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Surachai – Temple of the Weakening Sun

This version of Temple of the Weakening Sun is an abbreviated cut from my live show which you can see January 22nd at Bl_k Noise. Please forgive my technical ignorance regarding anything video, and even audio – I still have no idea what I’m doing. We hope you enjoy.

Pre Production
We researched high frame rate cameras that were cost effective and came up short. The only way to achieve what I was envisioning, without a compromising work around, was using the Phantom camera. The Phantom Miro is an interesting camera which turns a few seconds of footage into a few minutes. It shoots in 3 second bursts, making choreography and planning essential for a useful shot. Luckily the Phantom has onboard editing for heads and tails which helps with cutting the fat and saving disk space. While researching, most footage we came across of the Phantom was clinical, uninspiring and more or less used for experiments and tests – we wanted to create something that was thematic, stylized and story driven. Naturally, I drew inspiration from the world which my previous album artworks lived in, works by Sarah Sitkin (Heavy Mask, To No Avail), Kraw (Heavy Mask, Ritual), and Emilie Elizabeth (Instinct and Memory, Ritual) and expanded on it. The Metal piece, made by Hvnter Gvtherer, and cloak, made by Wulfka, were repurposed from the Instinct and Memory album artwork.

The music was created before any of the story was conceived or written down. I wanted to have the soundtrack create a story through its arrangements and overall mood. Because of the constant versioning up between music and picture, its drawn out process that required constant access to an editor. The tracks were composed using the TTSH and Cwejman S1 MKII with the Arturia Beatstep Pro. The Prophet 6 contributed some background textures and guitars were added after screening a few versions.

Production
The shoot took place in Cape Kiwanda, Oregon over 2 days. A beautiful and deceptively dangerous place where five people died from accidents in the 8 months leading up to the shoot. Being a small crew of 3, we had to wear many hats behind the production. In general and with many exceptions, I was assigned to throwing the cape, Anj was behind the camera, and Francis scouted locations and acted as a general wardrobe / makeup artist. The first day was characteristically Pacific Northwestern with constant cold rain and overcast which obviously is not ideal for a mostly nude model and our gear. The locations didn’t help either for Zara, she was barefoot on slippery rocks, wet sand, mud and grass. Zara was incredibly patient with us, the weather, the wardrobe, and technical difficulties. She came over and watched the selects with us everyday and was quick to learn our unorthodox way of working.

Post Production
Zak and I passed picture and music edits back and forth for a couple weeks and worked out something that flows very well in a live setting. After some debate we decided that the full length was appropriate for a live setting (where you’re forced to watch) but too long for a normal viewer in front of a computer and decided on a concise and impactful edit for the public. Anj worked on color correction. Francis rotoscoped a lot of details of out the shots like tattoos and piercings, or the climax shot. I tried to stay out of the way in post.

Release
After considering several different physical releases to accompany the film, I felt that this was a learning experience to the many planned future endeavors and that getting the world to see Temple was more important than recovering costs. If you want to support, buy music or merch at my Bandcamp.

Created by Surachai, Anj Puglise, Francis Kmiecik, Zak Kiernan.
Metalwork – Hvnter Gvtherer
Wardrobe – Wulfka
Starring – Zara Luttrell

All photos by Francis Kmiecik
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BL_K Noise. January 22nd, Los Angeles. Lot 613.

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Happy new year everyone. LOOK AT THIS LINEUP. We’ve been working hard and against many odds trying to get the annual BL_K Noise show ready – and we’ve finally arrived. If you’re around the Los Angeles area that weekend, especially for NAMM – come out, hear amazing music, and most of all, lets have fun.

The 8th annual convention inspired event will present an amalgamation of Audio / Visual live performances from various corners of North America. Showcasing avante garde, left field and thought provoking sound, BL_K Noise’s musical program will focus on artists that implement video along with their sets for a full immersive experience. Every performer will be accompanied by expert content manipulators / creators. Oktaform, Effix and others will administer their high caliber compositions live. This will be a unique nightlife experience. Attendance very necessary.

Sunday January 22, 2017. 6PM – 12AM.
Lot 613
613 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Tickets & Information
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Alessandro Cortini
[Performing ‘Spie’ from his Make Noise release with custom visuals]

Second Woman
[Joshua Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv performing as SW for the second time since Atonal]

Richard Devine (Visuals by: Oktaform)
[Live generative modular mayhem with custom visuals by Oktaform]

Deru (Visuals by: EFFIXX)
[Debuting new material with new visuals with EFFIXX ]

Surachai
Performing Temple of the Weakening Sun, an audio visual experience]

Hypoxia (Visuals by: Oktaform)
[Warming up the night with lush modular synthesis with visuals by Oktaform]

Tickets & Information
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Hyperbole – Houston, TX. Dec 18-19.

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DEFUNKT & Soundsystem Cultures LLC are proud to present Hyperbole. Join us Saturday and Sunday night after the festival for after hours music and visual performances. Set times TBA. Powered by Funktion-One (Official).

Night One:
>> Telefon Tel Aviv
>> Qebrus
>> Hitori Tori
>> cygnus
>> Dylan Cameron
>> Trax Rebo
>> Rose Croix
>> P.L.X.T.X
>> zvλd
>> Luuli
>> Ohr
>> Slacktivist
>> Easyjack
>> Samyaza

Night Two:
>> Richard Devine
>> Surachai
>> Daed
>> Shwex
>> Acid Jeep
>> Trip the Light
>> Five Step Path
>> Kona FM
>> Secret Recipe Music
>> Naudible

18+
Single Day Pass – $20 / 2 Day Pass – $30
Vanguard Warehouse
7115 Harrisburg Blvd
Houston, TX 77011

Surachai – Temple of the Weakening Sun (Preview)

Created by Surachai, Anj Puglise, Francis Kmiecik, Zak Kiernan.
Full Length Release: Winter 2016.

