Monday, 20 June 2016

NYZ - ALG 118B : Ltd Tape Release on Computer Club



"A musical foray deep inside the Noyzelab mainframe. Emotive, sample-heavy textures reflecting today's society with pertinent commentary on first world problems. Sometimes brutal, always captivating, David has built an album which evokes memories of honest labour, B&W films and heavy-duty woollen suits."

Artist: NYZ
Title: ALG 118B
Label: Computer Club
Cat: disk04
Format: Audio Cassette / 24-bit Digital
Releases: 22nd July 2016
Limited to 100 copies worldwide. 




All tracks written and produced by David Burraston.
© 2016 Computer Club.

Recorded at Noyzelab 2014 - 2016
Compiled and edited March - May 2016
www.noyzelab.com

Mastered at Computer Club Sheffield.
computer-club.it 

Design by Human.
humanstudio.com

Also available via Kudos Distribution.

Preview excerpts here =>



You can hear two tracks from ALG 118B on C P Smith's Boiler Room (Upfront 071: Central
Processing Unit) =>

 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Farey Sequence Tables for FM Synthesis


The choice of Carrier:Modulator (C:M) frequency ratio is an interesting area of research, because it is one of the fundamental aspects of FM programming. Although I mentioned the classic book by Chowning & Bristow in the recent Matrixsynth NYZ DRN4 DECLASSIFIED, space and time didn't allow me to mention another classic text by Barry Truax: Organizational Techniques for C:M Ratios in Frequency Modulation. If you're interested in FM programming, and you don't mind a tiny bit of maths via the Farey Sequence, I highly recommend it. If you want to dig deeper I've made some useful tables for FM synth programmers in this post. There's also a handful of youtube FM synthesis vids at the end.

Monday, 22 February 2016

NYZ DRN4 Limited Cassette Release on .MEDS



about

FM EXPLORATIONS AND MICROTONAL DRONES FROM NYZ (AKA DAVE NOYZE, DAVID BURRASTON, NOYZELAB, BRYEN TELKO)

This is the first release by NYZ and is a superb musical collection of research areas classified to internal Noyzelab operations. Not even .MEDS label were informed of the secret processes underlying its creation, excepting that we know it involved Frequency Modulation (FM) synthesis! We have not been given any information regarding when this work was recorded, but we suspect the material spans at least a decade of David's FM algorithm research on numerous synthesizers, as well his own custom built ear deceiving gear... For additional information and photos see the Matrixsynth "NYZ DECLASSIFIED" article.

According to one reviewer of David's previous musical output he "gleefully disrupts just about every standard convention of musical form you could think of, including those of so-called experimental musics." Other reviewers have written that :
"His music is a bizarre, yet compelling journey investigating the outer realms of music generated on ancient & contemporary machines." "It's strikingly original audio that doesn't really sound like anything else I can think of." "Utterly sublime. So there you go, a life-affirming slab of mind-altering sound to reawaken you to the terrifying possibilities of creation."
"absolutely wreaks havoc" wrote Keith Fullerton Whitman on reviewing David's last release (T. H. Cycle cassette on Important Records/Cassauna).

BIO:

David Burraston is an award winning artist/scientist working in the areas of technology and electronic music since the late 1970s. His experimental arts practice encompasses field recording, landscape-scale sound art, chaos/complexity, sound synthesis and electronic music. He performs, lectures, conducts workshops and creates art installations in Regional NSW and around the world. David also designs and builds sound synthesizers based on his theories of chaos/complexity science.

(David Burraston. Photo by Richard D. James.)

He has previously released his highly original form of experimental research music on numerous cult labels such as ALKU (in collaboration with RUSSELL HASWELL), IMPORTANT RECORDS/CASSAUNA, TAIGA, .MEDS, CATACLYST, ENGRAVED GLASS, TOCHNIT ALEPH, BETA BODEGA COALITION, SEVCOM EDITION and featured in THE WIRE MAGAZINE Below The Radar series. He has worked with many diverse collaborators such as Aphex Twin, William Barton, Alan Lamb, Chris Watson, Russell Haswell, Robin Fox, Oren Ambarchi, Garry Bradbury, MIT Media Lab and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. In 2014 he independently published the legendary "SYROBONKERS!", the most technical and in-depth interview ever given by Aphex Twin.

