BEARDYMAN’S ‘DISTRACTIONS’ ALBUM OUT NOW IN THE UK

“One of my top three albums of the year alongside Aphex Twin and Caribou”
Rob da Bank
Beardyman’s new album Distractions is physically released today in the UK alongside his 2014 UK and German tour. Click here for a copy!

Dear human,
Please accept my humble invitation to listen to my new album Distractions.
It took ages to make and all the songs mean a lot to me. I hope u like them.
Here’s what The Musical Melting Pot had to say:
Distractions represents a Pokémon-like evolution not only for Beardyman as an artist, but also for the world of music as a whole. Just as Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile and Felix Baumgartner became the first man to skydive from the edge of space, Distractions demonstrates how something once thought impossible can be proven to lie within the realm of human possibility in a hugely inspiring fashion. I’ve no doubt that many musicians will be freshly motivated by Beardyman’s boundary-shattering efforts, but even when the pack begins to catch up to Distractions we can safely bet that the mind behind it will be restlessly exploring territories far beyond even this.”
Thanks,
Daz, aka Beardyman.

You can join Beardyman on his Distractions tour in the UK and Germany over the coming weeks.

Check the LIVE DATES page.

 


Distractions Tour, Liverpool Arts Club 2014

 

Ticket Arena Review

Thursday 13th November
Arts Club, Liverpool

Every dreadlocked person within a five mile radius of The East Village Arts Club is queuing up to see Beardyman. There’s an exciting buzz in the air; they’re about to see the King of Improv Drum and Bass. Watching Beardyman is like watching a wizard at work. He can pull beats and samples out of his musical hat like nobody’s business. This is what the crowd has come to see; The Master at work.

After Beardyman’s Brian Blessed lookalike tour manager has set the stage for him and ensured that all of his five computers are set up, the lights dim. A whoop ripples through the crowd and the Man Himself enters the stage. Cheeky, comfortable and as hyped up as a squirrel on a can of Monster, Beardyman begins. With a professional sweep of his DJing hand he compliments Liverpool, insults his hometown London and drops his first beat.

The frequenters of drum and bass nights take to it immediately. Their bodies sway disjointedly and their heads bob enthusiastically. There’s ringing in their ears and a pounding bass in their chest – they couldn’t be happier. Beardyman is deft at getting his crowd going. He switches between mad impressions, humour and pop culture references quicker than a Tarantino movie and his crowd eat it up. The room is quickly in a frenzy. Beardyman’s beat is felt in your bones. Your feet dance and you aren’t aware of it. It’s musical voodoo.

Beardyman has an ‘album per hour’ philosophy that sees him create everything from scratch in front of your eyes. It’s mind melting to watch, if not entirely exhausting. This mercurial beat seizure is interspersed with references as wide ranging as the Jennifer Lawrence photo leak to the new Hunger Games film to David Attenborough’s latest TV endeavours. It’s music for the Twitter generation; everything has a finite shelf life and if you get bored you can hit refresh.

Indeed, this is exactly what Beardyman does. He’ll start to create something new, not like where it’s going, and drop it half way through. The crowd will react with a displeased, if not wholly loving, why-did-you-stop sound and then he’ll win them back over by building something new. It’s musical Lego; if you don’t like it then smash it down and start again. It’s an unusual thing to get used to. You just start to get to know where he’s taking you and then he’ll change his mind. You entered the song in a carnival and now you’re in a grimy, London basement flat. It’s a musical conniption; let go and let the music seize you.

Listen to Beardyman with your closest friends, or at least a responsible adult who can return your mind to you after the gig, and lose yourself for a bit. Dance your ass off and forget why you were so mad before you went in. It’s what I did, let the bass take you.

Words by Ruth Hartnoll
Image couresty of Beardyman


One Album per Hour feat. Tim Minchin – “French electro opera”


“This Is Your Chosen Pattern” – ONE ALBUM PER HOUR feat. Peter Serafinowicz


One Album Per Hour – LIVE!

 

After a sold out run at the Edinburgh Festival, “One Album Per Hour” is ready to hit your youtube screen!

And I am so excited! Somehow i’ve managed to get some of my music and comedy hero’s to produce my next 4 album’s, LIVE! I”ll be composing, arranging, producing, mixing and mastering in real time using the Beardytron5000 mkIII. And you won’t believe who’s doing it…

 

Jack Black                - 14th September

Peter Serafinowicz  - 23rd September

Tim Minchin            - 30th September

Daniel Sloss             – 7th October

 

I’m so stoked!! Tune in live to be a part of it, or if you can’t make it for the event, give your made-up song title suggestions in the bar on the right of the website.


Genital Meditation


BBC Radio 1 – One Album per Hour Special (with Phil and Alice)


One Album per Hour – feat. Jack Black (full show!)


Leeds Festival 2014 – featuring The Beardytron5000 mkIII

 

yes that’s right, mark 3!!!

 

The Beardytron5000 mkIII is now fully operational and weaponised. The mkII saw the system shed all shop bought hardware, focusing on a bespoke software approach coded from the ground up in C++. It allowed the system to overdub, copy, offline bounce, merge, move, multiply and replace and resample audio content in a grid of non-mutually exclusive loops. It also featured an integrated system of specially adapted instances of Turnado by Sugarbytes, which ended up being released as Turnado v1.5

MkIII sees loads more advances to this already world-beatingly powerful beast. The Beardytron now has fully customisable midi input capability via the use of plogue bidule as an intermediary stage which means that i have been able to configure some very convenient foot-pedal-controlled functions to keep my hands free.

A second laptop now replaces my trusty Korg R3 which, good as it was was no match for what i have now: an arduously and intricately configured M4L based VSTi host with midi-looping and groundbreaking real-time quantisation features utilising many instances of massive, pianoteq and other awesome synths.

Also, new to the mkIII is my new proprietary “Instant Drum Machine” VST which allows me to carve out new rhythms every time from an immense bank of thousands of different permutations of variants of different classes of rhythm types. The Instant drum machine works exclusively with live-recorded samples so i still start with nothing, no pre-recorded samples, no static rhythm patterns just the potential to create new sounds and patterns Coupled with this are 4 more instances of Turnado, one for each drum catagory (which, once again comes up trumps as a goto multi-effects workhorse).

I’m still busily configuring these exciting and dauntingly deep new parts to the system and slowly but surely becoming expert at using the system as a whole… which is the ultimate goal.

Massive thanks to the incredible developers who have helped me with this project. . It’s just beginning.

Beardyman


One Album Per Hour – Edinburgh Fringe 2014

 

ONE ALBUM PER HOUR IS COMING SOON to a youtube near you, live! —– Sep 14th to oct 14th 2014 —– featuring some very special guests.

In the meantime, here’s my show from Edinburgh 2014.


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