2ndMOUSE — “Communique”

ImageIts been a while since I released a collection of note , as I’ve been concentrating releasing single tracks , and being involved in firstly , the “Touched” album , which was a project I highly believed in , for macmillan cancer relief , and lately , the Sectioned v4.0 compilation on Section 27 Records , and its been a great process , most notably for the networking opportunities and the new contacts I’ve made throughout………many thanks to Martin Boulton , Roel Funcken , Tom Roberts and Tam Ferrans in particular.

Now , however , is the time to release something new , called “communique”

You may or may not know that my studio is called “Transmission Studio” , and communique follows along that same theme of communication , and as music probably pre-dates written or spoken language , is more direct , to the point where a chinese person could understand a piece of music composed by a Bolivian , despite the lack of words or language.

I just have a few loose ends to tie up , but “Communique” will be released within weeks , via Section 27 records.

 

Thanks , as always , to Teo for the stunning cover artwork He has Imagineered.

Sectioned v4.0

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I’m lucky enough to have been included on the new compilation from Section 27 Records 

This marks their 5th anniversary , and their 127th release , and was released quite aptly , on the 27th of February with a staggering 101 tracks in a download spanning 1.2GB  , and has some of the finest electronic music you’re likely to hear online. A lot of people say this in press releases to disguise something that has a lot of bland unimaginative material , that is , at best , mediocre , but this album truly is a rare gem.

Its said that IDM stands for Intelligent Dance Music , and although I’ve been making IDM long before it was tagged with that name , the term , in my opinion has come to denote either music that is so “intelligent” that its unrecognizable as music , and more akin to a science experiment , OR , its just plain dull , and was maybe good for someones own “personal therapy” , or sleep inducement , and has little or no imagination.. To call it IDM , is like calling a Pied Wagtail a Grizzly bear.

THAT , is where Sectioned v4.0 differs from the majority of stuff you’ll find online that calls itself IDM.

It IS intelligent , but not inpenetrable

It IS danceable , but you can leave your glow-sticks to one side

It IS music , and you’ll find some works of the most awesome complexity , with highly dextrous gymnastic use of samples , all put together with an obvious amount of love and passion.

Sectioned v4.0 really is an album you don’t want to miss

For even further incentive , my own track ” Give My Regards To S.P.E.C.T.R.E.” is on there too ( Track 2 )

https://soundcloud.com/2ndmouse/give-my-regards-to-s-p-e-c-t-r

 

With a 101 track album of such high quality , you’d expect it to cost maybe at least the same as a Ministry of Sound Album , but astonishingly , Sectioned v4.0 will set you back a paltry £3

T  H  R  E  E       P  O  U  N  D  S

Visit this link where you can not only download the entire album , but you can listen to FULL previews of every track on this mighty gut-busting album.

 

Go Here —–>  http://section27.bandcamp.com/

Ballad For Robots ( Tin Man Mix )

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I released Ballad For Robots a few years back , and its been one of my personal favourites , as it typifies and encapsulates the sound I always wanted to achieve , and was my “goal” sound. In saying that , it was never quite on target , and I always knew more could be done with it , in terms of drawing the melody out more , so its been something of an “itch” that I needed to scratch.

It was inspired by the video that accompanied “All is full of love” by Bjork , who I regard as an incredibly unique and inimitable talent. The idea behind it was one of how our attitudes to robots will change as they become more and more advanced. Today they may be little more than dustbins on wheels , but what of the future ? At the rate that technology is currently progressing , the question of A.I. will undoubtedly arise. How will we define it ? As mankind strives to make automaton in his image , how will society adapt to it ?………apprehension……fear……? And will there ever come a point where these automatons  become self-aware , or even be afforded rights ? If they are programmed with human characteristics and capabilities , will they become autonomous , and have needs such as we do ?

I know it all sounds nerdy , but these questions will undoubtedly arise , and at the current rate of change , possibly in our lifetimes. That said , I’m still patiently waiting for my own personal jetpack that Tomorrows world promised me I would be scuttling around on in the year 2000.

I’ve always had a desire to fuse deep emotive music with unique electronic sounds and I’ve had an innate kinda magnetic gravitation to these contrasts since hearing “The Model” by Kraftwerk  many years ago , followed by the industrialism of Depeche Mode using hammers on anvils as snares , and finally the Hi Tech Soul of Detroit Techno artists such as Juan Atkins , Derrick May , Blake Baxter , and Carl Craig which was the ultimate marriage of soul and machine , making new permutations and juxtapositions possible.

