I thought I would start an update page from my blog considering that Bandcamp does not really have a news feed as such and Facebook is now making musicians pay for their various posts to be visible all the time to those following.
Due to personal commitments and similar, the band has been on hold for majority of the year in terms of live appearances and further adjustments to the upcoming new double album but much progress has been made none the less.
‘Smitciv-Victims’ is the name of the upcoming double album which with a bit of luck should be finished and available by the first quarter of 2013. The album is 3/4’s finished musically, with the vocals to follow shortly. I wont give much away for now besides a brief explanation to the album and the concept.
Both sides to the album shall contain eleven tracks each, side A as ‘Smitciv’ and side B as ‘Victims’. The concept of this double album began around the beginning of 2011 with the idea of doing another double album but this time with an interesting twist:
Side ‘Smitciv’ is completely written and composed by Absinthropy (White and Fowler) with no input from outsiders like the last couple of releases. Side ‘Victims’ will contain exactly the same music as ‘Smitciv’ but each track shall have its own guest vocalist who have all been chosen individually by Absinthropy, to come up with their own vocal and lyrical theme to the given song.
So far we have seven out of the potential eleven guest vocalists confirmed but we wont announce anything until the time is right.
All I will say about the music for now, is that it certainly is a step up from our first album both in terms of musical maturity and musicianship and understanding of our vision.
Alot more time has been put into the song writing and lyrics, yet still maintaining that elusive and narcotic vibe as always…
It will be a physical release with the possibility of multiple formats.
We are hoping to play a little more often than we have done before for next year, assuming schedules etc do not clash. In regards to the live line-up we feel we have in our last handful of gigs formed a great bond with the same live musicians we have been using and we intend to keep the line-up the same. Drums have not been ruled out completely but look unnecessary for now.
Merch such as T-shirts and patches will be discussed and designed over the new year and hopefully ready for our gigs to follow.
The ‘Shivers Of Apathy’ EP is now soldout and wont be pressed again but is available for free streaming alongside our debut double album via the Bandcamp page: http://absinthropy.bandcamp.com/
Never Stop The Madness!
Here is my audio presentation about my time at iCov:
OBJECTIVE: To gain entry-level media experience, where creative initiative, ideas and a genuine enthusiasm will allow me to progress into a range of fields of broadcast and internet journalism.
- April 2012 – Present: iCov Music Editor:
Responsibilities: Composing articles on a daily basis for Internet, radio and television broadcasts such as interviews, reviews and features.
Script writing and cameraman skills: Filming and editing both visual and sound aspects then composing the script to news packages and features.
- September 2009 – Present: Student Journalist
Responsibilities: News features, news packages, research, reviews,
Conducting interviews, radio and broadcast Court reports, writing scripts, filming meetings.
- January 2010 – Present: Antimosh Blog
Responsibilities: Freelance reviewing and interviewing of live bands/projects
‘Band of the Week’ section: raising awareness and networking upcoming bands and albums. A new band gets posted every week.
- November 2008: North Roundabout Magazine – Published Article
Responsibilities: Written article promoting my very own independent Record/Coffee shop distributed across North Leamington and Warwick
- November 2005: 4QRadio.com – Broadcasted visual interview
Responsibilities: Composing an interview for the band In Flames. This included researching my questions and rehearsing them to give a clear and confident interview.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- 2009 – Present: Coventry University
BA (Hons) Journalism and Media
- 2004 – 2007: Binswood Sixth Form
A Levels: Media Studies: B, English Literature: C, Drama & Theatre Studies: C
- 1999 – 2004: North Leamington School & Arts College
GCSE’s: English Language and Literature: B, Sociology: C,
Drama & Theatre Studies: C, Food Technology: C
- Editorial skills: editing and sub-editing articles for online publications. Demonstrating the correct format and word count for online publications. Knowing how to use appropriate images and other visuals to either emphasize or support certain articles.
- Research skills: Making contacts in the fields required for specific article content, contacting interviewees, essay research via library/internet.
