Sunday, 24 September 2017

Regional Arts Fellowship - Field Report 1 [Chris Watson Mentorship]

The overseas field trips as part of my Regional Arts Fellowship are now completed and I will be compiling a few posts to report on those activities. During the trips I posted up a whole bunch of pictures/tweets live through my twitter account, so you can also have a look back through those tweets too :) 


Dave & Chris in Hull

First up is a photo diary of my mentorship with 
Chris Watson along the Humber Estuary (Jan 15 - 19) recording sounds for his specially commissioned surround-sound installation TRENT FALLS TO SPURN POINT for Sound + Environment 2017. We were awesomely assisted throughout the week by Chris' son Alex. 

This field trip was an exciting time to work and record with some of the techniques / equipment Chris uses. The main microphone techniques used on the trips were Mid-Side, Double Mid-Side and the increasingly popular B-format Ambisonics.

Among the creative outcomes were numerous recordings made along the Humber Estuary, one of which (a mixdown of a Humber Bridge recording) was featured in a special episode of Graham Dunning's Fractal Meat on a Spongy Bone, which covered a bunch of my Fellowship recordings and activities during my first overseas trip, as well previously released and unreleased material  =>



Keep your eye out for more posts + twitter updates on my upcoming Fellowship workshops in NSW and creative outcomes, or sign-up for Noyzelab News and get an email update.

Recording clobber =>

Sonosax SX-R4+
Sound Devices 744T
Zoom F8

Soundfield ST450 mkll beta version in a Rycote windshield
Schoeps Double mid-side array 2x CCM4v, 1x CCM 8 in a Cinela Zephyx windshield

Surround/Ambisonics sound info =>

http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/principles-of-the-ms-stereo-technique
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university/principles-of-the-double-ms-technique
http://www.dpamicrophones.com/mic-university
http://www.schoeps.de/en/products/categories/menue-surround
http://www.radio.uqam.ca/ambisonic/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambisonics
http://www.ambisonic.net/
https://ambisonic.info/index.html

At Hull University Chris used their Ambisonic Studio facilities which include a Harpex B surround decoder plugin, in the Reaper digital audio environment with some custom Supercollider code. 

A big thanks to Chris, Alex and the Watson family + Rob Mackay and everyone at Hull Uni, Jez riley French, and Amy! Also thanks to Arts NSW, and Sarah Last at The Wired Lab.

SPURN POINT =>





NYZ - FLD RCDR / MCRTNL - dual CD release Entr'acte





Real and imaginary field recordings, compiled and synthesized in the 21st Century by David Burraston at Noyzelab. The pieces on this album have been formulated over a period of around five years. The main idea for this album was to make sound pieces that would appear to be a collection or mix of ‘live’ recordings.

FLD RCRDST::On Walden Snow and FLD RCRDST::FM80PcellorgNSW are both real field recordings which also mix studio recordings of Cellular Automata playing and sequencing synthesizers/effects units. CPM DRNL is a completely artificial simulation of an imaginary space, again with Cellular Automata taking on the duties of synth-playing and effects modification. Lindisfarne Refuge Hut is a complete, real field recording with nothing added, the only one on this album.

Mastered by Jacques Beloeil

Originally released as Entr'acte E219 on 19th August 2017
entracte.co.uk/projects/nyz-e219e220/
Limited edition of 200 copies each, including a special black embossed Boomkat Edition of 50 copies
Physical release is out of print, now available in digital! 

Special thanks:
Chris Watson for taking me to the Lindisfarne Refuge Hut.
John Brien at Important Records for excellent hospitality during my field trip to Walden Pond.
Sarah Last at The Wired Lab for everything!


A series of micro- and macrotonal generative compositions: recorded, compiled and synthesized in the 21st Century by David Burraston at Noyzelab. This is a collection of pieces designed to take you away from the world of 12-tone equal without getting bogged down in any deep, confusing theories about anything whatsoever.

A pure and simple intuitive exploration of mini sound worlds using a variety of different hardware synthesizers, encompassing technologies such as modulation synthesis (FM etc.) and sample playback (ancient ROMplers). Everything on this album has been sequenced using my Cellular Automata hardware systems for generating note and control data, as well as altering the tuning of individual notes or generating complete tuning tables in some cases.

