Saturday, 27 November 2010

here is the love that lists where it will

herewith, the current track listings for our shamania and everything we ever were albums, and the current cover art*. we are working on both concurrently. whichever gets finished first will be released first.

why do we post this? post details of works still in progress, still mutable? partly to give you an insight into the process, partly to record for ourselves. snapshot of a procedure. you won't recognise the names of some of these tracks because we've not finished them.

* both cover images - which we think fantastic - are by our friend debb rooken-smith.

everything we ever were

01. the side effects of october
02. desert star 1
03. he knows the use of ashes
04. deepblue2519
05. dreamer
06. lend you
07. crepuscular
08. friends
09. thursday to wednesday [into the void]
10. be with me
11. sunday to tuesday [no one calls]
12. everybody goes
13. tesseract [deepblue2519 reprise]



01. anodyne
02. [ / ]
03. db00215
04. [- / + ]
05. fire in the mind
06. [ - ]
07. anhedoniac
08. [ + ]
09. [ # ]
10. hypoboy
11. hypogirl
12. shamania
13. bipolar binary

due to the duration of some of these tracks, this will be - at least - a double CD-length album.


Friday, 26 November 2010

[ # ]

another shamania track. at this rate, shamania may end up being finished before everything we ever were. we jump between the two projects, as and where we are taken. our intuitions lead; we follow.

this re-works the main elements of our track lie to me into a new and rather different beast. as such now consider lie to me extinct. it works much better in its new context, we feel. but then we would say that. the more we shape shamania, the better it slots in. the more we shape everything we ever were, the less of a home it has there.

edit, 25th october 2012: this was cut from the final track listing of shamania as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album. it remains unreleased.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


more shamania, created on the evenings of 23rd and 24th november 2010.

this track recycles many elements of the porpoise principle - as such, consider that track now scrapped. it was something of an orphan anyway, created for ascending a line in the sky to sothis but we could never find a satisfactory way to slot it into the track listing for that album and it's been adrift since then. no matter; a home has been found here.

edit, 25th october 2012: this was cut from the final track listing of shamania as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album though we did put a version of it out as a free track of the week.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

fire in the mind

we mentioned in an earlier post (on 28th september) that we'd renamed the track fire in the mind (to the looming tower) because we wanted to use that name for another track we had planned.

that track - the new fire in the mind - is now done, finished late into last night, and is set for our fourth album shamania.

creating new tracks with more than one project in mind, switching between them as we go, isn't new for us. ascending a line in the sky for sothis was all created at the same time as we were working on gehenna now, as were a number of other tracks which we don't have a home for yet. it's just the way we do things. the shamania and everything we ever were tracks are very different in style and what we work on depends which way our mood takes us on a particular evening.

edit, 25th october 2012: this was cut from the final track listing of shamania as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album. it remains unreleased.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

the owls are not what they seem

although this is an old track, for some reason we've never put details of it on this blog - likely because we worked on it on and off over quite a long period - so thought we would rectify that.

it was one of our earlier tracks; in fact it's based on the backing track used for darren francis' podcast binary (which pre-dates logos), featuring df reading his short story of the same name. we re-worked it into this much longer and more elaborate piece in mid-may (we don't have a note of the dates, but remember it was at the same time as we were working on conduit closing and unified field object, both of which this track share a sibling relationship with). we went back to it several times after that; the most recent mp3 of it we have - which would have been the day we last worked on it - is dated 29th july 2010.

Friday, 19 November 2010

[ - ]

further shamania. is this even music? who knows? it tickles the parts of our neural networks that need to be tickled right now. *

to do our usual butterfly-pinning: first draft 11th november 2010, take we're for now content with 19th november 2010, some noodling between, additional noodling due.

edit 28th november 2010: 'additional noodling' done today.

edit, 25th october 2012: this was re-named bipolar binary for the final shamania track listing.

