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Here’s a video for “Terminus”, taken from “Interchange” a Warm Digits album and series of films made for the project Half Memory. The work is based on images drawn from Tyne & Wear Archives of the 1970s construction programme for the Tyneside Metro system.
“Interchange” will be released as a CD + DVD set on Distraction Records, with a live premiere at Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, on 27 April 2013. More info here.
INTERCHANGE is a new audiovisual project by Warm Digits made for HALF MEMORY.
INTERCHANGE is an album and experimental film inspired by images drawn from the Tyne and Wear Archives, of the 1970s’ biggest civil engineering project on Tyneside – the construction of Metro. We made this work for HALF MEMORY, a project by Tyne and Wear Archives, Tusk Music, Pixel Palace and basic.fm. Also recording an album for Half Memory is the brilliant RICHARD DAWSON.
This multimedia work exists as a broadcast on basic.fm, a live performance at Tyneside Cinema Newcastle, and a CD & DVD set to be released on Distraction Records.
HALF MEMORY BROADCASTS & EVENTS
INTERCHANGE was first broadcast on basic.fm in January 2013.
LIVE PERFORMANCE and CD/DVD LAUNCH – April 28th 2013, with Richard Dawson.
Tickets available now (£10/£8) from the Tyneside Cinema Box Office.
FIELD MUSIC & WARM DIGITS – BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Session
10″ Vinyl / digital download
“It’s exciting and quite scary to try and do something where you don’t know what you’re going to play before, there’s no repetition, you try and base everything you play on either responding to what other people have played or trying to lead everybody else. It’s quite difficult, it’s completely out of our comfort zone, but it’s a good experience to try it.” David Brewis, Field Music.
When Warm Digits released their Keep Warm. . . with the Warm Digits album, it tickled BBC Radio 3 Late Junction’s interest enough for them to invite them for a session. So in early December, they spent a day at BBC Maida Vale Studios with multi-instrumentalists Field Music. Armed with an array of guitars, two drumkits and keyboards that were freshly plundered from the Maida Vale cupboards, they composed and recorded four completely new pieces of music together on the day, and these formed their session for Late Junction, originally broadcast on 26th January 2012.
You will, surely, all know Field Music: Sunderland’s David and Peter Brewis from, who’ve released a chain of glorious, uniquely coiled and beguiling melodic pop albums over the last seven years with their latest, Plumb, being their best yet, and recently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Marc Riley says they’re currently the best band in the country, and that sounds about right to us. Warm Digits are “krauttronic blizzardwave” duo Steve Jefferis and Andrew Hodson, who have had rave reviews from the likes of Andrew Weatherall for their astounding multi-sensory live performances, debut album, and remixes for UNKLE, Maximo Park and Yeti Lane.
The first track, Elements of the Sun, is based around how the debut Warm Digits album was made. Built around an arpeggiated Moog bassline, the four jam over the top, “discovering” the song as it plays; it’s reminiscent of Cluster remixing Fleetwood Mac. Travelodge Blues is based around Igor Stravinsky’s octotonic scale; a brooding melody is constantly retained throughout a metronomic structure, slowly becoming more manic, urgent and discordant, before drenching itself in intricate fuzz. Snow Watch is the foursome’s effort at creating a drumless track, keeping it as minimalistic as possible, but still retaining a harmonic hook, and leaving plenty of room for chance, as well as staying melodic throughout. Higgs – untitled at the time of the session – is the most groove-based of the four tracks on offer. Again, it originates from a synthesized bass loop, with an added dash of improvised melody and a double-drumkit rhythm section, rounding off a fantastic and varied session on this limited release.
You can order the 10″ vinyl NOW for immediate dispatch from the Distraction Records website or Bandcamp page, or you can download the audio from Bandcamp too.
We have t-shirts! First limited edition of 50 shirts is in green & orange on chestnut brown premium Gildan cotton shirts, hand printed by Newcastle-upon-Tyne’s Ink And Toil.
Available in Small / Medium / Large / Extra Large.
BARGAIN SALE PRICE – LAST FEW LEFT!
£6 + P&P
You can buy them at our gigs, or by mail order here.
We’re pleased to be playing another London show – at the Shacklewell Arms on 14th Sep 2012. Presented by the great Sonic Cathedral label, it’s us and Eat Lights Become Lights, doors open at 8pm and it’s £6 in. Tickets here.
Plank! are an instrumental rock band from Manchester, about to release their debut album “Animalism”. Warm Digits have remixed the album track “Pig Sick”. We’ve taken our cue from the melodic intricacy of the original, and gone for full-pelt krautishness with a surprise payoff of surf-guitar twang. Thanks to Plank! for inviting us to join in.
The Quietus say it’s “a great slab of Northern Krautrock”, and you can stream it below via soundcloud, or download the mp3 for free here.
We hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to spread the link.
Plank!’s album is out on 18th July and you can buy it here.
They play an album launch gig at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Friday July 27th.
Mariner 9 is a giant video art installation being presented in Whitley Bay’s Edwardian pleasuredome, the Spanish City. Created by internationally acclaimed artist Kelly Richardson, Mariner 9 is a spectacular twelve metre-long panorama of Mars set hundreds of years in the future, battered by dust storms and littered with the debris of our missions to unlock the secrets of the Red Planet. The installation has been commissioned by the Tyneside Cinema via its digital arts programme Pixel Palace.
Warm Digits are super-excited to be playing a one-off performance in the installation itself. We’ll be wheeling out our finest radiophonics and creating an all-new improvised set to match the intergalactic flavour of the installation, and you won’t hear this music at any of our other shows.
Saturday 11 August, 8.30pm-10.30pm (performance starts at 9pm)
Tickets are £5, available online here or by calling the Tyneside Cinema Box Office on 0845 217 9909.
We’ve just booked a load of exciting shows for the autumn. Supersonic festival (Birmingham), Incubate festival (Tilburg, NL), Split festival (Sunderland), Capstone Theatre (Liverpool)… all the details are on our gigs page now.
Here’s three live videos filmed at Andrew Weatherall’s “Live From Outer Space” night at The Garage, London, on 17th Feb 2012. Presented by Sub-Sonic Live, part of Fred Perry’s Subculture programme. Many thanks to Andrew Weatherall, Fred Perry Subculture and the filmmakers De Facto.