The 4am: 22 – Crawling Inside Your Body

June 23rd, 2010 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am doesn’t survive without new music. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

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22: Crawling Inside Your Body

It’s another quiet, darkened, meditative one.

 
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(Mysterious technical problems continue to plague the 4am. Have tried a few tweaks. Any problems, please use the comments thread. Ta.)

Jimmy and the Binliners – Walk It Out (0:31)

Scratch River Telegraph Company – “The Crawling House” (3:49)

Robboland – “threefiveoh” (3:24)

clearsignals – “vv cephei a” (6:12)

I†† – “?¬¬†” (5:03)

Sugar Sphinx – “Someone Has Done This” (5:55)

Hello. Brief liner notes follow.

Hey, if you want a different piece of intro music, you’re going to have to make it and send it to me. I like this one.

(Also, I seriously would make an entire 4am out of pieces that were 31 seconds or less in length. Seriously.)

Scratch River Telegraph Company are very new, I’m told, and can be found at this link here. Very lovely low-key strange blues.

Robboland says: “I’m sending you a tune which seems strangely relevant, being that it’s called three five oh, due to it being recorded at 3:50am one dark and twisty night, somewhere near the edge of the UK. It’s all done on a couple of classical guitars and a bass, with my own fair hands, and probably a bottle of red wine somewhere along the way for that extra ‘I don’t know what’ (sorry, don’t speak French).” Please help him to either drink more or learn French.

Clearsignals describes his work as “Electronic soundtracks for stars comprised of skittish beats, nonlinear melodic patterns, and bass duets between the synthetic and actual.” His piece comes from the album “stars lost your name.”

I†† bear one of those witch house style names that make them impossible to search. Thankfully, SoundCloud doesn’t truck with such youthful shenanigans, and so you can find them there as http://soundcloud.com/itt.

Sugar Sphinx doesn’t have a website, but its alter ego Paul Kopal has a site for his art.


The 4am: 21 – Sleep Department

June 17th, 2010 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am doesn’t survive without new music. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

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21: Sleep Department

 
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(The download link above should work. If you’re in Chrome, I’ve found that you need to just click it, not right-click and try “save link as”. In other browsers, “save to target” might also give you a bit of gyp. Any problems, please use the comments thread. Ta.)

Jimmy and the Binliners – “Walk It Out” (0:31)

Mysterians – “Shivering Sands” (3:10)

Taphead – “Bells of the Chapel” (5:37)

Dav Yuk Bon – “Ennui” (7:40)

MILD MAYNYRD – “Nordic” (2:10)

AM – “Colors” (3:23)

Hello. Brief liner notes follow.

Yes, I’m opening with “Walk It Out” again. I don’t care what you think of me. I would make podcasts out of nothing but 31-second pieces if they all made me smile like that one.

From here: it’s all sleepy and swoony stuff. I like to use a bunch of the ambient/microtonal/shoegazey stuff in one go. Just don’t loop it, or after thirty minutes Jimmy And The Binliners will blast you awake.

I dunno if the Mysterians named their piece after my book SHIVERING SANDS or the seafort of the same name. It didn’t bias me. Really. It is old-style ooeeeoooo spookylicious.

Taphead, like Mysterians’ “Nigredo,” is a regular on my message board, I believe. This also did not bias me. A fair number of musical types hang out there. Taphead says of this, “It’s got bells and whistles, neither of which are what they sound like.”

Dav Yuk Bon‘s “Ennui,” also entitled “that i would find you,” is by his description “ambient aggro, somewhere between paranoia and ambient.”

MILD MAYNYRD offers no link, and says only “I make Hip-Hop for friends who rap, but I also make Electronica/Industrial stuff. I’ve finished one EP and am working on another. A small taste is enclosed.” Again, I think you can find him on Whitechapel, and google gave me this.

AM sound a bit confused: their covering note reads in its entirety “an email was forwarded to me about sending music here.” I wonder if they were threatened, or commanded by some shadowy unknown force.

Thanks for reading this far, and thanks for listening. If you liked it, please tell people, so these musicians can grow their audiences and eventually buy food with money.


The 4am: 20 – Making Bells Out Of Bones

June 4th, 2010 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

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20: Making Bells Out Of Bones

 
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(direct download link in case the one above fails again)

Lester and the Hoax – “Jellybeanz” (2:27)

Margaras – “Noisegrind” (2:52)

Brent Wilcox – “Gametime” (1:18)

Horrorfall – “Necroplasm Fix” (3:45)

Steve Long – “Uneasy” (1:57)

Max Xiantu – “Forget The Future” (5:00)

Jimmy and the Binliners – “Walk It Out” (0:31)

Hello. Brief liner notes follow.

Lester and the Hoax gift me with the first song off their new EP, which I imagine you can find out more about here.

Margaras, also known as Ryan Abbott, puts most of his stuff up on archive.org for free, and can also be found on myspace.

Old friend of The 4am Brent Wilcox says of “Gametime”:

“This sound sculpture may or may not be finished. Been trying to decide that for a couple months now. But its current state amuses me. I can say that most of the sounds came originally from the same source, but none of them resemble that source now.”

