KURUSHIMI – Revel in the anguish.


Kurushimi (aka ‘ViA: Kurushimi’ or ‘苦しみ’) is a new project from Serious Beak bassist Andrew Mortensen.
The group plays a mix of completely improvised grindcore, free-jazz & experimental rock/noise.
It comes under the umbrella of the Violence In Action splinter* groups.
* [bands formed by members of ViA collective that utilise ViA manual rules or variations on rules]

Line-up:
• Andrew Mortensen – bass, conductor, turntable
• Simon Dawes – guitar (Instrumental, (adj.))
• Chris Allison – drums (Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt)
• Kim Lawson – alto & tenor sax (Sonic Mayhem Orchestra)
• Lachlan Kerr – conductor (Godswounds)

-with additional appearances by:

• James Ryan – Tenor & baritone sax, flute (Sonic Mayhem Orchestra)
• Ian Pieterse – Baritone sax (Slimey Things, Petulant Frenzy)
• Gene White – conductor (Serious Beak)


Dave Edmonds recently chatted with Andrew about the project and how it came about.

Hi Andrew. So tell us a little about the project and how it all came about?
Well, I’ve been wanting to do a metal-based improvised project for many, many years. Ever since I discovered free-jazz in high school, and being a ‘metal-head’, I wanted to have a band that improvised grindcore and other heavy music genres.
In highschool I had Death Breath, which was a ‘punk’ band put together with good mates. We played punk covers like Black Flag, Toe To Toe etc. Slowly I began to steer it in a more experimental/noise-grind inspired improvisational direction. As horrible and silly as it was, I loved improvising this stuff and we had a lot of fun doing it.
Some years later, I formed Billy Liar which was also an improvised project, but it was more funk-rock/jazz based. It had metal elements now & again, but nothing like what’s going on in Kurushimi.

So what lead to Kurushimi forming?
A while ago, good friend Simon Dawes put together a Violence In Action splinter, titled ‘Poseidon’. The idea of his was to have numerous bassists and drummers all together and play the games from the ViA manual.
For those that aren’t aware, Violence In Action is a collection of games designed to manipulate elements of musical improvisation. Lachlan Kerr of Godswounds founded it in 2010.
[See short documentary posted below about Violence In Action]
I was involved in the first coming together of it, and played turntable for a few shows. I then dropped out of it, mainly due to my schedule and as well as losing interest a little in ‘noise’ music.
Fast-forward to 2015 where Simon asks me to be involved in his splinter. At first I declined. Then I asked if I could do turntable, but Simon said he wanted basses only and then he finally convinced me to be involved.
Well, the recording session was so much fun. It was also the first time I had been involved in ViA on my primary instrument. Having Lachlan and Simon conduct me, and with their amazing ears and understanding of my playing style, a spark went off in my mind. I immediately knew I wanted to do a ViA splinter and have Lachlan conduct. While driving home that day from the session, I had Napalm Death on and suddenly I knew exactly what I wanted to do – the improvised grind/jazz I’d been wanting to do for all these years, and have it manipulated by select ViA games.

Poseidon recording session, April 2015.

So the idea had sparked, what lead to it and the line-up coming together?
Well, basically I knew I wanted Lachlan to conduct, Simon on guitar and Chris on drums. Lachlan really understands my vision and manipulates the music perfectly. Simon & Chris are monster players, and share in the understanding of my vision, as well as being into the same mix of genres as myself.
Sax took me a little while to think about. There were a few players that came to mind, but I decided to ask Kim Lawson for the debut gig, as I hadn’t played anything like this with him before (funk/disco/pop was what we’d done together in the past).
Kim tore it up & really immersed himself in the whole vibe and games. I was so happy after the debut show and also had great feedback from the audience and friends.

Kurushimi's live debut, 15 April 2015

What’s planned for the future?
We did two more shows at The Record Crate which were also great and a lot of fun. For one we had Ian Pieterse, who I’ve worked with for years in various projects, and the other was James Ryan, who I’d also worked with for a number of years in a funk covers band.
To my delight, we’ve been asked to play NegFest, a mini-festival celebrating underground-Australian intense, heavy music. I am so excited for this show. It’ll be great to play on a large stage with a powerful PA – really bring-out the heaviness of it!
Also, a little while ago I organised a recording session, in the hope that a studio recording would come together as great as it does live. It went really well and it did capture many of the elements that happen live. It’s currently being mixed and I hope if it all works out, we’ll have an EP or LP available in 2016.
We’re ALWAYS looking for gigs, so hit us up if you’re interested in having us open-up for your act, haha! We’re also looking into the possibility of some interstate shows, so hopefully that comes through and we can take this crazy stuff to different scenes in other states.


