Friday, 30 December 2011

Pete the Fish RIP

Sad to hear that Pete Stevens, also known as Pete the Fish from Wal passed away the other day:

www.walbasses.co.uk

I used to visit the Wal workshop in High Wycombe periodically to get my Wal basses serviced, sometimes meeting Pete in the snooker club nearby.

Pete was a proper craftsman, his care and attention to my instruments over the years was fantastic, and I always enjoyed visiting the workshop and chatting with him.

I also have the best memory of Pete pulling all sorts of funny faces whilst attempting to keep my (then) baby son amused whilst I played around with my ash Wal that he had just serviced.

Condolences to his family,

Colin

Monday, 19 December 2011

Geza Csath

Geza Csath



In the Mid 80's, I was attending a typical English suburban comprehensive school, when a schoolfriend of mine gave me a book of short stories to read. Something about this book “Opium and Other Stories” really grabbed me, I was fascinated by what little I knew about the life and works of this little known (in my part of the world at least) author.

After reading and returning the book, I tried for a long time to buy a copy for myself, but without the now ubiquitous internet back then, I was unsuccessful.

Last year, I was finally able to track down a copy of the long out of print “Opium...” and read it again, along with the authors' own diary, “The Diary of Geza Csath”.

The author was born Josef Brenner and lived in the early part of the 20th Century in Hungary. He was an author, playwright, violinist, music critic and physician. Evidently an intelligent, articulate, literate and well educated man. He studied medicine and became a doctor, and his access to various substances led him to experiment with drugs, something which undoubtedly led to his premature demise, more on that in a minute....

Anyway, rewind to me aged 16 or so; I was enthralled then to be able read something which seemed to me to come from such a distant and very foreign time and place, the likes of Geza Csath weren't exactly on the UK school curriculum. Nor will they probably ever be, come to think of it.
Back in the 1980's, Hungary, along with a lot of other Eastern European countries, was somewhere completely unknown to me and I guess most other people in the UK, being part of the now “Lost World of Communism”. All very different now, and all very different before then too, in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire during Csath/Brenner's own lifetime.

Csath's life shares some similarities with the later, and considerably more well known 20th century author William S. Burroughs. Both came from well heeled backgrounds, both were drug addicts and both also shot their wives. But there are plenty of differences too.
Especially, Burroughs was a homosexual, whilst Csath was most decidedly hetero, and logs his sexual activities with various women - including his own patients - in detail in his diaries. At times, he comes across as almost a borderline sexual predator. Although living in a time before Rock and Roll, evidently, there was no shortage of sex and drugs.
Knowing about his work as a junior doctor, I can well imagine his experiences with disturbed patients influencing the subject matter of his stories.
The tales are often extremely dark and pessimistic, perhaps even depressing, sometimes even a little bit unresolved. One of my favourites is “The Surgeon”.
The original title of Csath's collection of stories translates as “Tales Which End Unhappily”.

Sadly, Geza Csath's life also ended unhappily. His drug experiments turned to addiction, and as is often the case, it all basically overtook and destroyed him. Eventually, after killing his wife (in front of their young daughter according to one account), and a failed suicide attempt, he escaped from a hospital and ended up committing suicide in front of border police who had apprehended him attempting to get into Serbia in order to check himself into a mental hospital. He was 31 years old.

Csath's diaries are as absorbing to read as his stories, and document his ever increasing need and obsession for morphine, whilst at the same time his ever-lessening enjoyment of it and eventually his self loathing and descent into the hell of addiction.
I will reprint below an excerpt from his diaries dealing with this, which has stayed with me since I first read it years ago:

In combating myself I can only report one bloody defeat after another. Not even in this respect is fortune willing to smile at me. The week started well with daily quantities of 0.044 and 0.046 which I divided into 3-4 portions. But yesterday and today I reached again that awful vicious circle which is the source of the most shameful remorse. The trouble always starts with not having the strength to wait for my mid-morning stool. Because when I succeed in doing this and the morphine leaves the intestines, then it is followed by a pleasant, all-day-long hunger which can be satisfied with the regular amount. But if the first sin takes place in the morning, still in bed or before the bowel movements, the same amount doesn't work properly, and causes no euphoria. To commit sin, to harm myself without enjoying it, this is the bitter thought tormenting me. If I had a gun near me, at times like this, I would blow my brains out, right away.

