Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Fountain Of Uselessness by Ren, Iain & Martin

This was the only track that we put vocals on. It also features an early 20th century pump-organ that got a great wheezy sound.

Number 6 by Iain, Ren, Luke & Martin

This one sounds like "Life Stinks" by Pere Ubu but I don't think Iain , who came up with the bass line, had ever heard the Ubu song.

Ooze by Ren, Colin, Iain and Martin

More weird piano music although something went wrong with tape recorder on this one and the piano did'nt come out. So Ren played saxophone instead.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Time Flies by Ren, Iain, Colin & Martin

I think this was the first song we recorded for the weird piano project. I like this one a lot. Some of the piano playing reminds me of Chinese music.

First Song by Ren, Iain, Luke & Martin

Another song from the unnamed project featuring the weird piano.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Saucy Boss by Ren, Iain, Colin & Martin

Song #2 of this project. Features the excellent guitar playing of Colin Wheeler. I like the sound of a lot of these songs. Its not often you hear music that is fast and quiet so it's kind of interesting. Most of these songs are instrumental. If anyone wants to download them and add vocals, feel free. Send me a cd of it and I'll post it here on this blog.

The Fix Is In by Ren, Iain, Colin, Luke & Martin

Here is a song from a project that was based around a weird toy piano I own. The piano is about 1/2 the size of a regular stand-up piano but instead of strings, the piano's hammers hit chimes so it has a sound not unlike a marimba but not really at the same time. We recorded this in my basement and features Ren playing the piano, Iain on stand-up bass, Colin on guitar, Luke on Harmonica and me playing drums. We recorded about 7 songs and I'll be posting the others soon. We never came up with a name for the project but so what.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Great Temptations Of Beyond # 738 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

The concept for these songs was arrived at in September 2002 and finally completed in September 2007.
The premise involved using the "shuffle" program on a group of compact disc players running simultaneously to produce unique arrangements of original music.
All of the pieces followed a few guidelines: the musicians should be recorded separately from one another with little or no idea what the other musicians had played.
They would be given a loose theme to improvise on and a rigid tempo to follow.
These recordings, (sometimes hours long) were transferred on to a computer and cut into short phrases and fragments.
The best of these were selected to be burnt onto cd-r's.
Once all of the music for as piece had been recorded, each instrument was then assigned a cd player of which there were up to six.
The cd players were then played simultaneously with the "shuffle" program activated, thus producing a unique arrangement of the piece each time.
Some of the voices were of a "found" nature but none of the music was sampled from other sources.

Lunar Snakes # 657 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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Lurk The Blue Crawfish by Martin Bland;s Randomized Control Trials

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Oamtanlt #3 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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The Great Temptations Of Beyond # 656 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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Lurk The Blue Crawfish by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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Oamtanlt #2 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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Lunar Snakes #840 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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Autumn In New York #422 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

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The Great Temptation Of Beyond #629 by Martin Bland's Randomized Control Trials

I'm clearing the decks of a whole lot of versions of these songs from the Randomised Control Trials project.
The concept for these songs was arrived at in September 2002 and finally completed in September 2007.

The premise involved using the "shuffle" program on a group of compact disc players running simultaneously to produce unique arrangements of original music.
All of the pieces followed a few guidelines: the musicians should be recorded separately from one another with little or no idea what the other musicians had played.
They would be given a loose theme to improvise on and a rigid tempo to follow.
These recordings, (sometimes hours long) were transferred on to a computer and cut into short phrases and fragments.
The best of these were selected to be burnt onto cd-r's.
Once all of the music for as piece had been recorded, each instrument was then assigned a cd player of which there were up to six.
The cd players were then played simultaneously with the "shuffle" program activated, thus producing a unique arrangement of the piece each time.
Some of the voices were of a "found" nature but none of the music was sampled from other sources.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Confusement Park


Here is an album I've been involved in recording over the last few months. It's called the Confusement Park and is supposedly a concept album about an amusement park but mainly seems to be about really messed up people. The songs are

