Spacecadet Lullabies performing at St Kilda Festival 2013

17 Jan

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St Kilda festival time! Spacecadet Lullabies is playing at Iddy Biddy on Wednesday the 6th of February at 8:30pm. Free! You might even hear more tunes from the next album. More details about the gig here.

 

Bring on the Floss!

30 Nov

Luna Park Centenary Show December 14th

27 Nov

 

Spacecadet Lullabies will be playing a free show at Luna Park Melbourne for the park’s 100th anniversary celebration. We are pretty chuffed to be taking part in this salubrious occasion and we will be trying out a few new fresh tunes.  Also, we are  pretty excited that Ainslie Wills is performing too, as we are big fans of her music.

Check out this great song of Ainslie’s. Lovely!

See you there!

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Sonic Postcards

23 Jun

Whenever I travel overseas, I’ve always taken a little minidisc recorder with me and recorded all sorts of sounds from the places I have visited. I love doing this. Sometimes the process is like creating a kind of sonic postcard, and other times it feels like I am a weird scientist taking sound samples from an alien atmosphere (Fortunately, no scary creatures have popped out of my chest in the process of collecting these sounds).

Earlier this year I went on a little adventure to Italy, Spain and Israel with my partner in crime, Tali Gal-on.  This time I didn’t take a minidisc recorder, I took one of those iPad thingos and used an app called iMaschine. The app only allows you to record very short sounds, so while it may be limiting, it also makes you work in a different way and think differently about the sounds around you.

Some of the sounds I recorded have possibly existed in these locations for hundreds or even thousands of years. That blows my geeky little mind! So the next question is………. can I make music out of all this?

Here are some of my favourite the sounds that I recorded:

-Water dripping from stalactites in an ancient cave under Jerusalem. (This description sounds like a exercise from an interpretive dance class)

- A big bearded Latvian Orthodox choir

- A bloke sharpening knives with a lawnmower powered grinder on the back of his motorbike in Granada (A very NIN sound indeed, and every time I hear it, I considering painting my fingernails black).

Already some of these field recordings are working their way into the tunes for the next album and they are really helping to keep the creative process really fresh, challenging and pretty enjoyable.

Here is a picture of a geeky little spacecadet sampling the sonic atmosphere on a rooftop in Jerusalem. I hope to get some of these tracks into your ears soon!

One of the best places to capture sounds, on a rooftop in the Arab Quarter in Jerusalem. Check out the old speaker busting out a distorted call to prayer. It sounded rad. 

St Kilda Film Festival and the Amazing Rosie Osman

14 May

 

Here is the promo for the 2012 St Kilda Film Festival. It was animated by a really cool buddy of mine, Rosie Osman. Rosie is a fantastic animator and you can check out more of her amazing work here. The music is an excerpt from a track called Ai from my album Ghost Songs.

The festival runs from the 22nd of May to the 27th of May. The program for the festival is great and if you are in Melbourne, get down there, especially to the Astor.

 

Hello from the lab

9 Dec

Thanks for supporting Spacecadet Lullabies this last year. I am taking a little break over Xmas, but looking forward to playing at St Kilda Festival in Feb.

I’ve hunkered down in the studio the last few months, working on the next album, which I’m excited about! It’s sounding quite different to the last, with lots of different instruments and ideas.

I’ll play some new tracks at the St Kilda gig. See you next year!

Spacecadet Lullabies and The Cambrian Explosion at 303

20 Jun

Spacecadet Lullabies at 303 in Northcote

Big thanks to everyone who came down to the Cambrian Explosion CD Launch on the 5th of June.  The Cambrian Explosion put on an amazing show, and are super nice blokes. You can check them out here.

