Second Square To None

Photos from live room at SSTN7

Monday, December 21, 2009 , 0 comments



















Huge thanks to Colm for taking the photos.



Thanks a million to those who came down to SSTN7 yesterday. We were blown away by all the acts and want to thank them all massively for playing.

If there are any sore heads after the weekend this set from Friction = Fire will certainly help settle them down, gorgeous downbeat, ambient electronica in the vein of Múm or Boards of Canada.

Friction = Fire
Colm's music can be described as the sounds of an insomniac dreamer. Having mostly made tunes in bed at 4am with a powerbook, big headphones and a warm lap, he hopes his tunes convey this.



Change of pace with this week's music, heavy tunes pushing the BPMs from Swarm Intelligence. Looking forward to hearing another quality set at SSTN7 on 20 Dec. This one will get your Monday moving.

[Swarm Intelligence | Universalgerät 5000]
01. Antimatter - Persepolis (Remix)
02. Mothboy - Becoming Solar
03. Amon Tobin - The Last Minute
04. Larvae - Sith Witch
05. Twinkle - La Dictee
06. Milanese - Sight Beyond Sight
07. Cdatakill - Graceless
08. Datach'i - Breech
09. AFX - Mangle 11 [Circuit Bent VIP Mix]
10. Milanese - Mr Bad News (Clark Remix)
11. Prince Kong feat. Lady Grew - Sub Dentata
12. Speedy J - Amoco Cadiz
13. Jega - Aerodynamic
14. Squarepusher & AFX - Freeman Hardy & Willis Acid
15. Glen Velez - Untitled (Clark Mix)
16. Funckarma - Brim
17. Metronique - Sense
18. Mike Inc - Paroles (Autechre Repoles)
19. Spark - Plastic People
Currently based in Berlin working as a music software developer Simon has been active on the music scene for a few years now, formerly running gigs with Stasis, and currently overseeing the development of a net label of the same name. As a DJ and producer Simon favours the complex end of IDM and broken techno.

http://www.stasis-records.com/

Article on Analogue Magazine site

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 0 comments


Article by the lovely Eadaoin O'Sullivan up on Analogue Magazine. Focuses mainly on noise but also gives a nice overview of the general buzz. Lovely stuff. 


She keeps mentioning some Ed Devane guy though, never heard of him. Wait actually, I think he's that little fella who lives under my desk.

STA001 available now.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 , , 0 comments

The first release by Stasis Records is available now. It features plenty of Irish talent, most of whom have performed at SSTN events in the past, Ed Devane, David AdamsSwarm Intelligence, and Ventolyn & Becotyde.


STA001 : V/A : Antimode out now! Download for free at www.stasis-records.com.

Stasis Records was founded to provide a platform to showcase the productions of both its members and other local and international artists. Its objectives are to promote original and quality electronic music. Expect dense, beat-driven slabs of bass heavy darkness from artists both unknown and established alike.

SSTN7 Details

Thursday, December 03, 2009 , 0 comments

To celebrate one year of SSTN and to capitalise on the general festive cheer / gloom we've got a special line up booked for Sunday 20th December in Twisted Pepper. It's been a good year for us, and we've got bigger (and smaller) and better things planned for 2010 - more about that further down the page. We'd like to thank all the artists who played, made artwork for us, or in any other way contributed, and the people who came to the gigs and visited the blog. Well done!
Firstly, the vital facts about the gig:

When: 3-11PM, Sunday 20th December

Where: The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1

How Much: €ree

Why: Why not

Who:

Live acts (3-7PM in the Live Room, get down early!!!)

Legion of Two

The latest Irish act to get signed to The Best Electronica Label In The World, Planet-Mu, Legion of Two consist of 2 veterans of the Irish underground, Alan O'Boyle and David Lacey. Alan is best known for his work as Decal, with releases on Planet Mu and Rotters Golf Club among others, and David has played in scores of bands and is active on the improv scene in Dublin for many years. Based on that description you might expect Legion of Two to be some sort of electro jazz crossover, but this is not the case. Slow, heavy synth bass riffs collide with stoner metal drums while scorched dronetones interweave above. Epic stuff! We've been trying to book them for months now and are delighted that they will be playing mostly new material for us on the 20th! Their album Riffs is available now from any record shop worth its salt. A recent live set they recorded for BBC 1's Mary Anne Hobbs can be listened to here: http://www.mediafire.com/?gz0tmm2uv4w
http://www.legionoftwo.com/

