Saturday, 3 October 2015

Vula Viel remix EP, plus some nerding out on buzzing gourds...

In the run-up to the Vula Viel album launch, taking place at the end of this month (see flyer below) I wanted to give a bit of love to the remix album. There's a wealth of imagination here that bears deep listening. I think it's worth nothing that a couple of the band members themselves have contributed some incredible cut: Dan Nicholls' remix is an absolute brain-melter, and the additional vocals on the Dave De Rose mix really set it apart. It's really interesting to see how different musicians have latched onto different elements of the original piece, and the overall album is incredibly varied - a million miles away from those 6-remix maxi-CDs from 90s/00s chart music (although they are a guilty pleasure of mine... janet jackson anyone? my guiltiest being deliberately tracking down the cheesiest versions of Kelis' Trick Me).

My favourite moments are where the buzzing of the gourds are brought to the front (as they are even in the original mix). I love all that lovely natural distortion, and it seems I'm not the only one. For anyone else out there who's interested, I found this paper about mathematically modelling the Gyil's sound with an aim "to provide performers and composers an audio effect that can be applied to the signal of any mallet percussion instrument" - ultimately spreading something of this joyful sound far and wide. Just look at those frequencies once you add the gourd:

You can listen to / buy the EP below, and the full album is available for pre-order from Vula Viel's bandcamp.