As an off shoot from the Digital
Analogue project, I took the CDs, old records, plastic picnic
plates and bucket lids and cut locked grooves in them with
a gramophone player at 78rpm. Then returning to a regular
record player, recorded these grooves at 33rpm.
Loaded these files into the sequencer and commenced too play....
Using the designs for a homemade
CDRecord engraver from here
and the 24/48 masters from the Digital Analogue (First generation)
I set to work.
I experimented firstly cutting sound onto old CDs, which,
because of the record players auto-return mechanism were impossible
to play, but some sounds were recovered and used.
So, I thought, and came up with a number of alternatives.
Tinfoil plates, plastic picnic plates and 5l plastic bucket
Although I didn't manage to get very much of the original
sounds cut onto the plates, I still got some very interesting
material to work with.
These are the results.
Initially, creating a pallette
of sounds by stacking analogue replicating plugins to generate
noises from nothing.
Then, sequencing these sounds together, slowing them down,
up, adding more and more analogue modelling fx etc. etc.
Finally, burning the bounced, 24/48 wavs onto a DVD, playing
them through an analogue mixer and amp and resampling them
back into the computer.
- 10/04/11 LHP is commissioned to produce a sound piece
for the exhibition "På spaning efter Godhet"
at Ålands konstmuseum. The exhibition will also be shown
at various galleries in around Sweden and Denmark.
- the brand new LP 'i',
is now availablefrom Ax
Records and from digital-tunes.net.
a set of 9 tracks investigating the sonic possibilities of
the I Ching.
- 'Left on Standby' is now available
from Ax Records and
'Left On Standby' is a compilation of Lefthandpath
tracks from previous LPs, remixed, plus a few new ones.
All tracks are abstract, beatless sonic paintings using both
computer generated sounds and ambient field recordings.
2007 Lefthandpath lost the beats and become LHP, a completely
experimental soundscape artist. The beat gauntlet was taken
up by Robbing Hood
2006 Lefthandpath joined Q, a culture and media group based
in Mariehamn on Åland in Finland.
2004 to 2006 Lefthandpath divided his time between the UK
and France. In June 2004 the Festnoise show on Radio St Ferréol
showcased Lefthandpath with a live interview and an hour of
his music. This led to the co-hosting of Electromenager,
a weekly show going out live on Thursday nights and repeated
in the pre-clubbing slot on Saturdays.
can often be found DJing at parties and bars; notable amongst
previous appearances was a well received five hour marathon
solo set as part of the Fête National du Musique at
the Café du Globe, Crest in June 2005 and his set for
Electro Bombanight 2, at the Kiosque à Coulisses,
also in Crest This last event received accolade from the press
who carried a picture
of Lefthandpath himself.
saw Lefthandpath DJing at the Brighton festival and at various
art openings and parties. He also played with the original
the winter of 2002, several Lefthandpath tracks were used
in a critically acclaimed theatre production of Personkrets
3:1, in Helsinki, Finland.
Lefthandpath is the solo project of Dave Webb. Originally
a guitarist, he began using a drum machine as a metronome
and discovered that programming beats was far more fun than
playing in a thrash metal band. This led not only to the making
of bangin' 303 606 acid techno but also experimenting with
low speed DJing at Zero
Dog and Megadog events. On discovering the joys of sampling
and sequencing with an SU10 and Atari ST his music became
increasingly breakbeat orientated; about 10 years ago he purchased
his first PC and hasn't looked back.
his studio consists of a portable minidisc, a stereo microphone
and a laptop running sample manipulation and sequencing software.
He uses only found sounds recorded in the field, computer
generated frequencies and, more recently, self played and
recorded guitar and drum sounds. Sometimes the tunes evolve
from an initial loop which then dictates the tempo and feel
of the track. Sometimes they grow from a concept - maybe a
muse on the sonic possibilities of the periodic table. And
sometimes they just germinate from a beat seed.
on Standby is a compilation of Lefthandpath tracks
from previous LPs, remixed, plus a few new ones.
