Zombierella: Messer Chups, Tentative Reels and Bleak Engineers

 

 

 

 

Three recent favourites featuring impressive bassist and vocalist Svetlana Negaeva AKA “Zombierella” of Tentative ReelsMesser Chups and Bleak Engineers.

 

 

I was drawn to this in my search for surf rock a few weeks ago and was not disappointed that the search lead me beyond Link Wray and Dick Dale to some equally very cool new surf rock and cold wave sounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atrium by Sex Park

 

 

New and recommended: Atrium by Sex Park

Well, it is my birthday soon so I decided to treat myself and this is one of a few albums and singles I picked up.

I stumbled on this band as a recommended similar sound to another group I’m getting into at the moment.

If you like 80s goth sounds, check this out:

 

 

Things to do in Isolation

 

 

I’m personally okay with the ‘new normal’ of social distancing and I welcome the new found peace in my neighbourhood, along with fresher air when I’ve ventured outside for exercise and provisions.

Pollution here in London has definitely reduced, the air smells fresher, skies look bluer, clouds look whiter fluffier, tree’s even look fuller and greener than this same time last year.  Urban wildlife seem to be loving it as well, foxes making more noise than usual.  It has felt like a long holiday to be honest, the local environment, on a sunny day especially, has felt like a nicer place to live.

One of the best new things was enrolling on a free online course to learn guitar scales and chord progressions with Berklee College of Music.

I’m around half way through the course and I’ve definitely learnt a lot of useful stuff I can use in my own song writing and guitar solo improvisations.

It was worth the time just to discover DOO WOP chord progressions.  Where have they been all my life?  I knew there was something missing. Doo Wop has to be the coolest chord progression ever.

 

 

I can’t recommend this course highly enough for a beginner or someone, like me, who has had a guitar for a while and wants to expand their skills.  Learning scales and chord progressions will definitely do that.

I found the course on Class Central and is running via Coursera.

 

Another cool thing was the free software offers from Korg and Moog:

 

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I took advantage of the Moog Minimoog Model D and Korg iKaossilator software downloads when they were free.  Both are very good, faithful versions of the real thing.

The Moog sounds great and has pretty much the same basic functions as the real one – albeit in limited software form, and you will need very small fingers to play the keys, operate switches and oscillator dials on an iPhone screen, no doubt slightly easier on an iPad, but still a very cool app.

The iKaossilator is a fun app as well with tons of sounds and variations to ‘occupy your mind.’  I imagine the hardware version is pretty similar and fun.

Still waiting for a free download link to the Nine Inch Nails’ Ghosts V – VI double album offered for free a few weeks ago. The site was apparently inundated.

It’s a nice relaxing, ambient album.  I’ve listened to it on YouTube and watched the interview with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross explaining how they made it, pretty much one song per day with Trent playing around with the instruments, playing whatever comes to mind, and Atticus recording everything on a loop then arranging it into tracks.

 

 

There is a lot of very good free music available as well on Bandcamp.

Aside from this I’ve been working on a few musical ideas of my own. I got a sale of a single track the other day just when I was ready to do something else. I have a few more tracks to add to that before release.

 

 

Tyrell Mind

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Last of the electronic experiments for a while, here is a four track Techno EP entitled Tyrell Mind – inspired by the original Blade Runner world.

 

 

 

 

I’ll be focusing on more guitar based music over the summer.

 

 

 

The Hunt – short movie review

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The Hunt is definitely one of the more enjoyable horror movies I’ve seen for a while. It is gratuitous right off the bat but does it with enough humour to make it entertaining in a Troma-esque way.

It starts off pretty extreme then takes us to a place  where the rest of the story plays out.  There are a few surprises and plenty of dark humour to set this one apart.

 

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For me it has the qualities of a cult horror, good performances from fairly unknown actors – as well as Hilary Swank, a decent idea based on elites kidnapping then hunting down ‘deplorable’s’ on a private manor, but doesn’t go too far and sets things up nicely for more in the series.

 

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If you liked the end scene in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” – or any Tarantino film, low budget horror in general, you’ll probably enjoy this. I’m not massively into gory movies but this one had enough surprises and humour to make it worth watching.

Avoid the trailers, they’re full of spoilers.

 

Isolation Projekt

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Three tracks created exclusively with the Isolation Loops sound pack from Hainbach

It was tempting to add my own sounds but I challenged myself not to. I was looking for a deep bass and percussion so I had to play around to create them from the sounds available.