Sunday, April 13

Bandcamp

Auxiliary is now on Bandcamp.  Add this to your bookmarks.

http://auxiliary.bandcamp.com

Monday, April 7

An ethnographic and technological study of breakbeats in hardcore, jungle and drum & bass

Jason Hockman is the author behind this fantastic piece that goes in depth (and then some) about the beginnings of Hardcore music in the UK, how it blossomed into Jungle and then became Drum & Bass.  I was asked to take part in this and had a lot of fun doing so.  I've linked to an article on Organic, in which Jason talks about the thesis in depth and provides a download link.

Make yourself a cup of tea and spend some time with this; It's a very rewarding read.

http://organicbeats.co.uk/features/interview/breakscience

Thursday, April 3

Loopmasters Sample Packs

The sample pack I did for Loopmasters is currently on sale. If you are a producer looking for some tasty original sounds to mess with, then check it out.  I should also mention that all other artist packs are included in the sale, so that's 30% off until April 17th.

http://www.loopmasters.com/genres/111-Drum-Bass/products/780-ASC-Experimental-Drum-Bass

Also available is the 'expansion' pack I followed it up with, which is a perfect addition.

http://www.loopmasters.com/genres/15-Drum-and-Bass/products/1431-ASC-Presents-Experimental-170

Enjoy

Some music that did it for me last year

I'd totally forgot about doing this until someone mentioned it in the comments recently, so here's a list of stuff that I enjoyed listening to last year.  I'll refrain from listing my own music or anything on Auxiliary or related, as you all know about that.  Hopefully this list will give you a few things you might not have heard of to go and seek out.  So, in no particular order...

Slow Walkers - Slow Walkers LP
Roly Porter - The Lifecycle Of A Massive Star
Tropic Of Cancer - Restless Idylls
Vangelis - Blade Runner OST (Vinyl Reissue)
Reeko w/Architectural - The Blue Album
Paul Jebanasam - Rites
Svreca - For Your Eyes Only
Standish/Carlyon - Deleted Scenes
Positive Centre - An Assembly
Rich Oddie - Against Your Will
Abdulla Rashim - Aksum
E.R.P. - Alsoran (Repress) & Pith

There's some other stuff I'm probably forgetting, but that's a pretty good list.  Happy hunting.

Wednesday, April 2

Gear Talk #4. ASC / Yamaha TG33

To look at, the TG33 is nothing to write home about.  In fact, it's a pretty damn ugly piece of black plastic from the 90's that looks like a fax machine or something.  I nearly passed up the opportunity of picking this beauty up for next to nothing a few years back now, as I wasn't really too sure about it, having never used one before or even the SY22 that it's derived from.  I can safely say that I'm glad I did, as it's become one of my fave synths ever.

Sunday, March 16

Update

You might have noticed things have been a little quiet so far for myself and the label and for that, I apologise.  No doubt you've all read about my injury problems which meant the tour got shelved, but aside to my ongoing recovery, I've been working on a film score which has been taking up most of my time.  Things are going well with that and looking a bit brighter with the injury recovery, so I'm grateful for that.  Label-wise, we're just about to get things together for the next release, which will be Auxcast Volume Two CD.  Once we've got all that rounded up and sent off for manufacturing, then we'll start looking at what's next for Auxiliary this year.

Other than that, I made an announcement earlier about my next ambient LP, which is forthcoming on Silent Season.  I think it's the next release in production, so perhaps 5-6 weeks? We'll see.  Keeping with the ambient tip, Sam KDC's first solo ambient LP is done and we'll be putting that out within the first half of this year all being well.

Anyway, I won't give too much away just yet, but rest assured, we're gearing back up and things are moving with the label once again.  Keep your eyes on the blog for more info.

Saturday, February 15

Truth Be Told

I'm happy to announce that my third solo ambient LP will be coming soon on Silent Season.  The title of the LP is 'Truth Be Told'.  It will feature 9 ambient soundscapes, much in the vein of where 'Time Heals All' left off, making it a somewhat spiritual successor.  More info, audio and artwork soon.

Thursday, February 6

AUXTR011

Something for you digital heads to get excited about...




Tuesday, December 31

European Tour, March 2014 Cancelled

First of all, 'what? another ASC tour cancelled?' well, sadly it's true.  This time it's well and truly out of my control.  I may as well fill you all in on the whole story as to why this has happened.

As some of you may know, I tore my left hamstring around about 8-9 weeks ago while running.  At first, it seemed to be just a strain.  I went for ART therapy, which breaks up the scar tissue via deep tissue massage, which by the way fucking hurts like you wouldn't believe.  After that, the pain seemed to move from the middle of the muscle to the point where it connects to the hip bone.  I then decided to stop the ART and spoke to my doctor who suggested an MRI.  The results came back which showed there was a partial tear on the tendon connecting to the hip bone, i.e where the pain had localised.  I had then had a consultation with a specialist who told me I probably wouldn't need surgery as long as I stopped running for a while and stuck to exercise like gym stuff and light biking on flat ground, if I wanted to mix it up.

