Episode 6 - Threadwork: Places Part 2

Here's episode 6 - or instalment as I might rename them to going forward, although I feel there's a more accurate name just out of reach for something that forms part of an open-ended whole even though that whole isn't a single coherent narrative but sort of has a unifying thread running through it (arf). Whatever that naming convention is, and we'll go with epistalment today, this is one of 'em. Though in reality it's the second of two but let's just gloss over that for the sake of getting the hell on with it.

So the theme again this time around is Places, defined primarily as geographical locations but with a bit of wiggle room for interpretation. But the defining feature of this one is that it is mostly electronic music that makes up the tracklisting. In fact there's only one track that's not electronic - and that's not to say there isn't natural instrumentation in the other tracks - but primarily it's synths and beats and electronic wibblings of varying tempos and textures. Some for the feet, some for the head but all for the heart. 

Cheers, 

R

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

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Episode 5 - Threadwork: Places Part 1

So this episode is the first of a 2 parter but could easily have been more. And this is because the theme is places - defined as geographical locations barring the odd exception. The long list for this theme was probably the biggest to date and it became apparent pretty quickly that one episode wasn't going to cut it. So whilst this part and part 2 which will be released in a fortnight aren't physically linked they are spiritually and were completed within the same couple of sessions.

I get into it in the episode itself but this started to crystalize one of the threads that run through my music - the emotional reaction provoked by instrumental music. That feeling extends beyond instrumentals clearly but perhaps it's easier to get them feels from lyrics yet it's slightly more intangible when it comes to primarily instrumental compositions. There'll be more to come on this subject in the future, I'm sure. But for now I hope you dig.

Cheers, 

R

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

Twitter: @rosscale

Episode 4 - Threadwork: Jeffrey Lewis

For a number of reasons I'm really excited to share this episode. Firstly because to get the chance to chat to Jeffrey Lewis, an artist who I've been a keen follower of for the best part of a decade, for the podcast is really pleasing. But secondly because framing the chat in the form that it is was a lot of fun and a real challenge. My recording setup is rudimentary and my interview skills even more so, so when I went through the recorded material I soon realized that a more creative approach would be required. And so with the help of producer Bod, we pulled together what I hope is an enjoyable 45 minutes for you all.

If you feel like leaving any feedback then please do via the methods below. It'd be great to get your thoughts.

Cheers,

R

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Spotify playlists for Threadwork

Hey, a quick one. I was reminded over the weekend of something I'd been meaning to do all along but had slipped my mind. And that's pulling together and making available Spotify playlists of the tracks played on the episodes. I'll post the playlist together with the episodes when they go live going forward but below are the ones for the first three episodes: Animals (Episode 1), Colours (Episode 2) and About People (Episode 3). 

Clearly not everything is on Spotify that is played in the episodes so there are some omissions - and some tracks aren't really played properly at all or are used as excerpts. They make it into the playlists anyway.

OK. Cheers,

R

Episode 1: Animals https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/3yc9yN7DSQsToclzZzv0ko?si=ABDoSi-BSqiN0qeWshTXWA

Episode 2: Colours https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/5MwtlAxYS3dYiJmaf6wOEc?si=b6F3VP-8TGGB4K_F_Hq38w

Episode 3: About People  https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/5ncA3w672pVr7DbM0sjllY?si=p-tHeKkiTqyJqMQGuRW3MA

Episode 3 - Threadwork: About People

I don't know how many pieces of music have been written about people over the years. Countless no doubt. And this episode of Threadwork contains music spanning 6 decades that was either written about, for or references real people. Apart from one track, which stretches it a bit, but it’s a good record so let’s not make too much of a fuss about it all. All of the records in this episode are ones that I'm a huge fan of but it wasn't until I did a bit of research into a few that I wanted to check my facts on that the human element really came to the fore. And that just added greater depth to the beauty and emotion that I'd always felt from them to start with. Hopefully you'll enjoy them too.

Cheers, 

R

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Tracklisting:

Gil Scott-Heron – Lady Day & John Coltrane https://bleep.com/release/50435-gil-scott-heron-pieces-of-a-man

Manitoba - Hendrix With Ko https://caribouband.bandcamp.com/track/hendrix-with-ko-2

Anushka - Kendrick https://anushka.bandcamp.com/album/kendrick

Luke Solomon feat. Jon Marsh - Lonely Dancer (Dance Away The Pain) https://djlukesolomon.bandcamp.com/track/lonely-dancer-dance-away-the-pain

DJ Boring - Winona https://e-beamz.bandcamp.com/album/winona-ep

(excerpt) The Beatles – Taxman

Prince – The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker

Jaco Pastorius - Portrait Of Tracy http://jacopastorius.com/music/jaco-pastorius/

Marden Hill - Bardot

John Coltrane - Naima

The Beatles - Julia https://www.thebeatlesonline.co.uk/thebeatles/CD/The-White-Album-Remastered/0I480H2T000

Pearl Jam - Jeremy https://pearljam.com/music/song/jeremy

Monty Python - The Philosophers Song https://www.montypythononlinestore.com/*/Music/Monty-Python-Sings-Again/5NPA0G1J000

!!! - Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story) https://boomkat.com/products/me-and-guiliani-down-by-the-school-yard

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Episode 2 - Threadwork: Colours

Episode 2 is here! It has felt like a long time since the first episode went up and although it's just the fortnight that was scheduled I've been looking forward to getting this one out. Musically it covers a lot of bases but, curiously, the episode is mostly populated by electronic music. I'm not quite sure why that should be the case - something to delve into at one point for sure. Hopefully you'll enjoy the music - the lovely, colourful music - and there isn't too much waffle. 

Cheers, 

R

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Episode 1 - Threadwork: Animals

It feels like it has been a long time coming but I'm really pleased to release - or launch, as some like to say - the first proper episode of the podcast. Musically, it's been completed for a couple of months but it took me that long to get up the courage to record the voice-over. That was eventually completed in two stages, the stuff in the episode (tentative, cobbled together) and then, a couple of weeks later, the intro (less tentative, still room for improvement). But it's fun, yo. Seriously. This whole thing is like an unpaid part-time job but it's really enjoyable.

Anyway, I hope you dig it.  Catch you next time.

Cheers, 

R

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Abstractions by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Had to share this because it's just ridiculously good. I'm a big fan of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and a couple of her tracks will be showing up in the podcast in due course but over the last few days she released Abstractions to kick off the touchtheplants label (if label is the right word). 

It's a 22 minute experimental electronic workout that I'm not going to undersell by slapping comparisons on. What I will say is that appeals to the same part of me that loves The Orb and early FSOL. You can stream and buy it on Bandcamp via the link below.

Coming together, glimpse behind the curtain

How do? A quick update on all things Threadwork.

This week myself and producer Bod spent some of our time doing a bit of mastering and overlaying some of my recorded vocals (as it were) over the already finalized music. What I mean by finalized music is that we've already pulled together the tracks, how they're mixed or overlaid for a few of the episodes already. And because the vocals bit is the less easy part, I'm recording those after the event. We'll work like this until it becomes more natural to do the two together.

I'm keen that when the podcast launches it's dependable - there will be an episode when there is supposed to be one.  At the moment it takes approximately 2-3 weeks per episode sans vox though there's concurrent activity on episodes. Having a backlog will allow us to have a store of episodes to release whilst new ones are being worked on.

I've started approaching potential guests too so let's see what happens there. More news when there is some.

That'll do for now. Here's a record I thought about the other day. I'd forgotten just how good it was.

Cheers - R