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Re: The official HERD thread - New Mantis Radio mix

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Re: The official HERD thread - New Mantis Radio mix

Post by beetles » Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:57 am

Ha! A bit more practice yet I think before Im as good as that mate!

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Re: The official HERD thread - New Mantis Radio mix

Post by beetles » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:17 am

Just added a link in the first post to some Herd Youtube stuff.Hopefully I'll update it with more video stuff as I make it.

" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - First part of the Mantis Radio mix 26.07.11

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Re: The official HERD thread - Tangents 41 - 47 Preview

Post by beetles » Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:58 pm

Ive just added a preview of Tangents 41 - 47 to my Soundcloud page so people can try it before they (hopefully) buy it.

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Re: The official HERD thread - New Mantis Radio mix

Post by LooseLink » Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:22 am

beetles wrote:Cheers mate, the next one will be longer.The missing Tangents are actually the ones used in the Electronic Explorations mix:

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Some new artwork Im messing around with - definetely a nod to My Kingdom cover:
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Loving that!

Is it possible to make a music video of one of your Tangents using your art making technique, like make your shapes morph and move around? The ones like on the Terminal Window cover I mean.

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Re: The official HERD thread - Tangents 41 - 47 Preview

Post by beetles » Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:18 am

Yeah - its totally possible.Im constantly playing around with the program trying out new things.You are in control of every parameter including textures, reflections, camera angles - I am planning on doing some 3D video stuff but I need more practice really.Also my laptop which Im currently on as Im travelling isnt powerful enough to render the video.It can take a couple of minutes to render a frame - a 10 minute video can have 600+ frames.It will happen when Ive got the idea sorted.I also need to think if Im going to do something where the music is exactly syncronised with the film - like Gantz Graf by Autechre or something a bit more loose.

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Re: The official HERD thread - Tangents 41 - 47 Preview

Post by beetles » Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:26 am

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

Post by beetles » Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:35 am

Bit of a random one here - Ive recently been interviewed by the guy who has been writing the Life and times of FSOL for his blog. It should be online soon.

Coming Soon…

Posted on September 21, 2011 by tuning in to the obscure


Here are a few things coming up at Tuning into Obscure!

A n interview with UK artist, Herd and a review of the newest release, “Tangents 41- 47.” You can purchase this release on FSOLDigital right now!

The next episode in the 7″ of Love series. Honestly, not sure which issue I’ll pick yet, but I feel the blog is overdue for one.

In the FSOL series, ISDN, Far Out Son of Lung and My Kingdom are all on tap.

Of course, I am always looking for new music. I’m happy take take suggestions and even submissions (seriously, please feel free!). Just post a comment or shoot me an email.

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

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(Cover art supplied by AND created by Herd

Artist: Herd

Title: Tangents 41 – 47

Released: 2011

Label: FSOLDigital..com

Format: MP3

Genre: Abstract, ambient, experimental

Before I kick this off, I want to thank Herd personally for sharing the tunes with me. I really am hooked.

Tangents is an ongoing series of tracks, and this particular release features tracks 41 through 47. It is all seamlessly sewn together to make one longform piece, clocking in at almost 20 minutes. It is truly a unique piece of music. Right away, I am launched into a strange, dark yet vivid world. Odd organic and electronic sounds chirp and squirm in and out of view, mixed with treated string samples, and extremely light percussion clips that are otherwise elusive or not there at all. There are treated synth snippets and they’re flawlessly layered into the world Tangents creates. Here and there, some strange voices flutter in and out, juxtaposed with captivating electronically created scapes and swooshes.

This is a piece that, weather intentional or not, really strikes an emotional response from the listener. For me, that is what makes this piece so wonderful. This is an expertly layered piece of abstract ambient genius. It is haunting, yet soothing; dark yet surprisingly light and warm; minimal in spots yet still deep and spacious; it’s amazing. This is the perfect track to plug into directly with headphones and get completely lost in. At times, I feel like this is a soundtrack to something truly terrifying film (Maybe even The X Files would work!) and before long, it gently guides you back to a safe and familiar place. Or, rather, this is something to blast on your stereo at midnight with every light off. Very breathtaking.

To put it simply, I am finding elements of field recordings, ambient soundscapes, and abstract experimentalism here, and when blended together, you have something unique and that you may be hard pressed to find elsewhere. This is my first experience with Herd, and now that I have been able to get a taste, I am hungry for more.

Which of course, brings me to the final point: should you buy this? If you’re a fan of this genre, you will not be disappointed. This is a very well-crafted piece; it is a fine example of how one can push boundaries. If this is your first experience with this genre, this may be a bit mature for you, but it certainly is not something you should avoid. Trust me, it is not often a piece of music completely floors me, and while I know everyone out there has their own taste, I must say without a shadow of a doubt that this needs to be heard. So, yes! Go to FSOLDigital and put down the £3.00 ($4.69 US) and download it now!

5 out of 5.