So after a few weeks of getting back on my routine, the pain started to come back, but all over the area that was hurting before, which made no sense.  Over Christmas, I rested up in hope it would clear up and be OK, but the pain kept persisting to the point where I had to make a doctors appointment and get it checked out.  I was told that we should seriously think about surgery as an option now as this isn't normal.  If it was well and truly on the mend, it wouldn't have regressed.  

Anyway, tl:dr, I know... but that's where I'm at right now, so after surgery, healing, recovery time and starting physio again, there's no way I'm gonna be able to get on a plane from the US to the UK and then fly around Europe and do a bunch of gigs.  Well there is, but it would be in discomfort and unwise to do so.

Apologies to all the promoters and people who were waiting to hear my sets and believe me, this is as frustrating for me as it is for you.  I decided to post this now on NYE simply because fuck this year for me and health problems.  Hopefully I can start 2014 with a more positive spin on things and take it from there.

Cheers for reading,
James 

Sunday, December 29

Auxcast:Phase Two - Final Episode: 10



It's here. As promised, before the end of 2013 we said we were bringing Auxcast:Phase Two to a close. To round things off in fine style, Episode 10 is a 2hr+ mix featuring four stems by (in order) Synth Sense, Sam KDC, Method One and ASC. Click the Auxcast:Phase Two button on the nav panel to the left and then the download link for Episode 10. Enjoy and have a happy new year whatever you get up to.

Saturday, December 14

Seasons greetings

First of all, thank you to all of you who have supported Auxiliary and it's many incarnations over the year.  2013 has been another successful year for the label and we're hoping for another successful year in 2014.  So by now, you'll have no doubt got your hands on our last release for this year, if not, see the post below this.  A nice little archival selection from ASC to round off the releases for the year.

So what's next? Well we haven't forgotten about Auxcast and myself, Sam KDC, Synth Sense and Method One are all hard at work putting together stems for a final 2hr special for Phase Two.  It's imperative that we drop Episode 10 this year, so we can start Phase Three of the Auxiliary sound next year, so I can say 100% it will drop this month sometime. 

That takes us to 2014 and I'm sure you all are excited about what's coming next, right?  We sure are, I can tell you that!  The next two EP's will be by Sam KDC and Synth Sense, although I'm not sure which order they will be in yet, as there's a few unforeseen factors to take into account.  We'll keep you up to date on that though.  Auxcast Volume Two CD will also drop 1st quarter next year.  This will collate 10 previously unreleased tracks from Auxcast:Phase Two.  Keeping on the CD tip, we've also got Sam KDC's ambient album to put out.  It's been through a few iterations this year, meaning that we've had to push it back, but it's pretty much done now, so that's something to definitely watch out for.  Other than that, we'll keep things going on Veil with the Veil/Unveil series.  There's plenty more in the works right now, but you'll hear about it nearer the time.

Until then, have a great festive season whatever you celebrate, look out for Auxcast:Phase Two - Episode 10 and we'll be back in the new year to further push the boundaries of whatever this music is called that we do!

Cheers and peace to all,
ASC

Friday, December 13

Monday, December 2

ASC - European Tour, March 2014

So the time has come around again...  the rarity of an ASC European tour.  In all honesty, it's not that I haven't wanted to come out there and do it, but the last few years have been pretty shit for me due to health reasons, BUT let's not get into that...

If you want to book me to play in your city, then hit up my agent Will at bookings(at)auxiliarymusic(dot).com and sort something out.  He'll give you the full run down of everything.  Hope to see some of you out there

Worth noting that I am also looking for techno bookings as part of this tour.  Don't hesitate to get in touch!

Thursday, October 31

Veil/Unveil - Issue Two



The second in our new series, Veil/Unveil.   Featuring tracks from Sam KDC, ASC, Synth Sense, Method One.  Another four sublime cuts for our new series.  Not one to miss!

Pre-order:
http://www.surus.co.uk/Veil/Veil-Unveil-Issue-Two-23367.aspx

Don't forget you can also pre-order AUX010 - ASC - Programme 02 EP at the same time!
http://www.surus.co.uk/Auxiliary/Programme-02-EP-23323.aspx

These will be the last 2 vinyl releases for the next 2-3 months, as we take a break over the holiday period and start getting our plans together for 2014. 

Finally, if you're into iTunes, you can also pre-order from them for day one release, here:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/veil-unveil-issue-two-ep/id727749552

Thursday, October 24

AUX010 - ASC - Programme 02 EP

Here's part two of the Programme series from myself.  Pre-orders are now available, so here's the usual audio and purchase links.



More audio at: http://official.fm/playlists/EJL9

and last but not least, pre-order here: http://www.surus.co.uk/Auxiliary/Programme-02-EP-23323.aspx