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the ashes/stinger 11


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tokai

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Here is my take on Bud's party game.

1970'S. Radio Caroline ship MV Mi Amigo was a pirate radio station run from the high seas off the english shoreline. It was the ONLY decent radio station that played prog, metal and other forms of rock. I used to listen it it via a very old a.m radio which was always a challenge to tune into and find amongst other crackling distant languages and Morse code. Sometimes you could not find it at all, because the ship had run around in force 10 gales or ( as I liked to think as a kid) was hiding form the sea police who were trying to shut them down.

This contain 6 audio tracks and 6 radio parts.

The audio tracks are fairly experimental. Most of them are taken from tracks I had started and discarded, then reworked to fit into 30 sec segments. The last two track are from the start of my own sample drum banks I am beginning to make and record.

I hope the ad is not for real, if it is, you would never hear that kind of broadcast over this side of the pond. It was a bit explicit and too long so I broke it up with sweeping the eq to make it sound like an a.m radio. The radio audio comes form a.m sweeps recorded and mixed with some other noises and fun.


The Ashes has a few different connotations, one is a secret the other is the rivalry between the poms and the aussies.

Anyway, sorry to go on and on,,,, t'was good fun.
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Uploaded: Feb 15, 2011 - 01:58:56 PM
Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 - 02:06:53 PM Last Played: May 07, 2017 - 02:34:37 PM
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Comments
hackneybloke said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
the ashes
brother steve. love the atmos. sounds fantastic on phones. why is it that radio noise is always so abstractly absorbing. love the passages in and out plus of course your signature guitar sounds.
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tokai said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Hey Brother J
How are you mate, I hope you are feeling better and soon you will be posting me something to strat up? Thanks.
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Loob said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
This is massive!
I feel tentecales of Ozric in this one! Good one ya man! Love it!
tokai said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
The Ozrics...
yeah good call, i am impressed you know of them, great band though rather undercover.
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ktb said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
the ashes
That radio ad about protecting your loved ones was a hoot. I think there's a whole song in just that snippet. Loved em all though, and thought the clips helped bind them together. You are the king of ambience Sir Steve. Glad you could re cycle some previously abandoned tracks.
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tokai said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Radio waves
John, thanks mate. I found that part difficult to work, i started off having the drum track and thinking it was too bland by itself, so i went looking for some obscure ads. I should have played it all, as I thought it was funny. Cheers for the words.

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alackbass said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
the ashes/stinger 11
The guitar sounds are so wonderfully heavy!
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tokai said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Andy
Thanx.
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Symphony101 said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Fantastic
This is soooooo cool Steve, great work !
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Ta.
Cheers for the listen and kindness.
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smokey bacon jnr said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
ashes to ashes
I like the way you use the bits of radio to piece together the track - really clever! Man, you give good bass. I detect a little eastern influence in there - what's happening to us all, must be the revolution in Egypt! Brilliant track as ever.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Da smokie.
You are right about the Eastern influences i listen to quite a bit of music that dabbles in Eastern styles, i see it has rubbed of on you too. Thanks mate.
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bud said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Wildly creative interpretation
I love this - and would expect no less. Very cool post Steve.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Dub Bud,
Well mate, it was your idea and it got me thinking. We also got to thank Harold for his Changeling posts and his anti C humour, it was yet another inspiration for doing this.
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magnatone said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
the ashes
love the radio - this is really creative and excellent steve!
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
K.
Cheers, i enjoyed it that is the main thing.
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billykirsch said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Highway Star
Heh, I couldn't avoid to get stuck with DP while you were "tuning" the radio. Enjoyed the story a lot. And, man, 6 strokes of your magic brush! 6!
As this was made with the leftovers of old flames the name is quite a finding. I am glad you decided to throw the ashes to the sea.
Excellent track(s) Steve. I would love a radio that uses this style of music.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
DP
yeah, that was an accident, but it kind of worked out. Good observation of the title. Thanks Billy, your tune was a real winner, I would love to hear that completed.
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PeterB7858 said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Very original idea
Hi Steve, very original idea that is executed really well. I hope your not advocating the use of machine-guns during the next Ashes series. It would give a new meaning to leg before :-) Take care, Peter.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Ha ha
Actually Pete, that is not a bad idea. It was a compelling series, we have been thrashed for years by you guys, it made a refreshing change.
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PaulaMunk said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
You are
a genius. This is like being invited into your head, the Tokai amusement park. Make some more! Thanks.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
PM
Very cool comment Char and very funny.
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SmokeyVW said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
an audio trailer
this is great - it's like a trailer for movie - thanks
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Cheers Mr
it would be a horror film i guess.
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jdholliday said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Do more, do more
I'll take a dozen of these! Awesome!
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
JD
Hi mate, i might well do, or at least expand on one of the pieces. Thank you very much, you are too kind.
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FEEL said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Full Sounding
I'm liking the spread and distinction of your guitars. Short and full bodied.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Feel
Thanks, your guitar was a treat to listen to also.
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Vic Holman said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
rising from the ashes
Steve, pirate radio done the stinger way. excellent way to string the partial tracks together. seems to end up working as one solid piece.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Vic
umm, well it was a way of making a connection, if it was all conceived initially from the beginning the audio tracks might have been a bit more similar. Cheers.
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Reggie_Pole said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
Ashes
The one and only tokai. Master of the sound clip atmospherics. I recognize that low growling vox synth. Haha. One of my favorites. The section from about 2:15 to 3:00 is about the tensest thing I've heard. So dark and tentative. I love the patience of it. Please make that into a full piece. I don't hear this as separate sections, but as the beginning of an extended voyage through radioland in a parallel universe.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
The master Reg
Well, thank you kind sir, always a real pleasure to read your comments. I agree about that section and will use that somewhere. Thanks mate.
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awigze said 2323 days ago (February 15th, 2011)
tokai
I really like this - love the experimental nature of this and the freedoms you took in producing this. many layers of ear bliss. If I fired my gun in the house, my ears would ring for the rest of my life.
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Saxy
Cheers, That audio clip is real scary to me, i know it is supposed to be funny, but the implications are frightening to us county bumpkins.
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dimm witness said 2323 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
cool!
I'd rather hear good music on crackly AM than bad music on crystal clear FM anyday dude. what an era that must have been :-) good tracks here you are a real artist!
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Dimm
Too true. Thank you for the love.
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MarkHolbrook said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
You need to open
pirate radio dude! You have it goin on! Nicely done!
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Marko
Good idea, most of the main radio stations here still play real crap, like lady blar blar and boyzone.
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BirdmanWayne94 said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
If I had...
... to pick a favorite, I'd pick the 1st and 2nd one. This is one of the best entries; you've outdone yourself! Great job :)
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tokai said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Yeman
Thankyou for that. I did a lot of work to that first part, but i was still not happy with it.
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Doadars Uncle said 2322 days ago (February 16th, 2011)
Open
This is a new world.
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tokai said 2321 days ago (February 17th, 2011)
Doadar and your uncle.
Ta!
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sammydix said 2320 days ago (February 18th, 2011)
Good fun...
...for me too. I could get into every phase. Not knowing what's gonna come next was the best. Yet another good one, tokai.
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tokai said 2316 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Sam da man
Many thanks for your kindness.
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fasteddie said 2319 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Heavy
Man you come up with some devistatingly heavy sound beds man.

