Saturday, 8 September 2012

Blow | New Acousmatic Work

   Danny Saul | Blow by Danny_Saul

Title: Blow (2-Channel) | Duration 10:41

Fixed work for alto saxophone and electronics

Blow is an exploration of the alto saxophone within a purely acousmatic, fixed context. Using recordings which are rooted in free jazz improvisation, it attempts to create musical meaning from this material within a framework that is diametrically opposed to that of improvised music i.e. that of fixed media.

Improvisation and extended techniques (directed by the composer, performed by David Jackson of Solar Fire Trio), provided a wide range of material, and led to the identification of musical sections; exploration of key clicks, breath sounds passing through the instrument, and drone notes arranged to establish strong tonality, are all explored. Through transformation the instrument extends its natural boundaries, and through electroacoustic studio techniques I create contrasting spatial environments within the piece.

Blow is in two halves, the first of which contains several sub-sections, exploring different sounds types, spaces and stylistic shifts, including passages of pure, organised sound, and sections which adopt aspects of free jazz and drone music. The second half is a gradual crescendo, where tones are clustered to create oppressive micro-tonal density and sounds amass to fill spectral space.

Blow was realised at the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Music, University of Manchester, between May and September 2012.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


Locative Audio 2012 covers a number of sonic-centric projects in the city of Manchester, UK and beyond, with a focus on the concept 'City as Museum /City as Instrument' through sound. The projects take advantage of location-based audio and other interactive media and game-engine technologies, combined with the Novars Research Centre's strength in electroacoustic composition and computer music.

The event takes place from 12:00pm to 5:00pm this Friday 29th June at the Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, and features four concerts focusing on audio visual works, acousmatic performances, a variety of installations and interactive sound walks for Android, Iphone and Ipad (with GPS, WIFI, 3G), as well as live improvised performances from the Noise Upstairs ensemble. 

I will be diffusing a recent piece, Soundscape of Manchester, as part of concert three The Acousmatic City (3:00pm-3:50pm), in the John Thaw Studio.

For full details of the event please visit the site here.

Invited Guests/Performers: 
Mathias Fuchs - Salford University/ Universität Potsdam, Institut für Künste und Medien 
Julio d'Escrivan - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 
Frauke Behrendt - University of Brighton – Digital Media 
Andrew Dolphin - Leeds Metropolitan University 
Kingsley Ash - Leeds Metropolitan University 
Felipe Otondo - University of Lancaster 
Atau Tanaka - Goldsmiths University, London 
Adam Parkinson- Culture Lab Newcastle 
Iain Hetherington - Sony, Cambridge (Fall 2012) 
Roddy Hawkins - University of Leeds / University of Manchester 
Enrique Tomas - Austria/ 
Horacio González - Galicia/ 
Ivica Ico Bukvic - Virginia Tech, USA 
Teresa Foley- Locally Toned, USA 
Iain McCurdy - Berlin / Northern Ireland 
Patrick Sanan - California Institute of Technology

Sunday, 1 April 2012


My work is currently leading me to explore the potential in multi-channel composition, having recently performed my first sound diffusion at the MANTIS spring festival 2012, over a 42 Genelec monitor-strong system.

Inspired by the works of composers including Jonty Harrison, Denis Smalley, Andrew Lewis, Adrian Moore and (my supervisor and mentor!), David Berezan, I'm becoming increasingly drawn towards concepts of sound spatialisation, diffusion and the focus on space in studio and live environments.

I'm currently developing a MAX/MSP patch (my first attempt at working with MAX actually), which will allow the user to be able to diffuse a stereo 2-channel fixed piece across eight channels (a ring of eight speakers), and will also allow for live sound to be inputted, transformed and distributed through the same system, independent of the fixed (stereo) elements. I'm hoping to develop further possibilities for more live interaction in fixed performance environments, over the next twelve months as part of my research work.

That's enough sexy-sound-talk for now!

Monday, 23 January 2012

An overwhelming violence / combo-made pasta and English

(above: Studio 1, Novars Research Center for Electroacoustic Music, Manchester)

It's been a while since my last update, mainly due to my undertaking of a workload which has taken priority over pretty much everything for me since last October. The work in question is a return to study, specifically electroacoustic composition. Throughout 2011 I found my own music being somewhat stifled by other commitments, leaving me frustrated, with a number of unfinished ideas, some of which I may return to in the future, and others I'm happy to discard. I found myself in need of a fresh musical challenge, as the music I was making was no longer testing or satisfying me. This new direction has provided me with a new found motivation, specifically to learn new skills and approach music in ways I haven't done before.

