Sunday, 30 December 2012

Discovery - Lost Trail - Best new sound for 2013?

Just working my way through the first album on their list. I am loving this. Check it out. Thanks to Outer Church for the recommendation.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Best mix of Christmas... The Award goes to Golau Glau

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the winner of the Music for Zombies best Christmas Mix 2012 - listen to it before you grow tired of the season... for a mix that contains Sesame Street, Larry Grayson and oodles of Disney it doesn't get more Christmassy than this.


Sunday, 23 December 2012

Discovery - Evil Christmas Carols (Panda Smash Presents)' by Sean Wesche

 This is a splendid mix of carols transposed to EVIL. Heard this on Project Moonbase and had to buy. Put this on a mix with your regular fluff and it will show it sharp relief. Very skilled and, depending on your mood either very funny or utterly haunting... See here for link to buy and below for the splendid Project Moonbase show on which I heard it.

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Discovery - The Ephemeral Man

This really took me by surprise. I love Mixcloud I was listening to the sublime Soulless Party and this came on afterwards. Fantastic.

Once you've listened or before or during watch this by Nigel Kneale.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Z-Day - The Apocalypse Booth

I'll be uploading a few goodies from this over the next few days. First the Apocalypse Booth. This nightmarish creation was the children's toy cupboard at Battle Library, transformed using a curtain, a shoe-box, two CD players and a chair into the horrifying Apocalypse Booth!

Now you too can make your own Apocalypse Booth! 
Follow these instructions for minutes of joyless introspection! 

1. Find a booth (a cupboard or a toilet are best) 
2. Put a poster on the booth that reads "Apocalypse Booth" you can use the cover of this single if you like! 
3. Download this track and put it onto some sort of device that can play it back. 
4. Put head phones on. 
5. Get into booth. 
6. Turn lights out or close eyes. 
7. Play track. 
8. Ponder your fate in the impending Zombie Apocalypse. 
9. Finish listening to track. 
10. Leave booth. 
11. Open your eyes. (Sorry I should have put that first, I hope you didn't injure yourself.) 
12. Repeat until mad.


Friday, 16 November 2012


Details of the Apocalypse Booth will follow soon...

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Discovery - Brilliant Cover of Poker Face by Wing

Discovery - Caro Snatch

Very inspiring - part of the Delia Derbyshire Day Organisation.
Check this out, buy it.
Great stuff.

Monday, 5 November 2012

MFZ on Phantom Circuit - Say my Name

The truly magnificent sound of Phantom Circuit are playing a MFZ track in their latest show.
"Say My Name" inspired by Candyman appears in a show alongside great tunes by artists such as Question Mark & The Mysterians, Repetition and Tiruset.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Check out pics here! The Watchman

Buy this for Movember...

Released as a single - all money goes to Movember...

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spooky and Disturbing Collaboration with "The Soulless Party" - Watch with Mother

All I can say is... Eek

Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Watchman - Super New Poster

This captures some excellent moments from our devising/rehearsal day and gives a flavour of what is to come...

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Watchman rehearsal soundscape

Great Soundscape of the rehearsal captured and edited by Matthew Tibbles

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Halloween EP - Track 1 - Say My Name - Candyman

It's that time of year again! This year I plan to have four songs inspired by my favourite horror films. Here's the first inspired by one of not only the best horror films ever made but probably the best films of any genre the mighty "Candyman".

The Walk Trailer


Pics from The Walk in this trailer...

 Soundscape coming soon to Mixcloud...

Saint Mary's Project Friday October 12th 2012 - A Sound Collage

A collage of sounds from The Saint Mary Project 2012.
Recorded on Friday October 12th 2012.

 Includes work by:

 Michael Fairfax (working with students from Theale Green Community School, Reading) in which parts of the church are played and amplified using specially made pickups. 

Siobhan Davies a dance and vocal piece.

 Extracts from Everlasting Hour by Bob Aldous.

 Elements of The Walk by Chris Lambert (MFZ)

 It also includes: The sounds of Bob Aldous' footsteps.