Even the quieter parts are ominous.

Cool stuff. I dig the random audio additions.
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tokai said 2316 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Heavy
we like heavy, but i also like to mix it up. This was a fun project, i did not take it too seriously and i think that really helped. Cheers ed.
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apb said 2319 days ago (February 19th, 2011)
Fine collection Steve

some quite dark but all very atmospheric .. I liked the way you made the collage: I kept thinking the riff from "Wish you were here" was going to start up ...lol... now where do I redeem my 10 bucks off on the sub-machine gun ;o)
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tokai said 2316 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
wish you were here
of course i forgot to mention that, another influence as to was Billy Kirschs previous tune. Cheers for your time and words.
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spitlogic said 2316 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Jeez
I usually wait till I'm at least halfway though a song before I have an opinion of it, but wow. The beginning alone hit very hard. I love the way the textures and mood switch. Great work.
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tokai said 2316 days ago (February 22nd, 2011)
Spit
the logical man. Hey, big thanks for your confined support.
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lengold said 2313 days ago (February 25th, 2011)
You just reminded
me of when our parents took us to (Clacton-on-Sea?) to see Radio Caroline. I remember the DJs waving to us from the ship. Happy days. Also remember listening to Radio Luxembourg under the sheets at night and it floating in and out of hearing.
Enjoyed that listen Steve.
Cheers
Len

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tokai said 2309 days ago (March 1st, 2011)
Radio Caroline
Thanks Len, yeah i remember those days with fondness, I did listen to Luxembourg, but preferred RC. Cheers.
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mike_d said 2308 days ago (March 2nd, 2011)
Hey man,
Stellar work as usual! Sounds great on the earbuds & iPhone.
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ted23 said 2307 days ago (March 3rd, 2011)
So
Cool.
Some seriously sweaty bass going on here. Verging on mean n moody in places. Utterly creative and masterfully woven together..... Argh what's that very last clip? It's on the tip of my tongue...
Excellent
ste said 2295 days ago (March 16th, 2011)
moody
indeed. cheers for the listen, mate. much enjoyed
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TracyVosh said 2290 days ago (March 20th, 2011)
Now for something completely different...
Love your stuff man! Nice changes throughout, it's cool how you broke it up with radio tracks...it makes for some interesting visuals going in my mind right now.
awigze said 2222 days ago (May 27th, 2011)
amazed
wow..... back for some more
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TreeFalls said 2131 days ago (August 26th, 2011)
love it.
really impressed with the music, more impressed with how thought provoking your compositions are. good stuff, toke.
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