Surachai – https://surachai.bandcamp.com/
Anj Puglise – http://dailyanj.tumblr.com/
Francis Kmiecik – http://www.halfanese.com/
Zak Kiernan – http://thedoomcult.com/

Hypoxia – Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief

As a follow-up to the sold-out and critically acclaimed ‘A Constant Preparation For Loss’ EP, Moe Espinosa’s Hypoxia presents ‘Unwilling Suspension of Disbelief’, a two track EP containing improvised pieces of music captured in front of a live audience in two cities on two continents.

‘Distant Mystic’ was recorded in Berlin inside of a vast industrial hall that provides the perfect atmospheric environment to vaccinate melancholy in its melodies. ‘

‘Active Tension’ was recorded at the debut label showcase for BL__K NOISE. The performance was orchestrated in front of the very close audience from which Hypoxia draws influence.

This unpolished recording process embraces all the imperfections of improvisation and eschews any post production or overdubs. Single tracks are performed live with a Make Noise shared system modular synthesizer through a Strymon blue sky reverb pedal.

Like the first Hypoxia record, Hypoxia II was crafted 100% in Los Angeles, California with the artist’s hand in every step. This personal approach to bring art to fruition proves tedious and time-consuming – the transportation of the raw vinyl material from manufacturer to pressing plant in LA traffic, the hand-pressing of each record in a blistering lab, the design of artwork and packaging, the shipping each order received to the artist’s bandcamp page. Despite the toiling efforts, Moe feels this process is the most rewarding in sharing his work.

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David Lynch on Having a Setup

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Some mornings, in a perfect world, you might wake up, have a coffee, finish meditation, and say, “Okay, today I’m going into the shop to work on a lamp.” This idea comes to you, you can see it, but to accomplish it you need what I call a “setup.” For example, you may need a working shop or a working painting studio. You may need a working music studio. Or a computer room where you can write something. It’s crucial to have a setup, so that, at any given moment, when you get an idea, you have the place and the tools to make it happen.

When you don’t have a setup, there are many times when you get the inspiration, the idea, but you have no tools, no place to put it together. And the idea just sits there and festers. Over time, it will go away. You didn’t fulfill it—and that’s just a heartache.

— David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish

Richard Devine – Ringing Rocks

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Field recordings of the Ringing Rocks, music made with Rocks :-)
All sounds captured with the Sony PCM-D100 24bit-96khz
Download the Kontakt kit here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/owre3t7wzslqcr3/RingingRock-Samples-RD.zip?dl=0

Mechanism – Sweet Justice Sound, Richard Devine & SoundMorph

Made in collaboration with Sweet Justice Sound, Richard Devine, and SoundMorph, MECHANISM is a Steampunk inspired collection of gears, contraptions, metal, impacts, and of course: mechanisms. All captured with the Sanken C0-100k microphone

Mechanism – $69

Richard Devine – Mutant Mesh Drums Patch

Mutant Mesh Drums Patch from Richard Devine on Vimeo.

Short Patch experiment with a few new modules, including the Mutant BD9, Mutant Snare, Pico Drums x 2, running through various effects. The main CV modulation sources in the patch are the Modcan Quad LFO, and the new Forge which was used to create a fast quick modulation bursts to the Amp decay Pitch etc on the BD9. Drones via the Music Thing Radio Music, playing a feedback drone wave going through the Tiptop Z-DSP “Halls of Valhalla card, program 7.
I ran the BD9 through the new black hole DSP module by Erica Synths, and the Mutable Instruments Clouds running a unreleased firmware, and finally some Rainmaker X 2 for the snare processing, pitch delays. There is also a bit of Z-DSP, Eventide H9, AD Reverb, OWL, and ErbVerb too. Enjoy, download to the audio file below. :-)

Track Download: bit.ly/29VjOOS

VIRGO – Drum Samples THAT SOUND by Jamie Lidell

What do you call a collection of sounds so distinctive, so unique, and so other worldly that it can only be described celestial or extra-terrestrial? You call it Virgo.

Virgo is a library full of the most extraordinary drum samples and loops in our catalog. These sounds are unusual and unbelievable in the best way possible. Taken from the personal archives of Grammy-nominated producer, Jamie Lidell, these drum samples pave the path for personal expression and creativity.

We often refer to Jamie as the “mad scientist” of electronic sound. Virgo is an anthology of electronic sounds made through the operation of vintage, analogue gear. Unlike most software applications, Virgo’s grit and rarity comes from old equipment with an emphasis on signal chain, not software. Naturally, this means you could manipulate your current plugins until the sun goes down and never arrive at these sounds.

The single hits feature an Ensoniq Mirage, SP1200, Moog Voyager, Star Electronics Synare 3, Publison Infernal Machine, Lexicon Prime Time, UA 2100, Neve Master Buss Processor, Chandler Curve Bender and a Burl Bomber. The loops? Well, let’s just say the loops are hand selected from various personal “Lidellian” archived recordings, as well as some loops created by our That Sound team.

SPEC SHEET
SAMPLES ARE 24BIT 44.1KHZ KICKS =100
SNARES = 93
HIHATS = 38
FX = 82
CLAP =25
PERC = 36
TOM = 30
LOOPS = 49

– Virgo Sample Bank by Jamie Lidell

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