Thursday, 18 February 2010

CHIN04 - Oblivian Substanshall "The Greatest Hits of Oblivian Substanshall, and So On"

Chinstrap proudly presents "The Greatest Hits of Oblivian Substanshall, and So On", three versatile volumes of audio delight from a fine gentleman's imagination.

Volume 1: "If You Can't Help It"

Twelve slices of off-kilter pop from Mr Substanshall's prolific oeuvre. Imagine the worlds of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear & Vivian Stanshall colliding with the spirit of 50s rock'n'roll, who's just taken a crash course in musique-concrete and sound-art. This brings us somewhere close to where Oblivian Substanshall is leaping off from, let's complete the picture with words from the man himself...

"The so called pop and cutting-edge cultural approach I most definitely give a good straddling too. Indeed, it gives me a lot of freedom to exploit and play around with these idioms to my hearts content. And like you pointed out, it's the fragments of these styles of expression which one can re-work, and try and achieve something fresh and amusing with, and hopefully interesting to listen to, or view. It's this looking back to move forward app
roach that I enjoy or, perhaps that's all there is anyway. It's nostalgic to some extent with a hint to the homage with an idiosyncratic slant. Some people may call this approach post-modern, but I see it as, yes, mixed up alright, and a little schizophrenic, but at the same time, entirely 'contemporary' in its make over, boasting no actual and definite rules to hold you back... It's an elastic art form that can be stretched and stretched and so on... But in saying all that, I don't really like to analyse things too much, I think its better to just get on with it and play,play,play, happily immersing oneself within this 'contemporary landscape', and to be as creative and as inventive as one can possibly be within it."

And .... download a PDF of Oblivian Substanshall's rather smashing drawings, selected for the "If You Can't Help It" release RIGHT HERE.

Volume 2: "Tengemort & Other Absurdities" - Monologues by Oblivian Substanshall

Volume 3: "Let's Talk Art" - Oblivian Substanshall takes on the history of 20th century art

And if that all wasn't Substanshall enough for you, find out more at ....

Monday, 15 February 2010

Chinstrap / Automata Recordings : Invitation for Participation

You are cordially invited to join the Chinstrap Automata Recordings project, an ongoing Creative Commons licensed archive of unprocessed recordings of automata, machines, mechanisms, mechanical musical instruments, mechanical toys and music-boxes.

The recordings will comprise a series of Chinstrap releases, and we anticipate putting out a series of albums made of sounds from the archive.

If you fancy joining the mechanical fun and submitting some recordings of anything you might have lying around, from Dancing Ballerinas to Dot Matrix Printers, drop us an e-mail on ergophizmiz at gmail dot com, and you shall be furnished with upload details!

CHIN03 - Martha Moopette, Heather McCallum & Rosalind Noctor "Hedgehogs & Honeybeads"

"Hedgehogs & Honeybeads" was a collaboration with film-maker Martha Moopette, musician Heather McCallum, and choreographer Rosalind Noctor, crossing film, sound-design, dance, and installation art. Created in 2006, the project went on to acclaim, most prominently at Motion Plymouth Film Festival (where it won Best Artistic Merit), and Art-Bereg film festival, St Petersburg.

This release, the third on Ergo Phizmiz's netlabel Chinstrap, comprises a remastered version of the film soundtrack, and four alternate edits created for simultaneous looping in installation form.

The project was devised and created by Martha Moopette & Rosalind Noctor

Flute & Guitar improvised by Heather McCallum

Edited & Produced by Martha Moopette

And here is the film ....