Archive for February, 2011

!Kommunity Skratch!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

The !K Club – Community Skratch Nite with:

*DEVIANT (comm skratch / alphabet set / stress debt & chest pains)
*JIMMY PENGUIN (comm skratch / alkalinear)
*!KABOOGIE Residents

Thurs 17 Feb
10pm – 02:30am
@ The Sweeney Mongrel, Dame St., Dublin 2.

In the run-up to one of Irelands best weekend events, the annual Community Skratch Games in Galway, us !Kaboogie folks decided to haul 2 of its finest participants, DEVIANT & JIMMY PENGUIN, over from West to East. Support as usual comes from !K heads A-FORCE / EOMAC / PCP / REDMONK / RICHIE !K / SIXFOOT APPRENTICE, or some combination of them!
So get down to the !K Club and check out some quality live Irish talent.

Plug-ins, VSTs, MIDI-controllers, laptops. All lovely little toys that make modern music-making a whole heap easier and cleaner, but it ain’t worth squat unless the person making the music has something important to say in the first place. Thus, it’s refreshing to see someone take the bumpier road towards composition these days, not content to let a computer do all the hard work. Enter Deviant/Naive Ted, one of this soil’s truest veterans of all things turntable and scratch related. Relying on a stack of obscure prog and jazz records, some battered turntables and a good ol’ fashioned warped imagination, Deviant has been churning out some of the most interesting leftfield hiphop of recent times. And that’s not restricted to Ireland. While current trends in the field have producers whacking off to their J-Dilla shrines and then banging out anonymous off-time beats, Deviants work has intense dedication and individual eccentricity slapped all over it.

“Shoes Not Not” video

Even just glancing over this chaps output over the last few years makes you realise that words like “prolific” and “dedicated” are almost understatements. Jimmy Penguin is one of Ireland’s hidden electronic diamonds. Hailing from Galway in the blustery west of Ireland, Jimmy makes music that varies between sultry bass heavy electronics, progressive scratch and slow burning ambient tracks richly orchestrated with organic instrumentation. Yep this guy is a jack of all trades. If you like what you hear, then prepare your hard drive for a feck-load of quality free tracks and mixes that are available online.

“Bastard Lawyer” on YouTube

Beyond Digital: Morocco

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Beyond Digital: Morocco is a new project by Jace Clayton (aka, DJ/rupture, who I mentioned previously here), producer Maga Bo, photographer John Francis Peters and Dutty Artz head honcho Taliesin Gilkes-Bower. I could say it’s the story of one man’s obsession with Autotune, but it goes quite a bit deeper than that, as Clayton says on his Mudd Up! blog, they’re attempting “to explore musical innovation in Morocco via collaboration, teaching, documentation, and digital storytelling”.

You can read more about it here and also check out a video explaining the overall project. Ting is, they need a few quid for flights, transport, food, lodgings, etc. so please help ’em out through donating here. For those not familiar with Kickstarter, the platform they’re using to fund the project, well it’s a platform that gives independent artists the ability to raise funds for their creative projects. Those interested in donating are given a number of options, each depending on how much is pledged, and often each option will see the donor receive something in return from the artist, be it a signed copy of a record, a credit in a film, a song written for you, etc. For example, with Beyond Digital: Morocco, a minimum donation of $10 will see you receive a handwritten postcard from Maga Bo and Rupture, pledge $2,000 and ye get to join the guys in Morocco next June and engage with every aspect of the project, and you get to “come on board as a developer for Beyond Digital and receive credit as a founding and lifetime member once it becomes a fully fledged non-profit.”

They need to get to $5,000 by the end of the month else the project doesn’t go ahead. Not that much really! The way Kickstarter and other such platforms work is that even if they get to $4,999.99 by the end of the month, if it doesn’t hit the target it just shuts the whole thing down. Any money pledged goes back to the donors, and the project doesn’t get funded. No disrespect to good old fundraising via selling raffle tickets in pubs and the like, but this shits the future, nahmean? (I could go on a bit about the advantages of such systems over having to seek out sponsors or go to the bank for a loan, but it’s not the place)

So, please help the lads out. If their collective artistic output is a gauge to go by, ye know they’re gonna deliver the goods with Beyond Digital: Morocco.

Oh, The Irony.

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

So I was walking to work the other day. The first batch of election posters were already hanging. A good few had already fallen down with the wind. An Enda Kenny election poster was sliding along the pavement in front of me. It looked like it had been in a fight, as all that remained was a chunk of the Fine Gael leader’s face. Suddenly the wind picked it up and Enda came flying at me. My ninja training failed me as I couldn’t dodge it in time and received a good slap in the face from Mr Kenny. While it was pretty funny (at least to the auld wan who passed by me and saw it all), I couldn’t help but wonder at the irony of it all…

Dublin City Council has pretty much put a stop to flyering for events. !Kaboogie had to stop flyering as there were too many fines coming in for our flyers found on the street. We were always good at checking the ground for discarded flyers outside a club after the crowd’s dispersed, in general people would hang onto them. But it only takes one flyer for you, or the club you work with, to be hit with a €150 fine (imagine Marlboro getting fined for every cigarette butt found on the street). The gas thing about all this is that we’re out there enterprising, and from a business point of view, our actions help support jobs: bar staff, security, taxi drivers, as well as the non-monetary merits of people going out and having a dance to some good tunes, and ye know, socialising. We work hard, yet get lumped with fines that far outweigh the cost of printing flyers and posters for a gig. Sure, there’s the internet, just advertise yr gig there and create a facebok event and yr laughing. Doesn’t cost anything either, unlike those pesky flyers. In fairness, there’s huge benefits from internet advertising, but inviting someone to an event by clicking on a box is not the same as handing someone a flyer and telling them about a forthcoming gig, face to face. Plus, if you’ve just had a night of great music, there’s a good chance that the person handing you a flyer afterwards might actually be able to direct you to even more great music.

Also, flyers and posters are artifacts of a scene. And I’m not just talking about flicking through shoeboxes full of flyers getting all misty-eyed. The design and artwork employed reflect the attempts to capture the visual aesthetic of a scene, and can tell a lot about how it develops over the years. Thankfully a lot of crews are still making printed material for their gigs, albeit contained only in certain shops and venues, and never in the street.

Why should the efforts of young people to promote culture in this city be sectioned off until they are practically invisible? When at the same time we’re subjected to the gaze of poorly-Photoshopped professional gobshites? Who’s responsible for picking up the hundreds of fallen posters that litter the city? The City Council? If they’re so thirsty for revenue, maybe they should start fining the political parties for littering on a mass scale. Or maybe they should do a Toronto on it, as Antrophe writes here. Or maybe the political parties could invest in some decent cable ties. I don’t want to be headbutted by Enda Kenny twice.