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excuse the mess is an award winning music podcast hosted by composer Ben Corrigan. Recently awarded a British Podcast Award in the Best Arts & Culture category. It’s all about getting to know some of today's most exciting music makers. We’ll chat about them and their music, hearing excerpts throughout the episode. Then we’ll take on a music challenge; to co-compose a new piece of music in a day using only one instrument in a matter of hours. You’ll hear the journey of the new track, starting with the 'blank page' and finishing, hopefully, with a new piece of music.

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excuse the mess is an award winning music podcast hosted by composer Ben Corrigan. Recently awarded a British Podcast Award in the Best Arts & Culture category. It’s all about getting to know some of today's most exciting music makers. We’ll chat about them and their music, hearing excerpts throughout the episode. Then we’ll take on a music challenge; to co-compose a new piece of music in a day using only one instrument in a matter of hours. You’ll hear the journey of the new track, starting with the 'blank page' and finishing, hopefully, with a new piece of music.

    #16A Oliver Coates [MUSIC MAKING]

    #16A Oliver Coates [MUSIC MAKING]

    Hello! Welcome to another excuse the mess music making episode, or more to the point ‘slime’ making.
    This episode’s guest is the cellist and electronic musician, Oliver Coates. I’ve been looking to get him on the podcast for quite a while and excitingly it happened! Lucky me and lucky you!! 


    Back to ‘slime’. Olly is using his cello and electronic techniques to make something he calls slime which he will explain very eloquently, what that is in the episode. Then we make some ‘slime’ music - our track slime uk - we hope you like it.


    If this is your first listen to this podcast then thanks for checking out excuse the mess. Each episode features a different guest, not only do you hear a deep dive interview but you will also hear us co-write a co-write a track on the spot in the ‘music making’ episode. We do it all on the same day and only use one instrument and electronic manipulations of it.
    I’m releasing these episodes in reverse order - next week you’ll get the CHAT. Keep an eye out for that, I promise it'll bring you much inspiration.


    If you enjoyed what you heard here then please share with your like minded friends.
    Thanks for listening,
    Ben


    PS Olly will be playing with Rafael Anton Irisarri on 22nd February at Kings Place, London. Tickets here


    Follow Olly and listen to more of his brilliant music:
    Website | Instagram | BandCamp | Spotify 


    Follow etm:
    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify


    excuse the mess is gratefully supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and iZotope Audio.
    Special thanks to Acast for hosting this podcast. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    #15B Alev Lenz [MUSIC MAKING]

    #15B Alev Lenz [MUSIC MAKING]

    Welcome to another music making challenge on excuse the mess.
    Alev Lenz is my co-conspirator in this episode and she brings with her a pretty nifty instrument to make music with.
    The premise in this part of the podcast is to spontaneously create a brand new piece of music in an afternoon, and using only one instrument. In this episode we're entering uncharted territory for the podcast, Alev's instrument of choice is a sample library she created in collaboration with her record label (SA Recordings/Spitfire Audio). The library is built from elements of her album '3' which she released through SA late 2019 - the library is sold alongside the album which in my opinion is a pretty innovative idea. Check some links below to discover more or even better listen to the CHAT part of Alev's excuse the mess visit.


    We hope you like the music!


    Keep track of Alev's creations:
    Website | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | BandCamp | Facebook
    excuse the mess is gratefully supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and iZotope Audio.


    A light read - Alev interview with Music Tech Magazine (on the sample library)


    Outro track - After Every Winter Must Come Spring For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 30 min
    #15A Alev Lenz [CHAT]

    #15A Alev Lenz [CHAT]

    The next decade is upon us and I'm chuffed to be releasing my first podcast of the new year, accompanied by one very brilliant Alev Lenz.
    Alev is first of all, podcast gold - you'll love hearing from her all about her music in this episode.


    She is an expert builder of atmospheric sound worlds with song & storytelling at its heart.


    We discuss a track of hers featured on the hit TV show Black Mirror (i'm sure you're all familiar), a turning point in her career and how that triggered a small series of events that shaped her recently released album '3' on SA Recordings. It's an incredibly powerful album and it heavily features the pioneering vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth.
    You can get hold of the album here if you like what you here (hint: the vinyl comes in a lovely blue)
    There is an unusual dimension to the release of this album, it can be bought alongside a sample library that is built from the DNA of the album itself, find out more within the pod.