 The sounds of the public

Sunday, 23 September 2012

4th Track for Halloween Sounds album! - Behind the door

Burn this, and stick it behind the door in your haunted house... This is recorded on stringed instrument with no name...

Friday, 21 September 2012

The Library - Beautiful Animation

The Library from Leo Crane on Vimeo.

This is a brilliant piece of work inspired by London Library. I hope that people realise just how important libraries are. Just look how they inspire. Fan-bloody-tastic.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Exiled Theatre - The Watchman - November the First - In Reading!

November the First
In Reading
Part of Sitelines Festival
Brand new
Groundbreaking theatre
In a secret location

Get your tickets!

Music by MFZ

South Street

Exiled Theatre - The Watchman

Book Now
Thursday 1 November, durational performance 7pm - 10pm (last admittance 9.30pm)

Since he was a child he was obsessed with the coming Apocalypse.

His mother would often tell him in excited tones about the End Times and how judgement day was coming very soon.

It didn’t.

But it still excited him. He played out a fantasy of survival, and longed for a world devoid of people, a world of peace and beauty, an idyll.
And then it came, just like she said.
And now he considered himself alone at last… But someone was just outside, standing at the door, knocking, waiting…
A fully interactive theatrical experience brought to you by Exiled Theatre.
A secret location for this performance is to be announced soon.
PLEASE NOTE: This event has changed venue from that advertised in the SITELINES brochure. Apologies for any inconvenience.
Tickets £6
Subject to booking fee

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Brilliantly Mad Christian Demon Hunter Site

I was looking for this  famous ghost picture for my "Ghost Steps" track (see below) and this was the first site that came up. Lord love them this is brilliant. Here's a quick extract to get your juices flowing otherwise click on the link for more...

Welcome to our web page entitled:
"Demons are real! Jesus (Yeshua) said so"...

STOP! For mature Adults Only
contents below may be shocking to many
Bible Probe has included these pictures below, simply as possibly more proof of the hereafter, and as more proof that Satan and demons are real; and to warn Christians and Jews about mediums, channelers, and sorcerers.We include these pictures below, as well as the several book references, with trepidation; but with the hope true Christians and Jews will not be deceived.  We believe that the first step in believing there is a God, is seriously believing in the supernatural.

It is a work of genius, at times hilarious, at times deeply offensive but always entertaining.

Beyond parody.

I may use some of this for a MFZ project in the future, some fits with the Watchman...

Watch this space.

Halloween - The Ghost Steps - New Track

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Whitley Arts 2012 - MFZ Project - The Walk

Here is a proposed image for this year's project at St. Mary's Reading...

More details to follow soon...

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Preparing for Halloween

For your party! Print up and leave in strange places...

Friday, 17 August 2012

Discovery - Black Mill Tapes

Really love finding new stuff, try this, definite spooky vibe, great to read or write to...

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Discovery - Music For Thomas Carnacki by Jon Brooks

Check this out. Absolutely fantastic compositions, haunting and inspiring.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Mr Fogg - Fantastic Track

I cannot, cannot get enough of this guy.
Beautiful live choral version of this brilliant track.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Coming in September

Anyone fancy doing a garish Amicus style poster for fun give us a shout!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Watchman Returns - Coming to you on November 1st

Confirmation - The Watchman Project continues...

Returning on November 1st as part of Reading's Sitelines Festival

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Night of the Living Dead (For Kids)

Brand new track for new stage adaptation of this classic horror...

Created this soundscape for this speech, played really well under the speech in rehearsal this week.

