Had fun bagging up and posting single number three to my subscribers this morning even though I did get completely soaked on the walk back from the post office. It’s about a mile and a half round trip and the heavens opened on the way back.
Pleased with the sounds on this release too as I managed to sample some Klaus Kinski from my ‘Kinski Sprich Villon’ album. This was released in 1959 as a 25cm LP and is basically Kinski reciting poetry by the French poet François Villon (1431–1463). It was very popular at the time, I think he did two albums in the same year.
If you want to have a listen..CLICK HERE
I started my Twelve project years ago while we were waiting for our record label to put out our second album. I was always into multitracking and creating sounds and writing music and around that time I had managed to buy a reel to reel recorder and a mixing desk. I started recording stuff with our drummer but we couldn’t really do anything proper with Twelve because we were on a label as six by seven. (legal reasons mostly)
At the time, I wanted Twelve to be a singles club, releasing two songs every month (hence the name Twelve). I did release a few but the internet was still in it’s infancy back then and the band duties started coming up (touring etc.)
Anyway, over the years it’s been different things this electronic side project of mine, producing varied music, until recently when I decided to stop it and start again. I’ve spent months working on new material and trying to forge a distinct sound. That’s not easy. I wanted it to go back to Kraut roots but make a sound different from traditional Krautrock. I found that playing old analogue instruments, especially the Roland ones which have become synonymous with sound of Techno, gave me a sound I was looking for. For now anyway.
I love the sound of the Roland TB 303, it has this very rebellious sound I think, it’s almost like the electric guitar of electronic music. Combining the 303 with the loops and the drones of Krautrock and recording without a computer is what is creating the new sound. I’m really happy with it and I also have tried to sell and present the music in a new way.
Anyway, I won’t waffle on here about it because I think the website speaks for itself and there’s a video up there which explains everything. So click on the picture above and go over and have a listen and a look around. I hope you like it.
I’m loving this new little Twelve album I’ve just put out. It’s totally different from any of the other Twelve albums but still fits the Krautrock brief; Acid-Kraut! I played it live with a Roland 707 drum machine and two 303 bassline machines into a multitrack recorder (not a computer). It has an old skool sound and it’s got a helluva groovy bounce to it.
The title track, Get Sum, reminds me and my wife of an old acid track but we can’t put our fingers on which one it is. Quite possibly from the 90’s but could be later…a free album to anyone who can tell us, it’s driving us mad!
TWELVE – N O _ C O U N T R Y
It’s an album I played live with 303 and 808 machines and mixed with sounds and dialogue from a film. For those of you who don’t do downloads you can buy a vinyl style CD in a card for just £5.00. It’s cosmic.
Twelve will be playing in London at the Sebright Arms on 16th January.
TWELVE – Houston IV
Free Krautrock multitrack Koncept album available now for FREE or make a donation…
This album was made as a multitrack concept album. One commercial studio album was taken and a loop was made in a CD player for each track. Each loop was played over with various vintage instruments and then a vocal was laid over the top. The top and mid eq of the vocal was removed so it’s difficult or impossible to make any words out. Online booklet contains 9 pictures of the studio. No computers were used.
ITS A FREE GROOVY COOL PSYCHEDELIC COSMIC SOUND FOR YOUR SUMMER LISTENING!
THERE IS ALSO A KNOCK DOWN PRICE JEWEL CASE ‘VINYL RECORD’ CD FOR THOSE WHO DON’T DO DOWNLOADS. ALSO, A FREE SIGNED CD AND LIMITED EDITION TWELVE ART POSTER GOES TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO CAN GUESS WHICH ALBUM WAS USED TO CREATE THE LOOPS!
I have to say that was one of the best Twelve sets I’ve played last night, I really enjoyed it and it was a great mixture of new and old technology, Ableton Live with real analogue and soft synths. I played Ableton Live 7 with an old Oxygen 8 midi keyboard controlling the Arturia Mini Moog and the (fantastic) Arturia Arp 2600. I also used a bit of Ableton Live’s own String Machine soft synth plug in which is a really nice sounding preset. Pete played the Korg MS20 Mini with effects.
Thanks to Chris and Mike for putting us on. I may give the recording of the live set away with next months MuZiK KluB – I haven’t decided yet, but I’m not going to put it out on the Twelve site this time..you should have been there!
Set list was (about 40 Minutes):
2. Here It Comes Again
3. Eat Without A Sound
4. Clock Tick Tock
5. Fixed Expression