Get ready for the next edition of Twisted Frequency Festival, the annual new year celebration based in the luscious golden bay region.
Storming back into focus this year, heavyweights of Kiwi post-rock Jakob have returned with a new album and an Australian/NZ tour. Their long awaited album 'Sines' is being devoured by fans new and old, and their live show has seen them billowing around the country, breaking peoples brains with their cinematic sounds.
Hailing from Napier, the trio have been a formidable force in kiwi music from when they began back in 1998. Since then Jakob have released four studio albums, toured the U.S, U.K, and Australia, have been nominated for nine bNet independent music awards and supported some of the biggest names in music.
Jeff Boyle, Maurice Beckett and Jason Johnston make up the entirely instrumental band, who started their career by supporting Salmonella Dub at a small pub in Hawkes Bay. Not long after that Jakob began recording, releasing their first E.P in 1999 and then releasing new recordings almost every year up until 2006's 'Solace'. They even managed to fit in several tours, both nationally and internationally with ISIS, Cog, Germany's Can, and of course the almighty Tool, who has saught the band out to support several of their tours.
But it has not always been smooth sailing for the group, and Jakob have weathered many a storm in their time. This is particularly true of their recent steak of bad luck, lasting 8 years and seeing them pretty much out of action since 2008. Following the release of 'Solace', a series of unfortunate events befell the trio. All three members were rendered out of action due to hand injuries, their record label sank, red-tape stifled some career-making opportunities and despite attempts at studio time, inspiration did not follow. Fans were distraught in anticipation for a new record, but sore deal after missed opportunity kept pushing back the process.
Well it serves them right...
You cant make an album as good as 'Solace' without expecting to break a mirror or two in the process.
It's bad luck you know.
And as if in spite of the universes lessons, Jakob have done it again with 'Sines'.
Released on their new label Mylene Sheath, Jakob's latest album has been hitting the world like a hurricane; destroying all in it's path with its complex layered soundscapes. The hardships of the past eight years sound through the tracks, you can actually hear the bands growth while they take you on their journey. This latest album has seen the addition of a far more textrous and experimental feel while still keeping to the undulating melodies that made them famous. Taking you through the eye of the storm, 'Sines' reminds you of the pure force that is Jakob, and leaves you panting for more.
After the recent conclusion of their Australasian tour, Jakob are setting their sites on the beautiful Takaka Hill for a New Years Eve celebration at Twisted Frequency Festival. Joining them is a superb line-up of international and local bands, producers and emcees. Tickets are still available for Twisted Frequency, and more information can be found at www.twistedfrequency.co.nz
An avid sound designer and producer, Dusty Fungus has also released several ep's, numerous remixes and loads of singles on labels such as Sixbux Productions, Enig'matic Records and Hopskotch Records.
His Workshop will include topics such as:
1. Current techniques in sound design.
2. His vision/philosophy behind his sound design and music.
3. Workflow and more importantly how I approach a mix and how I approach composition and idea generation.
4. The importance of compression and EQ in my work.
5. Backyard self mastering techniques & what a mastering engineer DOESN'T want to see when you send them your mixes.
6. Stuff below 60hz.... why your music should have more of it and how to generate, control and manipulate that all important frequency range!
Being green takes more than words – take action. All life starts from seed, given time and nurture it will flourish. This workshop equips you with the toolset needed to turn your plans into reality. Bring an open mind and a positive attitude.
1. Engaging in practical conservation; Get out there and cut some gorse!
2. Rallying for a cause; Bring people together and gain momentum.
3. Working with authorities; Get funding and challenging consents.
Dirt, leaves, bark and bugs; join Ableton certified trainer Tom Cosm as he shares some of the interesting and quirky results found on his learning parth building machines that translate natures patterns into self-generative music.
Using the Max/MSP software along with a microscope, Tom has been manically feeding all the weird small things he can find into Ableton Live to see how they sing when put into the human hearing range.
Practical or not (you decide), Tom promises an hour of brain tickling audio treats that stem from parts of nature that were never meant to be heard.
Participants are highly encouraged to bring along something interesting they find on the site grounds to put under the microscope, look at close up and see what noises it can makes (Please do not destroy the beautiful site and only bring a very small piece of nature that has already perished. NO protected native snail shells please!).
We have collected music from electronic producers, bands and solo artists, featuring plenty of especially produced unreleased tracks. A mix that showcases a taste of the 2014 line up.