* for those with a yearning to tell their friends about this track and wondering how it's pronounced, we like to pronounce [ - ] 'ahhhhh'.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


another newbie track, friends is destined - in its jejune way - for everything we ever were.

created tonight, 17th november 2010, seeds sown in sound-sketches from the past few days. it needs a further tinker, which we'll do the next time there is sleep that won't come and walls that need to be bounced off of.

our latest tracks, we should say, follow one of two paths. there are those bound for album three, everything we ever were - which are pert and pertinent - and those intended for the album which will come after. which we're not even sure constitute 'music' in any sense of the word. the themes of that (planned, still mutant, still doodling) album are bipolarity, creativity, medication, hypomania, anhedonia, on top of the world looking down on creation. that album will be called shamania.

in the meantime, we're also working on the ascending a line in the sky to sothis mix. we still intend to have that completed by the end of the year; watch this space.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

everybody goes

another new track though still very much in draft form, everybody goes was created on 16th november 2011.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

not me / he knows the use of ashes

two new tracks, not me and he knows the use of ashes.

both feature voice, both clock in at less than three minutes, and one (not me) even features some percussion! fear not, a return to our conventional ten minute plus moody meanderings will be here ere long.

not me was created today, 14th november 2010. he knows the use of ashes is a little older. we did the first draft of that on the laptop in the red lion pub in avebury, wiltshire, on 15th october 2010 (at that point it was called the side effects of october; we've reassigned that title to another - as yet incomplete - track), revisited it on 30th october 2010 (looking back, we did a lot of music that weekend; desert star 1, tesseract, lie to me, another track called be with me that we've still not finished, and this one, along with finalising gehenna now), and finished it off yesterday, 13th november. all the tracks named in this post are destined for our third album, which will be called everything we ever were and will be out early next year.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

ascending a line in the sky to sothis

herewith, as promised, details of our second album ascending a line in the sky to sothis, which will hopefully release next month if we finish the mix by then. at the bottom of this post you'll find the cover art, which is by our friend debb rooken-smith and which we like very much.

current track listing:

1. sothis rising (8.12)
2. to please the moon (10.13)
3. sun king (22.05)
4. do you love? (9.11)
5. the opening of the mouth (18.28)
6. coming forth by day (9.45)
(total time: 1:17:51)

timings are approximate until we finish the mix, but we doubt they'll vary much. all tracks were created between june and august of this year (at the same time as we were working on the gehenna now material). you can hear preliminary versions of some tracks on our myspace page.

why sothis? and why so sirius? those of you who know what sothis means, and dog-days, and their significance to darren francis, shouldn't have to ask.



we like to plan ahead. even before gehenna now was released, we already had our next two albums worked out, with a third in draft. we'll post more news on album two shortly. it's all done save that a few tracks need a better mix. album three is fully worked out, albeit four tracks (out of thirteen) only exist in our heads at the moment. more news on that once album two is out of the gates.

in the meantime we've re-named a couple of tracks. thursday to wednesday has become thursday to wednesday [into the void] and sunday to tuesday has become sunday to tuesday [no one calls]. both these distinctions will make more sense when you see and hear the track listing for the album they're intended for (number three, in case you're wondering).

following the recent alternate mix of everybody gets elves, which you can download for free at our logos free track of the week page, we've re-worked several other gehenna now tracks. the first is a new version of hollow hills of london, which restructures (and truncates) the eight minute introduction to the original.

if anybody else fancies having a go at remixing some of the gehenna now tracks, drop us a line.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

[ / ]

a new track, [ / ] (yes, that is what it's called...)* was created on the day and evening of 7th november 2010. what does it portend? who's to tell?

we do admit that this is rather an odd track (as are most of the tracks we've done this last month or so). we're not even sure if it qualifies as 'music', whatever that means. in creating it, we wanted it to sound as if the listener's brain was bleeding (though not in a painful way; more like cranial surgery with a local anaesthetic). that's certainly how it sounded to us, late into the night, listening to this track loud on headphones, and certainly how our (collective and third mind) brain feels of late, and late into the night.

you're welcome, by the way.

it may or may not make its way onto our myspace player shortly; since it's nearly half an hour long we'll wait until we don't want to do anything else.** more likely, we'll upload an edit or excerpt.

is there really any need for this track to be quite that long, you may be wondering... we think there is, don't think it would work as well if it were shorter. and - in what is a first after having produced 38 logos tracks in the last six months - this one has percussion! the revelations never cease.... ***

edit, 25th october 2012: this was cut from the final track listing of shamania as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album. it remains unreleased.

