Fucking mental like. Hopefully I’ll get a phone call or e-mail to work on the next Calvin Horse radish or that Ginger Hobbit’s next record. I’d settle for presenting a compilation of my farts on Northsound one, or Two or similar pish.
I was dicking about with the radio in the kitchen today, and it was fairly early- but it looked like radio neep NECR was on DAB. I’ll have to check, it seems quite far fetched.
JIZZ CRATE is done and out, and I also appear on L.W.A’s Frontiers as well. Quite chuffed. Both are available on the bandcamp, and both are pretty cool. Inserts link, or indeed might embed them if this hulking old desktop disnae crash under the sheer weight of Ubuntu. Click click. Got a download code to Frontiers as well, really like it. The boy singing on the last song is a bit of a weird cunt like, but that’s nae the best track.
also the entire Sidca back log is lurking on bandcamp as well. Bandcamp. BANDCAMP. saw on twitter the record label 12XU taking the piss out of MRR about the hegemony of online platforms, like BC and the more evil ones like eye-tunes etc. what pish. they do take a teeny cut like, but it’s not like they lend you 30 grand to make a recording then take the lions share and or bankrupt you. not that I would know, i’ve moved smoothly from shiny but shit CD-r’s to digital download without making any cash. Inverted Skullz is the mother fucking cash-cow.
I’m also, as it happens tinkering away on some shite demo’s most of which got supercharged and became JIZZ CRATE, but ideas are forming, mainly around places in Aberdeen. probably not much to follow. I’m constantly typing shite into google doc’s on my phone as it’s handy, but also using guid old fashioned bits of paper, which I then can’t find, and when I do find have been severely annotated by the small humans that live here. Isla draws scary faces, the loon writes tat. Which he says, is about trump being a twat. brilliant. Which reminds me to by a can of Lynxx. It should remove isla’s sharpie pen scribbles from the PVC frames in the vestibule. I’ll obviously blog seperately about that issue.
There’s one song to finish. So I just geared myself up for a major trauma, or as we say in the Scotch-land, a bit of a chav to get a simple stereo wav. onto the Zoom R16 box of death. Not so this time. Managed it in one go.
I spoke too soon. I was well pleased with myself there. Took the stereo wav. down from google drive. Copied MONO-000.WAV or whatever, so the fucking Zoomer didn’t reject it like an implanted orgen, well it was MASTER-000.WAV ACTUALLY. aND IT PLAYED. bUT i COULDNT RECORD ON ANY OF THE OTHER TRACKS. I’M SURE IVE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD BEFORE COUNTLESS TIMES.
anyhow, split the stereo into two mono files in audacity. exported them separately, again sticking to the zoomer’s specific track naming legend. MONO-000.WAV and MONO-001.WAV. opened the project. pressed the project button and moved to file. then assigned each mono track to tracks one and two on the zoomer. hard panned left and right for stereo.
that fucking worked.
Fucks sake this is boring.
And that’s it done. The last track to get finished was spikey sea, all I had to do was stick some horrendous guitar on it. Which I managed easily and Craig tidied up the appalling mess quick smart. I’d say it was a nae bovs type situation.
The tapes up for pre-order at bandcamp just now. Creating quite a buzz it is as well. lots of positive feedback. NON LOCAL TUNAGE……
Fucking stupid Zoomer box, it’s better than the shitty usb soundcard though its utter wank.
after making some stupid guitar noises on spikey sea I’ve come to the conclusion I’m never going to top the sheer guitar pyrotechnics of the other version.
The National archives of Scotland have a really cool map tool. You jist fire in the area you are interested in and you can bring up various maps through time. I was idly flicking through the old maps fascinated by the sheer amount of water power around here. I also discovered that the strange troll bridge up by the little park actually went over a canal which came all the way into Aberdeen following the railway. Well the railway replaced the canal. Strange stuff you learn. Anyhow i discovered the name of the hill me Isla and the dog are so fond of. Tod hill. And around it i think where were walking about it today is devils den. I suppose I would have gleaned this all a lot quicker if id used the OS maps instead of google maps. Och well. Fun stuff.
See? I found a couple of old maps like this. I’m fucked if I can work out where exactly that Devil’s Den bit is though. As far as I’m concerned its a deep hole with some sort of burn running through it, but that’s just what I associate the word with.
“Far you going min?”
Awa for a saunter up the den. Obviously.
BUT WHERE IS THE ICE HOUSE?
I’ve no idea. No clues on these old maps. Bleachfield house? No idea……
Also: baked me pinted glasses, decided to try one out- one of the shit ones I’m holding onto for personal use. Seemed pretty cool. It survived the wash as well. Quite chuffed- although the outliner paint is really fiddly to work with.
Pretty chuffed with these booty shoe type things. SALOMON min. Zips, snappers and Laces. Fucking CRAZY shit. They are dead comfy when you get used to them, and sometimes I zip them up, sometimes I leave them un-zipped. Great grip and actually waterproof. Really guid for skittering about with dog and kids yeah.
I’m slowly gathering ideas for an audio bundle: scribbling, recording snippets on my phone, and the other day for the first time in ages I fired up the Zoomer contraption and mic’s for some twatting about. Loops min, I’m starting to see the loop pedal as useful rather than a gadget for making long jams. Anyway- I’ve uploaded two roughs onto band camp so far- and will probably add some others as and when-
Out with the dog the other day, as per usual. We were down by the power station, well heading back towards it, and I’d never really noticed the mound before. I mean once you clock it, it’s really hard to ignore it. I was going to take a photo to remind me to google it but the dog was being a pain, and I forgot. I found it on the Google street view though. Didn’t really expect it to be on there like, it really disnae go anywhere that road.
I wonder if it’s some ancient burial mound, or a big pile of rubbish or something.
also, I didn’t really find out much about that mound, it’s probably just a natural feature or earth piled up when they were making the nearby power station, or something mundane.
I did ramble across this though, and loads of other stuff about the dark origins of the mysterious metal relics just down by the river…
Ice house: a small building built into a mound on the bank or terrace of the River Don near Grandholm Works and at an altitude of about 22m OD. It saw only a short period of use, being owned by ‘The County Club’ between 1718 and 1876.
The outer doorway is Gothic in style and behind it there is a short passage-way leading into the circular main chamber which measures 9ft (2.7m) in diameter. The masonry of the walls is solid and neat, and the concave roof is mainly of brick. The original doors are missing and there is no sign of the summerhouse that is recorded as having surmounted the building.
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This building cannot be located from the available map evidence.