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5 Out today

So here we are. Our new album was released today.

You can order it in LP, CD and Digital Download formats on our Bandcamp Page.

Stream it on Spotify , Deezer and Apple Music.
Or even download it on iTunes if that’s your thing!

We hope you like it.

GERMANY TOUR 2016

Guten Tag!
We’re going to be hitting the road from 1st to 8th October. We have already confirmed some shows in Freiburg and Chemnitz.

In order to prepare the best possible tour, we’ve partnered with the lovely people from Howdy Partner Booking & Tapete Records who are going to be helping us book this tour.

So if you’re interested in setting up a show, or assisting in any way, please contact Marcel. Contact details below.

Marcel Gein / Howdy Partner Booking & Tapete Records
Tapete Musik e.K. Inh. Gunther Buskies
Stahltwiete 10 / D-22761 Hamburg / Germany Amtsgericht Hamburg HRA 117223
tel: +49 (0)40 8816 6670
fax: +49 (0)40 8816 6622
email: marcel@howdypartnerbooking.com
www: www.howdypartnerbooking.com
     www.tapeterecords.com

Hope to see you soon!

Uniform Motion

New Video: Mutual Seasons

Check out our new lyrics video for Mutual Seasons, off our upcoming album, 5.

Directed by Alix Roques-Genez and  Oliver Wilkins and shot entirely with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro!

If… you have a record player and you want to support our music, you can pre-order the vinyl here.

If… you don’t have a record player and you want to support our music, you can pre-order the CD here.

If… you don’t have a CD player and you want to support our music, you can pre-order the digital version here.

If… you don’t see the point in downloading MP3’s but you still want to support our music, you can listen to our music on streaming services and maybe sign up for a premium account (we’ll get 10 times the amount we get from ad supported streaming)

If… you don’t want to sign up for premium, but you still want to support our music, then you can share our video, or a link to our bandcamp page, on social media, which would be pretty helpful too.

If you don’t want to or simply can’t afford to do any of the above, that’s cool, we understand. 

Or… if you’re just waiting to hear the whole album before deciding if you want to support us, that’s totally cool as well. (we do the same for most new music too)

And don’t forget, if you do pre-order the record, you’ll be getting digital goodies every week. So far, people have received demo tracks, outtakes from past albums, access to our videos before they were released, and this week, an acoustic cover a of Green Day song!

Nouvelle Vidéo

Voici notre nouvelle vidéo pour la chanson Mutual Seasons issue de notre prochain album, 5. 

Réalisée par Alix Roques-Genez et Oliver Wilkins et filmée entièrement avec un DJI Phantom 3 Pro !

Si… vous avez une platine vinyle et vous souhaitez soutenir notre musique, vous pouvez pré-commander le  vinyle ici.

Si… vous n’avez pas de platine, mais vous souhaitez soutenir notre musique, vous pouvez pré-commander le CD ici.

If… vous n’avez pas de platine CD, mais vous souhaitez soutenir notre musique, vous pouvez pré-commander la version numérique ici.

Si… vous ne voyez pas l’intérêt de télécharger des fichiers MP3 mais vous souhaitez quand même soutenir notre musique, vous pouvez l’écouter sur des services de streaming, et pourquoi pas avec un compte premium (on gagne 10 fois plus avec la version premium).

Si… un compte premium ne vous intéresse pas , mais vous voulez quand même nous soutenir, alors vous pouvez partager notre vidéo, ou un lien sur notre page bandcamp, sur les réseaux sociaux, ce qui nous serait très utile aussi.

Si….vous ne voulez ou ne pouvez rien faire de tout cela, pas de souci, on comprend.

Ou….peut-être que vous attendez d’avoir écouté tout le disque avant de vous décider, ce qu’on comprend très bien aussi, on fait la même chose avec la plupart des nouveaux disques.

Et n’oubliez pas, si vous pré-commandez l’album, vous recevrez plein de petits cadeaux numériques chaque semaine. Jusqu’ici, vous avez raté l’exclu sur nos nouvelles vidéos, des versions démos, des morceaux inédits et cette semaine, une reprise acoustique d’une chanson de Green Day !

A très vite!

Uniform Motion

Geeking out

I’ve been listening to a very cool podcast called Knobs for the past couple of weeks.
It’s a pretty simple format. They interview artists about the equipment they use and ‘geek out’ talking about gear for a half an hour. I ended up buying a new guitar pedal off the internet after listening to the one with Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.

So I thought it might be cool to run through the list of gear we used to record our last album.

THE MELLOTRON

We’ve used a lot of Mellotron sounds on our last 3 records. The Mellotron was first released in the early sixties. It’s essentially a keyboard with a large tape player. Each key plays an 8-second reel of tape. It’s most famous for the flute sound used on Strawberry Fields, but you could use almost any kind of sound or instrument with a Mellotron.

