GLR Freaks Out Big Time

•March 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

frontVibrafuzz Family are pleased to announce the start of an exciting collaboration with Green Leaf Records, at the helm one Alex Emm, footsoldier of the Bristol underground and all-round good egg. VFF and GLR are working on some cool looking on demand cd re-issues of the VFF back catologue plus plenty of new and unreleased material.
But for starters, Vibrafuzz have contributed the track Pale Rider from the first Vibrafuzz album to the new compilation GLR Freaks Out Big Time. The compilation is available to download for free from the Green Leaf Records website, check it out.

Vibrafuzz Family – Vibrafuzz Family

•March 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment

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A new (ish) compilation of Vibrafuzz Family material has been released on Fourier Transform as a hand numbered limitied edition cd and free download. When asked to submit material for the Concentric Spaces Vol 2 complilation on Striate Cortex, Vibrafuzz sent in these tracks. Although not originally intended as an album in itself, the tracks seemed to work well together…

1.Two Guitars
Recorded in Cairns in 2006, as the name suggests, the track is made from two guitar lines. I recorded an 8 track ep over two days whilst in Cairns, this is the first track from the sessions to see the light of day.

2. A Note’s Place In Time
From the first Tim Newman solo album, released on Reverb Worship. The album is made entirely from single note samples of Gamelan instruments held at the Nusantara Museum of Ethnocography, Holland.

3. Freak Ballad (original version)
The track chosen for the Striate Cortex compilation. This first version has Tim Newman playing everything. The lead guitar parts were largely replaced with Charlie’s playing on the final version.

4. On Connections Between Instruments
From an album exploring the relationship between traditional Indian music and the contemporary drone genre. The album is soon to be released as a Tim Newman solo album simultaneously with a remix album by Vibrafuzz.

5. Performance 9
Recorded in Nottingham in 2003. I recorded and mixed 10 tracks in a single day, all with a Korg CS30 synth and a Crafter Junior guitar. This track was the best of the bunch and is the first to be released.

6. The Guide (Tim Newman Remix)
One of several tracks recorded for an abandoned project consisting mainly of guitar feedback and drum breaks. This remix lets the guitar do all the talking.

concentric spaces vol 2

•October 2, 2011 • 1 Comment

The second compilation cd from Striate Cortex features an exclusive Vibrafuzz track, Freak Ballad. Vibrafuzz have shrunk to a two piece following Olly Page’s return to Argentina, but Tim and Charlie are still onboard. The debut album was really all about Charlie’s guitar freakouts anyway, and nothing in this respect has changed. Tim’s backing has chilled out on this one though, moving the ‘fuzz closer to Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain. Here’s what Norman Records had to say about the Vibrafuzz contribution:

“Other highlights are a psych fuzzy guitar thing from Vibrafuzz complete with more wah-wah than you could shake a shitty stick at…”

Can’t say fairer than that. Concentric Spaces is available now from the good ship Norman Records, or directly from Striate Cortex.

tim newman – gamelan

•July 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

The debut solo CD by Tim Newman represents an exploration of traditional Indonesian Gamelan music. A Gamelan ensemble is made up entirely of percussive instruments, some melodic and some used purely for rhythm. A band called His Name Is Alive made an album of improvised music performed on Gamelan instruments kept at the Museum Of Detroit. I made this album out of interest in where the same instruments would take me.

I found a website at which contains samples of every note of every instrument in the Gamelan set held at the Nusantara Museum of Ethnography Nusantara in Holland. I made the tracks on this CD by playing the samples “live” from a keyboard with only one or two tracks containing sequenced parts. Mistakes in timing were left in to retain the feel of a performance. Vital weekly said of the album: “I think this is an excellent release. Ten relatively short pieces, quiet, rhythmic, introspective. Never fast, never loud. Tranquility all round.”

This CD is available as a limited edition of 50 through the prolific and artfully designed Reverb Worship label. Each cd has a unique handmade cover.

vibrafuzz – the oneness of vibrafuzz

•July 17, 2011 • 1 Comment

“We wanted to make an album like the prog ones of the early 70s that had just two songs, one on each side. After reading a review of an Ash Ra Tempel album, we tried to recreate the sound it described. On hearing the Ash Ra album it sounded nothing like ours…”

Charlie Cudlip and Olly Page play guitar, whilst Tim Newman is credited with “guitar and all the rest.”

Respected psych label Sound of Cobra had this to say about the release: “An awesome album. Two great tracks of acid trip, like Ash Ra Tempel playing along to Tortoise. Cosmic synth, drum breaks and exciting guitar, a good mix for some kind of reinvented Krautrock”.

Released on the immaculately presented Striate Cortex label. Housed in an Arigato Pak with painted art, pro liner, printed disc and insert. Limited to 100 copies.

the dovetail consort – east and west ep

•July 17, 2011 • Leave a Comment

The Dovetail Consort is Tim Newman’s acoustic project. The debut EP is released by superb Irish avant folk label Rusted Rail. As hinted by the title, the EP combines both eastern and western instrumentation and tonalities. “I recorded these tracks by playing a knot of lead parts over a repeating rhythm. The structure owes more to the stripping away of parts than the creating of them, like a sculptor creating by chipping away at material instead of adding to it.” This 3 inch hand stamped EP is housed in a handmade sleeve.