All tracks are abstract, beatless sonic paintings using
both computer generated sounds and ambient field recordings.
Atoll (also known as the Kilinailau Islands or the
Tulun Islands) is a set of small islands located
86 km northeast of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
Part of Papua New Guinea, Carteret Atoll is set to become
the first inhabited land permanently evacuated as a
result of rising global sea levels.
a discription of the samples used in Carteret Atoll
an hour of experimental minimal beats and textures, stripped
bare of all unnecessary frith. Lo-tech hi-fi, somewhere
on the road between organic and industrial.
the tracks were built using a variety of sonic sources:
'Found sounds', binaurally recorded with 'in ear' microphones
for true 3D sound quality, of anything from rattling duty
free bottles on a ferry to a thousand guinea fowl chorus;
the computer generated frequencies of colours and even
the odd 'live' musician.
taking these original sounds, manipulating them for further
sonic uniqueness and arranging them into patterns and
sequences Lefthandpath's NOT FOR MOVEMENT OF HUMAN
BEINGS takes you on a strange voyage in the quest for
the heart of the new.
Whether listening on headphones or at high amplification,
just try not to be moved.
has always been interested in the 'found sound' - sounds
recorded with microphones in the field or accidentally
in the studio. Sounds such as a saucepan full of water
hit with a slipper, wine being opened in the bathroom,
a modem dial tone or the accidentally recorded sound of
an ill fitting door creaking shut can all inspire. The
sound of a tattoo needle buzzing into skin, as in Are
You Ready? The sound of a car driving past, with the
mid and high frequencies removed, gives a heavyweight
bassline, like in Spacetrian. Sometimes just a
regular bass guitar string with plenty of filtering and
pitchshifting can give a sound like a toy piano, hear
Void and Substantial. A UHF TV signal with booster
fed straight into the line in of a sound card gives outstanding
also likes to experiment with sounds too low or high to
hear but that nevertheless vibrate you all the same, the
'physical frequencies'. Manipulating the Schumann Resonance
frequency, the frequency of the earth's ionosphere, or
simulating frequencies of brain-waves both give mind and
body altering effects. Currently germinating in the lab
are works using the frequencies of colours and deep brain
stimulation using minute resonant frequencies.
uses these sounds to create interesting and unique music,
with every sound having an individual quality, depth and
(Grammy® award-winning music producer) 11.2010
Chance) "This is a minimalist track best appreciated
wearing headphones because it's constructed from mainly found
sounds recorded with binaural 'in ear' microphones. When listened
to in this way, get an uncannily realistic 3D effect that makes
you feel like you're right there in the room. Dave's approach
is to use original sounds that he comes across day-to-day, then
he employs any tool at his disposal to manipulate them into
something more unusual. The sounds that work best here are the
bass sounds: the de-tuned tom and other sub-sonic stuff you
can here going on down there.
The least successful are the actual drum sounds: the kick, snare
and hi-hats sound too ordinary in the context of this track.
In such a minimalist setting we'd prefer to hear a more interesting
treatment than just the literal room.
We like the thinking and intention behind this track more than
we do the results. Intellectually it's great, but emotionally
it doesn't quite work to our minds."
"There are some rum thoughts in this lad's head and no
mistakes. Listening to this on headphones actually made our
eyes water. It's a weird, dub world of clangs and hisses, where
steam-powered robots assemble machines only they know how to
operate. We think. See what you make of it, but make sure someone
knows where you are and what time to expect you back."
Webb has embraced a new technology and taken club-electronica
to an avant garde level. The technology in question is called
The 8 to 12 Hertz Overture and it allows
you to relax and chill out while pondering about the future,
pretty digital music no matter what form. The album really holds
itself together as a minimalistic mongrel of styles and experiments.
The music fits together seamlessly.Fully enjoyable!"