Friday, June 27, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Well, it is a kind of funny story how we thought of the Plasma Globe invention, and it all started on April 3 when were on a podcast for Shark vs Octopus in downtown San Francisco. Ian and Dez were interviewing us and asking us a lot of cool questions, one of the questions is here wait...I know its... we have it someplace around here because we recorded it for the you tube... hang on a sec, A-and;
So, then a week after that podcast, Matthew Zipkin or Zippy as we call him sometimes, purchased a Chinese Plasma Globe off Ebay for eight dollars. He and Cyrus tore it apart and looked around in there and then put it back together, but afterwards there was much more plasma running around inside the glass globe when it was on, pretty cool looking and we're not sure if that did something to the gas in there when we took it all apart.
We tried all sorts of things to have it make noise for us but nothing seemed to want to work so we tried holding live pickups to it, holding a live quarter inch wire and touching it, which worked but not so well as we had in mind from the podcast idea. So we kinda forgot about the whole Globe thing for maybe a month or two when Zippy got me a Thingamagoop which I've been using at shows now which is a lot of fun I sorta started looking around all the time for strange gizmos like my Thingamagoop, and that twisted speak and spell that I bought, but then I really wanted to make the globe thing after seeing how all these other cool people made these unreal sound inventions and decided to get all obsessed about it because Zip and I wanted one we could call ours, a glowing little fun to play with scream and whooper, something no one else had. At last I thought to try a theremin out. I saved up some money and bought one on the internet for a great price. When it came to my house (which only took like four days, those theremin guys rule!) Zippy and I were ready with screwdrivers and things to take the Globe and Theremin apart. We wanted to have fun taking them apart and making this nutty creation but for some reason Zippy just turned them both on and we found out that if you stand in between them wait a second Zippy kind of explained it in here someplace… hang on a sec...email searching...oh here it is... A-and:
Quite simple really!
The theremin is just plugged into Timmy's amp, and placed near him when he plays with the globe! Easy!
The theremin is designed to pick up tiny changes in the interference in its little radio field, namely body parts with high capacitance.
When you touch the globe, the "lightning" grounds to your body, covering you with static electricity.
SOOooo the theremin reacts normally to the proximity of Timmy's body – and then goes COMPLETELY APE SHIT when Timmy's body is covered in static electricity. Hence, the distortion and FUGGINCOOLness.
And so we got this kick ass invention now that we want to play live at our shows and I know we're gonna, I've been practicing a lot. We named it The
Imipolex G, after a certain type of Rocket Insulation from this crazy book I can't stop reading about deadly rockets and sex called Gravity's Rainbow.
Anyway, if anyone else out there has any ideas about how to bend the theremin or combine them into one thing I'd love some help, I'm way into knobs and switches and buttons but I haven't bent anything myself.
Now I run all of this through my mixer and into my mini Hiwatt for a really kick ass tone. I don't have my camera (left it at the gf's) so I took a cell phone picture which is blurry and crap but it'll work for now, also I am making you another video which will be uploaded tomorrow that shows all the cool noises. This stuff is all fun but the neighbors keep banging on my floor/their ceiling, Screw them, this is science....
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Despite how most people don't understand, or dislike the video. "Get Your Whistle Wet" keeps getting more and more views on Youtube! We do not understand this phonomenon but we are happy people keep watching this video. =) It is even featured today on XLR8R.COM, In fact, it's currently the #1 Video for the site.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Puzzltyme@yahoo.com or Puzzlebreaker@gmail.com
And i will send you either new art work or some kind of mixtape, or maybe even some new tunes.