Cignol

When Cignol played for us at the first SSTN in November 2008, he presented the audience with a beautifully mellow blend of organic electronica. During the last ever DEAF in October we saw him play at Alphabet Set's gig in The Purty Kitchen and were blown away by the pure-jigginess of his set! We knew we had to get him to play something similar for us so we're happy to have Mr. Haddock play through Twisted Pepper's Star Wars sound system! In the meantime have a listen to his set from SSTN1...
http://soundcloud.com/sstn/live-at-second-square-to-none-30-11-08
http://www.myspace.com/cignol

ILEX

Formerly known as Fringe Holly McGowan is no stranger to Second Square to None, having been at most if not all of our events, and contributing to the Ten Second Rule. So it's about time we booked her to play! ILEX makes Sunday afternoon music - rhythms to excuse your shaking hands and feet, warm woolly tones to soothe your brain and melodies to soundtrack your movement through time. Word on the street is Holly is nearly finished her debut album, so expect to hear fresh material! To get in the mood have a listen to this net release on Alphabet Set:

http://alphabetset.net/audio/fringe/abcnet009-fringe-chairs.mp3
http://www.myspace.com/fringe1

DJ's (7-11 in the Mezz room in Twisted Pepper)

thatboytim

Takeover Recordings boss and mixed-bag master thatboytim will be bringing his eclectic selections once more to SSTN. Currently running Takeover in new digital form, Tim is a busy man: check out the Response Unit 1 compilation that ushers Takeover into the digi-era here: http://www.junodownload.com/products/1472710-02.htm
http://www.takeoverrecordings.com/

Fran Hartnett

A veteran of the Irish techno scene, Fran has entertained many a crowd as a DJ, and is getting attention from the right places as a producer, with tracks out on Man Trap Recordings (which have been played out by Surgeon among others). For SSTN Fran will be using a drum machine in conjunction with decks, mixing a blend of the industrial end of minimal techno with electronics.

http://www.myspace.com/franhartnett

Swarm Intelligence

We're happy to have Stasis Records main dude Simon Hayes / Swarm Intelligence play for us again in a more official capacity to last time (i.e., he's on the flier!). Currently based in Berlin working as a music software developer Simon has been active on the music scene for a few years now, formerly running gigs with Stasis, and currently overseeing the development of a net label of the same name. As a DJ and producer Simon favours the complex end of IDM and broken techno, as can be heard here:

http://soundcloud.com/swarmintelligence
http://stasis-records.com/

SSTN7

Monday, November 30, 2009 , 0 comments



Poster/flyer design by Chris.
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The last of our DEAF recordings sees idiosyncratic hip-hop flavours and masterful turntablism on show from Galway group Vince MackMahon. Plundering a wide-range of source material, twisting them into seemless explorations of sample contortion, Vince MackMahon finished off the gig in style.

Vince Mack Mahon
-are Tweek, Mikey Fingers, Deviant and Jimmy Penguin as well as Sebi C, Muipead, Rocky Meaney and Tony Higgins sometimes.
-perform original music using turntables.
-are the founders of COMMUNITY SKRATCH GAMES.
-are not in any way affiliated with Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheikh or Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
-live by the beach.
-eat fish, tossed salads and make skratch ballads.
-are better than your favourite DJ.
-will play 2 sets: one using specially-cut vinyl dubplates of the Ten Second Rule tracks and another ambient / noise set prepared for Second Square to None.
Download part 1
Download part 2
Download part 3
Download part 4


Nice dynamic progression in this set. Big washes of synth open it, gradually shifting to thunderous analogue percussion and pulsing blips. PMC work their big analogue gear set-up to deliver the huge warm sounds you've been waiting for.

PushMoveClick
PushMoveClick are a live analogue modular group. They use three modular synths, MPC's, home-made noises boxes, synths, effects pedals, home-made touchscreen drum machine and sequencers. They start each track fresh with no set structure so anything could happen. At DEAF part of their show was based on creating a piece using random pieces of audio which were submitted to Second Square to None for our Ten Second Rule project. All the audio was processed through the modular synths and various machines. The rest of the show was then improvised with no set rules or boundaries.