Mastered by Jacques Beloeil

Originally released as Entr'acte E220 on 19th August 2017
entracte.co.uk/projects/nyz-e219e220/
Limited edition of 200 copies each, including a special black embossed Boomkat Edition of 50 copies
Physical release is out of print, now available in digital! 

Special thanks:

Richard D James and Warren Burt for extensive synth and microtuning natterings.
Sarah Last at The Wired Lab for everything!


Reviews


Previous releases by the sound artist and scientist David Burraston have pendulum swung in one direction between cassettes of frenzied acid beats with gibbery 1950s dialogue (eg, last year’s excellent “Creativalizationistizm Unhinged” from his ALG 118B album) to gently burbling rivers, designed to be listened to mindfully (his field recordings of Australia’s Box Gum Grassy Woodlands on SoundCloud could soothe the most frayed of nerves). These two latest CDs, available through Antwerp label Entr’acte, cover both ends of the spectrum — with psyche-troubling digital compositions on MCRTNL and noises from nature on FLD RCDR. 
FLD RCDR opens with the sound of boots crunching down on snow, and builds into an uneasy mix of twanging synthesizers, playing patterns created by cellular automata, which Burraston wrote a PhD thesis on in 2006. By contrast, “Lindisfarne Refuge Hut” is a straight recording with nothing added, so there’s little to distract from the sparse sounds of passing traffic and chirped bird song. 
“FLD RCRDST::FM80PcellorgNSW” is the standout track, a faraway thunderstorm broken up by cyber bleeps and the noise of rain hitting a tin roof, where it becomes hard to tell which sounds are avian, mechanical or insect. NYZ’s composition and manipulation are even more audible on MCRTNL, where he plays around with demented piano ditties, warped and bendy melodies, and mathematical rhythms. Burraston (who also records as Dave Noyze, Noyzelab and Bryen Telko) combines the curious sonic patterning and tireless love of invention of √Čliane Radigue with a sharp ear for odd sounds comparable to Chris Watson’s. Mesmerising, bizarre, soothing and sometimes troubling. 

Claire Sawers in The Wire


If you’ve ever wondered what Google streetcar’s dreams sound like, we implore you to check David Burraston’s beguiling FLD RCDR, the first of two remarkable new NYZ albums for Entr’acte. 

As Dave Noyze, Noyzelab or just NYZ, the award-winning sound artist/scientist is regarded among the most inquisitive minds working with algorithmic music and electronics right now. He’s perhaps best known for the remarkably in-depth Syrobonkers! interview with Aphex Twin, whilst in recent years a brilliant glut of his material has turned up on tapes and download for Computer Club, Meds and Gamma Mine that rank among the strangest releases we’ve heard this decade. To put it plainly, if you’ve ever been wowed by music from Roland Kayn to Autechre, AFX or Lee Gamble, you really need to hear FLD RCDR! 

Collated over five years, the research documented on FLD RCDR is typically varied, combining many strands of Burraston’s praxis - sound installations, self-built synthesisers, and interests in chaos/complexity theory - in four varying degrees of flux. Blending real location recordings with studio recordings of his Cellular Automata - an algorithmic system used to trigger and modulate FX - Burraston subconsciously breaks down distinctions between artificial and actual, hypothetical and hyperstitional with a genuine sort of electro-acoustic alchemy in three algorithmic parts, plus a fourth cut of hyperreal, yet untreated, field recordings making for comparably stark contrast. 

On two parts, FLD RCRDST::On Walden Snow and the 20 minute FLD RCRDST::FM80PcellorgNSW he mixes location recordings with studio recordings of Cellular Automata playing and sequencing his synths and FX, whereas CPM DRNL is a completely artificial simulation of imaginary space brought to life by his Cellular Automata, and for a strong, if subtle contrast, Lindisfarne Refuge Hut presents real, untreated recordings containing no additives - just the uncannily hyperreal sound of birds, vehicles and the North Sea. 