This new mix sees a lot of new revisions , and represents a more complete model of what I originally tried to convey the first time around , but was restrained from due to my lack of technical experience in some areas. I thought the track was too good to go to waste , so I’ve chipped away at it and mined it for gold. I’ll fully release it at some point after I add a few more bells and whistles and get the mix just right , but its almost there as it stands.

Listen to Ballad For Robots ( Tin Man Mix )

“Touched” album ( update )

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When I was first approached to release my track “Celeste” on this charity album , I didn’t have to think about it at all , and immediately jumped at the chance. If you know me at all , you would know that Bob Geldof is a personal hero of mine , and I really admire what He achieved in bringing relief to Ethiopia with Live Aid , and when I think about it……..about how one small thought , one little spark of electricity firing up in one mans mind , and then I think how far that one little spark reached , it really makes you think about what we can achieve when we really make the effort. One pebble , but the ripples spread far and wide.

You could also think of it in terms of a seed. One tiny mustard seed , the size of a grain of sand , grows to become a massive tree with its own ecosystem , and a universe of tiny creatures all living together , symbiotically , because of this one tiny seed.

Since reworking my track , which I had to do , as it was old to me , I’ve seen this thing grow and grow , and those ripples are spreading far , far beyond the confines of that very first  initial “spark” , and I’m not only stunned to find myself on this , but also extremely proud of the joint effort by everyone involved , when I see this taking shape , and see more artists get onboard to give it real momentum and klout.

as if the line-up were not already amazing , it was announced yesterday that The Future Sound Of London would be contributing a track !!

Long before I discovered Plaid , Aphex Twin , Juan Atkins , Derrick May etc…..I was completely amazed by a record that appeared out of nowhere in 1988 called “Humanoid” by an unknown artist who went by the name Stakker Humanoid , and when I heard the “snowman mix” of that track , I was stunned. The video was light years ahead of anything else done around that time , and the track was unbelievable. The fact that the mysterious  dancing girl in the video was beautiful , certainly helped to cement the track in my mind =)

Click here for the Stakker Humanoid Video

Then , after a few more singles such as “slam “, “The Deep” etc…., messrs Brian Dougans and Garry Cobain disappeared ( or so I thought….) for a few years , emerging in 1991 as The Future Sound of London , with a few albums such as Accelerator , Lifeforms , Dead Cities , and an incredible single ” Papa , New Guinea ” , which reached No.22 in the UK singles chart.

Click here for Future Sound Of London – ” Papa , New Guinea “

They have reprised their roles as Humanoid throughout the years but mainly record as “Amorphous Androgynous” now , and have remixed everyone from Paul Weller and Brian Ferry , to Jon Anderson , Apollo 440 and the Stereo MCs

So…….to sum up.

To appear alongside The Future Sound Of London on this album , along with other leading names in cutting edge electronic music , such as Plaid , Funckarma , Arovane and about 100 others , is , not only the realization of a dream that I would never , even in my wildest imaginings , have ever thought possible , but it is also testament to the power behind one single solitary thought , and the distance it can travel , the lives it can ” touch ” along the way.

My question to you reading this now is , what thought are you holding in your mind ? What pebble are you holding in your hand ? What are you burdened for ? If you put that thought into action , who knows how far it woll reach………

Please , visit the Touched page. Help this thought create ripples that spread far and wide. Like the page , but more importantly , share the page to your friends. Even if you are not personally interested , your friends may be , and their friends , and their friends.

who knows what this can achieve , with YOUR help

Touched – Music for Macmillan Cancer Relief Facebook Page

The Private Thoughts Of Elastic

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“Those who make peaceful opposition impossible , make violent revolution inevitable” —– Anonymous

I’m not advocating violence , nor am I directly afiliated with Anonymous , except , through similar ideals , such as the end of banking scandals , bankers bonuses , the end of ministers expenses scandals , the end of things like spending £15 million in taxpayer money on ” The Thatcher Museum ” whilst there are people without homes , living on the street , in the snow and frost , and while people who are genuinely , critically disabled are being put out to pasture and forced to work , and their retirement age extended despite those people having already fueled the economy for 65 years.

Why build a monument to the woman who initiated the mechanisms that have , little by little , slowly ate away at the bedrock of our once proud country , which once put all differences of colour , status and creed aside , to unite in solidarity against the armies of the 3rd reich ? We are now so “comfortably numb” that any form of protest beyond clicking “like” is too much effort.

I am against social injustices , and lenient sentences being given to those who should spend their life behind bars , while those who trip up through circumstances of sheer desperation are given harsh sentences , which far outweigh their crimes .