If you're wondering why the set is in four different sections, it's because Ed hates you all. -C

Square Waves Radio

Sunday, November 22, 2009 , , 0 comments

Square Waves 2 by SquareWaves

Square Waves 3 by SquareWaves

Square Waves 5 by SquareWaves

Fionn Wallace (Fyodor) has been doing a radio show on Belfield FM that showcases an eclectic mix of quality music. He has now put some of the shows online & they are well worth checking out. Tracklist & info here.
Square Waves is broadcast on the UCD college radio station Belfield FM. It goes out on Fridays, usually at 9pm. To listen live go to www.belfieldfm.ie. The show is intended as an airwaves auxiliary to Second Square To None. It's aim is to showcase some of the finest in experimental musics, especially irish artists. The shows are loosely thematic as regards genre. The aim is to fluctuate between noise, beats, the weird and the sublime, perhaps even folk. I keep a quota of at least 25% irish artists, so if you make experimentalish music, hail from Eire and would like you're tracks played on the show, PLEASE SEND THEM, with info about yerselves. Thanks.

VVVV Video

Friday, November 20, 2009 , 0 comments

NIN "10 Ghosts II" from dottore on Vimeo.

Certain folk around SSTN towers are saying they're gonna learn VVVV (a software toolkit for real time video synthesis). If they do then we might be bringing this type of generative visual style to SSTN events in the future, here's hoping...

Alva Noto Live

Thursday, November 19, 2009 , 0 comments

Was reminded of Alva Noto by a recent post on Design Boom. Wasn't aware that his live shows looked so amazing.
'I describe what I do as graphic composing,' nicolai reveals. 'I’m always thinking in polarities, like yin and yang. I look for visualization tools that create certain images and then build archives of images generated by sound.'








More info and examples here.
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This week's live set is from the guy who makes this blog (and most of the fliers and design related to sstn) look like it does, Euphiophone, joined by bassist Melesta in her debut performance. Jumping from melodic and positively cheerful to distorted and dark, a distinctly cinematic feel exists in this set: ch-ch-ch listen now!

Euphiophone & Melesta
Euphiophone is an electronica artist based in Dublin. He played in a couple of bands in his native Monaghan that set the standards for late-nineties-rock-cover-bands-based-in-Monaghan before becoming a bedroom producer. His music is a dynamic hybrid of styles and sounds, with industrial beats and warm synth melodies combining with processed live guitar and laptop electronics. He has done a select couple of gigs about town, including supporting Black Dog. He is involved with the organization of the Second Square To None group.

For his live performance at DEAF he is in collaboratied with Melissa Conlon (a.k.a. Melesta), a graphic designer based in Dublin.
If you're of the iPhone/iPod Touch persuasion Soundcloud released an app yesterday that will allow you to listen to content uploaded to Soundcloud, as well as letting you favourite tracks & email them. Course this means you would be able to stream all content from the SSTN Soundcloud account. The app is available, for €0,79, at this app store link. Pretty sure you have to setup a Soundcloud account (they do a free one & it's not too involved) so that it can show you tracks from people you follow.

As a further incentive here's a couple other Irish acts & labels that we recommend on Soundcloud (obviously worth checking out with or without the app):
http://soundcloud.com/a-force
http://soundcloud.com/bluefood
http://soundcloud.com/chrome-metronome
http://soundcloud.com/drokkr
http://soundcloud.com/ed-devane
http://soundcloud.com/ebauche
http://soundcloud.com/eomac
http://soundcloud.com/euphiophone
http://soundcloud.com/filaria
http://soundcloud.com/fran-hartnett
http://soundcloud.com/fyodor
http://soundcloud.com/fyed
http://soundcloud.com/glandandconduit
http://soundcloud.com/iamprozac
http://soundcloud.com/jimmy-the-hideous-penguin
http://soundcloud.com/lakker
http://soundcloud.com/nexus
http://soundcloud.com/sixfootapprentice
http://soundcloud.com/spectac
http://soundcloud.com/vanessaparody
http://soundcloud.com/ventolyn-becotyde
http://soundcloud.com/welfare

http://soundcloud.com/acroplane
http://soundcloud.com/defrc
http://soundcloud.com/ghettoquietly
http://soundcloud.com/kaboogiemusic
http://soundcloud.com/rudimentaryrecords
http://soundcloud.com/squarewaves
http://soundcloud.com/sstn

If we've missed anyone, drop us a comment.