In concept, the recordings live somewhere between Burraston’s unprocessed telephone wire recordings, made with Alan Lamb in his native NSW region for Taiga Records, and the sort of playfully curdled algorithmic results found on his ALG 118B tape; effectively activating his panoramic screen grabs with a sort of rudimentary artificial intelligence so they end up crawling with strange, plasmic figures and fractals in a way that recalls a synaesthetic allegory to Google’s deep dream images. Especially when held up against the vividly textured audness of the untreated third track, it all makes for some of the most compelling, beguiling music we’ve heard this decade. 

These are sounds much lesser heard or seen, vividly describing and bringing to life a series of spaces and places with the sense of wonder that we’d imagine was experienced by, and drove, important tonal explorers such as Stockhausen, Gottfried Michael Koenig or Roland Kayn in their respective days, right thru to their modern antecedents in Chris Watson, Autechre or Russell Haswell. 

Highly recommended! 

boomkat.com/products/fld-rcdr

One of our favourite artists in the world right now, David Burraston aka NYZ presents the second of two CDs for Entr’acte, each revealing particular aspects of a sprawling practice knitting algorithms, sound installation and self-built synthesisers in some of the strangest recordings imaginable. 

As you might have guessed from the title, MCRNTL - a contraction of micro- and macrotonal - catches Burraston divining new ways between the waves, stepping away from systems of 12-tone equal temperament into curdled smears of harmonic mulch and convolution that hold genuinely new and compelling sensations for the listener.  

Without, as the promo says, “getting bogged down in any deep, confusing theories about anything whatsoever”, Burraston/NYZ presents nine pieces, some forty minutes of music, all selected for the pure and frankly fucking weird, pleasure of it. Of course, if you need to look at it that way, there is a wealth of complex chain reactions and semi-organic systems at play in MCRTNL, but the glacial pace and somnolent atmospheres serve to reveal those processes in a manageably intuitive, enjoyable manner with broad appeal to listeners who’ve grown bored of so much harmonic convention in electronic and avant-garde music. 

Forming a spellbinding exploration of NYZ’s infamous banks of FM synthesisers, each controlled thru his patented Cellular Automata hardware system for generating note and control data, the results range from succinct, rhythmic arabesques to gaseous drones and chattering machine voices that feel at once familiar yet deeply unheimlich at the same time, mostly thanks to the level of detail with which Dave Noyze can control the tuning of individual notes or “generate complete tuning tables in some cases”.  

In the cases of MTNAM_2::FM60PP3 and MCRTEO, it sounds like he’s zoomed in and expanded on mercurial moments of AFX or Autechre tracks, focussing in on their nasal drip tang and melted string zing with a delightfully perverse quality, whilst LM_8101MT sounds like a band of brass-touting mice conducted by David Lynch, and MTNAM_7_SRi::station=>MONO feels as though it’s performing otoacoustic origami on yer inner ear, whereas MTNAM_3:: XNOTNL and GRAYMATTA feel as though he’s alternately emulating a lonely ship at sea in your ear canal, and then slowly sealing it in with concrete. 

Ultimately, this process allows NYZ to explore a finer range of sounds, and with it a finer spectrum of emotional analogues and the less distinct, more ambiguous spaces between the notes. It can be taken like a kinda counterintuitive form of jazz played by machines, or oblique abstract sketches rendered in colours imperceptible to the eye, but either way they’re some of the oddest, unsettling works in circulation. 

Highly recommended! 

boomkat.com/products/mcrtnl 

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Noyzelab - TTMSubtree : Ltd Tape on Psoma Psi Phi





Ultra-limited Edition of 34 hand dubbed cassettes on Psoma Psi Phi.

Label's release blerb ==>

A black 90-minute cassette tape with printed white side labels, a clear plastic poly case and custom decals. Contains the full, unabridged 90-minute TTMSubtree album, with three more tracks not present in the digital version. Dubbed at White Pillar Workshop with source AIF files running from a Fiio X5 into an Alesis TapeLink deck. 

Includes unlimited streaming of TTMSubtree via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Noyzelab is one of several active aliases of David Burraston, a synthesist and sonic tinkerer with far too many references to list. All you need to know is that Burraston explores possibilities in not just sound, but also programming, mathematics and nature. His work has taken him all over the world, to do workshops, residencies and mentorships with everyone from Richard D. James to Chris Watson, and led him to issue his recordings with such imprints as Important Records, Taiga and MEDS, among many others. 

