunderland website – link in the sidebar >>>

 

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SPIRIT OF PLACE 1 – Man Haven Bay

Spirit Of Place is an ongoing multi-media Frankenstein Sound Lab project, revolving around an experimental computer programme called i2sm.

i2sm creates music – or more properly sound – from images via the medium of MIDI instrument voices. You load your photo, painting, etc, choose a starting point, and go. The programme spirals out from the starting point and each colour it encounters en route produces a musical note. Well, in a nutshell…

What you often get, of course, is a mad assemblege of sqwarks and whistles, but within that some rather neat little riffs and tunes appear.  You can save the piece and later edit out the good bits and use them as samples to build a piece of music.

The idea behind Spirit Of Place was to take photos at a few favorite local spots here in North East England and use i2sm to generate pieces of music which perhaps might capture some of the spirit of the place.In most cases we also recorded background sound at the locations. Often its so far back in the mix as to not be obvious – but its there, linking us with a certain place in time and space.

Anyone who has used MIDI sounds will be aware that some are better than others. As a result of experimenting, we’ve found the ones that work best for us are ones like piano, viola, contrabass, xylophone, strings… as a result the pieces tend to sound like something which might best be described as experimental modern classical.

We then decided to try to make videos of each place.

The first of these pieces was generated from a photo of Man Haven Bay, on the South Tyneside coastline, between South Shields and Sunderland. This piece predates the idea of Spirit Of Place, in fact was the genesis of it.

Eventually there will be an album and maybe a DVD too – for more info, visit the Malice In Sunderland website [link in the sidebar >>>].

Meanwhile – here’s Man Haven Bay.

 

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God Save The Queen [Sex Pistols cover]

A version – more a deconstruction / reworking than a cover version – of the Sex Pistols 1977 classic God Save the Queen.

It was recorded for a jubilee-themed competition on the mp3unsigned.com website.

Frankenstein Sound Lab support the abolition of the monarchy, allowing us to become citizens of a modern state, rather than subjects of an outmoded and discredited hereditary freakshow.

 

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