четвъртък, 28 август 2014 г.

Recording Leaver 'Head Home'

A week ago we spent one Saturday evening capturing the sounds that will make the first Leaver album 'Head Home'. Besides a swarm of crickets and grey skies we were accompanied by Georgе Chelebiev, who's been documenting our love for drone since our very first rehearsal. Here's what his camera saw during that night.

Find more of George's work here: https://flickr.com/photos/georgeoftheearth/

петък, 1 август 2014 г.

Recording the debut Leaver album this August

Yes, it's finally happening. Me and Daniel will be recording our first album as Leaver. We really enjoy playing these pieces live but it also feels neat to spend some studio time with them. Here's a video of our very first rehearsal, that track (performed way better) is also in the record.

Our debut is called 'Head Home', just so you know!

понеделник, 21 юли 2014 г.

Tie, Bind, Restrain (photo exhibition) OST

Too bad I couldn't find the time to give you this insight before that photo exhibition was presented and closed, however most of it is documented and (kinda) available online for you to get an idea what it was about. "Tie, Bind, Restrain" is a photo project by George Chelebiev inspired by shame and BDSM. The exhibition took place in Rubber Gallery and I had the pleasure to structure a sound environment with the sole purpose of enhancing the viewer's experience with the photographs.

The music from which this excerpt is comes in three movements, each depicting the phases of the inter-human process, which is the exhibition title itself. More a sound art piece than a composition, my work on this project is a sonic exploration of the interaction between naked human flesh and raw fabric, with contact microphones as the means of capture and digital amplification plus modification as the means of layering and unification. Hopefully we'll be able to somehow assemble a physical version of this project for you to be able to experienice in solituted or a moment of shared isolation. Who knows, it may result in all George was able to capture with his camera. 

All things summed, "Tie, Bind, Restrain" is certainly one of the best projects I've ever been involved in. Not only because George Chelebiev is an awesome collaborator, but also because his concept was deep and sufficiently intense to get me hyper intrigued and creative. 

Below I added a small set I assembled with other works I've also recorded for exhibitions.

вторник, 10 юни 2014 г.

Human Larve | Mytrip - Split (2014) on DSR

As I've been announcing multiple times on various places around the Internet and the social networks, 2014 is defintely an year for splits and collaboration releases for me. After what has become surely one of my favorite releases (the second EUS / Mytrip tape), actually a day before its official release, something else in this vein appeared in the US, released by Danvers State Recordings, one of the nicest homes for noise music (and tapes). Yes, it's exactly what you've read in the title - Human Larvae, based in Berlin power electronics project, teamed up with me, or actually was kind enough to let me join his release with two of my pieces. The result - HUMAN LARVAE's extreme harsh noise meets MYTRIP's pitch black ambiance and heavy drones. Limited to 50 copies.

Get from Danvers State Recordings
My copies are long gone and the run is sold out at the label as well. Few distros were stocking the tape so you might wanna check out Analog Worship (US), Freakanimal (Finland), Malignant Records (US), Cipher Productions (AUS). Below are both my & Human Larvae's sides for a free donation download and full streaming.

вторник, 20 май 2014 г.

EUS | Mytrip - Split (2014) on Blwbck

I was terribly slow on posting this here, but hmm I doubt if anybody actually does care. So here's the deal for all who may have missed the news. After our amazing (and arranged in the last minute) first Mytrip & EUS split tape (believe it or not 3 copies are still available), released by Abandonment two years ago me and Jose Acuña from Costa Rica decided to do that again. The result is I'd say even better than what we did before and the great addition to that is the tape is out on one of our favorite European labels - BLWBCK from Toulousse, France. 

Artwork photography by Marica Kolcheva.
This time Jose is opening the tape with Reviraje. An immense drone piece (subconsciously) divided in 7 movements.

Then you have Lifeless. A typical isolationist, repetitive and raw Mytrip soundscapes, both recorded live (in Rousse and Varna, Bulgaria) and barely post-edited (again so typical for me). Life is below and here is the link to order a tape. 

The first to get the tape already have the digital version and so do journalists. If you wanna join them, you know the drill. As I said this is year I've mostly devoted my time to collabs, splits and remixes, so I'll be announcing some more neat things real soon.

сряда, 30 април 2014 г.

May starting in Germany

Tomorrow heading to Germany to visit an awesome friend of mine and guess what... to play a bunch of shows there. You can find Mytrip in Leipzig and Berlin. And the best about all this is that I'll be even able to play my third ever show as Dayin again in Berlin. Neat times ahead. 