He has graciously agreed to issue some of (what we consider) his very best work at Psoma Psi Phi, and for this occasion, we have furnished Burraston with his very own subcatalog at the label, simply titled NYZ. NYZ releases will exist on both cassette and CD-R formats, depending on the recordings in question, and will be fairly limited physical affairs in conjunction with open editions of "abridged" digital versions. This allows everyone to familiarize themselves with Burraston's work freely, while also rewarding those who support the imprint (by purchasing physical media) with additional and unedited content. 

For NYZ-I, Burraston gives us TTMSubtree, a 90-minute cassette of wavering tones that shift in and out of focus, playing the frequency spectrum like a sedate keyboard. Over time, these tones gradually grow and recede in their individual voices, overlapping to produce alien forms inside the drone. Aspects of the release become more isolated and still as the recordings play forward, with moments that even sound like metal bells hanging on a telephone wire in an abandoned town, softly blown against each other by the wind. The final 35-minute closing piece is perhaps the most striking of all - a warm gusting breath of a glossy chordal tone, forever cycling through a barely decaying orbit...omnipresent and yet completely abandoned in the same instance. 

TTMSubtree is a stunning debut release for Psoma Psi Phi, and truly we are honored to have Burraston issuing his work with us. For newcomers, Burraston's work here is recommended for fans of Eliane Radigue, Eleh, Mika Vainio, Richard Chartier and others of their ilk.

Released June 21, 2017 

W/P by David Burraston. Cover design by Brian Grainger. Logo by Noyzelab, used with permission. This is Psoma Psi Phi number NYZ-I, first in the NYZ subcatalog of works exclusively by David Burraston.

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

NYZ DRNH Limited Cassette Release on Gamma Mine




Limited edition of 100.
Hand-numbered white C90 cassette with printed insert.

Releases December 9, 2016 

All signals by Dave Burraston. 
Designed and mastered by Finlay Shakespeare. 

Reviewed (9/10) & available through Norman Records here + review reproduced below.

Now also available via Juno Records and Animal Psi


Preview mix on Gamma Mine Soundcloud =>


Gamma Mine Press Release =>

Studio B17 
Pithay Studios 
All Saints' Street 
Bristol 
BS1 2LZ 
United Kindom 

RAY01: NYZ - “DRNH” 

Launching Gamma Mine's explorations into electronic systems music is “DRNH”, a new release from award winning artist Dave Burraston. “DRNH” continues 2016's releases from the ever-prolific artist, who has released works on labels including .MEDS, Feral Tapes, Computer Club and ALKU, this year alone. 

Under his NYZ alias, Burraston studies modulation-based synthesis techniques from his Noyzelab studio, NSW, Australia. As an extension to the activities captured on “DRN4” (.MEDS, 2016), the systems utilised on “DRNH” have been broadened to include additive synthesis, ring modulation and non-linear waveshaping alongside Burraston's staple frequency modulation synthesis techniques. The following is a declassified listing of equipment used in this research: 

Hinton Instruments Music Lab modular prototype 
Yamaha SY99 & TG77 with cellular automata generated microtunings 
MANIAC/Ulamizer-II cellular automata sequencing 
Tiptop Z-DSP & Numberz with custom programs 

The result is a collection of recordings which take the listener from sci-fi atmospheres (“NYZ-1_HI-SIN”) to whirring electronics (“NYZ_Z-DSP+NUMBERZ-DRN1”), playful FM studies (“FM80Pcellular”, “FM60Pcellular”) to meditative drones (“CSN2-excerpt1-mono”, “DRNH”). “DRNH” releases on 9th December 2016 on white C90 cassette and digital formats: 

A1. NYZ-1_SHPR_mono (01:40) 
A2. NYZ-1_HI-SIN (07:17) 
A3. NYZ-1_FM20Pcellular (02:04) 
A4. NYZ_Z-DSP+NUMBERZ-DRN1 (06:42) 
A5. FM80Pcellular (05:08) 
A6. CSN2 excerpt1-mono (14:29) 
A7. FM60Pcellular (05:42) 
B1. DRNH (44:44) 

Gamma Mine: True explorations in electronics + mathematics, presented in aural form 
gammamine@mail.com

<= Gamma Mine Press Release


Norman Records Review =>

9/10 Ant Staff review, 08 December 2016

David Burraston’s (Dave Noyze /Noyzelab / Bryen Telko) release schedule has gathered momentum and accelerated through 2016 with a slew of cassette releases on .meds, Feral Tapes and Computer Club, and now closes the year with the inaugural release for new imprint Gamma Mine. An epic 90-minute cassette entitled ‘DRNH’ in a hand-numbered edition of 100 copies.

