[audio] Fields of the Nephilim live in Birmingham, 4 October 1990

Fields of the Nephilim live at Hummingbird, Birmingham, England, 4 October 1990.

Fields of the Nephilim live in Birmingham, 4 October 1990 by Humorless Productions on Mixcloud

I came across this Fields of the Nephilim board tape on Dark Circle Room, and the original flac is downloadable here- http://darkcircleroom4.blogspot.fr/2013/10/re-upload-fields-of-nephilim.html. It has a lot of things going for it:

1. It was recorded on the tour for Elizium, the same tour that spawned one of the best live albums of all time, bar none, Earth Inferno. This was a period when the band was at the height of it’s powers (aka before they started losing original members and eventually morphed into a second-rate heavy metal band).

2. It sounds super amazing for a board tape. In stereo, no distortion, very good balance between instruments.

3. It’s an epic concert. One hour and 40 minutes, including all songs from the Elizium album.

4. Technically, it’s a very clean recording. Cassette was pretty much standard back in 1990 for these type of recordings, but this sounds much cleaner than cassette. So maybe dat was the original recording medium*?

But, with that said, I also noticed some deficiencies, some room for improvement:

1. Somebody had obviously transferred it from cd to flac at some point, because it has those little audio hiccups/gaps right where one song transitions into another. I hate those things, so I edited them out. There were also some fade outs and fade ins to edit out the time between encores, so I edited those out so it now sounds like one continuous recording.

2. In the original flac, the one minute intro thing is not quite in tune with the intro guitar of the first track, Preacher Man. Not everybody will notice stuff like that, but I’m a musician, and that stuff makes my ears cringe. So I pitched that intro down 1/4 of a step, and now it’s perfectly in tune (Waves SoundShifter Pitch to the rescue!).

3. The bassist misses a note in one of the songs, so I fixed it.

4. The entire recording needed the standard remastering treatment, so now it sounds a bit fuller, ballsier, sharper, crisper, and all around more pro.

* I have suspicions that this isn’t a standard board tape. First of all, the crowd sounds are much too present to have been picked up by only the mics on stage. Plus, the crowd is in stereo. Which means somebody set up mics specifically to capture the crowd sounds, and there’s absolutely no reason to do that except for the specific purpose of multi-track recording the concert for a live album. Also, you can hear in the intro of Blue Water where the crowd is cheering the previous song’s performance, and when Carl starts singing, the crowd sounds drop off quite unnaturally. That tells me that the at least the crowd was multi-tracked, and had their own faders.

Secondly, the mix is just too good for a board tape. I suppose that could be a coincidence that the relative volumes of all the instruments and vocals simply fell into place so the front of house mix sounded this perfect as well as the signal being sent to tape. Especially with all the volume coming from the amps on stage, as well as the monitors, it’s too unlikely that this is a standard board tape.

Have you seen the Visionary Heads video? That’s the live video from this tour, with many of the songs in that video being the same versions as on Earth Inferno, and a couple extras. You will notice in that video that there are many shots that are used and reused and reused again. That recycling isn’t that big of a deal; I never gave it too much thought. But now as I hear this Hummingbird recording, I have a somewhat far-fetched theory-

I think this Hummingbird show was professionally audio and video recorded, but for one reason or another was never released, neither audio nor video. The video that was recorded on this night was meant to supplement the footage that became the Visionary Heads video, but for some unknown reason wasn’t able to be used. Or maybe I’m completely wrong, but in any event, I strongly suspect this show was multi-track recorded (or perhaps submixed to ADAT with drums on two tracks, guitars/bass/synths on two more, vocals on another and the crowd sounds on two more), and somebody had the wherewithal to mixdown a copy of the entire concert for themselves to a couple cds (which is why there’s also a break in the original flacs right at 51:30, thus splitting the concert into a first and second half, because the full concert is far too long for a single cd’s 80 minute capacity), and those cds eventually found their way to the internet.

It’s just a theory. I dunno.


(0:00) Dead but Dreaming

(1:05) Preacher Man

(5:57) Blue Water

(11:37) Love Under Will

(18:01) Sumerland

(26:22) Wail of Sumer

(32:49) And There Will Your Heart Be Also

(36:28) For Her Light

(40:51) At the Gates of Silent Memory

(48:27) Paradise Regained

(51:27) Moonchild

(57:05) Submission

(1:04:59) The Watchman

(1:11:09) Psychonaut

(1:20:33) Last Exit for the Lost

(1:30:57) Dawnrazor

[audio] Axiome live in Brussels, 31 October 2004

Axiome live at Breakcore Gives Me Wood vs Boups, 31 oct 2004 at Dexia, Brussels, Belgium.

Experimental industrial from Olivier Moreau and C-Drik Fermont.

