Saturday, 14 April 2018

Deserted Buildings in Montreal - April 14, 2017

This is the second installation of my photographs of deserted manufacturing and other disused buildings which I took while cycling in and around the southwest district of Montreal and the Old Port a few summers ago.  I hope you enjoy as much as I did photographing them.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Montreal's 1950s Conveyor Quay - April 09, 2018

These are photos I took a few years ago of Montreal's now deserted Conveyor Quay in the Old Port.  

"Transshipment of Grains - Montréal handled more grain in the 1920s than any other North American port.  Grain arriving from Western Canada was unloaded from ships and railcars to be cleaned, weighed, divided and temporarily stored.  Wheat, buckwheat, barley rye, oats, corn and flax were then loaded onto ships headed for Europe or onto trains bound for the U.S.

Conveyor Quay - Built in the 1950s, Montreal’s Conveyor Quay was the last port facility built in the former port area.  Its two mobile towers, of which only one remains, moved along rails.  The towers were connected to grain Elevator 1 by an underground conveyor used to remove grain from newly arrived ships. The Conveyor Tower is an outstanding monument to the Old Port’s industrial past.  While many of the original components remain (marine leg, buckets, hopper, vacuum pipe) it has been out of service for decades." - Public Post

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Maudie Michelle and Jimmie Manueva's "Stonerpop" - April 7, 2018

Stonerpop are a synthpop/electropsych duo from Louisiana.  The act is comprised of Jimmie Maneuva, from Shreveport and Maudie Michelle, from Idaho, - a couple who weave sounds as diverse as the cultures they represent. Maudie Michelle provides thought-provoking lyrics with her calming voice and quirky synth melodies. Her compositions interlock with the sonic assault of Jimmie Manueva's haunting backing vocals and groovy instrumentation.​ - Official Bio

With the recent digital and CD releases of their new album "Physical Business", followed-up by their official video "Headglow", Stonerpop are on a roll!

"Headglow" opens with a strong drum and bass beat, gliding its way through the song on Maudie's melodic keys and beautiful voice and ending with a cool guitar solo that grabs you when you least expect it. The Lego stop motion animation video and overlays are effective and work well with Maudie's straight-forward lyrics.

It looks like Stonerpop are making good on their promise to make the world a better place and I thank you for that!  

Take a look and have a listen:

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Powerplant IM - Once Upon A Crime Pt. 1, 2 & 3 - April 08, 2018

Shot, Edited, Composed & Sound Design by Vanwetswinkel Vincent Once Upon a Crime Parts 1, 2 & 3 Powerplant IM Special Thanks to Robin Decay

Merci à Ork Wurzel

Deutscsh Nepal - Entartete Musikk - April 08, 2018

“Former member of Swedish industrial cult band Njurmännen, Lina Baby Doll (real name Peter Andersson) set up his own musical project in 1991. Inspired by the classic Amon Düül II song of the same name, Deutsch Nepal started with a deep and fascinating industrial ambient sound, enriched by hypnotic rhythms, voice samples and repetitive structures. Debut came in 1992 with the "Deflagration Of Hell" tape on Sound Source, sublabel of Cold Meat Industry, which was later reprinted on CD by Staalplaat. First CD release was "Benevolence" in 1993. Through various releases on Staalplaat, Cold Meat Industry and Old Europa Cafe, Deutsch Nepal has evolved his sound into a deep dark ambient music. Lina Baby Doll is active with lots of other projects, such as Frozen Faces, Janitor and Bocksholm. He has his own record label called Entartete Musikk.” - Discogs

Merci Ork Wurzel

Thursday, 5 April 2018

GodHatesGodRecords Anti f:Orm Compilation volume 4 - April 5, 2018

Please welcome GodHatesGod Records Anti f:Orm volume 4, a 25-track compilation from the free underground music netabel GodHates God Records.  Enjoy this intense and diverse experimental album curated and compiled by the Sylphides' Pat Masson, masterized by Hell Seb and artwork cover designed by Vdwig22.

Have a listen to my track "Antithéque" on GHGR Anti f:Orm volume 4.  Thanks to Pat Masson for inviting me to participate on this exciting project.