I am against the current trend of targets for teachers , policemen , civil servants etc….who can no longer do their jobs properly because they have so many targets to achieve. Targets that , when reached , receive funding to reach even higher targets.

I am against cuts to health services such as the NHS , and I know it is the governments eventual goal to cut it so much that they will tell us it has to be privatized because it is under-performing , which is totally because they themselves have taken the axe to the tree , due to their ineptitude with the treasury and the nations coffers.

I am against the government paying benefits to those who preach hatred against our country , whilst critical services are criminally underfunded , and our government spend millions in court costs trying to extradite these parasites  , while they and their families live in comfort at the expense of our generous benefits system.

I am against the growing authoritarian , and indeed “Orwellian” control and surveillance , where even our personal emails are now being monitored by GCHQ

This present government is inept and deeply corrupt , and  I have no doubt that violent revolution is coming , due to the continual chipping away at our social liberties by those we elected ( or in this case , didn’t elect )  to serve our needs , NOT ,  to use us as batteries to fuel the unsustainable “house of cards” that is this current capitalist system. We elect them to serve , but they serve themselves , and feed the people austerity measures , presented  in such a way that we are made to feel they are doing us a favour.

The private thoughts of elastic is about the people ( the elastic ) who will undoubtedly snap when they are stretched too far. For the moment , those thoughts are private , but becoming more restless , more vocal , but the day will come when the people will speak a very loud and very clear message…….

”  NO MORE !!! “

There are many many more of us , than there are of them. Its about time we made them aware of this fact , through whatever means necessary.

You can only stretch elastic so far , before it breaks.

Sand Free or Kneel Chained.

 

Click Here to Play “The private Thoughts O Elastic ”

The Essence of Persistance

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I’ve no idea who to attribute this to , as I have no idea where it appeared first , but these are words to live by , and this is what drives 2ndMOUSE. Either I succeed , or die trying.

 

Famous People Who Found Success Despite Failures

J.K Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, spoke to the graduating class of Harvard in June 2008. She didn’t talk about success. She talked about failures. Her own in particular. I absolutely love her quote.“You might never fail on the scale I did,” Rowling told that privileged audience. “But it is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”

She should know. The author didn’t magically become richer than the Queen of England overnight.

Penniless, recently divorced, and raising a child on her own, she wrote the first Harry Potter book on an old manual typewriter.Twelve publishers rejected the manuscript! . A year later she was given the green light by Barry Cunningham from Bloomsbury, who agreed to publish the book but insisted she get a day job cause there was no money in children’s books.What if she stopped at the first rejection? The fifth? Or the tenth? The measure of success can be shown by how many times someone keeps going despite hearing only no.

The following people are not the only ones who have succeeded despite failure and rejection.I thought they would be the most interesting to you.

People who found success despite failures

Colonel Sanders : —– The founder of KFC. He started his dream at 65 years old! He got a social security check for only $105 and was mad. Instead of complaining he did something about it.He thought restaurant owners would love his fried chicken recipe, use it, sales would increase, and he’d get a percentage of it. He drove around the country knocking on doors, sleeping in his car, wearing his white suit.Do you know how many times people said no till he got one yes? 1009 times!

Walt Disney: —– The man who gave us Disney World and Mickey Mouse. His first animation company went banktrupt. He was fired by a news editor cause he lacked imagination. Legend has it he was turned down 302 times before he got financing for creating Disney World.

Albert Eistein: —– He didn’t speak till he was four and didn’t read till seven. His parents and teachers thought he was mentally handicapped. He only turned out to win a Nobel prize and be the face of modern physics.

Richard Branson: —– He’s a billionaire mogul of Virgin but has had his share of failures. Remember Virgin Cola or Virgin credit cards? Probably not. He’s lost hundreds of millions of dollars but has not let failure stop him. When you’re rich like him you can rent his private island for $53,000 a night.

Mark Cuban: —– The billionaire owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks got rich when he sold his company to Yahoo for $5.9 billion in stock. He admitted he was terrible at his early jobs. His parents wanted him to have a normal job. So he tried carpentry but hated it. He was a short order cook but a terrible one. He waited tables but couldn’t open a bottle of wine. He says of his failures,“I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you failed,” Cuban says. “You only have to be right once”. I tried to sell powdered milk. I was an idiot lots of times, and I learned from them all.”

Vincent Van Gogh: He only sold one painting in his lifetime! Just one to a friend. Despite that he kept painting and finished over 800 pieces. Now everyone wants to buy them and his most expensive painting is valued at $142.7 million.

