Saturday, 5 April 2014

Spaghetti on a Hot Baguette and Atoms in the Internet....

Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's In Her Mind)
Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's In Her Mind)

So the new E.P. 'Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's In Her Mind)' has been floating around the world wide web for a week or so now. And whilst, as of yet, it's impact has not extended too far out into the vast, infinite universe of music. Little atoms have however been popping up here and there! Therefore, some thanks and appreciation to the following....

Thanks very much to UK based Jazz & Soul radio show 'Ketch A Vibe' for featuring 'Lost In Time On Platform Nine (Is This All There Is)' off the E.P. on their April 5th edition of the show. The podcast of which can be check'd out at the following link : Ketch A Vibe 178, April 5th.

The show is syndicated each week to the following radio stations.

BluesJazz Radio (NC/ USA)
The Coast Radio  (NJ /USA) 
XRP Radio (Birmingham UK)
Samurai FM (Japan) 
Digest Music Radio (Montenegro ME)
Play FM (Austria) 
Electric Lion Radio (London UK)
Cruise FM (London UK)
Impact Radio (Italy)

Guest mixes on :
Radio Krimi (France)
Canora Radio (Madrid Spain)

Also, thanks to 'Trip-Hop-Laboratory' on Radio Varna (Bulgaria) for sharing the E.P. As did 'A Reason To Love You (Trip-Hop Community)' and 'World of Trip Hop'And special thanks to music blog 'The Sound Out' (Ireland) for giving the E.P. a shout out, very much appreciated. 

Finally, a few people have asked me what the title of the E.P. 'Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's In Her Mind)' is about? Basically, I don't have the slightest idea. I just took the name off a box of dog biscuits I seen when I was backpacking across Scandinavia last summer. So really, all credit must go to the marketing department of 'Andersen & Andersen & Son's International Pet Foods Ltd.'.....

Dog Biscuits
Dog Biscuits

F. Strasbourg.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's in Her Mind) E.P. ....

The Near Future! Atoms for Henrietta

'Atoms for Henrietta (Spinning Carousel's In Her Mind) E.P.' is the follow up to 2010's 'A Little Understanding E.P.'. It took a while, but what can I say, thing's have been fairly hectic down at the penguin sanctuary the last few years..... 

Anyway's, it's a twenty three plus minute Trip-Hop journey that take's you through the bustling street's of New York, the crowded rush hour platforms of a European railway station. Accidentally stumbles upon an extraterrestrial abduction, for no particular reason. Plummets into the deepest, darkest depths of Willie Nelson's dementia stricken mind, for a very specific reason. Shoot's out across the funky Australian 'Outback', and ends the trip with a nice big bag of penny sweets and a bucket of sherbet dip high up in the frozen mountains of the Himalayas.

Just press play below and away we go.....

Additionally, if you feel compelled to add 'Atoms for Henrietta' to your own personal 
music collection, you can do so by purchasing it from The Near Future! Bandcamp page, at the following link.... CLICK ME! CLICK ME!

It come's with a bunch of extra item's which include amongst other things the very fine video above and a video of myself doing a stirring duet of 'The Wind Beneath My Wings' with one of the penguins down the sanctuary!

Fintan Strasbourg.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

'Nomads Moving North, tracking footprints through The Land of Snows'....

Here's another new Trip-Hop track I've just finished. This time with a slightly orchestral feel, incorporating a string quartet and an oboe. At least I think it's an oboe, it could be a saxophone? I don't know, whatever.... It's in tribute to the ancient nomadic people's and the wandering yogis of the beautiful but troubled 'Land of Snows', Tibet. 

Inspired, in part, by the documentary, 'Yogis of Tibet'. Anyways, as the Dalai Lama says....

Namaste, namaste, 
Hot-cross buns and a cup'a tae. 

Peace out....
F. Strasbourg :)

Monday, 10 March 2014

Kellogg's Combats Calcium Deficiency....