Photo © Vava Vol 2018

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Vava Vol and Eisenlager "Mitte Kreuzberg" on Studio 4632 Netlabel - April 04, 2018

Please welcome our second collaboration album "Mitte Kreuzberg" hosted by the prestigious Studio 4632 Netlabel.  While Eisenlager and I recorded our tracks in our respective studios, we communicated regularly on the progress being made.  While working on a blank aural canvas, we discussed our ideas and vision for the album and one day he asked me where I had lived while in West Berlin in the 80s.  I responded with "somewhere in the Mitte Kreuzberg district" and thus the tracks, album title and cover art collage came to life. 

It's such a pleasure to work with Eisenlager.  He's a fearless futurist, is beyond musically talented and is not lacking in the creative department.  Over the years we have worked together on numerous collaborations, developing a close friendship and professional relationship.  The plan is to continue on this journey. I'd like to thank you, Eisenlager, for being you.

I am very pleased  to be a part of the Studio 4632 Netlabel family and would also like to thank Candy L for her warm review of our album and for graciously hosting "Mitte Kreuzberg".  

Talks are underway for a fall album, so please stay tuned.


"This collaboration from Eisenlager and Vava Vol is some of the best experimental ambient electronic I have heard. Eisenlager has been on an incredibly creative roll.  He and Vava Vol have totally complementary styles on this one.  An excellent example of where music can go and still have us eagerly in tow.

This album is about movement, and people, and time, and memory.  A synaesthetic journey, done in a magical experimental style.  A chronology, maybe. I would say that the tracks are carefully placed in order, maintaining a nice balance between the tones and tempos. The album also incorporates threads of different styles nicely.  The overall feeling is mellow. A great listen.  A great album. Enjoy Mitte Kreuzberg!" - Candy L for Studio 4632

A fond memory of 1984 West Berlin

“I remember the moment I stepped off the train that late October night with my ten suitcases and entered Berlin’s Zoo Station.  The decades-old fluorescent lights cast an eerie yellow glow throughout the building and their constant, low electrical hum filled the air.  I could see, hear and feel the history in this place and little did I know this moment would stay with me forever.  This was my welcome to 1984 West Berlin.”  - Vava Vol’s 1980s Archives

Vava Vol & Eisenlager all compositions and music
Cover by Eisenlager

Eisenlager - Experimental sound artist since 2000

Vava Vol - Electronic music composer and musician

Photo by Vortex © 2017

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Craig Leon - American Composer and Producer - April 2, 2018

American composer and producer, who was responsible for the discovery and early development of such bands as the Talking Heads and the Ramones.  He runs the label Atlas Realisations - Discogs

Monday, 2 April 2018

Rolf Trostel - Norwegian Synthesist - April 2, 2018

Brilliant, overlooked Norwegian synthesist whose 1982 albums Two Faces and Der Prophet were right up there with the likes of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Michael Hoenig and the best of the Berlin school.  Two Faces, like his 1981 debut Inselmusik, was released on the German RP label and because of its undoubted excellence, Der Prophet was then picked up by noted Norwegian label Uniton (who also released Mark Shreeve's seminal Thoughts of War album).  - YouTube 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Sven Grünberg (Estonia, 1981) - March 28, 2018

Sven Grünberg (born November 24, 1956) is an Estonian ambient and progressive rock composer and musician most known for his meditative organ and electronic works involving the concepts of Tibetan Buddhism.  He has collaborated with the film director Olav Neuland and written the soundtracks for the most of his films.

In the 1970s, Sven Grünberg was the leader of the progressive rock band Mess, which was founded by him in January 1974 together with Härmo Härm.  Despite the years of the band's existence and many live performances, Mess didn't release a sing studio album because of the contradictions of the musical style with the Soviet ideology:  only in 1996 Grünberg released a compilation from several survived Mess recordings and a full remastered album in 2004.  

Sven Grünberg is also the Chairman of the Board of the Estonian Institute of Buddhism. - Discogs

Thanks to Ork Wurzel for this gem!