BEN: Well this room looks pretty secure. If we have to we can run in here and board up the doors. Won’t be long before those things come pounding their way in here, they’re afraid now.
They’re afraid of fire, I found that out…
You know a place back down the road called  Beekman’s, Beekman’s Diner? Anyway that’s where I found that truck I have out there. There’s a radio in the truck. I jumped in to listen to it. But a big gasoline truck come screamin’ right across the road with there must have been… ten.. Fifteen of those things chasing after it, grabbing and holding on. I didn’t see them at first. I could just see that the truck was moving in a funny way and those things were catching up to it. The truck went right across the road. I slammed on my brakes to keep from hitting it myself. It went right through the guard rail. I guess…  I guess the driver must have cut off the road into that gas station by Beekman’s Diner. It went right through the billboard, ripped over a gas pump and never stopped moving. By now it was like a moving bonfire. I didn’t know if the truck was going to explode or what. I can still hear the man… Screaming… These things just backing away from it. I looked back at the diner to see if there was anyone there who could help me. That was when I noticed that the entire place had been encircled. There wasn’t a sign of life left except… by now there were no more screams. I realised that I was alone, with fifty or sixty of those things just standing there staring at me. I… I started to drive, I just ploughed right through them. They didn’t move, they didn’t run, they just stood there staring at me. I just wanted to crush them. They scattered through the air like bugs.

Night of the Living Dead (For Kids)

Discovery 15 - Drokk

Getting some Escape from New York John Carpenter vibe which is no bad thing at all. Superb. I am now in Mega City One if anyone needs me...

Discovery 14 - Brit Alt Country - Aron Attwood

Different from other fare here, but that's the point, the loneliness of this country sound  evokes a very desolate and emotional atmosphere...

Listen to it all

And then buy it


Sunday, 29 April 2012

Dolly Dolly Birthday Card


Found this, been meaning to share it, when blogger works this shall be my favicon...

Friday, 27 April 2012

Review: New theatre company Off the Block in style

By Caroline Cook 
April 27, 2012

The curtain up on a new theatre company is always going to be a tense moment.
Will they succeed with their intentions? Will they live up to our expectations? Will they pull it off?
The answer to all three in relation to Reading Between the Lines is a resounding yes.
Rather than opt for a full-scale production for their first offering Reading's new professional theatre company decided to put on a writer's relay, Off the Block.
The concept is a unique one for Reading and sees four writers each pen a play in 24 hours which starts with the finishing tableau of the play before.
The actors are then given their scripts on the day of the show with just a few hours to polish the productions.
Sitting in the audience at Off the Block it was almost impossible to believe the 16 actors - four for each play - had only seen their scripts that morning.
Admittedly they are all professionals, so they should be used to learning lines, but barely a single word was dropped, and if you were not aware of the concept you'd think they had been rehearsing for weeks.Each play was slick and entertaining and wildly different from the next.
Before getting underway the audience were shown a mash-up video of clips from each of the actors - a clever way to break the ice of a new company.
Before the main relay the audience were also given a short play from Chris Lambert, which was the piece written for RBL's Find a Reading Writer competition.
The funny little skit, based around a complaints office, was performed by assistant stage managers from four local drama schools, showcasing Reading's promising young talent which RBL hope to champion in the future.
The first relay play, written by Bea Roberts and directed by Sonia Fraser, saw a group of vigilante style neighbours recruiting the latest member for their neighbourhood watch team.
The three 'super hero' style characters were hilarious, particularly Mark Middleton who stood out as a comedy bulldog character, and balanced well by the nervous new recruit Tim (Ben Ashton).
Walking a tightrope between hilarious comedy provided by completely fallible characters, and a darkly political message, the play was a great starting point.
Next up was a family-based play from Bristol Old Vic trained writer Jim Rastall and director Louise Hill. Although it's hard to pick a favourite, because the plays offered such different styles, if I had to this was probably it.
The play revolved around a family meeting, and parents trying to work out which of the sisters is responsible for an incident with a toffee apple.
Anne-Marie Piazza, who was an actor with Progress Theatre before training at the Old Vic, and Roslind Steele, sparkled as the warring sisters who are set to be punished by their parents, played by Richard Warrick and Jane Scott.
Again something dark lingered under the humour and when Dad says flippantly that the only thing left to do is to kill the girls so 'they will learn for the future' everyone laughs, because he cannot be serious, right?
The third play, written by Angus Barr and directed by Deirdre Mullins, was a not-so-star-crossed lovers comedy with a couple who stop off at a house after a night out, to be greeted by the owners who are, at first, less than impressed.
Sprinkled with wit and made funnier by a rather posh, rather drunk wife (Phillipa Howard) the play was a nice little interlude before the hard-hitting drama of play four.
Chris Lambert's play was undoubtedly the darkest of the lot, involving three friends who meet a strange man in a bar and are promised their deepest desires - money, fame and friendship.
Exploring the ideas that we don't know what we really want, and most of our deepest desires remain buried for a reason, the play left audiences with plenty to think about.
With each of the plays offering something different Off the Block was a feast of brilliant acting, superb writing and theatrical entertainment of the highest quality.
RBL creators Toby and Dani Davies say they are trying to put Reading on the theatrical map with the town's newest professional theatre company.
And if Off the Block is a sign of things to come from RBL then theatre in Reading is about to get very exciting indeed.

