2nd submission for Bleep

Was a very difficult decision.

Which of the many tracks i’ve already uploaded to Soundcloud , and the hundreds of tracks that I have in my “work pool ” folder , could I submit to Bleep as my 2nd track ?

An opportunity like this doesn’t come around every day , so I narrowed it dow to two , and put the question to the public……Should I use ” Lost in Translation ” or ” The Almighty” ?

It turned out ” The Almighty ” was the favourite , and out of all my tracks , it’s been a clear favourite since dau 1.

So that’s it. Made my decision for both my submissions. I’ve done the best I could do at this time. I don’t envy the judges’ task of deciding which of the 1500 submitted tracks get a place on the compilation , but I’m happy I gave it my best shot , whatever the outcome.

The Almighty

Bleep : Filtered

Finally got 1 track ( out of 2 that I’m gonna submit ) into the Bleep : Filtered competition. It was a track I thought i’d finished about 5 years ago. I’d taken it as far as I could go back then , but when I was looking though my archive folder for something to submit / rework , It jumped out at me. It’s called “Slowburn”

To hear the OLD version click here

OR

To hear the NEW version I submitted to Bleep : Filtered , Click here

The difference is like night and day. I completely scrapped the piano , and reworked the beats in more of a breakcore style. I counted about 1500 entries , and as daunting as that seems , I gave it a shot. Fingers crossed

Working on another submission. I think it’ll be a track called “Musique Liquide“.

More on that as it happens …………..

“Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll” review by Jazzyspoon

l’ve n for a long time now , never thinking He’d hold my work in such high esteem , so I was really happy when He agreed to review the album for me.

Incidentally , if you’re a fan of deep , highly inventive and imaginative electronica , I can without hesitation reccommend you take a look at His page here

Anyway , here is what Jazzyspoon had to say about ” Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll “

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REVIEW of Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll , by JazzySpoon , October 2011

ALWAYS YOU
Great opener. The intro doesn’t come out in a raging hurry to hit heavy, but it instead sets the listener up for an intense audio journey. This is the elevator music playing on your ride down to the lowest levels of hell.
Clever and subtle beat mangling and wispy arppegiated melodies, this was a very melancholy track. Thoughtful and introspective, leaving you in a peaceful mood by it’s end. Really nice entry way into the hallways of this album.

DOMINO
First floor: Urbania. A power trip, punchy beat tribute to 2ndMouse’s hip hop roots, full of abstract mc flow cuts, psychedlic delay work, and spacious synth bass pads. This has a bit of a late 90’s trip hop feel mixed with more contemporary Glitch Hop drum work. A real head knodding groove.

ELEVATOR SUPERSENSE
2nd floor down and now the energy starts to lift upward. A nice tweakers delight of techno rhythms, classy old school pre-house Detroit synth work, and robo vox. This is likely to turn the heads of the new era of techno-philes just now discovering the past works of Model 500 and Juan Atkin’s Cybortron.
This track is only a little bit nostalgic, but by no means dated.

FERMINE
Hints of dub and glitch in the first few bars immediately peaked my interest, so I was floored when a techno bassline and glitch breaks came sailing in and lifted the energy up to another level. A groove not unlike something the Chemical Brothers may have conjured before they got into valium.
This one ends shortly after it really gets going, but in the context of a DJ mix, this would be a real crowd pleaser.

GIVE MY REGARDS TO S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Just when you thought you knew what might come next, a trip hop jazz/blues ballad surfaces. A late night, smokers delight with a sentimental attitude and pumping backdrop. This might go down as one of the singles of the CD. Sultry guitar leads, ambient pads, and a rhythmic swagger one might hope to find playing in a hash bar or late night chill room.
Just beautiful.

GRACE
Continuing on with the ambient theme in the intro of GRACE, this might make people believe the albums arc is on it’s way down…hold onto your hats. The cinematic choral pads are only the intro to this dubstep/clubstep monster
I immediately recognize when my feet are being asked to get busy. Big Breakbeat Club Groove blissout breakfast sandwich. Out of context, this track might feel like the tension built by fills and dissonances never unleashes, but the DJ in me knows what this could do in the context of a mix.
This track will likely spawn an amazing set of remixes, as there was a lot of places this could have gone.

HIDDEN in PLAIN SIGHT
A downtempo fed chill out track with expertly laid effects galore, but it still retains a childlike innocence to it’s mood. Wonderment and sound exploration. A childhood mobile of groove and sound design.

HOMELESS ONION
Still going down towards the red creamy center of this CD, we have a big beat breaks track with an interesting house sensibility to it. This has club potential, but also has a boot stomping monster kick rhythm that keeps the head knodding.

ILIAD
I remember listening to an early work in progress of this track years ago on KVR and thinking: this is genius! The symphonic cuts turned into a hook are just wonderful and the sitar plucking is just the added dimension this track needed. I love this track. Groovy drums and an out of this world attitude. Highly recomended listening.
This would have been a great ending track for the CD.

KINESIS
Wasting no time to establish itself, this track has a lot of energy and clever editing throughout. I found myself somewhat hypnotized by the vocal glitching and pounding 4/4, but this one really luanches into something that reminds me of Hybrid’s early work, but with some modern touches.
This one will translate well to the up-tempo crowd at a party or even the cyclist looking to get pumped from his ipod soundtrack.

MACRONOVA
Both in title and rhythm, this one might go down as one of the slickest uptempo tracks of the CD. Slippery wet filter beats and pumping techno rhtythms laid over smooth arppegio’d melodies and jazz chior vocals. I found myself imagining that this might be what Technicolor records would release today.
The mix is solid and the editing is clean as mountain snow.