David had an innovative role in the foremost UK telco’s R&D laboratory in diverse areas such as Artificial Life, Chaos and Complex Systems, Spatial Audio, Virtual Reality and Data Visualisation. His 2006 PhD thesis (Generative Music & Cellular Automata) developed and applied fundamental new concepts, arising out of generative music practice, to a key problem in complex systems. This has served as a foundation methodology for creative practice and complex systems research.

His current work is aimed at tackling more key questions in complex systems from a creative practice perspective, drawing inspiration from natural and artificial complex systems. These key questions address the definition of randomness, structure and high level descriptions of information processing in complex systems.

David is a founding member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute (www.emf.org). He was part of the team that designed and built long wire installations at The WIRED Lab and is a member of the Board of Directors (www.wiredlab.org). He has been operating Noyzelab as an independant art/science music studio since 1981 (www.noyzelab.com) and to the surprise of many is even on twitter @noyzelab

credits

releases April 1, 2016

All Audio by David Burraston
Design Tom Knapp

NORMAN RECORDS STAFF REVIEW OF NYZ DRN 4 ->

9/10 Jim Staff review, 27 March 2016

"NYZ is the latest alias of David Burraston (aka Noyzelab, Dave Noyze, Bryen Telko), an Australia-based sound scientist who you may have come across from his previous tape on .meds, ‘16x16 Cell Meditations’, or his other releases on Alku, Important Records’ Cassauna offshoot, Taiga, Cataclyst and The Wire magazine’s ‘Below The Radar’ series, among others. He’s also the guy behind ‘Syrobonkers!', a sprawling in-depth discussion with Aphex Twin that managed to mix rarefied gear-talk and synth esoterica with hilarious anecdotes from the golden era of rave, all spiked with a healthy dose of conspiracy theory.

You never know quite what you’re going to get with each Burraston release, apart from the fact that it’s likely to be an intense ride to the outer limits of what you thought music could be. This tape kinda of picks up where ‘16x16 Cell Meditations’ left off, featuring massive swathes of dense abstract walls of electronic sound that pulsate in mesmerising layered patterns. The music has an incredible sleight-of-hand effect, where you might find yourself being drawn in by what might initially sound a bit like a giant turbine generator before becoming enveloped into the fabric of the sound waves, which in turn unleash all manner of psychoactive aural allusions. Which is basically what happened to me straight from the off with the first track here ‘NYZ_FMMGKSQ_43t’.

It starts with two deep drones playing off each other with exuberant reverberating vibrations that had me thinking of jet engines before it hits a rocking groove and layers of high pitched textures seem to intensify, giving me visions of some UFO-summoning didgeridoo jam amongst screaming cicadas. But don’t let the cheesiness of my imagination put you off, this music is complex and strikingly fresh but at the same time seems to directly tap into those primitive patterning and image-generating faculties that so much psychedelic music aims (and often fails) to hit.

While the music is intensely minimal and abstract, Burraston’s focus on pulsating microtonal drones and immersive, full-frequency sound arrangements gives it a meditative feel, especially when compared to the Russell Haswell-style aggressive form-shredding of his ‘T.H. Cycle’ cassette on Important (Haswell is also a Burraston collaborator). Even the more abrasive and distorted tonality of ‘CSN [excerpt 2 mono]’ and it’s  45 minute perception-obliterating reprise on side 2 here have a hypnotic quality that is somewhere between the meditative end of Harsh Noise Wall and the more intense side of, say, Eliane Radigue; as implausible as that might sound. There are a few other departures along the way too, most notably ‘SWI_r170_16x32x32_B’, which envisions a dystopian industrial wasteland from piston-like hissings and decayed, malevolent synth-lines that seem to be self-generating in a way that somehow reminds of Dopplerffekt’s ‘Linear Accelerator’.

The last Noyzelab tape sold out fast so get this quick if you want a unique musical experience from a one-of-a-kind artist on blistering form."






Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Roland Jupiter-8 Review - One.. Two.. Testing 1982

Short review of the Roland Jupiter-8. Scanned from my copy of the ultra short lived magazine One.. Two.. Testing Issue No1 1982 (no author was credited in the review). Roland have got a current 4 voice version out called the JP-08 Sound Module.



disclaimer : i dont know who owns the copyright these days, at the time it was ipc magazines ltd. 