What do I do instead? Usually before the time is up, 3–4 hours after the first portion, I take the next one. This usually gives euphoric feelings lasting 20–30 minutes, followed by the most miserable, pitiful low, during which:

1. All human endeavours, industriousness, diligence, work, seem to be ridiculous and only hate-provoking.
2. All talk is tiring and stupid.
3. All plans are unrealizable and terrible.
4. All great, beautiful, and noble things are unattainable and futile.

At times like this I smoke one cigarette after another until I no longer feel the taste of the smoke. I eat oranges till I get tired of them. Disgusted, I play the piano. I wash. Visit Olga. Find life insufferable. I make an effort to entertain her, but I lack the true sexual interest, and, therefore, I am just getting bored there. To make my stay bearable I put in 0.02–0.03 in the toilet, hating it. This is followed after dinner by 0.02, then 0.01 and 0.01 again. The last one under the pretext that it already belongs to tomorrow's portion.... This is an immeasurably loathsome and despicable life. I am so disgusting, weak, and pitiful that I have to wonder why Olga still loves me, and hasn't become unfaithful to me. That my weak and forever veiled voice, my steady staring in the mirror, my cynical and shrunken penis, my drawn face, my witless conversation, my impotent, lazy life, my suspicious behaviour, my insolence with which I lengthily disappear into the WC, my stupidity haven't disgusted her yet, for ever and ever. I also think that I stink, because with my sense of smell impaired I can no longer smell the stench of my poorly-wiped asshole or the mouth-odor caused by my rotting teeth.

The above is one of the most articulate anti-drug statements I've ever read, nothing glamourous about drug use there. Perhaps he should be on the curriculum after all.
His text “Opium” from 1909 reads almost like a hedonistic drug explorer's mission statement, with it's promise that one can escape the everyday drudgery and “...live five thousand years in a day”, but the above, written a few years later, eloquently expresses the reality of his miserable addiction.

If you've read up to this point, you might be wondering “Why on Earth is Colin writing all this stuff about some obscure, long dead Hungarian author??”

....I thought a bit of background information might arouse curiosity before I talk about my next solo release entitled “PVZ”, named after an acronym Csath used in his diaries as a coded initialism for morphine. 

“PVZ” will be my first solo album since  Third Vessel. I guess it's fair to say the initial impetus for the album was my interest in his stories and diary. I have no idea why some things “speak” to me, as it were, but I found the stories and the facts behind Geza Csath's life a source of inspiration, and it all got me thinking about lots of other subjects.......


It's not necessary to know anything about Csath or any of his stories to listen to the tracks of course, the music will either resonate with you, or not, but I am posting this for those interested.

“PVZ” is not a concept album as such, there are no rock opera style characters, no messages nor any type of storyline, instead I have tried to distill certain moods, feelings and ideas and to express the contradictions of a divided character across the album's 11 tracks, alluding to some of Csath's writings along the way. I have imagined the sequencing of the album tracks almost as the arc of his life, referencing “Opium” and following on to more melancholic atmospheres. In places, it's certainly dark in mood, but I hope the overall effect and is both absorbing and engrossing for the listener, perhaps thought provoking also......

“PVZ” will be available as a download, and also in a strictly limited edition physical format early next year, depending on a few factors out of my control at the moment. I will be posting more details here when I have them.

Best,

Colin

NB, I am reliably informed by a native Hungarian speaker that the correct pronunciation of his name phonetically in English is “Chat Geyza” - as Hungarian typically has the surname before the first.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Metallic Taste of Blood

Metallic Taste of Blood.

I am pleased to say that first fruits of a new collaboration under the name Metallic Taste of Blood, is nearing completion.

Mixing is well underway and, although things may of course change, the plan is that our album will be released in early 2012 on Rarenoise records.

Rarenoise have a great collection of releases, you can check a selection here:

Anyway, the Metallic Taste of Blood line up is:

Yours truly on bass of course.....

with, 

Eraldo Bernocchi on guitars and sounds.

Balazs Pandi on drums.

Jamie Saft on piano, keyboards and synths.

For anyone unfamilar, I'll tell you a bit about my co-conspiritors:

Eraldo Bernocchi has been making music with, among many others,  Sigillum S, Charged, Mick Harris, Bill Laswell, Thomas Fehlmann, and has just released a very fine album, Winter Garden, in collaboration with Harold Budd and (former Cocteau Twin) Robin Guthrie.

