The International Obfuscated Music Contest _ Our 1st LP!

Disponible en streaming al nostre Soundcloud. En breu disponible en descàrrega digital i CD digipack.

Aquests temes són el resultat d'improvisacions lliures, partint de zero sense cap mena de context ni norma, exceptuant les nostres pròpies circumstàncies vitals. En algun d'ells hem usat una idea (estructura, durada, elements a usar) com a punt de partida. El resultat és una mescla de tota la música que ha processat el nostre cervell al llarg de les nostres vides, el que la nostra tècnica ens permet tocar, i el que voliem i intentavem tocar en l'instant de la grabació.

Estos temas son el resultado de improvisaciones libres, partiendo de cero sin ningún tipo de contexto ni norma, exceptuando nuestras propias circunstancias vitales. En alguno de ellos hemos usado una idea (estructura, duración, elementos a usar) como punto de partida. El resultado es una mezcla de toda la música que ha procesado nuestro cerebro a lo largo de nuestras vidas, lo que nuestra técnica nos permite tocar, y lo que queríamos y intentábamos tocar en el instante de la grabación.

These songs are the result of free improvisations from scratch without any context or rule except our own life circumstances. In some of them we have used an idea (structure, duration, elements to be used) as a starting point. The result is a mixture of all the music that our brains has processed throughout our lives, what our technique allows us to play, and what we wanted and tried to play at the time of recording.

Preparat i improvisat per:
Ramon Casamajó (trompeta, efectes, sintetitzadors, caixa de ritmes, síntesi de so)
Ferran Gavín (guitarra elèctrica, efectes)

Amb la participació especial de:
Frank Rudow (bateria)

Grabat en directe a Pastallé Sound per Frank Rudow el 19 de Març de 2016.
Mesclat i masteritzat per Frank Rudow.

Artwork de Laia González - laiagonzalez.com (tots els drets reservats).

01/09/2016

Okonomiyaki

Advancement of our first lp.
Ingredients:

  • _ electric guitar (Ferran Gavín)
  • _ synths (Ramon Casamajó)
  • _ drums (Frank Rudow)
Cooked by Frank Rudow.
Very special thanks to Cooking with the dog

11/07/2016

A picture

Una foto del Record Store Day a Ultra-Local Records (de la Lidia König)

RSD2016

03/05/2016

Record Store Day amb Ultra-Local Records

El proper dissabte 16 d'Abril estarem celebrant el Dia de les Botigues de Discos amb Ultra-Local Records, a Poblenou. A les 18:00h, veniu a comprar discos!

RSD2016

13/04/2016

New Year, new gig

Comencem el 2016 participant en un cicle de concerts a Vilafranca del Penedès. Serà el proper 17 de Gener al Cicle d'Experimentació Sonora i Visual PENYAFORT [terra-vermellenca], Acció Fundacional d'Art-Mirall Penedès, a la capella de Sant Joan.

Penyafort

25/12/2015

New gig

El proper 20 d'Agost estarem tocant al Electrovinyes de Vilafranca del Penedès, a les 19:00h al Claustre de Sant Francesc.

Electrovivyes

06/08/2015

Song for Che

We've published a new improvisation taken from our last concert at Màgia Roja HQ, based on "Song for Che" written by Charlie Haden and published in the album Liberation Music Orchestra (1969). Other covers from Robert Wyatt and Otomo Yoshihide (mindblowing!) have strongly inspired us.

Recorded live at Màgia Roja HQ, 23/05/2015. No overdubs.

26/06/2015

Long distance player

We've published a new recording in our Soundcloud, an improvisation we did while rehearsing for a gig in Màgia Roja headquarters (23/05/2015). We improvise on the sound of a composition called Longplayer.

Longplayer is a one thousand year long musical composition. It began playing at midnight on the 31st of December 1999, and will continue to play without repetition until the last moment of 2999, at which point it will complete its cycle and begin again. Conceived and composed by Jem Finer, it was originally produced as an Artangel commission, and is now in the care of the Longplayer Trust.

Longplayer can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, where it has been playing since it began. It can also be heard at several other listening posts around the world, and globally via a live stream on the Internet.

