On Friday April 13th starting at 6PM I’ll be DJing the OhNo!Doom Gallery opening, A Walk Through The Dark. My four-hour set features live mashups, audio collage, vinyl manipulation and much more. A lot of people have a hard time getting motivated to come out for events like this, but if you’re a fan of Goblin, Morricone, Bruno Nicolai, Jesse Franco and Jean Rollin soundtracks, experimental audio and more you owe it to yourself to make it to this. It’s located at 1800 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago, and starts at 6PM on Friday April 13.
Here’s a little sampler of the sort of thing I’ll be doing at Friday’s OhNo!Doom art opening–forty minutes of rare vinyl-only mashups and mixes (including the opening track which is part of a new Paisley Babylon studio project) featuring Roddy McDowall reading H.P. Lovecraft, a variety of Goblin tracks from Tenebre, Dawn of the Dead, Deep Red and others mashed up with Morricone sounds from Four Flies on Grey Velvet, plus a variety of other rarities including the Rhythm Devils doing Apocalypse Now drumming and sounds from assorted horror sound efx samplers and more.
Please note–this MP3 is intended as a demo for my DJ and sound design work. It’s not meant to be distributed as a free music download, but rather as a part of a demo reel. All rights belong to the original artists.
For fans of the more experimental side of The Legendary Pink Dots, this digital single from Paisley Babylon should be right up your alley. Anyone who owns the LPD albums Faces In The Fire or Shadow Weaver should give a listen to Paisley Babylon’s Blood Alcohol Content .211. There is a kindred spirit at work in these surrealist textures.
The analog synth sounds of the Roland Juno 1 and Juno 6 are on display here along with some trippy found sound and echo manipulation. There’s also an old analog Eventide Harmonizer played as an instrument, lending this track some delicious otherworldly textures.
Inspired by true events in San Antonio, this track speculates what it’s like to experience the aftermath of a car crash at extreme speeds at 3AM on a rain-swept Texas highway. There is a definite LPD influence here, cross-pollinated with Throbbing Gristle and a dash of Eno at his most sinister. The track is part of the PB digital album Songs From The Interstellar Hash Bar Jukebox, but was also released in 1997 on the CD-only Alpha Wave Variations album.
This MP3 digital download is sold via Amazon.com. You can preview, purchase and download the Paisley Babylon digital single Blood Alcohol Content .211 for .99 cents.
Dream Surgery by Paisley Babylon is a quite surreal experience. Nearly six minutes of electronic bliss recorded in Keflavik, Iceland in 1999 during a blizzard, this track was definitely influenced by the weather, the constant darkness in Iceland that time of year, and the lava fields stretching endlessly across the countryside.
Paisley Babylon specializes in electronic ambient journeys, experimental soundscapes, and more traditional sounds in the Morricone soundtrack vein. There’s also more than a hint of Stereolab and Coil influence here with a dash of Throbbing Gristle thrown in for good measure.
Dream Surgery has more structure than some of the other sounds on the album this was released on, Midnight Hallucinations, but there is definitely a trippy vibe going on here. This track is probably not right for road trips–it INDUCES highway hypnosis instead of driving it away. Never mind the surgery games, this track is all about the anesthetic.
This is the first post in a series of experiments to get projects like Paisley Babylon some wider exposure among people into sounds like these…Turntabling Records plans to offer these tracks as downloads direct from the site once our digital download interface is ready–we present this track via iTunes.
Download Dream Surgery in MP3 format via iTunes. Dream Surgery is a single track available for .99 cents. You can also explore the rest of the album, Midnight Hallucinations.
Some regular Turntabling readers know that Turntabling isn’t just a blog, it’s also a micro-label featuring projects including Paisley Babylon, Thelema USA, Electronic Penis Choppers and other unusual electronic music delights.
I’ve long been fascinated by the decline of the music industry, the rise of the independent artist, and the whole indie music scene in genearal. From fascinating indie labels like Beta-Lactam Ring Records to the insanely prolific Legendary Pink Dots, there is plenty of life in indie music even as the majors crumble into nothing.
But I personally haven’t seen any site that has really taken full advantage of some of the tools and tricks other online retailers use to sell Widget X or Service Y. I have a theory that with the right kind of presentation, even a teeny tiny more or less unknown micro-label like Turntabling could get some new fans by presenting music in interesting, left-of center (but fan-friendly) ways.
