Posts tagged Zadok

Now, four fierce streaks in calm sky

Intense. Since the last day, we have all migrated in engagingly different musical directions. Here are four Soundcloud profiles which represent the paths taken.

Minnis: stacks of paper, tapes, guitar

Watch the skis for Ringworld Wire (coming soon) and the TOWN EP (also coming soon).  Field recordings and spoken word acousto-prog. More music here.

Al: Bass

Al remastered the BERK doom classic, Cheeses of Nazareth. He also makes weird drone music and fuzz boxes. See Belta Pedals.

Pete Devlin: Space Key, Golden voice

Pete has been releasing these tapes with Guessmen. Also singing for James Joys.

Franko: Drum kit

Franko went back to Scotland and became a very prolific singer-songwriter.

Thanks for listening.


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Agitated Molecule Rumbles On

Whimsical Section

Self explanatory video movements. Created from the reversed Whimsical Section.

Today we almost did it, learning the Whimsical Section backwards, to the point where we could play it forwards then backwards then forwards then backwards, then forwards again then backwards until Minnis fell off four bars from the end. To partially celebrate, here is a mighty video created by Al in a reported 60 hour Windows Movie Maker Marathon awhiles back. On Wednesday Franko will be able to do it too, then we can get back into the macro.

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In the room now. Photography, reading list, drumming stereotypes.

Using a determined combination of Microsoft Paint Skills and Time, Al was able to piece together this collage of Zadok at band practice. The Room is a place on a valleyside carved over thousands of years by the Ouseburn river, which is made out of water. We are mostly water. Our fate in 2012 is to relentlessly grind out our magnum opus until it is finished. Then we can get on with all the funny business again. Basically it is a long journey like the journey from a flat piece of land into a valley. Or, to put it another way, the Mountain is young. Do you know what I mean? Sand is old. Mountain is young. Here you go, and take your time. It took 5 hours and comprises 87 pictures, taken on by Al on Franko’s phone camera in two slow human rotations, except for the ones with Al in shot. They just naturally appeared on the negative because he’s been practising here for years.

The Room, byker, practice, band, ouseburn scene, rehearsal studio

Like all Zadok related productions, this took a while and involved determination, and was worth it in the end. Keep the faith, progressive grunge-folk fans. Sand is old. Other bands that practice in the room Knuckle Dragger. Nately’s. Polarsets. Zadok are currently reading the following books: Asimov, Second Foundation and Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Pete); Tolstoy, War and Peace (Al); Jim Dodge, Stone Junction and Larry Niven, Ringworld (Minnis); Franko says he’s reading Hustler mainly. Franko is the drummer in popular progressive beat combo Zadok. Watch what you’re doing out there. Join the mailing list if you would. CM

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Zadok! Live and Dangerous in the Ouseburn

There’s a lot happening, some in binary. We’ve moved into a greasy new place. Roto Toms maybe. Agitated Molecule is a behemoth, beyond previous benchmarks. It will be finished sometime this year. In the meantime, thanks for listening. Catch us at The Star and Shadow on Wednesday 25th April with Hot Head Show and Bluebuds…. CM

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Backwards adventure part one of five.

Here’s the last frame of a scenario plundered from the 11th July 1970 edition of Lion comic. It’s in reverse order because ultimately, this will be the past, and then the posts will read in the right order on this, the Zadok blog. So, future reader, nice work. You are now in a Primer-style time repeating sequence. Be careful. I bet you a quid you can’t guess what happens next. If you can guess, you can have the Unit of Judo EP as a free download from . If you enjoyed this sequence you should sign up to the Zadok mailing list here. CMScan from Lion comic 11th July 1970 on

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Splice the Mainbrace, and so on.

town , written by Ian hatton with lyrics and arrangement by Chris Minnis, performed by Zadok Normal Service will resume shortly. Midshipman, call off your dogs/Control yourself/those wheels and cogs comprise a whole. a breach in the wall surrounding something central/Steady, stock parts crack and burst in the cold/stock still catching up with you. Fixed diff breaker’s overture. Tall enough to stand stock still, handbuilt, bespoke, modular/ Yet, like bamboo, can bend in the breeze/Equivalent of Dead Man’s Switch. A letter signed and fastened with a seal – a figment of some death and burial! Seldom struck by waning luck, an army may form with L-plate hopes to contradict such coarse predictions. Our Town is built, announce it in the hall. Folk from here and there would flock to live a live they would ne’er have lived.

With maximum props to Ian Hatton like. Down two gauges and ready to swim the moat. Stay hydrated! CM

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And finally

The electrical games referenced as the backdrop of the Equestrian Wall of Death saga are a long standing event, in this timeline. A yearly tented city ! This one, featuring in the forthcoming recordings, is important because it represents the first ever Pay – Per -View Mind/Meat stream. The compere has lined up an undeniable, amazing spectacle – this year the wall will rise up to a 90 degree angle. He knows it’s a race to the death… it usually is like. CM

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