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

SCI Pro-One Vince Clarke Review - One.. Two.. Testing 1982

Short review of the Sequential Circuits Incorporated (SCI) Pro-One by Vince Clarke. Scanned from my copy of the ultra short lived magazine One.. Two.. Testing Issue No1 1982. Bonus extra scan of the colour ad in the magazine.


Fractal Wire Thingies - Photo Diary Part 1


Fractal Wire Thingies are electromagnetic wire instruments I've been developing that use fractals for their architecture, in particular a special case called space-filling curves. I've been fascinated with these algorithms since the 1980s, and have used them extensively with computers and synthesizers. I was interested to take this work into the electro-acoustic domain to create a more visual and tactile instrument. 

I built these prototypes in late 2011 as a proof of concept, and to establish a relatively simple construction process. These photo's were taken during and just after construction. I was driving them with my custom microtonal oscillatorsthe deadly oscillator, some old keyboards, and soundfiles via the laptop. This lot were sent through a power amplifer to drive the fractal wire section + some self built bits for recording/feedback: piezo contact mics and little field tube pre-amps. The rare earth neodymium magnets are a mixture from old hard disc drives, as well as some new cyclindrical ones and are: super high strength watch your fingers because you will get blood blisters or worse when they come back togeth.. er... !

Eventually I would like to scale up these fractal space-filling curve based electromagnetic wire instruments to full size long wire instruments, such as those used in Rainwire (where they would capture an even larger geo-spatial area).

Keen Aphex Twin spotters will remember these got a mention in the Noyzelab Syrobonkers! interview. More on Fractal Wire Thingies at some point... I'll post another bunch soon when I get time. 


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Bradbury- PANSPERMIA PLUS (FREE DOWNLOAD)




Bradbury- PANSPERMIA PLUS available as a FREE DOWNLOAD

"This album is a selection of works dating from 1985 through to 2005.
They have been remastered and edited by myself.
A version has been recently released on sexy white vinyl through Vinyl on Demand. 2x12" LP's and a bonus 7"
Feel free to contact me. 




Thursday, 9 July 2015

David Burraston & Russell Haswell: Wired Lab CV Session #1 released on ALKU



David Burraston & Russell Haswell


'Wired Lab CV Session #1'


(ALKU 131, 2015)

Limited edition black chrome cassette + 16 page booklet, offset printed on Munken Lynx Rough, 100 gsm, black ink.



hyper chaotic modular synth action leaving the spacetime continuum in shreds... gravity warp yourself to alku to obtain a copy and read the on-line commentary by garry bradbury.

some info on my custom modules used on this album : maniac cellular automata & spacetime gravity modulator. also used on the album was the hinton music lab modular.

below are a handful pix of the recording session (photo's by sarah last @ the wired lab)


Tuesday, 26 May 2015

T.H. CYCLE out now on Important Records/Cassauna


DAVID BURRASTON
T.H. CYCLE

SAUNA26   C35

Limited Edition Cassette

Now available at Important Records :





recorded 26 may 2014 at noyzelab
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ultra-minimal digital modular chaotics setup recorded direct to 2 track

Digital available via Cassauna Bandcamp


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Noyzelab @Fluorescent Grey Studio - Session Pix

Had a great time in the studio over the weekend with Robbie Martin (Fluorescent Grey). We got down to some serious collaboration, hooking up my Cellular Automata box & microtonal oscillators to whole bunch of his modular & MIDI synths. We didn't spend much time taking pix, too busy on the synths!!


Saturday, 4 April 2015

MILLS COLLEGE BUCHLA 100 + CELLULAR AUTOMATA THRASHUP!




Recent (2nd April 2015) visit to the Mills College Centre for Contemporary Music where I was given free reign on THE original & first Buchla 100 (originally at the San Francisco Tape Music Centre).

This was a little selfie video I took during an extensive recording session. The sequencing is being done on my Cellular Automata black box!

Yes this is the same modular synth that Pauline Oliveros used on her early electronic works  ... WOWSERS! an honour indeed!!!

A very special thanks to John Bischoff & Chris Brown for arranging my studio time + Jesse Austin at Mills for being on hand for tech stuff + assorted fun synth nattering.

++ Ultra double thanks to Robbie Martin (Fluorescent Grey) for assorted fun synth nattering AND a lift back to San Francisco!!!

John Bischoff & David Burraston + original Buchla 100 modular synth at Mills College Centre for Contemporary Music. Photo: Jesse Austin