Herd has various other Tangents available on Bump Foot, Future State of Rhythm, and Entity Records, all digitally released. You can also check out the Herd Myspace for info and to preview some tracks. I have since taken a listen Herd’s earlier releases and I have to say, this is one artist I will be keeping an eye on.

– The interview should be happening soon!

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

Post by beetles » Fri Sep 23, 2011 11:49 pm

Heres the interview:

Deepest Tangents: An Interview with Herd

Posted on September 23, 2011 by tuning in to the obscure


No more than a few days ago, I met Herd. I was given a link to preview the newest installment of ‘Tangents,’ and my world changed. I don’t mean to sound dramatic, but I really have to say, the music was brilliant. I must have played “Tangents 41 – 47” a dozen times before I posted a review. Each time, I found something new within it that I hadn’t noticed before. So, here’s the driving force behind Herd, who was very kind to answer a few questions I had. Thanks for sharing your music and
for the interview!



Me: What is the overall goal of the project?

Herd: I think I started out making this sort of music as I felt that there was not enough of this style of music around – Especially when FSOL had their 14 year gap between releases. Obviously this all changed when they came back with the Environments and the Archives series. Someone on Soundcloud described what I do as “Post FSOL” – I thought that was interesting and maybe sums up what I do better than I could say it.

Me: What gave rise to “Tangents”?

Herd: My first few releases which I put up for free on torrent sites all had titles and track names that were mostly just plucked from the sky. Apart from a couple of titles which were places I had travelled to, they had no relevance to the tracks at all. The idea of “Tangents” came from wanting to create a large body of work that I could continually add to and that all began in a similar place but was free to develop in lots of different directions. Obviously it’s all electronic music but I feel that the concept of Tangents enables each track and each release to develop in an organic sort of freeform way, whilst all sounding like it comes from the same artist (hopefully). Plus I saw it on the Tangerine Dream boxset and thought it looked good in the FSOL font!

Me: What are your future plans?

Herd: At the moment I’m currently working on some new tracks which will develop into the new set of Tangents. At the moment they all have working titles but they all will become Tangents when I start linking them together. I’m also working on an hour long mix for the Headphone Commute blog which will be a mixture of Herd stuff and other artists’ tracks. I have also been approached by an emerging label based in the UK which is interested in what I’ve been doing and wants me to become a member of the label. It’s an offshoot of the Darkfloor site and the Mantis adio show. Their plan is for an EP from me and then full length releases later on – following the sort of model that labels like Warp like to use. This release should be out in 2012. I will be contractually tied to this label with the exception of any future releases which I may release through FSOLdigital. It’s amazing to have been approached by this label and hopefully it will help promote my tracks – but I had to keep my options open regarding FSOLdigital. So long term I’d like to have a full length release with FSOL as well as the Darkfloor releases. I’m also working on some video stuff -which will be synchronised to my music. I’m working on the basic ideas for this at the moment but as I’m travelling I’ll have to wait till I get home to a proper computer – the laptop I have with me just isn’t powerful enough! At some stage I would like to create a release with both sound and visual. I’m interested in creating posters and maybe even T – shirts once I’ve developed my music further. It would be nice to do some sort of performances, maybe transmitting to festivals after the bands have finished or something, I don’t think my stuff would work with just me on stage. I’d also like to continue with the cover art side of things – both for myself and other people’s releases – if anyone’s interested give me a shout!

Me: How long have you been involved in music?

Herd: I have been making music for about 5 years now although it’s currently a part time thing as I try to fit it around jobs and travelling. It would be nice to spend more time on my music but I have to pay the rent.

Me: How did you come to be on the FSOLDigital label?

Herd: Tangents 41 -47 was originally planned for release on a German label which I won’t name. I had some earlier tracks released on netlabels around this time and decided to try my luck with sending it to labels were I might actually get some payment for my tracks. I sent an early demo track (Tangent 43) to this label and they were very happy to release it. When I had finished the rest of the release and sent it to them their attitude changed – apparently it didn’t meet their expectations? Too dark and abstract apparently. Back to square one – I looked around for labels to release it on but found that it wasn’t the sort of stuff they wanted- not dubstep or wonky? enough, so no-one was interested. I always keep up to date with what FSOL are up to and saw an info/demo link on their shop page (I think the link may have been taken down now) So I sent them a link via Soundcloud and went to sleep and forgot about it. The next day I checked my messages as normal and found a very short but positive reply from Brian Dougans basically saying that he wanted to release it. He’s definitely a man of few words. As it was FSOL that made me want to make music in the first place this was massive news. It was difficult keeping it to myself though. It took about 9 months from that email to it actually happening. Because of the issues with the German label I deliberately kept it to myself until I knew for certain it was happening. It’s amazing to think that I had FSOL posters on my wall back then and now I’m releasing tracks on their label.

Me: You mentioned you created the cover art for this release yourself; it really caught my eye. Is this a hobby of yours? Have you made any other visual pieces?