Longplayer is composed for singing bowls – an ancient type of standing bell – which can be played by both humans and machines, and whose resonances can be very accurately reproduced in recorded form. It is designed to be adaptable to unforeseeable changes in its technological and social environments, and to endure in the long-term as a self-sustaining institution.

More about Longplayer at longplayer.org

In some quiet parts of the improvisation you can hear a band playing in the neighbor rehearsing room. We've considered this as part of the improvisation.

Recorded live with a ZOOM H1. No overdubs.

04/06/2015

Turing Tarpit at Màgia Roja HQ

Màgia Roja

20/05/2015

New gig

[cat] Estem molt contents d'anunciar que la gent de Màgia Roja ens ha convidat a tocar a la seva seu.

[cast] Estamos muy contentos de anunciar que la gente de Màgia Roja nos ha invitado a tocar en su sede.

[eng] We are very pleased to announce that the people of Màgia Roja have invited us to play at their hedquarters.

  • _ 23/05/2015, 20:30h, Màgia Roja HQ (Carrer de l'Alzina, 20, Gràcia, BCN)

08/05/2015

Ecstasy

We've published a new recording in our Soundcloud, a composition inspired by the American actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr.

Tracks:

  • _ Audio samples related to Hedy Lamarr, launched randomly by a program written in ChucK programming language.
  • _ Simulation of message encoding using the Frequency-hopping spread spectrum technique, written in ChucK programming language. In this case the message is the trumpet solo. Hedy Lamarr contributed decisively to develop the Frequency-hopping spread spectrum technique, that is still used in current technologies such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
  • _ Guitar + effects improvisation.
  • _ Trumpet improvisation.

Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) is a method of transmitting radio signals by rapidly switching a carrier among many frequency channels, using a pseudorandom sequence known to both transmitter and receiver.

Hedy Lamarr and composer George Antheil patented in 1942 a "Secret Communication System" that implemented a version of frequency hopping that used a piano-roll to change between 88 frequencies.

Adaptations of the FHSS technique in the ChucK code to get an audible and interesting result:

  • _ Use of audible frequencies (sequences of musical notes).
  • _ Frequency changes every 2 seconds (much faster in real FHSS).
  • _ The ChucK program takes a sample of the signal (the trumpet solo) every 0,5ms.

// ChucK code
// Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum simulation

// UGen
SinOsc osc => Chorus ch => Gain g => DelayL d => dac;

// set parameters
30::ms => d.delay;
0.5 => g.gain;
0.5 => ch.mix;
0 => ch.modDepth;

// carrier signals
[ 261.63, 369.99, 523.25, 739.99, 130.81, 1396.91, 130.81, 1046.50, 43.65, 392.0 ] @=> float freqs[];
0 => int iFreqs;
freqs[iFreqs] => float myFreq;

// sound buffer
SndBuf mySound;
me.dir() + "/audio/trumpet_solo.wav" => mySound.read;

// jump = number of samples every 0.5 ms (make sound every 0.5 ms)
(mySound.samples() / (mySound.length() / 0.5::ms)) $ int => int jump;

// change the carrier every 2 seconds
now + 2::second => time freqChange;

// play till the end of message (sound sample)
now + mySound.length() => time end;

while (now <= end)
{
	for( 0 => int i; i <  mySound.samples(); i+jump => i)
	{
		// add the message to the carrier and make it audible
		Std.fabs(mySound.valueAt(i) * 50000)  + myFreq => osc.freq => ch.modFreq;

		0.5::ms => now;

		if (now > freqChange)
		{
			(iFreqs + 1) % 10 => iFreqs;
			freqs[iFreqs] => myFreq;
			now + 2::second => freqChange;
		}
	}
}

23/02/2015

Le cake-walk infernal

[cat] El Septembre de 2014 l'Antic Forn de Vallcarca ens va convidar a participar de la festa major alternativa de Vallcarca posant música a uns curts de George Méliès. Inmediatament vam descobrir que en George devia fumar alguna cosa molt forta. Aquest n'és el resultat.

[eng] Composition inspired by George Méliès films. Performed for the first and only time at l'Antic Forn de Vallcarca in September 2014.

30/11/2014

Hello world!

Hello world!

01/11/2014