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Left on Standby
Carteret Atoll
NOT FOR MOVEMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS
Now and Then
The 8 to 12 Htz Overture


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12/09/12

10/09/12

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....

Polyloopus

30/08/12

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 lids.
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.

Digital Analogue (Second Generation)
The plastic picnic plates and 5l plastic bucket lids will make another appearance later............

04/07/12

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.

Digital Analogue (First Generation)
The second generation will involve hand cutting them onto old CDs and then resampling those CDRecords

12/1/12

Salad Days and Nightmares Pt 2

04/11- A new track which grew from the exhibition piece.

Ogodhet

09/03 - 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.

11/10 Brand new track

Salad Days and Nightmares Pt 1

11/10 The track 'Heaven' from the LP 'i', is the amateur music runner-up in the 'Driven Creativity Competition 2010' and was showcased at the Brick Lane Gallery.

Heaven

03/09 - the brand new LP 'i', is now availablefrom Ax Records and from digital-tunes.net.
'i' is a set of 9 tracks investigating the sonic possibilities of the I Ching.

03/09 - 'Left on Standby' is now available from Ax Records and from digital-tunes.net.
'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.

03/09 - Lefthandpath CD releases now available from Ax Records. You can also buy individual tracks for download from digital-tunes.net and juno downloads

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Foreground


In 2007 Lefthandpath lost the beats and become LHP, a completely experimental soundscape artist. The beat gauntlet was taken up by Robbing Hood

In 2006 Lefthandpath joined Q, a culture and media group based in Mariehamn on Åland in Finland.

From 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.

Lefthandpath 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.

2003 saw Lefthandpath DJing at the Brighton festival and at various art openings and parties. He also played with the original Laptop-jam.

During the winter of 2002, several Lefthandpath tracks were used in a critically acclaimed theatre production of Personkrets 3:1, in Helsinki, Finland.

Background



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 Gravity, Club 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.

Today 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.

Influences
King Tubby, Ritchie Hawtin, J Saul Kane, Matthew Herbert, Richard D James, Einstürzende Neubauten, the RZA; also Music Concrete and other experimentalists including The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Raymond Scott, Esquivel and Martin Denny.

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Releases

'i'

'i' is an investigation into the sonic possibilities of the ancient chinese text, the i ching.

All tracks are abstract, beatless sonic paintings using both computer generated sounds and ambient field recordings.

 

 

 

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  1. Water (02:31)
  2. Heaven (11:07)
  3. Wood (07:01)
  4. Space (03:56)
  5. Fire (04:17)
  6. Time (05:49)
  7. Earth (05:22)
  8. Humanity (12:49)
  9. Metal (05:52)

Left on Standby

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.

 

 

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  1. Phi 3 (05:00)
  2. Elemental (10:48)
  3. Speed of Sound (02:25)
  4. LFA Sonar (01:43)
  5. Doing it by the Numbers (04:49)
  6. Somewhere Between Thought and Reality (13:49)
  7. Scriabin (over the rainbow...93 mix) (02:52)
  8. Silent Guardian (02:42)
  9. Arcade (04:10)
  10. Left On Standby Mix (28:46)

Carteret Atoll

Carteret 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.

For a discription of the samples used in Carteret Atoll click here

 

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  1. No Sweat
  2. Tooth and Nail
  3. Sustainable Source
  4. Dialupbeat
  5. The Mole
  6. Cold Dark Morning
  7. La Guêpe
  8. LFA Sonar
  9. Laptopdance
  10. Ecotricity
  11. Still Waters
  12. Green House
  13. Pipedream
  14. Elemental

NOT FOR MOVEMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS

  1. Going up?
  2. I come from planet Vegan
  3. Somethings in the Rehearsal Room
  4. Park
  5. C'est chaud aux Michauds
  6. Chalon an on
  7. Good Pot
  8. Poulailler
  9. Jedson Buffoon
  10. Gigorian Chance
  11. Scriabin (over the rainbow...)
  12. Scriabin (...the pot of gold)
  13. Caravan
  14. Binaural Feedback
  15. Skip up the Exorcist Steps

 

Over 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.

All 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.

By 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.

 

Descriptions of samples used in NOT FOR MOVEMENT OF HUMAN BEINGS

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Now and Then

 

Now and Then is a compilation of work spanning the last ten years. From the very old, well '95, Pipe, Awry, and Nearside to '04 with Inside the fridge, Dubweiser and Dr Rhythm.

Initially the tracks were built using a good old Atari ST to sequence an SU10 sampler, the classic pairing of TB303 and 606 and an old FM synth.

Over the next few years the analogue gear was sold, unbelievable, and a Novation super bass station, a portable DAT and a PC were purchased.

Now, everything has gone except for a Laptop, portable minidisc and a MIDI controller keyboard.

 

 

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  1. Pipe
  2. Phillip
  3. Inside the Fridge
  4. Rounds
  5. C.A.T
  6. Dubweiser
  7. Office
  8. Terrance
  9. (Emergency, Emergency, paging) Dr Rhythm
  10. Awry
  11. Dijital
  12. Hammerthumb
  13. The Nearside
  14. Up Site
  15. Electro-Magnetic Radiation
  16. The Lefthandpat

The 8 to 12 Htz Overture


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  1. Are you Ready?
  2. Spacetrian
  3. Footsteps at the Door
  4. Void and Substantial
  5. Number is Unavailable
  6. Fruitbowl
  7. Wahwahon
  8. Wilson 3
  9. The 8 to 12 Hertz Overture
  10. Seedy
  11. Recycle
  12. Somewhere between Thought and Reality

Lefthandpath 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 results.

Lefthandpath 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.

Lefthandpath uses these sounds to create interesting and unique music, with every sound having an individual quality, depth and history.

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Press

For the Driven Creativity Competition 2010, "the amateur music runner-up, Heaven, has a great sound design and I enjoyed the trance like nature of it."

Kipper, (Grammy® award-winning music producer) 11.2010

(Of Gigorian 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."

Computer Music, January 2006, (CM95)


(Of Spacetrian) "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."

BBC Radio 1 onemusic

"Dave 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!"

Panartist.com


"You know, Personkrets 3:1, where your music was in, actually has gone more or less into Finn-Swedish theatre history as one of the greatest perfomances ever. With your music in it..."

AHBlomqvist (director)

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