Theodor Seuss Giesel: —– Dr. Seuss gave us Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. Books every child reads. At first many didn’t think he would succeed. 27 different publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

 John Grisham —– The American author first was a lawyer who loved to write. His first book A Time to Kill took three years to write. The book was rejected 28 times until he got one yes for a 5,000 copy print. He’s sold over 250 million total copies of his books.

Steven Spielberg:—–  He applied and was denied two times to the prestigious University of Southern California film school. Instead he went to Cal State University in Long Beach.He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history. Now he’s worth $2.7 billion and in 1994 got an honorary degree from the film school that rejected him twice.

Stephen King:—–  His first book Carrie was rejected 30 times and he threw it in the trash. His wife retrieved it out of the trash and encouraged him to resubmit it. The rest is history. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his books. (He’s also made many adults fear clowns too.)

Stephenie Meyer: The author of the crazy Twilight series said the inspiration from the book came from a dream. She finished it in three months but never intended to publish it until a friend suggested she should.She wrote 15 letters to literary agencies. Five didn’t reply. Nine rejected. One gave her a chance. Then eight publishers auctioned for the right to publish Twilight. She got a three book deal worth $750,000. In 2010, Forbes reported she earned $40 million.

Tim Ferris: —– The man behind the 4 Hour Workweek, who changed how many people view work and life, was rejected by 26 publishers before one gave him a chance. It’s been on the bestseller’s list for years, sold all over the world, and last year published The 4 Hour Body that went to #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list.

The Beatles: They were rejected by many record labels. In a famous rejection, the label said, “”guitar groups are on the way out” and “the Beatles have no future in show business”.After that the Beatles signed with EMI, brought Beatlemania to the United States, and became the greatest band in history.

Michael Jordan: He’s famous for being cut from his high school basketball team. He turned out to be the greatest basketball player but never let failure deter him. I love this quote…“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot, and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Thomas Edison: No list of success from failures would be complete without the man who gave us many inventions including the light bulb. He knew failure wouldn’t stop him.  If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.

There is no success without failure

Decide what is important to you and take huge steps everyday even though it doesn’t seem like it’s working. Success doesn’t happen without failures. It’s reality.. Deal with it.. How bad do you want to achieve your goal? It better be so bad that rejection won’t derail you.  How much do you believe in what you’re doing? Colonel Sanders did despite 1009 rejections!

 

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” – Japanese proverb

 

“Touched” – Massive Charity Album Featuring some of the Worlds Finest Electronic Musicians

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If you have any interest in Electronic Music at all  , this is an album you won’t want to miss.

Not only will it be a chance to hear some of the worlds best Electronic Artists , all in one place , but it is also a charity album , with all proceeds going towards Macmillan Cancer Relief. You don’t need me to tell you just how worthwhile a cause this is , as we all know someone , or know of someone , who has fallen prey to this most despicable of diseases.

The album will be released early December , and will feature such luminaries as Plaid , Funckarma , Milieu , Surface 10 , Christian Kleine…..to name but a few.

I fact , here is a list of most of the artists already confirmed

Plaid , Christian Kleine , Marsen Jules , Zan Lyons , Chris Weeks , Verbose , Pub , KINGBASTARD , Brambles , Offthesky , Soutien Gorge , Olan Mill , Sense , IIII ,  Ciarán Byrne , Bengalfuel , Surface10 , Funckarma , Ruxpin , Christ , Skytree , Min-Y-Llan,  Tom Roberts , Weldroid , Tim Hutton , Fil Ok , Lackluster , Derren Heath , Milieu , Missingsense , Z-Arc , Bagpipe Whiskey , hunc. ,Empty Whale , Cousin Silas , Ola Bauriman ,  Adviruz  , Floating Spirites ,  Generate , Endote , Dunaewsky69 , Dementa , Playman54 , Awkward Noise , Meta Program , Eigenheimer , 2ndMOUSE ,  Nonima & Dissolved , Ade Hodges , Shadow Priest , Abereiddy Astronomical Society ,  Roel Funcken  , UNKNOWjp ,  Little Eris

 

This list is by no means exhaustive , and is still being added to.. I am humbled and privileged to have been asked to sit alongside these names , and to help fight this thing which I have personally seen claim my aunts life.

I have always admired people such as Bob Geldof , Annie Lennox etc….who used their abilities and their position to effect change , so this is something that has always been close to my heart ; to use what abilities I possess , and to do what is in my hand to do , wherever possible.

All that is necessary for evil to prosper , is for good men to do nothing.

 

Please visit the ” Touched ” page on facebook , LIKE it , show your support , and stay informed about the December release.

You can find all the info about the album here

 

Touched