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Klang Kickstarter now live

Today we launch our Kickstarter for our biggest release yet, Klang. The vinyl edition contains tracks from:

  • Six By Seven
  • Unimother 27
  • Oulu Space Jam Collective
  • Dynamo Snackbar
  • Peri Esvultras
  • t.r. hand
  • Beltism

Don’t do vinyl? That’s OK, we have extended editions with 6 extra tracks on CD and digital download. We’ve got tee shirts, fine art prints, signed stuff, it will be lovely.

Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing; if we don’t hit our financial target we can’t press the vinyl. And that simply won’t do.

You can remind yourself about the story of Klang here and then go spend some money on Kickstarter:

News from the conning tower – Kickstarter

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We’re delighted to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for our Klang krautrock extravaganza will launch on Tuesday 27th February. We’ll be making a bit of a song and dance about it at the time, so it’s unlikely you’ll miss it, but we thought you’d appreciate the advance notice, just in case you were thinking of getting your hair done.

You can read all about Klang here.

Out today: Crayon Angels ‘Postcards’ EP

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Crayon Angels brand new EP, ‘Postcards’, four slices of highly musical grown-up pop. The release of this EP is a big deal for the Submarine Broadcasting Company and we’re delighted to be presenting such top quality songs.

You can buy the EP on Bandcamp here:

You can also download Postcards from the following digital stores:

News from the Conning Tower: Crayon Angels

As previously mentioned on here and other social media, we are very excited to welcome Crayon Angels to our small-but-adequately-formed operation at SBC.

Crayon Angels will be releasing their next EP, ‘Postcards’ on Submarine Broadcasting Co. on the 5th February, available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.

The Angels’ blend of melody-driven jangly semi-acoustic guitar pop may seem a radical departure from our normal output of experimental and ambient genres but we’re really excited about this new direction. The Angels’ pervasive musicality, embracing elements of folk and jazz, and fiercely intelligent lyrics in a quintessential English style make for a unique musical offering; we describe it as guitar pop for grown-ups, but Crayon Angels themselves are typically modest: “pleasant humans playing some nice songs”.

Call for submissions

We are pleased to announce the launch of three new compilations.

The project, which we are calling Exhibition, will comprise three volumes:

  • Red – this will contain the experimental, atmo, 0bpm and possibly the dark ambient.
  • Green – this will contain regular ambient/instrumental pieces.
  • Blue – everything else, so alt-pop, synthwave, space rock, indie, radio-friendly and so on.

We may adjust the classifications as we go, depending on the number of tracks of different genres. The finished product will initially be three “name your price” (including “free”) compilations on Bandcamp. Any money generated from sales of the Exhibition compilations will go to a charity to be identified nearer the release.

Unlike One String Inspiration and Post:Soc, this will not go immediately to CD, but depending on the number of submissions, general interest, and the budget available, there may be some physical formats (CD, vinyl, cassette etc.) Whether that is one CD/LP per compilation, or one CD/LP across all three will be determined at a later date.

Rules and Guidelines for Submissions

  1. To be included your track should either:
    1. Be about (or inspired by) folklore or folk tales. This is the theme. Think Wicker Man, Herne the Hunter, folk horror, Struwwelpeter, Aboriginal dreamtime, chupacabra, peyote-induced fevre dreams. Or…
    2. Contain field-recordings: birds, church bells, cricket on the village green, Tokyo metro, the ocean, next-door’s dog, anything you like. But we want your field recordings; no downloading stuff from freesounds.org etc. Or…
    3. Contain spoken word: poetry, literature, whatever you like. But again, we want your voice.
  2. Your track does NOT have to include all three.
  3. Tracks to be submitted by WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please use: submarinebroadcastingco at gmail dot com. Please use the naming convention: artistname_tracktitle.wav
  4. WAV or AIFF format only. 16 or 24 bit preferred.
  5. Your track must be your original work, no cover versions.
  6. Your track must be new or unreleased, and remain unreleased until after the compilations have launched. You retain all rights to your music.
  7. You can submit one track to each compilation, if you wish. If you are unsure what compilation your track qualifies for, submit anyway and we will place it in the appropriate volume. You may not submit more than one track per compilation.
  8. We reserve the right to place your track on the compilation of our choice, for reasons of flow or balance.
  9. There is no limit on track length (but bear in mind that if this does go to CD, a six minute track is easier to accommodate than a twenty minute one).
  10. The closing date is 31st March 2018

There are some other ideas, that will be revealed as we go along, but nothing that is contrary to the points above, so get your composing heads on and get busy!