Balazs Pandi, also drums with Merzbow, Venetian Snares, Wormskull and, a recent favourite album of mine, Blood of Heroes.

Jamie Saft (John Zorn, Bobby Previte) has provided Metallic Taste of Blood with keyboard and piano performances of an intensity and originality far beyond anything I expected, in fact I think he's knocked us all out with what he's come up with.

Inevitably, we will be asked to describe our music.....but, I never really enjoy describing something I am so very involved in, so I will save that for another day....

Anyway, just for now, I would like to invite you, Dear Reader, to bookmark www.metallictasteofblood.com, and come and sign up for our mailing-list (we promise not to spam you) that in the relatively near future we might be able to direct to you some further information (the website will grow as time goes on....), eventually some music of course and whatever else we might think up in the future.......


All the Best,

Colin

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Facebook page

Seeing as I've been unable to take over an existing Facebook page that has nothing to do with me, I've decided to start my very own "musician/band' page on Facebook, for those of you who "like", please press the relevant button here....


http://www.facebook.com/ColinEdwinOfficial
Thanks,

Colin

Friday, 7 October 2011

Hastings, South Coast UK Redscale Panorama...

....taken with my spinner last week when the middle of summer returned for a few days.....

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ex-Wise Heads Live at Norwich Sound and Vision

This coming Saturday, October the first,  Ex-Wise Heads (yours truly and Geoff Leigh for anyone unfamiliar) will be performing a set as part of the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival, at the Curve auditorium in Norwich.

More details and tickets here:

Best,

Colin

Friday, 23 September 2011

Shadow Planets now shipping.


Earlier this year, I took my Wal fretless bass over to the USA to take part in live recording sessions for  experimental guitarist Jon Durant's latest album "Dance of the Shadow Planets" and I'm pleased to say the album is now available and shipping from burning shed , as well as amazon and other usual retailers....

See my previous blog below for a bit more about the album.....see also Jon's website here, and watch a video on youtube here

Bye for now,

Colin

Monday, 19 September 2011

Solo WIP

I've been steadily working towards a second solo album over the last four or five months, and I'm pleased to say I am approaching the finish point, so I'm hoping I can get it out in some form, either before the end of the year, or early 2012.

More information will be forthcoming.....

Best,

Colin

Monday, 5 September 2011

Simulacra


Rockface.....

I'm always fascinated by simulacra, here's a pretty good example I saw last week above...

Bye for now,

Colin

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Tape is Obsolete...

I was interested to read this about the OED scrapping the term "cassette tape", but no surprise....co-incidentally as I was reading, my son (aged 6) asked me what was on the T-shirt pictured here:


.....so I guess I haven't played one for a while either......


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Dance of the Shadow Planets

Earlier this year I took a trip to the USA to take part in the recording sessions for Jon Durant's forthcoming release "Dance of the Shadow Planets". Jon and I had discussed remote sessions, and collaborating over the internet, but we agreed that live recording, with possibilities of much more interaction between the players, was going to suit the music much better.

I'd just spent a while in the considerably warmer climes of Australia, so arriving into the cold air of New Hampshire was a little bit of a shock.
At one point, I was convinced I was going to be snowed in and miss my flight back to the UK.

Anyway, sessions for the album were very enjoyable, and the music came together quickly, perhaps surprisingly so, since most of us hadn't actually played together before. I hadn't met Caryn Linn (violin) or Jerry Leake (multi percussion) before arriving at Squam Sound Studios, but the chemistry was evident from the first take, everyone finding their space in Jon's music pretty much instantly.

The results can be heard on the CD, which is now available for pre-order from burning shed. Check out  "Irreducible" ...a completely live studio improvisation.

Cheers,

Colin

Friday, 12 August 2011

Not Happening

Folks,

Neither myself solo, nor Ex-Wise Heads will be appearing at the Moonloop Festival this weekend in Ukraine.

Sincere apologies to anyone who has made travel arrangements to come to festival to see myself and Ex-Wise Heads.

Best,

Colin

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Signed CD's

A limited number of Ex-Wise Heads CDs signed by both yours truly and Geoff Leigh are now available at burning shed.

Also "Celestial Disclosure" which has been out of stock for a little while is back in.