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We used a fairly inexpensive sound library for Kontakt made by PureMagnetik on One Frame Per Second and The Magic Empire.
Since we invested in a Digital Mellotron for our live performances, we used the M4000D for most of the Mellotron sounds on the new record.
If you don’t know what a Mellotron is, check out this cool video where Sir Paul does a nice little demo.

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Old analogue synths are really cool but they’re pretty fragile, heavy and expensive. I really love the organ sounds on the Moog Opus 3, the first polyphonic synthesizer Moog made in the early 80’s (I’ve been dreaming of owning one for years!). But PureMagnetik made a pretty cool Kontakt instrument for the Moog Opus 3 so we used that instead. You can check out this video of a guy doing some pointless noodling on the Opus 3 to get a better idea of what the synth can do.

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THE OPTIGAN

Have you ever heard of the Optigan? It was manufactured in the 70’s by Mattel, the toy company. It uses opitcal discs to play samples. It’s a bit like the Mellotron except that whereas the tape on the mellotron stops after 8 seconds, the disc on the Opitgan keeps spinning, round and round. But the sounds are similarly dirty and lo-fi, sometimes even more so than the Mellotron. We used a Kontakt Instrument called the Optomotron by Hollow Sun. Check out the TV ad for the Optigan from back in the day.

THE EUPHONE

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One of the most unique instruments on our new record is from an instrument called the Euphone. You play it by vibrating glass rods. We didn’t use a real one, we used the virtual one made by Spitfire Audio. They made a pretty cool video about how they record the Euphone, which was made not too far from Toulouse, near the Pyrenees mountains.

G&L ASAT CLASSIC

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The G in G&L stands for George (Fullerton) and the L stands for Leo (Fender). Leo Fender sold Fender in 1965 but stayed on to work on the Music Man brand until he founded G&L in the late 70’s. The G&L ASAT Classic is essentially a Telecaster, but on steroids, and hand made in California! A lot of the guitar tracks on the new record were recorded using the G&L ASAT.

FENDER STARCASTER
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The original Starcaster, in production from 1976 to 1982, was a bit of commercial flop. Some believe it’s because Fender was considered a solid body guitar company, while Gibson was considered the semi-hollow guitar company. Others will say that it’s because the head is so ugly! Either way, the original Starcasters are pretty rare, which is why it’s great that Fender decided to re-issue them a few years ago under the Modern Player brand. Initially, I bought it to replace my electro acoustic guitar for live performances. But the Starcaster makes a few appearances on our new record.

FENDER TELECASTER

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Papi plays a Mexican made Telecaster from the late 90’s. I used to own one as well but pawned it off to pay rent 15 years ago!

ZVEX LOFI JUNKY

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The z.vex lofi junky made its first appearance on The Neon Nest (The Magic Empire). It kicks in around 0:52. It emulates an old tape recorder kind of sound. It’s the kind of pedal you mustn’t overuse so I try to use it sparsely. Here’s a pretty good review of the pedal.

NEUNABER WET STEREO REVERB

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I was looking for a reverb pedal with a shimmer effect. After watching dozens of reviews on YouTube, I opted for the Neunaber.
One of the cool things about these pedals, are that they’re 100% digital and can modified via USB cable. So you can turn your reverb pedal into a chorus pedal if you want.
The reverb sound at the beginning and the end of Mutual Seasons was made using this pedal. Check this video to see what you do with it, it’s awesome.

DISTORSION

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We hadn’t used a lot of distorsion or saturation until this last album. Papi uses a Digitech BadMokey for overdrive and an Electro Harmonix BigMuff to add some fuzz! I use an old ProCo Rat.

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BASS

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Our new bassplayer, Fred, used two different bass guitars for this record. A 1977 Fender Jazz Bass and Japanese made Fender Precision bass from 1989, running them through a Markbass Little Mark 3 amp head and Markbass speaker.

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DRUMS

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Olivier plays on a Sonor 3007 natural Maple drumkit, Sabian AAX cymbals and a Zildjian A Custom Hi Hat, and uses Vic Firth brushes. Olivier recorded the drums for our latest record in his attic using various different microphones and an M-Audio Firewire 2626. A friend of Fred’s lent us a pair of Russian Oktava mk012 microphones to record the full sound of the drums.

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Here’s a video of us setting up all those microphones!

UNIVERSAL AUDIO APOLLO TWIN DUO

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One of the new additions to my home studio for this record was the Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo. It’s a desktop Sound Interface that uses the new thunderbolt input, which is supposed to be a lot faster than USB and Firewire.
One of the cool things about this piece of gear, is that it has embedded DSP’s which allow you to run UAudio effects plugins without slowing your Mac down too much.