As such, my solo output is currently on hold, as the pieces I'm creating at this stage are first steps in a new world, where my interest is in developing concepts and skills. I'm sure the work will eventually lead to further solo releases, but at this stage, I see the process of making this music as early technical developments (etudes so to speak), in order to apply technique to more personal compositions at a later stage...hopefully anyway.

All that said, I have a shitload of other music projects which have finally come to fruition. Read on for more...

WODE (Self-titled 3 track cassette release, limited to 100 copies only)
3 tracks of pure black metal; I play guitar and mastered. Go here to download all three tracks for free and please visit the Wode site for updates on live shows. Here's the track Earth Wrath for your streaming pleasure:

Wode - 'Earthwrath' by Queens Ark Audio

EASTER - INNOCENCE MAN (CD album, release date tbc. March 2012)
We finally completed the Easter album, and I don't mind saying it's pure dynamite. I play guitar and also produced. The album will be released on my White Box label during Spring 2012. Here's a link to a free download of the track Damp Patch, and here's (ooh!) an earlier mix of the track Somethin' American for your streaming pleasure:

Somethin' American (Early Mix) by Easterband

I was also asked to do a remix for From the Mouth of the Sun (a new collaboration between Dag Rosenqvist aka Jasper TX, and Aaron Martin). Their magnificent album Woven Tide is available to pre-order or purchase from these nice people here, and for your streaming and / or download pleasure, here's my remix of Pools of Rust, entirely for free!

From The Mouth of The Sun - Pools of Rust (Danny Saul Remix - by experimedia

Finally, I'd like to add an additional link to a fantastic CD and 12" released on White Box at the end of last year by Stranger Son. Visit or send an email to info at whiteboxrecordings dot co dot uk to buy the limited edition Inside Many Summers 12" EP, or the full length Luna Marseille CD album. Both releases feature once again, my mastering work, and the 12" b-side is an extended alternate mix I made of the album track Iceman Part II (album edit featured below)

Google translate created this rather interesting take on an Italian review of the Wode cassette at :

First release record for this interesting combo English. Demo, self-produced by the group of Manchester Wode, the same group decided to make it download in the download section of this page. There is, however, also a physical version, limited to one hundred copies in the tape.
The combo offers a classic and powerful black metal supported by a full production, not particularly clean, but he can give every single instrument the right depth, thanks to the skill of the producer Karl Sveinnson.

This line-up of Wode E.T. bass T.H. drums voice, D.S. guitar, M.C. guitar, vocals.
The mastering was done and the work of DS, while the design and layout of the artwork was done by MC
Trails of Smoke The first track demo soon brought him into prominence the quality of English combo. An overwhelming violence, well dosed with great technical ability by the de-composition manchester.
Excellent instrumental work with an expert musical construction, good lyrics and also the excellent screaming vocals. Another positive note, large space is given to the bass, the instrument too often overshadowed the stage of production. In this track, however, that glue and strengthens even more the sound with amazing speed and precise dry. During the advance of minutes variations are numerous stylistic and compositional space that enrich the composition without distorting it too much from her journey barbarically violent.Certainly one of the best episodes of the disc.

Earthwrath composition, completed the initial seconds of inactivity, it seems a natural continuation of the previous track but fury and power. Good composition in just over three minutes of the listener to understand is that the combo made ​​pasta and English. Pure violence with a performance by the rhythm section (bass-drums) nothing short of exceptional.

Last Days the song that closes the demo it seems, in the first second, diametrically opposite to the previous one. Actually exceeded the initial stasis it reveals a cavalcade black metal in your face, as the British group has extensively used the demo durations. Excellent proof of T.H. on drums. A veritable war machine, a performance that calls into question many of the current gender drummers, especially with regard to speed and power.

Excellent production, as mentioned at the beginning of the review, and the happy medium between the raw and the total cleaning, moreover considering she is a self-produced demo.
A good job for the British combo with three compositions in the demo lets hope the future

7.5 / 10