So Turntabling begins an experiement with the micro-label stuff.
We’ll be posting a variety of individual tracks, singles, EP packages and full albums available for purchase and digital download. No postage to worry about (yet–we plan on offering some flexi discs and other novelties at some point) just pure digital downloads. At a buck per song, what’s the risk?
The toughest part about any experiment like this is cross-referencing unfamiliar music with better known artists to give people an idea of what to expect. Some Paisley Babylon tracks sound like the two-headed mutant offspring of Nurse With Wound and Brian Eno. Electronic Penis Choppers can be Aphex Twin-esque, but veer off into Coil territory with regularity. Thelema USA has an sinister ambient vibe but also winds up in Coil’s musical zip code…
But suffice it to say that this experiment will be quite interesting from both a musician point of view and a music sales point of view. It’s tough to make any kind of living at all from music, art, any creative pursuit. I’m hoping that this experiment gives Turntabling Records projects some added exposure to people who would enjoy these sounds and become part of the audio cult that is Turntabling Records.
Off we go!
It’s been a while since I posted any new DJ Paisley Babylon mixes and the gigs have been coming from all sides as of late…it was high time to get some more up here! These MP3s were recorded live in-studio and at events including the infamous Horror Society Zombie Disco. Feast your ears on a wide range of extremely danceable sounds from around the world. I’m always available to talk bookings, feel free to drop me an e-mail to jwallace (at) turntabling (dot) net. Have gear, will travel.
DJ Paisley Babylon Zombie Disco 2 set @ Lucky Number Grill Chicago July 24 2010
Paisley Babylon Soundcheck Set for Music Box Massacre @The Music Box Theater Chicago, October 8 2010 (This isn’t your typical DJ set–it was a mixed media sound collage presentation featuring music, video, turntablism, live mashups and vinyl manipulation. More of an audio art installation…)
Post-Punk/New Romantic Mixup (live in-studio)
Paisley Babylon mixes include a healthy pile of vinyl records from around the globe. I spin post-punk, funk, disco, dub, fun psychedelia singles, reggae, retro, new wave, electronica, chillout/lounge, bossa nova, and unclassifiable sounds from Italy, Japan, Germany, Iceland and elsewhere. I’m not a latest-hits club kid DJ and I’d rather keep a party or event fun and danceable than stay married to a particular genre. Gigs should be fun and memorable. Get in touch with me about yours and we’ll plan a great time. (312) 504-1264 or jwallace (at) turntabling (dot) net.
Saturday at 11AM, Paisley Babylon does a short set to kick off the Music Box Massacre at the Music Box Theater at 3373 N. Southport in Chicago.
I spent most of Friday preparing for the show, which also features our usual table for Turntabling featuring tons of great obscure vinyl and much more.
Part of the prep for the Music Box Massacre was a gear setup and soundcheck, which I recorded and converted to MP3 for your listening pleasure. Please feel free to download and enjoy this half-hour set of mashed-up and mutilated tracks from Skinny Puppy side project Download, Ennio Morricone, Goblin, the Mister T Be Somebody album, and the Zombie soundtrack.
My favorite part of this is where I mashed up parts of the Suspiria soundtrack by Goblin with the album The Story of Star Wars. Some will call this heresy, but I had SO much fun doing it…enjoy.
Download the Paisley Babylon Music Box Massacre soundcheck and ruin your brain for good.
Please join me at the Music Box Massacre—come by early (11AM) to catch the set and be sure to drop by the Turntabling table and say hello.
Turntabling Records is looking for indie experimental/unclassifiable bands to submit tracks for consideration for the forthcoming CHEMICALLY ALTERED compilation CD. We need for five bands who play music in the same genre more or less as the Paisley Babylon tracks you can listen to on the Paisley Babylon MySpace page or at the Paisley Babylon ReverbNation page.
Bands who make the cut and wind up on the compilation get 25 physical copies of CHEMICALLY ALTERED to sell. Turntabling Records will mail 15 review copies to reviewers from each band’s mailing list–the band supplies the names and addresses from their PR mailing list and we do the rest. There is no cost to the bands for the pressing (Initial print run of 1000). though donations from rich bands are definitely welcome!
