Thoroughly enjoyed White Noise. Some amazing music and I got to meet up with some good friends. Some great conversations and some proper belly laughs. Shame the turnout was low, despite my flyering efforts. I played to about 10 people, mainly other acts. Enjoyed it. I didn’t get my shit together to record it.
However, I was asked to do a mix at late notice for the Friday night. That was fun. Here it is:
If you want the tracklist, get in touch…
I’m chuffed to let you know that the mighty ResonanceFM have selected one of my compositions for a show to be aired in Spring 2009. As I understand it, it’s a show made up of 60 compositions, each 60 seconds long.
‘Black Ship’ is made using Reaktor 5, a Bugbrand contact mic, an E tuning fork, and a homemade ‘dulcimer’ (crafted by my late grandad)…and it sounds like this:
The Centrifuge 2nd Birthday Party was a blast! I played a manic liveset, including my first live cover (of Black Sabbath’s ‘Black Sabbath’). My usual mix of odd kit and fun at all costs attitude were in full effect.
Big ups to the Centrifuge crew for making this happen. Shouts out to Vita, Ed, Maya, Alan, Rich, Tylth, Fora and my dad for making it down there.
Thanks to Ed for documenting stuff (including the picture below). ‘Official’ videos, pics and audio to follow!
I just wanted to draw attention to this gig as it represents a bit of a breakthrough for me. Due to the mighty Centrifuge label I am lucky enough to play out pretty regularly in Nottingham and London but for a while I have been making an effort (not enough of one) to land a decent sized gig in Brum. I am pleased to announce that the lovable rogues at White Label Music have added me to the bill of their White Noise Festival. I hope this will be the start of something in Birmingham…just in time for me to move house again :) Hope to see you there!
Uncool Sam is dead, long live Uncool Sam.
As my musical endeavours are gathering some momentum I felt it was time to address a burning issue, my artist name. One too many people I respect had told me that Uncool Sam was a shit name, despite the pun. In any case, my faith in those across the pond has been restored a little following the recent election.
So, I am reborn as mr.underwood…complete with this new site. I have also created a number of other identities for work in different genres and fields, so you can also expect to see me as – Glatze, Eschaton and SaMMaS.
As part of a covers album created by the ‘electronic musicians’ over at EM411.com, I contributed my cover of Reel 2 Real’s Move It! With myself and my girlfriend Kavita on vocals, this cover moves things a long way from the original. Enjoy!
buy / download the full album here
Yep, seems my releases are like buses. Got 3 of them lined up…to come out soon.
Oh8 is to be released on a label sampler by The Centrifuge. I’m also working on an EP for them to be released early 2009. Big ups to Wassim and the centrifuge massive!
The delightful Make Recordings will soon be releasing my specially commissioned tune, entitled Criplefinch.
Finally, Pextris has done a great job of organising the rabble over at EM411 to sort a set of cover songs, due for physical and download release on the 28th November.
I am pleased to announce that Jon Burgerman’s new book Pens are my Friends features an animation on the accompanying DVD, for which I did the soundtrack (music and sfx).
I relish the challenge of adapting my musical style to match that of visuals. I am really pleased with the results and look forward to doing more animation / video soundtracks soon. It was also great to work with the mighty JS3D on this project.
Here’s a link to the finished piece.
My latest sonic outing involved me mashing it up breakcore and gabba styleee at the latest Lobotomy. Was a top night but I might need to recover by writing some sweet ballads for a while – madness!
Sadly, after a number of years together my Furby, which represented one of my early circuit bending successes, has gone MUTE! I have hacked away trying to fix her but to no avail. Roll on Furby v2!