6d696b75474f44, a new short track I wrote for a new squib-box compilation album called New Vocal Solutions (sampler) is out today. All the tracks in the compilation use the Vocaloid technology (synthesised voice software) behind the voice of virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku (see blurb below). Also featuring some great tracks by Neil Luck, Adam de la Cour, Lynette Quek, Chihiro Ono and Psychiceyeclix. You can listen to my track here and to the whole album here.
New Vocal Solutions (sampler)
One of Japan’s biggest pop culture idols for over a decade, Hatsune Miku’s synthesised voice and image have been used on hundreds of thousands pop tracks, videos, and franchised products worldwide. Powered by Vocaloid software, she represents the ultimate hyper-idol, a digitally rendered eternal bubblegum teen star.
New Vocal Solutions (sampler) is a collection of tracks by artists working with Miku’s voice and Vocaloid technology in strange and skewed ways. Painstaking programming, circuit bending, and algorithmic repurposing are employed to plunder the uncanny valley and dredge up layers of digital silt; an unexplored rich and mucky underside of pop subculture.
Miku’s ubiquity and popularity is largely down to the independent, amateur, and open source fan communities that propagate her. As such, squib-box is making New Vocal Solutions (sampler) completely free to download.
At the end of last year squib-box & CRAM put on a very special concert at "The Dentist".
BBC Radio 3 recorded it and are broadcasting it this Saturday, 3 March, at 22:15 as part of Hear and Now hosted by Tom Service.
It includes a full performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto (like you've never heard it before) with Chihiro Ono as soloist, myself on live electronics with the squib-CRAM band, as well as radiophonic interpretations of The Two Benny’s and an improv set by Steve Beresford and Sarah Gail Brand.
I think you will enjoy it!
To listen, follow this link:
I'm really excited/proud of this new album release with Paulina Owczarek, out now on squib-box. Live coding sax/computer synchrony that I think makes this a special improv duo. Don't listen to just the first 30 seconds, it develops slowly... It's a tribute/pun to "A Love Supreme". Have a listen! :D