Also, here's a list of some dubstep-type folk that are on it.

More info on the app here.
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The second in our Ten Second Rule livesets features Fyodor tearing up the submissions using two custom made 10" vinyl dubplates. Attacking the records with extended turntablist techniques and then processing the sounds through an assortment of effects pedals and loopers, Fyodor created a cacaphonous wall of sound that thrilled the audience with its sheer physical presence.

Fyodor
Formerly the beats section of the now defunct John Mary Trilogy. Now trying to find his way around music composition, with a bent towards melodic quasi-noise, music concrete and turntable manipulation. Improvisation is central to his sound, he enjoys the immediacy of this approach and the heightened sense of each time he plays being a learning experience.

Photos from DEAF

Thursday, November 05, 2009 , 0 comments

With thanks to Aoife de Búrca & Melissa Conlon.

Facebook page

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 0 comments

For those of you who would prefer your SSTN fix on Facebook, we have set up a page here. We will (possibly) update this more than we did with the group page so please become our 'fans', the fact that you will have made us seem ever so popular will surely instill you with an enormous sense of well-being. We shall continue to reward your fandom with all sorts of delectable treats.

The group page will now be an orphaned bit of internet that nobody wants to be seen with.
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One of the highlights for me last Sunday was sinking into a Buddha Bag after setting up and listening to Dubreak's take on the Ten Second Rule pieces. Getting the day off to the best start possible it was a big rich warm sound, full of lush synths, enveloping bass and punchy beats.

Dubreak
First influenced by music at an early age. Dubreak and his older bro used to fabricate their own type of home-made radio shows when they were wee nippers, splicing and resampling snippets off LW radio shows and talking over the recordings. He moved on to two junk-shop HI-FI decks when he was 13, in his bedroom with doubles of records and some piss-poor scratching techniques trying his hand at being a 'superstar' DJ. He soon got sick of that, and has been making his own brand of music since. Currently he uses a Moog Voyager, ProTools and a rampant collection of other music stuff. Occasionally he gets to gig at a few festivals around Ireland, and works at a few 'live-sound' venues around Dublin as a 'Live Sound' Engineer. Dubreak will be using Ableton Live's advanced looping to mix and mash the Ten Second Rule into his own style.

The rest of DEAF

Thursday, October 29, 2009 , 0 comments

We'll have a more extensive post about our own gig shortly - last Sunday in Filmbase was great craic...pictures, video and audio coming soon. For now we just want to mention a couple of gigs happening this weekend that might be of interest to those of you who don't know about them already.

Thursday:

Kaboogie's fortnightly and free night in Thomas House, the K-Club, will feature Scurvy Lass, ForceFed and the first show for a while from Lakker. That's from 8-11.30PM.

After that down the road in the Sycamore Club Alphabet Set will be hosting another quality line-up including Sunken Foal, Sarsparilla, Cignol, Jimmy Penguin and Ventolyn & Becotyde, Love Rhino, Laura Sheeran and Solen. A very reasonable €6 before 12, €8 after.

Alternatively, if you're in the mood for more dancefloor oriented music, Takeover Recordings, Nice & Nasty and Static Recordings will be taking over Pygmalion on South William Street from 6-2.30PM with a big line up of electro and techno acts on the 3 label's rosters. More info can be found here.

Friday:

It's got to be !kaboogie again on Friday with London bass wizard ScanOne in Twisted Pepper, with support from one half of Lakker Eomac and a liveset from 16 Hertz & Johnny Oakley.

Sunday:

A4 Sounds take over the Back Loft gallery for the afternoon with an installation / gig / social experiment involving wind-up sculptures, live audience participation painting and sets from Gland & Conduit, Scurvy Lass, Junior 85 and a rare performance by Boondoggle/Bluebottle Farm and Vanessa Parody. A4 gigs are always memorable (and usually messy), and we're guessing major fun and surreality will be the order of the day Sunday. The perfect way to end the Hallowe'en / DEAF era and await the Christmas marketing fever that will follow...