As a teenager I used to get stoned and go and hang out under pylons or telegraph poles and listen to the hum of pure voltage. Something about the sound of pure electricity just resonates with me profoundly. What is the appeal? Does it complete a circuit with the electrical energy in our brains? Plug us back in directly to the source?

Had NYZ’s ‘DRN’ cassettes been about back then I could have chilled at home to scratch that itch instead of of freezing my knackers off. Thankfully, now I’m a grown man and this tape exists, there’s no need for me to look like a weirdo lurking under a pylon - I can simply hit play on ye olde cassette player. Without getting too technical (for that go to theMatrixsynth feature) on ‘DRNH’ Dave essentially uses maths/ science/ generative algorithms, FM synthesis and beyond, to sculpt electricity into wondrous sonic shapes.

The tape opens with the playful and mysterious ‘NYZ-1_SHPR_mono’ which leaves some uncertainty as to how things will proceed. Then comes ‘NYZ-1_HI-SIN’ which layers frequencies that induce a weightless sensation of levitating in deep space. ‘NYZ-1_FM20Pcellular’ sounds like an advanced machine language/communication like some form of futuristic Gamelan song. Then comes ‘NYZ_Z-DSP+NUMBERZ-DRN1’ which is like an amplified synthesis of sounds from the natural world as it delicately flutters and pulsates like a tiny organism revving a microscopic sized engine albeit magnified to a large, almost intimidating scale. ‘FM80Pcellular’ could be the sad song of some weeping electrons. ‘CSN2 excerpt1_mono’ sizzles and fizzles magnificently and is particularly satisfying (see stoned teens under pylons).

The titular ‘DRNH’ comprises the entire second side of the cassette. A masterful, colossal, long-form, proper epic drone work for deep listening -- and not the fluffy ambient that seems to pass for drone these days. This is the real deal, high grade, potent stuff. As brilliantly executed and nuanced as classic meditative drone works from Eliane Radigue, with the psychoactive properties of Binaural Beats but with a far more palatable “techno” sound. Each listen reveals details which previously appear to have been hidden - something like the sonic equivalent to those “Magic Eye” pictures that were all the rage in the 90’s. With eyes closed, it provides a very rewarding, introspective journey into the self. Most folks would probably insist you were either deaf, or an idiot that gets off on insipid minimalism if they heard this -- but there is way more depth than would appear on the surface, hypnotic microrhythms emerge like the fluttering and dancing of robotic like insects. It’s a deceptively vibrant, immersive sound that I wholeheartedly encourage you to plunge into. Crank up the volume and feel the bass vibrations - there are multiple layers to lock into but as a whole it certainly feels like electricity coursing through the body.

If you dug the now sold out NYZ ‘DRN4’ tape on .meds, then why not add some extra gravy. Needless to say it comes highly recommended.

<= Norman Records Review




Hinton Instruments Music Lab modular

Hinton Instruments Music Lab modular

Friday, 2 September 2016

Bryen Telko - Find any tape header

BRYEN TELKO FIRST EVER PHYSICAL RELEASE!



