INVADER – ‘Sweet Taste of Victory’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]


Invader is one of the latest projects of Andrew Mortensen.
The project was an avenue for Andrew to explore some metal based compositions that didn’t fit into other projects.
The project takes influences from Devin Townsend projects, Meshuggah, Animals As Leaders, Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel) and Frank Zappa.

The name was originally inspired by the animation Invader Zim.

Now the project includes the involvement guitarist/composer Simon Dawes, with the hope to do some joint-composing.
Andrew hopes some day in the future to have an album’s worth of material and maybe even have the chance to play it live with a full-band.


08 – Invader – ‘Sweet Taste of Victory’
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08. INVADER – Sweet Taste of Victory
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen with Simon Dawes
Recorded at AM Frequencies between May 2011 & September 2013 and Dawesy’s, April 2013
Mixed December 2013 at AM Frequencies.
Thanks to Simon Dawes and Simon Grove
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen

Another one that sort of came together by accident. I was originally mucking around with some heavy guitar ideas when I opened the session for “Sweet Taste…” and played along to the A section.
I spent quite some time turning the song into a version for Invader. After I’d completed it, it still was missing something. I then asked Simon Grove (bassist from tech-metal band The Helix Nebula) if he’d do a guitar solo on the song (he’s also a great guitarist). He was up for it & began work on it. After a bit of time, Simon had to decline to continue with the track, as he was becoming busy at his studio.

I then mentioned the song & need for a guitar solo to Simon Dawes and asked if he’d like to do it. I sent him the solo section & he came back with a crazy solo.

Simon Dawes

A short time later, Dawesy mentioned he’d like to do some clean ‘bluesy’ soloing at the end of the track. He said he had some ‘Bladerunner score’ (Vangelis) type ideas he wanted to try. So he came over & we recorded all these guitar ambient guitar type things, aiming for a sort of ‘space-music-box’ vibe.

Here, I’ve made that end guitar section available on it’s own, as it’s cool.
Check it out here:

He’s a killer player, with great ideas and knows his shit. If you want lessons, get them off him – contact him via here
He’ll be appearing on many more Am Frequencies (and related) tracks in the future and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with for these.

- Andrew Mortensen, February 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES featuring MICK KASLIK and LACHLAN DALE – ‘In My Dream’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]


ADRIFT FOR DAYS


ADRIFT FOR DAYS is a five-piece band from Sydney, Australia, specialising in fuzzed-out psychedelic doom-drone.
Both live and on record, the band take the listener off into a smoked-out dream-world.
Formed in late 2008, the band was put together by players from other notable Sydney bands.

Mick Kaslik – vocals, drone flute, micro-korg, fx
Steve Kachoyan – drums
Matt Williams – bass
Ron Prince – guitars
Lachlan Dale – guitars

In August 2010, they released their debut “The Lunar Maria” to widespread critical acclaim locally, as well as from the international metal scene and established Magazines, music websites etc. The album consisted of heavy, sludgey, fuzzed-out psychedelic doom. The band worked hard and did a number of shows, tours & supports and then in 2012 release their follow-up, “Come Midnight…” which received awesome reviews from around the globe – eventuating in a vinyl-pressing of the album by Doognad Records based in Norway.
“Come Midnight…” retained the smoky, psychedelic, heaviness that the band had become known for, while also ambitiously expanding their sound. This amazing album incorporates elements of doom, drone, stoner, sludge, blues, ambience, psychedelic rock, and post-metal. As a result, the album as a whole is hard to pin down to a single style or genre.

The band are now working on their the third album and recently supported post/black metal band Deafheaven on their Australian tour – to a packed house, receiving great reviews.


07 – AM FREQUENCIES featuring MICK KASLIK and LACHLAN DALE – ‘In My Dream’

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07. AM FREQUENCIES featuring MICK KASLIK and LACHLAN DALE – ‘In My Dream’
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen
Recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies, Bannerman Studios & Mick’s home studio between April 2012 & January 2014.
Original music by Andrew Mortensen
Lyrics and melodies written by Mick Kaslik
All instruments & programming by Andrew Mortensen.
Vocals by Mick Kaslik
Additional feedback, drone and FX by Lachlan Dale
Thanks to the guys of Adrift For Days and also Simon Dawes.
© 2014 Andrew Mortensen / Mick Kaslik

A big thanks has to go to Simon Dawes for suggesting this one.
One night we were at an Adrift show & just chatting about the Re-Fleshed project and Dawesy said to me “You know what would sound great – having Mick (Adrift vocalist) do something over ‘Suspicion’. I reckon that song would work really well with Mick….”
Mick then came up to us & we mentioned it to him. He was keen, so I sent him the original version to show him. A few days later Mick sent me a full demo of the original track with multi-vocals and interesting lyrics. It sounded really cool. So I got the original stems off him and went to re-working the song to be more like something you might hear from Adrift.

