Treetrunk Records is proud to announce a new compilation opportunity. This compilation will be a tribute to Nocturnal Emissions' groundbreaking drum and bass classic, "Futurist Antiquarianism".
Participants are asked to listen to this album, and to create tracks reminiscent of the original. This tribute is unofficial, and will not be for money. Hopefully it will gain exposure for the artists involved, and bring some attention to the work of Nigel Ayers (Nocturnal Emissions), an incredible artist.
Never heard this album? Stream it for free here:
Then, create a track mindful of the originals (not a cover or remix, please). The track should be unreleased and contain no illegal samples. Please send a lossless version of your submission to mystifiedthomas (at) gmail (dot) com. Wetransfer, Dropbox, or Soundcloud are acceptable means of transfer. Submission deadline is February 15th.
Thomas of Treetrunk will review your submissions and inform you of his reaction.
Let's work together to bring some nice vibes to the great Nigel Ayers of Nocturnal Emissions!
AN UNAUTHORIZED TRIBUTE TO RAPOON BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
Why pay tribute to Robin Storey's Rapoon? As a listener, Robin's music was immediately interesting to me, because drone music as a genre was something I hadn't yet heard. Soon, I became captivated by this conversation between sounds-- samples interacting, some looped, others making unique or shorter appearances.
Technically, then, this was musique concrete-- or largely that. It was also listenable-- very "musical" in a traditional sense. Like with Zoviet France, Robin's Rapoon tracks pulsed along with the best of the minimalists. They also showed me that world sounds and "Western" sounds could interact, and that beats did not have to be mathematically regular.
In creating new songs, Rapoon broke a lot of rules I thought existed for music. But this was done in such a compelling and pleasing way. I was very fortunate to collaborate with Robin briefly in the early oughts, and his remix of the samples I chose, the "Robin Storey Transit Remix", remains a favorite.
What could be more fitting than a tribute to Rapoon? It is unauthorized, as Robin is busy and I did not want to bother him or ride his coattails unnecessarily. I did want to see what my musical peers would come up with in regards to songs resembling, or more generally, paying tribute to, Robin's. Here we have these tracks.
Some sound quite like Rapoon. Others use the artists' own techniques to capture the spirit evoked by Rapoon. There are loop constructions, industrial sounds, ambient sounds, world samples, and songs with a more typical song structure. All remind me of Robin in some way, and are of a quality that I find acceptable.
I hope that you will enjoy these diverse tribute songs as I have, and that they will provide a vehicle for further appreciating Rapoon's work.
Special thanks go out to T.G. Mondalf for his support throughout this project, and for his outstanding work on the cover art.