BRYEN TELKO - FIND ANY TAPE HEADER
Physical Only / Ltd 100 Copies / C90 Cassette
OUT NOW on Feral Tapes!
"After a killer run of tapes on labels such as Meds and Computer Club Dave Burraston (aka NYZ, Dave Noyze, Noyzelab) brings his Bryen Telko alias to Feral Tapes. Comprised of works created between 1984-2016 'Find any tape header' is a C90 of algorithmic, generative & experimental recordings. Veering between the microtonal drones of DRN4 and wacked out electronica worthy of Rephlex and Planet Mu, at 26 tracks it's a heady brew. 100 copies with insert. Covers letter press printed by Bradford's Print Project. "

Title track available as a free download =>



SIDE A
T1 - Dr. Chicken & K9.3 {The Sausage Makers Edit}
T2 - Diabolelius {Telko Library Mixdown}
T3 - Send untalk
T4 - Real-time jiffy clock RLD GLD
T5 - Partch's Aleatoric Gnoshup
T6 - Emulated Bagpi Gnoshup
T7 - Norman's Spade
T8 - Comms Theory
T9 - ID407
T10 - Cassette read byte handler
T11 - Send unlisten
T12 - Re-chain lines

SIDE B
T1 - BDA258C8 Length64
T2 - Find any tape header
T3 - Check salvageability
T4 - TT RV kzM 2P_Shaper 2#11
T5 - TT RV kzM 2P_Shaper 2#12
T6 - TT RV kzM 2P_Shaper 2#15
T7 - Concatenate
T8 - How many open files
T9 - Burst nybbler
T10 - JP4 Mountain {Telko's Midnight Sputnik Mix}
T11 - Vegemite Sandwich {Butterside Up Mix}
T12 - Vegemite Sandwich {Toasty Triangles Mix}
T13 - Puff the Magic Dragon
T14 - CP Tonal

Recorded at Noyzelab 1984 - 2016

**UPDATE** => NOW AVAILABLE AT NORMAN RECORDS + Staff Review !!
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9/10 Ant Staff review, 13 October 2016

"UK underground cassette imprint Feral Tapes (responsible for output from Ekoplekz, Aqua Dentata, Skeksi, Spolis & Relics, CHXFX, Roro Perrot, Hacker Farm etc.) serve up a fascinating and highly entertaining tape that collects output from David Burraston’s (aka Dave Noyze, NYZ) Noyzelab studio under his Bryen Telko alias. This is the first physical Bryen Telko release, with previous works being digital only releases. This, in contrast is analogue only i.e no digital.

Spilling from the spools are unfathomable, dynamic works spanning from 1984 through to the present day. At a whopping 26 tracks, clocking in at approximately 90 minutes running time. It’s something of a pocket anthology of Dave’s incredibly vast archive - a snapshot of the inner workings of the Noyzelab, from it’s initial base in the UK through to a transition into it’s current location in the Australian hinterlands.

Dave’s relationship with his machines/ technology is truly one of the great love affairs of the late 20th/early 21st Century. Just a peek at noyzelab.com will reveal pages, upon pages of research into chaos/ complexity, generative composition, cellular automata, an encyclopaedic knowledge of synthesis/ synthesizers and machines most electronic music producers probably aren’t even aware existed. What’s really striking about Dave’s work and most evident on ‘Find any Tape Header’ is how he uses his tools to create vibrant sound that transcends the often boring, dry academic, soulless output associated with electronic music that's created at the intersection of science and art. Sure, this is machine music and yet it’s incredibly human music -- Dave is able to communicate so much of himself in his work. Tracks with a brilliantly wicked, surreal, absurd, ludicrous sense of humour sit alongside more serious compositions, incorporating everything from dense textured sound, mangled beats, shredding noise, drones… the bloody lot. It’s like spending an hour and a half inside the mind of a genius/lunatic nutty professor.

From the opening minutes, ‘Find any tape header’ is thrillingly unpredictable. A cheapo dog barking synth sound plays the Doctor Who theme alongside grunting animals and cries of “The Insane sausage Maker”. Then onto comical disruptions of Satie, into manic synth noise that sounds like an electronic music studio being thrown down a flight of stairs and trampled on by a herd of cyborg elephants trying to play deconstructed techno. Then there’s the bagpipes that come before the strange gurgling and hammered bells. A brutal, pummeling, industrial tech-noise assault follows, which precedes a passage that sounds like some primitive/ alien machine language - and we’re still on the first side!

Flip the tape and some relentless, monotone rhythms and icy drones then get to work, before some shimmering, metallic, lysergic, spacey ambient soothes into the glistening chimes of some gorgeous, meditative deep listening. But don’t get too comfortable because you’re about to get smacked up with some classy intricate, damn funky beats that play out a mesmerising crunchy, serpentine rhythm. Up next is some mucky, grungy electro-sludge and… wait for it… an astonishing pair of hyperactive, laugh out loud hilarious videogame rave style covers of Men At Work’s ‘Land Down Under’ that have to be heard to be believed.

