Recognition

June 16th, 2014 by ernst

A few people alerted me to this article on June 14:
http://www.aux.tv/2014/06/9-emerging-canadian-ambient-drone-and-post-rock-acts-thatll-expand-your-mind/

The reason that I was alerted was because I was actually mentioned in this list! Here’s the paragraph that Aux.tv contributor Mark Teo wrote:

We stumbled upon Ernst Pulsewidth’s Soundcloud page recently, and we’re glad we did. Far from being consistent, the sets on offer are chameleonic, prolific, and scatterbrained. His set, opening for Merzbow, is ear-canal shattering power electronics; An Elevated Plane is a collection of ghostly, beat-based pop; and Soundtrack For the Cosmos That We Are, which he’s labelled as isolationist folk, is an excercise in eerie minimalism. The point? Whatever dude tries is exceptional.

They got a couple of things wrong, but heck, that I’m even on a list with some of these other artists is beyond my wildest dreams!

Merzbow liked my Eurorack! #merzbow #noiselife #latergram

May 20th, 2014 by ernst

Merzbow wanted to check out my Eurorack after I finished my soundcheck. He was quite intrigued with the Phonogene, the Piston Honda, and the Noise Swash.

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Incredibly LOUD right now! Merzbow in #yxe #noiselife

May 20th, 2014 by ernst

This photo was snapped part way in to Merzbow’s set. It was loud! Molecule-shuffling LOUD! Yet still sonically detailed. One of the most interesting shows I’ve heard…

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Onward…

May 14th, 2014 by ernst

With the Merzbow show less than a week away I’m already starting to think about an upcoming performance. In June I’ve been asked to open for a psychedelic-folk act. My initial reaction is to conjure up some kosmische vibes in the style of Cluster or Harmonia. I want it to be kind of organic sounding and that’s the best I could come up with. A bit of analogue monosynth, some iPad Mellotron, stuff like that. It’s that or else I’ll strive to do the lowercase sounds I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Perhaps a combination of both. It all depends on how long my set will be. It might be fun to press on with my modular campaign, but I want to leave my choices open…

Possible scenarios:
* Modular rhythm and Mellotron solo (Edgar Froese knock-off)
* Modular only
* Modular, desktop synths,and iPad-synchronized
* Desktop and keyboard synths(SQ-80 as master)

I always go through this exercise, whether I’m planning for some hypothetical performance of getting ready for the real deal. I guess I want to present myself with some options, and perhaps mix and match from a couple of choices.

Same Phonogene, but with a new front panel from grayscale.info #synth #modular #dronelife #noiselife

May 12th, 2014 by ernst

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New arrival: Make Noise Phonogene! Now the outside world can find it’s way in to my modular… #dronelife #noiselife #modular #synth

May 12th, 2014 by ernst

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Monochrome drones for #droneday #yqr #drone #dronelife #noiselife

May 11th, 2014 by ernst

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Tripping out at #droneday #yqr #drone #dronelife #noiselife

May 11th, 2014 by ernst

Taken during our National Drone Day event at Neutral Ground Regina

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Impending Sounds

May 11th, 2014 by ernst

A lot of noise will be made in the next couple of weeks!
First, there’s National Drone Day on May 10. This event was started by Weird Canada, to overthrow the tyranny of melody and rhythm. Cool!
In Regina the event will be held in the Soil Media Suite at the Neutral Ground Art Forum. I’ll be performing there, as will a couple of other usual suspects from our Dorkbot group, Guidewire and Trace Horizon.

A week or so after that will be a bit more exciting. May 19 will see a Saskatchewan performance by Merzbow, one of the most prominent noise musicians in the world. This event is happening at Vangelis Tavern in Saskatoon.
But before any gets to hear Merzbow, they will have to listen to Saskatoon’s own Slime Street, and me, as Pulsewidth. I hope there will be a decent turnout. This is arguably the most important gigs I will play so far in my so-called musical career.