Best,

Colin

PS. the very last "Time and Emotion Study"

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Basslab Fretless...

My Basslab fretless Soul IV was returned to me by Heiko Hoepfinger at Basslab a little while back as good as new, after suffering a mysterious and grievous injury whilst on tour with Porcupine Tree last year.

Actually, better than new I think...

Anyway, I've uploaded a track on soundcloud that I made to commemorate it's return....

Track is called "Rejuvenated"

Cheers,

Colin

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Dalis Car

Just thought I'd get a word in for this release:



There's also a forthcoming EP release coming later this year, which I'm really looking forward to hearing.

Best,

Colin

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Third Vessel Live...

As well as playing live with Ex-Wise Heads, next month at the upcoming Moonloop Festival, I will also be performing a set of my very own solo material, chiefly tracks from Third Vessel, although a few others have made the shortlist too....

Rather than just me on my lonesome, this performance will be in collaboration with Sevastopol based contemporary jazz band, Fusion Orchestra, who will be joining me in helping to bring my compositions to life in a live environment.

I hope we'll be able to document this performance in some way, I'm always enthusiastic about new collaborations, and also of course this will be the first time I've had the opportunity to perform this material live, hopefully there will be more to come.....

Bye for now,

Colin

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Interview with Rich Wilson.


Rich Wilson sent me this transcript of an interview I did with him last month, mostly talking about Ex-Wise Heads.

Cheers,

Colin

Colin Edwin Interview Transcript 
(21 June 2011)


The musical style of the Ex Wise Heads is very different from your work with Porcupine Tree and includes African sounds and influences. Is exploring that side of your musical interests away from Porcupine Tree important?

“Yeah, kind of. It sort of grew out of two things. One was travelling a lot in North Africa and I wasn’t really a fan of the music until I went there. So I heard it in situ if you like. There was also a kind of vogue for world music going back a few years and it became popular but I never really got into it. But when you’re in a place and you hear it in the context that it comes from, there’s something a lot more powerful. I discovered a lot of these African recording artists and they are much more interesting to see for real than they ever are on record because the records tend to be watered down a little bit or perhaps kind of Westernized a little bit. And that’s been going on for years. I was just reading a thing about Bob Marley actually and they were talking about how Catch A Fire, the first Bob Marley album, made a conscious decision to rock it up a bit for a western audience.”

Yeah, I guess there’s a conscious effort to water down the true sound for a Western audience. So how long did you spend in Africa?

“Well, I went to Morocco for basically a whole summer, a three-month period about ten or twelve years ago and I’ve been back a couple of times. The first time I was out there, I picked up this instrument called a guimbri which is a North African bass instrument. It has three strings and is basically like a box with a kind of broom handle thing and it has got a very unusual sound. I guess I was drawn to it because of playing the bass. I picked  one up and I brought it home, and at the time I was living in Brighton on the South coast. I had no idea how to tune it or how it was going to work. I discovered that because of the climate being very different here than in Morocco, when I got back to damp old England, I couldn’t get the strings to any kind of tension to actually play on it. Just by a complete fluke, I discovered a shop called Adaptatrap in Brighton, which is still there, and they specialise in instruments from all over the world. I took it in there and it just so happened that at the time Geoff Leigh was sharing a house with the guy who ran the shop. He’d just come back from Belgium and one of the things that he’d been doing whilst living in Belgium was playing with these Moroccan musicians. So he actually rang me up and said ‘I head that you’ve got a giumbri, do you fancy having a play together?’ And it was great. I didn’t know anything about the music really and I’d just picked up some. I was lucky enough that when I picked it up, I had a recording Walkman with me so I recorded the guy that I bought it off playing the open strings so that I knew what to tune it to. So I went from having an instrument that I couldn’t play at all to having somebody who could come and show me what it was all about. He’s a bit of a connoisseur of the Gnawa music. So we started playing and jamming together and I was very taken with the fact that Geoff had lots of different flutes, various sounds and other things that he liked to do. So I used to enjoy going round to his place and we used to play a couple of times a week. To motivate ourselves, we decided to get a gig and we got a couple of gigs in Brighton, just local things, we got a percussionist and we started recording and it’s all grown from there really.”

Yet it’s not just the African elements as there’s also an ambient vibe to it which makes it unique.