Horrorfall say of “Necroplasm Fix’:

“…it’s our first single, and will be featured on the season premiere of TRUE BLOOD on June 13th. Taken from the forthcoming EP, BLOODWORK.”

http://horrorfall.com and http://horrorfall.bandcamp.com are where you find more from them.

Steve Long has no website and has nothing to say, but we’re going to thank him for his lovely bit anyway. It’s how music boxes should sound.

“here’s one i made with glasses and locks. an old synthesizer and a guitar amp” says Max Xiantu. It’s long and peaceful, like a factory having a pleasant dream.

And Jimmy and the Binliners walk it out, as my little 4am signature for the moment, because it’s my podcast and I can do what I like. Also, they told me I could.

If you liked it, tell your friends.

(And, if you missed it, here’s #19.)


The 4am: 19 – Kick Off The Dirt

May 30th, 2010 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (I’ll also take field recordings, noise and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

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19: Kick Off The Dirt

 
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Jimmy and the Binliners – “Walk It Out” (0:31)

Akira The Don – “Be Brave” (4:28)

Space Heroes Of The People – “Skylon” (3:53)

Kemper Norton – “Helston Music Fayre 1994″ (6:37)

Vomitus Skink – “Dirty Parks” (0:39)

(EDIT: new direct download link if the one above fails)

And The 4am is back for another round.

I’m not mixing the file down to 128k this time, so it’s going to be a bigger file size. We’ll see how that works out. This is a short, simple one, mostly about finding out if I’ve remembered how to do this. So here’s what I’ve got:

Jimmy And The Binliners’ “Walk It Out” is such a thing of riotous and triumphant drunken joy that it should probably be the 4am ident music for this entire run. Yoav Segal of the band tells me there’s no website set up yet, but:

As a Whitechapel lover you may enjoy some films I’ve made about the history of the area. My grandfather, a great man, helped orchestrate the Battle of Cable Street against Mosley and I’ve made a doc and animated short inspired by his memories.

Akira The Don. AKIRA THE FUCKING DON. Was kind of amazed when this turned up, and I’m privileged to have this for the podcast. Attached note read in part:

Big fan! Since I was a tiny boychild, nicking comics in Liverpool. True stories. Now I am all grown, and I make pop music with rapping in it. I just dropped a mixtape comprised entirely of Street Fighter samples. It’s called The Street Fighter Mixtape. It’s been amazingly popular for some reason. It’s here.

Space Heroes Of The People have long specialised in eccentric electropop. In “Skylon” they bolt a time machine on to a synth for retroelectro fun. You can find them at http://spaceheroes.net, where you can download all their older stuff for free.

Of course, it’s never a new season of The 4am without a bit of Kemper Norton, slurtronic shaman of the Cornish moors. He says of “Helston Music Fayre 1994″:

Overdosing on ultrapotent local brew Spingo and cut-price hallucinogens, ignoring the tie-dye special offers, stumbling into town in blazing heat for pasties and cigarette papers, whiting out at the duckpond, and occasionally dancing. The memories come dripping back.
From the upcoming Lowender e.p. by Kemper Norton, an overstimulated and unstable celebration of Cornish festivals. Lowender means “happiness” in Cornish.

And a lovely coda from Vomitus Skink, who further inform:

Vomitus Skink is currently putting together a collective of like minded individuals and will be performing live before the end of the year. Both releases from Vomitus Skink are still available for free download. There are still a few copies of the first collection, in mude, on CD available, but the second release Coitus Sonitus is sold out. Information on everything Vomitus Skink can be found here: (myspace) (soundcloud)


The 4am: 18 – Machinespeaks

January 22nd, 2009 | podcast

The 4am is a selection composed entirely of music sent to me by artists. If you want your music (and, hell, I’ll even take field recordings and spoken-word) to be played on The 4am, email your 128kbps-plus mp3 files directly to warrenellis@gmail.com. Include your website address, please. The 4am is mixed down to 128kbps, is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. If you like the 4am, please tell people. The 4am shits fireworks and baby heads.

The podcast feed for The 4am is: http://warrenellis.com/?feed=podcast

18: Machinespeaks

 
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Maddest Kings Alive – “Measles” (4:02)

Clique Talk – “Sputter” (6:29)

Xykogen – “My Unquiet Mind” (4:04)

Bokeh – “In October We Will” (7:28)

Electronic noises, this week. Just brief notes again, sorry:

Maddest Kings Alive get as close to 8bit postrock as I’ve ever heard. Or will probably ever hear. Clique Talk are from Chicago and I know nothing else about them save that they claim to be fanboys. Xykogen have a new, free album out this month, at this link. Bokeh is Mandy Matz, known to longtime readers & listeners as Theory Anesthetic, working with Mykel Boyd, multitalented founder of the Somnimage label.

I hope you like what you find. Next week will probably be all guitars.

EDIT: apparently the mp3 Xykogen sent me was fucked up somehow, and they desire that you go here to listen to “My Unquiet Mind” in the form they intended (and also you can download it and the rest of the album it’s on for free!).