Violence In Action from Darryl President on Vimeo.

A short documentary on Violence In Action, which explains the whole collective.


You can catch Kurushimi at NEGFEST,
24 October at 3pm
Hermann’s Bar
Butlin Avenue
Darlington, Sydney

- Space Bong (SA) (album launch)
- Thorax
- Diploid (VIC)
- Frown (QLD)
- Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt
- Funeral Moon
- Gvrlls (EP launch)
- Tombsealer
- Jxckxlz
- Narrow Lands
- MSV BCP
- Kurushimi

$25 entry. Bands from 3pm.

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Prophet In Blue’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 8"]


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


04 – AM Frequencies – ‘Prophet In Blue’

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04. AM FREQUENCIES – Prophet In Blue
Produced, recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between August 2013 and November 2014 by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen


Everyone pretty much knows of Miles Davis, and most would know of his album ‘Kind of Blue’ which is often seen as his greatest work, and one of the top 10 jazz albums of all time.
I love that album too, but my favourite track on it is ‘Blue In Green’.
It just has that classic, ‘New York jazz vibe’, and brings to mind things like ‘Taxi Driver’ to mind.

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

When working on the Re-Fleshed project, I’d think of all the different ways I could re-version a track. I wanted to do a classic jazz styled one.
‘Nothing Like A False Prophet’ suited it best, with all it’s complex chords.
So I re-arranged it to fit the mold of ‘Blue In Green’.
I’d also been listening to a bit of Milt Jackson at the time, so I added vibes to the track.
I wanted to make it sound like it was an old recording too, so I did all that hard-panning, mix saturation and noise etc..
I like how it turned out.
- Andrew Mortensen, February 2015

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Sick Day (Dead Vow mix)’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 8"]


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


03 – AM Frequencies – ‘Sick Day (Dead Vow mix)’

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03. AM FREQUENCIES – Sick Day (Dead Vow mix)
Produced, recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between March 2013 and October 2014 by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen

Vows


Another homage remix, attempting to recreate the vibe/sound of an artist I love:

I really dig the compositions of Matt & Rizz.
There’s always something sinister in their works, be it their early writings in
The Captain’s Package (later known as Captains) or their solo works.
Rizz has a really good ear for dark & twisted sounds, which is especially evident in her solo sound-scape works and Matt has a great ear for interesting riffs/chord progressions. Together makes for great music.

After Captains split up, Matt & Rizz relocated to the US, and set-up camp in NYC where they started working under the name of WAZU, which they soon renamed to VOWS.
The current Vows EP was originally released under the Wazu moniker, which is what I purchased when it came out.
When I played it for the first time, I loved it!
It had Matt & Rizz’s trademark song-writing; catchy-yet dark & bent industrialized pop – and their unique duo-vocals.

The whole EP is great, but it was the track “Ghost Years” that really grabbed me the most.
Melancholic, dark, catchy… just awesome.
It’s just a really haunting song, and would sit perfectly in any film-noir movie, or depressive/dark drama or slasher film.

 

Basically a few days after I heard “Ghost Years”, I began working on a re-versioning of “Sick Day” to sound like Vows.
I contacted Rizz & Matt and asked if they’d be interested in doing vocals & writing some lyrics. They were keen.
But the guys got busy with touring around the US, working on a new album, as well as working on numerous video projects (for Vows clips, but also and as directors/editors by other acts) – and on top of that, relocating to LA.
I was prepared to wait, but I really needed to finish-up the whole Re-Fleshed project, so I just left it as is without them on it. It still has their vibe and I dig it how it is.
Looking forward to their next release!
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Almost Pure (Broken Mix)’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 8"]


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


02 – AM Frequencies – ‘Almost Pure (Broken Mix)’