If you’re not familiar with these terms, the effects plugins are small software programmes that do things like compression, EQ, delay, reverb, etc… They help improve the sound of each individual track.
Sometimes, you can end up with 4 or 5 different plugins on each track. And each one needs to be powered by your computer’s processor. Not only do some of the UAudio plugins sound great, but because of the DSP’s, I could use even more of them (but not always as many as I’d like!)

The plugins I used the most on this record were the Universal Audio Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In plugin neveand the Universal Audio 1176LN Legacy Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In1176ln_3_hq

FULL LIST OF GEAR

Guitars:
Fender Telecaster
Fender Starcaster
Fender Telecaster Modern Player Thinline
Lapatrie Hybrid CW Black HG
G&L ASAT Classic
Fender Precision
Fender Jazz Bass

Guitar effects:
Proco RAT
Z.vex Lofi Junky
Neunaber Wet Stereo Reverb
Moog Minifooger Tremolo
Electro Harmonix BigMuff
Digitech BadMonkey
VHT Melo Verb
Ernie Ball VP Junior

Amps:
Fender Blues Junior Amp
Fender Champion 600
Hughes and Kettner amp
Markbass Amp cabinet
Markbass Little Mark 3 Amp Head

Synths:
Mellotron MD4000 Mini
Waldorf Streichfett String Synthesizer

Drumkit:
Sonor 3007 natural Maple drumkit
Pearl free floating snare
Sabian AAX cymbals
Zildjian A Custom Hi Hat
Remo ambassador coated heads

Microphones:
SE Electronics 2200a
Audio technica AT2020
Oktava mk012
Shure SM-57
shure beta52
shure beta56

Audio Interfaces:
Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo
M-Audio Firewire 2626

Pre-amps:
Joe Meek ThreeQ

Software:
Universal Audio Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In
Universal Audio Teletronix® LA-2A Legacy Classic Leveling Amplifier Plug-In
Universal Audio Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In
Universal Audio 1176LN Legacy Classic Limiting Amplifier Plug-In
Sansamp PSA-1 Plugin
Native Instruments Battery Plug-In
Native Instruments Kontakt Plug-In
PureMagnetik MicroTron Sample Library
PureMagnetik Opus Sample Library
Hollow Sun Optomotron Sample Library
Spitfire Audio PP012 EUPHONE Sample Library
Avid Pro Tools 12

GEEK OUT FINI

New Album out May 13

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Preorder our New Album!

On May 13, our new album, 5, will be available on all streaming platforms, iTunes and in Digital, CD and Vinyl formats via Bandcamp. In the meantime, you can preorder the CD, vinyl, and even a new T-shirt design here.

Why preorder the album? Well, first of all to help us with the financial weight of releasing an album. Vinyl is getting more and more expensive and the manufacturing times are getting longer and longer. By preordering the album, you’re helping us support that financial weight.

But also to get some goodies: in exchange for your support, we will send you digital goodies every week until the album release.

All you have to do is download this smartphone app (if you don’t have a smartphone, contact us and we’ll figure something out), then, once you’ve placed your preorder via Bandcamp, check the app every week from home. Yes, that’s right, the goodies are location-based and can only be opened at your delivery address.

Inspiration for the new album came largely from a scientific experiment performed by Australian Physicists, who seem to have managed to get particles of light to travel through time. Our own time traveling experience took us to the late nineties, with songs that are reminiscent of alternative rock bands like Grandaddy and Yo La Tengo, including a few stops in the UK, in the early 2000’s, to share some of the sound textures of artists like Broadcast and Gravenhurst.

We’ll be releasing the first single, along with a video clip, very soon. Until then, you can check out this teaser video in which you can hear a small excerpt of each new song.

Streams for Vinyl

We recently launched a competition to celebrate reaching 2,000 likes on our Facebook page.
All you had to do was like a post about the competition on our page, and then, when we reached 2,000 page likes, we would draw a few names out of hat and send the lucky winners of copy of our album on vinyl. Simple.

We could only draw a few names, because shipping vinyl is a bit expensive, and money is tight, as always. So we had an idea.

What if fans could fund the shipping fees indirectly, via a streaming service for instance.

We get roughly €0.005/stream on Spotify. If someone listened to our songs 2,000 times on Spotify, that would cover the shipping fees. See this post for more info on how streaming services pay.

So let’s do a little experiment together.

If you have a Spotify and Last.fm account and they’re already linked, skip the next paragraph.
If you don’t, here’s how to participate.

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Then register for a Spotify account.
Download the software and go to Preferences.

Add your last.fm account details so that you can scrobble your songs.

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When you reach 2,000 Uniform Motion listens, send us a link to your profile and your postal address and we’ll send you a copy of our record! It’s as easy as that! Added bonus is that we might get to discover your excellent taste in music.