Herd: I actually have a Degree and Masters in Fine Art so I’ve made quite a lot of visual art -which I suppose you could broadly call sculpture. I haven’t really made any of this sort of stuff for a while as I’ve been concentrating on my music. The cover art is stuff I have made whilst teaching myself how to use the program Cinema 4D. It’s basically a CGI program which has been used in quite a few films and can be used for animation etc. I have made a few other covers – one for the Terminal Window compilation which was an album made by members of the FSOL board, and some for my earlier Tangents. I’ve always been interested in cover art – I think it’s important to have strong visuals. I try and make my covers so the music matches the images, so you sort of know what you are getting before you buy it. I think this is why I’ve continued to use the FSOL fonts to keep a sort of continuity. I enjoy making art like this as there is no pretentiousness involved which unfortunately comes when you exhibit visual Art. I prefer to make this stuff and stay behind the scenes. Ultimately, I would like to try and combine my Art and my music – this is taking the form of covers and videos at the moment but I can see other possibilities – maybe installations or some sort of performance. I saw the Amon Tobin Isam installation at The Crypt Gallery, in London a few months back which was cool. I think maybe something like this could be interesting or maybe something which is more spontaneous.

Me: What have been your inspirations as an artist?

Herd: I bought Lifeforms by FSOL after first noticing its cover art. This was before the internet had made its way to me so I had no way of knowing what it was. Eventually after a few weeks of thinking about it I bought it. It sounded like nothing I had ever heard and I listened to it at least once a week for years after that – all through my time at Art college. I kept on trying to incorporate this sort of sound into my Art but failed miserably. I remember putting it on at a mates house around 15 years ago after a party. Half the room loved it and the other half were shit scared by it. It was only after University when I started messing around and building computers that I thought maybe I could have a go at something like this. So I suppose listening to FSOL for so long made me able to deconstruct it to a certain degree. There is some visual stuff that has inspired me but I don’t think I would be making music if I had never heard that album. Even the name Herd came from Herd Killing by FSOL on Dead Cities. I did think of using that as my artist name but it sounds a bit dark. Visually I’m inspired by lots of different stuff and this continually changes but the Lifeforms influence is always there for me. I’m also massively inspired each time I go travelling. It always gives you time out to think and by the time I get home my heads usually full of ideas that I try to get out of my brain and into reality. I’m lucky at the minute to have my laptop with me so I can jot down any basic ideas which I can develop at a later stage.

Me: Aside from Herd, are you involved in any other musical projects?

Herd: No. Not at the moment. Although I have used some samples recorded from sessions with my mate on his guitar. There is talk with an artist mate of mine about collaborating but we never get round to it. One day…

Anyway, I’m usually not too good at working with other people as I tend to be a bit of a control freak. I do get requests for remixes but my pace of working doesn’t usually fit with other peoples deadlines. This could explain the lack of collaborations but I think it’s important to keep an element of quality control.

Me: What is your opinion on independent music?

Herd: I think that the internet has enabled people to get their music out there and heard more, now, than would be possible before. I think that there are both positive and negative sides to this. It’s now easier to get signed to a label although there’s probably not as much quality control as there maybe once was. I can’t be too down on this approach as my progress has all been achieved through the internet really. (Tangents 1 – 4 were played on Mary Anne Hobbs show on Radio back in 2007 after I sent her a link through Myspace). Before the internet, getting my stuff heard wouldn’t have happened. It’s the same situation with the FSOLdigital release. I suppose the amount of promotion an independent label can do might be limited, but it’s good to have complete freedom over your output. I think FSOL are doing ok now on their own, although they have got a fair back catalogue already. I’ll tell you my opinion on it when I get my first paycheck from them!

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I would like to thank Herd for allowing me to conduct this interview. It was a real pleasure!

If anyone out there is interested in purchasing herd’s latest Tangents, check out FSOLdigital:

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Also, Herd’s earlier works, as aforementioned, are available via torrents. Check out the “Tangents EP” on Bumpfoot:

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And Tangents 32 – 39 via Entity:

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I just downloaded both of these yesterday and I can’t say I have heard anything like this. They sound fantastic!

Lastly, here’s a link to Herd’s Soundcloud page:

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

Post by Ross » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:43 am

Awesome. :)

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

Post by beetles » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:59 am

Cheers Ross.My first interview as Herd - hopefully I came across ok.Pretty pleased with that review as well.

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Re: The official HERD thread - Herd Interview coming soon!

Post by beetles » Thu Oct 06, 2011 7:22 am

I've created the cover art for Akkya's new release "Orange Liquid Orbs" - Im pretty pleased to be involved with this project.Some of the forum members who have been around for a while may recognise the image from my earlier posts.Im happy to be getting my images out there attached to some nice music.If anyone else wants some cover art doing drop me a line.Im very cheap!

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Re: The official HERD thread - First Herd Interview

Post by beetles » Sat Oct 15, 2011 8:07 am

An older one Ive just found again...

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Re: The official HERD thread - First Herd Interview

Post by tryptych » Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:18 am

Alright dude, will purchase Tangents 41-47 tomorrow (just got my Paypal set up).. looking forward to listening with care. Will possibly buy Cranium Pie too.

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