Woob – Paradigm Flux, Winners

Many thanks to everyone who added a comment to win a copy of the new Woob – Paradigm Flux EP

Here are the winners, listed in order of intelligence…

Fabrice Fassnacht
(check out his excellent photography on Flickr
Mark W
(check out his excellent photoblog)

If any of the winners have already bought the EP, let us know and you will be given a full refund. If we haven’t managed to contact you by email then please do contact us.

A big thanks to every single person who took the time to add a comment, we appreciate every one.

Woob Web – buy the Paradigm Flux EP
Woob blog

Woob – Paradigm Flux, Ten Copies to Win

Woob has a great new EP out and we have ten copies to give away;
simply add a comment to this post to win. There’s a brilliant timelapse video to accompany Paradigm Flux made with Photographer Samuel Cockedey. We also took the opportunity for a quick interview with them both.


inter // states, video by Samuel Cockedey, music by Woob.

An interview with Woob aka Paul Frankland

Mat Jarvis: Paradigm Flux, especially the eponymous track, sounds more hectic and in your face than previous Woob releases; Is this a new direction for Woob?
Paul Frankland: I have mainly been working to picture since around 2001 and this called for me to write in a lot of very different and sometimes unique genres, but there was never any time to really further develop and explore these ideas. This EP and eventual album are a platform for me to do this without the usual strict parameters and deadlines. I had toyed with the idea of recording under a different name for this project but decided against it as not to further fragment my output. However The ‘Tokyo cut’ of ‘Paradigm Flux’ was arranged specifically for the ‘Inter // States’ film and as such is written to convey the franticness of the imagery – the album version is much more spaced out.

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Woob Repurpose – winners

Woob - RepuposeThese are the three people Paul Frankland (Woob) drew out of the random hat generator; all receive a digital copy (MP3/ Flac) of his great new Woob album, Repurpose…

Martin Culen



Many thanks to Paul F and everyone who entered, congratulations to the winners / better luck next month when we’ll have another free CD draw from Plague Recordings.

Now preview and buy Woob’s new album, Repupose…

Woob – Repurpose (new album, free copies to give away)

My former Emit label-mate Paul Frankland has a new Woob album for you, and it’s a classic.

We have three copies (MP3 + Flac) to give away; just add a comment below to win. (No email addresses will be kept)

Six tracks of ambient clouds, lush strings and Commodore 64. Film length scores ranging from four to nineteen minutes.

  • Repurpose
  • Nylon (free)
  • Giant Stroke (extended)
  • Stranger Air
  • Departure
  • 85-bit

Buy it now, because it’s a great album and to help guarantee there will be more Woob albums in the future.

The limited 1st edition CD has sold out, but there is a 2nd edition CD due soon. It’s also available as MP3 and Flac.

MJ: How would you sum up Repurpose?

PAUL FRANKLAND: It’s been described as ‘Cinema for the Ears’ I think that sums it up pretty well.

MJ: When will the 2nd edition CD be available to order?

PF: Official release is sometime in early July, though to secure a copy early read this post.

Woob – ‘Repurpose’

Buy it now, help support indie artists and get a great album.

The random draw will be made by Paul Frankland next Fri 2nd July 2010.

Add a comment below to win now…

Woob Interviews High Skies – Part II


Part II of my interview with Paul Frankland (Woob) on his Season 9 blog, where we talk about future work, future synthesis, favourite gear and recording Gas 0095.

High Skies – Sounds of Earth by  microscopics

Part I of our previous interview is here…

Read the interview Part II…

Wikipedia Deletes Woob and Emit Artists Pages


Wikipedia, the free, openly-editable, online encyclopedia has begun deleting pages of fellow Emit artists.

Already deleted are Woob and IPG.

The reasoning on the Woob delete (removed 6th June by user SchuminWeb ) was that it broke the rule Criteria for speedy deletion, rule A7

A7. No indication of importance.
An article about a real person, an organization (e.g. band, club, company, etc.), that does not indicate why its subject is important or significant.

The dictionary.com (circular) definitions…

Important – great significance or consequence.
Significant – important, of consequence.
Consequence – importance or significance.