 

Ghost Songs reviewed by Marc Knevett for The AU Review

14 Mar

Review Of Ghost Songs by Mark Knevett

Thanks to Mark at the AU review for the kind words about Ghost Songs. Here is an excerpt from the review from March 1st 2011:

 

“The sum of Ghost Songs’ individual parts is an album that, while thematically and instrumentally varied from track to track, lives and breathes to its own unique pulse. While the subjects of the individual tracks are entirely ambiguous, the common denominator that binds them is clear as day; Lewin’s influence as both producer and, more importantly, a writer, is as unmistakable as his self-control and his passion. Ghost Songs unravels as an off-kilter mechanical entity that flourishes (and is juxtaposed) by the warmth that only human touch can bring.”

You can read the rest here at the AU Review website.

The weird stuff that happens when I try to relax, and Yeah! A free track for ya!

8 Dec

It took me about three years to write, record and release Ghost Songs. Trying to manage my time between working 9-5 , playing in bands, and general life stuff didn’t leave much spare time for long, focused creative stretches.

So finally, the day after the launch at Loop Bar in September, I woke up around midday, jammed a few kilos of chocolate into my mouth and sank into the couch exhausted.  Serious coffee couldn’t coerce any of my last six neurons to work. I decided to bum around for a few days, relax, and try to re-start my head. After about 20 minutes of catatonically staring into my navel, my buddy Estelle rang to tell me that she had heard my name mentioned  on  the radio and that I had won something. After a bit of scrounging around on the internet, I discovered that I had won a major band prize for subscribing in the Triple R radiothon. The prize was an Implant media voucher that would cover the printing of my next CD. The voucher is valid for a year. Which meant I had to start on a new album pretty much right away. I got off the phone, dragged my flabby bum back into the studio and started writing some new tunes. Looking back, I realised I had about  20 minutes break between finishing the last album and starting the next one. Thanks Triple R, now I won’t have time to start my David Hasselhoff tribute band.

So yep, there is a new Spacecadet Lullabies album on the way and most likely due September /October 2011. I’m really excited about how it is sounding and it is very different from Ghost Songs. More info and sneak peaks coming soon.

Plus, a new project is on the boil. I’m currently writing music for a contemporary dance performance  with sisters Eliza and Abbey Mitchell. More info in the coming weeks!

Check out Eliza’s breaking. I’m really excited about this and no, fortunately for the world, I won’t be busting out any of my bodgy dance moves.

Here is a free download. It is another live recording from the Ghost songs Launch. It is a mix up improvisation of three of the tracks from Ghost Songs. Enjoy.

Oh yeah, and there’s a Spacecadet Lullabies gig coming up soon too……….

Chilling and Raging with a special guest.

7 Nov

It’s been a great week for Spacecadet Lullabies.

A Special Guest………..

Check out the new live footage of special guest Dyl Thomas, free-styling on my track Green Drop at the Ghost songs launch. Dyl Thomas is an one half of the band Polo Club and is easily my favourite Australian MC.

Ragin’…….

It’s pretty funny and weird pretending to grow up.
I remember being a kid and watching Rage on ABC TV. My brother and I would sit transfixed by our favourite video clips. When there was a clip on that we didn’t like, we would fill the time by bashing each other for 3 minutes until the next song came on and then we’d decide whether to continue killing each other or if a truce was in order because a good video was on. We would repeat this weekly ritual, as the count down to the number one song of the week took place. The result either brought furious outbursts of disbelief or fists pumping into the air in victory as our favourite band would ascend to Number One pop glory.

Early last Saturday morning, the clip for Tali Meets Mr Ricketts aired for the first time on Rage. I’m pretty excited and grateful. Thanks heaps to the Rage crew and to K+K+P who made the clip. I wonder if my brother and I were watching this clip 20 years ago, if he’d have me in a headlock…….

Chillin’…..

SBS has a new digital radio station called SBS Chill playing cool down-tempo electronica. Big thanks to Trevor for playing sone of my tracks this month. You can listen to the station right here, and if you’re not chilled and blissing out within 5 minutes, I’ll be really really angry at you.

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