Martin Christie’s Music Travels //
Martin Christie is a musician, artist and creator of various happenings including the electronic music open mic tour and Northern Beat Poets Association. A tireless campaigner against musical mediocrity and obviousness, seeking to lift the proverbial stone and look beneath for unique music, original minds and movements that continue to be overlooked by the mainstream. He is an optimistic believer in the power of music and art to make a difference to individuals and communities.
He is always searching for artists to review as part of his music travels, and has a particular interest in those who are creating because it is hard wired into their DNA, the talented yet ignored, the brilliant yet completely unaware of their abilities. His column for AT also exists to discuss technology based influences on modern music making and diverse ways of producing music.
Latest Posts //
In the first of several articles touching on modular music making I talk to Manchester based Barry Smethurst of Apta. Barry has played at some of the Manchester all electronic music open mics (EMOM) and I am also very happy to have a copy of his first limited edition 7” vinyl release. With a new album in the pipeline, it seemed a good time to have catch up.
Samuel is a Brighton based electronic pop artist. He creates melodic, atmospheric pop with lyrics that come straight from the heart. An entertainer who puts everything into his performance, I first saw him at one of my regular EMOM nights at The Troubadour in London. In this interview, I particularly wanted to find out more about his song writing approach and his views on the current music scene.
Maya Stone runs DeepDownDirty Records, an independent Electronic Dance Music label dedicated to in their own words ‘fighting the good fight for underground music producers’. I caught up with Maya to soak up some of her enthusiasm and passion for great music, and find out more about future plans for the label.
Ellie Jones makes ethereal and lush electronic music under the name of Kintsuku. Based in Manchester she has played several of my EMOM nights and also has a track included on the EMOM compilation double CD released last year. I recently caught up with her to find out more about her current work and plans for the future.
I first came across Noise Disco at my all electronic music open mic night in Edinburgh. Noise Disco is Ryan John who specialises in the art of field recording, and more recently mixing such recordings with background sounds. Ryan provided the night with some highly original work which included a wonderful piece recorded at a bus stop with segments of conversation and traffic noise. The art of field recording has always interested me and one I have also been involved in so I thought I’d catch up with Ryan and find out more.
In this second article on live coding I talk to Lucy Cheesman of Heavy Lifting (Sheffield) about TidalCycles, women in electronic music and Lucy’s prolific music/sound output.
Live coding has appeared in all its mystery and wonder at a number of my electronic music open mics. With particularly memorable performances from Ash Sagar in Leeds and Alo Allik in London. As this is an area of creative activity that I know very little about, I thought I’d catch up with Ash and Alo to find out more. This is the first of two articles focussing on artists who are involved in live coding.
Ashley Tendekai performs psychedelic electronica as Flavolous, and also collaborates with a wide range of other musicians. He is much more than a musician though, being talented in photography, film and drawing. I caught up with him to find out more about his current work and plans for the future.