The track had been finished pretty much for quite some time, but it was missing something. I needed some real Adrift drone vibes… so who else to ask, but Adrift’s Lachlan Dale. We then headed over to the old Bannerman Studios and cranked up his gear & recorded numerous takes of solid, psychedelic-drone.
I then wanted to include his extended drone takes, but it needed something behind it. Looking at pictures of Lachlan’s trips to South East Asia, I decided to make some South East asian-esque music to create an extended intro & add some backing to his drones & feedback. I think it turned out pretty neat.

I can’t wait for their next album. These guys are one of my favourite bands, and that’s not just because I’ve known all the guys for sometime and play with them in other bands – it’s because their music is awesome! They write great, interesting songs that take the listener away – as great music should!

– Andrew Mortensen, January 2014

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]

Sick Day of Suffering


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”.


06 – AM Frequencies – ‘Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza’

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06. AM FREQUENCIES – Giornata Malata Della Sofferenza
Recorded & mixed at AM Frequencies between August 2012 and July 2013 by Andrew Mortensen. Additional recording at Germ Theory Music September 2012 by Julian Curwin.
Andrew Mortensen: keyboards, programming
Julian Curwin: guitar

© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

This one is quite possibly one of my favourite self remixes/re-works. I’m really happy with it, how it turned out and how it took on a new life of its own, while still keeping the original songs’ elements intact.
The idea came about from two things.
I had been listening to The Tango Saloon‘s (at the time, new) album “Shadows & Fog”.
I really love what they do. Julian Curwin is a great composer with solid, yet simple ideas that work really well. Also, not to forget the other members who contribute their compositions also. I liked the production of “Shadows & Fog” and I then got the idea for reworking “Sick Day” to be like Tango Saloon.
I think I laid out that section’s idea one afternoon, but then left it for a while as I was not sure what to do after that first section.
Also around this time I’d been watching a lot of old 1960′s and 70′s Italian crime/mystery/murder films – many that Ennio Morricone scored. These scores were his darker, more experimental efforts, many that are akin to the music featured on Ipecac‘s Morricone compilation release.
While watching these movies it suddenly dawned on me – make the next section experimental/noisy/psychedelic jazz.
I began looking at the rest of “Sick Day” but the rest of the song didn’t suit want I wanted to do. I then thought, “there’s no reason I can’t take another song from “Fleisch” and re-work it. Then it hit me – the dissonant keyboard part from “Make Way For Suffering”. That sounds quite spooky and mysterious.
I then wrote a ‘scene’ down.

    – A quiet dining room in an old house.
    - Clock chimes
    - A masked figure all in black slinks past in the background brandishing a large kitchen knife
    - Beautiful woman in nightgown comes to dining area to get a glass of water
    - Figure in black pounces at her trying to kill her, and a struggle breaks out, things are being smashed everywhere
    - Finally the woman is fatally wounded and lies there, slowly dying in a pool of blood.
    - The killer stands over her, and removes the mask and grins and walks away.
    - As the woman dies, she tries to leave a clue as to the identity of the killer and scene fades out as she loses consciousness and passes away….

Rome, 1960's

Rome, 1960's

Musically and production-wise I’m very happy with how it came out. I like the instrumentation used and feel it suits both the Tango Saloon and Morricone elements. I also really like the mixing I did, using techniques found in those 70′s film scores and 70′s film music in general.
Elements like, hard-panned drums and other instruments, spring-reverb on percussion, weird rushes of reverb that suddenly appear and then are pulled back, and then the crazy panning and tape-echo.
Oh, and not to forget the classic crazy 60′s wah-wah noise-guitar (executed perfectly by Julian).
I then added post mixing a tape saturation over the whole mix, as well as some TV/video tape hiss to the final bounce.
I’m now thinking I might try some more re-versions in this style, or maybe write some new music like this, something for an imaginary film score…. all I need to do is find the time for that now…
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2013

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Scorned Red’ ["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-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


05 – AM Frequencies – ‘Scorned Red’

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05. AM FREQUENCIES – Scorned Red
Remixed at AM Frequencies between September 2012 and September 2013 by
Andrew Mortensen
© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

Another remix that just poured out of me with ease. I’d been listening to Scorn a bit around the time of this (it’s obvious), especially the Evanescence album. I tried to get similar sounds and production to that of the aforementioned album, an example is trying to make guitar tone similar to Jim Plotkin‘s guitar as well as the bass sound. The bass was made from actual samples from the original song‘s bass track chopped, and then mixed with a sub filter and a sub synth. I’m really happy with how this one turned out and I had a lot of fun putting it together.

