A tiny slice of Sleep

‘The Last Few Seconds Before Sleep’ has taken form. The last piece of the puzzle fell into place this morning and after a bit of a rebuild, I recorded it. Here’s a little taster from the full 40ish minutes for you as promised.

The Last Few Seconds Before Sleep (Excerpt) by Erstlaub

The piece will be performed in its entirety at the n_ilk festival at the Botanic Gardens in Dundee in just under a few weeks time. Ticket info and more details on their website.


Counting Backwards to none…


So, just a short update on a few things.

Tickets are now on sale for the n_ilk Festival in the Botanic Gardens in Dundee on Saturday, September 11th. Priced at just ¬£6 for a whole day’s worth of great music in an awesome location, you can get tickets at the University Store online¬†here or from¬†Grouchos from 25th August 2010 and in the PLUS@Dundee marquee outside DUSA during the week leading up to the event. Get on it. I’ll be performing ‘The Last Few Seconds Before Sleep’ which I’ve been tweaking away at and is really beginning to take on it’s own form.

On the same day, excerpts from two of my longer pieces ‘I Am The Line Drawn In The Sand Between The Living And The Dead’ and the forthcoming DVD release ‘Sleepwalking Into The Underworld’ will be shown as part of -SCAPE at the Alchemy Film Festival in Hawick which has been curated by the ever awesome Alastair Cook. -SCAPE runs from 9-11pm at Beanscene, Hawick, free entry.

I’ve finally got around to opening up a¬†Souncloud account to take a bit of strain off of my meagre hosting and have posted up two full live sets including a never before heard performance from ‘Towards The Singularity’ at Cafe Oto, London in August 2008, at which I premiered ‘I Am The Line…’. I’m hoping to get some snatches of ‘Last Few Seconds…’ recorded soon that I’ll also post there.


…sleep encroaching

Work is well underway on the next big project for me – “The Last Few Seconds Before Sleep” which is starting to take shape properly now.¬†Here’s the conceptual schtick behind it:

Just before sleep, in the Limbo between the conscious mind and the great abyss, I become aware of a tiny sound. A minute burst of white noise lasting just a few seconds in linear time, this is the gap between worlds. Aware but powerless to act, I know this sound inside out, a minute piece of sonic cartography that contains all the information in the universe, the whirring of a vast organic hard-drive as the processor performs a memory dump between logic and something much bigger and weirder. delay lines feedback to Omega Point, choirs of particles stream towards event horizons, linear time holds no sway here this vast but tiny sound contains all of time and space and possibility.

It will be getting its first (and possibly only) live airing on September 11th at the n_ilk festival at the Botanic Gardens in Dundee and will be coming out on Broken20 at somepoint thereafter. There will also be a full set from The Village Orchestra and we’re planning on pulling together a bit of improvised collaboration, there should also be a DJ set from Production Unit so Broken20 ends will be fully repped, ¬†all taking place inside a big greenhouse full of quite mental plants. The event runs from 3.30pm – 10.30ish and there are a load of other interesting people doing things.

n_ilk site
Facebook listing
LastFM listing

Do come along. In the meantime, I cannot recommend heartily enough Erik XVI’s latest podcast for Broken20 which you can get here. Techno classics under heavy sedation in a dark tunnel. Get on it.