OTHER ROCK SHOW with Marina, Resonance 104.4FM, 9.00PM Sunday August 24th
PHANTOMSMASHER - Bishop Hopping (Ipecac)
(ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) MATT LEBOFSKY - Another Soundcheck (download)
CHEER-ACCIDENT - Dismantling The Berlin Waltz (Skin Graft)
TERA MELOS - When Worms Learn To Fly (Temporary Residence)
ENABLERS - Tundra (Lancashire and Somerset)
(ICS, INCREDULODGE) AMBROSE NORTNESS - Session4, Trk 1 (download)
(ICS, WIG LODGE) STEVE LEW - Why I Didn't Go To Public School (download)
(ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) MATT LEBOFSKY - Monkey Puzzle (download)
(ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) DARLING FREAKHEAD - Not That Hard (download)
MIASMA AND THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES - Manticore (Southern)
DARLING FREAKHEAD - Not Forgotten (download)
LOWER ANIMALS - Newt Trowelling (download)
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS - Grotesque Fleet Of Garbage (download)
UPSILON ACRUX - Boa Vs Crab (Cuneiform)
YOU SLUT! - 1s, 2ns (The Original Door) (Stressed Sumo)
LOVELY LITTLE GIRLS - A Faint Pungency (download)
(ICS, ORIGIN LODGE) DAN RATHBURN - The Apothecary (download)
OUTRO: CHEER ACCIDENT - Learning How To Fly (download)
week's Other Rock Show was an IMMERSION COMPOSITION SOCIETY special!
started like this: two rather good, but easily distracted musicians got
fed up with hearing each other bellyaching about writers block or promising
to finish the magnum opus next week, and challenged each other to a duel.
They challenged each other to write twenty songs in one day. The results
were so invigorating, and curiously productive that they decided to do
it again, and then to bring a friend or two into the process. Their
(also rather good) musical friends were so taken by the idea that they
started doing it too. The two original composers, Nicholas Dobson and Michael
Mellender, gave the group a name: The Immersion Composition Society, and
suddenly lots of other talented music makers (and this was in Oakland,
California, home to a preposterous amount of talent) wanted to do it.
When groups started to bud off the main one, the ICS broke into Lodges.
Soon there was Origin Lodge, New Lodge, the very productive Wig Lodge.
A web site was made, explaining the idea, and putting up mp3s of the best
compositions - now www.ics-hub.org
. Others tried it and were fired up: Bullet Lodge in Minnisota, the Black
Lodge in Texas. Yes, it's Fight Club for composers!
(basic) idea is that you get up in the morning, start composing new stuff
(recording or writing down, but not random improvisation: it has to be
a constructed piece as much as possible) and try to make twenty songs before
you meet up with all the other people in your Lodge that have been doing
the same thing on the same day. You get together in one of the members
house, bring snacks (double snacks if you don't come up with anything)
and listen to each other's music. You can wear Lodge colours and
Hats if you want. The whole point is that the combination of
friendly peer pressure and need for speed stops you faffing around and
making excuses or being scared to create - somehow fires up the synapses...
Lodges play other games too, including 48hr marathon sessions (those attempting
this report hallucinations and sleep-composing)...
are now around twenty ICS lodges across the USA and a handful recently
formed in Europe - Incredulodge in Seattle, Sauna Lodge in Finland, Cremorne
13 Lodge in France, a new on in Holland, and three in the UK, the
busiest being Limey Lodge in South London. Founder Nicholas Dobson
has co-written a book called 'The Frustrated Songwriter's Handbook" based
on his ICS experiences. Each Lodge has its own collective personality
according to the make-up of its members, who can range from professional
soundtrack composers to bedroom guitarists. There is no central organisation
running this, and the rules are there to be bent (but work best for you
as they are!)... a very very organic, living thing. They are fun
and they do things to your brain.
yes, the ICS tracks played were all composed and recorded from scratch
within hours during day sessions - even MATT LEBOFSKY's six minute
prog epic (he's become rather good at this - loads more good stuff on his
web site). And DARLING FREAKHEAD was what led me to the original
ICS site back in 2002 - I found him on mp3.com (when mp3.com was still
good), thought he was great and the only other reference to him was on
this, where he was one of the first Origin Lodge members. This was
from his current site darlingfreakhead.com
thursday - 28th August 08 - there is a the first ICS concert in
the UK, at the Green Dragon pub in Croydon www.myspace.com/greendragonpub
organised by Limey Lodge and attended by founders Nicholas Dobson and Michael
Mellender who are flying over for the event! FREE entry - pub is near East
ACCIDENT track was happily downloaded from www.progday.com
- which has a bunch of other band samples on their site. Cheer Accident
are a hard-to-pin-down very underground legend from Chicago; more samples
at www.skingraftrecords.com ...TERA MELOS are from Sacramento (hometown
of Hella) and this was from a split album with By The End Of Tonight which
came out last year - not heard much more from them, but what high standards...
album is on the way - soon to be released on small UK indie label Lancashire
And Somerset: www.lancashireandsomerset.co.uk
- and there's a UK tour at the start of September WOOOO! Dates over at
or on our news pages
AND THE CAROUSEL OF HEADLESS HORSES have people from Guapo and Chrome
Hoof and this was from the 2006 limited edition Latitudes imprint EP 'Manfauna'.
ANIMALS is Mr Mellender's band - www.myspace.com/theloweranimals
- and he's also in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum
ACRUX number was from their 2007 album 'Galapagos Momentum' out on
Cuneiform Records www.cuneiformrecords.com
LITTLE GIRLS are an avant theatrical band from Chicago - we just found
them a day ago on www.myspace.com/lovelylittlegirls
...if you like SGM...
UK easy-on-the-ears mathtastic YOU SLUT! play more from a
show at 229, Great Portland Street, London on September 2nd - more
info from www.stressedsumorecords.co.uk
...have fun, M x