Welcome To The Confusement Park
Fight The Bullshit
Animal Grease
Dippin The Ladle
Down In The Gutta
The Hole
Lord I Know
Ode To Speedy McFats
Dandelion Bouquet
Honeymoon Across The Stateline
Man With No Memory
After The Last Moonbeam Fades

The musicians are Jim Collier, Renastair EJ, Colon Wheeler, Fila McGann, Charlie Thunders, Iain Graham, Brandy Terrisi, John Gallagher and Martin Bland.
We pressed up 70 copies for our cd release party but they all went that night but we're going to press up another 30 or so. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, email me at mrbiand@yahoo.com. Probably $10 or so plus shipping.

This is the entire thing in one big 42 minute blob.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I Like Nitrous Oxide by Martin Bland



Here is a "video" I found on YouTube of one of my songs. It's not really a video as it is just a still picture. I watched it at first waiting for something to move but I couldn't detect any movement. It is a song that was part of an "instant" album project. It was recorded on a 4-track cassette player. I took a 45 minute cassette and played drums for the length of the cassette, then a few weeks later when I had forgotten what I had played I put some bass on, then a few months later some guitar and then a few months later some vocals and synth and whatever else. Everything was done in one continuous take. I think there were maybe 6 songs or so on the tape which is long lost. The songs got progressively worse as the tape went along and as I ran out of ideas but this was the first song and featured what I think was a pretty nifty synthesizer solo. It was released on one of Lachlan Macleods Blackeye records compilations, either Waste Sausage or Leather Donut, whichever was second.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Six-Ten Phoenix by the Monkeywrench


Also, here is a review of the lost Monkeywrench lp translated from the original Greek

Have spent around 18 years since the Mark Arm eftyne blood while Steve Turner break the guitar strings to the refrain of "If I Think" of Mudhoney, one of the most simple and chaste love songs ever written ( " ... I forgot how to cry, I forgot I could die, If I think, I think of You ..."), which, precisely because of this paidikotitas (with the good sense), have won a place in the hearts and the discos us, which often dense dust to feel again 15 years old.
18 years have passed since then and the duo Mark Arm / Steve Turner made a double blow «come back», moving jobs in 2008 for Mudhoney and Monkeywrench simultaneously. Mere coincidence or evil blow below the zone in order to disrupt the global grunge / garage movement (what?) In the world?

The answer will certainly give you - do not wait for us to have a solution at all. The fact is however that the project remains the owner Arm watchful and active, albeit with periodic delay in the sequence tends to 8 (and only for mathematicians) - asvesti keeping the flame of Seattle and the activities on the beaches of. "Gabriel's Horn" is the third in a series of movement and follows the style and tradition of Monkeywrench, who wants atofio punk garage rock voutigmeno in their cynicism, pulling the hair and dragging the mantemenia riffoeidi into the mud.

Non Fooled you seemingly cool fusion beginning of the "Low On Air" - when the dust katakatsei, things will take their real dimensions and who did not saw Jimbo (the de Chentrix) and not the feared! «Prosefchitheite up otou sweatiness» and the truth of Music acquires flesh and bones. 70"That's What You Get" (. 70ila in foul, offensive filingk garage in which Voutas where to find opportunity (!) And the absolute boon comes groove and carefree through the laser of cd player, that situation continues and "That's What You Get" (statements) and obviously, and throughout the tablet, (ideal) lasting 51 minutes. «Nick Cave» bourbon / vermut / . Beloved (as we say polychronemeno) the "Magic Tarp" and the reason is I think obvious: deucedly klassikoura with «Nick Cave» (allow me) interpretation drawn, raw guitars and slips bourbon / vermut / 'liosporous.

The Salpinga of Gavriil meant on the opposite coast triumphantly last February. The religious tradition is in the Archangel Gabriel to fysa to announce the Day of Crisis, thereby connecting with the infinite God. Times are tough. The Toritseli (1608), the Kavalieri (1598) and Monkeywrench (1991) know well.