The album that influenced this track heavily: Scorn's "Evanescence" (Earache, 1994)

There’s quite a few musician-friends sampled in this.
The extended drone throughout the entire track is of Ian Pieterse (Slimey Things,
Rica Tetas, Petulant Frenzy) and Luke Doyle (Substation 129, Billy Liar).
The samples came from a Billy Liar recording. When processed, Luke’s chords created this ethereal harmony to the song, and Ian’s alto sax harmonics added a similar effect, and made it all sound uneasy and creepy.
Also sampled was drummer Jacob Cook (Brokn, Adam Pringle Band, Mental As Anything). I took some of Jacob’s breaks from some rehearsals/jams we had around 2000 and edited them. Also, Adam Pringle was sampled from the same rehearsals as the Jacob samples. I took a chord/note and processed beyond recognition to add to the ethereal harmony/pad type thing.
- Andrew Mortensen, December 2013

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Pain (Black Falcon mix)’ ["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-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


04 – AM Frequencies – ‘Pain (Black Falcon mix)’

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04. AM FREQUENCIES – Pain (Black Falcon mix)
Remixed at AM Frequencies January – June 2013 by Andrew Mortensen
© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

This track came together pretty quick. I was going through a number of breaks and had been listening to a bit of Axiom (records) dub-hop/trip-hop artists/compilations, and tried my own take on the genre. “Pain” has always been an easy track to remix/re-work due to its sparseness. I feel it turned out pretty well (I got the exact electric piano sound I was after).
- Andrew Mortensen, Novemeber 2013

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AM FREQUENCIES – ‘Nothing Like a False Prophet (Walk of The Dead mix)’ ["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-remixes that are part of the “Re-Fleshed Project”.


03 – AM Frequencies – ‘Nothing Like a False Prophet (Walk of The Dead mix)’

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03. AM FREQUENCIES – Nothing Like a False Prophet (Walk of The Dead mix)
Remixed at AM Frequencies between September 2011 and March 2012 by Andrew Mortensen
© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

Original 1978 poster for 'Dawn of The Dead'

Just before beginning work on this track, I had re-watched Romero‘s “Dawn of The Dead”. I had forgotten how cool Goblin‘s score for is.
As I was watching it I thought, “This soundtrack is so cool! Dark, creepy, doom/drone-esque, cheesy, great synth sounds…”.
I began thinking about how could I do a re-version a track from “Fleisch” to sound like Goblin, and their “Dawn of The Dead” score.
Then it hit me – it HAD to be “…Prophet…” – with it’s big long chords and slow pace, it would probably work perfectly.
I spent quite some time experimenting with different synth sounds, trying to get the sounds I wanted. I was trying to re-create the same vibe and even composition structure of the track in particular “L’alba dei morti viventi”.


Goblin’s “L’alba dei morti viventi”

Goblin's 'Zombi' - score for the film 'Dawn of The Dead'

In the end I achieved what I had intended: A Goblin-sounding version of my song. It’s one of my favourite self-remixes/reversions. I hope you like it too.
- Andrew Mortensen, October 2013

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PISSFARM – ‘Virus’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 7"]


Pissfarm is another one-off project by Andrew Mortensen.
With this project, he gets-in-touch with his ‘aggressive’ side and takes influences from early Napalm Death, Brutal Truth, early-The Dillinger Escape Plan & other hardcore/grindcore acts.

An EP is planned for sometime in 2014.

01 – PISSFARM – ‘Virus’

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01. PISSFARM – ‘Virus’
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen
Recorded at AM Frequencies between October 2012 and September 2013.
Original music by Andrew Mortensen
© 2013 Andrew Mortensen

This re-versioning came about originally back on October of 2012. While looking for ideas I grabbed the middle section of “Virus” and sped it up. I then stopped work on it & tried another idea, an ambient-industrial version of the main theme in “Virus”. I also stopped work on that.
It wasn’t until earlier this year when I caught (Serious Beak bandmate) Lachlan Dale‘s new project. That band is Jackals. Musically, Pissfarm isn’t really like Jackals, but it was their energy and aggression that triggered something in me to go back to the idea I did in October 2012. Their set was intense, angry, heavy, sludgey and just damn good. I did try and add to doom/sludge section, but it didn’t gel with the rest of the song.
At the same time, I checked out the ambient version of Virus I had begun work on also. It reminded me of something you might hear on a mid-90s Napalm album, so I put it as an intro.
Oh, and yes, I was heaps original with the logo – used the Brutal Truth font… hehe.
- Andrew Mortensen, September 2013

