Archive for September, 2011

lost but not forgotten

Posted in Blog with tags , on September 28, 2011 by magicanddreams


We at M+D can but aspire to the greatness of Suburban Base. What a label.

I remember staying up when I should have been sleeping, or revising for my GCSE’s, or writing essays for my A-levels, or whatever blah blah blah it was that I should have been doing in my teenage years. Instead I was listening to Cool FM, or whatever pirate hadn’t had their aerial impounded, and was managing to get a signal as far as Alexandra Palace.

I’d write down names of tunes and DJs and labels, that is on the occasions when the MC would give them out and I could understand them well enough to transcribe. I once wrote down the address of Suburban Base (the shop). Never plucked up enough courage to go there though. I reckoned it was probably the kind of place where all the 12″s were behind the counter. I had The Fear of being laughed out of the shop. Wish I’d given it a go though…


posted by MAGIC




Posted in Ekoclef with tags , on September 24, 2011 by magicanddreams


Posted in Bass Clef, Blog with tags on September 23, 2011 by magicanddreams

morning friends, here’s a friday treat for you all – you can download one of the remixes I did for the amazing Zun Zun Egui for ABSOLUTELY FREE NO MONEY GRATIS:
Zun Zun Egui – Fandango Fresh (Bass Clef Smashed Screen Mix).

thanks to the peoples at RCRDLBL innit


posted by MAGIC

serpentine dance

Posted in Blog with tags on September 22, 2011 by magicanddreams






Loie Fuller, dance sensation of the age (1899) filmed with one of those brand new film cameras, by the pioneering and aptly named Lumiere Brothers.

Hand coloured, frame-by-frame, some point in 1930.

Stunning, still, right now in today-time.


posted by MAGIC


Posted in Ekoclef with tags , on September 18, 2011 by magicanddreams

It’s On… Two Nights, MAGIC + DREAMS Live, EkoClef (Ekoplekz & Bass Clef) – Pipe Dreams – Some Truths, London, Bristol. Let’s Go.

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Ekoclef, Live, Pipe Dreams, Some Truths with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2011 by magicanddreams




Courtesy of the mighty QU JUNKTIONS:


EkoClef (Ekoplekz & Bass Clef duo set)

Pipe Dreams

Some Truths

+ DJ

21st October 2011 – London Cafe OtoBUY TICKETS

22nd October 2011 – Bristol FAG StudiosBUY TICKETS


You are cordially invited.

You have been warned.

You WILL be reminded.

More nice words and stuff below.

Come along. It’ll be good to see you.


Qu Junktions w/ Magic + Dreams presents A night of MAGIC + DREAMS: EkoClef + Pipe Dreams + Some Truths


Two special hometown(s) celebration(s) of MAGIC + DREAMS, the nascent label set up by Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef, Some Truths) and Mr Brown (Hey Colossus), and a conduit for the sort of open-hearted sonic wayfaring that will be rich in evidence tonight. All-new music wrested from the souls of ancient circuit boards.


EkoClef is a new collaboration between one-of-a-kind analogue explorer Nick Edwards (Ekoplekz) and itinerant trombonist and dubstep exile Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef). Their album ‘Tapeswap’, released on 11th October 2011 on M + D, is a unique experiment in collaborative overdubbing that emerged as a strange and hazily psychotropic trip through the fourth world, with both artists thriving out of their comfort zones. Tonight they take it live for the first time.

“Distant from the digital sheen of his current contemporaries – he explores the possibilities of a weather-beaten analogue set-up, routing signals through a mass of cables and decaying machines and taking advantage of, rather than attempting to hide, their inherent flaws”The Quietus on Ekoplekz

“Compresses together eras of dance music as in a dream…reworking the past with an acute sense of it’s grip on the heart” – The Wire on Bass Clef’s ‘Inner Space Break Free’

Ekoplekz website
Bass Clef on the Magic & Dreams website


Pipe Dreams is the new solo project from Mr Brown, exploring deep and wonderful, electronic and acoustic sounds and drones. Taking inspiration from everything from Alice Coltrane to Astral Social Club and infused with a hefty dose of cosmic melody, this show follows the Pipe Dreams debut live outing, on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square, 4am one Sunday morning as part of Anthony Gormley’s One and Other project.

Pipe Dreams on the Magic & Dreams website


Some Truths finds Ralph Cumbers in deeper, more exploratory solo mode – heavyweight modular synth meditations, written at the soundcheck and performed totally live. So far two cassette albums have been released: ‘the first gate of dreaming’ and ‘damnation poisoned with rainbows’, as well as a track on the ‘Variables II’ 12″ released by Mordant Music.

Some Truths on the Magic & Dreams website

More info at:
Magic & Dreams
Qu Junktions


Posted by Pipe Dreams

Coseph Jonrad – paper round tapes volume six

Posted in Coseph Jonrad with tags on September 10, 2011 by magicanddreams

So here we stand at the halfway point of the PRT series. Next month we pause, take a breath, do something else, before resuming the second half of this self-punishing schedule.

After three successive ‘Greatest Hits’ re-versions, this month we re-vert to a ‘proper’ album. I vividly remember buying this album in Heathrow Airport, with my paper round cash, just before taking my first ever flight. Putting the tape into my walkman whilst the plane was on the runway, and then woooosh….

Here’s a video for the opening track ‘in your room’:

This volume was actually the genesis, the egg, the prodigal daughter. The first in the series to be recorded, back in November of 2010. I had a microphone poking out of the window of the studio that weekend – the fireworks of Hackney liberally, randomly and joyously adorn this album.

Here’s a couple of tracks to stream or download GRATIS:
‘complicated girl’

and ‘some dreams come true’:


You know the score by now: the album is available on cdr for £5 with FREE postage in the UK or europe…email us:
magicanddreamsmusic (AT)

…oh, and here’s the video for ‘bell jar’:


posted by MAGIC


Posted in Ekoclef with tags , on September 9, 2011 by magicanddreams




posted by MAGIC



we love letterpress

Posted in Bass Clef, Blog, Ekoclef with tags on September 9, 2011 by magicanddreams

Found this great set of pictures – of the french resistance letterpress-printing propaganda leaflets and information, in occupied france. It reminded me of the many reasons I have fallen in love with Letterpress:


and yeah sure if you know me, or have a passing familiarity with any of my work, you’ll know I take a small delight in avoiding computers where possible, grinding out my music from creaky hardware onto four track casette.

Oh sure I’m a luddite, and it’s not like I don’t use a computer everyday (hey! I’m using one right now…).

But one of the magical things about Letterpress is the variability – each one of the Bass Clef sleeves we had printed is diferent, in some way, from it’s fellows:



The physicality of the type itself is one thing, and of course I love big machines (BOOM), but just the sight of these two guys cycling away in a bunker in 1940-something, to print up some kind of impassioned manifesto, fills me with inspiration…




The magic of taking things into your own hands, fuck a label, a publisher, oh I know it’s nothing new, just look back at Mr Guttenberg annoying the monks who spent years calligraphing a solitary “I” back in the fourteen hundreds.

I dream one day of having our very own M+D letterpress machine:


BUT till then we will carry on happily using the mighty folks at The Print Project, who as we speak are crafting some stunning sleeves for the Ekoclef album.

Some amazing further reading to be had here.


posted by MAGIC



Posted in Blog, Coseph Jonrad with tags on September 6, 2011 by magicanddreams





posted by MAGIC