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02. AM FREQUENCIES – Almost Pure (Broken Mix)
Produced, recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between August 2013 and October 2014 by Andrew Mortensen.
Jacob Cook turntables recorded at Bannerman Studios sometime in 2000.
Andrew Mortensen: keyboards, programming, scratches
Jacob Cook: turntables
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen


Another remix done as an homage to a fellow artist I love & respect.
In this case, local drummer/composer/producer/turntablist, Jacob Cook.
When the Re-Flesh remix project started in 2009 (holy shit?!), Jacob was one of the first people I approached. I knew when writing “Almost Pure” that I wanted Jacob to do a remix of it.
Unfortunately (even as keen as he was to do it), he was too busy on tour and with production-work & with family.

Jacob and I met around 1999 when he filled in on drums for an Adam Pringle Band gig. We hit it off immediately, discovering we both were into all styles of music, especially metal, trip-hop/down-tempo and turntablism/hip-hop.
Not long after he joined APB, he gave me a tape of a bunch trip-hop/down-tempo songs he’d made.
These tracks blew me away! The first song, tentatively-titled “Bartók” was a masterpiece, with it’s hypnotic Bartók sample, deep bass-rhodes lines, and bizarre golf-instructional-record samples and scratches.
The tracks that followed were also all unique – mixing trip-hop, illbient & hip-hop/turntablism with elements of eletcronica, children’s music and even rock; and pretty-much each track had a memorable hook/theme to it – one thing Jacob is really good at (his compositions in APB and songs he wrote for R&B artist Vassy are strong examples of this).
Seriously, some of the best trip-hop/down-tempo I’ve heard.

Jacob Cook (aka BrokN)

Unfortunately Jacob never released these tracks I speak of.
But around 2008 he did release an EP on vinyl, under his moniker (since 2000) of BrokN, entitled “The Purge Vol.1″.
This release was quite different to the demos, but still great and featured MCs, Tuka, 13th Son & Radical Son.

The Purge Vol. 1

Back to my track; When Jake said he wasn’t available, I asked him to send me some samples he’s used over the years. They were mainly drums hits etc.
I then programmed some beats, using the samples, into grooves I thought were similar to that of his early demo material – playing close attention to how ‘Bartók’ sounded. This lead me to then sample the same Bartók sample as well. Next I added various experimental-classical samples, and triggered them so various notes from the original “Almost Pure” parts.
By chance, I stumbled upon some recordings that Jacob & I did circa 2000 of beat-juggling on our decks, when we’d first got them. One beat fit near perfect to the tempo, so I threw that in too.
Last was to get his same bass sound that was on these demos. He’d used a bass-rhodes on some of them, so I dug around my libraries and online sample sites and found some. Finally was to add that cassette-tape-hiss that was on his early demos, due to the various sampling, re-sampling and tape-dubbing techniques he’d do (he made all these demos on a MPC too, no computer involved!).
I think I got close to something Jacob might have made….
Check out the link to his stuff to hear his some tracks from “The Purge”.
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Suspicion (of a Madman)’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 8"]


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


01 – AM Frequencies – ‘Suspicion (of a Madman)’

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01. AM FREQUENCIES – Suspicion (of a Madman)
Produced, recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between December 2013 and October 2014 by Andrew Mortensen.
Andrew Mortensen: Bass, guitar, keyboards, programming
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen

Andy Robinson as Scorpio, Dirty Harry 1971

As some of you may know, Dirty Harry is one of my favourite movies and also one of my favourite film scores.
When I first saw the movie in my teens, I was obsessed with Lalo Schifrin‘s score.
In the late 90′s I experimented with an AM Frequencies “re-score”/tribute to the film’s music. For that, I attempted to re-score scenes from the film using turntables, samples and some composed music.
With this remix/re-work, I just had the film and the score in mind, and tried to appropriate “Suspicion” into something that sounded akin to Schifrin’s score.
I did a lot of experimenting during mixing to create that vintage aura I was after; saturated, hissy and to sound like it was from the 70′s.
I also pulled a great bass tone that I was really happy with.
It was so good that Nick Soole asked me to record the exact same sound and playing style for a film he was scoring.
I’m really happy with how this one turned out.
So happy, I’m thinking I might go back to the late 90′s tribute I made and re-work it, writing my own music inspired by the original score and film.
- Andrew Mortensen, October 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES featuring MOZ TRONIQUZ – ‘Weathermen’s Crow Museum’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]


AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-’reversionings’ that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


Moz Troniquz

Mesmerizing
Ornate
Zesty
Transcendent
Rhetorical
Obstinate
Neurotic
Infatuating
Queer
Uniting
Zealous

Morgan Murphy is a vocalist and composer/performer currently based in Sydney. She has dabbled in many genres including rock, metal, pop, folk, jazz and experimental. This track is her second collaboration with AM Frequencies.
 