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Mytrip & Dayin in Germany

сряда, 9 април 2014 г.

TCH & Mytrip Spring Tour - Days 8 & 9 (Lille & Brussels)

This final update is pretty hard to write as the tour is actually over. It ended with a fucking CRASH and I mean that literally. But we'll get back to this. First the nice moments.

Waiting for the ferry with them chickens
07/04 A house show in Lille and a new cat friend
It's about 10 and we're on our way to the ferry that's to take us to the mainland. We're all lined and waiting on the port when it suddenly starts raining so hoping we'll leave that in Britain we get on the bigass boat. All goes smoothly, excluding for the fact I almost forget my phone there but a beautiful French girl is there to save the day and shows it to me as I'm about to leave the chill out zone in the ship. We land in France and head to Lille to find the massive downpour followed us. I swear, I hadn't seen such a hardcore rain in ages. It's pretty intense, with thunders and lighting, a totally crazy ride. A truck driver tries to push us out of the road, but only hits our side mirror. Terrible, terrible drive, but Tim's a pro and makes it all the way to Denis and Susanne's place where we're playing tonight. It's a great, neat home, ruled by the tiny Panique, our first tour cat, which is extremely beautiful and I often find myself struggling to become her friend. But the best is yet to come - after unloading the gear we get nice coffee and then awesome, AWESOME food, freshly cooked and so tasty. It's something between a pie and pizza, with veggies. This and Tim's lasagna - total food hits of the tour! 

And then I get in such a great mood for playing a show. An hour later we're all set up. A bunch of folks come around (quite enough for a Monday evening) and Tim starts. He improvises and all the time I'm sad we're again not recording. After that I play a quiet but a pretty grim set. And then we play together again. People seem to love it, we love it too, and again you can guess - no recordings were made. Whatever happens in Lille stays in Lille. After we play, we chat a bit, actually I mostly sit and listen to music, cus I feel a bit drained. Jean from When Day Chokes The Night is also at the show and he gives me their latest record, Denis also shares a tape of his band Niels Mori, so I have what to listen in the next few days! Aaand then off to bed, at some point in the night I sense tiny steps over me, take a quick peak and here she is, tiny Panique comes to sleep a bit with me. Proud and happy with my new cat friend I fall asleep. 

08/04 Last day of the tour, quite a shitty one
After Denis serves us an uplifting breakfast, with tons of coffee, chocolate and jam we are sadly leaving Lille. Susanne has left to work early in the morning but thankfully she shows up exactly when we're on the door so we have the chance to say goodbye to her as well. Lovely, lovely people, with a love for music, the way it should be. No rain today and we think it's gonna be a better day. We reach Antwerp in no time, I meat Peter from Ashtoreth at his palace of a home. We pick his gear, get him in the car and we head to Brussels. His performance with Tim is our surprise for the show tonight, but no...

Great photo skills, right... still a quick look in Peter's secret garden
About 50 kms from Brussels we stop on a traffic light and we get fucking hit by a garbage truck. It hits us not once but twice, we leave the car shouting, shocked and surprised. Somehow knowing... that was the end of the tour. The car is smashed as well as one of Peter's guitar. Thankfully we're all safe and sound. As I write this Tim is probably been towed to the UK without his gear, because the car is totally damaged and can't be repaired. Poor, poor Phil. A terrible end of our tour. Tim and the truck driver fill insurance forms, we try one garage but it's not the right one and we're back in Peter's place. A minute later I'm catching a tram to the train statiton. I gotta be in Brussels for my early flight tomorrow. I somehow get from the Central Station to Cafe Central. I even play the show. Apologies to all nice people who were there to make this happen for I wasn't really responsive and adequate. I still am not. Big ups for Nyko for setting up such a great show, for finding me a nice place to sleep for several hours.

Poor car after shit truck hit us
Now the working day is over and I guess it's high time I took a proper rest.

Endless thanks to Tim for making this tour happen, thanks to Didi for letting me crash at her place so many times. Thanks to each and single promoter (you're all mentioned somewhere in this diary). Thanks to the people who showed up to the shows and all friends who I knew only online and managed to come and really meet me. It was fantastic, if only it didn't end that way. But at least we made it alive.

And we'll keep playing music, despite the nasty fucking truck drivers, fuck off!