Some tunes that were bouncing around in the run up to Sunday's gig. Melesta brings some heavy dubstep flavours by the likes of Akira Kiteshi and Joker, and Euphiophone drops some krautrock selections featuring Can, Harmonia and Faust amongst others.

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Recovering from big day at DEAF yesterday. Thanks a million to all who came down. More extensive post devoted to the day to follow, in the meantime let this liveset from Keith Lindsay soothe your sore head.

Keith presented an improvised laptop set based upon recorded and designed sounds used in various film sound projects he has worked on over the last year. Absorbing and atmospheric ambient sounds.

Keith Lindsay:
Keith Lindsay is a sound recordist / designer / soundtracker by day and producer of a range of styles from jungle to ambient by night.

Art by Chris.
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Animated Graphic Notation - Live Set from Shane Mc Kenna on Vimeo.

Shane created a beautiful audio-visual set for SSTN by composing a graphic score, recording a variety of takes with an orchestra playing along to it and then editing the results into a wonderfully cohesive and rich tapestry of sounds unlike anything you'd usually hear. Mesmerizing stuff.

Shane McKenna
Shane Mc Kenna is a music teacher and music maker based in Dublin who has been dabbling in animated graphic notation over the last few years, in a quest to create musical collaborations for all. His work has ranged from live performances to workshops and installations, working with a wide range of performers and musicians from electronic artists and random punters in the Bernard Shaw to the ICC ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Check out Shane's Vimeo Channel, which features further examples of his graphic score work.











































Here it is, finally... enjoy the 52 Ten Second Rule entries joined together in one audio file on soundcloud!

For those of you who have no idea what a Ten Second Rule is, read on...

  1. By imposing arbitrary limitations (ten second track length) on a group of individual music makers, we hoped to compile a group of tracks that were unmistakably part of a larger project, yet showcase the unique styles / approaches of the artists involved.
  2. A time limit of ten seconds was chosen both as a challenge to the artists and as an ironic nod to the perception that attention spans grow shorter the faster internet connections become.
  3. Most categories of sound can be found in the collection - percussive, melodic, harmonious, noises, different frequency ranges etc. Thought of as ingredients for a larger composition/ compositions, these could be recombined, processed, edited in any number of different ways.
  4. With this in mind we have asked a number of artists who will be playing at our gig on 25-10-09 to use the material in whatever way they see fit as the basis for their live performances. For more information check HERE.
Update: To hear how the artists used the material at the DEAF performance, check out the sets by Dubreak, Fyodor, PushMoveClick & VinceMackMahon.
Bluefood - Live at SSTN4 by SSTN

Bluefood
Long-time Alphabet Set cohort Bluefood gave us a hugely fun, upbeat live performance that had everyone in a great Sunday afternoon mood. The music rampages along with melodic synths, bouncing beats and disjointed samples mashed into one big aural pick-me-up that got faces grinning and feet tapping.

Art by Chris.
Listen to part 1

Listen to part 2



FYED are an improvised noisesound duo consisting of Fionn Wallace A.K.A. Fyodor and Ed Devane, A.K.A. Withering Zithering. They make evolving soundscapes using a variety of analog and digital bits and bobs, home-made instruments and the Zen concept of Feedback. This recording demonstrates the more subtle, minimal side of the FYED sound, which has been known to veer towards the whiter end of noise...

You can hear more examples of FYED's work on their SoundCloud page: soundcloud.com/fyed


Artwork: Ed Devane


Spoom Collective exhibition

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Most of us here at SSTN made it to the Spoom Collective exhibition opening on 19th September. Much madness and debauchery occurred in the midst of some really amazing site specific graphic art. Now you get to see the art in a more civilised manner (ie 'BYOBiscuits' rather then beer). Really recommend checking it out, very exciting work.

The exhibition is running all this week from 5pm - 7pm and over the weekend.
The Broken Window Theory
The Annex
No 17 Foley St,
Dublin 1

Check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/kvlr/sets/72157621895736986/ for more examples of the Spoom Collective's work. The images here are taken from this set and don't feature at this actual exhibition but give you an idea of what to expect.