    Alev has collaborated with the internationally celebrated sitarist and composer, Anoushka Shankar over a number of years. In recent days they've been writing and releasing new music which you will hear about towards the end - they make a good team.


    Have a great listen and please do share the episode to any Alev fans to-be.


    Links:
    SA Recordings '3' Album/Sample Library Bundle
    Spitfire Audio
    Free The Work
    WNYC New Sounds


    Keep track of Alev's creations:
    Website | Instagram | Twitter | Spotify | BandCamp | Facebook
    excuse the mess is gratefully supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and iZotope Audio.


    Tracklist:
    Splendid Soldier
    Fall Into Me (Roomful of Teeth cover, WNYC Recording from New Sounds Live/Ecstatic Music Festival 2017)
    May The Angels
    The Chair
    Aimee Mann
    The Runner
    Cigarettes & Blow
    Bright Eyes (Anoushka Shankar & Alev Lenz)
    I Am Winter For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 57 min
    #14B Elliot Galvin [MUSIC MAKING]

    #14B Elliot Galvin [MUSIC MAKING]

    It was a supreme honour to work with Mr Elliot Galvin on a new track. We used his most portable of piano’s, his beastly Toy Piano.
    Elliot is an ideas machine so this one came together quite quickly. If you don’t know the excuse the mess rules. We use only one instrument (we can manipulate further electronically), we can’t pre plan anything and we only have an afternoon to make our brand new piece. Listen to it all unfold within.


    We hope you like! (If you do you're more than welcome to tell your friends about excuse the mess)


    Here’s where to keep up with any Elliot gigs and releases:
    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Spotify
    excuse the mess is gratefully supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and iZotope Audio.


    Tracklist:
    Ism - Elliot Galvin Trio
    Toy Guns (excuse the mess original) - Elliot Galvin, Ben Corrigan
    Ghosts - Elliot Galvin For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 24 min
    #14A Elliot Galvin [CHAT]

    #14A Elliot Galvin [CHAT]

    Take a trip with me into the labyrinth-mind of my good friend Elliot Galvin. A jazz pianist & improviser, composer & electronic musician. He is often compared to the likes of Django Bates, although with the caveat that Elliot only sounds like Elliot.


    We discuss his influences, his last two trio album Modern Times and The Influencing Machine, his soon to be released solo piano record AND his improvised duo album with saxophonist Binker Goulding. We covered much ground!


    It was an honour to get Elliot on mic. I hope you enjoy the episode!


    Here’s where to keep up with any Elliot gigs and releases:
    Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
    excuse the mess is gratefully supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and iZotope Audio.


    Tracklist:
    Bikini Island - Elliot Galvin
    Periodical Cicada - Elliot Galvin Trio
    Time And Everything - Elliot Galvin
    Aeturnum Vale - Elliot Galvin, Binker Goulding
    Cat And Mouse - Elliot Galvin
    Monster Mind - Elliot Galvin
    Red and Yellow - Elliot Galvin For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 59 min
    extra mess • Hidden Notes Festival Pt.2

    extra mess • Hidden Notes Festival Pt.2

    Here it is, the second instalment of the Hidden Notes Festival adventure.
    I took my podcast to Stroud to chat to a handful of brilliant artists taking part in this exciting new festival.
    This episode features interviews with 4 artists involved in the second day's proceedings. I chat to organist and electronic musician Claire M Singer, record label runner [130701] Dave Howell, vocalist Hatis Noit and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk.


    This episode also features music from the live performances and some field recordings made by Dave Howell whilst he was pottering about the venue.


    I'm really grateful to the festival organisers Alex Hobbis and Adam Hinks for inviting me to make these interviews and create this podcast special. It was a hugely inspiring weekend and hopefully these episodes capture that.


    Thanks for checking out this extra mess episode!


    More links
    Hidden Notes Festival
    A Forgotten Landscape [Dave Howell field recordings]
    Erased Tapes
    excuse the mess
    Good On Paper - Stroud Arts Magazine For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 19 min

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