“I guess that’s just another shared interest area that Geoff and I have. We start off with some common ground and some stuff that we both like and it’s just grown from that. But he’s always been into using delays, reverbs and textural stuff as well. The way we used to do stuff was very much about playing together and just making it all happen live and then gradually, with technology the way it is and the fact that I’ve been away a lot with Porcupine Tree, it was impossible to get together and play with any kind of frequency. So we ended up using technology as a way around that if you like.”

So how was your latest album Schemata written? Given your time constraints I’d imagine that it was a more structured approach rather than the music coming out of jam sessions.

“Yeah, what we used to do was exactly that. We’d get together in a room and jam. Then the band went from being a trio to becoming a duo, just me and Geoff as we found it difficult to have a percussionist that we could get on a regular basis and all the rest of it. I’m not really a soloist on the bass guitar so I don’t consider myself as having that kind of role. I’m a supportive bass player. So I see myself as creating things for Geoff to improvise over. So it would often be the case that I would have a rhythmic idea or a bass line idea. I would develop that to such a point that I would be comfortable enough for Geoff to come down and play with what I’d done, over the top. It was basically improvising or maybe coming up with some things that he had which would fit what I’d done and then it’s a case of spending time with the digital editing really and perhaps revisiting it when we’ve got a basic form and maybe doing some more improvisation over the top. Sometimes it might become the case where he would use a particular instrument, like one of his flutes or a Zither that he’s got which has a very distinctive sound. I might think that it would sound good with a particular bass or my double bass and I kind of put things together like that. So it’s a bit more of a patchwork way of working and it means that we have four or five different ideas on the go at the same time and flit between them. But it’s nice to do that as well. It’s the flexibility of working with computers which has kind of offered us that. In the beginning we were very traditional in that we would rehearse something and then record it and now we have a completely different approach going. But I think it has worked for the last few records, so we’re probably going to stick with that.”

Given that, how long has the album taken to write and record?

“Well the recording is sort of ongoing, so we would have a session together and maybe kick things off or I’d have some ideas that he’d come down and do. And then I’d just work on them in whatever spare time that I had. In the past we were having to work with the recording in mind, whereas this time we didn’t have to think about that, we just thought about whether we had any ideas that were worth working on [laughs]. So actually it took a lot longer. There were actually a couple of things that were done a few years ago that didn’t make the last record that I didn’t quite want to give up on. I met an Indian influenced guitarist called Rajan Spolia and I got him down for a couple of sessions and recorded him and really liked what he had done and couldn’t find a space for what he had done on the last record but I had kept everything and built a piece around what he’d done and kind of developed that idea a bit further. So I guess I had been working on it since the last album and a couple of pieces since before that. So that’s a good few years but of course in between I’ve been around the world with Porcupine Tree a couple of times.”

Although you did some gigs in the early days of the band, you’ve not really returned to playing the material live. Is that something that you’re hoping to return to?

“Actually that’s a very timely question because we’ve had a couple of offers to go and play live and the last couple of weeks we’ve actually been rehearsing together which is something that we haven’t done for a while. So fingers crossed there is a gig in Ukraine in August and Burning Shed are doing a ten year anniversary tour and they’ve asked us to do one or maybe two of those shows. I’m not sure how many we are going to do, but that’s not until October. So that’s actually given us the motivation to think about going out and doing it live again. There are a lot of possibilities with the music and we might have a sort of expandable line up if that’s possible. Though initially we’re going to try and do it as just the two of us and a laptop. I did have reservations about doing that and using programmed beats and all the rest of it but then I thought ‘Well really the band is me and Geoff’ so whoever else we get is only ever going to be a guest in those circumstances anyway as we’re the driving due if you like. It’s great to have other voices and all the rest of it but I like the idea that we can do something very self-contained and very straight forward. Geoff, being the way he is, I’m totally confident that when we take the stuff and do it live, it’s still going to be interesting because he does all sorts of crazy stuff live, so it’s not going to be like we are just going to be playing to a backing tape. There’s obviously going to be that part to it but I think that there is enough improvisation and enough that we can do to make it special and hopefully different enough from the record.”

I know when the Ex Wise Heads first formed, you had a number of gigs apart from Porcupine Tree, as well as teaching, presumably to make ends meet. Given the success of Porcupine Tree, has that enabled you to make music without any external pressures?

