Konstanzegraff is a project by Oxford musician James Davies (Spunkle, Small Machine, Vehicle Derek) investigating long-form, minimal electronica. Starting at the beginning of 2009, the gestation of the five tracks reflects their sonic landscape; lengthy, slow-burning and without climax. Konstanzegraff’s style of minimalism owes a debt to the limitless purism of northern Europe but looks […]
Note, Spunkle now has a Facebook page, where there are a great deal more photos and bits and pieces.
I came across this page recently which is a Japanese page about “Music for DXing”. What’s interesting is that this page has uncovered one of the two secret messages on the LP… 🙂 If this is no longer online, download a copy here. If you can’t read Japanese, here’s a translated version.
Back in 1999, I released a record that you couldn’t play. What follows is taken from the press sheet. Imagine 7″ vinyl and art combined. A record made without instruments, tape recorders, computers or sound, made without going into a recording studio, made without a conception of how it will be heard until it is […]
Music For DXing is still available via First Fold Records. As is the new edition of Premier Pli, which features an essay and illustration by me called “Examining The Structure Of Nostalgia”. There’s also a CD with a new track by me too.
Earlier this week I took up an opportunity to talk to The SWLing Post about “Music For DXing“. Read the full article here. Many thanks to Thomas for including me on his site!
Some stuff unearthed online… The original demo tape review from July 1997. The original Shifty Disco singles club CD review from August 1997. A review of the 0-60 Boxed Set which mentions Spunkle. Facebook!
In approx chronological order of year of forming/ me joining… Volts (1982) Legg Legg the Philbert (1985) Oggy 9 (1986) The Nicaraguan Babies (1986) Petrol Ignition (1986) Volvo to Hell and the Bedford Van Ensemble (1986) 54 MS (1986) Psychic Del and Jim (1986) Acid (1987) Dere Little Chaps (1987) The CSE (1987) A Completely […]
Seems Music For DXing caught the ears of the musicinoxford.co.uk crew, with a mention in their “favourite releases of 2011” list and a nice, short summing up: “One of the most unexpected releases of the year is made up of radio transmissions and low-fi keyboards – surprisingly compelling stuff.” Thanks guys!
Found a rehearsal recording of this on a random MP3 trawl the other night and realised we had a clip of it from a live gig… This was an awfully hot summer night down in High Wycombe, but it was jolly good fun.
Well, we had so much fun at BOYD the first that we did it again, this time at the Bull’s Head in Moseley with promoters Marclar. This time Papa November and Them Use Them were joined by Deep Grass and Juneau Brothers. I supplied guitar as part of Papa November’s set like last time…though there […]
Good old First Fold Records had a bash at Grand Union Studios in Birmingham, with The Plague Doctor, Pierre and Karlheinz, The Resource Centre, The Assembled Minds, Papa November and Einstellung. (image shamelessly pilfered from Mr Tonge). I was guesting on guitar with Papa November, and a splendid time was had. See the video below!
I saw Lifescreen up in Leeds back in April and was blown away – they are an incredible rock group and now, even more incredibly, they’re giving away their back catalogue for free! Download it ALL here and ask yourself why this band are not MASSIVE!
Played a short set of improvised grooves at the Premier Pli launch, part of Gareth Courage’s “From The Ashes Of Industry We Rise” exhibition. I played guitar and Stu checked his email…(!) Thanks to Maria for the video!