Mochipet - Sharp Drest (MP3)
Folks in Seattle may recall seeing Mochipet last month dressed as a purple dinosaur terrorizing the racks of Sonic Boom during Ballard Day. Whether you were there or not, these photos from the scene are sure to entertain. On Microphonepet, the latest from David Wang, aka Mochipet, the artist has collected 20 tracks from the last five years and amassed nearly 30 guests to contribute. Born in Taiwan and now stationed in the Bay Area, Mochipet produces and creates beats spanning the hip-hop and electronic genres, often combining the two in memorable fashion. And as you’re now aware, Mochipet likes to dress up, not fancy-like but in full-on costumes. Though his in-store at Sonic Boom was short lived, the attire added volumes, leaving me more a little curious about his performances in an official capacity. Finally, Mochipet, like most DJ/producers, is seriously into the art of remixing. Last month he announced a remix contest, asking others to take a stab at his work. See what folks have come up with here. Conversely, Mochipet recently tried his hand at Jamie Lidell’s Little Bit of Feel Good, downloadable here courtesy of XLR8R. But back to the here and now, you barely have to lift a finger to enjoy this video for Get Your Whistle Wet:
AFTER BEING FEATURED ON YOUTUBE'S HOMEPAGE LAST FRIDAY MOCHIPET'S NEW VIDEO "GET YOUR WHISTLE WET" (FEAT. THE HUSTLE HEADS) GETS OVER 300,000 VIEWS IN JUST A MATER OF 2 DAYS. FAR SURPASSING THAT OF MANY OTHER FEATURED VIDEOS!!??!
THIS IS AMAZING CONSIDERING HOW MUCH EVERYONE DISLIKES, AND IS CONFUSED BY THE VIDEO! i GUESS IT'S SO BAD PEOPLE CAN'T STOP WATCHING IT. =)
SOME COMMENTS INCLUDE:
"ur ugly and ur video sucks moose balls"
"this isnt music tis garbage"
"Big commercial for shoes???I'm confused.What the hell is this shit?"
"Why on Earth was this featured?"
"Cool song, weird ass video."
"this song is to help people who are in emotional trouble commit suicide "
"Wait is the "Whistle" the shoe? If its called a whistle does it go WOOO. So you can say the whistle go woooo wooooo. You can walk in the streets in the morning and hear it screech. Then you can tell people that its like an alarm clock and that people are suppose to be up eating breakfest. "
THANKS STEVEN AND CHAD, DALYCITY LOVES YOU!
HATE THE VIDEO HERE:
Friday, June 20, 2008
so here we are in the scorching heat of a pretty notable oakland summer and I'm sweating my balls off trying to just sit still. I think i might be damaging my ears working on this new "hope again" remix but it's so f@cking hot at least i won't be able to hear the 3000 decibel fan pushing the hot air onto me while i work.
anybody check out that vortex cookies remix?
sh*t's effin rad fyi...download it(it's a post or two down i think)
and i got a lil present for y'all too:
^^^click on the pic^^^
SlowleaK records cordially invites you to enjoy
Drip 07- Build128 : Wintermute (e.p.)
" Razor sharp, stuttered break-beats, aggressively edited drum fills and melodic washes from Oakland's Build128. "
Basically the finest i can provide in bedroom weirdery.
introverted breakcore and glitch...basically all the nasty stuff I've been playing for the last few years.
In other news I've got some brand new remixes in the works too as well as a full length album I'm tentatively calling "dancefloors and death-rattles" in the works. I'm attempting to blur the lines between warehouse beats and big fancy club music with this one so expect a lot of nods towards; mainstream rap, skate-punk, booty bass, new wave and thrash as well the usual break-core mayhem.
may as well drop this in too:
^^ little vidya from last years terrorbird/dalycity records party @ 111 Minna
well that about wraps it up for this installment...always more to come.
Get your Whistle Wet Featured on Youtube Homepage...why is the song about a chia pet and they just show a shoe?
Get your whistle wet is featured on youtube's homepage. General responses include: "why is the song about a chia pet and they just show a shoe?" It's not surprising that no one know what the heck this video is about. =)
CHECK OUT... DOWNLOAD ---> MOCHIPET'S REMIX OF Robot Koch VS. Cerebral Vortex VORTEXCOOKIES
Which will be released later this year on UpMyAlley Records!!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Its a much more mellow release (ala "A Mexican Stand Off With Swords") but its just as dark and nasty as the harder stuff. It even has a Vocal track by A woman Named Golda Supernova.
All this is just a warm up to my Daly City Release.
Follow my link to my Myspace: www.myspace.com/pu22l3ed
then check my blogs to see all the puzzly goodness....
I'd have to say, I'm really amazed at all the great remixes that are coming in all around the world! It will be really hard to choose a Winner!!! -MOCHI
CLICK HERE AND CHECK THEM OUT!