So if your like most people I know, your a pretty big fan of cheese right?! Yea, me too! I mean it taste's great, it's good for you and let's face it, who needs the psychological tension and acute anxiety caused as a result of knowing your more than likely walking around with a mild calcium deficiency?! That's the type of thing you want to avoid at all costs!!  
And I'm also guessing, like myself, your probable a pretty big fan of weasels, I mean who isn't?! They like totally make the best pet! Their clean, their polite and they never leave the back door open after themselves. So taking these factors into consideration, it would seem, Kellogg's has combined the awesome powers of cheese and weasel into a brand new cereal.... 

Cheese Weasels!!


I haven't tried them yet, but they look bangin!  I'll be getting me a box as soon as their in the shops!!

F. Strasbourg

Friday, 31 January 2014

'Lost In Time on Platform Nine (Is This All There Is)'.....

Here's a new Jazzy Trip-Hop track I've been working on for a while entitled 'Lost In Time on Platform Nine (Is This All There Is)'. It's an adaptation of, and also take's it's title from, another piece of music I've no intention of ever composing....

F. Strasbourg. 

Friday, 25 October 2013

Stephen Hawking : Sticky Buns and Biscuits....

Stephen Hawking

So I was in the studio the last few weeks with Mr. Hawking doing the final track mixes for his highly anticipated Electronic album 'Summer Days and Gamma Rays'. The follow up to 2010's critically acclaimed 'Winding Roads and Binary Codes'. Now while working with Mr. Hawking is always a rewarding experience it is also unfortunately rather laborious due to the cumbersome speed with which he communicates. And having worked straight through till midnight this particular evening we therefore decided to take a little tea break. 

Stephen Hawking

Tea breaks with Mr. Hawking are most enjoyable. Tea and coffee is generally accompanied by his complimentary lifetime supply of sticky buns and biscuits which he receive's from The University of Cambridge in appreciation of his various academic endeavours. Endeavours which in no small part have led to the discovery of big mysterious words we've yet to fully understand like 'Quantum Gravity' and 'General Relativity'. And as Mr. Hawking tends to just sit and watch the tea time proceedings, there's always plenty to go round!!

On this particular evening, whilst we sat around chatting and eating our sticky buns and biscuits, Mr. Hawking enquired as to know, 'What the delightful song playing on the studio computer system was?'. We informed him it was a song called 'August Flowers' by Limerick songwriter Emma Lemon Langford.... 

At which point, obviously inspired by the charmingly happy go lucky nature of the song, he rolled straight out of the control room and back into the recording studio, proceeding to perform his own bizarre rendition.... 

Recorded in one take, without any rehearsal, 'August Flowers (and Asteroid Showers)' was subsequently mixed admits the ensuing chaos of sugar cubes, cups of tea and coffee, secondhand synthesizers, and sticky buns and biscuits. The track can be heard above, whilst Mr. Hawking's second full length album 'Summer Days and Gamma Rays' is set for release in early 2014. For more updates, check back in..... The Near Future!

Fintan Strasbourg.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

'The Adventures of Dollypartasaurus' Theme Tune.....

So I've been quiet busy the last few weeks writing and arranging music for different projects. One of the piece's being a short 'Neo-classical Metal' styled instrumental, to be used as the theme tune for a new television show entitled 'The Adventures of Dollypartasaurus'. Which is described by the production company as follows....

"A fun filled, action packed and animated, educational television show for children (and possibly mentally challenged adults), which follows the adventures of a prehistoric 'Country and Western' singing dinosaur, through the deepest, darkest depths of Willie Nelson's dementia stricken mind....."

Dolly Parton

The show is to be aired sometime in 2016 on an all new community based television station in the 'Samarqand Provence' of Uzbekistan, as part of the governments new "comprehensive child eduction strategy on mental health issues". 

Above is a promotional photo courtesy of the production company and below is the finished audio track. T'is a nifty little number, the type of thing Yngwie Malmsteen might hum to himself whilst flicking through 'Cosmopolitan' or ironing his XXL Leather Pants in the morning. Check it out if yea like....

And finally, if you live in Uzbekistan watch out for 'The Adventures of Dollypartasaurus' on a television screen near you, in.....

The Near Future!