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RADIO FRANKENSTEIN INTERNATIONAL

 

We announce the release of a new album by FRANKENSTEIN SOUND LAB.

Titled Radio Frankenstein International,  it is a collision between chance encounters ( in the form of random samples found on short wave radio) and structured music.

Free listen & download from the Malice In Sunderland website –

http://maliceinsunderland.weebly.com/rfi.html

 

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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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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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