Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009


New Banksy. Wonka style, one chance at the golden ticket.

Choose your flavour. Money to causes. FAB LOLLLYYYY

Enter at Pictures On Walls

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Moderat at Mutek09

I'm really liking the new Moderat album. It's collossal in fact, as these live perfomances show. The first piece of footage is from Thursday's show at Mutek09 in Montreal. Oh to be there.

Friday, May 22, 2009

A few copies left of Schengen's 'Beijing' album

With a bit of digging around we have unearthed a limited number of copies of our 2006 album, "The Beijing of our career", released on Make Mine Music.

As if real

City (Map My World Mix)


Not So Lately

They are available to order now via the Paypal link below.

Schengen ~ "The Beijing of our career" CDR


Thanks for your support.

PS That's an old picture, we haven't got that many left!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

10 Slinkachus

10 images from the street artist Slinkachu have made it on the walls of our house. All achieved for a modest sum.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


The fantastic new Portal Options EP I blogged about here earlier is now available.

It is available to order now from the Make Mine Music MySpace page HERE and website HERE.

The four-track EP features vocal contributions from Glen Johnson of Piano Magic/Future Conditional, Angele David-Guillou of Klima/Piano Magic, Ben Holton of Epic45/My Autumn Empire, and Lorraine Lelis, ex-Mahogany. All of the tracks were co-written with the collaborators. Glen Johnson also provides a "Future Conditional" remix of the title track.

The CD is priced at £5.00 including postage to anywhere in the world. It will also be available in shops from 30th March.

Here's what Norman's Records have said about it.

"It would appear that Portal have now returned from a brief hiatus to present us with 'Options'. This seems to be a concerted effort to evolve beyond previous efforts and sees Portal collaborate with Piano Magic's Glen Johnson, Epic 45's Ben Holton and Lorraine Lelis of Mahogany. The result is pure New Order, a surprisingly commercial move but it works beautifully, invoking those classic electro 12" dance mixes that would rock the Hacienda to the break of dawn throughout the late 80s. Each of the vocal contributions really helps enhance Scott Sinfield's subtle electronic synth-pokery and takes Portal's recording output to new heights both in terms of personal musical development and commercial appeal. The Glen Johnson remix is also pretty sweet. Definitely worth look." (Norman Records, 20.03.09)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bristol graff on google maps

Street view on Google maps has finally arrived, and Bristol is one the few cities to have gone live yesterday. I've wasted (enjoyed) a couple of hours today touring round the city, and of course looking at the graff from the comfort of my chair. I reckon the google earth car must have trawled our streets about a year ago judging by what is on the walls and in some cases what isn't there anymore. Unfortunately places like Mivart Street and Cato Street with the old work of Banksy and Inkie in Easton weren't filmed.

I haven't spotted any loons pulling some poses or stunts on the streets but hopefully we are blessed with a few.

Here's a few choice landmarks

Sickboy temple tucked away in Bedminster.

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Banksy's Sniper on Upper Maudlin Street

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Mild Mild West

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Jago and FLX on Westmoorland House

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Sweet Toof Cyclops and Ghostboy at the top of Picton Street

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Nine Tree Hill view

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Screen One

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Moon Street Mudwig

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Nick Walker and Xenz on Wilder Street

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Eelus and Jago

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Mina Road tunnel

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Park Street Banksy

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

My new Slinkachu!


Got my Xenz Spring framed last month at long last. It's been under the spare bed for a couple of years but not any more. My thanks to Steve at Frontier Picture Frames in Bath for a top framing job on it.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Copies of Schengen's "Beijing" album unearthed

With a bit of digging around we have unearthed a limited number of copies of our 2006 album, "The Beijing of our career".

They are available to order now via the Paypal link below.

Schengen ~ "The Beijing of our career" CDR


Thanks for your support.

PS That's an old picture, we haven't got that many left!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

GAS at the Transmediale09 festival Berlin.

GAS aka Wolfgang Voigt has just opened the Transmediale festival in Berlin at the Volksbühne Am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.
More importantly someone took a video camera.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Schengen Ce Gil album, a handful of copies left

There are just a handful of Schengen's album Ce Gil left at Distant Noise. If you fancy grabbing one of the last ltd edition numbered copies, head over to Distant Noise and get yourself one. Cheers for your support!

As a taster here's the opening track to the album.

UPDATE: All copies of 'Ce Gil' have now sold out. Thanks for your support.

By the way the Distant Noise remix album blogged about earlier has completely sold out in under a week!!

Stunning new Portal EP

Simply had to blog about this one. Portal is releasing a new EP 'Options' in March on Make Mine Music. I've been lucky enough to hear some of the tracks and they're blinding. Scott has kindly upped to Soundcloud an alternative mix of one of the tracks recorded with Ben Holton from Epic45 for everyone to hear. It's frankly superb. The track is entitled You're Building Over My Childhood and it's a lush slab of guitar pop with a tendency to stay in your brain long after hearing.

The new Portal EP "Options" will be released in March 2009 on Make Mine Music (MMM048). The 20-minute CD features four new tracks:

1. Options (with vocals by Glen Johnson, courtesy of Future Conditional)
2. You're Building Over My Childhood (with vocals and additional guitars by Ben Holton, courtesy of Epic45 & My Autumn Empire)
3. Slow Burner (with vocals by Lorraine Lelis, who has previously sung with Mahogany and Auburn Lull)
4. Options (Future Conditional remix) (with vocals by Glen Johnson and Angèle David-Guillou, courtesy of Klima)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

AKA APC40 Ableton controller

This new controller from Akai has just been announced at NAMM09. It's already lighting up the forums and creating a bit of stir. At first glance it looks so intuitive. Clip and scene triggers by cool looking LEDs (as readers of my blog you can never have enough LEDs), track faders, potentially motorised, who knows, plenty of track assignable and plugin-assignable pots as well. And that's just the top level functionality described I'm sure.

And we haven't even heard what Ableton are announcing later on today. Expected to be something along the lines of super MAX integration following months of collaborative work with Cycling74.

Details of the Akai here.

Monday, January 12, 2009

2009 and busy

Well happy 2009 to YOU. I've been enjoying myself over the Christmas break, lots of parties, seen a good amount of friends, spending new years with 3 of them and a bottle of Disarono (check out the Wild Hibiscus cocktails coming soon) and generally having a good time. And it was my son's 6th birthday today so as with every year the party vibe lasts a good week longer into Jan.

The first proper week of the year has been really busy for me on the music front with 4 tracks laid down for a *possible* ep. I'm going to wait until the tracks have bedded in, and I've digested them enough times before deciding whether I like them enough to do something with them. But I'm pleased put it that way.

Looking out for a new kit on the cheap for the studio to progress is the next thing for me. My thoughts have turned to playing live at some point this year so I need to get some outboard rig together if I'm going to do it. We'll see....