NEMESIS
The kick in this track is like butterscotch liquer for the ears. The song is a cold, dark techno track with more of 2ndmouse’s stylistic soaking wet filter drums, but the white hot distorted kick is the star of this show. So much energy in there.

NUMERO
I was pleasantly surprised to hear some vocals, even vocoded ones, on this CD. It really helped this track stand out among the other similar tracks on the CD. This one is sure to please in headphones and for any of the new school b-boys – this is your break anthem.
There was enough vaoriety in the track to keep the listener entertained while still maintaining a solid central core.

SAVE ME
This track was a nice lull in the hyper beat path this second half of the CD has been riding for a while. An artful downtempo and melancholy glitch hybrid that is really a great escapist track to play at the end of a hard day. The warped female vocal clips that occasionally chime in with “save me” are a perfect centerpiece.
Another favorite of mine from this CD, as I tend to appreciate the more casual listen rather than the adrenaline pumping floor pleasers. Lovely track. This one might be worth owning the CD for alone.

SEVEN MILES OF WHITE SAND
Warped acid arps and pumping kicks announce this tracks intentions right away, it’s time to wake up and get moving again. After the gentle swoon of the last track, this emits a maddening atmosphere and freaky sonic soundscape, but the energy is undenyable and inescapable.

SHORT CIRCUIT
A chill out track with attitude, a pagan track with a German accent, a techno track with pop sensibility- Ulrich eat your heart out. This is a good track to play loud and had I arranged this CD, I may have put this one much earlier in the list. Great groove and the synths are very classy, this track is another single for the CD, imo.
Solid tune.

SOLID STATE 2
I actually had to look back across my review to make sure I hadn’t missed part 1 – I didn’t. Spooky arps and industrialized vocal samples launch this one off into a solid, wholesome techno groove. DJ’s from one side of the map to the other will find ways to put tracks like this in thier sets, despite the original mid tempo.

STRONTIUM DOGS
I found this an odd note to end the CD on, but who listens to whole CD’s in one listen anymore anyways, right? It’s a good track, but ny now it unfortunatelty feels like more of the same, despite the fact that the bending and arping synths and drum work are amazing through out this track.

SUMMARY
All in all, it’s a great collection of modern techno tracks an instant audience of club kids, new skool breakers, stoned chillers, and acid heads. The best advice would be to listen to the album on random, as a true arc or story is harder to find in the mood and atmosphere of the current track arrangement.
But each individual piece stands on it’s own merit well, and you really get your moneys worth on this CD in both quality and quantity.
2ndMouse has once again proven prolific and masterful and a real stand out in the techno/electronic music world.

Click here to listen to , or own ” Expert tiger , mediocre troll “

http://2ndmouse.bandcamp.com/album/expert-tiger-mediocre-troll

 

 

 

Who Knew ?

So , there I was , a few days ago , having a good old moan about how difficult it is for an artist to promote Himself in this chaotic internet age , where it’s all spam and no substance , and people are clambering over each other in a big ego-driven rampage to be the next big thing. I was tired and jaded by it all , and wondering if it was worth all the hours I as putting into researching blogs , trying new sites that promise the moon and the stars but deliver nothing.

I’d just released “Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll ” to a cacophany of silence. I mentioned it on a few forums and people were underwhelmed. I was thinking ” I’ve put 6 months of my life into this , agonising over every individual note , every kick and snare , and its falling on deaf ears “

All of a sudden , A friend called Sylvio casually drops into the conversation ” I see your album is at no.8 in the Juno chart “. I thought he was having a laugh. I said ” what do you mean ? “. He then produced a screenshot that looked a little like the one above.

Since then , it has jumped to no.4 , and now no.2 , and I have absolutely NO idea whatsoever how this has happened , or for how long this wave will continue , but i’d be lying through my teeth if i said I wasn’t enjoying it. Its not about the money , because money is here today and gone tomorrow. One look at the credit crisis will confirm how fickle , unstable and worthless money really is. It’s not a true barometer of anything. What concerns me much more is the currency of reputation and recognition. These things last , and these things can’t be bought.

I view it as a milestone. Its just another waypoint on the journey , and like I always say

” I haven’t arrived , but i’ve definitely left “

Here’s to the next challenge !!

Who Knew !!

What’s next on the Radar ?

I just finished the Expert Tiger Mediocre Troll album , and I’m already thinking about the next one. It never ever stops. I swear if they opened up my head , there’d be a jukebox in there. Some of you maybe don’t even know what a jukebox is …….I remember a time when there was such a thing as audio cassettes , and you put paper in the lugholes so you could record on the tape again. Anyway , I digress……….

ETMT has only just been dropped in the last few days. I’m proud of it. I wanted to give value for money , so I supersized it and crammed 18 tracks on there , compared to the 10 that most artists seem to do , but there is still an unlimited supply of music yet to come , and I feel my best work is still waiting to be plucked from the ether.

As well as working on a mountain of tracks ( I kid you not !! ) that I always have in reserve , I’m working on a track for a very special project called ” Emergence ” that will feature some big fish in the underground electronica scene. It’ll be a compilation of tracks from some very capable and immensely talented people such as Aniline , John Merick , Jazzyspoon , Mrs. Jynx and many others. It’s at quite an early stage , but this will be good. I can feel it.

I’m also working on an EP for the very impressive Acroplane label , and I have a remix or two lined up for The Ambient Society.

2ndMOUSE is in a state of looking forwards , forgetting what lies behind and whatever laurels there were yesterday. There is  MUCH more to come