13 – AM Frequencies featuring Moz Troniquz – ‘Weathermen’s Crow Museum’
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13. AM FREQUENCIES featuring MOZ TRONIQUZ – Weathermen’s Crow Museum
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen.
Vocal melodies written/performed/arranged by Morgan Murphy.
Recorded at AM Frequencies between April 2012 & May 2014.
Morgan vocals recorded at June 2013.
Mixed May 2014 at AM Frequencies by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen

When I came up with this initial re-versioning I had been listening to a lot of (obviously) Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.
I wanted to create something beautiful and innocent (toy piano & cello), then for it to get ugly & disgusting (ugly vocals, heavy guitars, junk percussion). I think I got that vibe in the track.
I did a lot of experimenting with different guitar and bass tones until it was just what I was after. I also did a lot of experimenting with different drum and percussion sounds.
Once the music was all done, I knew it needed vocals, but didn’t know how to approach it as I suck at writing lyrics.
I wanted it to be nonsensical, so I randomly put various sentences together that I’d found when looking up “nihilistic poems”.
I also took some segments from Ted Hughes poem “Crow”… as that is some really bleak shit!
The vocals were done in one take, because I suck at that too.
I knew from the start I wanted female vocals on this, to follow my idea of being akin to SGM, and first person I thought of was Morgan, as I knew she’d be perfect for it and add some really great ideas.
The multi-layered vocals she did and some weird sounds etc really added to the song.
I’m really happy with how the track turned out, and I think it’s a great way to finish Volume 7 off.
- Andrew Mortensen, July 2014

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SCUM-JERKS INC. – ‘Seeds of shRed’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]



Scum-Jerks Inc.
Morts & Dawesy.
Two jerks, making ‘music’.


12 – Scum-Jerks Inc. – ‘Seeds of shRed’
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12. SCUM-JERKS INC. – Seeds of shRed
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen with Simon Dawes. All guitars written/performed by Simon Dawes.
Recorded at AM Frequencies between October 2013 & December 2013 and Dawesy’s, January 2014.
Mixed May 2014 at AM Frequencies by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen / Simon Dawes

At the time this track was conceived, I’d been listening to a fair bit of Jungle Drum ‘n’ bass. I’d also been listening to Derek Bailey‘s collaboration with jungle artist, DJ Ninj – “Guitar, Drum N Bass” as well as Buckethead‘s “The Day Of The Robot” which is heavily Drum N Bass influenced (Ninj is also involved on that recording too).

Derek Bailey & DJ Ninj -
"Guitar, Drum N Bass" (AVANT, 1996)

I then created a noisy jungle-drum n bass version of “Seeds…” and asked Dawesy to just go silly over it one day when he was over recording some other stuff for me.

Simon Dawes

Later down the track, when the Re-Fleshed project finishes up, I’ll make the guitars only from this track available.
As stated before on blurb for this track, He’s a great player and always up for giving lessons: contact him via here or you can catch him playing in Triangle, or later in the year playing NICEFEST in his project (as leader, debuting some insane compositions) The CheggyDawe Experience.

- Andrew Mortensen, May 2014

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BASS FREQUENCIES – ‘Nothing Like a False Prophet’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]


BASS FREQUENCIES is a one-off collaborative project put together by Sydney bassist/composer Andrew Mortensen.
While working on remix ideas for “Re-Fleshed”, Andrew came up with the idea of having a song made completely by bass, but getting other players involved. He then sent out an invitation to numerous bass players and waited for their reply.
A number of players showed interest, but many had to pull our for various reasons. In the end, 6 players were involved, including Andrew.



