Waveforms: Halifax Electronic Music Compilation (Cognition Audioworks, caw017, 2002)
1. Andrew Duke--Pharmakoi (Steb Sly's tech mix) (6:04)
2. Andrew Duke--Bass For Jennifer (6:00)
3. Justin Buckley--Here (3:24)
4. Justin Buckley--Rattlesnake Brushing Its Teeth With Its Tail (4:09)
5. Rotator--Our Lady Of Perpetual Arpeggio (4:38)
6. Andrew Weeks--Floatation (4:05)
7. Andrew Weeks--Sub Dub (4:47)
8. Dexter Doolittle--And His Words Resounded (5:11)
9. Dexter Doolittle--No Joke (6:37)
10. Blacker--Youth (4:23)
11. Blacker--Chasing Dragons (3:53)
12. DJ Trixxx--Fearless And Inventive (5:57)
13. DJ Trixxx--Pieyedbass (4:35)
14. 9 Volt Sound System--The Nazis Have Taken Over The Holiday Inn (4:04)
Andrew Duke's Cognition Audioworks label presents a varied compilation of electronic music from Halifax. Duke leads
off the compilation with two tracks, the great tech house "Pharmakoi", followed by "Bass For Jennifer". The rest of the
tracks range from tough drum 'n' bass to melodic downtempo electronica. Most of the artists contribute two tracks, and some
of the better ones include Justin Buckley's sweet and melodic downtempo "Here" and Andrew Weeks' "Sub Dub". Steve Blacker
contributes the zippy drum 'n' bass track "Youth", as well as the quiet "Chasing Dragons". The toughest tracks on the album
are both by Dexter Doolittle. "And His Words Resounded" is a fast-paced drum 'n' bass track followed with "No Joke", which
is underpinned by piercing high-frequency noise. A lot goes into this track, with complicated beats and fuzzy noises.
Special mention should be made of the track titles, which are extremely inventive. This compilation shows that there are good
things coming out of Halifax. (Philip Downey)
Nightwaves Saint John
Finally, someone has taken it upon themselves to document the exciting and vibrant scene in Halifax. Andrew Weeks and
Andrew Duke should be proud of their efforts, as this is a very strong and well put together compilation. It perfectly
captures the current sound of the Halifax underground; it is very propulsive and electronically pure. The first two
tracks by Duke prove once again that he can muster an electronic soundscape like no one else. "Here" by Justin Buckley is
a great laidback track, while Rotator is a cool Philip (A/V) Clark side project that takes its time to unfurl. The songs
by Weeks are a bit more splashy and agressive, while the songs by Dexter Doolittle are very percussive. "Chasing Dragons"
by Blacker is one of the prettier tracks, and DJ Trixxx gives us some highly danceable, infectious tracks. "The Nazis Have
Taken Over The Holiday Inn" by 9 Volt Sound System (another Philip Clark project) is easily the funniest and best song on the
compilation. Even Kraftwerk would have to crack a smile at this one. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.
Conceived and compiled by Andrew Weeks and mastered by Steve Blacker, Waveforms: Halifax Electronic Music Compilation
is the first compilation to document Halifax's growing electronic music scene. The compilation received play and charted at numerous stations across Canada. In Halifax, the compilation debuted
at #1 on CKDU's Top 30 and RPM charts, and went on to be the station's most-played electronic music release of 2002; it
charted at #25 on the station's year-end Top 50 after spending over 15 weeks on the station's Top 30 and RPM charts.
about the artists:
Andrew Duke has been recording, producing, remixing, and performing since 1987. Wrote The Wire (UK, September
"Andrew Duke creates music that sounds like it has a reason for living". Duke's Sprung album was nominated for
Electronica Album Of The Year at the 2003 Canadian Independent Music Awards. As a special bonus, Duke's "Pharmakoi"
is presented here remixed by ex-Haligonian Steb Sly, now an Edmonton-based video game sound designer
with vinyl releases on Swayzak's 240 Volts, Dan Curtin's Metamorphic, and Victoria BC's itiswhatitis recordings.
Justin Buckley has been working on electronic music for the past three and a half years. Until recently he has
concentrated on the performance aspects of electronic music, partnering with Andrew Weeks as Modular and--for a short
time--Chilltronic. He is beginning to experiment with recording to create a wide range of electronic music suitable for
both the dancefloor and the armchair.
Rotator is Philip Clark and James Covey on authentic period Roland synthesizers and drum machines. With two
CDs (Ripples In The Brainwave, The Twelve Move-Mate) and many live appearances under their collective belt,
Rotator may be one of the few Halifax electronic acts equally at home in the studio and on stage. The Rotator formula has
something to do with crossing
606-beat-based retro-techno with ambient noisescape flourishes, but don't hold them to that. 9 Volt Sound
System is Philip Clark.
Andrew Weeks became inspired by the innovation and attitude of Detroit techno while studying in London Ontario in the mid 1990s. He began collecting obsolete synthesizers and sound equipment and by 1996 was performing his own style of downtempo
electronic music. In 1999, Weeks began composing and performing with Justin Buckley in groups
such as Modular and Chilltronic. Weeks' most recent music is created using software environments he designs himself.
Dexter Doolittle appears courtesy of Endemik Music.
Blacker is Steve Blacker who hails originally from England, though he mostly grew up in the Arabian Gulf and somehow
ended up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been making electronic music of various flavors since the late
80s. Blacker boasts a
checkered musical past, including stints in various loud UK guitar bands as both drummer and singer. Highlights of these early adventures include opening for the Sugarcubes and Ozric Tentacles in the early
90s. More recently Blacker has produced tunes for TV shows, including Ollie's Adventures (a cartoon on Teletoon) and music
for Zed TV (CBC TV).
DJ Trixxx is Craig Muise who began spinning records in the mid-80s and soon thereafter got the urge to create his own.
Captured instantly by rhythm-based music, he has since primarily produced hip-hop and house music, but also dabbles with
breakbeats and remixing. In 1997, Trixxx released his first house record, "Pounding Headache". In 2000, he produced a
hip hop album with The Psi-ence and released
it on his newly formed 12th Planet Records.