Check these lads for further details:
REDMONK
Killian Redmond (redmonksemailaddress@gmail.com)
www.kaboogie.net
www.myspace.com/kaboogiemusic
www.myspace.com/redmonkmusic

KVLR
Kev Largey (kev@kevlargey.com)
www.kevlargey.com

FRiZELLE
Marian Noone (frizelle@googlemail.com)
www.kevlargey.com

SSTN at DEAF - Line-up/details

Monday, September 28, 2009 , 0 comments

SSTN at DEAF will feature live performances from some of the best Irish electronic music producers/performers. It will include special performances from a number of artists as part of the Ten Second Rule project as well as visuals from Kachanski, Evstyle & Shane McKenna.

Ten Second Rule


The Ten Second Rule project is an experiment in community participation, attention span and digital media recycling. Music makers have been asked to submit 10 second long audio compositions in whatever style they wish. On the microscopic scale these pieces showcase a broad range of individual talents and approaches to the use of such a short duration; on the macroscopic scale they can be seen as elements/ loops/ source material for use in larger compositions and improvisations. In this context a ten second track could become the basis of entire 20-30 minute set. To demonstrate this we've asked 5 artists / groups to re-interpret the submissions in whatever way suits them for our DEAF event: turntables, modular synthesizers, granular synthesis and all types of processes will be used to embellish / mangle / recycle the community's audio.

Vince Mack Mahon

-are Tweek, Mikey Fingers, Deviant and Jimmy Penguin as well as Sebi C, Muipead, Rocky Meaney and Tony Higgins sometimes.
-perform original music using turntables.
-are the founders of COMMUNITY SKRATCH GAMES.
-are not in any way affiliated with Hulk Hogan, the Iron Sheikh or Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
-live by the beach.
-eat fish, tossed salads and make skratch ballads.
-are better than your favourite DJ.
-will play 2 sets: one using specially-cut vinyl dubplates of the Ten Second Rule tracks and another ambient / noise set prepared for Second Square to None.

http://www.myspace.com/vincemackmahon
http://www.myspace.com/communityskratchgames

Euphiophone + Melesta

Euphiophone is an electronica artist based in Dublin. He played in a couple of bands in his native Monaghan that set the standards for late-nineties-rock-cover-bands-
based-in-Monaghan before becoming a bedroom producer. His music is a dynamic hybrid of styles and sounds, with industrial beats and warm synth melodies combining with processed live guitar and laptop electronics. He has done a select couple of gigs about town, including supporting Black Dog. He is involved with the organization of the Second Square To None group.

For his live performance at DEAF he is in collaborating with Melissa Conlon (a.k.a. Melesta), a graphic designer based in Dublin.
www.euphiophone.com
www.onlyborndesign.com


PushMoveClick

PushMoveClick is live analog modular group. We use 3 analog modular synths, MPC's, home made noises boxes, synths, effects pedals, home-made touchscreen drum machine and sequencers. We start each track fresh with no set structure so anything could happen. This year at DEAF one part of our show will be based on creating a piece using random pieces of audio which were submitted to Second Square to None for their Ten Second Rule project. All the audio will be processed through the modular synths and various machines. The rest of our show will then be total improvisation with no set rules or boundaries. We will also have CCTV cameras on stage directed at various machines, then the video from those will be processed live.

Ev Tiernan is a Dublin artist who specialises in painting and video. She has collaborated many times with musicians and once again is joining PushMoveClick, this time to create an installation in which PushMoveClick will perform live.

http://www.myspace.com/pushmoveclick
http://vimeo.com/1366738

FYED

Formed this year out of the ashes of a group called John Mary Trilogy, FYED are Ed Devane and Fionn Wallace, A.K.A. Fyodor. Normally they make improvised sound / noisescapes using a wide variety of unusual techniques, and for DEAF this year they will be applying these techniques to the Ten Second Rule material. How this will end up sounding really depends on what happens on the day, as no two FYED jams can ever sound the same!
FYED on SoundCloud


Brown Cloud

Brown Cloud are Rory St. John and Conor Hinfey a.k.a. Kachanski. Anybody following techno in Dublin over the last few years will have inevitably come across the work of Rory St John. Through his devastatingly sweaty hardware workouts and monstrously deep releases on Sunil Sharpe's Mantrap imprint Rory has proved himself to be one of the most exciting talents in Dublin's electronic music scene. For this show he will be collaborating with Kachanski. Falling between the cracks in the pavement of electronic music Kachanski's sound jumps all around techno, electro, jungle, dubstep and electronica with heavy dashings of bass oozing out the side of his mash-up sandwich. With his first appearance on vinyl imminent on Mantrap Records "Trapdoor Material Part 2" and returning from his first gig over the pond for Ebola's Wrong Music in Bristol things are shaping up well.

