Saturday, May 31, 2008

classic crude noise piece

there's an angry professor at the central university library. When i sidle past, arrogant, young, laden with books, I can just feel his hatred. And a small insult leaks out from his lips. Lock, stock and barrell. Channel development. Moss and rouphage. Italian Stallion. Lights, camera, action. Moonbeams and feather dusters.

big business

A personal victory would be the ability to fund:

1.set up of a venue/club, a slick, professional, sophisticated, progressive, fully-lubricated, dj laden, coffee-roasting, crude worshipping one. A crude stocking chain of cafes/record stores.

2. release of the entire crude backcatalogue on thick black vinyl with super-professionally re-design sleeves then distributed world-wide through the coolest stores..

3. A media campaign to educate the majority of new zealanders to realize that the poor and the unemployed are actually utilized as a conduit for funelling capital directly BACK to the companies/ceos/wealthy fucks that call us (and use media to cultivate the meme that the poor are 'lazy')'bludgers'. Oh yes, we're contributing alright, you fucking fucks.

4. A $5,000,000 tv marketing campaign for the crude web-site, asia/pacifc region

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Stupor. A 'flash mob': heavy calloused mental patient(s) running wild on George Street,Dunedin, New Zealand. Catatonia. A thick rimmed, yellow-bellied gob of mank. Stuck on level 5, stomach knotted up. Trying hard not to pass water.
That is the sound we look for. That is the ground we hook more.
The Aesthetics : noise rock, nihil rock, spatter rock . Painting a picture. Snaking the tincture. Nagging and null. Gagging and lull. This be the buttery-knob of rake-rock libri:
vermin: vermin: vermin: vermin:

'Sold out' they say - ha! Yeah, that's right man we like totally sold out! We played the big day out! We like sold out! Look at us now! It's all bling and cash-as-toilet-paper! Yeah! We sold out!

Shows:::: The Aesthetics with Sonic Smith, a Dunedin electronic act. Thats Wednesday night, June thee 18th my people. Free entre. Please, if ye be in that quadrant, that sector, do come along.

And then WELLINGTON : JULY!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

the great rock music lie

Extremely active and fascinating couple of weeks for Crude. For the sake of the reader: I want to let you know that this blog will not only focus on Crude's activities but also that of The Aesthetics, my 'rock' band, and other peripheral aspects of 'life' as a 'musician': it's psychological, sociological, theological, indeed, it's epistemological aspects.
Yeah, whatever.
So anyway, whats been happening??

Item one this afternoon was the borderline ballroom gig amongst the anglo-fauna of Christchurch city last Wednesday the 21st. Goodness gracious, what a great evening. Was a delight to absorb self in the digi-soup of I-rory. Using crude objects of both home-made and exotic qualities, I-rory evoked the sound plethorae of Zoviet France.
Dj Stanier Black Five inserted rough electronics and strange bliperama into those between act breaks. And the guest DJ (who???)spun the wholly relevant back-log of Touch Records' (Philip Jeck's label) highlights..
I had prepared an arsenal of pre-recorded shite so as to select what suited the night best. Decided on a mix of psycho-lounge act/suicidist screamology to provide a juxtaposition to the monotheisticly non-vocal apparatus of the night.
And lo! It work'd lovely-like! Set ONE slab of glitchery on auto-pilot for a bit, popped off-stage for a whiskey and left the crowd panting! Then suddenly I pop back up for a rendition of 'Welcome to my Day', a piece with harsh electro beats and an almost split enz-ey melodic line. Well whoop-de-do.
Finished up quick, 'twas one of those infuriatingly brief Crude sets, well, according to one punter it was, I thought it was just nice at perhaps 30 mins.
Philip Jeck was on next, click the link for his biography: he's a legend. The audience, seated and attentive, was to bask in an array of masterfully coaxed samples and loops for a good 40-50 mins. There was a rare beauty to his chosen sounds: simplicity, delicate but forthright line, the texture of chamber music.

