Thomas Truax offers ‘The Slinkopator’ and ‘Grandmother’s Advice’ for September’s installment of his Monthly Journal Project.
The SLINKOPATOR is a one-of-a-kind SLINKY incorporating Mini-Spinster that Thomas Truax built for a pledger in his ‘Sonic Dreamer’ fan-funded album campaign. While constructing this creature he did some recording of it’s rhythms has now used this as the backbeat to the September installment of his ‘Monthly Journal’ album-in-progress.
The Monthly Journal project is a living, mutating organism taking place in twelve intervals over 2011. Tracks are influenced by, written, recorded and released within the window of each month. It will be launched as a full album in January 2012. This new album is also being ‘fan-funded’ via a campaign on Pledgemusic.com. While there are no custom-made inventions on offer this time around, a pledge as small as £6 gives subscription-like access to each new song as it is completed and special pledger-only exclusive tracks, with full-album download in January. 2012 Calendars featuring the cover art from each month’s installment, a remix CD, as well as full hard-copy deluxe cds are available for slightly higher pledges.
More info here.
There’s a video of the Slinkopator in action:
The September song is based on observations of a town square in which a wedding was taking place, and some overheard ‘advice’ from a Grandmother.
The story seems to lie somewhere between Sergie Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and the Mack Sennet comedies of the silent film era, with a middle-eastern instrumental feel. Pronounced tension may have something to do with American Truax‘s emminently expiring UK visa and plans to move to Berlin in November, which will certainly have it’s influence on the remaining songs.
Thomas Truax Farewell UK Tour October 2011:
9 Oct, Sun: London, Full Moon Sunday #19 at the Spice Of Life, 6 Moor St, Cambridge Circus (just off Charing Cross Road) W1D 5NA 7:00pm £5 Support: Post War Glamour Girls
11 Oct, Tues: Inverness, Market Bar, 32 Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EH
12 Oct, Wed: Aberdeen, The Tunnels. Support: Kitchen Cynics + Steven Milne – Carnegies Brae. Aberdeen, AB10 1BF
13 Oct, Thurs: Glasgow Cabaret Festival, The Garage 490 Sauchiehall St. G2 3LW Glasgow
15 Oct, Sat: Hull, Adelphi, 89 DeGrey St. HU5 2RU
16 Oct, Sun: Stockton, Waiting Room 9 Station Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton on Tees, TS16 0BU
25 Oct, Tues: Leeds Oporto 31-33 Call Lane Leeds, West Yorkshire LS1 7BT
27 Oct, Thurs: Manchester Night & Day 26 Oldham Street Manchester M1 1JN
28 Oct, Fri: Liverpool, Pilgrim (Details TBA)