CAMERON MacDONANALD

Cam MacDonald, live with FSPC

Bio:
Less is more. Cameron’s current main project is metal band Five Star Prison Cell. He likes to add his bottom end as elegantly and unassumingly as possible.
Whether he is successful is another question. But bass is his thing and discovering great ways to write music is what turns him on.
Five Star recently reformed to work on a new album, after officially disbanding in 2011.

Bass used on track:
Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V

Favourite bassists:
Sting
• Michael McIvor (Candiria)
John Paul Jones
John Deacon
Paul McCartney

Current bands/projects:
Five Star Prison Cell
Silt

Cameron’s comment:
“Hopefully I was able to compliment the track like the other excellent bass players that were a part of it. If not, I am still honoured to contribute.”

Andrew Mortensen’s comment:
“I met Cam over 10 years ago via an email list for Mr Bungle (and related projects) fans to connect – back before social media sites etc…
When Cam visited Sydney & stayed at my place for the first time, I’d only heard a little bit of his playing on his band Extra Virgin’s demo. It was great playing but it wasn’t until he showed me rough rehearsal demos of his new (at the time) band, Five Star Prison Cell, that I knew he was a monster player. I was blown away, with all aspects of his playing. Then they released their debut – again, I was really impressed. Then I saw him play that stuff live! Amazing stuff!
I love Cam’s playing – both technically as well as what he does in Five Star, keeping it simple – it’s music that needs space to breathe, and that’s what Cam does. Whether it be 1 note syncopated under a crazy guitar riff or playing fast technical lines, it always suits the song and grooves & breathes.
I love his tone and he has great knowledge of all genres and styles.
Really looking forward to the next album that Five Star do… the short snippets the band have leaked sound pretty damn crazy!”



JOSH MUNN

Josh Munn

Bio:
Josh Munn is a freelance bassist from Sydney. He studied at the Australian Institute of Music and has worked with numerous artists in numerous genres.

Bass used on track:
Fender Precision

Current bands/projects:
Takadimi + various freelance/session work.

Andrew’s comment:
I first met/heard Josh a few years back, when he was playing with Kristen Fletcher. I was playing a residency with pop-funk band Leroy and one week we had Kristen and her band support us.
As soon as they started playing I knew that the bassist could play. Good. Really good!
I watched as the bassist moved so smoothly all other the neck, with such finesse and ease. Then came the point in the set where the rhythm section did their solos. Josh’s solo was awesome! Nothing over-the-top or too fancy, just great melodic lines, with great phrasing. I was really impressed.
We exchanged a few words after the show, just telling each other how much we enjoyed each other’s sets.
A while later we bumped into each other at a friend’s party and got talking. I think I mentioned the bass-project idea then. Either way, when I posted online the idea, Josh responded. When I first listened to what he sent back I was so impressed & excited. He was also the first person drawn at random to play, so what he did is basically the foundation of this track. He’s a great player.



MATT WILLIAMS

Matt Williams, live with Adrift For Days

Bio:
Matt is a bassist from Sydney who is in high demand, playing in numerous projects of various styles. He has performed extensively around Australia and in 2009 was invited to Canadian Music Week in Toronto with Captains, who then travelled to the US to write and record with producer Rick Parker.
Since returning to Australia, Matt has played in various live theatre productions as well as fill in slots with bands like Godswounds, Speck, The Angry Darts, and La Tarantella. He was also a member of Captains (The Captain’s Package), The Head Gaskets (Jon Kenner), Stationmasters, and “The Birds Robe Collaboration Band: Still Scores”, produced by Nick Soole. He currently plays with Adrift for Days, Face Command, Hobo Bordeaux and Jackals.