So it would seem that the issue is with the articles on the pages rather than the artists themselves not being significant enough. I’m not sure how you would state or prove that any album or artist is important or significant though, especially for the more underground and indie artists and albums, and even harder for new releases; is a new album important?
How would you state the importance or significance of any Emit artist or the label itself? Woob is important to many people, but how would you state that in a dry article? Do artists even have to be significant? Surely it’s enough that an album or artist exists and that their Wikipedia page gives facts about the release or artist?

Wikipedia should be the fountain of all knowledge, a reference for everything that was ever thought, created or existed. It shouldn’t be a badge of honour or Who’s Who.

Is Wikipedia editor SchuminWeb going to delete more Emit pages unless they prove their significance to him?


“As far as I can make out the whole thing came about because a fan posted a Repurpose page which was deleted while he was writing it!  He complained, then another moderator – SchuminWeb deleted the main Woob page, then the discussion about the Woob page was deleted!
Then another fan wrote a separate Repurpose page which was deleted because it linked to a page – the main Woob page, that now didn’t exist!”

If pages are being deleted whilst still being written, then it would seem to be even harder to prove any significance. This is Wikipedia gone bad.

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Woob – Repurpose (New Album)

My former Emit label-mate Paul Frankland has a new Woob album for you, and it’s a classic.

Six tracks of ambient clouds, lush strings and Nintendo tones. Film length scores ranging from four to nineteen minutes, and seventy in total.

  • Repurpose
  • Nylon (free)
  • Giant Stroke (extended)
  • Stranger Air
  • Departure
  • 85-bit

Buy it now, because it’s a great album and to help guarantee there will be more Woob albums in the future.

Nylon by woob (free download)

Woob – ‘Repurpose’

We have a competition to win one of three copies of the Woob – Repurpose coming in the next day or two.

Buy it now, help support indie artists and get a great album.

Gas 0095 Quotes: Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

richard_barbieriToday’s Gas 0095 and final quote comes from Richard Barbieri who plays keyboards for Porcupine Tree and the legendary Japan. Japan were responsible for one of the greatest albums ever, Tin Drum, and Richard was hugely responsible for its sound; a strange mix of Chinese folk influenced electronics; Eno and Moroder meet Mao Tse Tung.

Richard Barbieri on Gas 0095

love the albumMicroscopic sounds amazing.
It has beautifully crafted arrangements with programmed synthesis and textures that constantly evolve. Filmic landscapes of electronics ebb and flow against trancey rhythms and sequences.
I’ve heard a lot of electronic music during this period and in this genre but this is superior stuff. It’s pretty spacey as well and has a nice retro feel in the way the synths are washed with repeats and reverbs in places, reminiscent of Vangelis‘ classic Bladerunner.
Probably what I most relate to and like about this album is the attention to detail and the subtle electronics and abstract percussion that serve as a backdrop to the musical themes.

Richard Barbieri  (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

Listen to Gas 0095 here (includes free download)

Japan – The Experience of Swimming (Barbieri)


Many thanks Richard!

Gas 0095 Quotes: Bob Katz

bob_katzTodays Gas 0095 quote comes from Bob Katz, one of the best known and highly regarded mastering engineers, he’s also an inventor and author, and owns and runs the highly successful Digital Domain mastering company.

Mat Jarvis’ restoration of Gas 0095; it sounds to me like it was originally mixed to analog tape, congratulations on doing a good, conservative job with the noise reduction.
I must say that I’m quite impressed by the sound and the music. It is a very interesting electronic album with extraordinarily impressive and natural dynamics (don’t turn up your volume at the beginning or you’ll be fooled!). Good stereo imaging and variety and wonderful musicality. This is enjoyable and interesting experimental music that I highly recommend. Nice job!

Bob Katz is a highly respected mastering engineer who invented the K-system, was award a US patent for his circuit design, “Process for Enhancing the Existing Ambience, Imaging, Depth, Clarity and Spaciousness of Sound Recordings.” (K-Stereo and K-Surround), and runs his own mastering company Digital Domain. Many thanks Bob.

Free Bob Katz mastering tutorial: The secrets of the Mastering Engineer