- Fast and proficient IT: Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, E-mail, HTML, WordPress and similar blog pages, Adobe Premier and Audacity for visual and audio editing.
- Teamwork: cooperation with others in a professional work environment, including listening to each other and taking equal responsibility when using equipment and task research. Equal credits recognized.
- Communication skills: Approaching people for permission to interview and to video, record or photograph their work for publishing. Expressing critical opinions in essays and seminars.
- Self-motivation/management: genuine interests in music and travel journalism, working to fund studies and travel. Interviewing musicians I have patiently approached and gained access too.
- Providing excellent customer service: customer focused employment, meeting deadlines and being fully aware of all aspects of tasks in hand.
- Television: watching intelligent drama, sport and documentaries
- Journalism: reading a broad range of publications (local and national) for the latest news and criticism
- New Media: researching and exploring on the Internet; computer games
- Cinema: going to cinema with friends; discussing film; reading critical works
- Literature: continue to pursue this interest by reading a diverse range of texts
- Music: composing, writing, touring and listening to many different genres of music and going to gigs
May 2011 – Present Yeomans Outdoors Sales Assistant:
- Serving customers, taking customer orders, replenishing stock and signing for deliveries
September – November 2011 Tie Rack Sales Advisor:
- Advising customers reassurance with products, serving customers and banking
September 2006 – June 2009 Barclays Market Research
- Customer service surveyor, dealing with stolen or cancelled credit cards, business banking
Date of Birth 04.02.88
173 Cubbington Road, Leamington Spa
My final day at iCov was concluded today by the last of our editorials meetings. We spoke briefly about our journey and what we felt we had gained from this experience. By being in a constant motion of researching, writing and editing articles I feel it has improved my writing skills as a journalist a lot. I hope to continue writing useful post for the iCov website even after my time on this placement.
I concluded my twenty days of article writing by publishing the delayed Jack Lord interview which was responded to in the early hours of this morning.
As previously mentioned on my last diary entry I will still continue to submit my seven day gig guide and continue finishing of the package in regards to the media communication students. This was initially to make up for the two days where no articles were produced due to university and work commitments, but now I wish to continue doing such things to improve my writing capability and to expand my contacts for future reference.
My time at iCov was better than I first anticipated and I do not feel at any point I did not improve or learn something new about online journalism and journalism in general. The placement has been ultimately rewarding and I would like to thank everyone I have worked with and who was involved.
Media production students have been given a task as part of a module to attend a series of field trips in unknown locations as part of the module requirement, their task is to rethink, react and respond. iCov have been given permission to film and cover their journey throughout all three trips as well as their conclusion at the end of this current term. I was able to attend the second of the three field trips which was to Wimbledon where the students were put into groups and had to follow a series of tasks set for them throughout the day. As a cameraman, I did not interact with them indirectly but filmed the responses and actual tasks throughout the day.
The package is still in progress and will expand out of my time at iCov but along with my colleagues, we are more than happy to complete the entire package in our own time. This as well as an additional iCov seven day gig guide will componsate for the two days where no article was produced due to university and work commitments.
Continuing with the amount of different material I collected from the A Picnic in Limbo exhibition, I concluded with a final feature this time focusing on the artwork with a critical approach to the concept of the exhibition. The art was from two separate art students from Coventry University who both have a different style and theme. As the music from Dandelion Tea was part of the collaboration, it often nodded towards the brighter and friendlier pieces from artist Mircea Telegea, whereas it’s more atmospheric and down-tempo beats hinted at the pale and desolate landscapes envisioned by Robert Czerniawski.
I was only able to get the names and permission of photographing their artwork by Jordie Sunshine as long as I published their names in my article.
After finishing this article I had made another seven day gig guide in advance as I would be covering a field trip as a cameraman for iCov the next day. Also my Latitude the movie feature had been uploaded and was passed on to me, ready to be edited and uploaded to iCov on the same day.