PLAYING WITH NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Did a re-edit of ESTUARY from Little Appeal and the sound design for this years Melbourne Music Week launch video. Directed by Tooth & Claw.

Recently worked with BRIGHTER LATER on their new single. 

LOWER SPECTRUM - TRACES EP - LIMITED 12” TRANSPARENT VINYL OUT NOW! BUY HERE: WWW.LOWERSPECTRUM.COM 

Scored a fat stack of Greek records. Samples galore!

PLAYING THIS

The incredible artist and friend Tom Muller, that did the artwork for my EP has done an interview with Berlin magazine FvF. It’s a really fascinating insight about his relationship to the landscape, mixed cultural backgrounds, graffiti and being interrogated by the FBI. A lot of interesting cross-overs between his artwork and my music. Check it out:

http://www.freundevonfreunden.com/interviews/tom-muller/

TEST PRESSINGS ARRIVED. JOY.

INTERVIEW FROM PARIS BLOG ‘LIFE IS A BANANA’ -

There are so many electronic producers doing and sharing stuff on the Internet right now. So when one of them really catch your attention, they deserve more than ever that little extra caring and support. As you may guess Lower Spectrum is one of them

Hi, who are you ?
Hello, I am Ned Beckley (LOWER SPECTRUM)

How do you describe your style?
Raw, honest and deep.

Did you always use computers to create music?
No, not always. I like to collect and surround myself with unusual instruments and old synthesizers. Anything that makes a sound i think can go somewhere, fit something or provoke ideas. I built a harp a while ago so I could capture that amazing sound it produces. I bought a charango in Peru whilst I was travelling around South America and i try to keep a zoom mic close to me everywhere i go in case I want to record something in the open. Little things like this always keep me looking for new sounds or ideas to make music.

Where do you think is the best place or state of mind to enjoy your music?
Midnight, with headphones and a clear conscious.

Your tunes always sounds very subtle and polished, are you a big perfectionist when it comes to your work?
Yes. I think you need to be. Once you put something out, you can’t change it. It’s the same with most art forms.

In your « Little Appeal LP », there are a lot more of organic sounds like guitars or horns, are they sampled?
I tend to chop and sample a lot of discarded vinyl from op shop bins or old record stores. I like the idea of recycling sounds that may have been long forgotten and reinterpret them into a new life. A lot of samples were used in Little Appeal as I was traveling around the world when I made it. I only had a laptop and various other tools that constricted me in a good way. I was considerably influenced by the environments i went through and so that could be the organic effect it may have had.

On the other hand you practically never uses vocals. Were you never tempted to sing yourself on some of your tunes?
No. I can’t sing to save my life. It would ruin your ears.

Recently coming from Australia, almost became some sort of a trademark for the electronic artist. Do you see your work fit with the rest of the electro scene out there?
The Australian music scene is really incredible and always pushing boundaries. There are a lot of circles and scenes within the electronic music scene here. I’m not sure if i fit directly into them but i don’t think that’s important. I think it’s important to shape your own style and make your new work better than your last.

If you would have to relocate in another country, which one would you pick?
I would choose Jordan, Amman in the Middle East. They have the best hummus and falafels and the people are so friendly. Not so sure about the electronic music scene there though…

What’s next for you?
Lots of live shows around Australia for the release of my new EP, Traces. Working on remixes, soundtracking some short films and TVC’s, working on new music and collaborations.
I’m also well underway with a new mystery project under a different name I’m pretty excited about.

http://lowerspectrum.bandcamp.com/

No one knows why its spelt ‘Khlever’ rather than ‘Clever’ but i suspect its a tip of the hate to the great Genghis Khan and like Genghis, Ned Beckley will not be stopped as heinexorably advances on Europe continues to lead the way for young Australian producers. I particularly like that Beckley isn’t annexing land from the already populous wave racer nation but instead is confidently turning heads with a sound more his own. No music is ever entirely one’s own what with the internet and using samples and those machines that young people are using to make music that aren’t guitars but it’s certainly less run of the mill than a good batch of the electronic music currently on the “online web”. Plus, and just as importantly, its really rather good. So too is the video. My guess is that we’re looking at Icelandic landscapes and my word, they’re beautiful. This could be a stand-alone advertisement for tourism Iceland were it not also for the cult-children adding some narrative to the work. Wonderfully shot and unfolding with the same patience as the track itself, this video is a lovely counterpoint to the dark structure that is Khlever. Credit to everyone even remotely involved in this art.

PILERATS PREMIERING MY NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR KHLEVER. CHECK IT OUT

http://pilerats.com/music/video-premiere-lower-spectrum-khlever/

PILERATS REVIEW OF TRACES

"It’s almost hard to believe there is music like this coming out of my hometown. At a time when everyone’s doing the trap/half-time/bouncey/wavey beats thing (and quite often doing it well, mind you), Traces, the new EP from Fremantle-via-Melbourne producer Lower Spectrum is a breath of fresh air. We covered the first single from it, KhleverA FEW WEEKS AGO, and now the full release is available via iTunes/Bandcamp, with options for a purchase on clear vinyl for the purists out there. And to be honest this is something I’d like to have in physical form - it’s the kind of music best put on and left on, a six-track journey for your ears and mind.

I mentioned it before (basically because it’s the only comparison I can draw upon), but it has some very Nicolas Jaar-esque vibes about it that I am completely in love with. Opener Levity grows and grows into a brilliant drum breakdown, Hex is all dark and dirty ’80s sci-fi cinema soundscapes, and the delicate keys on Glimmer are golden. Here’s the Bandcamp embed below, and I recommend HEADING THERE and grabbing the whole thing for a little over a dollar a track - you won’t be disappointed. You can catch him live at The Bird in Perth, August 9; Flyrite in Northbridge, August 15 (RTRFM’s Radiothon Launch Party); The Toff In Town, Melbourne, August 16; and finally at BIGSOUND, Fortitude Valley, September 10.”

FILMCLIP FOR KHLEVER COMING SOON. SHOT AND DIRECTED BY DAVID RUSANOW IN ICELAND.