“To be honest I’ve never been any good at making commercial music. You have to do what interests you. If you have to do something else for money then that’s another subject. It’s sort of weird in that it’s a mistake as well to second guess what people would like. Obviously there are commercial song writers and people who are very good at that but even with Porcupine Tree, I guess you can look at it and from any angle it’s successful and there are a million reasons why it probably shouldn’t be because there are lots of long song forms, but somehow or other we’ve managed to get an audience. I think that is the key to it, developing or nurturing an audience that you can build on. Sometimes people find that audience and sometimes they don’t but I think what will guarantee you not to find an audience is pretending to be something that you’re not. So I’d say that I honestly have a genuine interest in a lot of the elements that we use in Ex-Wise Heads, so if it comes to collaborating with other people, that’s what’s going to draw me to it. The thing about self expression is that you’ll do it anyway, you know what I mean? You’re not thinking about commercial things when you’re doing it. I mean Ex Wise Heads is not commercial and I think that you’re right, there is an audience for it but I don’t think that we’ve quite reached it yet. But I’ve found a curious thing in that the longer, more drawn out and less commercial pieces seem to be the ones that draw people in a bit more. It was a bit of an experiment but a couple of years ago, we did a vinyl release and that has been reissued on CD a little while back with an extra track. The whole point was that we had an invitation from this label to do a vinyl, so Geoff had some really good ideas which we  developed and the idea was to have one piece per side of the vinyl. We ended up throwing in all the kinds of things that we do. So there are some very long ambient sections, some very rhythmic sections, I played some double bass and Geoff did some crazy stuff. The funny thing is that that release had more interest than any of the other albums. So it’s weird in that the thing that I thought would just be a bit of a curiosity and perhaps wouldn’t interest anybody has been the one that people write to me about, the one people ask me about and the one that has been selling more consistently than any of the others. So maybe there is a message in there.”


The other thing that strikes me about the music on all the Ex Wise Heads releases is that it’s very evocative music and you could easily it appearing as a soundtrack to a movie . . .

“Yes, I’d love to think that there would be a film director out there that would pick up on our stuff. But yes I can see that and we’ve always had an interest in atmospherics. Maybe I should write to some of my favourite film directors [laughs] but that’s often the way things work. I like to think that there is a cinematic element to our music. I’ve always thought of our albums as a journey and I know that I’ve said this before in relation to other stuff but the music that interests me on an album basis tends to be the stuff that draws you in and that often has a kind of filmic element to it. You’ll watch a movie from beginning to end and I like to think of an album as being the same sort of thing. You won’t just watch your favourite scenes if you put a movie on.”


I guess it’s also great to get a prolonged break from Porcupine Tree to recharge given the length of the last album cycle in recording and promoting The Incident?

“We did a lot of work for The Incident. We spent the best part of two years touring. We’d actually talked about having time off before and it think 2008 was supposed to be a year off but we ended up going to lots of places  where we hadn’t been before, like Russia, Australia and I think Mexico and a few other places. So what started off with the best of intentions as being a bit of time off ended up being just another year of touring. So it’s important to do other stuff, as on tour you’re so in each others pockets as you’re living together day to day and seeing everybody day to day and it’s good to give each other some space. Not to say that we didn’t enjoy the Royal Albert Hall but we were all really looking forward to the finish as I think that there’s only so much time to spend together that’s healthy, especially when you are playing the same repertoire as well. People think it’s a holiday but it’s quite hard work.”



So what is the timeframe before Porcupine Tree start thinking about working on the next album?

“We haven’t really set anything. We finished with the Albert Hall in October which was the definite finish and the sort of vague idea was to get together around a year later. We haven’t really discussed anything yet but we’re probably going to get together in September or October. Obviously we’ll have to write the album first so there’s quite a lot of work to do before we go out on the road again. But I would imagine that if we start work on the record at the end of the year, with a bit of luck we’ll have it out for spring I suppose but there is no firm plan yet. The music business is seasonal in the sense that you can’t put an album out at Christmas time because you’re competing with all the Greatest Hits compilations, so generally you have to have things out in the spring time or the autumn and that seems to be the way it works. So if we start work on it in the autumn then we’re not going to have it out until the springtime anyway.”


Have you any other plans for any other solo musical projects for the rest of the year?