When I made this first record I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I was hell bent on making something for this world, an immortality of myself locked into vinyl. I made a few scratch tracks and emailed them to few of my favorite musicians. The only one who replied to me was Danny from Menomena, he actually listened to it and told us to keep on going. So on we went. We had no guide, what we did have was a whole wall covered in brown butcher paper with a giant size timeline, graphing out each instrument. We are geometry. We became this record. Everything about the concept of a 'record' was entirely new and there was nothing we could do no wrong. We didn't have a sound, we discovered every sound along the way.
Now, as we finish up our second record. I can say that we do have a sound. I can say that we are our own guides and that we know what we're doing, well we know enough about this next record to have completely thrown it all away, and started from scratch a second time. We've been working on the new one for quite some time, almost two and half years now. So before I give you our new record, "In This Line Wish You Happiness", I give you a review of the last record, "This Is No Time For Modesty". It was written by Julia Cooper from Nascent. It's a very good description of how things were for us then. We wanted to pack everything we could in the time that grooves on the thick white vinyl would allow, and we did it, with gusto.
So you tell me in a month or so when "In This Line Wish You Happiness" is released, are we all playing same song?
CD Review: The Bad Hand's This Is No Time for Modesty
By Julia Cooper
San Francisco experimental trio the Bad Hand seems like the kind of group that'll try anything once. On This Is No Time for Modesty, the band's staple rock instrumental base of guitar, Rhodes piano, and drums gets invaded by a gaggle of other genres and sounds, resulting in an ambitious mix of kitchen-sink sonic collages with varying degrees of success. (more >>)
The band certainly offers enough surprises to satisfy anyone bored with the verse-chorus-verse same-old same-old, as the musicians follow a slew of paths within the album and on the songs themselves. Just when you begin to brace yourself for an all-instrumental record, “Hell Bent” drops in soft, girly vocals; or dirgy grunge falls into good ol' Southern blues on “Then He Tried to Kiss Me”; or an interlude of fart-like kazoo sounds (“Short Door”) creeps into the batch.
Some of the tracks that fail to catch on weave together so many melodic and genre-hopping fragments that they leave listeners with little to grasp onto. The occasionally rough mixes, as on the hard-rock mishmash “How to Know When” and on the tail end of the disjointed “South Door,” which awkwardly melds a church organ with Southern blues guitar, can make one wonder: Are these guys all playing the same song?
But the band is legitimately enjoyable when it tones it down a few notches and sticks to one groove, like on “En Attenant De Baiser,” a proggy swirl of fuzzy guitars and shifting time signatures that drifts into funky jazz percussion and discordant piano tinkers; “The Twist,” which melds a paced electro pulsing with rainforest flutes and romantic whispers; and the best track, “Lo Ha,” a somber acoustic tremolo piece blended with funereal violin for a chilled out and downright lovely ambiance.
Perhaps most admirably, This Is No Time for Modesty showcases a band with oodles of energy that, when focused, can traverse a range of music and still pull it off -- most of the time.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
WHAT THE F*&^?
It's too early for people to tell me that I look homeless and that they hate my jeans, and they do it all quietly and look at me sideways like they are doing me favor. Makes me wanna play with my speak and spell at high vollume for hours, ignoring everyone.
...and in response to all the assholes who make fun of me for wearing ski goggles when I do things (play music, grocery shop, hang out); I saw some hipster wearing ski goggles and he had a relatively HOT hipstress hanging on his arm. He wore em with pride, inspiring. I say to you and you and you and you; LEAVE ME ALONE. Let me have my jesus hair, speak and spell, japanese jeans and ski goggles, quit looking at me and mind your own damn business.
Monday, June 16, 2008
dDamage's Justin Timberlake in Paris Core is up on the Deezer Electro Charts, France's #1 Web based radio. Viva La China! Electro Pet.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Check Out A Review of Microphonepet and Feel My China II in the new TRAX Magazine (France) along with a Remix of Justin Timberlakecore by dDamage in the Sampler CD!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Come Celebrate under the stars 8 years of Music, Friends and Family!
8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY GATHERING
JUNE 13th, 14th, & 15th, 2008
Northern California / USA / Earth
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Mochipet Sings on with M-Audio a division of Avid as an offical sponsored artist. M-Audio will sponsor Mochipet's Release Party for his new album "Microphonepet" on August 9th in San Francisco, along with Terrorbird, ArtnowSF, Guardian, as a collaboration for the Juxtapoz monthly release party in San Francisco, CA. Stay tuned for more from Mochipet and M-audio.