20 February 2002

Blogging begins.

We've recently finished the first part of a collaboration project, a song called Fade To Black, with US band Mortal Loom. We're all very pleased with the results and hope to start work on a second track in March/April for release on their label this winter.

Last week I put together a one off DVDR of the Throbbing Gristle Heathen Earth recording for showing at the forthcoming Hotel Sub Rosa exhibition at the Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles. This group show features artists represented by London based Cabinet Gallery and also includes new art works by Cosey and a rare public showing of the above TG video.
I'm currently re mastering the forthcoming Industrial / Mute release of the Throbbing Gristle 24-hour CD boxed set. This is a mammoth task and consist of wading through more than 50 original TG performance cassettes to find the best versions in terms of quality and content. Much of the first stage is done (the listening and checking part) and I'm now transferring the tapes in real time into our G4 Mac. Once the transfers are complete I will carry out some minor restoration work on the noisier sounding tapes and eventually edit each gig into a continuous 60 minute CD friendly format. For the technically inclined I'm using a Sony 'WMD6C Professional' cassette deck interfaced to a Roland VM3100 Pro mixer, which is digitally connected to the G4 Mac running TCWorks SparkXL for the transfer, recording and editing process. At the moment I'm averaging about two gigs a day and hopefully sometime in the next couple of weeks I'll be finished editing and into final CD 'red book' mastering stage.

As you can probably imagine listening to raw unedited TG material for 6-8 hours a day can be pretty brain numbing so I'm organising other occasional activities to stop myself going completely gaga. One of these is a remix for the UK band ndot. They're a very talented duo who I've done a few of remixes for in the past and I find collaborating with them very enjoyable. Hopefully you should be able to check out my finished mix and their other works and projects on their web site in the coming months.

Any techno types out there can read my review of the new Moogerfooger range of effects pedals in the current
(February) issue of SoundOnSound magazine.

Lastly thank you to everyone who remembered my birthday and a special thanks to the anonymous person in Scotland who sent me a couple of exceptionally fine saucy DVDs.