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Eisenlager’s Compilation/Co-operation 7 on Petroglyph - March 11, 2018

Have a listen to Eisenlager’s Compilation/Co-operation 7 released on Petroglyph March 8th featuring 22 tracks of compilation collabs with Wolfgang Gsell, Cousin Silas, nobodisounz, Kiew Aspirin and many others.  Enjoy!

Here's “Ley Lines”, my track with Eisenlager for Midnight Radio Compilation 82 on this new compilation.  

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Sunday, 4 February 2018

"Fix Planet! - An International Record" (1981) - February 4, 2018

Here's a few of my fave vids from the popular album compilation "Fix Planet" released on Ata-Tak in 1981.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

My New Vid "Too Much TV" - January 23, 2018

Please welcome my video "Too Much TV" from my new album "The Veil".  Thank you and enjoy!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

My New Album "The Veil" - January 19, 2018

I am pleased to release my first album of 2018 titled "The Veil", now available on Bandcamp for purchase/streaming.

While composing "The Veil", I have allowed the intuitive personality and voice of each synthesizer to express their drones and soft noises while guiding me through the creative process of composing each musical piece. There are no pre or post-production special sound effects, change pitch, sound editing, samples, excessive compression or noise reduction utilized on this album. On the contrary, in order to preserve the synth-soul of each instrument and while programming their sounds, I have encouraged each synth's voice to sing and shine through as they were originally designed to do.

Composed on the ARP Odyssey Mk 1 Model 2800 Electronic Music Synthesizer, DSI Mopho, Korg Vocoder.

Field recordings are static from a 70s vintage portable TV and reverb from a Yamaha guitar amp.

My 2018 Favorite Documentary Films

Greetings documentary film buffs and welcome to "My 2018 Favorite Documentary Films".  Many of these films can be sourced online or at your local public library.  Stay tuned for regular updates and feel free to recommend your faves.  My TV is always on.  Cheers!

Civilizations - The Second Moment of Creation (2018) - This series premiere examines the formative role of art and the creative imagination in the forging of humanity itself.  Images and artifacts found in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and South America testify to the urge to develop civilization.  Narrated by Liev Schreiber.

Decoding The Weather (2018) - Joint scientists on a quest to better comprehend the workings of the weather and climate change.  For NOVA.

Open Sesame/Story of Seeds (2014) - The importance of seed biodiversity is detailed in this documentary.  "A seed is the foundation of life".

Vikings Unearthed (2016) - While infamous for their fearsome conquests, the Vikings were also expert seafarers, skilled traders, and courageous explorers who traveled far and wide from Scandinavia to Europe and into Asia.  The 1960s discovery of the only Viking site in North America, on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, proved that the Norse had actually made it to America as suggested in the Vinland sagas.  But how far did they get?  For PBS and NOVA.

Origins of Stonehenge (2018) - Josh travels to his ancestral home of Great Britain to explore the origins of Stonehenge finding an unexpected network of  monuments that could have inspired its mystical location.

The Vikings:  Dark Warriors (2006-2008) - The Vikings Dark Warriors from History is a wild and unforgettable journey across land and sea revealing dark Viking secrets along the way.  Included: the Vikings Voyage to America, Leif Erickson: Voyages of a Viking and Viking Underground.

The Great Math Mystery (2015) - Exploring math's power across the centuries, from the first wireless radio transmissions to the landing of rovers on Mars. for NOVA.

Roman Catacomb Mystery (2014) – An investigation of a mass grave found in the catacombs beneath the streets of Rome sheds insight into ancient Romans’ daily lives and health.  Included: who the buried people may have been, why so many were interred in one place and what killed them.  

Impossible Builds – (2018) – A look at a creation of some of the most ambitious and technologically advanced buildings.  As one of Dame Zaha Hadid's final projects, One Thousand Museum Tower in Miami which topped out in February of this year, Impossible Builds documents its construction.  Described by the show as "one of the most complex skyscrapers ever to make it off the drawing board," the 62-story tower features a unique glass fiber reinforced concrete exoskeleton – a system never before seen at this scale.

Norway: Quest for the Viking Spirit (2009) - A visit to Norway to examine its Viking heritage.  Included are: Oslo, Alta, Kirkenes and Lofotr and a sailing adventure off the western coast.  A Richard Bangs' Adventure with A Purpose.