ITEM TWO : The Aesthetics. Our new bass player is Alex Mckinnon, perhaps best known for his experimental work. 'Tis working well. We performed at Dunedins vegan hot-spot Circadian Rhythm on Saturday the 24th, alongside new dunedin hardcore punk act Foe, the odd-ball gold-digger schtick of Wolfman, the dirty hyper-referentiality of The Creeps and the alround dumbness of The Anals. My god, do those Invercargill boys draw a crowd? What the hell is it???? My god we rocked it. Maybe the sound didn't work, it's yet another on-stage mix venue, maybe my vox were too loud but god we rocked it. For our first gig just hours after our first full band rehearsal 'twas a promising din. So paint my red and call me a twot.
The Aesthetics are now recording, new doom-laden works are in order, always with a glint of humour. Black pitch fuggin humour. The Aesthetics are hopefully rocking Christchurch on thee 21st of June and Wellington city sometime between 22nd - 26th of July. And no, we ain't playing the backstage. And no, no more zero dollar gigs. fuckers.

Ain't the world a screwy place. It makes me sick. Physicaly sick.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 10, 2008

a gig review

Went to a party last Saturday night. No, sorry, it was a Friday night. So whats the fricken diff, biff?? At the new Arc franchise. In this, this post-crown-venue dunedin, bands and bandidoes all scruff and puff play for a zircon encrusted crust where they can, mcMann. Arc, the 2 (not 1!) microphone venue is an option favoured by the hardcore stage-mix set, and by Jove, did the boys I saw do a good job with what they had! EYE: Peter Stapleton, Peter Porteous and Nathan Thompson proved themselves absolute MASTERS of the vortex with a set that sucked me down the gurgler of my mind's mindless mind. Pure quantum-gravity (amateurish mis-informed physics analogy for effect only)type sound acheived: the vortex - a daoist spinning effect, whirling magnetic guitar dervish zoetrope. A twister. Stunned and put in my humble place amongst such venerable sonic black-blood magic arts. A fine performance - EYE are failsafe brill-o pads.
Next was the NEU BLOOD. The northern lights. The boys from up north who came, swore and concured. Alex McKinnon, acolyte zealator of the free-noise brick-laying brotherhood and Lee Noyes. What a stunning din!! Lee Noyes played drums like a 50 ear old african american super-pro jazz legend! Absolutely blown the fug away bro!!! And Alex - he's an absolute free-noise super-star. X factor uber-alles. We mean it. And so do they. It's obvious - thety're aiming high : REAL high. (like i did once when i played that sax solo a refule in '98 where i 'changed form' when playing)
Oh - sorry, i missed wolfskull and the OZ group. Would comment if i could and I apologize profusely. Was too pissed, too drunk, too other-wise occupied. I ASSUME they were fascinating. Dingy. Bleak, but groov-orientated. next time folks.

Friday, May 2, 2008

new songs

Yes, just finished a new batch of work for the big december release (and its gonna have a booklet!!ooh! ooh gosh!). Yeah, the one with the rediculous title: L'archivio dei lavori ultimati da Matt Middleton per l'ANNUNCIO 2008 di anno....

the tracks:
'solace' - simple tone loop, all sounds extracted from voice. cute. or perhaps just cutesy.
'beast inception' - a highly stylized attempt at emulating the cult black metal pioneer band 'Von' using only synthesizers...
'nothing..' - oh yes, that old motif...this is a vocal structure gleaned from one of my dictation tapes..
'it's ugly's madmen' - again, a clever little composition assembled from samples taken from a 'manifesto' i dictated...
'the sea, the blood'.......similar to 'the tone, the charm', this is an attempt to submerge the listener in gallons of goopy-pus ridden reverb. with a real spacey sci-fi undercurrent. sea and space merge to make blood clots or something stupid like that.
well there you go. ooh i BET you're all really excited. ooh yeah. quivering. yeah. absolutely.