For this event both are stepping outside their typical hardware setups to create an integrated audio/visual/stage lighting control software with which to pull apart the 10 second submissions in real time, generating an audio-visual malaise directly reflecting the source material and processes used.

www.myspace.com/rorystjohn
www.myspace.com/kachanskisounds


Dubreak

First influenced by music at an early age. Dubreak and his older bro used to fabricate their own type of home-made radio shows when they were wee nippers, splicing and resampling snippets off LW radio shows and talking over the recordings. He moved on to two junk-shop HI-FI decks when he was 13, in his bedroom with doubles of records and some piss-poor scratching techniques trying his hand at being a 'superstar' DJ. He soon got sick of that, and has been making his own brand of music since. Currently he uses a Moog Voyager, ProTools and a rampant collection of other music stuff. Occasionally he gets to gig at a few festivals around Ireland, and works at a few 'live-sound' venues around Dublin as a 'Live Sound' Engineer. Dubreak will be using Ableton Live's advanced looping to mix and mash the Ten Second Rule into his own style.

http://www.myspace.com/dubreakdublin

Monday 12: Boys of Summer

Monday, September 28, 2009 , , 0 comments

http://ia700407.us.archive.org/1/items/SSTN_5/Boys_of_Summer-SSTN_5.mp3

A slow-burning synth drone set facilitated by a hoard of hardware spread over the floor of Twisted Pepper. Accompanied by demented visuals of occult ceremonies this set was a sonic assault of epic proportions that erased any sense of a Sunday afternoon and took all present on a dark journey through a blasted soundscape.

Boys of Summer
Boys of Summer feature A.Fogarty (Toymonger/Weil Rats), I.Pawle (Sea Dog/Scented Candle) & PG Symth (Jimmy Cake).

Art by Barry.

SSTN at DEAF poster

Saturday, September 26, 2009 0 comments



Poster design by Chris, featuring drawing by Barry.

Monday 11: Uninerves

Monday, September 21, 2009 , , , 0 comments

UniNerves @ sstn 5 09-08-09 by SSTN

A meticulously crafted liveset from Uninerves that showcases his second-to-none production talents. Operating in the electronic twilight of industrial textures, glitch-y nuance and dubbed out beats this is a set equally at home on headphones as it is booming out of a club rig. You heard him here first.

Uninerves (aka Rory St. John)
Uninerves is a producer exploring the deeper side of electronic music. As a strict rule of thumb, Uninerves insists on using only hardware, software, recording equipment, electronics and acoustics to create sounds. A forthcoming debut on Mantrap's 'Trapdoor Materials' series is soon to be released, and remixes available from digital download stores.

Artwork is by Barry Quinn. Barry Quinn is a self-taught artist who paints, draws, sketches, scratches people (almost people) on canvas, paper, wood (example on the right). He has illustrated album/E.P./single covers for bands and has exhibited around the country.
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Scurvy Lass brought a truly individual approach to her SSTN liveset, creating complex looping structures using live cello & vocal in tandem with midi footpedals and laptop electronics. Carefully sculpted textures weave together to underscore her songs, creating emotive music that is dense with musicality.

Scurvy Lass
Scurvy Lass is Dublin-based cellist and vocalist Niamh de Barra. She started life as a classical pianist, but now records and layers cello and vocal samples to make noisy electronic songs with words and (some) beats.

Artwork by Melissa Conlon.
We at Second Square to None HQ are fascinated by synchronised synaesthetic audio visuals, visual music, and music that suggests visual imagery. The live acts we have booked for 13th September have all worked extensively with either visual music or film soundtracking, so we're looking forward to seeing and hearing what they are going to play.