 

News from the conning tower

Just a quick update on the Exhibition compilation project. We’ve had some superb entries so far, including tracks from Noise Cluster, Ian Haygreen, Cousin Silas, Alan Morse Davis, Merge, James Hoehl, Lucidbeaming, Nurse Predator, Spartan Jet-Plex, Earthborn Visions, Rauppwar, Manga Brothers, Autonomaton and Zumaia.

What is particularly pleasing is that 10 of these artists have never appeared on Submarine Broadcasting before, so we really hope these compilations will be even bigger and even more diverse than the last couple. If you want to take part, read the guidelines earlier in this blog, you’ll be very welcome.

Sergio Guglielmi – Sinkop Artz

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear this morning of the premature death of Sergio Guglielmi, who contributed on Post:Soc Post:Script under his performing name Sinkop Artz.

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While I never had the opportunity to meet Sergio face-to-face, he was always kind, generous and enthusiastic in our on-line communications. Musically he was an unusually gifted and fearless producer, who contributed to a number of projects in my corner of the music scene.

A small sample of Sergio’s work is available on Soundcloud, here:

My condolences to his family and friends, particularly to my friend Rodrigo, who was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Sergio.

Rob

New compilation news

We called for submissions (see Call for submissions) and submissions were …um… submitted! We’ve already received tracks from Manga Brothers, Autonomaton and Zumaia, plus many more expressions of interest. The closing date is not until end of March 2018, so you have either loads of time or barely any time at all, depending on how you work!

In other news, Post:Soc Post:Script is starting to appear in the digital stores, most recently iTunes, here.

Call for submissions

We are pleased to announce the launch of not one, not two, but three new compilations!

The project, which for now we are calling Exhibition, will comprise three volumes:

  • Experimental – this will contain the experimental (gasp!), atmo, 0bpm and possibly the dark ambient.
  • Ambient – the intention that this will be for regular ambient/instrumental pieces. Serve chilled.
  • Miscellany – everything else, so alt-pop, synthwave, space rock, indie, radio-friendly and so on.

We might tweak the classifications as we go, depending on the volume of tracks of different genres, but you get the idea. The finished product will initially be three “name your price” compilations on Bandcamp. Unlike One String Inspiration and Post:Soc, this will not go immediately to CD, but depending on the number of submissions, general interest, and depth of our coffers, there may be some physical formats (CD, vinyl, cassette or the burgeoning 8-track cartridge revival). Whether that is one CD/LP per compilation, or one CD/LP across all three will be determined at a later date.

Rules and Guidelines for Submissions

  1. To be included your track should either:
    1. Be about (or inspired by) folklore, and/or folk tales. This is the theme! Think Wicker Man, Herne the Hunter, folk horror, Struwwelpeter, Aboriginal dreamtime, chupacabra, peyote-induced fevre dreams. Or…
    2. Contain field-recordings: birds, church bells, cricket on the village green, Tokyo metro, the ocean, next-door’s dog, anything you like. But we want your field recordings; no sneakily downloading stuff from freesounds.org because we will know! Or…
    3. Contain spoken word: poetry, literature, whatever you like. But again, we want your voice, not Richard Burton.
  2. Your track does NOT have to include all three. Did you notice the little “or” words between each item?
  3. Your track must be your original work, no cover versions.
  4. Your track must be new or unreleased, and remain unreleased until after the compilations have launched. You retain all rights to your music.
  5. You can submit one track to each compilation, if you wish. If you are unsure what compilation your track qualifies for, submit anyway and we will place it in the appropriate volume.
  6. We reserve the right to move tracks between volumes for reasons of flow, balance and sheer bloody-mindedness. If we think your track fits better in ambient than experimental, that’s where it will go.
  7. There is no limit on track length (but bear in mind that if this does go to CD, a six minute track is easier to accommodate than a 20 minute opus).
  8. Tracks to be submitted by WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please use: submarinebroadcastingco at gmail dot com. Please use the format: artistname_tracktitle.wav
  9. WAV or AIFF format only. 16 or 24 bit preferred.
  10. The closing date is 31st March 2018
  11. The thing about 8-track cartridges was a lie. Sorry ’bout that.

There are some other ideas, that will be revealed as we go along, but nothing that is contrary to the points above, so get your composing heads on and get busy!

 

Now available from all good record shops…

Well, Bandcamp anyway. So, yes, the Post:Script CDs have arrived and all the pre-orders have now been fulfilled so if you have placed an order, keep an eye on your doormat as the goods will be with you soon. If you haven’t placed an order, well, do it now and we’ll say no more about it.

As previously mentioned, the Post:Script download is being made available through the major digital stores (Amazon, iTunes, Spotify etc.) and we’ll update when we have some confirmation of availability.

And tomorrow we’ll give you some details about our three new compilations…