The Stranger - Off the Block

Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug Great pictures from my play "The Stranger" last night. Thanks to Ian Legge for these.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Whispered Hopes

This is a record of the Whispered Hopes Project. An installation created for the Whitley Arts Festival in Reading in October 2011. The piece is made up of over 1000 voices overlapping, whispering their hopes, dreams and aspirations for the future. Whispered Hopes includes the voices of people from Whitley, the Allied Arms, Care Homes in Reading and Theale Green Community School. It was shown at the altar and in the choir of Saint Mary's Church in Reading. It is best listened to with headphones on. The underlying sound is made from the very first whisper that was recorded. It has been stretched and had the noise removed to reveal the hidden music within.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

CE3K - Electronic Encounters - print it out... stick it up

Deadman's Lane - Please Promote - Stick it up!

If anyone is out there if you would be so kind as to print out a copy of this poster and stick it up anywhere... in a pub, a library, your window... then a passing human with a mobile phone may point their phone at it and be able to listen to the Radio Play.

Winning announcement for writing competition

Congratulations to Chris Lambert, the winner of our Find a Reading Writer competition. Thank you to everyone who wrote a play, all the submissions were thoroughly entertaining, Judy Daish Associates had a very hard time choosing the winner. What talent there is in Reading!

 Off the Block leaflet copy

Electronic Encounters - The Special Edition continued

A bit of a plug/review here

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

CE3K - Groovy pic of the track!

Electronic Encounters - The Special Edition

Released today this free download album celebrates the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

Fantastic tracks all and check out the Chris Lambert vs. MFZ track Follow the Toys.

Thanks to Kev Oyston for his vision and hard work in getting this together.

If you go to the Electronic Encounters site you can also download the earlier version which includes fantastic tracks by the likes of Dolly Dolly.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Discovery 12 - Zombi 2 - Loaf Recordings

Zombi 2

The brilliant Loaf recordings, check em out...

The Jesus Man (still coming soon!) Cover 2

Working on covers for this novel.
What do you think?

Discovery 11 - Hamlet Folk song

And check out this more recent version from Folk Song a Day

The Jesus Man (still coming soon!)

Here is a wordle diagram of The Jesus Man. I am currently proofing this novel and this gives an idea of themes but without ruining the story!

Hmmm the word "back" is very big as is "time".... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Discovery 9 - Death and Vanilla

Thanks to Dunwich Radio for leading me to this. Super smashing great...

Discovery 8 - Part 3 Mr Fogg - Stay Out Of The Sun

I think this is his latest, gets brilliantly weird this video...

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Discovery 8 Part 1- Mr Fogg - Stung

There isn't a song that I don't like by this guy. Check out his website.#
More from him to follow...

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Pretend

Working on a Key Oyston track today.

Wrote lyrics as I went as you can see...

Track will be out soon.. ish

Thursday, 26 January 2012

The Lottery

This is a fantastic stimulus - incredible - Thank you Encyclopedia Brittanica! Watch this space for Lottery inspired music...

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Discovery 6 - Dunwich Radio

Haven't Mentioned this blog - by heaven it's great, working my way through all of Dunwich Radio's mixes - so many discoveries here... check this out for starters

Dunwich Radio: Electronic panorama...: Splitting The Atom - Splitting The Atom 2 Pat Prilly - Cœur Synthétique J.P. Decerf & M Saclays - Wizard Nino Nardini & Roger Roger - Murm...