We are thrilled to announce the release of the second volume of JG Thirlwell‘s soundtracks to The Venture Bros. The album is being released on Thirlwell’s Ectopic Ents label in an arrangement with Adult Swim/Williams Street Records, and will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. The CD version contains 16 tracks and there are 13 tracks on the vinyl LP version. The vinyl also comes with a download code so the buyer may obtain the full album digitally.
The album will be available from the Foetus shoppe from May 2016 and in retail, distributed by Virtual thru Sony Red, from June 6 2016.
Chuy The Wolf Man, which has an original musical score by JG Thirlwell, has just been nominated for the Diosa de Plata award for Best Feature Documentary 2015. The film, directed by Eva Aridjis, is a documentary about a family in Mexico who suffer from hypertrichosis, a condition that gives the sufferer excessive facial and body hair.
freq_out 12 audio installation will occur in Vienna from April 22 until May 1, taking place in the sewer at Girardipark, 1010 Vienna, which was the location where parts of the classic Orson Welles noir film The Third Man was shot. Along with many of the regular contributing artists, this edition of freq_out will be including guests Peter Rehberg of Mego Records and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of legendary German group Cluster.
freq_out is a sound installation comprised of 12 individual sound works each utilizing a specific frequency range, made on site, and amplified thru multiple channels to act as a single, generative sound-space
The following artists will work within these frequencies
0–25 Hz Christine Ödlund [SWE]
25–65 Hz Hans-Joachim Roedelius [GER/AUT]
65–90 Hz Peter Rehberg [GBR/AUT]
90–140 Hz Kent Tankred [SWE]
140–180 Hz JG Thirlwell [AUS]
180–250 Hz PerMagnus Lindborg [SWE]
250–350 Hz Jana Winderen [NOR]
350–500 Hz Maia Urstad [NOR]
500–1000 Hz Benny Nilsen [SWE]
1000–2000 Hz Tommi Grönlund/Petteri Nisunen [FIN]
2000–5000 Hz Finnbogi Petursson [ISL]
5000–12000 Hz Franz Pomassl/ Anna Ceeh(AUT/RUS)
Special guest (for light design): Franz Graf [AUT]
As always, artist curator, mastermind and grand wizard is Carl Michael von Hausswolff, with Franz Pomassl as co-curator. The event is commissioned by Tonspur Kunstverein Wien, spearheaded by artistic director Georg Weckwerth,
The opening will be on April 21 with the installation running April 22 to May 1, 2016 daily 12 to 8 pm. Admission is free.
In addition there will be a concert by the assembled freq_out artists under the title freq_out orchestra at 3 Schillerplatz, 1010 Vienna on April 22 at 9pm. The score for this event will be created by JG Thirlwell.
Give Me New Noise: Half-Mute Reflected is a new imagining of Tuxedomoon‘s classic 1980 album Half Mute. It is a tribute album for which 13 artists have specially created covers of all songs from Half-Mute and from the album’s associated singles.
The contributors include Foetus (covering What Use?), Aksak Maboul, Simon Fisher Turner, Norscq, DopplAr (feat. 2 members from Amatorski), Cult With No Name and others, with special appearances by the three makers of Half-Mute, Steven Brown, Peter Principle and Blaine Reininger.
Give Me New Noise comes out in three formats: as a stand-alone vinyl LP (with covers of the original 10 songs, plus two bonuses contained on a 7″ vinyl inserted in the LP), as a digital album (with three bonus tracks), and as part of the new remastered CD edition of Tuxedomoon’s Half-Mute, along with the remastered original album. The CD edition also contains the three bonus cuts. The album is released on April 29 2016 on Crammed Discs.
JG Thirlwell is creating the musical score for the new season of the critically acclaimed hit show Archer. Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around a former spy agency turned private investigation firm and the lives of its employees. The new season, which is Archer‘s seventh, begins airing on March 31 2016 in the US on the FX network. Until now Archer has been using stock music for their score, and this is their first season with a composer. JG will also continue work on Venture Bros for Adult Swim / Cartoon Network, and will be releasing Volume 2 of Venture Bros soundtracks on his Ectopic Ents label through an arrangement with Adult Swim very soon. Thirlwell was recently nominated for an Annie Award for his work on the Venture Bros, which is the highest honor in the field of animation.
On Jan 17 2016 JG Thirlwell worked on a track with Dana Schechter (Insect Ark, Bee and Flower, Angels of Light) for a project celebrating the 35th anniversary of BC studio in Brooklyn. Helmed by Martin Bisi, the project brought together many musicians from the studio’s rich history over two days at BC to create music before an audience, which will become a digital album given to supporters of Bisi’s Kickstarter fund to cover medical expenses for injuries he received while being mugged last year. Dana and JG recorded a backing track which we augmented with an impromptu choir made up of the audience and Laura Ortman played some violin.
More info here .
JG Thirlwell will be performing at the Ken Jacobs Nervous Magic Lantern Festival at Anthology Film Archives on Jan 24 2016 with Collapsible Shoulder, Victoria Keddie and Rick Reed / Tara Bhattacharya.
Ken Jacobs (born 1933 in Brooklyn, New York) is an influential experimental filmmaker. He is the director of Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son (1969, USA), which was admitted to the National Film Registry in 2007. His Star Spangled to Death (2004, USA) is a nearly seven-hour film consisting largely of found footage. He is a recipient of the American Film Institute’s Maya Deren Award.
The Nervous Magic Lantern works without film or electronics. Moving parts are lightweight fans and an exterior spinning shutter. In the hands of an active projectionist it can fill the screen with moving 3D forms seen from every possible angle, no 3D spectacles required.
Ectopic Ents is proud to announce the release of a t-shirt featuring the artwork from the Foetus album NAIL. This acclaimed classic iconic design has been long-bootlegged on garments, so we are thrilled to finally announce the official availability of this fine item. The Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel shirt has a three color design printed on a red Canvas brand soft cotton shirt, and is available in small, medium, large, XL and XXL. It’s available right here at the Foetus Shoppe.
We are thrilled to announce that JG Thirlwell has been nominated for an Annie Award in the category of Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for his work on The Venture Bros, specifically for the episode All This And Gargantua II. The Annies are presented by The International Animated Film Society to recognize the year’s best in the field of animation.
JG Thirlwell is composing a piece for solo cello for Jeffrey Zeigler. Zeigler, who used to be a member of Kronos Quartet, will premiere the piece at a concert at National Sawdust on January 23 2016.