Ebauche:
Ebauche (aka Alex Leonard) currently resides in Longford and has been producing music since 2001. Musically his output ranges from dark, beat-driven electronic music, to sublime ambient cascades, to simple piano compositions.

In 2005 Ebauche released his debut album on the Alphabet Set which is available for free download at www.ebauche.net. The album, Incomplete Watch Movement, which has been played by John Kelly on RTE Radio 1's Mystery Train, is an ambient work with layers of sound beautifully interweaving and falling apart. Other releases include 2 EP's, as well as a number of tracks on compilation releases from Invisible Agent, The Alphabet Set and Elusive Recordings.

Recently he has started composing music for film, and has worked on a number of shorts including:

* Two Point Five Billion (premiered at Cork Film Festival 2008),
* The Masterpiece,
* The Boy with the Ever Open Jaw,
* Joyriders (Best Short Film at the Galway Film Fesitval 2006),
* The Dropping Well.

He started out playing live sets with Blue Murder Music in Dublin, and since then has played with notables such as Biosphere, Hrvatski and Ambulance.

Nexus:
Dublin/Berlin-based artist working mainly with electronics. Performed DJ sets and original live sets with homemade electronics alongside Sunken Foal, Creator, Herv, T-woc, Sarsparilla, Cignol, The Last Sound and has had performances at the Project Arts Centre, UCC, NUIM, Mantua Festival, Life Festival and various other venues around Ireland, Berlin and Paris.

"This being my first SSTN gig I'm happy to announce that, in addition to a live set with my homemade devices, it will also be a preview of some new material from my forthcoming release Silicon Poplars due in November on The Centrifuge. The homemade device that I usually play live with consists of a box with a webcam mounted inside which tracks the movement of various objects on a glass surface-top. The device is interesting for me with repeated performances because improvising is the only option, I always forget what the control objects do which makes each performance completely fresh and full of unintentional mistakes which I love having in my music. It was also accidentally destroyed after a gig in Dublin and has been rebuilt, making it the "Mark II"."

Shane McKenna:
Shane Mc Kenna is a music teacher and music maker based in Dublin who has been dabbling in animated graphic notation over the last few years, in a quest to create musical collaborations for all. His work has ranged from live performances to workshops and installations, working with a wide range of performers and musicians from electronic artists and random punters in the Bernard Shaw to the ICC ensemble and the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland.

Keith Lindsay:
Keith Lindsay is a sound recordist / designer / soundtracker by day and producer of a range of styles from jungle to ambient by night. He'll be presenting an improvised laptop set based upon recorded and designed sounds used in various film sound projects he has worked on over the last year.


In the front bar we'll have the following DJ's:

Noid the Droid, playing a selection of electronic cuts and weirdness from his vast collection of weird electronic music!

Fyodor, playing abstract / esoteric musics from the fringes of the outer rim, with an interesting approach to turntable use.

Steve Cross, playing a selection of ambient / electronica from the heyday, with the possibility of some electro flavours creeping in here and there...

The gig is free in, and on during a more compact time frame, 4-9pm, as we realise that most people enjoy not being awake / doing anything too early on Sunday...
Sunil Sharpe - No Beatmatching mix for SSTN by SSTN

Tasty mix here from Dublin DJ legend Sunil Sharpe, specially selecting tunes for a diverse mix full of rarely heard gems.

Tracklisting:

Raymond Scott – Memories
Silver Apples - Lovefingers
The Master Musicians of Joujouka – A Wedding In Joujouka, October 1994
Devo – Shrivel Up
Wire – French Film Blurred
The Fall – Riddler!
Captain Beefheart – Trust Us (Take 9)
Tom Waits – Top Of The Hill
Dillinger – Cane River Rock
Konono No.1 - Kulekule
Fourtet - Clouding
Arovane – Ten Hours
Clownface – Nowhere To Run
Neu! - Negativland
Alec Empire – I Can Hear The Winds Of Saturn
Arpanet - Heisenberg Compensation
The Sabres Of Paradise – Flight Path Estate
Einsturzende Neubauten – Vanadium-I-Ching
Die Fantischen Vier – Krieger [Aphex Twin remix]
This Heat – 24 Track

Overdubs:

White Noise
Fourtet
Suicide
Freddie Fresh
Roger Doyle

Artwork by Chris Flynn.