Archive for the ‘SIGHUP’ category

As has been my tradition, I’ve ended each of the past four years with a bit of stupid music, generally some clip that I’d hung on to through most of the year that I ultimately couldn’t bring myself to delete but never knew what to do with. The first two entries were aimless riffs, the final two entries were completed tracks. All were stupid. Here they are for posterity:

Stupid 70s PSA 2009

Stupid Riff Dub 2008

Stupid Riff 2007

Stupid Riff 2006

This year, I had no stupid riff to post, in part because I didn’t dwell on any failed attempts much this year, and in part because I was ruthless in deleting crap as I went along. So, I’ve decided to put an end to the stupid riffs effort. In its stead, I’m starting something new, and something probably too ambitious by far, but what the hell. I will be writing/recording/posting a new bit of music each day for the duration of 2011. I really enjoyed Marcus Fischer’s dustbreeding blog, in which he posted something creative each day of 2009, and Taylor Deupree’s One Sound Each Day project that same year, and have since been thinking about taking on a thing-a-day project of my own. Similarly, since the track I did for Analog Industries’ ten-minute challenge a few years ago, I’ve really liked the act of producing something quickly, without too much pre- or post-fussing. So, I’ve decided to start the SIGHUPyear project:

I threw the site layout together in a rush yesterday when I hatched the idea in an idle moment, so it might still require some finessing. Two entries have been posted already, as befits being two days into the new year, and one will be added each day until the year ends or I drop, whichever comes first. As I see it, both outcomes offer a certain degree of entertainment.

Six years ago, I made this track as a tribute following the death of Geff Rushton on November 13, 2004:

Dirge in blue and clear (for Jhonn Balance) by SIGHUP

It now, sadly, has a companion piece, as Geff’s partner Peter Christopherson passed over on November 25, 2010.

Theme from Threshold (for Sleazy) by SIGHUP

I didn’t know either man, but their work as Coil, and Peter Christopherson’s work before and since in Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV, Soisong, and The Threshold HouseBoys Choir, has played a very key role in the ways I think about and make music. I don’t think it’s an overstatement that SIGHUP would be very different without their influence. On a technical note, all the sounds in this track started life from the Bugbrand Audioweevil, which felt appropriate, as I know Sleazy was fond of using the Boardweevil in recent works.

In the weeks prior to Sleazy’s death, he, Chris Carter, and Cosey Fanni Tutti had formed X-TG, as Throbbing Gristle’s reunion tour sort of fell apart. If you haven’t yet heard it, I highly recommend it. Here’s the first part of, I believe, one of only two X-TG live performances. Click through to Soundcloud for the second part.

X-TG ‘XVox’ Live at Porto Casa Musica by Industrial Records

As it has been a while since I’ve provided any information on my musical whereabouts, I believe it is high time I make note of recent happenings. In no particular order:

  • I spent a good portion of last weekend revamping the main SIGHUP website. The previous dark and burgundy iteration had outlasted its welcome with me. I’m pleased with its new clothes, and the structure of the website was tidied somewhat to make it easier to change without updating dozens of pages. looks okay in most browsers. It was a bit off when I checked it on an iPhone, but I can’t find the motivation to care much.
  • This blog also received a modest visual update to stay thematically aligned with the main site.
  • A few weeks ago, a new Intelligent Machinery compilation came out.This one was based on using audio from our humble Sounds Found project. The IM compilations will now be released as adjunct projects to the Just Not Normal netlabel. This one was pretty good I have to say, quite varied and lots of interesting approaches to working with field recordings on display. There’s a SIGHUP track entitled “rain, traffic” included. Project can be downloaded for free here.
  • As part of the website redesign, my old free releases have been wrapped up in zip files for download here.
  • In May, I participated in a project assembled by Mark Weidenbaum at called “Despite the Downturn” in which several musicians interpreted an image from an article about the music industry published in The Atlantic. A SIGHUP track entitled “Adieu for industry” is the lead-off track for the compilation. More info on the project at the above linked page and at Disquiet.
  • The SIGHUP material on Soundcloud is in constant flux. The initial set of modular-based drone tracks have been retired for now, and a new set of rhythm-based tracks are currently on display. An unrelated track, entitled “Woodfire” is also there, uploaded last weekend.
  • All three SIGHUP commercial releases are now a) released under a Creative Commons license, and b) sold as pay-what-you’d-prefer, with a minimum of $1 USD. I’ve decided to return to CC licensing for no reason other than it might encourage someone unknown to me to do something cool with the audio, like use it as a video soundtrack or make a remix. I haven’t sold anything in a while, and so figured the flexible pricing might encourage folk to get all three at once. I’m more eager to reach listeners than make money, so I don’t see the harm.
  • A name change is pending. At least a name modification. I’ll be keeping SIGHUP, but will alternately start using its elongated form Signal Hangup when I so choose. A primary reason for doing this is that, when speaking about the project to someone, SIGHUP sounds odd and usually requires me to restate more than once. In a loud setting it becomes near impossible to convey SIGHUP, as it turns out. I guess hard G, aspirated H combos weren’t made for the Central Canadian accent.

I think that covers most things. This also makes SIGHUPblog post 100 (although some have been deleted over the years, so there have been more. But there are currently only 100 active on this site). See you in Spring 2011!

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