Second Square To None

We want a large collection of 10 second long pieces of audio / music made by people based in Ireland. As digital media proliferates, attention spans grow smaller, and as the recession flourishes a lot of creative people now have a lot of free time on their hands! So what better way to pass this time than to make a ridiculously short piece of music...

There are only 3 rules with this: submissions must be
  1. exactly 10 seconds long,
  2. original (i.e. not somebody else's copyrighted music)
  3. be in uncompressed .wav or .aif format.
One per artist please. The music or recording can be in any style, and is not restricted to electronic music. So far we've asked artists who have played at our events previously, and would now like to open the project to anyone who wants to contribute.

The deadline is September 15th.

  • Submissions will be presented publically at our gig during the festival (more details coming soon), and on a special page on our website in a suitably quadrilateral style.

  • We have invited 5 acts to use these submissions as the basis of their livesets - you will hear your sounds re-interpreted in a variety of different ways depending on the artist in question. The pool of sounds / music we have so far is deep and wide, and the more there are the more the live acts have to work with.

  • You will be playing a small but important part in an internationally recognised art festival and your sense of achievment will last a lot longer than 10 seconds!

Tell any Irish-based people you know who might be interested please!

You can upload your Ten Second pieces to our dropbox below, or email us.

Send me your track

This weeks set features turntable genius from Galway native Jimmy the Hideous Penguin.

Jimmy the Hideous Penguin
Jimmy the Hideous Henguin or Jimmy Penguin is a Galway-based turntable musician who believes in the free distribution of digital media. Most of his music can be downloaded for free on myspace or jamendo.
He is involved in 'Community Scratch', a collective of dj's who aim to promote turntable music and the people involved.

Art by Chris Flynn.


Line-up for SSTN_5 August 9th

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 0 comments

We've confirmed the line-up for the next Second Square to None gig in Twisted Pepper on Sunday 9th August.


Ramshackle Rat Liver
(Rumour has it Ramshackle Rat Liver is an alias of Prince Kong''s what he says:)

From the dribbled minds of monkeys with delusions of grandeur spews Ramshackle Rat Liver. Raised in Austria, educated in Neverland, Liver seems to be enjoying new found freedom oozing out random noises built up by years kein ohr sache, smeared with a touch of ALS living. A Family project originally, now all but abandoned and cold can it survive feeding on a diet of sine and square?
Mutated genes of the world unite in support of your new found bacterial sloth!!

(Another alias, this time from "nu-school techno" producer Rory St. John in dub mode)

Uninerves is a new 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. Visuals are being prepared for Uninerves by media whiz Fran Hartnett.

Boys of Summer
Boys of Summer feature A.Fogarty (Toymonger/Weil Rats), I.Pawle (Sea Dog/Scented Candle) & PG Symth (Jimmy Cake). Look forward to them unleashing some hellish slow synth ecstasy.

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. Visuals will be provided by Aoife de Burca.

Fyed = Fyodor and Ed Devane. Both used to play in John Mary Trilogy before moving on to other projects. Now they are heavily into making noisescapes and will be presenting a set of constantly shifting layers of sound generated from feedback processes, loop pedals, pick-ups etc. The lads plan to make the most of the new Void PA in Twisted Pepper so be prepared for a total assault across the entire frequency spectrum. Visuals will be made in conjunction with the music by Amanda Feery.


t-woc has been building dubby beats for over ten years now, with a slew of releases under his belt for the Alphabet Set (which he co-operates), Net-lab/Wrong music, All City and 3style records. t-woc uses a combination of modern digital production, vintage analogue outboard gear and live dub mixing techniques to bring his tracks to life. He also is a regular selector with the Irish roots reggae crew, Rootical Soundsystem, co-runs Dublin's dubstep monthly club 'Wobble', DJs with the Irish B-Music branch and also hosts a weekly radio show on Dublin's Irish language station Radio na Life 106.4fm.

Having put livesets to the side for the time being, T-Woc DJs a mix of his own productions, exclusive dubplates and other riddims past and present that take his fancy.

