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15-Nov-17 : Romance and the Telescope (Movie)

Romance and the Telescope is a movie side project we've been working on every now and again for about six months.

It's a slightly tongue-in-cheek homage to those gorgeous French annimations, which used to be a regular feature on British TV back in the sixties and seventies, the kind that you never see any more except at obscure film festivals and every now and again on Youtube.

Fester generated the characters and the backdrops, which were manipulated into something resembling a story using the programming language Processing. SkinMechanix re-arranged Ion's A Fall of Stars to give it a slightly Continental feel, and added a bunch of sound effects to create the weird dystopian noise-scape that is urban City life. The individual elements were then put together using DaVinci's Resolve editor.

This is an early version of the movie. We still have a few edits to sort out and some minor tweaks to one or two of the scenes but, for a first attempt, we're quite pleased with it.

See the whole video here:

11-Sep-17 : New for Old

We're delighted to announce that our US Label/Dealer Magnatune has agreed to release Ion's A Fall of Stars.

However, rather than re-release this album as-is, we've decided on another approach completely. Why? Because I was never, ever happy with the product, especially the artwork, which seemed weak and under-developed. The music too... sounds a little dull and lifeless when you do a side-by-side comparison with our current output.

So, A Fall of Stars will be given an entirely new facelift - completely re-branded and re-mastered throughout, and with a new title too.

We should be in a position to upload the revised tracks and updated artwork towards then end of the week, after which Magnatune will set a release date. I'm optimistic that the timescale will be just a matter of days or weeks. With luck, and a little bit of promotion, this should make the album available to Magnatune's enormous customer base as well as iTunes and Amazon. Fingers crossed...

We'll make a more formal announcement closer to the actual release but this, for once, feels good.

Best wishes from Dave and the team.

10-Jul-17 : From the archives

We were very disappointed to be told that our private gig in Jesmond, which had been scheduled for tomorrow night, had been cancelled at very short notice, and for reasons which appear unclear.

Unofficially, we've been told that the timing for the event was very tight and that there would not be any time for us to play even a small set.

Talking to a few people, it turns out that nobody else was consulted, especially the individual in charge of the proceedings on the night, and from my perspective, it does seem like this was just one person acting on his own and without the approval of the rest of the committee.

There's an invitation to come back in September but we have committments to Infection Music throughout that month. Hence, it just won't happen.

Happens. Get over it.

Anyway, to make up for this, I've uploaded an interview with yours truly which first appeared in the June 2010 issue of the Freemen of Newcastle's magazine.


10-Jul-17 : The Hoppings (an update)

We just finished the final edits on the promotional video for The Hoppings, which is Europe's Largest Travelling Fun Fair.

The track featured was The Art of Falling by SkinMechanix.

This video was later used by the Newcastle Evening Chronicle as part of their coverage of the event and was seen by a staggering 12800 people in the time it was available on their Facebook site.

Well chuffed!

Updated 10-Jun-17 by Admin

Never Mind the Ramones 4

We're delighted to announce that SkinMechanix have been invited back to play at the Never Mind the Ramones Mini Festival to be held in Gateshead on Saturday August 19th 2017. More details to come.

Music : Mandorla

Mandorla, a film by Roberto Miller, has gone on general release worldwide through all of the major digital platforms including iTunes & Amazon. It's been generating a lot of favourable reviews too.

Ion's Logoscape from the album Future Forever featured on the trailer although we're not sure if it made it to the final cut.