Bass used on track:
G&L L2500 Tribute
Kala Ubass

Favourite bassists:
• Tim Smolens (Estradasphere)
John Maddox
Roscoe Beck
Victor Wooten
• Nick Delaney (Twelve Tone Diamonds)

Current bands/projects:
Adrift for Days
Face Command
Hobo Bordeaux
Jackals

Matt’s YouTube channel

Andrew’s comment:
“I first met Matt when The Captains Package first got involved with Pseudo-Pop. Actually, I think their first Pseudo-Pop show might have been one opening for
Chewed Food.
I remember really liking the band, they had a cool mix of dark rock, funk-metal, with a crazy drummer and dual-vocals with great harmonies…. And underneath all that:
phat bottom-end.
I’ve always loved Matt’s playing. He has impeccable timing, and lays down simple, yet groovy and fat basslines – no matter what the style.
I love listening to all his little nuances in his playing, very, very subtle things he adds in that just add life to the song. Even in the huge drone-fuzz of Adrift For Days, he plays these great lines. He also has a great tone.
I feel that Matt and I are quite similar players too. At one stage, Nick Soole suggested he fill-in for me in Slimey Things, if a gig came up while I was away overseas. That never happened, but I would have loved to hear him play Slimey’s material.
He’s also one of the busiest players I know, being in numerous original projects – either filling-in or as a full-time member/writer. He’s also one of the most chilled people you could know.”



JAMES THOMAS

James Thomas, live with Dumbsaint

Bio:
James is the bassist of Sydney post-rock band Dumbsaint.
He stopped ‘learning the guitar’ at 12 years old, after his teacher decided to quit. Since then he hasn’t had any proper lessons or training.
As James puts it, “When I pick up my bass to play, I do it for myself and I play it in my own way. I might not be very good at it. My band writes most of its music during long jam sessions in the rehearsal studio. Any time we get in a room to jam, I instinctively go straight to the very highest frets of the highest strings on my bass. I use a lot of effects. I don’t know what I’m doing….”

Bass used on track:
Sterling By Music Man SB14 plus effects BOSS CE-3 Chorus, BOSS RV-5 Digital Reverb and BOSS DD-20 Digital Delay.

Favourite bassists:
Jeff Caxide (Crone/ISIS)
Doug McCombs (Tortoise)
Paz Lenchantin
Maurice Beckett (Jakob/Desbot)
Justin Chancellor (Tool)

Current bands/projects:
Dumbsaint

James’s comment:
“What I did on the track & how I approached it… Well, the low stuff was already laid down when I got the track, so I just tried to add some high-end icing. I didn’t want to hog up all of the bass space, so I made sure that my parts were fairly sparse. My contributions ended up consisting of a lot of little licks and a few moody chords. I plugged my bass and effects pedals directly into the computer and recorded my parts using a very outdated program called Adobe Audition 1.0. The tracks came out sounding very hissy. I tried to minimise the noise using some filters in Audition, but it’s still pretty noticeable.”

Andrew’s comment:
“I first came across James and Dumbsaint when Serious Beak did a show with them. I had heard of them, but had never heard their music or seen them live. When I saw the set I was REALLY impressed. Great compositions that just take you away and fill your mind with cinematic visuals.
As their set went on, I closely watched James – his playing was so different to other bassists. I loved it.
After I got my hands on their album, I examined his playing further. He pulls really awesome ideas and sounds; it’s quite hypnotic at times.
Now when I catch a show of theirs, I just find myself focusing on James and what he’s doing.
He’s one solid bassist, even if he doesn’t think he is.



TODD JACOBS

Todd Jacobs

Bio:
After playing through instruments like piano, clarinet, and saxophone; Todd moved to playing bass at the age of 15. Since then he studied for a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at University of Western Sydney, playing in various bands and musicals during that time. Since finishing university, he started up an online gig-guide for Sydney called The Lyceum, and independent website that brings out weekly comprehensive gig guides, local music news, and upcoming launches/interesting gigs for all genres. As time settles down he is hoping to get back into writing/performing with a band again.

Bass used on track:
Ibanez SoundGear 5 string
Schecter Omen Extreme 5 string (Diamond Series)

Favourite bassists:
Trevor Dunn
Les Claypool
Tom Jenkinson (Squarepusher)
Esperanza Spalding
Cliff Burton

Current bands/projects:
DeLarge’s House of Mirrors

DeLarge’s House of Mirrors solo performance.

Todd’s comment:
Being the final bassist to add to the song, I wanted to approach it by looking at what areas could be buffed up, or filled in with an extra few notes or noise. There are two ways I performed for this piece to add a different texture on top of my additions: One way was using a small glass jar across the strings over the pickups to create a mix of a Theremin type sound closer to the neck, or a Violin type sound closer to the bridge. The second, was hitting the neck to create noise though I also wanted a distinct rhythm to be noticeable. Since rapping fingers on the neck made the strings react too much, I used a couple of whiteboard markers as drumsticks that gave a noticeable rhythm, sharper timbre, and didn’t cause the strings to be louder than the rhythm.