These few paragraphs barely scratch the surface of what’s on offer on this incredible tape, from an incredible mind. Edition of 100 copies with letterpress artwork."

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feline approval of bryen telko's 'find any tape header'

Monday, 20 June 2016

NYZ - ALG 118B : Ltd Tape Release on Computer Club



"A musical foray deep inside the Noyzelab mainframe. Emotive, sample-heavy textures reflecting today's society with pertinent commentary on first world problems. Sometimes brutal, always captivating, David has built an album which evokes memories of honest labour, B&W films and heavy-duty woollen suits."

Artist: NYZ
Title: ALG 118B
Label: Computer Club
Cat: disk04
Format: Audio Cassette / 24-bit Digital
Releases: 22nd July 2016
Limited to 100 copies worldwide. 




All tracks written and produced by David Burraston.
© 2016 Computer Club.

Recorded at Noyzelab 2014 - 2016
Compiled and edited March - May 2016
www.noyzelab.com

Mastered at Computer Club Sheffield.
computer-club.it 

Design by Human.
humanstudio.com

Also available via Kudos Distribution.

Preview excerpts here =>



You can hear two tracks from ALG 118B on C P Smith's Boiler Room (Upfront 071: Central
Processing Unit) =>

 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Farey Sequence Tables for FM Synthesis


The choice of Carrier:Modulator (C:M) frequency ratio is an interesting area of research, because it is one of the fundamental aspects of FM programming. Although I mentioned the classic book by Chowning & Bristow in the recent Matrixsynth NYZ DRN4 DECLASSIFIED, space and time didn't allow me to mention another classic text by Barry Truax: Organizational Techniques for C:M Ratios in Frequency Modulation. If you're interested in FM programming, and you don't mind a tiny bit of maths via the Farey Sequence, I highly recommend it. If you want to dig deeper I've made some useful tables for FM synth programmers in this post. There's also a handful of youtube FM synthesis vids at the end.

Monday, 22 February 2016

NYZ DRN4 Limited Cassette Release on .MEDS



about

FM EXPLORATIONS AND MICROTONAL DRONES FROM NYZ (AKA DAVE NOYZE, DAVID BURRASTON, NOYZELAB, BRYEN TELKO)

This is the first release by NYZ and is a superb musical collection of research areas classified to internal Noyzelab operations. Not even .MEDS label were informed of the secret processes underlying its creation, excepting that we know it involved Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis! We have not been given any information regarding when this work was recorded, but we suspect the material spans at least a decade of David's FM algorithm research on numerous synthesizers, as well his own custom built ear deceiving gear... For additional information and photos see the Matrixsynth "NYZ DECLASSIFIED" article.

According to one reviewer of David's previous musical output he "gleefully disrupts just about every standard convention of musical form you could think of, including those of so-called experimental musics." Other reviewers have written that :
"His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines." "It's strikingly original audio that doesn't really sound like anything else I can think of." "Utterly sublime. So there you go, a life-affirming slab of mind-altering sound to reawaken you to the terrifying possibilities of creation."
"absolutely wreaks havoc" wrote Keith Fullerton Whitman on reviewing David's last release (T. H. Cycle cassette on Important Records/Cassauna).

BIO:

David Burraston is an award winning artist/scientist working in the areas of technology and electronic music since the late 1970s. His experimental arts practice encompasses field recording, landscape-scale sound art, chaos/complexity, sound synthesis and electronic music. He performs, lectures, conducts workshops and creates art installations in Regional NSW and around the world. David also designs and builds sound synthesizers based on his theories of chaos/complexity science.

(David Burraston. Photo by Richard D. James.)

