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.

SOUND DOCTRINE REVIEW

"I couldn’t pick a song from the new Lower Spectrum EP so this is just an all encompassing Lower Spectrum post wherein you opt for full immersion in the five track EP instead of a single track / toe in the water. Highlights? Ohhhh, hard to say really. Probably Cathedral, Levity, Khlever, Nocturnal and Glimmer. So all of them. All the tracks are the best tracks.

This is quite an exceptional EP indeed. It’s six tracks of reasonably pure footwork though the defining strength of the release isn’t in its adhesion to a format, its in the moments that it strays apart. The consistent inclusion of live drums is an inspired production choice, the likes of which we haven’t seen since David Cameron decided to cast Elijah Wood as the main Avatar in the movie Avatar. And that was a long time ago now, so maybe you’re starting to grasp the seriousness with which I’m treating this release. If I learned just one single thing from watching Avatar (and I assure you, I learned several) it’s that our individual decisions can greatly affect the planet that we live on and sometimes even other planets that have more advanced civilizations. So when a fella like old Lower Spectrum (real name Ned Beckley) goes and pops real live tracked drums on his electronic music EP there’s the potential for mountains to be leveled and dynasties to be toppled. At the very least my longstanding dynasty of not listening to Lower Spectrum repeatedly for the past week is now dust. Is now the right time to tell you that those harp sounds on EP opener ‘Levity’ aren’t pulled straight from a sample kit? You heard it true, that’s a real life harp folks. Now you’re starting to get it aren’t you, this outfit is closer to a band than a producer. And by outfit, I mean ‘one guy’. THIS IS CRAZY! Could it all be true? Surely not.

Well, the bad news is that it’s not all true- turns out that drum track isn’t wholly acoustic but if it’s good enough to fool me it’s good enough to receive these mountains of praise. If you truly just don’t have time to listen to this thing from start to finish then I recommend kicking things off with ‘Cathedral’. You better not be won’t be disappointed.”

INDIE SHUFFLE REVIEW

"Lower Spectrum is the project of (now) Perth resident Ned Beckley, whose work we’ve featured on Indie Shuffle before. The prolific producer has already released a number of EPs and remixes. His most outstanding piece of work, Traces, debuted just last week.

Beckley’s music is some of the more challenging and expansive in Australia’s booming electronic scene, with feature track “Glimmer” a good example of his talent. His musicianship and structure are top notch, creating soundscapes of substance that entrap the listener. He’s quickly becoming known as the Australian Nicolas Jaar, and after a listen to this, I’m sure you’ll see why.

Make sure to check out the entire Traces EP for some of the most impressive dark electronica you’ll come across.

SIX THOUSAND REVIEW

"James Cameron’s one of those dudes that’s got a hard on for adrenaline. The twenty-something street racer gone Terminator creator has been obsessed with the real-life Abyss for years, combining his experience (and wealth) to travel further into unknown depths. Perth’s own electronic aural abseiler Lower Spectrum has clipped the carabineer on and pushed off into a gemstone-lit maze of a cave with new EP Traces.

The seven track EP floats a new adventure since last year’s release Little Appeal. With less transparency and more sharp turns, Traces holds as much surprise as those rappelling into Wonderland. Lower Spectrum AKA Ned Beckley has pulsed future choir sounds into warm synth-laden bass rhythms that can be found in the flashlight-armed track Nocturnal, whilst the EP’s single ‘Khlever’ creates exotic texture-evolving descents.

The alpine-sized sound in its unique complexity still remains darkly dance-worthy and warm. Out on independent label Zero Through Nine the EP can be downloaded or pre-ordered in stalactite-clear vinyl and will make for the perfect soundtrack the next time you, Jimmy and tag-along Nolan head out for a spot of spelunking.”

"Lower Spectrum is Ned Beckley, a former Melbourne resident who made his escape to the sanctuary of Perth. I actually had a few different people send me Lower Spectrum tracks, dissociated from bias and the formalities of press releases – just purely vibing. Listen below and vibe for yourself." - See more at: http://www.acclaimmag.com/music/eavesdrop-lower-spectrum/