Andrew’s comment:
I first heard of Todd through Nick Soole who was tutoring him in bass/theory.
Nick said to me, “There’s this young kid who has just started to come to be for bass lessons. You’ve got to check him out! He has crazy chops and ideas! He’s playing an arrangement of the Psycho Suite for solo bass for his HSC – it’s awesome!”
A short time after Nick showed me a rough recording of Todd playing the composition (one of my favourite scores/composers). I was blown away!
Soon after, I saw Todd perform solo for a support slot for some generic rock-bands. His performance was intense. A mixture of improvisation, experimental techniques, noise, funk and weird vocals that reminded me of something that Arto Lindsay might do. Then he played the Psycho suite – seeing him do that live with no overdubs was amazing. He’s a really skilled player, and I’m looking forward to hearing more of him in the future.



ANDREW MORTENSEN

Andrew live with Serious Beak

Bio:
If you’re looking at this page, chances are you probably know me & who I am.
I’m the guy behind this whole AM Frequencies thing and the remix project. I started out playing clarinet as a child, then moving to bass as a teenager. When not at home making noise, I’m playing bass in Serious Beak and Gramafone Stash. I was also in Slimey Things.

Bass used on track:
Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V
Fender American Standard Jazz Bass Fretless

Favourite bassists:
Bill Laswell
Bootsy Collins
• Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse, Blotted Science)
Michael Manring
Bill Gould (Faith No More)

Current bands/projects:
Serious Beak
Gramafone Stash
AM Frequencies

Andrew comment:
I just want to thank everyone who was involved and those who also expressed interest in being involved but had to pull out in the end for whatever reason.


12 – BASS FREQUENCIES  – ‘Nothing Like a False Prophet’

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the original song from ‘Fleisch’

12. BASS FREQUENCIES – ‘Nothing Like a False Prophet’
Produced, mixed and conceived by Andrew Mortensen
Recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies, June 2012 & January 2014. Additional recording by the players.
Additional composition by the players (J.Munn/C.MacDonald/M.Williams/T.Jacobs/J.Thomas).
Original music by Andrew Mortensen
All sounds made by bass guitars.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen /
J.Munn/C.MacDonald/M.Williams/T.Jacobs/J.Thomas

As mentioned above, I had the idea & then sent out a post on Facebook asking for people interested in being involved. Many people replied, but over time had to pull out for various reasons.
I then put all the players names into a hat & drew them at random.
I then made an arrangement of “…Prophet..”
- B section, A section, B section extended -
Then I laid down some bass ‘drums’ using percussive techniques to create a ‘drum track’. I then sent the players, in the order drawn, the chord chart and the backing of the player before them. It turned out much different than I thought it might, which is good.

- Andrew Mortensen, April 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES – Sweet Taste

AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


10 – AM Frequencies – ‘Sweet Taste’

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the original song from ‘Fleisch’

10. AM FREQUENCIES – Sweet Taste
Performed, produced, recorded, & mixed at AM Frequencies between August 2011 and March 2014 by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen
Photo by Lucas Zimmermann

Just mucking around with some 80′s pop-synth ideas and came up with this version of “Sweet Taste of Victory”.
- Andrew Mortensen, April 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES – 89 Burr Oak Road (Suspicion)

AM Frequencies is one of the music outlets of Andrew Mortensen.
AM Frequencies has covered many genres including noise, experimental, dub, rock, ambient, film music, hip-hop, metal and electronica.
This track is one of a number of self-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


09 – AM Frequencies – ’89 Burr Oak Road (Suspicion)’

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the original song from ‘Fleisch’

09. AM FREQUENCIES – 89 Burr Oak Road (Suspicion)
Performed, produced, recorded, & mixed at AM Frequencies between January 2012 and September 2013 by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen

With this track I was after creating a 1980′s horror soundtrack type vibe. I’d been watching some cheesy late 70′s and 80′s horror films and got the idea from that. It turned out pretty creepy…
- Andrew Mortensen, March 2014

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