What does cloud computing sound like?

I have recently had a short piece of work posted onto the Cities and Memory website as a guest addition.

Cities and Memory is a sound project that attempts to record both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at at time.

Field Recording’s are accompanied by a reworking, a processing or an interpretation that imagines that place and time as somewhere else, somewhere new. The listener can choose to explore locations through their actual sounds, or explore interpretations of what those places could be – or to flip between the two different sound worlds at leisure.

My recordings originate from the sounds inside the Birmingham City University Data Centre at the Edgbaston Campus having recently taken a number of sound and video recordings there.

City Version

Memory Version

For further information on the work I am doing with acoustic ecology and the impact of cloud computing, please visit The Cloud is More Than Air and Water.

PVT – Homosapien (Nedry Remix)

I absolutely love PVT. I recently shared a billing with them at the Land of Kings Festival, playing with Midnight Davis. I hadn’t seen them live in a while and was really excited to see them with their new album material. To be fair, the show overall was a bit difficult and the venue was clearly tough for them to play at but I couldn’t believe how solid they sounded and how sophisticated their song craft is. I really do think they’ve got something special coming from them. I’ve seen them quite a few times now and as they evolve, I still love what they do with their blend of electronics and live instruments.

I made a remix with Chris Amblin for PVT for their track Homosapien. In typical Nedry style, we’ve tried to deviate from the original as much as possible and put our own slant on it.

How to Destroy Angels – How Long (Nedry Remix)

I made a remix with long term collaborator and friend Chris Amblin as part of the How to Destroy Angels remix project. HTDA is a electronic sideproject/super group made by Trent Reznor, Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross, and Rob Sheridan and basically sounds like an american version of Fever Ray. That being said, they have an amazing looking live show because they’ve thrown tons of money into making it a spectacular visual performance. Given the live shows of Nine Inch Nails, I expect its an amazing show and perhaps one day I’ll be able to see them.

For now, I’ll have to make do with making a remix using various elements the band put up online. Its a bit of a competition for the remix where the band will apparently listen to the remixes and choose their favourite. There are a LOT of remixes so I don’t know what kind of quality control process they will undertake but I’m really proud of what we made and hopefully we’ll make the cut.

Love – Daughter (Nedry Remix)

I’m really pleased to say that today, Nedry released a remix for the song Love by Daughter.

Daughter are an English based band signed to the awesome 4AD label. My friend Shuta Shinoda at Tinroom Studios engineered a few of the tracks on their new album If You Leave which is absolutely fantastic.

The singer is beautifully haunting and the theme of ‘Love’ is horrific so I really enjoyed working with Chris on this Nedry remix.

You can grab it for free from the Nedry Soundcloud page.

The Stars – Cajita (Earthkeptwarm Remix)

A remix for ‘The Stars’ by Cajita.

The remix is currently unreleased but I’ve posted it here as part of my portfolio until it gets a proper release as part of the campaign for Cajita’s debut album.

Visit his site at http://www.cajita.net/
The Stars is the first single from his forthcoming album. He seems to be touring all the time so I’m not sure when he will have time to actually release the album but hes a busy guy so I’m sure he’ll get it out early 2013.

About the remix

Cajita offered me the opportunity to remix a song from his demo’s of his forthcoming album. He actually suggested a few tracks that had percussive elements to them. I decided to go with the Stars as I really loved the main guitar riff. The original song itself is a lush piece of folk featuring cajita singing as well as a guest vocalist and a number of additional woodwind instruments. It was all analogue recorded and very relaxing. I thought I would make a drastic remix of this, taking inspiration from the main riff. It ended up becoming quite a brutal track, I think it sounds similar to something you might hear from Kevin Martin aka The Bug/King Midas. I’m pleased with it. I used my own drums taken from one-shots in my sample library but everything else, including the bass is all built using original stems and manipulating them in various ways.

Death Grips – Klink (Remix)

image of Death Grips Black Google front cover

To be honest, Death Grips are absolutely mental. I discovered they were leaking their first major label release deliberately as an ‘up yours’ to the label. It came out today. I found on their website they had stems from Exmilitary, their debut album online so I grabbed them and put a remix together within 5 hours. That also included setting up a new monitor, having lunch and generally procrastinating so I am relatively pleased with what I’ve made. Its carnage… in homage to the carnage that they are known for.

North Atlantic Oscillation Remix

I recently had a remix for the band North Atlantic Oscillation released as the b-side to their latest single Savage With Barometer.

The remix is of their lead single Soft Coda which is from the album Fog Electric, out in UK/EU on K-Scope records. NAO are a critically acclaimed band who tour the UK and Europe regularly with two album releases. The remix is available via K-Scope records and digitally from all major download platforms. BUT… you can also hear it on Soundcloud.

Three Trapped Tigers Remix

Three Trapped Tigers are becoming a very big band in the UK. They’re playing some big shows and pulling in crowds all over. I was really pleased to work with my band mate Chris Amblin on a Nedry remix for their single Noise Trade which you can listen to here on Soundcloud. The remix is available on all digital platforms in the UK/EU and I believe it’s also available in the US. It’s released through the Blood and Biscuits label.