A little taster of the show we are touring with DJ Format.
Format starts the show on the turntables cutting up some of his better known songs before being joined by Simon on the Moog Synthesizer and an armory of electronic effects. Here they take you away on a musical journey from Hip Hop & Funk to spaced out electronics. The music is accompanied by synchronised visuals that sample moments from classic B-Boy footage, tripped-out animation and carefully chosen visual oddities in a cut ‘n’ paste style that is completely in tune with the music. The music itself consists mostly of songs from DJ FORMAT’s first two albums, his new album STATEMENT OF INTENT and also songs from THE SIMONSOUND’s album REVERSE ENGINEERING that Simon & Format made together in 2010. The video footage was filmed at the launch party on Friday 2nd March 2012 at The Concorde 2, Brighton but the sound was replaced with practice recordings from home due to sound quality issues on the actual video recording.
DJ Format’s LP is out today. Double vinyl, CD and digital download. Get physical copies here and downloads here. Aside from the obvious listening experience, we also suggest you buy the vinyl so you can fully enjoy the stunning artwork by Mr.Krum.
See earlier post for details on our joint live shows kicking off in Brighton on the 2nd of March.
A new mix for the Paris DJ’s website of ’60s and ’70s psychedelia and electronics, taken from DJ Format’s record collection and mixed and seasoned by DJ Format and The Simonsound. A perfect treat at this changin’ of the season time. Click on the picture to go and get it from Paris DJs.
Next gig coming up in May in Brighton at The Playgroup Popup (formerly Hectors House, which has/or is having a makeover).
The Simonsound present a 40-minute audiovisual performance that offers a window to the future as seen from the past. Performing songs from their debut album ‘Reverse Engineering’, alongside new material, The Simonsound use analogue synthesisers, vintage FX and tape machines to channel the sounds of pioneering electronics and mood music of the ‘50s and ‘60s.
They are joined on stage by the dynamic and captivating Laura J Martin (vocals & flute) with whom they are releasing a single on Battered Ornament Records. Plus EXCLUSIVE new Simonsound/DJ Format collaboration and a Simonsound remix of new Tru Thoughts artist Beta Hector which is like a very strange dream. To my personal taste Beta Hector is possibly the best thing to come out on the Brighton label, so make sure you check his album out in August.
Back to the gig - Laura J Martin will be performing a solo set, and the half of the simonsound that has the best record collection will be playing some obscure pysche/library/electronics into the early hours.
In addition to the sound, a pre-recorded synchronized video projects moving and still images from the period. Mans conquest of space, new advances in technology and early computers are all represented alongside clips that show the fascination with ‘inner space’, or ‘the mind’, prevalent during this period.
Our 60’s Sci-fi music and film event, ‘From Inner Space to Outer Space’, takes place this Friday 10th December at the Duke of York’s Cinema in Brighton. Tickets are selling out fast so get them quick while you can.
The line up
UFO - Timelash screening
Space Place - NASA 16mm short film with electronic soundtrack
So excited about this show. Thank you to Emily for the amazing poster design.
An evening of spaced out sound, 60’s sci-fi TV, short 16mm space films and multi projector light show in the stunning setting of Brighton’s 100 year old cinema.
Music and sound will be provided by The Simonsound (featuring Debbie Clare and Laura J Martin), the Intergalactic synthesiser duo whose debut album, ‘Reverse Engineering’ channels the pioneering electronics and mood music of the 60’s using vintage synthesisers, FX and ta…pe machines, and Laura J Martin who, armed with flute, mandolin and loop station, sings over her loops and beats, drawing inspiration from dramatic tales of Japanese folkore. DJ Format will be delving into his vaults and playing a selection of rare psych rock and library records.
Film screenings on the night will include Timelash - a trippy episode of 60’s sci-fi TV series UFO; Space Place – a 60’s psychedelic trip into space with electronic sound; and Kosmodron R. 1999, a wry comic Eastern European animation on the vicissitudes of space flight.
Ian Helliwell will be doing a full on multi-projector light show to accompany the live music.
Friday 10th December - 10PM till late - Tickets £10.