Martin Christie’s 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 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.
There is no doubt that one of the most influential pieces of software for electronic music making in recent years is Ableton Live. Its capacity for embracing and working with live performance has given it an edge over other software. The manufacturer’s approach of encouraging and bringing musicians together for physical User Groups (not just on-line forums) has also helped develop the software. Being impressed with what I’d seen and heard of Ableton, I wanted to find out more about this software and get an impartial view from two musicians I respect immensely, Josh Wright of L8 BIT and Limit Break, and Emily Johnson aka Emily J Electric who also happen to be involved in Ableton User Group Sheffield.
Derek Anthony Williams is the lead singer and performer with Jan Doyle Band and also the hard working and energetic man behind Doncaster Electronic Foundation (D.E.F.) who put on a whole range of gigs and also a weekly podcast. An expert in retro synths and emerging electronic music, I decided to catch up with him about his fascinating background and also extensive plans for 2018.
I took the scenic route to Stoke-on-Trent. Down through Glossop and Buxton, meandering through the beautiful and rugged landscapes of the Peak District. The only sign I saw that told me I was on the right road was 22 miles from Stoke-on-Trent and 11 miles from Leek, after that, nothing. I hit the area at rush hour and aimed for the city centre, the wrong city centre as it happens, Hanley. From there I made slow progress through heavy traffic back to the Queensway and then bumper to bumper round the one way system to Pilgrims Pit, the venue for tonight’s electronic music open mic (EMOM).
We Are Us (also known as UX) are a high energy electronic duo who play heart felt music that resonates the incredible ups and tougher downs of living in the post knowledge society (the age of unreason). There is real emotional depth to their music and live performance, so I wanted to find out more about what Dan Elsmore and Stu James were planning for 2018.
Influenced by film and game music the appropriately named TOOM is the solo music project of Manchester based Tom Woolnough. With a forthcoming EP release and lots of new music in the pipeline, I decided to find out more about TOOM’s dark and unique music from the man himself.