“One of my top three albums of the year alongside Aphex Twin and Caribou” Rob da Bank
Please accept my humble invitation to listen to my new album Distractions.
It took ages to make and all the songs mean a lot to me. I hope u like them.
Here’s what The Musical Melting Pot had to say:
“Distractions represents a Pokémon-like evolution not only for Beardyman as an artist, but also for the world of music as a whole. Just as Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile and Felix Baumgartner became the first man to skydive from the edge of space, Distractions demonstrates how something once thought impossible can be proven to lie within the realm of human possibility in a hugely inspiring fashion. I’ve no doubt that many musicians will be freshly motivated by Beardyman’s boundary-shattering efforts, but even when the pack begins to catch up to Distractions we can safely bet that the mind behind it will be restlessly exploring territories far beyond even this.”
Despite the epic sandstorm earlier in the day, such a wicked vibe. You’d think dubai is just skyscrapers and gold watches, but actually, it’ s bumpin. which is nice. . i did a garishly savage and at times progressive set consisting of mainly electronic sounds and there was little in the way of comedy or anything silly. Just balls to the wall mashupness in the land of zero mash-up. Recognise.
Made live, on the fly at Firefly Labs/studios, San Francisco, CA, March 17th, 2015
Beardyman – Keyboards, Beardytron
Daniel Berkman – Ukelele, Looper, Handsonic
Rich DDT – Controllitar
Pete Bonner – Bass
Produced and edited by Toshi Anders Hoo
Camera Operator Liza Bender
Special thanks to
@LoveTech, Sasha Robinson, Firefly Labs, Moldover, Toshi Anders
Download the audio and more tracks from the session here:
So, this was an amazing couple of days. It started off with me just needing somewhere to set my gear up to practice / configure / repair in the midst of a US tour, but ended up being a full blown salon / soiree / jam session complete with moments of inspired awesomeness which i’m eternally grateful to all involved for. Such an awesome bunch of humans in San Fran. . . can’t wait to return.
Having just released my 2nd Album “Distractions” i immediately set out on an international tour to promote it by not playing a single song from it. from it. So, please you are enjoy this are live, improvised gigs which I am making use brain, voice and Beardytron5000 mk4. Mk4 is feature drum machine of own design which is instantly sample and also is play back beatboxing from live is input, and work by referencing an on-the fly automatable 3d grid of 256 x 16 unique patterns which can be dynamically combined to produce unique drum pattern sequences switching at any point in the bar. It also features an Ableton/Massive based synth workstation controlled from lemur for ipad that has taken over a year to get from initial prototypes to gig ready awesomeness.