“Yes, well I’ve been continuously writing solo stuff although I haven’t yet got a plan. You tend to need something that unifies all the different elements and I haven’t quite got that yet but I’ve been working on various ideas. I have actually been collaborating with an Italian musician called Eraldo Bernocchi and I guess we’re about half way through an album together, with a drummer and a keyboard player involved as well. The idea is to do a live band but we’re still doing the recording at the moment and it’s interesting stuff. There are elements of metal, elements of dub and it’s quite heavy in places. It’s instrumental but it is something that I feel would be quite good live and that’s the focus that we have with it and there are no vocals at the moment. It should be quite an interesting line up. It’s me on bass, Eraldo Bernocchi on guitar and electronics, we have a drummer from Hungary called Balázs Pándi who is in a band called Merzbow and does lots of very noisy stuff, and there’s a keyboard player from America called Jamie Saft who does all kinds of things, if you go to his website he’s done very quiet piano stuff, he’s done lots of stuff with John Zorn. So we’re in the process of getting that together and it’s something that I started off earlier this year. We’ve wanted to work together for a long time, myself and Eraldo. You never really know when you work with someone for the first time if it’s going to work but I’ve been over to Italy quite a few times to work on some stuff and it seems to be coming together quite quickly, so fingers crossed we’ll have an album out late this year or early next year.”

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Unexpected Result

Scanning negatives...I was quite pleased with this photo of a palm tree I took at the bottom of the 1,000 steps in Ferntree Gully, Victoria earlier this year. The accidental double exposure of a window with blinds makes it far more interesting.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Moonloop Festival

I now have some more info about the Moonloop Festival  where Ex-Wise Heads will be performing in August , it can be found here:

http://www.moonloop.com.ua/ru/news


NB...click the little UK flag in the top right for English...


...also on the bill will be lots of other acts including Aphex Twin, Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) Biosphere and Pure Reason Revolution...

Also, here's the link again for tickets for the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival on October 1st, where Ex-Wise Heads will also be appearing.:


Bye for now,

Colin

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Ex-Wise Heads Live

Having had our roots in live performance, it seems strange that Ex-Wise Heads haven't done any gigs for years, but I am pleased to say, that will be rectified later this year.

Two live performances have been confirmed so far: a festival in Ukraine this summer (more definate information will be forthcoming when I have it) and also an appearance at the Norwich Sound and Vision Festival as part of a Burning Shed event on October 1st, featuring also Nosound and Slow Electric, a new Tim Bowness/Peter Chilvers collaboration.



Tickets for the UK show are available from http://www.burningshed.com/store/label/

Bye for now,

Colin

Monday, 13 June 2011

Spinner



I get somewhat mixed results with the 360Spinner camera, but thought I'd share this one, taken from a bridge.
Note my hand on the right of the picture, having just released the cord....

Thursday, 2 June 2011

CD Baby




..Most of the Hard World titles are now also available in the USA via CD Baby, so that means my solos album "Third Vessel", Geoff Leigh's "Mirage stuff and the Ex-Wise Heads albums, (NB. not Celestial Disclosure, as that came out on Tonefloat) "Schemata" should be up there soon....


Cheers,

Colin

Monday, 30 May 2011

Ovation Magnum II

....been experimenting with this old Ovation Magnum II Bass.
 It's bascially a later, active version of the Magnum I which came out in the early 1970's.
I was lucky enough to find a Magnum I a couple of years ago, as I became interested in the different possibities offered by the passive pickups, foam mute and heavy flatwound strings.

It's an instrument well suited to deep, heavy basslines, and sounds quite different to any other bass I own, having an almost rubbery quality to the tone.....
Check out it's unique tone on my track "Hungry Dub" which also features an even more retro sound, my guimbri (or sintir) which I picked up in North Africa some years ago.....





Cheers,

Colin


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Circular Quay, Sydney.

Circular Quay, Sydney. by colinedwin
Circular Quay, Sydney., a photo by colinedwin on Flickr.

First shot with my new Sprocket Rocket camera.

MemoryRitual

MemoryRitual by Colin Edwin

Welcome

Hi,

Welcome to my new blogger page.

Since I stopped using myspace, I've missed having somewhere to post occasional news, thoughts and updates, so here I am.
I expect this page will get to look a bit better as I learn to use the features...

Bye for now,

Colin

Solo Work

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