* how is that pronounced, you might be wondering? we like to pronounce it "hmmmmm....."

** uploading tracks to myspace is painfully slow and cripples one's net conection, even if the files aren't that big (most of our tracks - at 320kbps mp3 and averaging ten or eleven minutes - work out at about 25 to 30 mb, which we don't consider big at all) - this last week, we've uploaded lots of new tracks, generally begin the upload then leave it and play fallout new vegas instead, returning once the upload is complete.

*** albeit it's not a conventional percussion track, though it's not - as one person commented - "seemingly designed just to annoy the listener..."****

**** [edit, 10th november 2010]: it's now on our myspace player. do let us know if it pisses you off much as it seems to everybody else. we love it, personally... but then we would. feel a bit like that proud yet full-fathomed father in eraserhead, wondering what to make of the eldritch mess in the cot yet siren-sung by the lady in the radiator. in our heaven, everything is always fine.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

logos free track of the week # 1

every week*, we're going to make a track of ours available to download for free. it may be an already-released track, or it may be a new or unreleased track, or an alternate version.

we'll post an update here, and on our facebook page, twitter, myspace etc, to let you know when we've added a new track.

today's track is an alternate version of everybody gets elves. note that when we update with our second free track everybody gets elves will come down, so if you want it get it sooner rather than later.

* in much the same way that - we're told - logos' music seems to distort perceptions of time and space, the term 'week' here should not be taken as referring to seven consecutive periods of 24 hours.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

lie to me

another new track (we've said that phrase so often, we need to think up some more creative ways of expressing it...), created on 3rd november 2010 from elements of another (unfinished and discarded) track we were tinkering with on 29th october, and finalised this evening.

edit, 26th november 2010: we have since re-shaped and re-titled this track to [ # ] for our shamania album. when we first created lie to me we were also starting to sketch tracks for shamania, have now realised that we slotted this particular piece into the wrong album by mistake and that stylistically it fits much better there than it does on everything we ever were. the more we shape everything we ever were, the less it suits. the more we shape shamania, the better a home it has there.

edit, 25th october 2012: this was cut from the final track listing of shamania as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album. it remains unreleased.

thursday to wednesday [into the void]

this 'new' track was created on 3rd november 2010. we say 'new' because it's a re-structured, re-worked, and re-titled version of the track inkling, created at the end of july 2010. inking no longer exists as such (although we do have an mp3 of the preliminary version).

edit, 25th october 2012: at one point this was scheduled to appear on shamania, but we cut it from the final track listing as we didn't feel that it fitted with the flow of the album. it remains unreleased.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

tesseract [deepblue2519 reprise]

tesseract (deepblue2519 reprise) is a new track, though sibling to our earlier track deepblue2519 which we still love for its absurdity and for the absurdity of its creation. we did the first run-through of this on 30th october 2010, and finalised it today, 3rd november 2010. 30th october was of course the night we were getting the gehenna now album ready for release (and will now admit, though we said the mix had been finished a few weeks prior, that we did remix those three bones * about 30 minutes before gehenna now went on sale. ahh the luxury/allowed indulgence of digital releases!). no matter now, gehenna now is past, and all else is future.

* what did we remix? there was a particular transition point midway through the track which we were happy with but never that happy with, and were suddenly struck with a way of rendering better.**

** and no doubt could still find same for every track on the album, over and over and never finalised, but now it's released with all failings intact and with closure for us we endeavour not to listen to it again. as we say, all is future.