Also be sure to check out Jackals’ debut recording:

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JOHNNY GRÜBER – ‘Personalentwicklung’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 6"]

Johnny Grüber is a composer/performer based in Hamburg, Germany.
He first appeared in 1979, when he made his debut album entitled “Draculas Holz” (Dracula’s Wood) which consisted of Mediaeval songs played on the Moog and other vintage synthesisers.
Johnny retired from music in about 1994 due to illness.
He has only recently resurfaced after being tracked down by AM Frequencies, being asked to contribute to the Re-Fleshed project.
Johnny already contributed to the remix project with his rework of “Seeds of Red” on Volume 4. With his contribution to Volume 6, he takes it to a whole new level.
AM Frequencies is looking to release his 1979 debut “Draculas Holz” hopefully before the end of the year.


Original inside sleeve pic of Grüber from "Draculas Holz"

13 – Johnny Grüber – ‘Personalentwicklung’

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Original cover art of Grüber's "Draculas Holz" (1979)

13. JOHNNY GRÜBER – ‘Personalentwicklung’
Produced, performed and arranged by Johnny Grüber.
Recorded at Dracula’s Castle 5/11.
Original music by Andrew Mortensen.
© 2013 Johnny Grüber / Andrew Mortensen

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AM FREQUENCIES feat MISS CHLOE – ‘Seeds of Roy (Breakin’ Giddy Up mix)’ ["Re-fleshed - Volume 6"]


Chloe West is a vocalist from Sydney. With her electric charisma & natural stage presence, the powerful vocalist is one of Sydney’s great performers.

Her unique husky tone combined with her sexy & cheeky charm, make her such a fun performer to watch and listen to.
A versatile vocalist, Chloe has worked in many genres including mainstream pop, dance/house, hip-hop, free-style, funk, rock, soul, jazz and always pushing the boundaries & offering a strong, cultivating performance.
She can take almost anything with a beat and turn it into an original, creative piece of music. Her natural talent with improvisation techniques and free styling is unique to every gig, drawing influences from all genres and eras.

She has performed & toured internationally alongside global acts Basement Jaxx, Tommy Lee, Paul Young & Spandeau Ballet’s Tony Hadley.
In her hometown of Sydney, Chloe has been the featured vocalist with acts La Fiesta Sound System, Professor Groove & The Booty Affair, Martini Club, Grover, White Soul, Dr Feelgood, Reel Sessions & The Groove Academy.

In 2007 Chloe formed an original band called Leroy, which was a great outlet for her to showcase her writing & lyrical skills.
Leroy was primarily a funk band, but it incorporated elements of jazz-fusion, pop, rock, house and reggae in its sound.

Leroy, 2008

11 – AM Frequencies feat. Miss Chloe – ‘Seeds of Roy (Breakin’ Giddy Up mix)’

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11. AM FREQUENCIES feat MISS CHLOE – ‘Seeds of Roy (Breakin’ Giddy Up mix)’
Produced, performed and arranged by Andrew Mortensen with Chloe West
Recorded at AM Frequencies between February 2010 and November 2012
Vocals recorded by Pat ‘Chuksing’ Wong, July 2007
Additional backing vocals by Graeme Petrie & Pat ‘Chuksing’ Wong.
Original music by Andrew Mortensen
Lyrics by Chloe West, Graeme Petire, Pat ‘Chuksing’ Wong
© 2013 Andrew Mortensen / Chloe West, Graeme Petire, Pat ‘Chuksing’ Wong & Deva Permana

I’ve worked with Chloe for a number of years. She is such a lovely person & an amazing vocalist & performer. Some of most enjoyable gigs have been with her, be it the original music of Leroy, or doing funk/pop covers at a corporate event. With Chloe, even at the most horrible gig, it’s always fun.
When I made this version, I knew straight away I wanted Chloe on it, as she’s an awesome freestyler and is really down with 80s hip-hop stuff.
The vocals on this track are actually all taken from the Leroy sessions from around 2007. That wasn’t the original plan. Chloe did actually record some vocals, original lyrics etc for this track, but just before she sent me the tracks, her laptop’s hard-drive died & she lost it all.
After that Chloe was too busy to do it all again, so I thought I’d save her the hassle and put something together with various vocal tracks and out-takes from the Leroy sessions.
- Andrew Mortensen, August 2013

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