Axiome live in Brussels, 31 October 2004 by Humorless Productions on Mixcloud


I post all my audio to hearthis.at as well these days (but of course it’s a complete pain in the ass to embed audio to WordPress and I simply don’t have the patience any more to try to get the hearthis.at plug-in to work, so I’ll just give you the link for now)-


I updated a few recordings on my Mixcloud

So I’ve been aware for some time that a few of the live recordings that I’ve posted to my Mixcloud are greyed out. I looked into it one time, and found that it’s only the US listeners who aren’t able to access those recordings. Something to do with royalties or licenses or copyrights or something like that. Something about mixes not having more than three songs from the same artist in the recording. Which is a bit absurd, because I’ve posted about 100 other recordings which have many more than three songs from the same band in them, yet those aren’t blocked in any countries.

The only thing I tried to do is to delete those recording’s tracklists, and label the entire recording as one big single track. That didn’t do the trick, and those few recordings were still greyed out. It sucked, but it didn’t bother me too much, as I expected somebody from some other part of the world would find some way to download the audio and post it somewhere else for download or as a torrent or whatever.

But now I see that for one reason or another, at one time or another, I signed up an account with a Mixcloud clone site called hearthis.at. It was super simple to transfer all of my Mixcloud recordings over to HearThis; it was just a single button in fact. But those recordings that were greyed out didn’t transfer over.

So I dug out my archive hard drive and found the original aiff mixdowns and tried to upload them directly to HearThis, and apparently HearThis has no qualms whatsoever about making them available to everybody, worldwide. So now all you American listeners can rejoice, as you can now access these recordings-

Enduser live at Berghain, Berlin, 14 May 2010

Venetian Snares live at El Corazon, Seattle, 7 June 2008

Enduser live at Scoundrel’s at Liquid Den, Las Vegas, 5 May 2007

[audio] Dj? Acucrack live in San Francisco, 6 June 2006

Dj? Acucrack live at DNA Lounge, San Francisco, 6 June 2006.

Despite having one of the lamest monikers in all of electronic music, Dj Acucrack made some amazing music. Here’s the duo, captured at DNA Lounge in San Francisco in 2006, before the death of founding member Jamie Duffy.

Industrial strength drum and bass with many samples of metal guitars (ala Pantera, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails…). They pack a whole lotta music into 34 minutes.

RIP Jamie.

Dj? Acucrack live in San Francisco, 6 June 2006 by Humorless Productions on Mixcloud

DeviantArt > Instagram

So the last time I wrote about Instagram was when I first signed up with them about 9 months ago. At the time, I thought it was absurd and laughable that they forcibly cropped every picture into a square, no matter of it’s original dimensions.

But now that they’ve seen the error of their ways and have joined the rest of us in the 21st century by finally allowing for 16:9 widescreen photos, I might give it another whirl.

Although do they allow for original resolution or do they crush everything down to a certain size or dpi? Maybe I’ll find some FAQs or just do a test.

Edit 1: Why can’t I upload pictures directly from my laptop? Why do I have to first email the photo to myself, pull up the email on my phone, save the photo to my phone and then upload it via the app? Instagram, why are you making this a pain in the ass? Ya, I know of the workarounds. BlueStacks is always the first thing mentioned, but reading the comments about BlueStacks, it seems that it’s either equally a pain in the ass to use, or it’s not even functional, or riddled with viruses. Other options don’t fare any better.

Edit 2: OK, so even though Instagram says it accepts widescreen now, I see that all preview/thumbnails are still displayed as square and are only widescreen when you click on them. So it’s either totally half-assed of them or completely disingenuous when they say that Instagram is now widescreen capable. I suppose technically that’s true, but they’re really making an effort to make it difficult* for us users to view widescreen pictures as they were originally shot. And, by the way, they’re totally small- about 600 x 325. My giant-sized 5200 x 3450 photos smashed down to 600 x 325. That’s deplorable.

*Ya, I know, how is one mouse click ‘making it difficult’? Well of course, no it’s not. It’s just that it shouldn’t have to be that way. There should be something in settings where we users can default it to view all pictures in their original ratio, thumbnail size or largest size or anything in between.

Edit 3: And now I see that Instagram pictures can’t be downloaded, either in small size or as shot? What is this shit? We all know the shift-command-4 trick. Why are you making this more difficult than it has to be?

Seriously, I’d be better off signing up with Deviant Art. Because of all the complaints I spelled out above, Deviant Art has answered every one of them. Deviant Art displays the thumbnails of the pictures in their original dimensions, the pictures can be viewed large size in their original dimensions, and can be downloaded in their original dimensions (although there are customizable settings on Deviant Art if for some reason I want to prohibit downloading of any specific photo(s)), in their original size too, even if the picture is 5184 x 3456, which is what I’ve set my Canon to shoot. And I can upload pictures directly from my laptop. And users of the site can comment on my photos, can follow me so as to get notifications when I upload new photos, and can share my photos with their followers.

In fact, I just went ahead and did it. Until Instagram pulls their head out (and I won’t hold my breath), I’ll be posting pictures to Deviant Art here- http://humorlessproductions.deviantart.com/gallery/

All my Humorless Productions photos will go there, and probably some (old and new) random shots that don’t have anything to do with anything.

Message for Instagram: Get your shit together. Work this stuff out and maybe I’ll consider using your site.