The Tunnels of Okinawa (2016) - The series about WWII begins with a look at the defensive lines, bunkers and fortifications the Japanese built on the island of Okinawa.

Wasted - The Story of Food Waste (2018) - Renown chefs discuss the economic and environmental costs of global food waste and explore solutions that involve educating consumers and food suppliers.

Vermeer, Beyond Time (2017) - Steve Martin narrates a look at the life and work of 17th century Johannes Vermeer.  For PBS.

Great Escape at Dunkirk (2018) – Archaeologists and divers recover remains of ships and planes lost during WWII’s epic Dunkirk operation.  Included: evidence of the ingenious technology that helped save allied forces from defeat from the encircling Germans.  For NOVA.

Beyond the Infinite (Kubrick's Odyssey II - Secrets Hidden in the films of Stanley Kubrick) (2012) - In this deeply provocative examination of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, filmmaker and researcher Jay Weidner reveals that besides being a great science fiction move, 2001 is also a multi-layered revelation concerning the human condition and our place in the universe.

David Bowie Serious Moonlight (1981-2006) - Filmed live at the Pacific National Exhibition Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. Canada in 1983 with extras including the Ricochet Documentary on Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok (a film featuring the Far East segment of the Serious Moonlight tour.

From Straight to Bizarre – Zappa, Beefheart, Alice Cooper and LA’s Lunatic Fringe (2011) – Desperate to remove himself from his original deal with Verve Records in 1968, Frank Zappa set up the Bizarre and Straight labels in league with manager Herb Cohen, and so began a string of releases which remain extraordinary in the extreme.

UFO Conspiracy: Hunt for the Truth (2017) - Examining the long history of allegations involving alien phenomena and their supposed government cover-up.  For The History Channel.

Vikings - The Real Warriors (2014) - Discover exciting new insights as historia Neil Oliver digs for clues.  You'll travel to archaelogical sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where Norsemen launch expeditions and raids.  Watch in amazement as the warriors settle Britain, Iceland and Greenland and transform themselves illiterate pagans into Christian farmers, statesmen and kings--all in less than 200 years!  The dramatic truth behind the legends will change your understanding of Vikings forever.

Pink Floyd - 1971 A period of Transition (2014) - Having released their first record in 1967 when Syd Barrett was chief composer in the ranks, Pink Floyd followed this generally praised work with a move towards prog-rock experimentalism and after Barrett agreed to leave the band before the release of their sophomore album, the group - now with Dave Gilmour filling in the hold Syd's departure had created - released a couple of records which even the band themselves were somewhat less than happy with.

Earth Flight (2014) - David Tennant narrates this exhilarating adventure filmed over four years with help from camera-carrying birds, drones, paragliders and remote control micro-flight planes. Feel your heart pound as you scramble with snow geese to escape the talons of a bald eagle over North America.  Glide with cranes over Venice and the white cliffs of Dover, among others.  This wondrous aerial spectacle will make your spirits soar!  

The Untold Story of the 90s Part I (2017) - The way technology, media and politics collided during the early 90s to lead to the world as known today is delved into featuring the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Gulf War, 24 hour live news coverage, the Rodney King tape, Bill Clinton wins, the L.A. riots, satellite politics, Netscape Navigator, NCSA Mosaic and Alta Vista.

The Untold Story of the 90s Part II (2017) - the rise of gay rights, the fall of traditional media and the move to online connections are explored featuring the Government shutdown, the beginning of partisan politics, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the murder of Matthew Shepard, Napster, the 2000 election, the rise of Al-Qaeda and 9-11.

Forks Over Knives (2011) - Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict usu can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. Written and directed by Lee Fulkerson.

The Other F Word (2011) - Revealing, hilarious and touching, The Other F Word asks, "What happens when a generation ultimate anti-authoritarians - punk rockers - become society's ultimate authorities - fathers??"  With a large chorus of punk's leading men - Mark Hoppus, Flea, Tim McIIraith, this film follows Jim Lindbergh, a 20 year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, through his hysterical and moving from belting his band's anthem "F--k Authority" to embracing his newfound role in mid-life, fatherhood.