Paul Watts
One of the Lazybird label / event organisers, Paul Watts has a mind-boggling knowledge and collection of all types of music which he will be playing in the front bar of Twisted Pepper. Involved in running the legendary weekly Lazybird gigs for several years in the International Bar, and subsequently one-off gigs in Anseo and Twisted Pepper, Paul helped bring many underground / experimental acts to Dublin. Alongside fellow Lazybird organiser Neil Donovan he hosts a weekly radio show on Power FM called Radio-Inactivity (Sundays from 1-3pm on

Neil Donovan
Another Lazybird promoter with access to the kinds of weird and wonderful musics we like to have playing at our gigs. Alongside Paul Watts he co-hosts the Radio-Inactivity show on

This Monday we have a mix from Thalamus featuring a beautifully chosen mixture of experimental electronics. It's this type of DJ set that Second Square To None was started up for, showcasing a multifarious selection of influences unconstrained by the necessities of catering for a dancefloor.

(Not that we don't like heaving dancefloor bangers aswell)

Listen/download Thalamus live:

Thalamus - Part 1, DJ Set at SSTN3 by SSTN

Nemeth - Field | Film (Thrill Jockey)
Andrew Pekler - Mirrorize | Strings & Feedback (Staubgold)
Lakker - Melting Lacquer | Ruido (Lazybird)
Hasan Kasa'i - Shushtari / John Cohen - _{_}_ | Dark Instrumentals (NetLab)
Keith Fullerton Whitman - Track3A(2Waynice) | Playthoughs / Joe McPhee - Albert Ayler Tribute 2008

Thalamus - Part 2, DJ Set at SSTN3 by SSTN

Dajuin Yao - Satisfaction of Oscillation ( | Chinese Experimental Music
Thalamus & Bluefood - Celgo | Unreleased Improv 29-08-06 / Thalamus Field Recordings
Pan Sonic - Murto Neste | Kulma (Blast First) / Hasan Kasa'i - Shushtari
Aphex Twin - Green Calx | SAW 1 (R&S)
Nemeth - Ortem Ende | Film (Thrill Jockey)
Matmos - Polychords | Supreme Balloon (Matador)
Aphex Twin - Track 1 Untitled | Melodies From Mars (Unreleased)

Thalamus A.K.A. John Mahon was one of the founders of Alphabet Set, the electronic collective and label partly responsible for the current good health of the Irish electronic music scene.

Sorry, the artwork elves are taking a week off, they'll be back next week!
PushMoveClick Live At SSTN1 by SSTN

The lads put together an extremely engaging performance, patching up their modular synths on the fly between tracks, creating brooding synth sounds full of warm analogue richness.

Pushmoveclick is a live analogue modular group. They use three analogue modular synths, MPC's, home made noise boxes, effects pedals, homemade touchscreen drum machines and sequencers.

Ev is an artist who works with an assortment of media from 3-D sculpture to computer graphics. For PushMoveClick's CD she made a 3-D object with software which is shown in a series of rotations across the 20 covers.

Download part 1

Download Part 2

Two shortish mixes made / mixed by Fyodor at the first Second Square to None gig in November 2008. Fyodor has an interesting approach to using a pair of decks, hooking them up to delay / looper pedals and treating the needles and records as things to make sounds with (not necessarily the ones you'd expect!). Lots of monged vocal samples slip and slide between distorted bass monoliths, snatches of recognisable music sneak in and evaporate...this is what a bad hangover sounds like! A bit of info about Fyodor:

Fyodor used to play with the now defunct John Mary Trilogy, the four piece that included such superstars as Ed Devane, Scurvy Lass and redmonk. There he dealt mainly in rhythms and developed a taste for improvisation and noise. Fyodor is ignorant of computers, and clouds this in a puritan hardware only ethic. He is currently concentrating on live noise improvisation, and the more he progresses the further away contentment lies.

The artwork was etched directly onto the cardboard CD sleeves with a variety of sharp tools. The etchings are only visible if the sleeve is held at an angle to a light source, which the "artist" Ed Devane thought would be appropriate for the mix. We had to mess with the levels a bit for the scans to be visible at all so they look a bit green...