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TOP 20

Here’s our TOP 20 albums for 2013 in no particular order.

Orval Carlos Sibelius – Super Forma
Daughter – If you leave
Braids – Flourish/Perish
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Low – The Invisible Way
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push the Sky Away
Johnny Flynn – Country Mile
Tindersticks – Across Six Leap Years
Midlake – Antiphon
Moriarty – Fugitives
The Avett Brothers – Magpie And The Dandelion
Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium
Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle – Perils from the Sea
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
Sam Amidon – Bright Sunny South
Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Branches
Arcade Fire – The Reflektor
The Strokes – Comedown Machine
My Bloody Valentine – mbv

Altered Covers

We are pleased to announce that Altered Covers our brand new cover album is available to stream and download at Bandcamp.

It should up on iTunes, Spotify and Deezer shortly.

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Digital Music Distribution

Andy made a presentation at the Siestes Electroniques Music Festival in June and a few people asked about seeing an online version of it.

So here it is, translated into English.

And the original version in French.

Release Day Economics 2013

We’re releasing our new record today.

With the exception of the wonderful Fabrique des Balades Sonores in Paris, you won’t find it in any record stores. That means you can only get physical copies of our album at a show or via our website or bandcamp page.

You can purchase the Digital, CD or Vinyl versions directly from our website or on Bandcamp. (We have some pretty nice looking t-shirts as well.)

We have a little ROI counter on our site where you can see how your purchase has helped us financially. We have already managed to reach 33.63% with pre-orders and with your help, we might make it to 100% before the end of the year.

You’ll also find the album on iTunes, Google Play, eMusic, Amazon MP3, SpotifyDeezer, rdio and some other places.

If you’re interested in the financial aspect of this album, you’ll find a breakdown below of what it cost us and where the money goes when you buy a CD, Digital download or Vinyl record.

We spent €4,311 making this album.

We need to sell 174 CDs to break even on the CD manufacturing costs.

We need to sell 62 CDs to break even on the mastering costs.

We need to sell 33 CDs to break even on the rehearsal fees.

We need to sell 64 LPs to break even on the LP manufacturing costs.

We need to sell 36 t-shirts to break even on the t-shirt manufacturing costs.

We need to sell 4 LPs to cover the cost of the vinyl postage-packaging.

We need to sell 8 CDs to cover the cost of the CD postage-packaging.

So, to fully break even, we’ll need to sell approximately 277 CDs ,68 LPs and 36 t-shirts or get 829,038 plays on Spotify.

To break even on the Digital distribution costs, we need to get either 2,399 plays on Deezer, 5,767 plays on Spotify or 43 song downloads on iTunes or Google Play.

Here’s the cost breakdown for the CD, Vinyl, t-shirt and digital version of the album.

DIGITAL DIRECT FROM US

There’s virtually no cost to make a digital copy.

We sell them for €5.00 ($6.75)

Bandcamp takes 10%: €0.50 ($0.68)

Paypal takes roughly €0.37 ($0.50)

So there’s €4.13 ($5.57)left for us provided we have broken even on the manufacturing costs if you buy it via our bandcamp page and €4.63 ($6.25) if you buy it directly from our website.

CD

Each CD costs us €2.50 ($3.35)per unit to make.

We sell them for €10.00 ($13.50)

Bandcamp takes 10%: €1.00 ($1.35)

Paypal takes roughly €0.55 ($0.75)

So there’s €5.95 ($8.05)left for us provided we have broken even on the manufacturing costs if you buy it from our bandcamp page and €6.95 ($9.40) if you buy it directly from us.

VINYL

Each LP costs us €3.82 ($5.13) per unit to make.

Well sell them for €15.00 ($20.13)

Bandcamp takes 10%: €1.50 ($2.01)

Paypal takes roughly €0.65 ($0.87)

So there’s €9.03 ($12.12) left for us provided we have broken even on the manufacturing costs if you buy it from our bandcamp page, and €10.53 ($14.13) if you buy it directly from our website.

T-SHIRT

Each T-shirt costs us €6.26 ($8.38) per unit to make.

We sell them for €15.00 ($20.13)

Bandcamp takes 10%: €1.50 ($2.01)

Paypal takes roughly €0.65 ($0.87)

So there’s €6.59 ($8/95) left for us provided we have broken even on the manufacturing costs if you buy it from our bandcamp page and €8.09 ($10.96) if you buy it directly from our website.

STREAMING SERVICES

Spotify: $0.0052/stream

Deezer: $0.0125/stream

rdio: $0.005/stream

DOWNLOAD SERVICES

Google Play: $0.70/download

iTunes $0.70/download

eMusic: $0.29/download

Data is based on payments made by streaming services from 1st January and 31st December 2012.