He has previously released his highly original form of experimental research music on numerous cult labels such as ALKU (in collaboration with RUSSELL HASWELL), IMPORTANT RECORDS/CASSAUNA, TAIGA, .MEDS, CATACLYST, ENGRAVED GLASS, TOCHNIT ALEPH, BETA BODEGA COALITION, SEVCOM EDITION and featured in THE WIRE MAGAZINE Below The Radar series. He has worked with many diverse collaborators such as Aphex Twin, William Barton, Alan Lamb, Chris Watson, Russell Haswell, Robin Fox, Oren Ambarchi, Garry Bradbury, MIT Media Lab and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014 he independently published the legendary "SYROBONKERS!", the most technical and in-depth interview ever given by Aphex Twin.

David had an innovative role in the foremost UK telco’s R&D laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality and Data Visualisation. His 2006 PhD thesis (Generative Music & Cellular Automata) developed and applied fundamental new concepts, arising out of generative music practice, to a key problem in complex systems. This has served as a foundation methodology for creative practice and complex systems research.

His current work is aimed at tackling more key questions in complex systems from a creative practice perspective, drawing inspiration from natural and artificial complex systems. These key questions address the definition of randomness, structure and high level descriptions of information processing in complex systems.

David is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute (www.emf.org). He was part of the team that designed and built long wire installations at The WIRED Lab and is a member of the Board of Directors (www.wiredlab.org). He has been operating Noyzelab as an independant art/science music studio since 1981 (www.noyzelab.com) and to the surprise of many is even on twitter @noyzelab

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releases April 1, 2016

All Audio by David Burraston
Design Tom Knapp

NORMAN RECORDS STAFF REVIEW OF NYZ DRN 4 ->

9/10 Jim Staff review, 27 March 2016

"NYZ is the latest alias of David Burraston (aka Noyzelab, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko), an Australia-based sound scientist who you may have come across from his previous tape on .meds, ‘16x16 Cell Meditations’, or his other releases on Alku, Important Records’ Cassauna offshoot, Taiga, Cataclyst and The Wire magazine’s ‘Below The Radar’ series, among others. He’s also the guy behind ‘Syrobonkers!', a sprawling in-depth discussion with Aphex Twin that managed to mix rarefied gear-talk and synth esoterica with hilarious anecdotes from the golden era of rave, all spiked with a healthy dose of conspiracy theory.

You never know quite what you’re going to get with each Burraston release, apart from the fact that it’s likely to be an intense ride to the outer limits of what you thought music could be. This tape kinda of picks up where ‘16x16 Cell Meditations’ left off, featuring massive swathes of dense abstract walls of electronic sound that pulsate in mesmerising layered patterns. The music has an incredible sleight-of-hand effect, where you might find yourself being drawn in by what might initially sound a bit like a giant turbine generator before becoming enveloped into the fabric of the sound waves, which in turn unleash all manner of psychoactive aural allusions. Which is basically what happened to me straight from the off with the first track here ‘NYZ_FMMGKSQ_43t’.

It starts with two deep drones playing off each other with exuberant reverberating vibrations that had me thinking of jet engines before it hits a rocking groove and layers of high pitched textures seem to intensify, giving me visions of some UFO-summoning didgeridoo jam amongst screaming cicadas. But don’t let the cheesiness of my imagination put you off, this music is complex and strikingly fresh but at the same time seems to directly tap into those primitive patterning and image-generating faculties that so much psychedelic music aims (and often fails) to hit.

While the music is intensely minimal and abstract, Burraston’s focus on pulsating microtonal drones and immersive, full-frequency sound arrangements gives it a meditative feel, especially when compared to the Russell Haswell-style aggressive form-shredding of his ‘T.H. Cycle’ cassette on Important (Haswell is also a Burraston collaborator). Even the more abrasive and distorted tonality of ‘CSN [excerpt 2 mono]’ and it’s  45 minute perception-obliterating reprise on side 2 here have a hypnotic quality that is somewhere between the meditative end of Harsh Noise Wall and the more intense side of, say, Eliane Radigue; as implausible as that might sound. There are a few other departures along the way too, most notably ‘SWI_r170_16x32x32_B’, which envisions a dystopian industrial wasteland from piston-like hissings and decayed, malevolent synth-lines that seem to be self-generating in a way that somehow reminds of Dopplerffekt’s ‘Linear Accelerator’.

The last Noyzelab tape sold out fast so get this quick if you want a unique musical experience from a one-of-a-kind artist on blistering form."