Turntabling makes the final call as to who is included in the comp but we aren’t seeking fame and fortune here–no chart-topping hits required–instead, we want to spread the word about unusual and interesting sounds.
Submit tracks by sending us a link to them in MP3 form to: jwallace242 (at) gmail (dot) com.
Your submission should be something that hasn’t appeared on other compilations and ideally not an album track–a B-side or custom recorded track would be much better. In the event you want to record something specifically for the CD, please send links to music representative of your work.
If you weren’t able to make Flashback Weekend to score a copy of this ultra-limited edition Turntabling Records compilation CD, you’re in luck. It’s now available as a free MP3 download (13 individual tracks) for your listening pleasure.
All of these tracks may be distributed freely to music blogs, among friends, iPod players, etc. This compilation will be available in its entirety for a limited time only–several of these tracks will be taken down at a later date but many will remain available for the duration.
This compilation is made up of Turntabling Records projects and in a couple of instances, related material used with permission from our friends in these bands. This is a compliation best enjoyed in the dark. Download and savor the strangeness:
Download 13 UNUSUAL TRACKS from TURNTABLING RECORDS
1. Paisely Babylon—Stone Garden
2. GOOP—Theme From Goop
3. Post-Mortem Telepathy—Nitrous Oxide
4. Paisely Babylon—Gold
5. Paisely Babylon—Retina
6. GOOP—Nuclear Xmas
7. PMT—The Forbidden Mashup
8. Paisely Babylon—Grainy Archival Footage
9. Paisley Babylon—Let’s Make Love (Before the Zombies Come)
10. Paisley Babylon—Moonbase Phaze One
11. Post-Mortem Telepathy—50s Horror Sound/The Dead Parade
12. Opinion8—Frank, I Want My Cadavers
13. Opinion8—Singles Night
Here is a free MP3 from Paisley Babylon’s The Alpha Wave Variations. This almost impossible-to-find CD was long out of print until now (you can buy it from Turntabling here) partly due to being unavailable for digital download.
The free MP3 download of Eibon from The Alpha Wave Variations (copyright 1997 Uncle Buzz/Turntabling Records) is a limited-time download offer. This track also appears on the limited-edition 13 Unusual Tracks compilation given away at Flashback Weekend 2009, along with a few new tracks by Paisley Babylon, plus older songs from GOOP, Post-Mortem Telepathy and Opinion8.
For those familiar with Italian horror film soundtracks, Eibon will definitely ring a bell. The source inspiration for this piece was Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond, also known as The Seven Doors of Death. The beginning sequence of the movie is a blend of creepy Italian horror with a bit of Lovecraft thrown in for good measure. Eibon was inspired by the mood of the film, as well as the fantastic boo-hoo surrealist ending. Continue reading Paisley Babylon Free MP3 Download: Retina from The Alpha Wave Variations
That’s an iPhone photo of the CD we’ll be giving away tomorrow to some lucky attendees of Chicago’s annual Flashback Weekend, a longtime horror convention staple in the midwest. Turntabling doesn’t have a booth at this one–next year, perhaps after we’ve scoped it out this year–but we will be hangning out at the Kitley’s Krypt booth with a stack of these VERY limited-edition promo discs for Turntabling Records.
These will go very quickly if the performance of the last promo disc, Turntabling Presents 12 Spacey Favorites is any indication. We gave away 30 CDs in no time at all at the Music Box Massacre recently and we fully expect the new promo, Turntabling Presents 13 Unusual Tracks, to be just as popular. These are NOT for sale–they’re promos and therefore totally free. But they’re also a limited edition and when they’re gone, they’re gone for good.
13 Unusual Tracks features another grab bag of odd and rare sounds, including a never-before-on-CD Post-Mortem Telepathy Vs. Pink Floyd mashup, plus some brand new Paisley Babylon tracks unheard and unreleased until now…these won’t be on the promo release for the new vinyl record, either.
13 Unusual Tracks is packed with soundtrack/Morricone-esque sounds, plus some very trippy, spaced out material sure to lull you into a state of near-hallucination. Listen to this disc in the dark, if you’re one of the lucky ones to get it. For the rest of the world, stay tuned as a special promo collection (with different tracks, naturally) for YOU is coming very soon.
Join us this weekend at Flashback. It’s located at:
WYNDHAM O’HARE Hotel
6810 N. Mannheim Road